News Flash: Contests, Writing & a Giveaway!

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Congratulations to Caryn Strean, winner of of Amy’s delicious debut, THE COINCIDENCE OF COCONUT CAKE! Check back next Sunday for the winner of Katie Rose Guest Pryal’s ENTANGLEMENT …   From the 2015 Debs: Colleen Oakley is in NYC, enjoying a well deserved break with a few days full of broadway, eating and shopping! Amy E. Reichert has deep-dived into…
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Katie Rose Guest Pryal Explains Why Writing is the Worst Job + Giveaway

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I met Katie Rose Guest Pryal almost four years ago at a pitch workshop in New York City. She introduced me to the yumminess of chicken kebabs with srircha sauce and taught me some tricks to hailing a cab when you have a suitcase. Four years laster, we both launched our novels into the world and are…
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5 Things To Love About THE COINCIDENCE OF COCONUT CAKE

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I’m a sucker for books about food. Especially if those books include magical realism, like GARDEN SPELLS and LIKE WATER FOR CHOCOLATE, or a sweet bit of romance, like Amy’s debut (which released yesterday, folks, in case you missed the excitement!) — THE COINCIDENCE OF COCONUT CAKE. It’s the story of Lou — a Milwaukee…
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THE COINCIDENCE OF COCONUT CAKE Launch Day

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It’s here. Finally. I opened my first Word doc to start writing this book on September 3, 2010. That’s 1782 days from first word to book in hand. That was a lot of hard work and persistence, but along the way there have been many memorable moments. While I’m off trying to make a few…
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PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT (And Other Publishing Myths)

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This week we’re talking publishing myths — and which ones we’d like to personally bust. What I have found interesting, since I started telling people I wrote a book, is how often I hear these two things: “So, are you going to be the next JK Rowling?” (Um, I wish?) “So, are you going to be…
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News Flash: Awards, Paperbacks, Parties, & a Giveaway!

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Congratulations to Shelby Neuzil, winner of guest author Kristy Woodson Harvey’s DEAR CAROLINA! Check back next Sunday for this week’s winner of guest author Gail Nall’s BREAKING THE ICE & YOU’RE INVITED … Reminder: Time is almost up, but we’re still taking applications for the Deb Class of 2016! You have until July 17th to submit your…
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Author Gail Nall, BREAKING THE ICE, & a Giveaway!

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We’re so excited to welcome today’s guest author Gail Nall to the Deb Ball! I met Gail when I discovered the #5amwritersclub on Twitter (if you’re an early morning writer, come and find us — we’re the crazy group that gets up in the dark to write :)), and have been in awe ever since at…
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Book marketing … WHO REALLY KNOWS?

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With six weeks to go until my book’s birthday, I find myself in this strange spot of feeling both antsy because I want time to speed up, and anxious at how quickly the days are passing. It reminds me a lot of the weeks preceding my wedding, and the birth of my daughter — something…
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Five Marketing Tips

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There a a million ways to market a book. You can do blog tours, book events, magazine articles. If you’re lucky you’ll get reviews by the large trade publications like Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, Booklist and more. You can spend your advance on book marks, buttons, and fun pens. And like Colleen said yesterday, it might work, it…
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News Flash: Camp (Mommy & NaNo), New Books and Debut Fever

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Congratulations to Michelle Westenbroek, winner of guest author Lori Nelson Spielman’s SWEET FORGIVENESS! Check back next Sunday for this week’s winner of guest author Kristy Woodson Harvey’s DEAR CAROLINA… Reminder: We’re still taking applications for the Deb Class of 2016! You have until July 17th to submit your application. Looking forward to learning more about…
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