Deb Sarah Wants to Go Back to Tahiti … to Read!

I’m going to tell you something personal. I have never read more voraciously than on my honeymoon. No, I did not neglect my husband, thankyouverymuch, but those 10 days we spent in 2001 in French Polynesia—on Tahiti and the nearby island, Moorea—turned out to be perfect for reading. We stayed in a beach bungalow for a week, then in a tres chic overwater bungalow, and I read so many books…

Thursday, March 31, 2011

J’aime Lire En Paris: Deb Kim

Oh, yes, I love to read in Paris. In fact, it’s one of the only places I choose to read at all!  The cafe’s, L’Arc de Triomphe and Eiffel tower nearby to amuse me.  It’s glorious. And don’t forget the soft pillow, digital clock at my side and three sleeping children down the hall. I read in bed. And my bedclothes are a gorgeous (no longer available) pattern from Garnet…

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Deb Eleanor’s Moral Dilemma

If you’ve read The Weird Sisters you know that one of the major themes is the ways in which books and reading influence our lives.  My parents always taught me to take something to read wherever I went, because you never know when you are going to be stuck somewhere and need a little diversion. Frankly, I find unexpected delays delightful, because I get to sneak in a few more…

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Deb Elise’s Loo-ve of Reading

Oh, come on… I can’t be the only one. It’s not so much that the loo is my favorite place to read, but it’s certainly the most reliably uninterrupted.  At least, now it is.  For the first four years of my daughter’s life, she was always in there with me, which didn’t stop me from reading, but definitely lowered my concentration level.  She still wants to come in, but I’ve…

Monday, March 28, 2011

News Flash: March 27th, 2011

Congrats to Missy who won Science of Single by Rachel Machachek. From the 2011 Debs… Deb Sarah recently sent her agent the first 100 pages of her third novel. Fingers crossed! Deb Eleanor had an amazing west coast tour and got to meet Deb Sarah AND Deb Elise. I am so lucky! Next up – Little Rock, AR, Columbia and St. Louis, MO, and Orlando, FL! Deb Kim will be…

Sunday, March 27, 2011

The Debutante Ball welcomes Kristan Higgins (+ win a copy of her new release!)

The Debutante Ball is squealing with delight over having renowned romantic comedy author Kristan Higgins here to take a stylish twirl around the dance floor. Kristan Higgins is a USA Today bestselling author and two-time winner of the RITA Award from Romance Writers of America. Her romantic comedies have been published in many languages and on four continents, which is quite thrilling to the author, who lives in her small…

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Title Deb Tawna’s book and win an advance copy!

We’ve been talking about social media all week at the Debutante Ball, and I’m thrilled to tell you that we’re going to put it to good use right here, right now. Excited? Don’t pee. It’s no secret in publishing that book titles can change for a variety of strategic reasons. Sourcebooks, Inc. is publishing my debut romantic comedy in August, and in an effort to make sure we have the…

Friday, March 25, 2011

Deb Sarah on Being an Author in the Year 2011

I’m grateful for lots of things about modern living—epidurals, electricity, antibiotics, etc.—but as I think about the year 2011, I especially love how social media (Twitter, Facebook, etc.) has been such a plus for writers. Here’s the thing, when I think about what being an author must have been like in the last century, I kind of cringe. Writing with quill and ink by candlelight. Entrusting your manuscript to the…

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Tweeto, Tweetas, Tweetat

OK, so maybe you can’t conjugate Twitter in Latin, but I gave it a shot. Social media…. Oh boy. When I first joined writing blogs and Yahoo groups (remember those?) everyone said that as a writer we needed to build a platform using social media to engage and “presell” readers.  Even fiction writers, we were told, needed a platform to sell. Brother… Writing used to be a solitary art. Anyone…

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Deb Eleanor Predicts the Future

I’ve been involved in social networking in one way or another for years.  I was an early adopter of the web, of Usenet news, of AOL and Yahoo! chat rooms, and more. So I got to thinking about where we’ve come from in terms of social networking, and I found this little gem – a graph of social networking usage in September 2007, from Nielsen. AOL Hometown? MySpace? Remember those?…

Tuesday, March 22, 2011