Buy Jenny Gardiner’s SLEEPING WITH WARD CLEAVER, by Deb Gail

I am thrilled and honored to launch the first day of the first Deb’s launch, Jenny Gardiner’s SLEEPING WITH WARD CLEAVER. Jenny had a very unconventional road to publication that speaks to her talent and tenacity. She sent me SLEEPING WITH WARD CLEAVER after I’d had one those marital days that made me wonder how I’d ended with the person I’d chosen to spend my life with… I read it…

Monday, February 4, 2008
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Buy The Liar’s Diary Today! by The Debs at The Debutante Ball

When The Debs read Karen Dionne’s call-out to help promote the paperback launch of THE LIAR’S DIARY by Patry Francis, who was recently diagnosed with cancer, of course we said YES! As many of you already know, Patry’s wise and beautifully written blog, SIMPLY WAIT, has served as inspiration to many writers and readers, and since her diagnosis she’s been sharing her cancer journey, openly, honestly, unsentimentally. Her prognosis is…

Tuesday, January 29, 2008
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Year of the Sale Part Three (no more parts, I promise) by Deb Gail

(Also read: Part One & Part Two) The language of book publishing is the language of a heady, passionate love affair: Adore, real, emotional, open, honest, LOVE. Those were the words from the early rejections I clung to (blocking out “cancer is a tough sell” and “not for me” and “don’t feel the burning passion”) the entire trip from Wisconsin to Maine, like a woman who’s been dumped but keeps…

Monday, January 21, 2008
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The Year of the Sale Part Two (okay, it’s actually going to be three parts) by Deb Gail

(Also read: Part One) In the car on the way home from Chicago, I scribbled down notes for the Overview. Of course I had NO idea that the Overview was a key piece of the non-fiction proposal document consisting of up to thirteen parts: subject hook, book hook, special features, foreword by a well-known authority, answers to technical or legal questions, back matter, markets, subsidiary-rights possibilities, spin-offs, mission statement, platform,…

Monday, January 14, 2008
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The Year of the Sale (In Two Parts) by Deb Gail

Two years ago, my first novel WAITRESS OF THE MONTH hadn’t sold, and even though, on my most lucid days, I knew my then-agent was running out of prospects and we were reaching the end, I didn’t want to admit that the story I’d started writing in my head in college and hauled from Massachusetts to Ohio to New York City to New Hampshire to New York State to Vermont…

Monday, January 7, 2008
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I Resolve NOT To Worry… by Deb Gail

about the state of my house, the piles of unsorted papers and journals on my husband’s perch in the front hall, the jumble of shoes and boots blocking the doors, the drawer full of mittens (I spent hours finding and matching a few weeks ago) that has been rooted through so many times I can’t look at it without cringing, about the stuff I’m always moving to the basement and…

Monday, December 31, 2007
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Our Christmas Tree Tradition by Deb Gail

This was going to be the touching story of how a Jewish Girl from the Midwest who grew up with almost no traditions except for an overzealous renunciation of tradition and envious of all of her friends and their Christmas trees, married a Wasp from New England who embraced Christmas with all the innocence and zeal of a wide-eyed five-year-old, woke early the Saturday before Christmas and made a great…

Monday, December 24, 2007
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The Recipe I’m Not Sharing and The One I’m Still Perfecting by Deb Gail

I was going to share my recipe for Chunky Apple Walnut Cake which is hands down my family’s favorite holiday recipe. Really any time of year recipe. So favorite that when my oldest daughter was coming home for Thanksgiving this year, she asked if I would make the cake twice while she was home, timed to emerge warm from the oven when she arrived a couple of days before the…

Monday, December 17, 2007
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Heroes: From Tolstoy to My Neighbor Linda by Deb Gail

When I was little I thought no one was more heroic than my mother. She had extraordinary abilities, magical fingers that could French braid my hair and twist tissue paper into flowers. She was a sculptor and a painter, a writer, a gourmet cook, an activist, a decorator and she was warm and fun and funny. Until she grew tired of all that. Including me. My dad was a defense…

Monday, December 10, 2007
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The Nicest Girl I Ever Knew by Deb Gail

As I sat down to write this I realized I feel conflicted about this week’s topic, Naughty and/or Nice. Actually, I think it’s nice I’m mostly conflicted about. When I was growing up, little girls were supposed to be nice and I was. My mother’s little helper. Always polite. Always smiling. Eager to please. I danced on cue for the relatives. Hardly ever complained. I was The Nice One. Until…

Monday, December 3, 2007
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