[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…

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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…

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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…

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[News Flash] September 30, 2018

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Congrats to Michelle, Megan, and S.C., winners of last week’s giveaway of Trouble Brewing by Suzanne Baltsar! And thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Elizabeth Rosner! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of Survivor Café: The Legacy of Trauma and the Labyrinth of Memory. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet: Check out this week’s guest interview with @elizabethrosner! Follow…

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On Balance: Writing, Work, and Life with Chronic Pain

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

By all accounts, I should have an easy time striking a balance between writing, work, and life. I work from home, with a flexible schedule. I have a partner who does his fair share of the housework and then some, and provides unwavering emotional support for my writing career. I don’t have children or other caregiving commitments chipping away at my writing time. But I also have chronic pain. You…

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[News Flash] September 23, 2018

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Congratulations to Wendy, winner of last week’s giveaway of Under a Dark Sky! Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Suzanne Baltsar! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of Trouble Brewing. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet: Check out this week’s guest interview with @SuzMWrites and RT for a chance to win a copy of her debut novel…

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Interview with Suzanne Baltsar and Trouble Brewing Giveaway

Author Suzanne Baltsar
Saturday, September 22, 2018

I’m so thrilled to feature debut author Suzanne Baltsar on the blog this week! Suzanne and I are agent AND publisher sisters – both repped by the fabulous Sharon Pelletier and debuting with Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster. Suzanne’s long history with books can be traced back to the second grade when she learned she could earn free pizzas in exchange for book reports, thus beginning her addiction to personal pan…

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Five Hundred Twenty-Five Thousand Six Hundred Minutes

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

A couple months back, I had my first (and so far only) viral tweet: Last year, on the eve of my 33rd birthday, I filled 3 pages of my journal despairing over whether I should just give up on this whole writing thing This year, on the eve of my 34th, I’m headed to the bank to deposit the first advance check from my book deal Keep going. — Layne…

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[News Flash] September 16, 2018

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Congrats to Amy, winner of last week’s giveaway of The Child Finder, the acclaimed novel by Rene Denfeld! And thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Lori Rader-Day! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of Under a Dark Sky. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet: 💫🌟 A MURDER MYSTERY GIVEAWAY! 💫🌟 RT this interview with award-winning author @LoriRaderDay…

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Main Character Seeking Plot

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

My writing ideas tend to start with characters, and that’s especially true for Temper. The main character of Temper came into my life years before I wrote the book. In fact, she started out in a different book entirely. Back in 2012, I wrote my first-ever novel during National Novel Writing Month. It was a silly, trashy story set in a dystopian version of Chicago, about a Shakespearean actress recruited to seduce…

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