The World’s Longest Edit Letter

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

  This week’s topic: the edit letter. Before I published The Queen of Hearts, I’d assumed the edit letter was just that: a letter with some suggested editorial changes, but that turned out not to be the case for me. I never actually got an edit letter. When I got the call from my agent that we had an offer on my book, I was out of the country. Cell…


The Edit Letter and Other Obsessions

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

I spent months dreading my edit letter. One thing I excel at in particular is imagining the worst possible outcome in any situation, and then obsessing over it at two in the morning.  You may think two o’clock is an inconvenient time to obsess over edit letters and other things, but I’m here to tell you that is a very fine time indeed. First of all, no one else is…


Editing a World

Monday, February 26, 2018

This post about edit letters is really a post about worldbuilding, because that’s a lot of what my edit letters were about. Oh, there were things about character arcs and pacing and such, too, but much of that went into the manuscript comments. My edit letters, particularly the longest that I received from the first of my two editors, were a lot about world-building. In a successful fantasy novel, the…


[News Flash] February 25, 2018

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Sunday, February 25, 2018

Congratulations to @elliott37341, winner of our #DebBallGiveaway of THE SONG OF ALL by Tina LeCount Myers.   Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Rae Theodore!  If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of LEAVING NORMAL: ADVENTURES IN GENDER. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet: Interview with Rae Theodore + Giveaway for LEAVING NORMAL: ADVENTURES IN GENDER — The Debutante Ball (@DebutanteBall)…


Interview with Rae Theodore + Giveaway for LEAVING NORMAL: ADVENTURES IN GENDER

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Rae Theodore and I both attended HippoCamp17, Hippocampus Magazine’s annual Creative Nonfiction Conference, where Rae led a session called Finding Your Tribe, or How a Writing Group Saved My Life.  I’ve really enjoyed getting to know Rae in the months after the conference. Leaving Normal: Adventures in Gender is a beautifully wrought memoir, and I’m excited to have Rae on the Ball this week. She is truly a gifted writer and…


A Little Help From Our Friends

Friday, February 23, 2018

Sorry for the short post this week, y’all, but I’ve got the flu and my main support systems right now are Tamiflu, NyQuil, and an abundance of water and sleep. But in all seriousness, one of the best things I did in the year before my debut was to get out into the world and get to know people who’ve been doing this job for a while. I watched seasoned writers…


Support Systems

Thursday, February 22, 2018

    I could talk all day long about my writing support groups…my fellow Debs, my critique partners, my supportive friends both near and far. And all of them have, in some way, contributed to helping me get where I am now.  As a single parent, having a strong support system is critical to my day-to-day functioning. It’s getting a little easier, now that my kids are growing older and…


Kimmery Gets A Little Sappy

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

When I first saw this week’s topic–finding support as a writer– I figured I’d discuss writer’s groups. But then my debut novel, The Queen of Hearts, was released last week, and I realized I have a new perspective on a new phase of this writing journey: the publication period. I’ve had some intense weeks in my life. I’m an ER doctor and a mother, so I’m often surrounded by literal…


My Support System Has a Few Unexpected Characters…

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

My support system is made up of people from several different categories. Other Writers: As a memoirist, my writing process has involved a lot of painful revisiting of unhappy memories combined with absolute terror over people actually reading it. Luckily, there is a wonderful Facebook Binders group of women memoirists that is filled with other women on the same journey.  There is always someone around to vent to, or to…


We all need a little help from our friends

Monday, February 19, 2018

This week on the Ball, we’re talking about support systems! Writing can be an isolating process, and for my extroverted soul, that isolation can be rough. My sense of both myself and the rests of the universe is largely externally-generated, so having support systems that connect me to the rest of the universe is so important for me. And, I think it’s important to have support systems both with and…