Never Can Say Goodbye

Monday, August 31, 2015

I hate goodbyes. In college, my nickname was Up and Leave Oakley, because I would ghost out of a party before ghosting was even a thing (I’m so ahead of trends). I didn’t want to do the round of hugs and “call me” and “great seeing you!” mostly because I was just going to see all of my friends the next day on campus or in the dorm or at…


The One Book You MUST READ This Month

Monday, August 24, 2015

Tomorrow, Karma Brown’s COME AWAY WITH ME hits shelves! And this is one you don’t want to miss. Exploring the idea of life after loss, COME AWAY WITH ME is the story of Tegan Lawson and her husband Gabe who seemingly have it all— a great love and a baby on the way. And then a tragic accident changes all of that, causing a rift in their once-strong relationship. To…


5 Things I Loved About Being a Debut Author

Monday, August 17, 2015

As our time as Debutantes comes winding own to a close (there are only 3 weeks left — sniff, sniff), we’re reminiscing this week on some of the things we loved about being debut authors. I loved so much about this last year but I’ll narrow it down to my top five. 1. Seeing my dream come true! This is the most cliche, but also the most true. There is…


Book #2: An Update

Monday, August 10, 2015

This week on the Ball we’re giving updates on our next projects. While I don’t have much news, I am thrilled to say that my agent sent off a couple chapters and the proposal (outline) for my next book to my editor on Friday. So now I am just neurotically, obsessively waiting to hopefully get a book contract for it. (That’s what I’ve learned the publishing industry is — a…


Don’t Worry, Keep Writing

Monday, August 3, 2015

This week on the Ball we’re all talking about what we’ll do differently for our second books. Right now I’m in the painful throes of writing said second book and it’s hard for me to look beyond just finishing the first draft. But I WILL FINISH. I hope. And when I do and the book comes out into the great big world, this is what I’m going to do differently:…


The Truth About Diversity in Publishing

Monday, July 27, 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…



Monday, July 20, 2015

It’s release week for THE COINCIDENCE OF COCONUT CAKE by our very own Amy Reichert! Which means, if you haven’t ordered it already, you should do so. Like, STAT. It’s the perfect summer book to devour on the beach or in a hammock — or in bed every night after chasing around four kids every day and wishing you were lying on the beach or in a hammock. Anyway, here…


Q&A with Lori Rader-Day (Welcome Back!) + Giveaway LITTLE PRETTY THINGS

Saturday, July 18, 2015

She’s baaaaaaaaaaaa-aaaaack. Please welcome back to the Ball Lori Rader-Day, who needs no introduction, but who I will give one to anyway. If you’re a regular Deb reader, you probably remember Lori and her amazing debut mystery THE BLACK HOUR from last year’s class. Her second book LITTLE PRETTY THINGS came out July 7 and caused Booklist to deem her “a deft manipulator of dark atmosphere, witty dialogue, and complex, charismatic…


The Best Way to Market Your Book

Monday, July 6, 2015

I feel guilty. I bet a lot of you clicked on this post thinking I was going to tell you The Best Way To Market Your Book. But I’m not. Because I HAVE NO IDEA. And the real secret is: No one else does either. That’s not because we don’t know how to market — we know to pitch interesting story angles related to ourselves and the book to local and national magazines…


My Summer Reading List

Monday, June 29, 2015

One of the most common questions I get as an author is “What are you reading?” It’s a question I LOVE, because as a book nerd, I thoroughly enjoy swapping book suggestions, dissecting plots and characters and just plain talking books with other people. This week on the Ball we’re each sharing our summer reading lists (either our favorites or what’s in our TBR stack) and we highly encourage your…