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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Congratulations to Jennifer and Kelley, winners of our #DebBallGiveaway of THE SALT LINE by Holly Goddard Jones. Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Jenny D. Williams! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of The Atlas of Forgotten Places. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet: [Guest Post] @jclarkab introduces you to the amazing Jenny D. Williams, author of THE ATLAS… https://t.co/KqERS3TwNV pic.twitter.com/ffmUTlzPGQ —…

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Preparing for the Best Book Launch Ever

Monday, June 26, 2017

This week the Debs are talking all about the Book Launch.  This post appeared previously in a modified form on the Grub Writers Blog. TEN TIPS FOR THE BEST BOOK LAUNCH EVER 1. The first thing to consider is why you are having the party. Is it to sell books? Is it to celebrate with your family and friends? If it’s the former, consider opening it to the public, inviting…

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The Soundtrack for My Writing Life

Monday, June 19, 2017

This week the Debs are talking about music and its impact on our writing and our life.  Music is something that I have always connected with, very deeply, even as a young child. For a time in my life I worked in radio as a DJ, a radio music manager and eventually as an alternative promoter for Virgin Records. I really wanted to be in music, in a terribly desperate…

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Escape from New York: 5 Things To Love About Kent, Connecticut

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

I live in New York City. And as everyone knows, New York is one of the most wonderful, loud, smelly, crowded, lovely, hideous, chaotic, sweaty, hip, annoying, exciting, cool places to be in the whole world. I love it. And I also occasionally hate it. And when I just plain can’t stand it anymore and need a break (and everyone needs a break from time to time), I go to Kent, Connecticut…

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Vice: A Catalog

Monday, May 15, 2017

This week the Debs are writing about our vices.  Aldous Huxley once said that “Most vices demand considerable self-sacrifices.” I think that is apt. All of my vices force me to sacrifice something else, be it health, time or money. But oh, how fun a vice can be! Of mine, these are my worst: Video Games If I think about how many hours I’ve whittled away at video games over…

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What Makes a Literary Agent Tick?

Monday, March 6, 2017

This week the Debs are sharing stories about their agents, editors and or publishers. Note, this is a repost of a blog post I wrote on Sep. 26, but fit perfectly for this week’s Deb topic. A few months ago, I wrote a big long article on the Grub Street blog on how long it took me to find an agent and how I eventually connected with the amazing Amaryah Orenstein at…

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2017 is the Year of the Crystal

Monday, January 2, 2017

It’s also the Year of the Amy, the Tiffany, the Lynn and the Jenni, because it’s the year when our books will shake the world! This week the Debs are writing about our New Years dreams, resolutions, hopes, goals, and ambitions.  On April 25th, my dream will come true. I’ll truly be a published author. It’s the start of what I hope will be a long, lucrative career. But, unless…

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Lady in Waiting

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

“Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.” – Groucho Marx Writers, especially debut writers, universally agree that the pacing of the publishing world is glacial. There have been many times I’ve thought the day would never come that my book would hit the shelves. Like I’ve actually worried I might die of old age first. But now that I’m down to the final weeks before the release of SMALL ADMISSIONS,…

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Invoking the Muse

Monday, October 17, 2016

This week the Debs are talking about how they torture their characters, make choices for them, or how their characters lead the way.  One of the most wonderful things about writing is how the mind seems to unravel the story from a place hidden deep inside. I can’t tell you how many times I have stopped writing after a few hours and sat back to re-read the words and thought,…

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Write Here, Write Now, Write Anywhere I Want!

Monday, September 19, 2016

This week’s topic is “Location, location, location — Where we write and why there?” The Debs will share photos of our workspaces or favorite space to write, and talk about how our choice of physical location influences our work. When I was young, my mom gave me her beautiful pink Olympia typewriter (which I later learned that my parents sold in a garage sale and I was heartbroken). For some…

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