Industry Interview Week: Introducing the Amazing Connor Goldsmith!

Monday, June 25, 2018

This week, the Deb Ball is interviewing industry pros who aren’t authors, to give y’all a bit of a view of the rest of this wild publishing world. I decided, since he’s used to me pestering him for odd things, to ask my spectacular agent, Connor Goldsmith, if he’d tell the Deb Ball readership a little about the mysterious workings of his role:   Tell us your tale! Who are you,…

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Ingredients for a Perfect Day

Monday, June 18, 2018

In honor of the summer solstice, this week, the Debs are talking about our idea of a perfect day. But what sort of perfect day? I mean, in some ways, it’s hard to imagine any day being perfect that didn’t involve being at Disney World. A perfect day of writing looks a lot different than a perfect day of relaxation. A perfect day at the beach is different than a…

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Failing Advantageously

Monday, June 11, 2018

Content Warnings: suicide, self-harm It’s hard to write this post in a week where two high-profile, objectively massively-successful people have killed themselves. And I’m not really going to write about that. I don’t tend to comment on celebrity deaths, whatever the cause. It always feels… I don’t know. Performative, somehow, in a way I feel awkward about. So that’s not what this is about. But we are talking about dealing…

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I get by with a little help from my friends

Monday, June 4, 2018

I knew well in advance that I wanted to be a member of The Debutante Ball, and not only because it fulfilled some portion of my Southern soul that I failed to do justice to as a teenager. I’m a nerd who loves blogging, so the project excited me as soon as I learned about it. I followed the 2017 Debs, some of whom I also knew through 17 Scribes,…

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Not of an age, but for all time

Monday, May 28, 2018

This week, the Debs are discussing authors we fangirl over, and I’ve decided to focus on the one writer who has influenced my brain more than any other. William Shakespeare I mean that so sincerely and entirely. I worked for the man for seven years, after all! My Master’s degree is in Shakespeare studies. I’ve not only read all of his plays, I’ve actually seen all of them. Most of…

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How Tech Controls My Chaos

Monday, May 21, 2018

In life, I’m inseparable from my cell phone, but when it comes to writing, there is one program I can no longer function without: Scrivener. I love this program to bits. I’m a non-sequential writer, and I spent the first ten years or so of my writing life struggling with endless Word docs. This goes back to the days when a full manuscript wouldn’t all fit on one 3.5″ disk…

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Interview with Rowenna Miller + Giveaway of TORN

Saturday, May 19, 2018

This week, I am excited to introduce Rowenna Miller to the Debutante Ball! I know Rowenna through her editor, who was my editor back before she moved over to Orbit, and I’m delighted to have made her acquaintance this year. Torn is one of my favorite things that I’ve read in the past few months, a delightfully unique take on fantasy fiction. Rowenna sets her story in a world analogous to 1780s/90s France/England,…

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Reviews: An Object Lesson in Subjectivity

Monday, May 14, 2018

Reviews — Who are they for? Honestly? I have no gods-damned idea. The standard line is “Reviews are for readers, not writers,” but I’m not sure they’re even that. Maybe in aggregate — if a book has a large number of ratings, the average may be some sort of an indication of overall merit. And maybe some of the large, reputable reviewers serve that reader-informing purpose — I’m thinking of…

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THE ONES WE CHOOSE: Smart Family Drama

Monday, May 7, 2018

I feel like Julie’s book and Lara’s both drove home a similar message for me: You do not owe toxic people a place in your life. It really pleases me to see more fiction preaching that, even as it acknowledges how hard making that choice can be. The Ones We Choose is such a smart family drama. Julie has brilliantly balanced her characters’ emotions with fascinating scientific details. Her main…

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Self-Promo and Pecuniary Difficulties

Monday, April 30, 2018

I don’t hate self-promo as much as a lot of authors do. I’m not sure why this is. Maybe it’s because, despite my various insecurities and anxiety issues, I’ve also always had, on the flip side, what a kind person might call self-possession, and what someone else might call a certain sort of deranged confidence. I’ve never had trouble with public speaking, for example. It doesn’t scare me in the…

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