Winter is Coming: Time to Hunker Down and Write

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Winter is coming. No, this is not a post about Game of Thrones, though I do love me some dragons and wildlings. We’ll talk about the HBO medieval fantasy series some other time. Really, though. Winter is coming. Even though we’ve had some lovely fall days lately, I can feel the light waning, the change creeping in. The sun is getting further away, its warmth weaker. Sorry to be a…

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How Getting an Agent is Like Duck Duck Goose

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

I was terrified of the game of Duck Duck Goose* when I was a kid. I’ve always been an anxious type, so Duck Duck Goose was second only to dodgeball on the list of most dreaded recess games. It’s ironic, then, that as an adult I would submit voluntarily to a similar game–that is, the game of getting a literary agent. For me, getting an agent took two years, two manuscripts,…

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News Flash: Research Trips, Trade Shows, and New Cover Designs!

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Congrats to Cheryl, who won a copy of Anna Lee Huber’s Mortal Arts! From the 2014 Debs… Susan Gloss is in Spain doing research for her next novel. Hint: she’s visiting a lot of wineries. Heather Webb did cartwheels when she was made a monthly contributor at the popular writing blog Writer Unboxed. She’s also dying of jealousy that Deb Susan is in Spain drinking wine! Lori Rader-Day nerded out over getting her…

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Taking Five to Acknowledge the People Behind My Book

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

It takes more than one person to write a novel, and any author who doesn’t admit that is either lying or an egomaniac. In my case, it took a whole lot of people for VINTAGE to go from a glimmer of an idea to a manuscript to a real-life book that hits bookstores in March. Here are five of them, or five categories of people, since I couldn’t actually narrow it…

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There’s No Place Like Away from Home

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

I have a two-year-old son. Whenever he sees my laptop, he points to it and says, “Momma busy.” Yep. But this realization in his toddler brain does not stop him from lunging at my computer with blueberry-stained hands, or from driving over the keyboard with one of his endless fleet of toy cars. As you can imagine, I don’t get much writing done at home. So, when it’s time for…

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You’ve Gotta Get Up from that First Fall

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

The first time I skied on a real mountain, I was ten. Prior to that, I’d skied only on the smooth, glacier-carved hills of the Midwest. The purple peaks of the Rockies were a different story. Before we get all philosophical, let me tell you about my outfit that day. I wore black stirrup pants tucked into neon orange boots. My jacket was hot pink, with hot pink Smith goggles…

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News Flash: Publicists, Retreats, and Broken Arms

Sunday, September 8, 2013

From the 2014 Debs… Heather Webb had a great (and long) chat with her publicist for the first time! She’s totally psyched to be working with the Plume team for the launch of Becoming Josephine. Lisa Alber is so excited about her book cover that she’s giving away a $50 Amazon gift certificate to a lucky commenter. Just say “hi!” on her blog. As you read this, she’s tucked away…

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How my first novel saved me from Hoarders

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

If I had not written my debut novel, you’d probably see me on the TV show Hoarders instead of here at the Debutante Ball and on the jacket flap of my book. VINTAGE is the story of a secondhand boutique called Hourglass Vintage, the women who work and shop there, and the garments that come through the door. My idea for the book grew from many, many hours spent at…

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News Flash: Welcome to the New Debutante Ball!

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Welcome to the new Debutante Ball, and to a new class of Debs! We, the 2014 Debs, are so very pleased to meet you and pull back the curtain on our new space. For starters, if you’re a regular reader of this blog, you’ll notice we’ve done some remodeling of the old dance floor. Take a spin around and see! And, in case  you missed it, you can learn more…

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