Comp Titles or How I’m Terrible at Them

Monday, January 21, 2019

I’m going to admit it outright: I’m kinda the worst at comp titles. Comp titles aka comparable titles are the titles of books or even (sometimes) movies or TV shows that, taken together, help to better explain and sell your book. I can give a dozen different pieces of advice – look for specific aspects to highlight, go for feel, make it recent, make it this meets that – but…


[News Flash] January 20th, 2019

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Amy Gentry! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of Last Woman Standing. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet (make sure you follow @DebutanteBall on Twitter too!): The week of @unlandedgentry continues! Check out Amy’s awesome interview at @DebutanteBall & enter to win a copy of her new thriller LAST WOMAN STANDING…


Interview with Amy Gentry and Last Woman Standing Giveaway

Saturday, January 19, 2019

So excited to welcome another of my fabulous agent sisters, Amy Gentry, to the Deb Ball this week! Amy Gentry is the author of Good As Gone, a New York Times Book Review “Editors’ Choice” and Entertainment Weekly “Must List” Pick. She is also a book reviewer and essayist whose work has appeared in numerous outlets, including the Chicago Tribune, Salon, The Paris Review, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and the Austin Chronicle. Amy has a doctorate in English…


A Year or a Career

Friday, January 18, 2019

    Before writing this blog post, I never really gave much thought to a bucket list for this year. Or a career bucket list, for that matter.  I daydream about miraculous debut and career events all the time: I see my book in O Magazine. Terry Gross wants to interview me on Fresh Air. I make the NYT bestseller list. Wait, they get bigger: eventually, I win the Pulitzer…


Did I dream this book cover or is it really this gorgeous?

Friday, January 18, 2019

I don’t know if I should be writing this post right now because technically it’s Friday and my day to blog here on The Debutante Ball is over. But it seems like these days, the time is slipping away so rapidly! Appropriately, I’m writing about dreams from the comfort of my bed, in my pajamas, minutes away from falling asleep… Every writer who isn’t an author basically dreams of the…


Dream Big

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

I think most of my fellow Debs are sharing more realistic writing dreams this week. I have those, of course. I used to say that all I wanted was to see my book on the shelf at the Chicago Public Library one day. I even took a picture of the spot where it would go: And I still want that! I’m going to be ecstatic to cross that item off…


Attacus Atlas & Other Inventions: Dreaming of Hawaii (and other bucket list items)

Once upon a time, I lived in Honolulu. Although I had a touch of island fever (who am I kidding? I had a terrible case of island fever because I was living on land which was surrounded on all sides by the vast ocean….), I generally loved living there for those two years, six weeks, and perhaps four days. I worked as a reporter for the Honolulu Star-Bulletin (which has now…

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Dreams or Delusions

Monday, January 14, 2019

A year ago, if you’d asked me my wildest dreams about my debut year, I would’ve gotten starry eyed and mentioned B&N’s most anticipated lists, LGBTQ awards, fanfiction, and fanart. Interviews and large convention invites. My favorite authors recognizing me. Then, if you’d pressed, I might have whispered things like the Hugo awards or what do you know about the Campbell? After a year of really being in publishing and…


[News Flash] January 13, 2019

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Barbara Ridley! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of When It’s Over. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet (make sure you follow @DebutanteBall on Twitter too!): So excited to have @barbara_ridley on the @DebutanteBall this week! RT & follow for a chance to win a copy of her #novel WHEN IT’S…


Interview with Barbara Ridley + WHEN IT’S OVER giveaway

Saturday, January 12, 2019

We are so excited to welcome Barbara Ridley to the Debutante Ball this week! Barbara was born in England but has lived in California for more than 35 years. After a successful career as a nurse practitioner, which included publication of academic articles in peer-reviewed journals, she is now focused on creative writing. Her work has appeared in journals such as Writers Workshop Review, ArsMedica, The Copperfield Review, Blood and Thunder and Stoneboat.  WHEN IT’S…