A Soft Spot for Deb Linda’s Dad

If you’ll pardon me, I’m going to plagiarize myself again. When I think about my Dad, there’s one memory that never fails to make me smile, and since I already wrote about it a few years ago on my own blog, I have no choice (you hear me? no choice!) but to rerun it here. It was a post from last year’s Deb Tawna Fenske on her blog that inspired…

Friday, June 22, 2012

Deb Linda’s “Ha! You wish!” List

Argh. This week’s topic is hard for me. I’m a teensy-weensy bit uncomfortable comparing my book to those by other authors, especially successful ones. I mean, who am I to try to stack myself up against writers who’ve already proven their talent over and over again? Seems to me I could be setting myself up for a great big “Ha! You wish!” But you know what? I do wish. So…

Friday, June 15, 2012

On Passion and Potato Chips, aka Deb Linda Ponders her Firsts

I’ve had a lot of publishing-related “firsts” in the past few years–first agent, first book sold, first editor, first time holding my physical book in my hands (an advance reader copy), first review on Goodreads, first publicist, first pre-release interview request, and first email from a stranger who’s actually read my book and loved it (whoo! that was a rush), to name a few. Okay, to name several. So, when…

Friday, June 8, 2012

Agents? Deb Linda Likes Hers Secret and Special!

I have a wonderful agent. You may have met her, actually. If not, click here to read the Deb Ball guest post from Michelle Wolfson. Go ahead. Read it. I’ll wait.   *fixes cup of tea, twiddles thumbs, waits for readers to come back*   There. You see? She’s hard-working, smart,  and funny — an all around entertaining person. She gets the job done. Which are very good qualities in…

Friday, June 1, 2012

Spring Cleaning? Deb Linda Imagines the Possibilities!

When it comes time for spring cleaning every year, TG and I just blithely wave our hands and wait for our maid, Fifi, to do it. And wait … and wait … and wait … Because she never shows up. You see, Fifi is imaginary. (Admit it. You think I’m making this up. Sadly, I’m really not. Fifi has been a part of our lives since we were first married….

Friday, May 25, 2012

Deb Linda Reminds You That Flipping MOM Will Get You a WOW

WOW. Yesterday I passed a milestone. Which, while jarring in its own way, is likely way less painful than passing a kidney stone. Fortunately, I’m not in a position to verify that from personal experience. You see, yesterday was my daughter’s birthday, and as of this year I have officially been a mother for more of my life than I was not a mother. This is a cool thing. I…

Friday, May 18, 2012

THE PRINCESSES OF IOWA Launch Week: Deb Linda’s Q & A with Molly!

This has been an exciting week here at the Ball—our own Deb Molly’s debut novel, THE PRINCESSES OF IOWA, was officially released on Tuesday. Congratulations, Molly!!!! But, of course, one day of celebration isn’t enough for such a momentous event. We think a book launch deserves at least a whole week of hooplah! I’ve been telling all my non-pixelated (you know the kind–those strangely “solid” people who are a part…

Friday, May 11, 2012

Fighting Temptation? Deb Linda Says Choose Your Battles

  The was a Star Trek (TNG) episode once where the Enterprise was assailed by wave after wave of some sort of force. The intensity of the waves kept increasing, due to something they called “the Harmonic Amplification effect.” (Yes, I’m a big nerd.) Anyway, the more they turned up the shields, the more powerful the waves became, until they came close to destroying the ship. (!!!) It was very…

Friday, May 4, 2012

Bungee Jumping Naked, aka The (Chaotic) Deb Linda Approach to Plotting

Boy, what my sister Debs must think of me. Just because I’m an admitted pantser (or should that be “pantster”? I mean, I don’t go around pantsing fellow writers or anything … nah, pantser just looks better), and made one little reference to Bungee jumping in the comments on Tuesday, they’re tweeting stuff like this and this about me. Not that I can blame them. I mean, I suppose I…

Friday, April 27, 2012

Deb Linda Says When it Comes to Pitching, the Right Catcher Makes All the Difference

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 SuzeW! Congratulations, Suze! We’ll get in touch with you soon, but in the interim, get polishing that query! And now onto pitches: I grew up in a neighborhood where (and when) kids…

Friday, April 20, 2012