3 (and a half) Simple Truths I’ve Learned About Marketing & PR

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

In my other life, my day job, if you will, I work in marketing. In a previous life, I worked at a PR firm and later, as an editor at a magazine. Who knew my previous work experience would be such a huge help as the launch for Chasing the Sun approaches? It’s not that any of this is made any easier, or less overwhelming, as I think of ways…

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5 Quick & Painless Revision Tips for People Who Hate Revising

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Cue the eye rolls and the chorus of “ugh”… I know there are plenty of you out there who hate revision. Writing a first draft feels freeing and exhilarating, but revising is daunting and overwhelming. If this sounds like you, you’ll hate me for saying this: I LOVE revision. For me, the first draft is the part that’s daunting and overwhelming; it’s through revision that I start to feel confident…

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KIRSTIN CHEN on the Hardest & Easiest Parts of Being an Author + Giveaway of SOY SAUCE FOR BEGINNERS

Saturday, January 11, 2014

This week we’re thrilled to welcome Kirstin Chen, whose debut novel, SOY SAUCE FOR BEGINNERS, launched just last week. It’s the story of Gretchen Lin, who, adrift at the age of thirty, leaves her floundering marriage in San Francisco to move back to her childhood home in Singapore. There, she finds herself face-to-face with the twin headaches she’s avoided her entire adult life: her mother’s drinking problem and the machinations of…

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The Young Love of a New Story

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

This might be a short post for me. Thing is, I’ve started a new book, but I’m not ready to talk about it just yet. It’s not that I’m superstitious, or that I don’t want anyone to steal my idea (I’ve never been the paranoid type—an idea is just a spark, and no two people write the same story in the same way). It’s just that I have a story,…

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6 Fascinating Things I Learned About Empress Josephine from Heather Webb’s BECOMING JOSEPHINE

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Bring out the virtual confetti and glasses of champagne—today Becoming Josephine by Heather Webb is officially out in the world!!! I could gush all week about the many reasons I loved this book (and trust me, we will) but instead I will pay it the highest compliment I can think of when it comes to fiction: Becoming Josephine transported me to another world and made characters I’d briefly known through…

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ANGELA CERVANTES On Tough Topics + Giveaway of GABY, LOST AND FOUND

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Today we welcome fellow debut novelist Angela Cervantes, whose middle grade novel, Gaby, Lost and Found, came out in August from Scholastic Press. It’s the story of a young girl whose mom is deported, but who finds strength and self-confidence volunteering at a local animal shelter even as her family life unravels. Born and raised in Kansas, Angela spent time living in Brownsville, Texas, and Guadalajara, Mexico, before returning to Kansas City,…

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The Brilliance In the Mundane

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

I’m glad we’re talking about success this week after all the doom and gloom of failure. Because this is the other side of it: all the hardships I’ve endured are worth it for these fleeting moments of brilliance. They’re usually small victories, mundane even. Rare is the moment when I got an offer of representation from an agent or a call from said agent that my book sold. Sprinkled in…

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Fail Big? Succeed Bigger.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

The thing I’m most proud of stemmed from my biggest failure. The first book I wrote and finished (before Chasing the Sun) helped me sign with my agent, but didn’t sell. Those were some dark, depressing times for me. After five years of working on that book, I felt like I’d gone so far, but hadn’t really gone anywhere. But there’s this story my brother-in-law once told me, and I remember…

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How Pinterest Helped Me Get the Book Cover of My Dreams

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

I know what you’re thinking. We’re talking book covers this week and what could I, the one Deb whose book cover has been “coming soon” for months, possibly have to say about it? Well, lots. Because even though I haven’t shared the cover for Chasing the Sun yet, I’ve seen it. It’s finalized and perfect and more beautiful than I ever could’ve imagined. Every once in a while, I open…

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3 Sane (and 1 Slightly Less Sane) Ways to Get Through a Writing Rut

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Though this week’s topic is how to keep writing when we don’t have time, I have a theory: 95% of the time, “I don’t have time” really means “I’m procrastinating” or “I’m burnt out.” I’ve been there too many times to count. And I’ve gotten out of it in traditional and not-so-traditional ways. 1. Change things up and write by hand. I write the majority of my drafts on a…

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