Featured Author Heather Webb + a Giveaway of BECOMING JOSEPHINE

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Today we hear from one of our very own, Heather Webb, whose historical BECOMING JOSEPHINE just released this week to national acclaim from Kirkus Reviews as well as the New York Journal of Books. Becoming Josephine is based on the true story of Napoleon Bonaparte’s first wife, Josephine. Born Rose Tascher, she survived divorce, war, and prison before becoming Josephine. Tell us more about your historical heroine, Heather. Rose Tascher’s life…


What Josephine Bonaparte Taught Me About Writing

Thursday, January 2, 2014

I’m beyond thrilled that Becoming Josephine has released into the world, in the hopes of entertaining and inspiring readers. This week, my lovely friends and fellow debut authors here at The Debutante Ball have talked up some of my favorite aspects of the novel. Now it’s my turn to share what my beloved protagonist, Josephine Bonaparte taught me about writing. Josephine loved details—the beautiful beading on a gown, the favorite…


Into the Light: The Moment I Thought I’d Succeed

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Last week we talked about the DARK MOMENT and this week we turn the tables. So when did I think I might succeed? To me this is never one moment or one day, but a series of small accomplishments and then BIG ONES. Sometimes a small point of light, others, a flood to illuminate my path. When I finished the first draft of the book When an agent requested to…


Into the Dark: The Time a Writer Needs Their Tribe Most

Thursday, December 19, 2013

There have been many times on my journey to publication that I’ve needed my tribe. After a grueling day at the keyboard when every sentence misbehaved, when a rejection with a capital R showed up in my inbox (or several), and especially when the self-doubt grew so big it tried to suffocate me. And now, as I stare down the last week and a half before my debut novel launches…


You Can Judge a Book by Its Cover

Thursday, December 12, 2013

I don’t care what the old adage says, in my opinion, you can tell a lot about a book (a person) by its cover. This is precisely why, when a book isn’t packaged properly, sales fall flat. Each genre has a set of rules—themes, colors, and styles—that are common to the category. Of course these rules are broken from time to time, just as authors break genre rules. But the…


When Writing Sucks and You Want to Quit

Thursday, December 5, 2013

You’re in a deep funk and can’t get out of it. Writing is HARD and it’s getting the best of you. Publishing is even HARDER and it makes you want to cry. The words aren’t flowing, life is a big ball of stress and distraction, and you just don’t know if you have it in you. What do you do? DO SOMETHING ELSE THAT SUCKS LESS, like scrubbing toilets with…


Thanksgiving…and Other Disasters

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Thanksgiving and Other Disasters is the theme of this week for us here at The Debutante Ball. Thing is, short of a frozen, raw turkey I served six hours later than I expected one year, I don’t really have any disasters to speak of. Well, until this year. A dear family member is ill, as in, living-in-the-hospital-ill and it gives me a tremendous amount of perspective (not to mention a deluge of…


5 Social Media Techniques to Grow Your Writing Community

Thursday, November 21, 2013

I’ve spoken quite a bit about how much I love my writing community. They’ve been so much more to me than colleagues. They’re true friends, my champions—they’re warriors—and I am theirs. I’ve found much of my community the same way the other Debs mentioned: conferences, writing groups, going to writing events, lending a hand whenever I possibly can. Rather than repeating the Debs’ pearls of wisdom, I thought I would…


Wisdom of the Veteran Writer

Thursday, November 14, 2013

So much of what I have learned in publishing and about the craft of writing I have learned from other writers; from their blogs, their Twitter and Facebook links, and their generosity. It seems like the natural order of things is to pass on what you know to those less experienced or new to the profession. Today I have gathered quotes from just a few of the many who have…


5 Most Important Things I’ve Learned About the Writing Business

Thursday, November 7, 2013

I could write a book about all that I’ve learned over these last four years, but let’s cut to the chase and hit the most important.  1. Don’t Submit Your Work Too Soon This is true whether we’re talking about critique partners, agents, OR editors. Remember that not all feedback (or readers) are created equal. I’ve seen crit partners destroy a work and also those who do nothing but gush…