Should You Write With The Market in Mind?

Thursday, January 24, 2019

If you have never worked in publishing, you might not be familiar with the term “comp title.” A comp title is a book that publishers compare your project to in order to determine its capacity for turning out a profit. A publisher who wants to take on your book will likely use comp titles to create what’s called a P&L, a profit and loss statement–but if your P&L shows that…

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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…

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No, I’m not reading 100 books this year. But I’ll read these five.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

I am not a fast reader, which makes keeping up with all the new books sort of difficult. This year, I’m excited for lots of great books (like Willa & Hesper by Amy Feltman! The Affairs of the Falcóns by Melissa Rivero! Good Talk by Mira Jacob! The Luminous Dead by Caitlin Starling!), but I’m also looking forward to finally get to read the ones that have been sitting on my shelf already….

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Three habits I plan to maintain for a joyful 2019

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Happy New Year to the lovely readers of this blog! I hope you had a wonderful break and are not starting 2019 with a fever, like me! This year is a pretty monumental year for me and a lot of my loved ones. Friends are moving back home, others are getting married, and others are pursuing new callings and careers. And of course, THEY COULD HAVE NAMED HER ANYTHING will…

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The Best Writing Advice of 2018

Thursday, December 27, 2018

This year, we interviewed dozens of authors for The Debutante Ball about what it’s like to become a writer. We asked them for their most helpful tips for established and emerging writers alike, and they had so much to say on an array of topics: from becoming a literary citizen to learning how to persevere through doubt to the magic of releasing a book into the world. It’s the end…

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Reyna Grande on writing across genres + learning the business of publishing + GIVEAWAY of A DREAM CALLED HOME

Please welcome Reyna Grande to the Ball this week! Reyna is an award-winning author whose stunning memoir The Distance Between Us was a New York Times bestseller, and whose novels have been adapted as a common read selection in classrooms across the country. A Dream Called Home, which came out this year, is Reyna’s fourth book, and we are incredibly honored to have her as a guest. In A Dream Called Home,…

Saturday, December 22, 2018
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How to Find Inspiration Anywhere (& a new short story!)

Thursday, December 13, 2018

This week, Barrelhouse featured my short story “Urban Legend” in their seasonal issue. I’ve pasted the first paragraph below: It was the week of her performance review, and Adrienne was ready for a promotion. That Monday morning, at the 12th Street Gym, all the lockers in use were fastened with locks. When she joined months ago, they told her she could buy one at any hardware store, but Adrienne had…

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Interview & Giveaway with Stephanie Elliot, Author of SAD PERFECT

This week, we’re speaking with Stephanie Elliot, the author of young adult novel SAD PERFECT (Farrar, Straus and Giroux). SAD PERFECT tells the story of sixteen year old Pea, who struggles with a little known eating disorder known as Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID). The novel was in part inspired by Elliot’s daughter’s real-life experience with the disorder. Called “a well-written page-turner whose sensitive topic is covered with finesse and grace”…

Saturday, December 8, 2018
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Should You Pay for Writing Advice?

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Let’s talk about something taboo: spending money. I recently subscribed to Scarlett Thomas’ Patreon newsletter. For $10 a month, she sends out a weekly writing task. It’s a lengthy, wondrous, and compelling email that has made me think about writing in new ways. Now, I’ve never done something like that before. And at some point in my life, spending $10 a month would have made a serious dent in my…

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Thinking of writing a book? Here’s what you need

Before I decided to write my first novel, I never thought average people from average places doing average things could write a WHOLE BOOK. I thought that was reserved for–oh, I don’t know–people who were smarter, more interesting, older, wealthier, less female, more educated, whiter… the list goes on. So despite always writing, I spent a lot of time not sharing my work, even in my college years, because I…

Thursday, November 29, 2018
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