Deb Rachel Wears a Bra

The information in this title probably doesn’t surprise you. And yet even though people know I wear a bra, I generally try not to show them I wear a bra. This particular incident involves the lovely gentleman pictured left. Armand Hammer. You might remember him from such things as The Social Network. Or from being named Armand Hammer. Back when The Social Network came out, I was assigned to go to…

Thursday, December 15, 2011
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Deb Rachel Makes The Case for Blogs (And Other Social Media)

As a writer, I’ve embraced social media. A blog? Check. Facebook and Twitter? Done and done. A video book trailer? Why yes, thank you for asking. I’d love to share it with you. I’m of the opinion that every little bit helps. No matter how great your book publicist, or how enthusiastic your agent, there is no one in the world who cares more about your book than you do….

Thursday, December 8, 2011
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Deb Rachel Pitched The Future

You probably know by now that everyone’s route to agented bliss is different. Mine was especially bizarre, for many reasons (stories for another day), including that the content of my book didn’t exist yet. Sure, I had a proposal. But I hadn’t embarked on the “year of friending” that the book I was pitching would cover. Considering the state of publishing these days, publishers aren’t eager to gamble on a…

Thursday, December 1, 2011
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Deb Rachel Will Start Her Own Tradition

I don’t journal. I have no superstitions. I adhere to zero steadfast writing traditions. I got nothin’. After reading the first three posts of this week, I was curious about the word tradition versus the word routine, or habit, or superstition. They’re related, sure, but what makes a tradition different? According to my computer dictionary, a tradition is a ritual that passes through the generations. It’s not just something you…

Thursday, November 10, 2011
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Deb Rachel Likes To Plan

Here’s what scares me about writing: The uncertainty of it all. It starts at the beginning. You sit down with your computer (or typewriter if you’re, like, super cool). Maybe you have an idea of where the story will go, but you can never be certain what those final pages will look like. I’m not an outliner, so even though I had some idea of what I was going to…

Thursday, November 3, 2011
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Deb Rachel Gets Real

Writing non-fiction is an interesting beast. Most of the time, I’d venture that my job is a bit easier than that of a novelist. I don’t have to dream up complex stories from my imagination. I’m not required to keep straight the details of fictional families. It’s not my job to create the perfect ending. I deal in truths, telling what happened, plain and simple. And yet, because I write…

Thursday, October 27, 2011
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Deb Rachel’s Call Involved Katrina & The Waves. Or Did It?

You know how when you reflect on certain memories, it feels more like you’re watching a movie of your life than truly remembering what happened? Like, I’m sure that “Walking On Sunshine” wasn’t actually playing over the office loudspeakers (did we even have loudspeakers?) when I got the email from my agent offering to represent me. Or again when I opened the email with an offer from a real live…

Thursday, October 13, 2011
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Deb Rachel Wants To Be A Bergeron Sister

As someone who has only one brother, I’ve always been fascinated with the relationship between sisters. Fascinated and, yes, a little jealous. It’s this crazy connection that I, despite being uber-close with my big bro, will never understand. First, there’s the air-tight bond. You’re BFFs who can basically read each others’ minds and would go to the mat for each other at a moment’s notice. Except, of course, when you…

Thursday, October 6, 2011
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Deb Rachel’s Library Lesson

I have a little brother. He’s 10. We’re not related by blood, of course. But according to Big Brothers, Big Sisters, we’re family. On Tuesday night, my husband and I took our little guy to the library. Usually we go to the basketball court or the museum or the movies, but this was a school night so the public library seemed the appropriate option. En route, I decided to teach…

Thursday, September 29, 2011
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