[News Flash] March 18, 2018

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Sunday, March 18, 2018

Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Jessica Strawser! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of NOT THAT I COULD TELL. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet: Interview w/ Jessica Strawser + Giveaway for NOT THAT I COULD TELL https://t.co/yVcqbQylat pic.twitter.com/7u14G1LYDH — The Debutante Ball (@DebutanteBall) March 17, 2018   News from the 2018 Debs:   Cass Morris moved!…


Say What, Now?

Thursday, March 15, 2018

THE CALL. The CALL. THE call. The call has reached legendary status among querying writers. Stories told at writing conferences over drinks, everyone with their own version. With my very first offer, the agent emailed me to say, “I loved your manuscript and I’d like to set up a time to chat.” This will incite great panic in writers, because they suddenly begin to gaslight themselves. Is the agent calling…


[News Flash] March 11, 2018

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Sunday, March 11, 2018

Congratulations to @SFBluestocking, winner of our #DebBallGiveaway of Lara Elena Donnelly’s Nebula-Nominated AMBERLOUGH!   Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Nicole Brinkley, whose post about establishing a relationship with your local bookstore is so informative and helpful!  News from the 2018 Debs:  Cass Morris is really pleased that moving to another city is currently distracting her from freaking out about release-related things. (This is a lie. It’s not a distraction. She’s just freaking…


Tips for Handling the Edit Letter

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Thursday, March 1, 2018

      This week we’re talking about edit letters, and today I’m going to talk about what to do WITH your edit letter…concrete strategies to make something that feels overwhelming just a little more manageable. Getting an edit letter is hard. It can sometimes be painful to realize how much work you have left to do. While fishermen sit around comparing the size of the fish they’ve caught, writers…


Speaking of Distractions…

Friday, January 12, 2018

I totally forgot to write my blog post yesterday. This isn’t a bit. I was distracted by life and day job and eight million other things and totally freaking spaced. So definitely listen to what I’m about to tell you. Writing has never been an act of perfection for me. I write messy first drafts and carve moments out of my life wherever I can find them to get words…


[News Flash] January 7, 2018

Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Katherine Locke! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of The Girl With The Red Balloon. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet: Interview with Katherine Locke (@bibliogato) + Giveaway of THE GIRL WITH THE RED BALLOON https://t.co/OaUKQqEld6 pic.twitter.com/Xj6APn4tMu — The Debutante Ball (@DebutanteBall) January 6, 2018 News from the 2018 Debs:  …

Sunday, January 7, 2018

So Begins the Year of Disconnect

Thursday, January 4, 2018

That may sound strange, coming from someone about to launch a book into the world, who will have to promote that book, sign hundreds of copies of that book, speak and write about said book to (hopefully) hundreds of people.   But my hope for this year is to stay disconnected—from my ego, which is eager to read reviews of THE ONES WE CHOOSE, comparing them to others, being on…


2018: Hope is like the sun

Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy New Year! For us Debs that means… our year is here! At last! This is both exciting and, well, terrifying. My book comes out in 105 days, and that simultaneously feels like it will never get here and like there’s still so much to do in so little time. I’m a high-functioning bundle of nerves on a good day, so I can only imagine how tightly-wound I’m likely to…


[News Flash] December 31, 2017

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Sunday, December 31, 2017

Congratulations to @LilySasson, winner of our #DebBallGiveaway of GOOD BONES by Maggie Smith.   Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, JAMIE QUESTALL author of BY A CHARM AND A CURSE. Check out our interview here: Interview with @JaimeQuestall, Author of BY A CHARM AND A CURSE! https://t.co/plWzZnc9o9 — The Debutante Ball (@DebutanteBall) December 30, 2017   News from the 2018 Debs:   Cass Morris finished her copy edits, sent her dedication & acknowledgments in,…


Lara’s 8 Favorite Books of 2017

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

I decided to limit myself to eight books, because eight is my lucky number. Besides, many of us have a short attention span and ten books seems like too many. I selected three novels, two Young Adult, and three memoir.  Here are my Eight favorite books that came into print in 2017:   The novels: Beartown  by Fredrick Backman. This story could take place in any small town in any…