Be Our Guest Author Today + Giveaway of CUTTING TEETH by Julia Fierro!

Saturday, May 24, 2014

We love celebrating debut authors; in a perfect world, we’d have enough Saturdays in the year to celebrate each and every one. Short of pulling that magic trick, we thought we’d try something new today. Our Guest Author at the Ball this week is…you. If you’re a debut novelist with a book that’s already out or soon-to-be out, leave a comment and say hello. Tell us about it. Tell us about you….


How to Pick Up a First Reader

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

It’s a lot like dating, really. You meet another writer at a conference or at a book festival or writer’s workshop, and while you make small talk and try to ask subtle questions like “So what are you reading right now?” in the back of your mind you’re really wondering Is this it? Is this THE one? And eventually, maybe after sitting next to each other 3 days in a row…


Tell A Story: Planning the Content of Your Book Event

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

I’m a planner. When my publicist and I first started planning events for Chasing the Sun, I was all about the big details: venues, dates, food, drinks, invites and omg what will I wear?! (Haven’t figured that out yet.) But a couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of being invited to speak about the book at a festival that celebrated Peruvian culture. It was a small, but lovely crowd….


Handle With Care: On Metaphors and Beautiful Sentences

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

I may have mentioned this before, but my first love in writing was not fiction, but poetry. I was seduced by the rhythms of beautiful sentences and the images a good metaphor evoked. By the way language could move beyond the literal to make me see things as I’d never imagined them. And though fiction seduced me for entirely different reasons, that love of poetry remains. It continues to inform…


A Beautiful Love Story That Made Me Ugly Cry

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Funny enough, I’m not a big crier when it comes to storytelling. I can count on one hand the number of books and movies combined that have made me shed tears. It’s not that I don’t feel it, it’s just that internalize it. Sometimes. When I was a sophomore in college, my English major self thought it’d be fun to take, as an elective, Politics of the Middle East. It…


My First & Worst Job (and One of the Best Things That Ever Happened to Me)

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The summer between my freshman and sophomore years of college, I was the world’s worst restaurant hostess. No, really. You laugh, but consider this: I was a ridiculously shy 19-year-old who thought it’d be fun to work at Steak n’ Ale. It was my job to greet guests and seat them, but every time people walked into the restaurant, I’d be struck with fear. Why do more people keep coming…


Caeli Widger’s Rebellious Writing Life + Giveaway of REAL HAPPY FAMILY

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Today’s guest is quite the rebel (and we wouldn’t have it any other way).  Caeli Widger is the author of the debut novel, REAL HAPPY FAMILY, which published in March and has been described in reviews as a “page-turner that strikes the balance between humor and heart”; a member of the “Tolstoyan literary tradition, offer[ing] both a scathing social critique and a sympathetic look at relationships and moral indiscretions ; a…


I Broke These Writing Rules & Loved It

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

In no particular order: 1. Write every day. (Not every day is a writing day. Some days are recharge and reflect days. Others are step-away-from-the-ms-before-you-revise days. Others are go live your life days.) 2. Butt in chair. (Or couch. Or bed. Or blanket on the grass on a breezy spring day.) 3. Write what you know. (I wrote Chasing the Sun because there was so much I didn’t know about my own…


Agent Interview with Brandi Bowles: A Comprehensive Look at What Makes Her Accept or Reject a Manuscript

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

I’m so excited to welcome my agent, Brandi Bowles of Foundry Literary + Media, to The Ball today. Brandi and I met nearly four years ago at the Writers’ League of Texas Agents & Editors Conference in Austin, Texas, when I pitched her my book during a one-on-session. In those short ten minutes (and in the time we’ve been working together since), I learned that Brandi’s an incredibly sharp and…


Things You Need to Do (And Don’t Need to Do) Before A Book Launch

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

I’m having one of those days in which this is suddenly starting to feel very, very real. Which is amazing and wonderful, but also slightly (okay, very) terrifying. When you’re two months away from your book launch, things you’ve always dreamed about start happening. You confirm readings at your favorite bookstores. You start seeing your book getting press in magazines you’ve read for years and years. Reviews start trickling in….