News Flash: Giveaways, Spines, and Signature Drinks

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Congrats to Linda, who won a copy of WAKEWORLD by guest author Kerry Schafer! From the 2014 Debs… Susan Gloss is pleased to announce that her publisher is giving away 20 copies of VINTAGE on Goodreads! Enter here. Lori Rader-Day started receiving copy edits from her publisher this week, and made plans for her visit to the Public Library Association’s March conference in Indianapolis, where she will be signing ARCs…


Why I Would Suck at the Writing Olympics

Thursday, February 20, 2014

The Olympics are about dreams, hard work, and changing the records of human history—what’s not to love? But as we talk about competition and how it fuels our writing at The Debutante Ball this week, I find myself a bit on the outskirts of this discussion.  Let’s use a track and field analogy—a sport I love and coached for years. (I know, I know, that’s the Summer Games, but let’s…


News Flash: Blurbs, New Sites, and Reviews

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Congrats to Hannelore, who won a copy of GIRL ON THE GOLDEN COIN by guest author Marci Jefferson! From the 2014 Debs… Lori Rader-Day got her first blurbs! Lynne Raimondo (author of Dante’s Wood), said THE BLACK HOUR is “a brilliant suspense debut, rich in psychological nuance,” while Catriona McPherson (author of the Agatha Award-winning Dandy Gilver mystery series and As She Left It) said it was “Utterly compelling. The…


First Loves and Falling All Over Again

Thursday, February 13, 2014

We’ve been sharing our first loves this week and the very FIRST love that popped into my mind was a cooing, spitting, hair-pulling love–my baby sister. I carried her around, pushed her in a stroller, helped tangle gum in her hair. We played dolls and school together, fought over who got to hold the guinea pig or who got to ride in the front seat. We made up our own…


News Flash: New Pub Dates, Conferences, and Library Journal

Sunday, February 9, 2014

From the 2014 Debs… Natalia Sylvester’s pub date for Chasing the Sun got changed to June 3rd, 2014. She’s a little anxious but excited for the new, right-before-summer-begins date. She waited 7 years to publish this book…she can wait two more weeks, right?  Heather Webb had a wonderful signing event at Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh, N.C., followed by a rocking good party at her parents’ house. She…


Heather Webb Wishes She Had Written All the Books

Thursday, February 6, 2014

There are a lot of reasons to love a book—simple entertainment, to evoke emotion, to escape our lives. Then there’s laughter, intrigue, or to simply fawn over the beauty of lyrical prose. I kinda wish I had written ALL THE BOOKS (ok, yeah, maybe not all of them), but here’s a teeny tiny sampling of those that make the top of the list:   FOR THE LOVE OF MONEY How…


News Flash: Signings, 4-Star Reviews, and LitChats

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Congrats to Rhonda, who won a copy of GRACE UNDER PRESSURE by guest author Julie Hyzy! From the 2014 Debs… Heather Webb had a wonderful local signing event and celebration at the UConn Co-op Bookstore in CT, then jetted out of town the next day for another at Quail Ridge Books & Music in North Carolina. She’s having a blast meeting happy readers! Lisa Alber received the following four-star review…


Opening Lines Come at the End

Thursday, January 30, 2014

As the other debs have mentioned this week, opening lines are special.  Those first words do a lot of things–they reflect the protagonist’s voice, evoke a sense of time and/or place, and may allude to the protagonist’s problem. They’re a promise of what’s to come. Ever a work on progress, my own novel, Becoming Josephine, had four different first lines and four different openings. Draft 1:   “I could never guess how…


News Flash: ARCs, Launch Parties, Goodreads and New Contracts

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Congrats to Anne, who won a copy of THE LAST DEATH OF JACK HARBIN by guest author Terry Shames! From the 2014 Debs… Lisa Alber‘s KILMOON landed on a Goodreads “Most Anticipated Novels of 2014” list, right up there with NYT bestselling authors, the only debut in the top 10! Like you’d expect, she blasted the news in eager debut author fashion. Wanna help her remain in the top 10…


7 Steps to a Successful Book Launch

Thursday, January 23, 2014

I’m taking self-promotion in a different direction on the blog today. The whole point in promoting is to have a successful launch so let’s look at how to make that happen. As a debut author and a recently released one at that, I have a lot to say about this topic. It’s been an utter whirlwind of excitement, sobering facts, and unknowns. But within this chaos, I found the best…