Sink Your Teeth Into These Amazing Books…or Maybe Just Read Them

Thursday, June 26, 2014

I could recommend books ALL DAY LONG, but I’ll spare you the drooling and droning and recommend a few I’ve enjoyed recently. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention this wonderful craft workbook. There’s a hard cover to go with it, but I find the workbook to be the best of the two. Donald Maass is an incredible speaker. Actually, I would call his workshops guided meditation for writers…


News Flash: Reviews, Beta-Reading, and Teaching

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Congratulations to Elaina, who won a copy of Mary Vensel White’s THE QUALITIES OF WOOD! From the 2014 Debs… Heather Webb received a stellar review from the Portland Book Review in which they called Becoming Josephine “a brilliant debut” with “exquisite detail”, and finally, summed up the article with a sentence that made her bounce around the house with happiness all week– “With the completion of this book Ms. Webb has…


The Most Challenging Aspect of Being a Published Author

Thursday, June 19, 2014

This week at The Debutante Ball, it’s “choose your own adventure”, so I thought I would take this opportunity to spotlight my fellow multi-published authors. What we do–create, destroy, inspire, and spark change–is no small feat. I’d say there’s some serious adventure to be had amid all of those sumptuous pages, and in the daily life of being a writer. So I asked them: What is the most challenging aspect…


News Flash: Library Love, Radio Interviews and More!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Congrats to Annie, who won a signed copy of CHASING THE SUN from our very own Natalia Sylvester! From the 2014 Debs… Lori Rader-Day’s book THE BLACK HOUR got onto a lovely list of librarian-loved books coming out in July at “This first novel about two broken people is a psychological thriller like the best of Alfred Hitchcock.”-Mattie Gustafson, Newport Public Library, Newport, RI. Thank you, Mattie, and to all…


How to Find Inspiration When It’s Lost

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Novel writing is really only a measly 10% inspiration, and a whopping 90% perspiration, yet without that 10%, the book is flat and will most likely be tossed into the flames of slush pile hell. So yeah, there’s pressure–lots of it–to be creative, to keep the flow of the amazing wonderfulness of ideas going. Problem is, we’re often overworked and exhausted. Between our “real jobs”, homes and children and pets, and…


News Flash: CHASING THE SUN Launch Week, Turkish Translations, and Lit Fest

Sunday, June 8, 2014

From the 2014 Debs… Natalia Sylvester launched CHASING THE SUN this week! Susan Gloss was tickled to see this beautiful blog covering the Turkish version of VINTAGE! Lori Rader-Day is working the Mystery Writers of America booth at Printers Row Lit Fest in Chicago this weekend. If you’re in town, come down for her Sunday 3:30 pm panel on “the rules of mysteries—and when to break them!” Heather Webb enjoyed a great…


News Flash: Book Expo America, Dutch Translations, and Summer Picks

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Congrats to Andrea, who won a signed copy of Cutting Teeth from Julia Fierro! From the 2014 Debs… Lisa Alber is excited that she’s a member of the planning committee for the Left Coast Crime 2015 “Crimelandia” (i.e. Portlandia) conference. She’ll be organizing the writers workshop. Susan Gloss is thrilled that VINTAGE is a Brava Magazine Salon pick for 2014! Details soon for a book event and vintage soiree with Brava this…


How Loss Made Me a Writer

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Loss is an interesting word. It can mean so little and so much. Lost hair? Lost keys? Lost dog? But losing for me has always been elastic in its meaning. Stretching and holding and snapping back into place again. They say moving as a child is like experiencing a death; you lose all that’s familiar in your daily routine, you lose what you know about the world to be true,…


News Flash: Copy Edits, Travel Plans and Love from Booklist

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Congrats to Rhiann, who won a signed copy of one of Jenny Milchman’s books! From the 2014 Debs… Heather Webb spent the week poring over copy edits for her next book RODIN’S LOVER. She’s REALLY glad this is the final time she will have to read it, despite how much she loves the story. Lisa Alber is finalizing her travel plans for the Killer Nashville conference in August, plus she’s going to…