Sleepy… Soooooooooo Sleepy


I’m not sure what the topic for this week is. I’m not even sure what week it is. Because, twins. This is a snapshot of what’s going through my brain right now: babiescrying milk bottles diapers hungryagain morecrying morediapers morecrying sleepy sleepy mewantsleep whencanIsleep????sleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep sleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep. So, taking a quick hiatus from the blog this week…
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News Flash: Updates, More Writing, and a Giveaway!


Congratulations to Natasha Schumacher and Robin Jordan, winners of THE LAST BREATH by guest author Kimberly Belle! Check back next Sunday for this week’s winner THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY by guest author Bethany Chase …     From the 2015 Debs: Colleen Oakley’s twins have arrived!!! Congrats to her and her family! Amy E. Reichert…
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Author Bethany Chase, THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY & a Giveaway!


We’re thrilled to welcome guest author Bethany Chase to the Ball this week, and can’t wait to read her upcoming debut novel, THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY, which hits shelves March 31st! (How gorgeous is that cover?!) Here’s what Emily Giffin (yes, THE Emily Giffin) had to say about Bethany’s book: “A warm, witty, and…
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Awesome Editor Emilia Rhodes Talks Must-Have Author Traits, Books She Covets and Tiny Pretty Things

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Today I have the great honor of introducing you all to my editor at HarperTeen, Emilia Rhodes! Emilia came on board as editor for TINY PRETTY THINGS just as we were wrapping up book one, and we really got to work together as we hashed out the plot for book two — a five-hour brainstorming session…
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Meet Michelle Meade, Editor Extraordinaire (also, it’s COVER time…)


Meet Michelle: Michelle Meade is an editor at MIRA who enjoys books, Doritos and wine—preferably at the same time. She joined Harlequin in 2010 as a proofreader, where she spent her days happily making romance grammatically correct. In 2011 she became a part of MIRA team, where she enjoys the thrill of discovering new voices…
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Meet Kate Dresser – Editor Extraordinaire


Here’s a crazy thing about publishing – you are often required to work with people you have never meet in person and trust them with your life’s work. It’s a little unnerving. But I had nothing to worry about. Kate Dresser is a manuscript whisperer – she knew where I wanted to take my story before I did….
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5 Qs for My Editor: Karen Kosztolnyik


My smart, funny, margarita-loving editor, Karen Kosztolnyik.

When my agent first told me about Karen Kosztolnyik, the executive editor at Gallery that had acquired my book, she said: “You’re going to love her. She likes margaritas as much as you do.” And she was right, that did make me love her. But Karen also has a million other qualities that make her the perfect editor for me and BEFORE I GO. Namely, that she not only loved my book, but that she got it. When talking about Jack and Daisy, it felt like she knew who they were just as much as I did. We were figuratively — and literally — on the same page, during the editing process. So much so, that sometimes I felt like she could read my mind. I’m still not convinced that she can’t, because the first time I went to New York to meet her, we were wearing the exact same outfit. From head to toe. Eerie stuff, right?

Anyway, I don’t know what else you could want from an editor (good fashion taste, good liquor taste, and whip smart). So, without further ado, here is my editor extraordinaire Karen Kosztolnyik, to chat about the publishing business, and — of course— margaritas.

How many pages into a manuscript do you know it’s something you want to acquire?  Sometimes I know I want to acquire a project after reading the first few pages if the voice and concept immediately draw me in.  However, I do need to finish reading the whole manuscript before making an offer, just to make sure it doesn’t irrevocably fall apart.

When you’re looking to work with an author, what are the three things that are most important to you?
I always like to talk to the author before acquiring the project, and generally I look for three things:  having a great attitude; being amenable to doing revisions; realizing the author is entering into a partnership with an editor, so knowing we will be on the same team working hard for each other.

What was it about my book that made you say, “YES!”?
I was immediately captured by your winning voice!  It felt like I was getting to know a friend. You had a wonderful ability at being able to create relatable characters, to end each chapter with a punch to the gut, and you were able to handle difficult subject matter with a down-to-earth quality and humor that made the read enjoyable and not maudlin in the slightest. Your book had a lot of heart to it, which is exactly the type of book I love to acquire. These qualities made the ending to your novel hit me extra hard!

If you were a drink, what drink would you be and why?
I would definitely be a margarita. Being a gal from Texas, it’s the unofficial state drink—and it also happens to be my favorite! (I think it might be your favorite drink, too, Colleen??)

Which recent book do you wish you had acquired?
I really loved WHERE DID YOU GO, BERNADETTE. It quickly became one of my favorite books, and I dearly wished I had acquired it. I love how smart the writing it is. It’s full of humor regarding all-too-human foibles, but there is also a lot of heart to it.


News Flash: Cover Talk, Twin Watch 2015 & a Giveaway!


Congratulations to Fernando Avila, winner of DOVE ARISING by guest author Karen Bao! Check back next Sunday for this week’s winners (two books to giveaway!) of THE LAST BREATH by guest author Kimberly Belle …     From the 2015 Debs: Colleen Oakley is psyched that her agent sold rights for BEFORE I GO to Korea!…
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Kimberly Belle on happiness, THE LAST BREATH & a giveaway!


We’re thrilled to have Kimberly Belle — author of the suspenseful and emotionally charged THE LAST BREATH (Harlequin MIRA) — with us as this week’s debut guest author! Here’s the blurb: Humanitarian aid worker Gia Andrews chases disasters around the globe for a living. It’s the perfect lifestyle to keep her far away from her…
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