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Take Three: Come Away with Me

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Today is my first post as a 2015 Deb and I’m a bundle of nervous excitement. Sure, it’s also back to school for the mini (who is starting grade one and handling it much better than I am), and I have some fairly prickly deadlines looming, which explain the nerves. But I’m also psyched I’m…
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Book 2 Is Coming Soon, Eventually, Someday…

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I love that we titled this week’s topic “Progress” on our new works. I have to chuckle/whimper when I see that. It’s about the same noise I make when people ask me how my next book is going, even though I’m still doing events, promotion, and all-around worrying/looking after Chasing the Sun. The truth is,…
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Renee Swindle on Letting Go of the Rules + GIVEAWAY of A Pinch of Ooh La La!

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In looking back at our launches this week, many of us have also looked ahead to Book 2. Our guest today, Renee Swindle, recently launched A Pinch of Ooh La La—not her first or second book, but her third—so of course, we were thrilled to get her perspective on what she’s learned along the way. A…
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Looking Back is a Historical Author’s Favorite Past Time, Unless We’re Talking Launches

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I’m one of those people who analyzes and picks apart, and reanalyzes something until it’s practically gray matter. So when I think about looking back at my debut launch (even though it hasn’t been that long ago), it all seems a little fuzzy. The weird thing is, I’m a historical writer and I really love…
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The One Thing I Hope to Do Differently for the Next Book

Stop pacing, stop fretting, stop worrying, stop sweating. Some of the best things happen when you just let go

I thought this post would be much harder to write because, like Lori, I don’t quite feel like quite enough time has passed between now and my launch to effectively look back and reflect. But then I realized we don’t always have to let a lot of time pass before reflecting. We can look around…
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The Top 2 Things You Should Know About Rejection

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It’s simple, really. 1. No one owes us anything. We’re not entitled to anyone’s time, admiration, or acceptance; these are privileges earned by a mixture of hard work, open-mindedness, persistence, education, and yes, luck. Last night my husband and I watched Gambit on Netflix, and this line, spoken by Colin Firth, really hit home: “He’s seen the…
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5 Tips for Overwhelmed Author Syndrome: Do As I Say, Not As I Do

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Lori was right. I’ve got no answers here. I’m imagining that back when we finalized this year’s topic calendar and decided this week we’d talk about Overwhelmed Author Syndrome, we all thought: all our books will be launched by then, and surely we’ll be feeling like pros! Like we’ve totally got a handle on things….
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Guest Author Mary Vensel White on Looking Inward, Opening Outward + Giveaway of THE QUALITIES OF WOOD

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We are thrilled to welcome Mary Vensel White, whose debut novel launches in just a few days on June 17! Called “a haunting and provocative debut” by Christina Baker Cline, author of Orphan Train, The Qualities of Wood is a novel about secrets. Family secrets. Community secrets. And secrets between lovers, past and present. And all…
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