You Can Judge a Book by Its Cover

Thursday, December 12, 2013

I don’t care what the old adage says, in my opinion, you can tell a lot about a book (a person) by its cover. This is precisely why, when a book isn’t packaged properly, sales fall flat. Each genre has a set of rules—themes, colors, and styles—that are common to the category. Of course these rules are broken from time to time, just as authors break genre rules. But the…


News Flash: Reviews, Marketing, and Website Redesign

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Congrats to Sheena, who won the copy of Rosemary Harris’s THE BITCHES OF BROOKLYN last week!   From the 2014 Debs… Lori Rader-Day‘s book The Black Hour was included as a “first fiction” choice in a marketing insert directed at librarians across the country. Gulp. This is getting real. Natalia Sylvester experienced a bit of pre-pub, pre-sale excitement when Chasing the Sun briefly climbed to #11 in Hispanic-American fiction in the…


News Flash: Book Clubs, Conferences, and Connecting

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Congrats to Amy, who won the copy of Laura Hemphill’s BUYING IN last week! From the 2014 Debs… Heather Webb presented to a wonderful group of three hundred eighth graders this week who have begun a unit on historical fiction in their English classes. A local book club invited Lisa Alber to visit and discuss KILMOON! Four months away yet but she’s already excited. Susan Gloss is in the home stretch on…


Wisdom of the Veteran Writer

Thursday, November 14, 2013

So much of what I have learned in publishing and about the craft of writing I have learned from other writers; from their blogs, their Twitter and Facebook links, and their generosity. It seems like the natural order of things is to pass on what you know to those less experienced or new to the profession. Today I have gathered quotes from just a few of the many who have…


5 Most Important Things I’ve Learned About the Writing Business

Thursday, November 7, 2013

I could write a book about all that I’ve learned over these last four years, but let’s cut to the chase and hit the most important.  1. Don’t Submit Your Work Too Soon This is true whether we’re talking about critique partners, agents, OR editors. Remember that not all feedback (or readers) are created equal. I’ve seen crit partners destroy a work and also those who do nothing but gush…


The Seasons of Writing

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Speaking of seasons, cold season is ramping up and I have my first one of the year! Blarrgg. But other than that… I love the seasons. Spring with its hopeful sunshine and soggy earth, summer’s ripe vegetables. The windswept colors of fall and even the silvery clouds and naked forests of winter. They each hold a certain beauty, but I have to admit, the seasons affect my productivity. I’m distracted…


News Flash: Jet Lag, Compadres, and…No Carbs?

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Congrats to Sharon, who won a copy of Gigi Pandian’s Artifact! From the 2014 Debs… Susan Gloss is jet-lagged after a wonderful research trip in the wine country of Spain. She’s planning to dive back into her work-in-progress right after she takes a nap. Lori Rader-Day registered for ThrillerFest in New York City next summer—the week THE BLACK HOUR is released! For some crazy reason, Lisa Alber decided to go on…


Landing an Agent Ain’t No Cinderella Story

Thursday, October 3, 2013

My agent story is a fun one to tell, at least for me. I don’t have five trunk novels. I didn’t query hundreds of agents and field dozens of rejections. One might call my story the Cinderella story. Kind of. (Well, other than the three years and hundreds of hours of writing, revising, studying craft, going to conferences, and wiping breast milk off of my ink-filled pages.) Where was I?…


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…


How My Tribe Made Becoming Josephine Possible

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Any seasoned writer knows it takes a tribe to make a novel happen. Mine is no different. But like Deb  Lori, I have to start at the beginning. The most important person in this novel-making process was… ME Yep, me. My own sheer will, utter devotion and obsession tunnel vision of focus on the end game, THE BIG GOAL. I scoured the internet to research agents and editors, what’s selling,…