The Only Guarantee in Writing Is Rejection


I started my writing career batting a thousand. The first story I ever submitted won a local writing contest. $500!!! It was the most money I ever earned from a short story. The second short story I ever submitted came in second place in a writing contest for a national magazine. $300!!! I was on…
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News Flash: Vacations, Revisions & a Writers Retreat!

newsCongratulations to Annie Aizon, winner of WHEN REASON BREAKS by guest author Cindy Rodriguez!

Check back next Sunday for this week’s winner of LITTLE BLACK LIES by guest author Sandra Block …



From the 2015 Debs:

Colleen Oakley is just thrilled she survived winter break — a week at her home with her 4 and 2-year-old. Otherwise, she’s been busy attending book clubs for BEFORE I GO, working on book 2, and making plans for more bookstore signings after the twins get here (any day now!).

Amy E. Reichert is freshly returned from a lovely vacation in the Florida Keys with the family (and binge reading) and ready to attack revisions.

Karma Brown is stress baking muffins and trying not to ruin the batter with her revision, darling-killer tears…(on a less dramatic note, book 2 is coming together nicely, thanks for asking.)

Sona Charaipotra is thrilled to share the first official TINY PRETTY THINGS trade review, from KIRKUS — and they didn’t hate it! YAY! 

Shelly King is gearing up to celebrate the Dutch release of THE MOMENT OF EVERYTHING retitled DE LEESTIP. Tell your friends in the Netherlands!


From past Debs:

Former Debs (and multi-published, awesome authors) Heather Webb (Class of 2014) and Susan Spann (Class of 2013) are leading a writing and tour retreat in Galway, Ireland this summer (August 16-23, 2015)!

(Writing retreat & the luck of the Irish? Yes, please!)

Take an inspirational pilgrimage to the land of myth, mystery and magic, while embracing the opportunity to enrich your writing, meet like-minded individuals, and realize your creative dreams. Your tour package will include private conferences, group classes, workshops, and individual partial manuscript critique, even publishing and marketing advice. Please check the website for more information!

Natalia Sylvester (Class of 2014) is excited to be joining the faculty at Regis University in Denver to teach fiction for the new low-res MFA program! Registration is now open for the 2016 year. ​Congratulations, Natalia!

Fancy seeing you here! Former Debs Heather Webb and Natalia Sylvester met up in Houston, TX for Heather’s reading of RODIN’S LOVER. Lucky gals!

natalia and heather





Work-Life Balance? Ha!


Last night, Dhonielle and I were putting the final touches on our revision of Book Two, due today (or really, due yesterday but who’s counting?), when it happened. At just about 11 p.m., the pipe under the dishwasher broke, flooding the building’s communal basement. And our neighbors knocked and fretted and a plumber crawled out…
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News Flash: Revisions and Secrets


Congratulations to Cat Kessler, winner of NO PLACE TO FALL by guest author Jaye Robin Brown! Check back next Sunday for this week’s winner of WHEN REASON BREAKS by guest author Cindy Rodriguez … From the 2015 Debs: Colleen Oakley is diligently working on her next novel, and (im)patiently waiting for these twins to be born!…
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To all the Books I’ve Loved Before…


There are SO many books I wish I’d written – from CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY to HARRY POTTER to A PRAYER FOR OWEN MEANY to PRACTICAL MAGIC to A HANDMAID’S TALE to THE HUNGER GAMES to my most recent read, STATION ELEVEN to…you get the idea. It has nothing to do with bestseller status…
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News Flash: Second Books & a Giveaway!


Congratulations to Susan Breece, winner of THE MAGICIAN’S LIE by guest author Greer Macallister! Check back next Sunday for this week’s winner of NO PLACE TO FALL by guest author Jaye Robin Brown … From the 2015 Debs: Colleen Oakley is diligently working on book 2, while waiting for these babies to come! Amy E. Reichert…
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Jaye Robin Brown on NO PLACE TO FALL, what makes her laugh & a giveaway!


I’ve had the pleasure of writing and revising virtually alongside Jaye Robin Brown during our #5amwritersclub sessions on Twitter, and am thrilled that her book, NO PLACE TO FALL (HarperTeen), is out in the world! Described as THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE meets THIS LULLABY, Jaye‘s poignant debut novel is about family, friendships, and first romance. Here’s…
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