On Writing Communities, Competition And Finding Your Tribe

Thursday, November 6, 2014

I’ve always heard of this legend, the solitary writer, head down at her desk, never looking for the light or sharing her words. And I have to say, that was never me. From the start, to me, writing was a collaborative craft. I remember sharing stories with my kid sister across our bunk beds — about frogs and princesses, our favorite Bollywood stars, and eventually even New Kids On the…


A Scary Turn On the Writing Journey

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

As you may recall if you’re a frequent guest at the Ball, Dhonielle and I took the long road to publication on Tiny Pretty Things. And along the way, there were plenty of bumps. But perhaps the scariest moment for us was when we’d done what was maybe like the sixth revision of the book — and we knew it was in great shape, we could feel it. It was ready. But the Big…


Tips from A Master Procrastinator

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Anyone who knows me knows that I am a master procrastinator. I mean, why do now what you can put off till tomorrow? Especially since I’ve even created a Twitter hashtag for my indulgence. I present to you: #procrastinatey. Go check it out. Yeah now. You can always read this post later, right? Haha, almost got you there. Uh, yeah. Anyway. I always like to blame my penchant for procrastination…


The Best KidLit Conference? Rutgers, Hands Down

Thursday, October 16, 2014

There comes a point in every serious writer’s life when they decide to crawl out of the cave and share what they’ve been scribbling with, you know, other actual people. There are many ways to do this — online communities, crit groups, contests, and conferences. I’ve never gone the contest route myself — it’s just not something I do — but as a journalist and screenwriter, I’d done a few…


Taking the Long Road (Read: Everything Happens for a Reason)

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Things moved quickly when Dhonielle and I first started working on the book that would become Tiny Pretty Things. We’d both been working on our own stuff as well, and D had gotten an amazing agent for her middle grade work. And the agent was intrigued by the ballet book’s concept — and the idea of CAKE Literary. So we ended up quickly signing with her, too, and got to…



Thursday, October 2, 2014

Okay, so it’s been a few weeks now since one Shelly King had her awesome debut — and she’s been busy traveling the globe and signing copies of the beloved tome for her adoring public. (Or maybe just chilling at home and marveling at being a PUBLISHED AUTHOR who can now work on the sofa in her PJs! Yay Shelly! Go Shelly!) But if you still haven’t managed to pick…


Where’d You Put the Good Stuff?

Thursday, September 25, 2014

My niece, all of six, is a published author. Okay, okay, she’s published by Walmart’s print-on-demand imprint, and it’s a (quite lovely) story about a windy dragon. But the point is, her childhood musings have been commemorated and shared, and will be saved for all perpetuity. Me? Not so much. I know that from a young age, I was a voracious reader, and that I at one point owned every…


Team Tiny Pretty Things: 5 People This Book Wouldn’t Exist Without

Thursday, September 18, 2014

It takes many, many people to build each every book we get to pick up at the bookstore. What was the number Colleen threw out there? Oh yes, 4,798,560,972. Give or take a few. But some people stand out in that line-up more than others — and that behind-the-scenes team is unique for each project. Herewith, the five peeps that Tiny Pretty Things truly wouldn’t exist without!   My ParentsMy…


5 Things Sona NEEDS to Write

Thursday, September 11, 2014

NOTE: Don’t want to be a Deb downer, but just want to acknowledge the date, and that it’s a hard anniversary for many of us, myself included. So I’m keeping things light here. Hence the penguin! This week on the Ball, we’re sharing our writerly must-haves — necessary objects and other things we need to get the whole writing thing done. I always find these lists so fascinating, because every…


Randy Susan Meyers On “Shots of Joy” + GIVEAWAY of Accidents of Marriage

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Please welcome Randy Susan Meyers to the Ball this week! I met the brilliant — and lovely! — Randy Sue Meyers at a conference a few years ago, where she was sharing her wise words and marketing experience with a roomful of authors who fretted over marketing. I also picked up the fabulous marketing how-to guide she co-wrote with MJ Rose, What to Do Before Your Book Launch — and…