News Flash, March 8

Deb Meredith has three events in Brooklyn this week–a joint reading with Brian Wiprud at Word Bookstore in Greenpoint on March 10 at 7:30 PM, a “Night of Murder, Mayhem… And Art” at The Front Room Gallery (147 Roebling Street) in Williamsburg on Friday, March 13 at 7 PM, and an event put on by the Friends of the Williamsburgh Library on Sunday, March 15 at 5 PM. And on…

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Nowhere else I’d rather be, by Deb Katie

(This post is best viewed using Firefox, Safari, or IE 7+.) (I hope Kristina doesn’t mind that I’m going to borrow her “photo tour” angle!) I used to have the office upstairs for my writing and the sewing room downstairs for my creative work (well, you know what I mean), but after about two years, the husb caught on and demanded that the space be divided 1-1 rather than 2-0….

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

The magic of someone else’s eyes, by Deb Katie

DISCLAIMER: the two images below labeled as “my bad design” are just that — my own bad design. Not in any way, shape, or form did these horrific little tableaux come from the good folks at Hyperion. When I first began to think of “Bad Girls Don’t Die” as an actual, possible “book”, naturally I began daydreaming about covers. Many moons ago, the book was called “The Girl Least Likely,”…

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

News Flash, December 7

Deb Katie Alender is proud to share her new blurb for Bad Girls Don’t Die, courtesy of Founding Deb Eileen Cook: “An intriguing mix of compelling and creepy, Alender’s Bad Girls Don’t Die is not to be missed. Ghosts, friendship, romance, and family all weave together in a puzzle that will keep you reading until the very end.” (Check out Deb Eileen’s YA novel, What Would Emma Do?, releasing December…

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Lightbulb moments, now with clever clip-art, by Deb Katie

I’ve always been a big reader, and that means there have been a lot of books that made a difference in my life. On the Banks of Plum Creek, by Laura Ingalls Wilder, was the first chapter book I ever read. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, by Barbara Kingsolver, changed the way I thought about food and eating. On Writing, by Stephen King, propelled me into finishing my book. But there was…

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

News Flash, November 30

Deb Katie Alender is pleased to announce that Bad Girls Don’t Die is now available for pre-order at Barnes &! The query letter* for Deb Kristina’s novel, Real Life & Liars, is featured in a new book out this week called The Writers Digest Guide to Query Letters, by Wendy Burt-Thomas. See how it all began and maybe pick up some query letter tips. * For non-writers among the…

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Putting the “work” in “work of art”, by Deb Katie

In tenth grade, thanks in part, somehow, but I’m not exactly sure how, to Sassy Magazine, I decided to read Willa Cather’s My Ántonia. I read the book without particularly falling in love with it. Today, I honestly couldn’t even give you a rough idea of the storyline. It’s not one of my favorite books, and it’s not a book I plan to re-read. But that book contained a line…

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

How to scare an author, by Deb Katie

This week, we’re blogging about “scary moments.” I’m going to do “scary moments, publishing style.” One day, a few months after the sale of my book, I was talking to my agent. As we prepared to hang up, he sighed and glumly said, “Now I have to call one of my authors and tell him his editor is leaving the publishing house.” “Yikes!” I said. “Geez. Don’t ever call me…

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Zombies and Madonna and media literacy, oh my! by Deb Katie

This week at the Debutante Ball, our theme is Banned Books Week, which takes place between September 27 and October 4. Most of what I read as a child was pretty tame—just about every book was something that my parents could have picked up, started reading, and not had a problem with (which is good, because that tended to happen in my house—for instance, the week we all randomly picked…

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Getting the call, by Deb Katie

The week before I queried my agent, he had lunch with an editor who said, “Give me more supernatural YA!” She was, as you can imagine, one of the first people the manuscript went out to. And she loved it—but didn’t think she could sell it exactly as it was. She had suggestions for changes, which were all (in my opinion) very valid. I decided to go ahead and implement…

Tuesday, September 16, 2008