Didn’t See That Coming: My Debut Year’s “OMG” Moments

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

For about thirty years, I hoped that I would write and publish a book. And then it happened. Thirty years is a long time to anticipate something, and yet, the year has been full of surprises. There were a lot of things that I was anxious about from the outset, but there were many that I never expected. I’ve had loads of “OMG” moments — both good and bad. Here…

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Writing While Female Or: No Boys Allowed?

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Who run the world? Girls (girls) Who run the world? Girls (girls) -Beyoncé Knowles To preface this post, let me tell you a little about my home life: My family is made up of four large men, my husband and my three sons (ages 17, 20, and 23). And I have a boy dog. My apartment is buzzing with male energy and male smells. Boxers fill the laundry baskets and oversized…

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Time for the Weekly Deb NewsFlash!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Congratulations to Stacie Tyson, winner of our #DebBallGiveaway of THE CONFESSIONS OF YOUNG NERO by Margaret George. We send our thanks to former Deb Colleen Oakley for being our guest yesterday on The Debutante Ball. If you haven’t already, pick up a copy of CLOSE ENOUGH TO TOUCH or enter to win a copy by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet: RT to Enter! Interview w/ @OakleyColleen + #DebBallGiveaway of CLOSE ENOUGH…

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Deb Ball News Flash: Another Week in the Lives of Debut Writers

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Congratulations to Kathryn Balteff, winner of our #DebBallGiveaway of WRITING HARD STORIES by Melanie Brooks. We send our thanks to Margaret George for being our guest yesterday on The Debutante Ball. If you haven’t already, pick up a copy of THE CONFESSIONS OF YOUNG NERO or enter to win a copy by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet: RT to Enter! Interview w/ Margaret George + #DebBallGiveaway of CONFESSIONS…

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A Good Idea, A Game Plan, And Flexibility For The Win

Thursday, September 29, 2016

My path to publication had a few detours, pit stops & unexpected turns. But here I am: months away from my book babe hitting shelves. And, I can enthusiastically say my agent, Stacey Glick, is the mastermind behind my dream coming to fruition. I’ll prove it with a quick look at my journey (my second journey, to be honest, because I was previously agented for a different project), starting with my query…

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Interview with THE BOOK OF SPECULATION author Erika Swyler, and a BOOK GIVEAWAY!

THE BOOK OF SPECULATION by Erika Swyler
Saturday, June 18, 2016

I can’t remember how I first met Erika Swyler. I know it was online, because we haven’t met yet in person. I think I was probably fan-girling over her marvelous debut, THE BOOK OF SPECULATION, which was one of my absolute favorite books last year. It was also one of TARGET’S favorite books–they chose it as the Target Club pick for the month of June! Erika has become a friend…

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The Ides of March, aka Three Weeks to Book Launch

MODERN GIRLS by Jennifer S. Brown
Tuesday, March 15, 2016

It’s the Ides of March, the day Julius Caesar was assassinated and the day I give my six-month Deb check-in. Beware! So, what’s going on in my life these days? On no sugar: Utter failure. I made it three weeks before having to make “cameras” for my daughter’s Girl Scout troop. It wasn’t the graham crackers nor the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups nor the Hershey’s that did me in. No,…

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Louise’s Half-Time Update

The City Baker's Guide to Country Living by Louise Miller
Monday, March 14, 2016

It feels impossible to me that we Debutantes have already crossed the halfway point of our blogging together. I can’t imagine moving through my debut year without my fellow Debs. They have been an endless source of support—from listening to me freak out to making me belly laugh to telling me to get over some minor detail I am obsessing over (Jennifer Brown gave me a family saying that the…

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Book marketing … WHO REALLY KNOWS?

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

With six weeks to go until my book’s birthday, I find myself in this strange spot of feeling both antsy because I want time to speed up, and anxious at how quickly the days are passing. It reminds me a lot of the weeks preceding my wedding, and the birth of my daughter — something BIG was about to happen, most of the planning and preparation was in place, but…

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Making It (work): The *Art of Writing Sex.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

*Disclaimer: In no way am I suggesting I’ve mastered the art of (writing about) sex. Just so you know. Writing my first book was mostly an exercise in learning how NOT to write a book. Along with sorting out dialogue, tone, character arcs, tension, and pacing, I also had to sort out sex – specifically, how to write sex into a book. I thought it would be easy. After all,…

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