Pro-Tips: How To Name Your Characters

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Are you struggling to come up with cool, original names for your characters? Here are some solutions. If you’re writing about your family members and you don’t want them to know, switch their names around. For example, if you have a husband named David and a dog named Tucker, reverse them. Have a toxic ex-boyfriend in your life? Cleanse yourself by naming the worst person in the entire fictional universe…

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“Three-ways are complicated” and other expert advice on dialogue

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Calling Debut Authors! Now Accepting Applications for the 2018 Debutante Ball! Read this post to learn more. Hurry! THE DEADLINE IS JULY 28! The paperback edition of SMALL ADMISSIONS releases today, and I have been thinking a lot about what I’ve learned as a writer this year. Like, how have I grown and improved? In particular, I’ve been giving the art of dialogue a lot of thought, asking myself, “How…

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It’s your LAUNCH PARTY. Don’t fuck it up.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

  Amy’s Launch Party Dos and Don’ts Notify the bookstore in advance that you’re planning to have your launch there. They tend to be real party-poopers when you just show up with a margarita machine,a fajita grill, and a Mariachi band. Don’t go to someone else’s launch expecting to be able to co-host it. That writer may be a diva who insists on being the center of attention; some authors…

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Making Tons of Money Writing Fiction? Or “The Case of the Missing Advance”

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

CAST OF CHARACTERS Scott: An accountant. Hair parted neatly to one side, slightly awkward, mid-thirties, three-piece suit. Anne: A writer. Early fifties, wearing cute jeans and a jacket, an expensive but worn handbag. Her roots need attention. Scott sits at a desk in his generic office. Anne knocks on the door.   Anne: Hello?   Scott: Hi, Anne? Nice to meet you. Come in, please.   Anne: Thanks for seeing me.  …

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Senior Year Sick Notes

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

As part of our week on “character spin-offs,” I’m sharing an epistolary piece on parenting a high school senior. (Been there, done that. Two times.) Enjoy!   9/9 Dear Ms. Tissler, I hope you had a terrific summer! Just wanted to let you know that Nick is missing school for the next 3 days. We’re heading to the west coast for college visits! Too far away, but I’ll let him look….

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Time for Spring… and the Deb Ball News Flash!

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Congratulations to Nancy Harris, winner of our #DebBallGiveaway of FOLLOW ME DOWN by Sherri Smith. News from the 2017 Debs Tiffany D. Jackson is writing, writing, writing! Crystal King has lost her voice due to illness and is rather annoyed that Alexa won’t turn on the lights for her because it can’t hear/understand her. But this means she won’t be sick for her book launch on April 25, right? Amy Poeppel was thrilled to get…

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Happy Valentine’s Day! Jim + Mallory = ?

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Breaking Up Is Hard To Do Dear Mallory, It’s over. Please return my grey cashmere sweater at your earliest convenience. It was a gift from my mother. Jim   Dear Jim, We were dating? That’s so sweet. I didn’t realize. I think you’re a great guy, but since we only just met, it hadn’t occurred to me that we were in a relationship. Why, may I ask, are you breaking up…

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Gratification Now! A Self-Care Guide

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Whenever I think about caring for oneself, I always remember the well-known, highly effective parenting technique that I utilized with my own kids, called Gratification Now. It works really well. And teaches wonderful, life-long lessons. The idea is that whenever you’re feeling depleted, low, sad, tired, hungry, or have a need of any kind, just give yourself what you need, whatever that may be, and do it without delay! Gratification…

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Wondering What Your Kid Is Saying To That Nice Interviewer?

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

And there you are, sitting in the waiting area, while your 9-year-old son Steven is off interviewing with the head of admissions from Milton Middle School. You’re trying to wait patiently, but you can’t help wondering, “What will he talk about if I’m not there to prod him along? Will he stick to good topics? Will he ask interesting questions?” Meanwhile, in the admissions office down the hall, the interviewer and Steven have taken their seats. (Brace yourself… Your kid…

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News Flash: Busy Week for the Debs – From Ultramarathons to Open Mics

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Congratulations to Theresa Snyder for winning a copy of THE ASSISTANTS by  Camille Perri!  We send our thanks to Anjali Mitter Duva for being our guest on The Debutante Ball yesterday! If you haven’t already, please pick up a copy of her novel FAINT PROMISE OF RAIN.  You can still enter the GIVEAWAY: RETWEET on Twitter, and/or SHARE on Facebook by noon (EST) September 30th to win a copy of FAINT PROMISE OF RAIN (US only). We’ll select and contact the…

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