What Do Writers Really Love?

I would like to be able to say that what I love most about writing is being able to share it with other people… but I don’t think that’s actually true. This week my short story “Ocean Jumper” was published on Joyland Magazine. The story, at only 4,000 words long, took many rounds of workshops and revisions to complete. In fact, its first iteration was written for a workshop hosted…

Thursday, February 14, 2019

The Atlas of Reds and Blues is A Gorgeous Portrayal of Parenthood in Contemporary America

One of the best things about being a debut author is being able to partake in the giddy and frantic exchange of galleys with other debut authors who are publishing the same year. Months ago, I was treated to Devi Laskar’s The Atlas of Reds and Blues — a book that I read in two sittings and that hooked me so immediately, I wish I had written it myself. I…

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Interview with Andrés Cerpa & Giveaway of Bicycle in A Ransacked City: An Elegy

This week, we welcome guest author, Andrés Cerpa, whose debut poetry collection Bicycle in a Ransacked City: An Elegy was published on January 8th by Alice James Books. Praised by Publishers Weekly for its”stunning, dark observations and sparked chilling lines,” Bicycle in a Ransacked City: An Elegy is a stormy, transporting read, and perfect company for a long, winter night. Weeks after reading, these poems continue to haunt me, and I’m so pleased…

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Here’s what working in publicity taught me about successful self-promotion

Thursday, January 31, 2019

In my career, I’ve worked as a publicist, which means I’m accustomed to reaching out to people with cold pitches, telling them that I have something I think they’d find interesting. Sometimes, they do find whatever I’m pitching interesting and feature it on their website or talk show. Other times, I’m not so lucky. But when I put on my author hat, it suddenly feels weird to be reaching out…


Should You Write With The Market in Mind?

Thursday, January 24, 2019

If you have never worked in publishing, you might not be familiar with the term “comp title.” A comp title is a book that publishers compare your project to in order to determine its capacity for turning out a profit. A publisher who wants to take on your book will likely use comp titles to create what’s called a P&L, a profit and loss statement–but if your P&L shows that…


Did I dream this book cover or is it really this gorgeous?

Friday, January 18, 2019

I don’t know if I should be writing this post right now because technically it’s Friday and my day to blog here on The Debutante Ball is over. But it seems like these days, the time is slipping away so rapidly! Appropriately, I’m writing about dreams from the comfort of my bed, in my pajamas, minutes away from falling asleep… Every writer who isn’t an author basically dreams of the…


No, I’m not reading 100 books this year. But I’ll read these five.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

I am not a fast reader, which makes keeping up with all the new books sort of difficult. This year, I’m excited for lots of great books (like Willa & Hesper by Amy Feltman! The Affairs of the Falcóns by Melissa Rivero! Good Talk by Mira Jacob! The Luminous Dead by Caitlin Starling!), but I’m also looking forward to finally get to read the ones that have been sitting on my shelf already….


Three habits I plan to maintain for a joyful 2019

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Happy New Year to the lovely readers of this blog! I hope you had a wonderful break and are not starting 2019 with a fever, like me! This year is a pretty monumental year for me and a lot of my loved ones. Friends are moving back home, others are getting married, and others are pursuing new callings and careers. And of course, THEY COULD HAVE NAMED HER ANYTHING will…


The Best Writing Advice of 2018

Thursday, December 27, 2018

This year, we interviewed dozens of authors for The Debutante Ball about what it’s like to become a writer. We asked them for their most helpful tips for established and emerging writers alike, and they had so much to say on an array of topics: from becoming a literary citizen to learning how to persevere through doubt to the magic of releasing a book into the world. It’s the end…


Reyna Grande on writing across genres + learning the business of publishing + GIVEAWAY of A DREAM CALLED HOME

Please welcome Reyna Grande to the Ball this week! Reyna is an award-winning author whose stunning memoir The Distance Between Us was a New York Times bestseller, and whose novels have been adapted as a common read selection in classrooms across the country. A Dream Called Home, which came out this year, is Reyna’s fourth book, and we are incredibly honored to have her as a guest. In A Dream Called Home,…

Saturday, December 22, 2018