News Flash: May 6, 2012

Congrats to Jacqui, winner of a copy of The Right and the Real! From the 2012 Debs… Deb Joanne would like to invite you to participate in the YAmazing Race with MGnificent prizes – it’s a super fun scavenger hunt where you learn about this year’s debut releases and enter for TONS of prizes. I’m also doing a side giveaway for pre-orders of my book. You have until May 8…

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Deb Erika Thinks Resistance Isn’t Always Futile

We all know: a writer’s life is full of its own unique temptations. So when it came time for me to write my post for Temptation Week, I thought about the many ways we are tempted in a single writing day (and night) and I couldn’t pick just one. Instead, I opted for a list of some of the many. Ladies and gentlemen… You know you’re a writer if you’re…

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

News Flash: April 29, 2012

Congrats to Vivien, winner of a copy of The Wicked and The Just! From the 2012 Debs… Deb Joanne just got word that she’s going to be presenting at the NCTE Conference in November. VEGAS, BABY!!! Deb Erika is so excited to see that the schedule for the upcoming SC Book Festival is online! Now she can gush about how excited she is to be presenting on two panels–and presenting…

Sunday, April 29, 2012

In her books, Deb Erika has been known to wear the pants

Once again, it’s confession time at the Ball! This week’s tell-all subject (as you now know from Deb Joanne’s post yesterday) is plotting. Specifically: Plotter or Pantser? Now I’ll admit—only within the last few years have I come to know of this “pantser” term. I had no idea—really!—that there was such a category. When I realized there were other writers out there like myself—and that we had a term for…

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

News Flash: April 22, 2012

From the 2012 Debs… Deb Joanne – went to an amazing signing in Toronto this week for Jay Asher, Lesley Livingston and Charles de Lint. Despite being a little starstruck, she managed to meet Mr. Asher, didn’t fall down or stutter (much) and even coerced him into having his picture taken with her. Joanne also hung out a little with author Cheryl Rainfield and got to say hi to some…

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Here’s the pitch–and Deb Erika takes a swing!

Thanks to everyone who entered our Query Critique Contest! The contest is now over, but stay tuned each day this week to see who our winners are (remember-we said we were giving away 5 critiques!). Today`s winner is Delia! Congratulations, Delia! We`ll get in touch with you soon, but in the interim, get polishing that query! * * * * Pitches are tough. With the exception of Deb Joanne’s well-timed…

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

News Flash: April 15, 2012

Congrats to Heather, winner of a copy of Tiffany Baker’s book The Gilly Salt Sisters! And thanks to everyone who entered our Query Critique Contest! We will be announcing our 5 winners starting with our Monday post, and posting one winner each day. Best of luck to all! From the 2012 Debs… Deb Joanne – is pleased to announce she has contacted her baker and the cupcakes have been ordered…

Sunday, April 15, 2012

When it comes to submissions, sometimes Deb Erika Does and sometimes she Doesn’t

As someone who sold her first book after twenty years of submitting, I have collected a fair amount of Do’s and Don’ts on the subject and wanted to share some of mine with you all. After reading them, I hope you’ll chime in on whether you agree or disagree with any of them—and feel free to add some of your own! DON’T sweat the small stuff. So you misspelled your…

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

News Flash: April 8, 2012

Congrats to Shannon, winner of a copy of Deb Tawna Fenske’s second novel Believe It or Not! From the 2012 Debs… Deb Joanne got a *new* cover! Did you see it? Well here it is. AND if you want to win an ARC (sadly with the old, lovely, but not as shiny cover) along with three other books and some swag, go check out the Cover Reveal Giveaway Extravaganza over…

Sunday, April 8, 2012

The Deb Ball Welcomes Back Deb Tiffany Baker!

We here at the Ball are so excited to welcome back Deb Tiffany Baker to the dance floor in honor of her recent release of The Gilly Salt Sisters! Here’s a little bit about the book… Jo and Claire Gilly are sisters bound together by the mysteries of their family salt marsh and also by a history with the same man. While Jo, a fierce loner, chooses the marsh over…

Saturday, April 7, 2012