Sona’s WIP Playlist (Or: EMO-fest 2015!)

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Unlike some of the other lovelies of the Deb Ball, I didn’t have a playlist for TINY PRETTY THINGS. With three characters going at once, my writing time for that book was usually all about finding the right first line for a chapter — i.e. pondering for hours — and then spilling the whole thing out. Yes, each girl had murky (sometimes mournful) emotional depths, but the way I wrote…

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Agent VICTORIA MARINI on TPT, Professionalism + Her Manuscript Wish List!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Editor’s Note: The winner of last week’s giveaway with author Allison Winn Scotch is Michelle Westenbroek — Congrats, Michelle! Also, this week on The Ball is Agent Week, where each Deb is interviewing her own agent. Check back each day for insider publishing tips from some of the best agents in the business! Today on the Deb Ball, I’m so proud to introduce you to agent extraordinaire VICTORIA MARINI, of…

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ALLISON WINN SCOTCH on Self-Publishing + THEORY OF OPPOSITES GIVEAWAY!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Editor’s Note: This is Self-Published Author Week on The Ball! Each day we’ll feature a new self-pubbed author, and a giveaway of their book! I first connected with the lovely Allison Winn Scotch via her site, ASK ALLISON, a blog that gave you the real scoop on book publishing way before it was cool to do so. (And is still an amazing resource. Go check it out!) A fellow journalist-turned-author,…

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People Who Need People (Sometimes)

Thursday, April 9, 2015

If you didn’t know better, you’d think I was an extrovert. After all, it’s my job to talk to people. But I’ll tell you the truth: I’m definitely an introvert. Like the other Debs, it took me a long time to figure this out. Because here’s the thing: if I’m working, I can talk to anyone. In that scenario, I have a mission and a reason. Call it something more…

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Sona’s TINY PRETTY LAUNCH PARTY To-Do List. Or: HELP!

Tiny Pretty Things
Thursday, April 2, 2015

Okay, so the lovely ladies here at the DebBall may all be like, Oh, I am so not a party planner and all that. But you know what? I’ve got them all beat. Because the book launch for TINY PRETTY THINGS is just under two months away, and aside from the date and time, we haven’t really done a thing. Okay, that’s not true. I made the paperless post evite….

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IW Gregorio on NONE OF THE ABOVE + GIVEAWAY!

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Sometimes I can’t believe I’ve only know today’s DebBall guest, IW Gregorio, for less than a year. We met as part of the debut group the Fearless 15ers, but we really bonded over our commitment to diversity in kidlit and YA (and the world!), as the awesome Ilene is one of the founders of the #WeNeedDiverseBooks movement. She’s also pretty much my working-mama-writer-idol, since she does SO MUCH and rocks…

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And Chaos Ensues (OR: 4 Reasons Not To Quit The Day Job)

Thursday, March 26, 2015

For the past nine — OMG! Has it been THAT LONG? — years now, I’ve worked mostly from home in my pajamas, writing commentary on How to Get Away With Murder, interviewing Paul Wesley (Stefan on The Vampire Diaries, for the uninitiated) and the Pretty Little Liars peeps, working on fiction and CAKE stuff. Jealous yet? You should be. No, no, no, what I MEANT to say there was, don’t be….

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Taming the Hideous Green-Eyed Monster

Thursday, March 19, 2015

It’s been ten years since my stint in Hollywood, and sometimes I still wonder “what if”? What if social media had existed back then? What if I’d tried harder? What if I’d written one more script? What if I’d moved to L.A. to actually make a go of it? Everyone has those moments of envy and competitiveness — it’s what fuels long-running race-to-the-finish shows Survivor, or even those vicarious-living shows…

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Awesome Editor Emilia Rhodes Talks Must-Have Author Traits, Books She Covets and Tiny Pretty Things

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Today I have the great honor of introducing you all to my editor at HarperTeen, Emilia Rhodes! Emilia came on board as editor for TINY PRETTY THINGS just as we were wrapping up book one, and we really got to work together as we hashed out the plot for book two — a five-hour brainstorming session that was actually super-fun! (And we were so well-fed!) She’s very chatty, incredibly smart, and…

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Spring’s The Thing — Finally!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

The reason this post is late? Mega snow day today. It’s still coming down, though we’re only expecting about four to eight inches. Which means everything here has come to a halt. And the littles have no school. So I’m scrambling to squeeze in some work. And man, can I NOT WAIT for Spring. Ideally, the Book Two revisions will be officially wrapped up, and we’ll have a few CAKE…

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