Deb Eleanor Wants for Nothing

When you hit a certain age and a certain income level, gift-giving becomes hard.  There is probably someone in your life like this – they want for nothing, or the thing they want most cannot be bought. So I offer you this list of gifts for the person who wants for nothing. 1.  For the animal lover – a donation to Best Friends Animal Society.  Best Friends is an amazing…

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Deb Elise’s Favorite Family Tradition

This has been a really hard post for me, for some reason.  I keep thinking about different traditions from different times in my life, and I start writing, then delete and start all over again. But of all the traditions I’ve almost written about, one continues to pop into my head.  I keep passing it over because it’s not the funniest or the most clever… it’s not even original to…

Monday, December 20, 2010

News Flash: December 19, 2010

Contest Winner! Congrats to Florinda who won Léna Roy’s Edges! From the 2011 Debs… Though Deb Tawna has known since last spring that her debut novel is scheduled to hit shelves in August 2011, she finally has an official release date to circle on the calendar. Sourcebooks, Inc. will release MAKING WAVES on Tuesday, August 2, 2011. Let the countdown begin! Deb Tawna is also celebrating a fun interview series…

Sunday, December 19, 2010

The Debutante Ball Welcomes Laurie Halse Anderson!

Congrats to contest winner Leslie Nagel! It is an extreme pleasure for us to welcome the incomparable Laurie Halse Anderson to The Debutante Ball.  While we could rave on and on about her and her incredible body of work, we’ll let her speak for herself.  As she says on her website: Laurie Halse Anderson is the New York Times-bestselling author who writes for kids of all ages.  Known for tackling…

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Deb Tawna finds rejection laughable…er, mostly

There are ways to find humor in anything life hands you. Even rejection. That’s what we’re talking about this week at The Debutante Ball, and it’s a subject near and dear to my heart. If you’re not regular reader of my blog, Don’t Pet Me, I’m Writing, you might not know the story. For the sake of keeping it brief, here’s the short version: I took my first stab at…

Friday, December 17, 2010

Deb Sarah’s Method for Dealing With Rejection? Self-Induced Amnesia

Every writer knows rejection well, and in my career, I’ve certainly seen plenty of it: a.) the magazine editor who turned down a story I was really excited about on the basis that there were three typos in my pitch (oops, and ouch!); the big fat no I got when an agent who read my first novel (which didn’t sell, thank goodness for that) declared that I needed to rewrite…

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Reject: When Syllabic Emphasis Counts

Reject. To turn away. Re-ject. Big fat loser. Same spelling but the pronunciation makes a world of difference. As writers, we get rejections on a regular basis from agents, if we’re querying, from literary, newspaper, blog and magazine editors. So many people out there who can tell us, “No.” It’s hard not to feel like the second pronunciation, a real reject. The loser kind. Some folks can’t handle the rejection and quit…

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

At Least Deb Eleanor Is in Good Company…

I consider myself a loser, and no matter how many good things come to me, I probably always will.  As a matter of fact, if you’re the kind of person who ever said the words, “I’m a WINNER!” with any degree of seriousness, you are probably not very interesting. I’m looking at you, Tony Robbins. We will never be BFFL. To me, losers, rejects, acned teenagers who write bad poetry,…

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Deb Elise Rejects This Topic Entirely

I don’t really reject the topic, I just liked that title. The truth is, I’m actually embracing the topic.  I even try to embrace rejection, though I handle that better with some things than with others. So in that spirit, I bring you my Ten Tales of Personal Rejection, in no particular order.  In most of them, I’m the rejected, but in a couple instances I’m the quite awful rejector….

Monday, December 13, 2010

News Flash: December 12, 2010

From the 2011 Debs… Deb Elise has her ARCS!!!!  They’re now OUT THERE, most notably on Net Galley — she keeps hearing from wonderfully awesome bloggers who have already downloaded it and added it to their “to read” pile.  Elise is insanely excited, and only a little bit nervous, breathing into a paper bag just a few times an hour. Past Deb News… Sarah Pekkanen has reviewed another book for…

Sunday, December 12, 2010