News Flash, December 20

Graduate Deb Eve’s FIRST COMES LOVE, THEN COMES MALARIA was chosen by as a “great gift for armchair travelers!” Catch up with Graduate Deb Kristina Riggle over on Deb Joelle’s website, where she was the guest for Wild Card Wednesday and enter to win her fabulous book, Real Life & Liars!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Dedications and un-dedications, as told by Liz Jensen

Liz Jensen’s seventh novel, The Rapture, was published in August by Doubleday. From the starred review in Publisher’s Weekly: “In gorgeous prose, Jensen paints a depressing but oddly hopeful portrait of a modern doomsday scenario.” And from Irvine Welsh, author of Trainspotting: “[The Rapture is] a masterclass on how to write an engaging thriller about a relevant contemporary issue while still respecting the reader’s brain cells …. you’ll be gripped.” Liz Jensen…

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Dedicated Storytellers by Deb Joelle

When I got the idea for Restoring Harmony, it hit me like a ton of bricks, which was pretty cool. The scariest thing about it though, was that it wasn’t like any story I’d ever written before (aspiring writers take note – novels I’d written before = unpublished, taking a chance with RH = published manuscript) and I honestly didn’t know if I could do it at times. The thing…

Friday, December 18, 2009

Dedications can make for altercations

Many authors have likened the book writing process to pregnancy, labor, and delivery. Now that I’m at the end of the journey, I completely agree.  There are moments of disbelief, followed by tough grunge work, and then utter bliss when you are finally holding your pride and joy.  My book arrived 2 weeks ago, and it still feels like a dream. Just in case you haven’t figured it out, “101…

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Some cool dedications …

I recently emailed my editor the SIMPLY FROM SCRATCH dedication, but I won’t reveal it here and now, eight months before you can hold the book in your hands. I like to imagine readers cracking it open for the very first time, turning the first few pages, and absorbing the dedication as part of the book itself. I’m reminded of the scene in Annie Hall when Annie and Alvy arrive…

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

The guy behind Deb Sarah’s book

The dedication for my novel was probably the easiest line I wrote in those 388 pages. I didn’t even have to think about it. But first a little background: Like most lawyers who work in D.C., my husband doesn’t exactly adore his job. He hates arguing and is allergic to stress (true story: once, in the middle of a heated argument, I glanced over to see that he’d fallen asleep….

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

“For You” by Deb Emily

I once participated in an online discussion of book dedications, and “Mom and Dad” were top of the list for most people. Also, English teachers and spouses. Apologies to Mom, Dad, my sweetheart and the memory of Mr. Hamingson. I dedicated my book to Derek Black. Derek loves books. How much? In lieu of an engagement ring, he gave his fiancee his five favorite books, his most precious possessions, as…

Monday, December 14, 2009

Newsflash, December 13th

Australian publisher Pier 9 acquired rights to SIMPLY FROM SCRATCH by Deb Alicia Bessette. Congrats to Julie P. at Booking Mama, who won a free copy of A DISOBEDIENT GIRL, the debut novel by Ru Freeman. Ru guest-blogged at the Ball last Saturday. Thanks to all who commented!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Researching to find my dream job, by Alvina Ling

Alvina Ling, Senior Editor at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, acquires children’s books for all ages (baby through teen), and is particularly interested in literary middle-grade fiction and books with multicultural themes. Some of her recent publications include the New York Times bestselling picture books Wabi Sabi by Mark Reibstein, illustrated by Ed Young, and The Curious Garden by Peter Brown; Eggs by Jerry Spinelli; Edgar Award winner The…

Saturday, December 12, 2009

A Writer’s Guide to Research by Deb Joelle

Research – a writers guide to the different terms and their meanings In Depth – research that must be completed outside the home, prior to even one word being committed to paper. Usually involves many cups of tea or coffee on location, so ambiance can be soaked up. Also, writer must carry either a small notebook and expensive pen, or a Mac Air. Total immersion in subject being studied is…

Friday, December 11, 2009