Enjoy the Ride – My Adventures in Publishing, by Guest Blogger Ellen Sussman

The Debs are thrilled to welcome Ellen Sussman as this week’s guest blogger. Ellen’s anthology, Bad Girls: 26 Writers Misbehave, was published by W.W. Norton in July, 2007 and became a New York Times Editors Choice and San Francisco Chronicle Best Seller. She is the author of the novel, On a Night Like This, (Warner Books, 2004), also a San Francisco Chronicle Bestseller which has been translated into six languages….

Thursday, September 20, 2007

News Flash! September 16, 2007

Deb News: This week the multi-talented (and genred!) Caridad Piniero helped start off the new Guest Author Series here at The Debutante Ball. In the coming weeks and months we have an eclectic mix of wonderful authors coming to dance with us. We Debs will be thrilled to hear about the novels they’re launching, their experiences in publishing, their advice to us as Debutantes and well, anything they want to…

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Another Sucker…Learning the Hard Way Again by Deb Danielle

Well, I thought I’d covered “learning the hard way” last week and that this week I’d write something short and maybe even off-topic. But it turns out I’ve learned many things the hard way and should perhaps write a book on the subject. For now, here are are some of the less serious, but hard learned lessons from my life. From childhood: If you cut an arch-shaped wedge out of…

Thursday, September 13, 2007

News Flash! September 9, 2007

DEB NEWS: Well, this isn’t enormous or anything, but it *is* a first. Deb Jenny’s novel, SLEEPING WITH WARD CLEAVER, is now listed for pre-order on Amazon! DEB NEWS: A great first endorsement for Deb Jess’s RIDING WITH LARRY RESNICK: “Jessica Riley’s Riding With Larry Resnick is a brilliant and hilarious debut. With the knowing humor of Emily Giffin and the poignant vulnerability of Lolly Winston, Riley proves herself a…

Sunday, September 9, 2007

My Toughest Teacher by Deb Danielle

Here’s a story I’m not proud of, but it’s a good one as far as teachers and life lessons go… It was my second year at McGill University and I’d spent the first in frustration at not being able to take any “real” acting classes. Finally, I could take Fundamentals of Acting and I couldn’t wait. That first day we sat in a circle on orange/brown utility carpet that smelled…

Thursday, September 6, 2007

News Flash! September 2, 2007

Deb News Many thanks to our trusty friend Larramie for tagging us with a Nice Matters Award–a friendly nod for being a blog with a positive influence in the blogosphere. How nice of you, Larramie! And in keeping with the gratitude theme, we’d like to thank everyone who has eased our transition into the Debutante Ball as our first month already draws to a close, including Founder Kristy and the…

Sunday, September 2, 2007

Technological Travesty by Deb Danielle

My husband will say it’s just me, but I think we’re technologically challenged in our house. To be fair, in his case it’s by choice whereas in mine, it’s, well, just my nature. Today, for example, when my printer wouldn’t work, here’s what I did: I opened it and closed it, turned it on and off, turned the computer on and off, took the paper out and put it back…

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Magazines and Magic by Deb Danielle

First let me say that newspapers are wonderful, in theory. They are often full of interesting, pertinent, well-written articles. But I find them physically unwieldy, their texture gives me the willies and I hate how the ink comes of on my fingers. And magazines? Magazines are a guilty pleasure, sure, but really they just make me want things I can’t have. Thinking about wanting things led me to wondering about…

Thursday, August 23, 2007

An Open Letter to the Oppressor by Deb Danielle (sort of)

Dear Oppressor, We have banded together in protest of your ill treatment. We do not enjoy living in boxes, much less boxes in the basement under the stairs. And if you think it was an improvement to shove one box underneath the old TV, you are mistaken. We hear you sitting there in front of that TV with your bottle of beer and your potato chips. We hear Danielle walk…

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Movies and Making a Spectacle by Deb Danielle

Like most people, movies have made me laugh and cry, transported me to other worlds and sometimes changed the way I look at things. Some movies have inspired me to greatness, to be a better person, but since I was a child, certain movies (of the music and dance variety) have instead inspired me to make a spectacle of myself. It started with GREASE. Before Olivia shimmied along in her…

Thursday, August 9, 2007