So Long, And Thanks For All the Fish

Friday, August 31, 2018

As I contemplated this post, I wondered what more I could say. I feel like I’ve pulled back the curtain on my life a bit this year as we’ve gone through the ups and downs of being a debut author. I’m not going to lie, it’s been hard and exhilarating and daunting and anxiety inducing and a dream come true and a nightmare all at the same time. It’s been…


Farewell and See You Soon!

Thursday, August 30, 2018

  This has been an amazing year! I’ve learned so much — about publishing, about myself as a writer, about the writing and reading community. I’m so thankful I had the opportunity to write for the blog every week, to push me to think about topics I might not have otherwise. I have four amazing friends who have my back, and I’m so thankful for that.   The writing community…


Kimmery Says Goodbye

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

  Yeah, baby! Post #52! I did it!!!! Whew. At the beginning of this adventure, I doubted my ability to churn out an article a week. But despite the effort required to make this blogging thing work, writing for The Debutante Ball has been infinitely worthwhile. I looked back over my year’s worth of posts this week, and while some of them did veer toward the crappy end of the…


It Is Now Safe to Exit the Ride

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

A few weeks ago my kids and I went to Cedar Point, which claims to be the roller coaster capital of the world.  My day was filled with moments of absolute terror, exhilaration, and an assortment of pains in my legs and feet.  A roller coaster may be a tired metaphor for a book release, but I’m standing by it. It’s my last post on the Ball, and tired is…


Anna Mirabilis et Terribilis

Monday, August 27, 2018

Debuting is hard. This past year has felt, in many ways, like a crucible of anxiety. There’s so much build-up, so many expectations, and then such detritus left behind when the rush ebbs away. For someone already inclined to fret, this pretty swiftly became a Problem, and so a lot of the past year has been spent learning new techniques for managing my instincts for self-flagellation. Last week, my extended…


[News Flash] August 26, 2018

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Sunday, August 26, 2018

Congratulations to @grobiemum, winner of our #DebBallGiveaway of DEAR MRS. BIRD by AJ Pierce. Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Jennifer Klepper! You can buy her debut, UNBROKEN THREADS here.   News from the 2018 Debs:   Cass Morris spent this week with her extended family, who reminded her what a cool thing it is that she published a novel. They also asked a lot of questions about when Book Two will…


Interview With Jennifer Klepper, Author of Unbroken Threads

Saturday, August 25, 2018

  Our guest this week is Jennifer Klepper, the author of Unbroken Threads, a story about a former corporate attorney who volunteers to represent a young Syrian woman in her bid for asylum. I first met Jennifer IRL at a writing conference prior to either of us having published books. Since that time, I’ve interacted with her in various online writing groups, and over the course of the years, I’ve come…


To All the Words I’ve Loved Before

Friday, August 24, 2018

I know I made a lot of mistakes while writing and publishing The Diminished. I know because it’s literally impossible to not make mistakes while writing and editing and promoting a book. That said, and much like Julie, I don’t really remember what those mistakes were. I have a tendency to dwell on things. If I said something that might be misconstrued as being somewhat out of line to you ten years ago,…


Bloopers and Embarrassing Moments

Thursday, August 23, 2018

  This week is all about mistakes we’ve made. I’m sure I made plenty over the last year, but thankfully I don’t remember them. As far as I know, there is one typo in my printed book. My friend, Lindsay, is holding onto that information for me, with strict instructions not to say more until I ask. But one funny thing that happened to me in the process, is something…


Blooper Reel: One Of The Many Things Kimmery Messed Up

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

  This week’s topic is the blooper reel: issues uncovered during the rewriting/editing/proofing process. I have chosen to reconstruct a conversation between me and my editor relating to one tiny facet of The Queen of Hearts—the drama over the naming of a minor character, who appears in a small vignette over a couple of pages near the end of the book.  Before I get going, let me say that while…