On Drafting

Thursday, October 11, 2018

I get easily excited about ideas. If you sit me in front of a computer long enough, I will inevitably start writing. Drafting is the fun part. Drafting should be the stream of consciousness part, the unfiltered part, the part that is done out of joy. In drafting, there is no judgment, only indulgence. One is able to describe a house or a room or even a bowl of soup…


The Worst Part of Writing is the Writing

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

So first drafts. I hate them. See you next week. …just kidding! But this is one Debutante Ball topic where I’m especially interested in seeing what my fellow Debs have to say. First drafts freak me the fuck out, so I’m hoping for some sage wisdom from these smart and talented ladies I’m lucky enough to be working with. I am the kind of person who likes things neat and…


Attacus Atlas & Other Inventions: Ode to the First Draft

I really want to write a rant to all the devastations of the day: the Kavanaugh vote in the Senate, the FBI’s incomplete investigation, the senator from Maine’s weak speech justifying her vote against women, the Senate’s dismissal and nullification of Dr. Ford’s courage. But I have to write for the Debs, it’s that time of the week where the Debs must cull their thoughts for the topic at hand….

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Rocks Fall, Everybody Dies

Monday, October 8, 2018

I hate first drafts. I didn’t always. There was a time when I loved the thrill of a first draft, the rush of figuring out the story and exploring the characters. But back then I didn’t have a first draft so much as an only draft. And I had a bad habit of getting halfway through the story only to circle around and rewrite it so completely that the new…


[News Flash] October 7, 2018

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Congrats to Rhonda, winner of last week’s giveaway of Survivor Café by Elizabeth Rosner! And thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Nicole Blades! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of Have You Met Nora? You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet (make sure you follow @DebutanteBall on Twitter too!): Interview with @NicoleBlades and Have You Met Nora? Giveaway https://t.co/mEEJ76Ap4m pic.twitter.com/NhWt9Zf9Xa…


Looking Back, Looking Ahead: October 2018

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Mahalo to our first four guest authors: Rene Denfeld, Lori Rader-Day, Suzanne Baltsar and Elizabeth Rosner. Please check out their interviews and read their amazing books! This week we welcome Nicole Blades and her novel, Have You Met Nora? ! Please read the guest author interview on The Debutante Ball site. Looking ahead: please be on the lookout for 45 or so more guest author interviews and giveaways — including Nicole…


Interview with Nicole Blades and Have You Met Nora? Giveaway

Saturday, October 6, 2018

So excited to welcome another one of my agent sisters to the blog today! Nicole Blades is the author of the novels The Thunder Beneath Us, Earth’s Waters, and Have You Met Nora?  She’s also a prior Deb Ball guest author, so we’re thrilled to have her back! After you’ve read her interview below, check out her previous post, The Truth About Diversity in Publishing. Nicole Blades is a novelist, speaker, and journalist who…


The Myth of Having Thick Skin

Friday, October 5, 2018

    A couple of weeks ago, when we were all writing about our path to publication, the subject of rejection and failure had to come up. I shared the fact that I’d sent out one hundred and nine queries before landing an agent, so if you think about it, that’s one hundred and eight rejections. I had failed that many times.  But I don’t think I really wrote a…


Three Steps to Make Failure Suck Less

Thursday, October 4, 2018

The first time I ever felt crushed by rejection was in high school. I was somehow nominated for a months-long mentorship with an established poet, and as part of the decision process, I was invited to Scholastic HQ in downtown Manhattan to meet the other poets in the running. When I was called to read my poem in front of the group, I flailed my hands in passion, the plastic…


All’s (Not) Fair in Love & Rejection

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

When I queried my first novel, I got rejected. A lot. Over 100 times in fact. I kept track of my rejections on these sticker charts, which hung on the back of my office door for over a year: Was it fun? No, of course not. (Okay, well, the stickers made it a little fun.) But it was good for me, being rejected so many times. It taught me perspective…