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News Flash: Contests, Revisions & other Debut Author Fun!

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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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Linda Gray Sexton and Her Years of Being BESPOTTED (book giveaway!)

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For you dog lovers like me, this week’s post is a treat for you. Linda Gray Sexton is here to talk about her new book BESPOTTED: MY FAMILY’S LOVE AFFAIR WITH THIRTY-EIGHT DALMATIONS,  a memoir speaking to the growth of its author into a different phase of her life—one dominated by joy—and uniquely examines how one…
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“It’s better that it’s better than sooner” and other words of wisdom

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There are no shortage of inspiring quotes and lists of advice from great writers. The internet is full of them. Go ahead. Google “writing advice.” See? There’s no end to it. But the two best pieces of writing advice I’ve ever had came from unexpected places: an agent who is not longer an agent and a…
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Advice for Writers Who Are Also Parents: “Everything is copy.”

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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…

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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

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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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News Flash: Contests, Copy Edits, and Life as Debut Authors!

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Congratulations to Kellyn McGee, winner of THE MOMENT OF EVERYTHING by our very own Deb, Shelly King! Check back next Sunday for this week’s winner of a copy of Hillary Monahan‘s debut novel, MARY: THE SUMMONING…     From the 2015 Debs: Colleen Oakley is busy working on her tour events for BEFORE I GO. A…
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Guest Saturday: Perseverance and Snake Wrangling with Hillary Monahan

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Stopping by The Ball this week is the frightfully talented Hillary Monahan, debut author of the scary YA novel MARY: THE SUMMONING. The book explores the urban myth of Bloody Mary, making her less myth and more vengeful specter. As I’m a full blown coward when it comes to horror of any kind (I was particularly scarred…
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