The Fat Lady’s Singing: The End of My Deb Year

“Tomorrow’s gone—we’ll have tonight!”
―Dorothy Parker

This is it. I have no more tomorrows. This is my final Deb Ball post. Feels strange as I’m starting so many other things: my older child became a teenager last week, and in just three weeks, he will become a bar mitzvah. My younger is starting her first year in middle school. My whirlwind book tour ramps up in October. The Jewish new year, Rosh Hashanah, is just around the corner. Book #2 is in a fledgling state. This is the end of my life as a Deb, but it’s only the beginning of my career as an author.

Blogging on Deb Ball has given me such an incredible, broad perspective on publishing. My fellow Debs all had such different experiences, and I feel like I came out so much more knowledgable than I was going in. But it’s also given me all of you, friends I’ve gotten to spend virtual time with over this past year. I confess I’m a little weepy at the idea of not being here next year. It’s senior year of high school all over again. We should be passing around yearbooks: “Don’t do anything I wouldn’t do!”; “LYLAS” (Love ya like a sister); “Don’t change!”

All of our finished booksI’m excited for the next class of Debs. I know Crystal, Amy, Lynn, Jenni, and Tiffany will have wonderful adventures of their own. But honestly, I’m more excited for Louise, Heather, Aya, Abby, and myself, as we settle into our lives as authors. We have experience now. Yes, there’s still more to learn, but we have so much to share, which I will continue to do on other venues. I hope you’ll stick with me, as this past year I’ve jumped feet first into social media. You can follow my continuing writerly adventures on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Goodreads, as well as on my own blog, which will be updated much more frequently now that I won’t be writing here anymore.

On my publication day, I received the most wonderful e-mail from my agent, which I’ll always treasure. She reminded me that I may write many, many more books in the future, but that first publication day happens but once. I am so thrilled I was able to share it with all of you. Thank you.

“UR 2 cool 2 be 4gotten.”

xo

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Jennifer S. Brown is the author of MODERN GIRLS (NAL/Penguin). The novel, set in 1935 in the Lower East Side of New York, is about a Russian-born Jewish mother and her American-born unmarried daughter. Each discovers that she is expecting, although the pregnancies are unplanned and unwanted, in this story about women’s roles, standards, and choices, set against the backdrop of the impending war. Learn more at www.jennifersbrown.com.