Interview with Ashley Poston, author of Geekarella and Heart of Iron

Today I’m thrilled to bring you one of my dearest friends and favorite authors, the absolutely fabulous Ashley Poston. I fell deeply in love with Ashley’s writing while reading GEEKERELLA, and when we ended up sharing a hotel room with some mutual friends at a conference last fall, we fell into insta-BFF status. I love this interview with her, and I know you’ll love her books. Buy her two most…

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Interview with Bookseller Nicole Brinkley

Friday, June 29, 2018

Today we are so excited to bring you all an interview with bookseller and extraordinary human, Nicole Brinkley.     Nicole Brinkley has short hair and loves dragons. The rest changes without notice. She is an independent bookseller and the founder of YA Interrobang. Follow her on Twitter: @nebrinkley. Learn from her on Patreon.           1. What trends/tropes/genres are you and your colleagues most excited to see right…


Interview with Editorial Assistant Sara Quaranta

Thursday, June 28, 2018

I’m so excited to introduce you to the amazing Sara Quaranta, who is the editorial assistant to my editor, the indomitable Lauren McKenna. In case you don’t already know this…editorial assistants are the ones who literally keep the publishing world running smoothly. Sara is a magician when it comes to editing, but she’s also got her hand in everything else, from coordinating with the art department and sales and marketing…


Industry Insiders: Insight From An Agent And An Editor

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

  This week we are interviewing publishing industry insiders to get some scoop for you on what they do, their advice for aspiring writers, and changes they’d like to see in the business. I’ve chosen to ask my agent, Jane Dystel, and my editor, Kerry Donovan, for their insight. Both are beloved to me and I am deeply appreciative of their time in answering these questions. Kimmery Martin: Writers are…


Interview with Book Publicist Andrea Kiliany Thatcher 

For Industry Insiders week, I wanted to introduce you to Andrea Kiliany Thatcher of Smith Publicity, whom I worked with in the months leading up to the release of my memoir,  Girlish: Growing Up in a Lesbian Home.   Andrea Kiliany Thatcher is a Marketing Manager and a Book Publicist at Smith Publicity. Andrea has a long relationship with the independent bookselling community having been a bookseller and social media manager for…

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Industry Interview Week: Introducing the Amazing Connor Goldsmith!

Monday, June 25, 2018

This week, the Deb Ball is interviewing industry pros who aren’t authors, to give y’all a bit of a view of the rest of this wild publishing world. I decided, since he’s used to me pestering him for odd things, to ask my spectacular agent, Connor Goldsmith, if he’d tell the Deb Ball readership a little about the mysterious workings of his role:   Tell us your tale! Who are you,…


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Sunday, June 24, 2018

Congratulations to Susan Roberts, winner of our #DebBallGiveaway of THE SUMMER LIST by Amy Mason Doan. Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Lisa Romeo! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of STARTING WITH GOODBYE. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet: Read our Author Interview with @LisaRomeo + RETWEET to enter #GIVEAWAY for STARTING WITH GOODBYE…


Author Interview with Lisa Romeo + GIVEAWAY!

Saturday, June 23, 2018

I first met Lisa at HippoCamp 2016 where I attended her incredibly useful session on writing about one topic across multiple pieces. That was my first writing conference ever, and I was so intimidated by everyone that I only spoke to something like five people, of which Lisa was one. We chit chatted in the waiting area to pitch agents and editors for our then-unpublished memoirs, and although I don’t…


Grimdark Perfection

Friday, June 22, 2018

Since November 6, 2016, I’ve been vibing with Cassandra of Troy. I remember sitting outside on my parents’ porch with my mom and my sister around Christmas after the election and telling them that I felt like we had entered the darkest timeline. I remember telling them that I was afraid for the future of human rights, of the country as a whole, and that I was afraid that we…


We are a Long Way Away From My Perfect Day

Thursday, June 21, 2018

My perfect day would be one where no one wakes up worried about how they’re going to pay for the medical care they need.   My perfect day is one where everyone, regardless of race or sexual orientation, can count on equal protection under the law.   My perfect day is one where women don’t have to think about the safest place to park, or the safest route to walk,…