The One Big Mistake In Kimmery’s Query

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Ah. Query Letters. It is well known that most writers would rather churn out an entire book written in their own blood than write a one-page query letter. Penning this stupid letter might sound simple, but trust me, it’s hard. You are given a measly few paragraphs to sum up your book and yourself, and in these paragraphs you must sound compelling and unique and hooky enough for an agent…


Querying and Authors.Me

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

  First of all, when I was shopping Girlish, I went with the “wallpaper the internet with queries” technique. I queried editors and agents and entered emerging writers’ contests—I tried to put my manuscript in front of as many people as humanly possible. One agent I really liked only took submissions through something called, so I checked it out. is basically a dating service for agents, editors, and…


Sorcery and Serendipity: The Quirks of Querying

Monday, January 29, 2018

If you’ve reached the querying stage of the publication process: Congratulations! You wrote and edited a book. (You did edit it, didn’t you? A lot? Good.) You’re ready to send your baby out into the world, and that can be thrilling and exciting. This stage can also be totally overwhelming. I dealt with some of the chaos by keeping a running spreadsheet of who I queried and when I queried…


[News Flash] January 28, 2018

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Sunday, January 28, 2018

Congratulations to K. A. Reynolds, winner of our #DebBallGiveaway of ODDITY by Sarah Cannon.   Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Erin Judge! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of VOW OF CELIBACY. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet: Interview with @ErinJudge + Giveaway for VOW OF CELIBACY — The Debutante Ball (@DebutanteBall) January 27, 2018…


Interview with Erin Judge + Giveaway for VOW OF CELIBACY

Saturday, January 27, 2018

  I’m so excited to host the brilliant and funny Erin Judge on the Debutante Ball this week!   Erin Judge is a comedian, writer, actor, and producer based in Los Angeles. Erin’s debut novel, Vow of Celibacy, won Best Fiction at the Bi Book Awards, and was named a Must-Read Indie Press Book by BookRiot. Erin started out doing stand-up at the best comedy club in the world: the Comedy Studio in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Since…


On Listening

This isn’t about me. As I’ve considered all the ways I can approach this week’s discussion topic and the ethics of writing marginalized characters I’ve found that my instinct is to frame my post around myself: my experience, my marginalizations, my book. Me, me, me. And that’s one of the ways I’m part of the problem. Publishing, like so many industries, is dominated by white people. And as people are…

Friday, January 26, 2018

Lifting Up Marginalized Voices

Thursday, January 25, 2018

  I’m going to keep this short for two reasons…the first being that I want my words to have an impact, and to do that, shorter is better. And second, even though words matter, actions matter more.   I’ve been thinking about marginalized voices for a long time. Many, many years. My job as a teacher focuses on lifting those voices out of the noise and making sure they’re heard….


Kimmery Uneasily Discusses Ethics

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Gahhhh. I have been marking the approaching date of this week’s Debutante Ball topic—the ethics of representing marginalized characters—with fervent dread. Who in their right mind is going to want to listen to me yammer on about the ethics of representing marginalized characters? I’m straight, I’m Christian, I’m able-bodied, and I’m whiter than Gollum. (Yep. I did my DNA one time and it came back greater than 99% English and…


Missteps in Representation and Appropriation

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

I listened to a woman read a chapter from her romance novel about gay male truck drivers. Within a few minutes, it became glaringly obvious that she knew nothing about gay men or truck drivers. I was incensed—this was my community she was writing about so badly—but  I was also chagrined. I was reminded of my own 300-page gay romance novel I had written several years before. Like the author…


White Women, We Have To Do Better.

This week, the Debs are discussing the ethics of writing marginalized characters, and let’s be honest: it’s a little awkward, ‘cause this year, the Debs are all white chicks. No one intended that — the initial selection for this year’s set included two WOC, but both ended up having to decline — and it’s definitely something we’re all aware of and that we’ve tried to correct for by making sure…

Monday, January 22, 2018