Deb Joanne Finds Love in an Elevator

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 Kerry Ann! Congratulations, Kerry Ann! We`ll get in touch with you soon, but in the interim, get polishing that query! ### Ever since I thought of the name for this post (which…

Monday, April 16, 2012

Deb Joanne’s Submission Survival Guide

Today marks the beginning of The Debutante Ball Query Critique Contest! The Debs are giving away query critiques to 5 of our beloved readers! To be eligible, just leave a comment any day during our Submissions week (Starting today and up to and including Saturday, April 14ths post—contributed by our FABULOUS guest agent Michelle Wolfson) and specify if you’d like to be entered in the contest and we will randomly…

Monday, April 9, 2012

Deb Joanne’s Embarrassing Moments (The Writing Edition)

This week’s theme is life’s embarrassing moments. Wow, what a goldmine of material I have for that! But in the interest of keeping this writing related (and not embarrassing myself too much in front of my mom) I’m going to talk about what it’s like to not yet be published, even though everyone knows you’re trying. What it’s like to have to answer the question, “When does your book come…

Monday, April 2, 2012

Deb Joanne Just Wants to NOT Scare any Kids

So it’s author photo week here at The Debutante Ball. Yikes. I’m going to put this out there right now: like a lot of folks, I don’t love having my picture taken. I am very rarely pleased with the results and thus try to either duck out of the lens crosshairs or be the one behind the camera. But something funny happens when you sell a book; you are suddenly…

Monday, March 26, 2012

There are no Pigs in Deb Joanne’s Pig Out

This week’s theme is Comfort Food, surely an important part of any writer’s survival toolkit. As you all know by now, I’m Jewish. Which, by definition means I have a Jewish mother, which by definition means I ate a lot as a kid (and it showed, as I wasn’t lucky enough to have the same speedy metabolism of my tall, lean brothers). So that means I’m qualified to teach you…

Monday, March 19, 2012

Silence is Golden for Deb Joanne

This week’s theme is music to write by. Uh…truth is, I need quiet to write because, quite frankly, the voices in my head are as much noise as I can handle.  Seems weird, since I do a LOT of other things while I write (e-mail, Twitter, Facebook, compile taxes), but that’s how I roll. End of blog post. No, no, don’t go-I should give you a little something more, since…

Monday, March 12, 2012

Deb Joanne Loves Her Cabin. Maybe too much.

This week’s theme is cabin fever, that claustrophobic feeling you get when you’re holed up in a place by yourself for too long. Kind of like how Jack feels here (warning – language!): I know I’ve said it before—I’m an introvert. What that means is that I live a lot inside my head and am quite happy spending time alone, working away at whatever it is I’m working away at….

Monday, March 5, 2012

Deb Joanne Fears Death by Shoehorn

This week’s theme is ‘Preserving It: keeping the flame alive for a WIP’ (Note to my Mom: WIP is short for Work In Progress). I’m sure anyone here reading this knows that writing is work. Hard work, and that means sometimes it’s a frustrating slog and you just want to chuck it. I’ve definitely been there. As you may have gathered from last week’s post and how many unpublished projects…

Monday, February 27, 2012

Kicking it to the Curb: Deb Joanne Style

This week’s theme is ‘Leaving it—when it’s time to move on’.  This should come as no surprise, but SMALL MEDIUM AT LARGE, though my first published novel, is not the first I ever wrote. Nor the second, or the fifth…er…or even the tenth. I think it was like the twelfth and the fifteenth (it started as a YA novel and then got completely written as a MG and since pretty…

Monday, February 20, 2012

Deb Joanne Had a Little Lamb

Happy almost Valentine’s day! This week we’re talking about books we loved and maybe even the ones that started it all for us. Well, I’ve already talked about my childhood obsession with Anne with an ‘e’, and just last week spoke about my love for THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA, but honestly, I can’t remember if there was a book that started it all for me. I’ve always been a reader,…

Monday, February 13, 2012