On Time

Monday, November 2, 2015

Nineteen ways a writer looks at time. No time to lose­–Do not wait another second to start writing your novel. It’s a long process. The time is now. Doing time­­­–The hours you put in studying craft, through reading, taking classes, participating in critique groups and workshopping your draft. Spare Time–Something you will never have, ever again. Writing a novel is a large undertaking, and your writing time has to be…


News Flash–Stolen Halloween Candy Edition

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Congratulations to Suzy, winner of THE GOOD NEIGHBOR, by Amy Sue Nathan! Check back next week, where we will announce the winner of this weeks giveaway–STONES IN THE ROAD by E. B. Moore. From the 2016 Debs Louise Miller has had a very exciting week, book-wise. Her revision of THE CITY BAKER’S GUIDE TO COUNTRY LIVING was accepted by her publisher and is now on it’s way to the copy editor’s desk!…


Deb Guest E. B. Moore, author of STONES IN THE ROAD

Stones in the Road
Saturday, October 31, 2015

I first heard of E. B. Moore and her debut novel AN UNSEEMLY WIFE when I was applying to the Novel Incubator program at Grub Street in Boston. Moore was one of the first authors from the program to sell her book, and she served as an inspiration for all of us as we dug into our revisions. Her new title STONES IN THE ROAD is the 2nd book in the…


Publishing Fears

Monday, October 26, 2015

(Cue the scary Vincent Price movie music) I have what I consider pretty standard fears–terrorism, house fires or house explosions, being pushed onto the subway tracks, rats. But there is a section of my brain devoted to a special sub-group of scary thoughts: publishing fears. Publishing fears change as you move along in the process. In the early days there was fear of the workshop, followed by fear of revision….


News Flash–Publications, Pub Dates and Publicists edition

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Congratulations to Laura Bryant, winner of PRETENDING TO DANCE, by Diane Chamberlain! Check back next week, where we will announce the winner of this weeks giveaway–THE GOOD NEIGHBOR, by Amy Sue Nathan! From the 2016 Debs Louise Miller has had a crazy week that included having great meetings with her agent and editor about her book cover and having all the clothes she ordered online for her author photo shoot stolen off…


Conflict for the Conflict Averse: An Interview with Michelle Hoover

Monday, October 19, 2015

  I hate conflict, so I wasn’t surprised when I had trouble putting my characters into difficult situations. When I set out to write a novel, I wanted to create a town filled with people that I loved. Couldn’t I write a story about a bunch of people who cared about each other? Isn’t the world filled with enough trouble as it is? Don’t we read to escape stress? Needless to…


News Flash–Author Photos, Blurbs, Acknowledgements and More!

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Check back next week, where we will announce the winner of this weeks giveaway–PRETENDING TO DANCE, by Diane Chamberlain! From the 2016 Debs Louise Miller has just made an appointment with a photographer in NYC to have her author photo taken. She is now feverishly shopping for author photo clothes. Jennifer S. Brown turned in her acknowledgments page. She made her sister read her novel three times to critique it; she made…


How to Bake a Novel

Monday, October 12, 2015

I have a confession to make. I love my day job. I’m a baker. And everything* I know about writing a novel I learned in the kitchen. Here are some of the lessons. Always pre-heat the oven This is the dreaming time, where your novel is a spark, a collection of disjointed images and voices, and the bulk of the story is still to be discovered. For me this means…


News Flash! Exciting Alumni News Edition

Sunday, October 11, 2015

From the 2016 Debs Louise Miller is thrilled to announce that she will be representing the Novel Incubator at Grub Street’s annual gala LIT UP on November 5th. She will be reading from THE CITY BAKER’S GUIDE TO COUNTRY LIVING in the 10×2 program–10 writers reading for 2 minutes. She hopes to see some of you there! Jennifer S. Brown is excited that her first blurb came in! She’s taking a break…


Publishing’s Best-Kept Secret

Monday, October 5, 2015

    When my revisions were complete, and my novel was in my agent’s hands, I got down to the serious business of daydreaming about selling my book. I wondered how long it would take. I tried to picture where I might be when I received the call (for some reason this was always outside of a café or restaurant, when in reality it happened in the women’s locker room…