Things Need Not Have Happened To Be True

Monday, December 11, 2017

I have long been a hoarder of quotes. I keep files and files full of them, some organized by theme, some separated by source. I genuinely miss the days when I could show them off and use them to express my current mood in AIM away messages or in LiveJournal subject lines. This week, the Debs are sharing some of our favorite quotes about writing, books, stories, all of that….


[News Flash] December 10, 2017

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Sunday, December 10, 2017

  Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Samira Ahmed, author of Love, Hate & Other Filters! Check out our interview Interview with @sam_aye_ahm, author of LOVE, HATE AND OTHER FILTERS — The Debutante Ball (@DebutanteBall) December 9, 2017   News from the 2018 Debs:   Cass Morris is hip-deep in copy edits and trying not to let them lead her into questioning everything about the way she uses language. As…


Interview with Samira Ahmed, Author of LOVE, HATE AND OTHER FILTERS

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Today I have the very great pleasure of introducing a friend and INCREDIBLE author, Samira Ahmed.I just got my hands on an ARC of LOVE, HATE AND OTHER FILTERS, and y’all. It is incredible. This fabulous debut will be out on January 16, 2018, and I cannot say enough good things about it. Samira Ahmed was born in Bombay, India, and grew up in Batavia, Illinois, in a house that smelled…


It’s a Marathon, Not a Sprint: Kaitlyn’s Path to Publication

Friday, December 8, 2017

I met my agent during a live tweet of 50 Shades of Grey. It was a different time back then. Twitter was a different kind of place. We did live tweets that dissected the fact that Ana’s never allowed to eat in that damn movie (BUT REALLY THOUGH) and made friends over silly jokes. There were fewer Nazis to worry about. The world was not yet on fire. But I digress……


I Made It! (Say What, Now?)

Thursday, December 7, 2017

  You’re a writer who dreams of publishing a book. You write and write and write, until you think perhaps you have something that someone, somewhere, would like to read. You research agents and devour every blog post, Facebook post, and twitter announcement, trying to glean the secret, trying to figure out how you can move from form rejections to personal rejections to R & R’s to an email saying…


Kimmery’s Timeline to Publication

Kimmery Martin
Wednesday, December 6, 2017

  Back when I was engaged in the humbling process of querying, I held a keen interest in other people’s publication stories, especially if they were full of initial angst and failure. I wanted to know this: how long did it take, and how hard was it? Because for me, it took forever, and it was hard as hell. I can state with confidence that all debut writers are intensely…


Timeline of a Memoir

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

I have a cold so I’m eschewing complete sentences this week. Instead, I spent an inordinate amount of time on mediocre graphics.     Graduate with MFA Go to Key West to celebrate Start writing memoir Working title: Memoir (I’m excellent at titles. Or the opposite of excellent.)     =================================================================== Since the title “Memoir” is exceedingly lame, retitle project as “Girl” in hopes that future editor will re-title it…


Takin’ the long way around: FROM UNSEEN FIRE’s path to publication

Monday, December 4, 2017

A tale of a book, from pen to shelf: November 2011 — Project begins, called simply Aven, as Cass’s 2011 NaNoWriMo project, an attempt to get herself writing creatively again after several years devoted to academia. December 2011 — Cass sets to finishing the draft and polishing it up. July 2012 — Cass scrambles to finish editing her draft in the hopes that it’s fit to be seen and attends a…


[News Flash] December 3, 2017

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Sunday, December 3, 2017

Congratulations to Jessica McCann, winner of our #DebBallGiveaway of Christopher Meades’s HANNA WHO FELL FROM THE SKY!   Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Jacinda Townsend, Author of SAINT MONKEY!     News from the 2018 Debs: Kaitlyn Sage Patterson got her advanced reader copies in the mail and will be wallowing in bed with her books until further notice. If you’d like a chance to win an ARC of THE DIMINISHED…


Interview with Jacinda Townsend, Author of SAINT MONKEY

Saturday, December 2, 2017

I’m excited to introduce our readers to Jacinda Townsend! I first heard of her at my MFA program at West Virginia Wesleyan College, where she is a visiting facility member. I didn’t have the chance to work with her personally (she advises the fiction students, and I was in the creative nonfiction track) but I heard so many good things about her that I asked if she would participate in our…