Why You Should Promote Yourself (or at least get your mom to do it for you)…

There really is a someecard for every occasion...

I have never been afraid of a little self-promotion. Maybe it started when I was 15 months old and my baby sister was born, and I needed to remind my parents I was here first. Or perhaps it was in high school when I ran for student government and had to outline my plans and…
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News Flash: Contests, Revisions & other Debut Author Fun!


Congratulations to Ryan Kincade, winner of MARY: THE SUMMONING by author Hillary Monahan! Check back next Sunday for this week’s winner of a copy of Linda Gray Sexton’s BESPOTTED…     From the 2015 Debs: Colleen Oakley‘s debut BEFORE I GO was selected this week as a January 2015 Indie Next List pick by independent…
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Advice for Writers Who Are Also Parents: “Everything is copy.”


So you may have noticed that my post this morning was late. Here’s why: life. More specifically? Kids. My whole life as a “real,” soon-to-be published author, I’ve also been a real, extremely sleep-deprived parent. It’s been really intense – lots of skin of our teeth moments and exhaustion. But you know what? I’ve realized…
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Words of Advice…


A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to hear Jodi Picoult read from her latest novel LEAVING TIME, and to meet her for the briefest of moments while she signed my book. She was funny, and gracious, and quite down to earth despite her 23 books – the last 8 of which have…
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Writerly Wisdom in Five Parts


We’re talking advice from veteran writers this week on The Ball. Bookstores, libraries, and the internet are full of wisdom from writers who have been there. Here are a few of my favorites. “You can fix anything but a blank page.” – Nora Roberts I’m a reviser. Writing that first draft is pure torture. I…
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Writing Communities & The Myth of the Lonely Writer


When I started writing my first book–my “practice” book–I had no idea what I was doing. I told when I should have showed. I had no writing schedule, and as a result it took me six years to finish the book. There was no outline to follow, and I only thought about tension as it…
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News Flash: Bingeing on Halloween candy, WIPs & books!


Congratulations to Wendy Dosch and Sheila Korman, winners of THE GOOD GIRL by guest author Mary Kubica! Check back next Sunday for this week’s winner of a copy of Shelly King’s debut novel, THE MOMENT OF EVERYTHING!   From the 2015 Debs… Colleen Oakley has been very busy binging on Friday Night Lights and Halloween candy—oh,…
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Mary Kubica on writing edge-of-your-seat tension + a GIVEAWAY!


This week we welcome the lovely and talented Mary Kubica, debut author of the riveting psychological thriller THE GOOD GIRL, which has earned comparisons to Gillian Flynn’s GONE GIRL — for good reason. Tightly written with plenty of twists and turns and a killer dose of tension throughout, this story focuses on the disappearance —…
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How long lines, pink polo shirts, and pictures of kittens help me combat procrastination


Years ago, I was at a technical writing conference and the witty and wild Douglas Adams was the keynote speaker. He told this story about how he spent the better part of two days writing a small programming routine that would save him about ten seconds of time. “No one procrastinates like a writer,” Mr. Adams said….
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The Art of Productivity & Procrastination


I’m currently in the throes of writing book two, which means I have a daily word count to hit and an endless ability to find ways to procrastinate. Like this past Monday morning, when after refreshing my Twitter and Facebook streams multiple times, counting my split ends by the glow of my laptop screen, baking…
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