News Flash: Conferences & Festivals, Awards & a Giveaway!

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Congratulations to Caryn Strean, winner of THE FAR END OF HAPPY by guest author Kathryn Craft! Check back next Sunday for this week’s winner of Renee Ahdieh’s THE WRATH AND THE DAWN …   From the 2015 Debs: Colleen Oakley sold rights for BEFORE I GO to Hungary! She’s still barreling through her WIP, slowly but (un)surely. Amy…
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Tell Me Again How We Get to “The End?”

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This week at the Deb Ball, we’re talking about drafts. And as much as I’d like to say I have a methodology, it’s really just a mess. As Deb Ball reader Anthony mentioned a few days ago in the comments, you don’t really learn to write a novel. You just learn to write the novel you’re working on…
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Tips for Tackling the Painful First Draft

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Writers come in two camps (okay, there’s probably a thousand camps, but just play along with me). There are those that love writing the first draft – when all the possibilities are endless and the imagination can scamper about the gray matter with abandon. Then there are those where writing the first draft is a painful,…
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Kathryn Craft on THE FAR END OF HAPPY + a GIVEAWAY!

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Many writers derive ideas for their novels from personal experience, but perhaps none so personal as a husband’s suicide — the tragic event that became the basis (some 17 years later) for Kathryn Craft’s stunning new novel THE FAR END OF HAPPY. Craft’s sophomore effort is the chilling story of one troubled man, the family that…
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Where Are They Now? Deb Susan Gloss Talks Foreign Editions & a Fashion Shoot

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Editor’s Note: This week we’re catching up with last year’s Debs and seeing what they’ve been writing, publishing and working on since they were last on the Ball. Today, we welcome back Susan Gloss, author of VINTAGE. Hello Debs and readers! Thanks for having me back. A lot has happened since I last logged in…
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News Flash: Revisions, Readings, & a Giveaway!

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Congratulations to Claudia, winner of THE BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTERS by guest author Nicole Baart! Check back next Sunday for this week’s winner of THE LOUDNESS by guest author Nick Courage …   From the 2015 Debs: Colleen Oakley is busy with babies and littles BUT has managed to carve out some writing time, which makes her…
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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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