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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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The Fabulous Renee Ahdieh Talks THE WRATH AND THE DAWN! + GIVEAWAY!

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I first met the awesome RENEE AHDIEH last year at BEA, and I liked her even before I knew what her amazing book, THE WRATH AND THE DAWN, was about. She’s a straight-shooting Southern belle with a strong penchant for food and books. What’s not to love? And her book? Well, trust me, you definitely…
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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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THE FIRST DRAFT OF ANYTHING IS SHIT. (Thanks, Ernest Hemingway)

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After writing four books, here’s what I’ve learned about drafting: it’s hard, frustrating, invigorating, confusing, inspiring, MESSY, and it sort of sucks. Author confession: I hate seriously dislike drafting. It reminds me a lot of those early days of dating – yes, there’s the excitement; the sizzle of THERE MIGHT REALLY BE SOMETHING HERE. But…
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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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News Flash: Our books go international, Revisions & a Giveaway!

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Congratulations to Sarah Cannon, winner of THE LOUDNESS by guest author Nick Courage! Check back next Sunday for this week’s winner of  THE FAR END OF HAPPY by guest author Kathryn Craft … Also, Happy Mother’s Day to all those celebrating today! From the 2015 Debs: Colleen Oakley celebrated pub day in the UK for BEFORE I…
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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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