Interview with Marisa de los Santos

The Precious One paperback cover
Saturday, December 5, 2015

I fell in love with Marisa de los Santos’s debut novel LOVE WALKED IN, and have read and loved every book she has written since. Her latest novel, THE PRECIOUS ONE has just been released in paperback. We are absolutely thrilled to have her as a guest on The Debutante Ball. Enjoy the interview! Where do you love to be? Home, which might sound weird because I live in Delaware, for…


1 Under 100: Authors and Age

Monday, November 30, 2015

We are talking about age this week, so let’s start off with the facts. I was thirty-eight when I started writing THE CITY BAKER’S GUIDE TO COUNTRY LIVING. I was forty-three when I sold the book. I will be forty-five when the book is published. How do I feel about being forty-five when my book gets published? I don’t feel anything about it. I think my age is pretty much…


News Flash–Leftovers Edition

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Congratulations to Ann Kelly, winner of PIECES OF MY MOTHER by Melissa Cistaro From the 2016 Debs Louise Miller is working away at her copy edits while trying to ignore the terrible fact that this is the last time she can  tinker with the story. In other news, she was interviewed for the Grub Daily blog. If you would like to check it out, click here. Jennifer S. Brown didn’t reach her…


A Debut Author Gives Thanks

Monday, November 23, 2015

  The first thing I do when I open a new book is read the acknowledgements page. It’s so moving to see the writer expressing appreciation for everyone who has helped her along the way. Before I began writing a novel I used to marvel at how many people an author would thank. How could so many people be involved in the making of something that is such a solitary…


News Flash–Endings and Beginnings Edition

Sunday, November 22, 2015

  Congratulations to Sharon H., winner of IDYLL THREATS By Stephanie Gayle. Check back next week, where we will announce the winner of this weeks giveaway–Melissa Cistaro’s PIECES OF MY MOTHER!   From the 2016 Debs Louise Miller received the final version of the cover of THE CITY BAKER’S GUIDE TO COUNTRY LIVING this week. She loves her cover. SHE IS DYING TO SHARE HER COVER, but is waiting until her publisher gives…


How Not to Write

Monday, November 16, 2015

  Here is my time-tested, foolproof method of not writing. If you follow these seventeen simple steps, you may never write another word again!  1. Set your timer for the number of hours you have available to write before going to work, picking up the kids, going to the doctors etc. 2. Boot up your laptop. Read the pages you wrote yesterday, revising as you go. Do this until you reach a…


News Flash–The Buzz about…Essays, Copy Edits & Buzz Feed

Sunday, November 15, 2015

  Congratulations to Susan Peterson, winner of CHANCE HARBOR by Holly Robinson! Check back next week, where we will announce the winner of this weeks giveaway–IDYLL THREATS By Stephanie Gayle.      From the 2016 Debs Louise Miller went to NYC this week for a thrilling meeting with the marketing team at Pamela Dorman Books/Viking. She met her publicist, heard about marketing and publicity plans, and chose her author photo for the jacket. Her…


Guest Blogger Stephanie Gayle, author of IDYLL THREATS

Saturday, November 14, 2015

  Stephanie Gayle is the author of MY SUMMER OF SOUTHERN DISCOMFORT, one of Redbook magazine’s Top Ten Summer Reads, and IDYLL THREATS, the first in a mystery series featuring police chief Thomas Lynch. Her short fiction and non-fiction have appeared in Kenyon Review Online, The Potomac Review, Punchnel‘s, and several other publications. She has been twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Ms. Gayle is also the co-founder of the…


The Kismet-Filled True-Tale of How I Sold My Novel

Monday, November 9, 2015

  This week on The Debutante Ball we are talking about our book sales and being on submission. The story of the sale of THE CITY BAKER’S GUIDE TO COUNTRY LIVING involves a fair amount of serendipity. It was the spring of 2010. I had been working on my novel off and on for about eight months when I decided to sign up for my first writers’ conference, GrubStreet’s The…


News Flash–First Drafts, First Readings & First Agent Meetings

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Congratulations to JJT, winner of STONES IN THE ROAD by E. B. Moore! Check back next week, where we will announce the winner of this weeks giveaway–CHANCE HARBOR by Holly Robinson.   From the 2016 Debs Louise Miller is still floating from the high of giving her first public reading at GrubStreet’s Lit Up Gala last Thursday night. Jennifer Brown was there with a bottle of bourbon! She is now squinting at the proofs her…