[News Flash] January 21, 2018

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Sunday, January 21, 2018

  Congratulations to S. M. Roffey, winner of our #DebBallGiveaway of a five-page critique by Jennifer Johnson-Blalock!   Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Sarah Cannon! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a signed copy of Oddity. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet: Interview + Giveaway with Sarah Cannon, Author of Oddity https://t.co/3goutlN7c7 pic.twitter.com/x6uNWaFSpa — The Debutante Ball (@DebutanteBall) January 20, 2018…


Interview + Giveaway with Sarah Cannon, Author of Oddity

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Kaitlyn has had the great privilege of getting to know Sarah over the last year and is absolutely enamored with her wonderful middle grade novel, Oddity. Sarah Cannon has lived all over the U.S., but right now she calls Indiana home. She has a husband, three kids and a misguided dog. Sarah holds a B.S. in Education. She’s a nerdy knitting gardener who drinks a lot of coffee, and eats a lot of raspberries. She is probably…


On Beta Readers, Critique Partners, and Cheerleaders

Friday, January 19, 2018

I’ve been really lucky in finding people who are willing to collaborate with me on my work, and my fellow debs have given some fantastic advice about how to find and work with the best kind of partners for you, so I thought I might use my time to tell y’all a bit about how I try to support my readers. Critique Partners: My first and best critique partner is my…


Your Ultimate Guide to Finding and Keeping Critique Partners

Thursday, January 18, 2018

So…you have a finished draft of a novel? Congratulations! Most aspiring writers never get that far, so already, you’re ahead of the game. But now what? You know enough to know that you need readers. But who? And where do you find them?   First of all, you need qualified readers. Not your neighbor, or your sister’s boyfriend’s cousin, no matter how many books per year they read. You need…


Kimmery Discusses Beta Readers

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

  You’ve seen the statistics: 80% of Americans want to write a book. Let’s assume for a moment that 10% of those are somewhat serious about pursuing the idea. Math is not my forte but I believe that would wind up being somewhere in the neighborhood of twenty million people, all of whom have contacted me personally in the last few months to ask for advice. I’m sort of kidding,…


Critique Partners and Beta Readers—Some Stranger Than Others

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

  I have had several kinds of critique partners on Girlish. I didn’t have a writing group that met once a week and read each other’s works in progress, but I did have several key people, all located in different parts of the country, who read my work and helped me whip it into shape. Some of the chapters were written during my MFA at West Virginia Wesleyan College, where…


The Beta Question

Monday, January 15, 2018

The above quote from the inestimable Neil Gaiman is a lot of why I’ve had beta readers since my fanfic days, but have never had a dedicated critique partner in another writer, at least not since leaving school. Writers have a much, much harder time resisting the urge to say how we would do something — which is not always helpful when talking to another writer. I think it can…


[News Flash] January 14, 2018

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Sunday, January 14, 2018

Congratulations to Cassie Frye, winner of our #DebBallGiveaway of THE GIRL WITH THE RED BALLOON by Katherine Locke .   Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Jennifer Johnson-Blalock! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a five page critique from Hyphen. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet: Guest Post by Jennifer Johnson-Blalock on the Dreaded Synopsis https://t.co/twMSfPbsxU pic.twitter.com/ijoYyW2F3b — The Debutante…


Guest Post by Jennifer Johnson-Blalock on the Dreaded Synopsis

Saturday, January 13, 2018

I’m so pleased to introduce you to Jennifer Johnson-Blalock of Hyphen Editing and Coaching. I first met Jennifer through Pitch Wars when she was a participating agent, and as a reader, I’m a huge fan of some of the books she’s represented over the years. Jennifer travels the world, reading, editing, and coaching, and if you are in need of a coach of any kind – for editing, for querying,…


Speaking of Distractions…

Friday, January 12, 2018

I totally forgot to write my blog post yesterday. This isn’t a bit. I was distracted by life and day job and eight million other things and totally freaking spaced. So definitely listen to what I’m about to tell you. Writing has never been an act of perfection for me. I write messy first drafts and carve moments out of my life wherever I can find them to get words…