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…

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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…

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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?…

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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…

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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,…

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News Flash: Conferences, Conferences, and Beach Volleyball?

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Congrats to Debby, who won an ARC of Julie Anne Lindsey’s DECEIVED! From the 2014 Debs… Lori Rader-Day‘s publisher asked her to put a trip to New York for the annual Book Expo America on her calendar for next year! Big Apple, here she comes. Heather Webb recovered from a short bout of altitude sickness while in Denver and had a fantastic time meeting loads of writers at the Rocky Mountain…

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News Flash: Secrets, ARCs, and a First Good Review

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Congrats to Thew Swihart, who won the copy of Dave Jackson’s TATTOO RAMPAGE last week! From the 2014 Debs… Lisa Alber received her advance reader copies (ARCs) of KILMOON (yay!), and she’s in love with them. She can’t wait to take a few to Bouchercon, the world mystery convention, next week. In fact, now that she’s thinking about it, she needs a new outfit or two to go along with…

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“Firsts” are like buttholes. Everyone has got one.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

They are! Seriously, firsts really are like buttholes. There are several reasons why, but let’s keep it clean. To start, everyone must experience them at some time or another. First bounced check, first car impounding, first eviction notice…Ok, I promised to keep it clean! Firsts are hard, scary, and often make you feel like you want to dive under your covers and never come out. But sometimes firsts are exciting,…

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News Flash: Publicists, Retreats, and Broken Arms

Sunday, September 8, 2013

From the 2014 Debs… Heather Webb had a great (and long) chat with her publicist for the first time! She’s totally psyched to be working with the Plume team for the launch of Becoming Josephine. Lisa Alber is so excited about her book cover that she’s giving away a $50 Amazon gift certificate to a lucky commenter. Just say “hi!” on her blog. As you read this, she’s tucked away…

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I Have a Dream!–The Making of Becoming Josephine

Thursday, September 5, 2013

For the first dance here at the Deb Ball, we’ve been talking THE BOOK. The big kaboom of inspiration that ultimately led to a book deal. So here’s my story. Writing this debut changed me forever. It all began when I was expecting baby number two. My plate was full and the wonderful job I had loved so much began to feel like a shoe that’s too tight. All of…

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