Kimmery Says Goodbye

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

  Yeah, baby! Post #52! I did it!!!! Whew. At the beginning of this adventure, I doubted my ability to churn out an article a week. But despite the effort required to make this blogging thing work, writing for The Debutante Ball has been infinitely worthwhile. I looked back over my year’s worth of posts this week, and while some of them did veer toward the crappy end of the…

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Interview With Jennifer Klepper, Author of Unbroken Threads

Saturday, August 25, 2018

  Our guest this week is Jennifer Klepper, the author of Unbroken Threads, a story about a former corporate attorney who volunteers to represent a young Syrian woman in her bid for asylum. I first met Jennifer IRL at a writing conference prior to either of us having published books. Since that time, I’ve interacted with her in various online writing groups, and over the course of the years, I’ve come…

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Blooper Reel: One Of The Many Things Kimmery Messed Up

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

  This week’s topic is the blooper reel: issues uncovered during the rewriting/editing/proofing process. I have chosen to reconstruct a conversation between me and my editor relating to one tiny facet of The Queen of Hearts—the drama over the naming of a minor character, who appears in a small vignette over a couple of pages near the end of the book.  Before I get going, let me say that while…

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Interview + Giveaway with AJ Pearce, Author of Dear Mrs. Bird

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Awhile back, I did an interview in which I mentioned how much I loved the book Bridget Jones by Helen Fielding. A short time later I received a package in the mail containing a copy of a historical fiction title called Dear Mrs. Bird, written by a debut British author named AJ Pearce. The publisher mentioned that despite this book being WWII-era historical fiction, the protagonist and the voice of…

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Kimmery’s Tips For A Strong Book Launch Party

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

When it comes to parties, I tend to roll large. Most of the time this is fine, but in terms of book launch events it may have backfired since my social tendencies and inability to turn anything down resulted in the world’s most over-scheduled book release day. I started off before sunrise with an insane TV segment where a morning show cut to me and a loud, hilarious, supremely confident…

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Kimmery’s Dream Book

  see the stars you say, in the gloaming night my tiny hand in yours here is the world through my daddy’s eyes up higher than high on a shoulder ride in from our porch with the day’s dying light   sleep tight, little flower, good night   build it strong you say, as the summer melts but i make my house from a heap of sticks that blow away…

Wednesday, August 8, 2018
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Interview With Emily Giffin, Author of All We Ever Wanted + Giveaway

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Emily Giffin is the gold standard when it comes to women’s fiction. Her success surges past a writer’s wildest dreams into the realm of the fantastical, encompassing everything from multiple New York Times bestsellers to movie deals to dozens of translations around the world. I think it’s fair to say she’s struck a chord with her readers; in fact, during a recent event in my city, the woman sitting next…

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Kimmery’s Next Book: The Subject May Surprise You

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

My next book is not going to be the book I wanted to write.  I bumbled into the literary world without much of an understanding of what happens when you publish a novel. Like the hypothetical bride who doesn’t think beyond the altar, I was hyper-focused on querying and didn’t research much of the intricacies of the publishing process itself. To be fair, I couldn’t research much of the behind-the-scenes…

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How To Love Researching Your Novel

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Most of the time—to my surprise—I look forward to writing my weekly post for The Debutante Ball. This week, however, I dreaded it. This was for two reasons: first, last week’s post on the differences between the expectations and realities of publishing a novel completely drained me; and second, on today’s topic, I got nothing. Well, almost nothing. We are supposed to be writing about research: how much we did,…

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The Top Three Things That Surprised Me About Publishing A Novel

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

This week we are talking about the differences between expectations and reality when it comes to traditionally publishing. I’ve compiled a run-down of my top three surprises regarding the process but if I had to sum up my debut publishing experience in one word it would be this: intense. The doctor in me feels compelled to point out that my limbic system took a beating this year, whirling around in…

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