Louise at the Frick, by Deb Emily

When I was 17, I visited the Frick Collection in New York with my friends Mary and Laurance. The Frick is just the right size to visit the whole of it in one day, and has the prettiest women’s bathroom in the city. My favorite way to enjoy a museum is to focus on only a few special pieces that draw me in, and pass the rest. We wandered the…

Monday, January 11, 2010

News Flash, January 10

Deb Maria has been quite busy doing radio and newspaper interviews promoting her upcoming book “101 Ways to Torture Your Husband.”  The book officially hits stores Monday, January 18th (OMG!) but its already creating quite a buzz in media circles.  Here’s a Christian radio show in Wisconsin discussing the book and their thoughts about “Torture.”  Very entertaining.  A MUST listen! Click here:  www.markgungorshow.com and scroll down to the show on 12-31-09.  Deb Joelle’s publisher…

Sunday, January 10, 2010

The Debs welcome author Beth Feldman

The Debs are thrilled to welcome Beth Feldman, a former television network executive who pole vaulted off the corporate ladder to launch Role Mommy, an online community and events company dedicated to inspiring busy moms to pursue their passion while raising a family.  She’s the co-author of Peeing in Peace:  Tales & Tips for Type A Moms (the book featured in the essay below) and is the author and editor…

Saturday, January 9, 2010

There’s a string on my finger by Deb Joelle

There is something I am supposed to do tonight. I just can’t remember what it is. I know there is, because I have a red string tied around my finger. I put it there for a reason. It’s on my wedding ring finger, which means “do it by Thursday.” Why does the wedding ring finger mean Thursday? Well, I start on Monday, which is my thumb. My index finger is…

Friday, January 8, 2010

The “dead” zone….

I’ve never been a big fan of deadlines –and it’s probably because the word starts with “dead” which isn’t exactly pleasant I guess (kinda like “die” in diet).  Yessiree, deadlines have always been a big problem for me, especially when it came to school science projects.  As an admitted lifetime chronic procrastinator, I would always wait until the absolute final day to decide what I would make, buy the necessary…

Thursday, January 7, 2010

The Midpoint and the Long Race

Self-imposed deadlines can be tricky. Too lax, and you’ll wind up with Writer Who Doesn’t Write Syndrome. Too strict, and you’ll get what Dennis Lehane calls Ticking Clock Syndrome. For me, the key was finding a midpoint between these two extremes. For many years, I had Writer Who Doesn’t Write Syndrome. Though I dreamed of publishing, countless issues all “prevented” me from writing. I was “too busy/naïve/tired/sick of the computer/bereft…

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Deb Sarah usually squeaks in under deadlines…

As a former reporter, I’m used to print deadlines, and I’ve always loved the rhythm they create. Newsrooms tend to come alive slowly in the mornings as reporters wander in clutching jumbo cups of steaming coffee and little steno notebooks. Then tension slowly grows throughout the day until around five o’clock, when fingers frantically click against keyboards and shouts of “What’s another word for ‘corrupt’?” and “I need that story…

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

All is Vanity, by Deb Emily

If deadlines don’t exist, I have to invent them. I don’t always achieve my personal deadlines, but I usually come close. They’re my way of breaking down a huge task (write a book!) into manageable chunks. I wrote The Whole World in a year, entirely on self-imposed deadlines (well, and one looming contest deadline; I didn’t win). Now that I have external deadlines for the next book, I’m amazed at…

Monday, January 4, 2010

News Flash, January 3rd

HAPPY 2010 EVERYONE!!!! Deb Alum Jenny Gardiner has a funny video featuring Graycie, star of her upcoming memoir, WINGING IT: A MEMOIR OF CARING FOR A VENGEFUL PARROT WHO’S DETERMINED TO KILL ME (Simon & Schuster Gallery Books/March 2010). Have a look and please forward on to friends if you enjoy it! Deb Maria has landed her first official SIGNING gig! The legendary Book Revue in Huntington, NY is welcoming Maria on Saturday,…

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Graduate Deb Eileen Cook is back with a new book!

The Debs are thrilled to welcome back Founding Deb Eileen Cook. Eileen’s first book, a romantic comedy titled Unpredictable was released in February 2008 and optioned by New Line Cinema and Benderspink Productions. Her next book, a young adult novel, What Would Emma Do, was released in December 2008. Author Meg Cabot said, “Sassy and sly and sweet all at the same time, this book made me laugh out loud.” Her latest,…

Saturday, January 2, 2010