News Flash: (More) Revisions, (More) Writing & a BIG Deb giveaway!

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Congratulations to Christy Staude, winner of THE PERFECT SON by Barbara Claypole White! Check back next Sunday for this week’s winner of our BIG summer DEB BALL reading pack (THE MOMENT OF EVERYTHING, BEFORE I GO, TINY PRETTY THINGS, THE COINCIDENCE OF COCONUT CAKE, COME AWAY WITH ME) … Simply leave a comment below to be entered to win!   From the 2015 Debs: Colleen Oakley hates when other people…


Want to curate creativity? Be curious, go running, don’t ditch the bad ideas.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

I’ve had this blog post sitting on my desktop — unwritten aside from title — for two days now. The original title? CREATIVITY. Pretty creative, eh? Because here’s the thing about creativity…at least MY creativity…it’s usually flowing strong but not always in the direction it needs to be going. As I write this I have a magazine article, a magazine pitch, two book synopses, and revisions for book 2 sitting…


Wanted: Debut Authors for The Debutante Ball Class of 2016!

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Before we jump into today’s post, congratulations to Michelle Westenbroek, winner of TINY PRETTY THINGS by our very own Sona Charaipotra! Check back next week to find out who won THE PERFECT SON by this week’s guest author Barbara Claypole White … It’s hard to believe 10 months have passed since we put up our first posts as 2015 Debs. Along the way we’ve celebrated book birthdays (Shelly, Colleen, Sona)…


How to Avoid Overwhelmed Author Syndrome: BE PRESENT

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

As the last of the Debs to celebrate a book birthday, I’ve had the benefit of watching and learning over the past few months. And while there are parts I’ve found overwhelming – even from a distance (think: launch parties, blog tours, 125-item to-do lists…) – ultimately I’ve come away with this gem of understanding: THIS TOO SHALL END. The stress will dissipate and level off, but so will the…


News Flash: BookExpo, Revisions & a TINY PRETTY THINGS Giveaway!

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Congratulations to Claudia Rivera, winner of THE RAINY SEASON by guest author Maggie Messitt! Check back next Sunday for this week’s winner of TINY PRETTY THINGS by our very own Deb, Sona Charaipotra …   From the 2015 Debs: Colleen Oakley has sent the first half of her new WIP to her agent and is anxiously awaiting feedback. She also has been on a book bender and bought 7 new books…


Ballerinas Doing Very Bad Things: TINY PRETTY THINGS is finally here!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Note: Yesterday was our very own Sona’s book birthday – TINY PRETTY THINGS is now out in the wild, and I can’t wait for all of you to read it! Blurbed as “Black Swan meets Pretty Little Liars,” this high-drama, deliciously dark and absolutely addictive book features three teenaged girls — Gigi, Bette, and June — trying to dance their way to the prima ballerina status at an elite NYC…


NEWS FLASH: BEA, “Best Of” Book Lists, & a Giveaway!

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Congratulations to Christina Li, winner of Renee Ahdieh’s THE WRATH AND THE DAWN! Check back next Sunday for this week’s winner of THE RAINY SEASON by guest author Maggie Messitt …   From the 2015 Debs: Colleen Oakley is thrilled that Pop Sugar named BEFORE I GO as one of the Best Books of 2015 (so far)! It’s also in good company on this summer reading list. Pack your beach bag! Amy…


Character Naming (or, How To Justify Hours on the Internet…)

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

When I was growing up, I fantasized about being named…Nancy. Or Cathy. For real. Those were the names I coveted because I wanted to blend in with the Tiffanys and Susans and Lauras peppered throughout my middle grade life, not stand out as the one and only Karma. And Boy George cursing bringing the world Karma Chameleon didn’t help things… I have since come to love my name, and am…


News Flash: Conferences & Festivals, Awards & a Giveaway!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Congratulations to Caryn Strean, winner of THE FAR END OF HAPPY by guest author Kathryn Craft! Check back next Sunday for this week’s winner of Renee Ahdieh’s THE WRATH AND THE DAWN …   From the 2015 Debs: Colleen Oakley sold rights for BEFORE I GO to Hungary! She’s still barreling through her WIP, slowly but (un)surely. Amy E. Reichert is still in the glamorous writing cave, except when she’s at her children’s…



Wednesday, May 13, 2015

After writing four books, here’s what I’ve learned about drafting: it’s hard, frustrating, invigorating, confusing, inspiring, MESSY, and it sort of sucks. Author confession: I hate seriously dislike drafting. It reminds me a lot of those early days of dating – yes, there’s the excitement; the sizzle of THERE MIGHT REALLY BE SOMETHING HERE. But along with that excitement comes the awkward realization that at any moment the whole thing…