Overheard at the Library by Deb Jess

Earlier this week I attended a reading given by the incomparable Elizabeth Berg. The library meeting room was packed–and at noon on a Tuesday! Elizabeth was gracious, elegant, and so polished. She’d clearly done this before. For example, on OPRAH three times. Oprah. Three. Times. Whoops! I fell down there. Was feeling a little faint. I’ll pull myself together. Where’s my brown paper bag? I introduced myself to some women…

Friday, May 16, 2008

In Case of Emergency…by Deb Jess

I was practically rubbing my hands together with glee as I anticipated writing this post. Publishing emergencies…publishing emergencies? Have I got some publishing emergencies for YOU! Okay, it’s not so wild as all that. Before I signed a contract with my agent, I thought that every rejection was a publishing emergency. Eventually I realized that each rejection was like a little piece of disappointed gold, because though I badly wanted…

Friday, May 2, 2008

So. Where Should I Go on my Trip of a Lifetime? by Deb Jess

Ah…I’m digging into my creaky mental vaults to present you with my best vacation memory. Problem is, I don’t know if I have one! I have taken no gorgeous trips to exotic lands, unless you count Nebraska (I kid the Nebraskans!)…I DO have half a dozen ‘road-trip out west’ stories, but I’ve got to ixnay their divulging, as many of the details ended up in Driving Sideways. (Wall Drug and…

Friday, April 18, 2008

I Wanna Hold Your Hand by Deb Jess

I’m the goofball who came up with “First Loves” as a posting topic, and now I’m stumped. You see, I was one of those hopeless romantics unfortunate people who believed that EVERY boy she went out with, no matter how wrong for her, was her “First Love.” Instead, why don’t I tell you about the first boy I ever held hands with? That would be Aaron. We met at sixth…

Friday, April 4, 2008

Make Your own Luck by Guest Blogger Jordan Rosenfeld

Please join us in welcoming California writer Jordan E. Rosenfeld, author of two books for writers: Make a Scene, and with Rebecca Lawton, Write Free: Attracting the Creative Life. She is a contributing editor and columnist for Writer’s Digest magazine and a regular book reviewer for NPR-affiliate KQED Radio. She holds an MFA in creative writing and literature from the Bennington Writing Seminars. Her stories have appeared in a variety…

Friday, March 21, 2008

In Which I Nearly Bagged the Bag Boy by Deb Jess

My entry onto the career ladder was unremarkable, except that if not for my best friend Cindy, I may never have climbed on at all. After an outgoing and talkative childhood, I decided to clam up somewhere around junior high. My shyness was such that if I needed to make any appointments via telephone, I actually had to write a script so I wouldn’t melt into a puddle of fear…

Friday, February 22, 2008

On the fifth day of launch week, my true love gave to me…by Deb Jess

I am honored to close this week’s festivities for Jenny Gardiner and her fantastic debut novel, Sleeping with Ward Cleaver. It truly is an honest, brassy, HIGHLY relatable look at what happens to many marriages a few years and a few children in—covering so much more than just loss of that initial spark, when passion dissolves into comfort (and sometimes malaise). It’s about sharing responsibilities, about respect, about communication, about…

Friday, February 8, 2008

A Writer Walks Into a Bar (Called the Library)…by Deb Jess

What on earth was I thinking when I suggested “stereotypes” as the topic this week? This is way, way too difficult. First of all, I don’t want to get all “after-school special” on you. And if we haven’t heard the one about how it’s bad to stereotype, maybe we need to read a few ValueTales or simply get out of the house more. Take a few vacations that challenge our…

Friday, January 25, 2008

You Just Have to Believe by Deb Jess

There are many days when I still can’t believe I sold Driving Sideways. Which, when I sold it, was called Riding with Larry Resnick. But then, many things have changed since the day of the sale. I nearly gave up writing in 2002. In fact, I did for awhile. Rejections can be relentless as they chip away at you—you dispatch batch after batch of queries with such hope, sometimes snagging…

Friday, January 11, 2008

A Christmas Pwning by Deb Jess

I’m thumbing through my mental filing cabinets, trying to remember the holiday traditions my family is supposed to have. But see, the problem is this: our traditions are kind of flickering, waffling a little, not quite sure if they want to stay or go. Get every family member a gift, or just pick names? Open gifts on Christmas Eve, or Christmas morning? Christmas brunch or Christmas dinner? Midnight mass or…

Friday, December 28, 2007