News Flash–Endings and Beginnings Edition



Congratulations to Sharon H., winner of IDYLL THREATS By Stephanie Gayle.

Check back next week, where we will announce the winner of this weeks giveaway–Melissa Cistaro’s PIECES OF MY MOTHER!


From the 2016 Debs

Louise Miller received the final version of the cover of THE CITY BAKER’S GUIDE TO COUNTRY LIVING this week. She loves her cover. SHE IS DYING TO SHARE HER COVER, but is waiting until her publisher gives her the okay. She also just received her copy edits, and is in love with her style sheet.

Jennifer S. Brown has sent her galleys back! With great restraint, she read through the typeset pages and limited her corrections (under orders from her editor). She is now figuring out how to add more bourbon to her Thanksgiving meal.

Heather Young finished her copy edits, which felt like a bigger milestone than she’d expected it would. It’s the last opportunity for substantive edits, so she made a few, and now is awaiting the “production phase”, whatever that means. She might even start her second novel, finally.

bound copyAbby Fabiaschi spent the week in NYC meeting with her agent and editor. Was fun to see the unedited bound copies that are being passed to authors in hopes of gleaning support prior to the launch meeting, and meet with said authors for coffee and cocktails. The best part of being a writer is getting to meet other writers…

Aya de Leon

is stumbling along through NaNoWriMo on book #2, but did manage to send in revisions to her agent on a book proposal for a collection of essays…because she’s workaholic like that…

Here are some of the best things we saw on the internet this week:

A fascinating look at the reasoning behind the recent rash of million-dollar advances paid to debut writers in the Wall Street Journal: Million Dollar Debuts

A fun piece comparing the writing life to the board game, Life, by Quirkbooks: Writing and Life

Take this poll at Buzzfeed to find out what kind of reader you are–and see the survey results to see what kind of reader everybody else is: How Do You Read?

For Writers

Places to Submit

Passing Through, the yearly journal of stories and art “about the road less traveled,” is open for submissions of micro-prose of 350 words or fewer.

Bluestream is open until 12/1/15 for submissions of fiction and nonfiction up to 5,000 words as well as poetry.

Author: Louise Miller

Louise Miller is the author of THE CITY BAKER'S GUIDE TO COUNTRY LIVING (Pamela Dorman Books/Viking/August 9, 2016), the story of a commitment-phobic pastry chef who discovers the meaning of belonging while competing in the cut-throat world of Vermont county fair baking contests. Find out more at

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