Farewell, Dear Reader

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

I have always loved fall. Despite the upcoming dark of winter (another favorite time for me), fall always seems like a fresh start — I’m sure it’s related to the school year beginning. It’s the time to get organized, to make new lists, and climb new mountains. Last year at this time, I was turning in revisions, ramping up for Pitch Wars (I was a mentor), and diving into my year…


Five Reasons You Need to Read COME AWAY WITH ME Now!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Brava to Karma Brown for writing such a beautiful book. I put off reading this story for a long time because I knew I would cry — and I need to be in the right mind set for that kind of book. Then I had my own launch, then revisions, and all of a sudden I had two days to read her book. Eep! But I didn’t need to worry,…


Break Out the Good Stuff — Again with Sonja Yoerg + Giveaway of MIDDLE OF SOMEWHERE

Saturday, August 22, 2015

I met Sonja Yoerg through the Tall Poppies – a wonderful group of women authors who support one another, and, if I’m being honest, Sonja is (insert expletive) amazing. She’s funny, generous, and so very smart. And her books, HOUSE BROKEN and MIDDLE OF SOMEWHERE are just the same. Right now, her debut, HOUSE BROKEN, is an ebook steal on most sites. Click here for a the links! Sonja’s second book, MIDDLE…


Seven Awesome Things About Being a Debut Author

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

A year ago, my debut path had just begun, the ink was barely dry on my contract, and I didn’t even know my release date — let alone know what the cover would look like. Fast forward to today — my book released four weeks ago, and life is kind of the same and completely different. Sure, there’s been a lot of stress, but there have been so many amazing…


CONFESSIONS with Vicki Lesage + Book Giveaway

Saturday, August 15, 2015

I met Vicki Lesage through the Tall Poppies – a wonderful group of women authors who support one another. I just finished reading Vicki’s memoir CONFESSIONS OF A PARIS PARTY GIRL and I loved it!  It’s the story of her decision to move to Paris, complete with hilarious foibles, kick ass friends, and happy every after. I had to keep reminding myself that all the ridiculous things really happened to her! She…


Book Two Has a Title

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Here’s the crazy thing about publishing – when you’re querying and on submission it can take forever. Like Colleen said yesterday, there is A LOT of waiting. But sometimes, when you least expect it, great things happen. Foreign rights sales are like this — they pop up out of no where. It’s like finding a twenty dollar bill in your coat pocket from last winter. Well, that’s kind of how…


Adria Cimino, Writing, and Midnight + Giveaway of PARIS: RUE DES MARTYRS

Saturday, August 8, 2015

I’ve gotten to know Adria Cimino through the Tall Poppies – a wonderful group of women authors who support one another. Not only is she a fellow writer and Poppy, she is also a publisher — She runs Velvet Morning Press. Keep your eye on her small indie press, great things are coming! I just finished reading Adria Cimino’s novel CLOSE TO DESTINY. The magical and mystical elements kept me…


If I Could Turn Back Time

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

It’s been two whole weeks since THE COINCIDENCE OF COCONUT CAKE flew onto book shelves, so I have two whole weeks of experience from which to write this post. Overall, everything went smoothly and I had a blast, but there are a few things I’d do differently. 1. Have the launch party on a different day then the actual launch. I had so much to do on the actual day,…


Katie Rose Guest Pryal Explains Why Writing is the Worst Job + Giveaway

Saturday, August 1, 2015

I met Katie Rose Guest Pryal almost four years ago at a pitch workshop in New York City. She introduced me to the yumminess of chicken kebabs with srircha sauce and taught me some tricks to hailing a cab when you have a suitcase. Four years laster, we both launched our novels into the world and are members of a fantastic group of women writers, the Tall Poppies. She’s smart, strong, and…


Isn’t It Time Our Genre Reflected Our World?

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Editor’s Note: Here at The Debutante Ball, we strive to give an insider look at our experiences with the publishing industry. But we also like to contribute to the dialogue on important topics in publishing, which is why this week we’ve decided to focus on diversity— and have each asked a guest author to discuss their experiences in the industry. We know we can’t solve the issues with a few…