Writing Communities (and Shirtless Men!)

Monday, November 3, 2014

Writing is a lonely profession. You’re often holed up in a room with nothing but the computer and your own thoughts. The good news is, you don’t have to shower every day. The bad news is, some days, the only adults you’ll speak to are your spouse and the 19-year-old manning the Wendy’s drive-through. That’s why writing communities are so important. Yes, it’s great to be able to talk plot…


My Scariest Moment in Publishing? All of Them

Monday, October 27, 2014

I don’t go to haunted houses. It’s been my husband Fred’s life mission for the past nine years to get me to go to one and every year I refuse for two reasons: I don’t like being anxious or out of control. It’s weird, then, that I chose a profession where I am constantly both of those things. Being a newbie author is fraught with anxiety — and a lot…


Distractions While You’re… Wait, What Was I Talking About?

Monday, October 20, 2014

This week on the Ball, we’re talking about distractions — and how to not let them get in the way of your work. It’s ironic that we’re talking about it this week, as my house is currently getting completely re-sided. And between the loud banging, the pictures flying off the walls, my dog barking like crazy the entire ten hours that the workers are outside working, oh, and fighting twin morning…


Jodi Picoult on LEAVING TIME + Giveaway!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

The first Jodi Picoult book I ever read was The Pact. It was back in 2003, and I stayed up all night to finish it. I became a fan, literally overnight. So I’m thrilled to welcome Jodi to The Ball to discuss her 23rd novel (!!), LEAVING TIME, set in the wilds of Africa about a young woman trying to unravel the mystery surrounding her mother’s death. You’re known for heavily…


Five Writing Contests You Should Enter

Monday, October 13, 2014

I’ve never won a writing contest. To be fair, I only entered one. In elementary school. When I lost, I may or may not have reacted like this: BUT, I think writing contests are great — especially for writers who are looking for more name recognition and or looking to be paid for their work (read: the majority of writers). So, I’ve compiled a list of five writing competitions that…


When I Got “The Call”

Monday, October 6, 2014

Getting “the call” can mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people, but for authors it only means one of two things — when you get an offer of representation or when you get a book deal offer. Both are equally exciting, though one comes with a monetary value attached to it that, if you’re lucky (or your name is James Patterson), can gobsmack you. It…


5 Reasons You’ll LOVE The Moment of Everything

Monday, September 29, 2014

It’s our first launch week on The Ball! Break out of the champagne! (Unless, of course, it’s morning when you’re reading this. In that case, break out the champagne and orange juice!) This week we’re celebrating the launch of Shelly King’s THE MOMENT OF EVERYTHING — a beautiful, funny, unputdownable read that will resonate with book lovers everywhere. I devoured it in two days, but when I love a book,…


The Early Works of Colleen Oakley (in Crayon)

Monday, September 22, 2014

Most esteemed writers from history seem to have a bound tome called “The Early Works of [Insert Esteemed Author Name Here]”. I am not esteemed or historical (that you know of; I could have travelled in time through some magical stones from 1700s Scotland in a reverse form of Outlander, but that would mean that I left Jamie McTavish behind, and let’s be clear — I would never, ever do that. Ever.) Anyway, since…


The Fantastic Five

Monday, September 15, 2014

This week on the Ball, we’re sharing the five people who made our book possible. Since there are roughly 4,798,560,972 people who made my book possible, whittling it down is about as easy a task as trying to fit into my high school Abercrombie jeans (which would likely require baby lotion, garden shears, duct tape, and a heavy-duty liposuction machine). In other words, impossible. So, because I’m limited to five,…


Julie Lawson Timmer on Early Morning Writing + GIVEAWAY of Five Days Left

Saturday, September 13, 2014

We are thrilled to welcome Julie Lawson Timmer to The Ball this week! Julie is a fellow debut author and her emotional novel, Five Days Left, has been lauded by Jodi Picoult as “unique, gripping, and viscerally moving.” I’m not sure that it gets much better than that! Timmer stopped by to tell us a little more about herself — including her one-time dream of being an Olympic swimming coach. Talk…