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Music + writing: My playlist is a broken record…

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This week on the Deb Ball we’re talking music, specifically what we listen to when we’re writing. I’m in the ‘need music to write’ camp … with one key stipulation: when I’m drafting, I listen to one song — and one song only – on repeat, sometimes for hours at a time. Music helps me…
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The Tunes: Writing Music for THE COINCIDENCE OF COCONUT CAKE

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  I cannot write without music. Full stop. End of story. My brain is wired to get down to business once the tunes start. Music keeps the skittish part of my brain occupied so the rest of it can get down to work. It’s the babysitter for my Id. Without it, I’m helpless against the myriad of…
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Agent Carolyn Forde on querying, Absinthe & her Wishlist!

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Editor’s Note: The winner of last week’s giveaway with author Kate Hilton is Amanda Lee — Congrats, Amanda! Also, this week on The Ball is Agent Week, where each Deb is interviewing her own agent. Check back each day for insider publishing tips from some of the best agents in the business! I’ve shared my…
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ALLISON WINN SCOTCH on Self-Publishing + THEORY OF OPPOSITES GIVEAWAY!

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Editor’s Note: This is Self-Published Author Week on The Ball! Each day we’ll feature a new self-pubbed author, and a giveaway of their book! I first connected with the lovely Allison Winn Scotch via her site, ASK ALLISON, a blog that gave you the real scoop on book publishing way before it was cool to…
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Kate Hilton on finding courage, hard work + THE HOLE IN THE MIDDLE giveaway!

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Editor’s Note: This is Self-Published Author Week on The Ball! Each day we’ll feature a new self-pubbed author, and a giveaway of their book! When I first came across Kate Hilton’s publication story I was out of the query trenches but deep into the submission process, and trying to balance ALL THE THINGS that come…
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News Flash: Minnesota, 100 days, and Motorcycles

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Congratulations to Jamie McCauley, winner of  AT THE WATER’S EDGE by guest author Sara Gruen! And the winner of the Deb prize pack — advanced copies of TINY PRETTY THINGS, THE COINCIDENCE OF COCONUT CAKE, and COME AWAY WITH ME — is Rachel Kramer Bussel. Congratulations, and we hope you enjoy our books Check back…
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My name is Karma, and I’m an Extroverted Introvert.

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We talk a lot about how solitary writing can be. And it is — unless you don’t want it to be, of course. I agree it helps if you’re a writer who likes her own company, because inevitably you will find yourself locked in a room with only your laptop, a cup of old and…
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Book Launch Party: What if you suck at event planning?

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Once upon a time there was a girl named Karma who said, “Yes!” when her boyfriend proposed marriage. Giddy with her sparkling diamond ring and breathless in love, she and her beloved agreed they would marry in 12 months. But then the questions came. What is your color scheme? Where are you getting married? Will…
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