It’s The Launching of The Queen of Hearts!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

It is the launch week for first of the 2018 Debs to debut—Kimmery Martin with THE QUEEN OF HEARTS! THE QUEEN OF HEARTS had me at hello, which in this case, was the gorgeous cover. Really, what could be more perfect than an anatomical heart formed out of flowers against a gorgeous robin’s egg blue?   Do you remember all those quizzes based on female friendships, like Are You a Monica,…

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6 Ideas for Self-Care with GIFS

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

  Give yourself permission to ignore social media, texts and emails. People who love you will forgive you. If you really fear a manners violation, set up an auto-reply saying, “I’m immersed in revisions/first draft/teaching my cat origami and I’ll get back to you eventually. You matter to me, I promise.”     Buy yourself a pair of comfortable pants that you are willing to be seen in public in….

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Interview w/ Shannon Leone Fowler + Giveaway for TRAVELING WITH GHOSTS

Saturday, February 3, 2018

I am excited to introduce our readers to one of my favorite memoirs of 2017, TRAVELING WITH GHOSTS: A MEMOIR OF LOVE AND LOSS.  It’s a heartbreakingly beautiful memoir, and Shannon Leone Fowler, whom I met in a Facebook binders group, is a strong and resilient woman who always has encouraging words for emerging writers.   About TRAVELING WITH GHOSTS: In 2002, Shannon Leone Fowler was a blissful twenty-eight-year-old marine…

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Querying and Authors.Me

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

  First of all, when I was shopping Girlish, I went with the “wallpaper the internet with queries” technique. I queried editors and agents and entered emerging writers’ contests—I tried to put my manuscript in front of as many people as humanly possible. One agent I really liked only took submissions through something called authors.me, so I checked it out. Authors.me is basically a dating service for agents, editors, and…

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Interview with Erin Judge + Giveaway for VOW OF CELIBACY

Saturday, January 27, 2018

  I’m so excited to host the brilliant and funny Erin Judge on the Debutante Ball this week!   Erin Judge is a comedian, writer, actor, and producer based in Los Angeles. Erin’s debut novel, Vow of Celibacy, won Best Fiction at the Bi Book Awards, and was named a Must-Read Indie Press Book by BookRiot. Erin started out doing stand-up at the best comedy club in the world: the Comedy Studio in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Since…

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Missteps in Representation and Appropriation

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

I listened to a woman read a chapter from her romance novel about gay male truck drivers. Within a few minutes, it became glaringly obvious that she knew nothing about gay men or truck drivers. I was incensed—this was my community she was writing about so badly—but  I was also chagrined. I was reminded of my own 300-page gay romance novel I had written several years before. Like the author…

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Critique Partners and Beta Readers—Some Stranger Than Others

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

  I have had several kinds of critique partners on Girlish. I didn’t have a writing group that met once a week and read each other’s works in progress, but I did have several key people, all located in different parts of the country, who read my work and helped me whip it into shape. Some of the chapters were written during my MFA at West Virginia Wesleyan College, where…

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Writing Through Distractions of the Small Child Variety

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

My emergence as a writer and a mother occurred nearly simultaneously—I was suddenly flooded with stories when I was pregnant with my second child, and my oldest was two years old. Writing for me has always involved coping with distractions of the small child variety.  Yet, I earned two college degrees and wrote over one thousand pages while mothering two small creatures over nearly a decade, and I like to…

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5 Resolutions for @Only_Mama’s Debut Year

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Finish the first draft of my novel. (OK, second draft, but that’s only because the real first draft was so terrible it demanded an entire rewrite.) I love writing fiction, however, it’s way harder for me. I’d like to be halfway decent at it, and the only way to do it is to read more great fiction and write more fiction. Which means I am allowed to read a lot…

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Lara’s 8 Favorite Books of 2017

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

I decided to limit myself to eight books, because eight is my lucky number. Besides, many of us have a short attention span and ten books seems like too many. I selected three novels, two Young Adult, and three memoir.  Here are my Eight favorite books that came into print in 2017:   The novels: Beartown  by Fredrick Backman. This story could take place in any small town in any…

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