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News Flash: Announcing the 2018 Debs!

BIG NEWS! The 2017 Debs are thrilled to announce The Debutante Ball Class of 2018! We will be doing a detailed introduction soon, but we are so excited to share the names of next year’s Debs. Please join us in welcoming: Julie Clark Kimmery Martin Cass Morris Lara Lillibridge Please join us in welcoming these…
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Louise’s Favorite Debuts of 2015

This week we are sharing some of our favorite books that we have read over the past year. My top three have something in common—they are all debuts! I have a soft spot for author’s first novels, and always go out of my way to read them. These are the stories the writers couldn’t let…
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News Flash: Summer fun, Writing fun, & a Giveaway!

Congratulations to Vickie P. and Carol Boyer, winners of guest author Adria Cimino’s PARIS, RUE DES MARTYRS e-books! Check back next Sunday for the winner of guest author Vicki Lesage’s CONFESSIONS OF A PARIS PARTY GIRL…     From the 2015 Debs: Colleen Oakley is excited that she’s been asked to speak at the Decatur Book Festival on a panel with Patti Callahan…
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Let’s Fight the Good Fight: #WeNeedDiverseBooks

Editor’s Note: Here at The Debutante Ball, we strive to give an insider look at our experiences with the publishing industry. But we also like to contribute to the dialogue on important topics in publishing, which is why this week we’ve decided to focus on diversity— and have each asked a guest author to discuss…
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5 Things To Love About THE COINCIDENCE OF COCONUT CAKE

I’m a sucker for books about food. Especially if those books include magical realism, like GARDEN SPELLS and LIKE WATER FOR CHOCOLATE, or a sweet bit of romance, like Amy’s debut (which released yesterday, folks, in case you missed the excitement!) — THE COINCIDENCE OF COCONUT CAKE. It’s the story of Lou — a Milwaukee…
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News Flash: Awards, Paperbacks, Parties, & a Giveaway!

Congratulations to Shelby Neuzil, winner of guest author Kristy Woodson Harvey’s DEAR CAROLINA! Check back next Sunday for this week’s winner of guest author Gail Nall’s BREAKING THE ICE & YOU’RE INVITED … Reminder: Time is almost up, but we’re still taking applications for the Deb Class of 2016! You have until July 17th to submit your…
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News Flash: Camp (Mommy & NaNo), New Books and Debut Fever

Congratulations to Michelle Westenbroek, winner of guest author Lori Nelson Spielman’s SWEET FORGIVENESS! Check back next Sunday for this week’s winner of guest author Kristy Woodson Harvey’s DEAR CAROLINA… Reminder: We’re still taking applications for the Deb Class of 2016! You have until July 17th to submit your application. Looking forward to learning more about…
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News Flash: Our Books, Holidays & Giveaways!

Congratulations to Nancy Allen, winner of the signed copy of ELECTRIC CITY by guest author Elizabeth Rosner! Check back next Sunday for this week’s winner of VANESSA AND HER SISTER by guest author Priya Parmar …       From the 2015 Debs: Colleen Oakley is thrilled about the great reviews for BEFORE I GO in…
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News Flash: Hardcover in hand, Book Design, and (lots) more writing!

Congratulations to Jamie McCauley, winner of the signed copy of Shelly King’s debut, THE MOMENT OF EVERYTHING!  Check back next Sunday for this week’s winner of a signed copy of TOP TEN CLUES YOU’RE CLUELESS by guest author Liz Czukas…   From the 2015 Debs: Colleen Oakley got her very first hardcover copy hot off…
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Why You Should Promote Yourself (or at least get your mom to do it for you)…

I have never been afraid of a little self-promotion. Maybe it started when I was 15 months old and my baby sister was born, and I needed to remind my parents I was here first. Or perhaps it was in high school when I ran for student government and had to outline my plans and…
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