Life Lessons from Hollywood, With Love


People say book publishing is a hard game. Heck (haha, heck!), I’ve said it myself, right here on this very site. And I won’t deny it. But think publishing is hard? You should try Hollywood. That, there, is a true pit of despair. Because in LaLaLand, you can do everything right and still fail big…
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Publish or Perish: Two Sides of the Same Coin

Two sides of the same coin...or, travel mug.

I was a competitive gymnast growing up and the vault one of my best events. At least until this one competition, when my teammate fumbled her vault by running right into it instead of hand springing over it. As I watched her try again – running into it again – two things occurred to me:…
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The Pit of Despair


I’ve been writing seriously for about four years, not counting my years as a grad student when I wrote papers on equivocation in Shakespeare’s Macbeth (we won’t talk about how bad that paper was). The clock started when I outlined my first ideas for what became THE COINCIDENCE OF COCONUT CAKE. During those four years, I’ve…
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News Flash: Hardcover in hand, Book Design, and (lots) more writing!


Congratulations to Jamie McCauley, winner of the signed copy of Shelly King’s debut, THE MOMENT OF EVERYTHING!  Check back next Sunday for this week’s winner of a signed copy of TOP TEN CLUES YOU’RE CLUELESS by guest author Liz Czukas…   From the 2015 Debs: Colleen Oakley got her very first hardcover copy hot off…
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Guest Saturday with YA Author Liz Czukas + GIVEAWAY


Sometimes you want an adorable, funny, all-around delightful book about teenagers doing teenagery things– and our guest this week, Liz Czukas is a master. Her latest book, TOP TEN CLUES YOU’RE CLUELESS, arrives in stores Tuesday, December 9. According to Liz, TOP TEN CLUES YOU’RE CLUELESS is what happens when you spend too much time watching…
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3 Writing Tricks That Actually Work for the Master Procrastinator


This week’s post is all about ways to stay the course and get the words on the page. And reading all the tips from the other lovely Debs, I expected that light bulb moment. That “oh yes, here’s how I get through” genius. And then I realized something. I truly am a Master Procrastinator. Because…
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How I Write: Distractions, Muffins, & Deadlines


Writing is hard. Not because of the whole come up with an idea and make it interesting thing – though that isn’t exactly easy, either. What makes writing “hard,” at least in my books, is just how easy it is to NOT do it. Case in point: my latest book. I have a deadline, and…
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