Time for the Weekly Deb NewsFlash!

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

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

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

THE BOOK OF SPECULATION by Erika Swyler

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…
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The Ides of March, aka Three Weeks to Book Launch

MODERN GIRLS by Jennifer S. Brown

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…
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Louise’s Half-Time Update

The City Baker's Guide to Country Living by Louise Miller

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…
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Book marketing … WHO REALLY KNOWS?

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

*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,…
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Want to curate creativity? Be curious, go running, don’t ditch the bad ideas.

I’ve had this blog post sitting on my desktop — unwritten aside from title — for two days now. The original title? CREATIVITY. Pretty creative, eh? Because here’s the thing about creativity…at least MY creativity…it’s usually flowing strong but not always in the direction it needs to be going. As I write this I have…
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