Deb Joanne Discusses the Dreaded Query Letter

Welcome back from Thanksgiving, everyone.  Hope you all had a wonderful holiday with friends and family!  But now it’s back to the harsh reality of how to get your book published: and that harsh reality means you’re probably going to need to write and send out query letters to make it happen. Oh, the dreaded query letter.  Who here loves writing and sending queries? *crickets chirping* I know, I know….

Monday, November 28, 2011

Deb Joanne Gives Thanks for the Little Things

You likely all know by now that I’m Canadian, (eh) which means I had my Thanksgiving last month.  So I’ve already been through the “I’m thankful for my family and friends and for where I live and my book deal and all my blessings, yadda, yadda, yadda” stuff.  So I thought I’d do a little twist on the Things I’m Thankful for theme and give a shout out to the…

Monday, November 21, 2011

Deb Joanne emerges from the warm waters of denial.

Wait…my family and friends are going to read my book? I’ve been so focused on the darn thing selling, that I may have overlooked that fact.  But now that this week’s theme is friends and family reading your book, it’s right in my face: PEOPLE I KNOW ARE GOING TO READ MY BOOK.  Oy. I’ve had people read my work before; I wouldn’t be where I am without awesome critique…

Monday, November 14, 2011

Traditions! Not just for Tevye anymore.

Being that I’m Jewish, I’ve seen The Fiddler on the Roof a few (hundred) times.  If you haven’t, I encourage you to get it from Netflix or your favorite video store. Here’s a little sample to give you a taste, or if you’re familiar, make you get all warm and fuzzy with nostalgia.  It’s over seven minutes, but worth it.  Go ahead and watch, I’ll wait here: There, wasn’t that…

Monday, November 7, 2011

Deb Joanne’s Spooky Psyche

Happy Halloween! I’m not going to trick you today, but maybe I’ll give you a little treat—a peek into the psyche of this writer.  Maybe that’s not much of a treat at all, but hey, it’s calorie free! So this week’s theme is What scares you most about writing (and I guess by extension, publishing)? Oh, that’s easy.  How about: EVERYTHING! But in the interest of brevity, I’ll talk about…

Monday, October 31, 2011

In which Deb Joanne commits murder!

Literary murder, that is.  But come on, who of us hasn’t killed off a character? I’ve done it a few times with little thought other than that it’s what’s best for the story. Life is messy and that means that deaths happen, sometimes even to good people, right?  So of course we, as writers, sometimes need to include the tough stuff that really happens. Like death. And it’s all part…

Monday, October 24, 2011

Mythbusters, the Recycling Edition, according to Deb Joanne

When I saw this week’s theme, it felt very familiar and then I realized, I’ve written this blog post before, just under a different name.  In fact, this was my Deb Ball debut as a yet unpublished author back in June of 2008.  So, because I’m lazy I think this might be fun, I’m going to kind of re-hash it with updates (in red). Some of you may know my…

Monday, October 17, 2011

Deb Joanne talks about getting THE CALL

As many of you know, I’ve been at this writing thing for some time, so I’ve gotten a few exciting calls (and some weird ones that I’m not going to talk about, to protect the innocent), but by far, the most exciting one was the one I got from my agent when she had an offer to buy SMALL MEDIUM AT LARGE. Of course, it has become one of those…

Monday, October 10, 2011

Deb Joanne discusses Banned Books Week

It’s banned books week.  Most of you know what that means (if you don’t, check out the link) and I can’t really add to what other smart writers, librarians, and book lovers have already said about the crappiness that is censorship (and I certainly can’t say it any better than Judy Blume), so I’m going to talk about one of the most banned and challenged books out there, written by…

Monday, September 26, 2011

Deb Joanne Sees You Shiver with Antici…

…pation. Sometimes, anticipation is the best part about something.  I love the weeks leading up to a holiday—the planning, packing, getting excited—isn’t that half the fun?  Don’t get me wrong, sitting on a beach away from an office is plenty good on its own, but you get what I’m talking about, right? Publishing is like that, too.  Because there are so many things to anticipate in the publishing process.  The…

Monday, September 19, 2011