News Flash: August 28, 2011

Congrats to Karen K who won Daniel Polansky’s  Low Town.

From the 2011 Debs…

Our wonderful 2012 Debutantes join the dance tomorrow! If you missed our introduction, you can learn more about them here!

On Saturday, Deb Elise placed third in her age group in the inaugural Mammoth Mud Run!  It’s her first-ever medal for speed, not just for finishing, and she’s insanely excited!!!

Deb Eleanor was thrilled to hear that The Weird Sisters was at the top of heat‘s recommended reading list for the second week in a row. Now, how long do you think it would take to swim to England?

Deb Tawna‘s Making Waves was featured in the Chicago Tribune‘s romance review roundup! Remember that old Sesame Street jingle, “One of these things is not like the other?” That’s what Deb Tawna has been humming all week as she looks at all the big-name authors featured in that same article and wonders if someone is playing a practical joke on her.

Check out this great email Deb Elise got from Amazon, recommending Deb Eleanor‘s The Weird Sisters, along with The Paris Wife, The Peach Keeper, Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, and Like Water for Elephants!

Deb Kim is enjoying (easy to say as the sun shines on Friday) Hurricane Irene. Hope everyone is safe in DebLand!

Past Deb News

Check out Deb Kristina Riggle’s interview on the Michigan Writers Network!

Friends of the Debs

The Debs are sad to note the passing of Barbara Drummond Mead, owner of Reading Group Choices. An ardent supporter of reading and authors, Barbara was a bright, beautiful, and charming dinner companion at many a book festival, and we are grateful for her support.

We love this article on yesterday’s guest, Amanda Kyle Williams, in Decatur Metro!

Deb Dish — On Their Last Day, What Words of Advice Would the 2011 Debs Like to Give the 2012 Debs?

Deb Elise

Take advantage of the Deb network!  Your Deb class will be a huge source of support, but we Former Debs are here for you too.  Debs from previous years have made a huge difference in this year for me, giving me invaluable advice.  We’re all only an email away, and we’re all excited for your turn at the Ball!

Deb Eleanor

Be excellent to each other, and party on, Debs!

Deb Kim Set reminders on your calendar and plan as many posts in advance as you can. The night before your weekly posts comes fast and often!

Deb Sarah

Have fun! (And try not to wait until midnight the night before your post-day to write, because you will be very, very sleepy the next day!)

Deb Tawna

Don’t be so hard on yourself (and pause to snicker at any & all hard-on jokes). Seriously, there will be a million times you want to kick yourself for missing promo opportunities or blowing off deadlines or finding yourself so far behind on emails that you consider changing your name and deleting your account. Cut yourself some slack, realize life is chaotic for all debut authors, and reward yourself well for all the things you are doing right.

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9 thoughts on “News Flash: August 28, 2011

  1. Thank you for the words of wisdom, ladies. And thank you for passing the baton; I hope I can make you proud or at least not regret that you picked me! Okay, time to gird my loins (go ahead, Tawna, make a joke) and get ready for our first post to go up tomorrow, which of course, happens to be mine.

    Thanks for everything!

  2. Thanks, ladies! You’ve all been wonderful. I’ve loved reading your posts and newsflashes this past year, and I’m looking forward to seeing your accomplishments fill the “Past Deb News.”

    Fortunately, Irene hasn’t been too hard on us (that was for you, Tawna). And at least she’s keeping me from dwelling on how nervous I am about officially donning the tiara. *grin*

  3. Boy, so much for kicking and screaming–it took a bloody HURRICANE to usher us in, right!? Kim, so glad to hear all is lit and safe where you are.

    Ladies, it has been such a ball (for those keeping score at home, I believe that entendre counts as DOUBLE points. Tawna, can I get a ruling on that?) but really, it has, getting to know you all through this debut year–and the advice is golden.

    Thank you for all of it, for everything–and here’s to more fun ahead!

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