Publishing a Book = Sailing into the Unknown

Monday, October 14, 2013

Columbus Day. Wooo! *Devil horns* No? Let’s assume most of us have at least somewhat conflicted feelings about this holiday-in-which-we-all-go-to-work-anyway and talk more broadly about discovery. Or maybe you’re sailing right past the New World without even knowing it’s there? You know, metaphorically? Maybe it’s been a while since you read anything about Christopher Columbus, but do you recall through the haze of memory since elementary school that Columbus NEVER…

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Ah, Autumn: The Season of Falling Down on the Job

Monday, October 7, 2013

The other morning I was out walking my dog and saw my breath in the cool air. Later the same day, it was an unseemly eighty degrees. Chicago hasn’t decided what season it is yet, but I can tell you what time of the year it is for me: Word Count Nuclear Winter. Every year at about this time, my writing habit drops through the basement. That’s because twice a…

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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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Counting Exclamation Points: How My Book Was Sold

Monday, September 30, 2013

“The call,” for me, was an email. Which was fine, because I was at my day job, and though it’s sometimes difficult to take time out for a call, it’s not that difficult to click over and check my email. Also, I don’t really like to talk on the phone, not for work, for life, to order pizza, not at all. The only kind of news I don’t want electronically…

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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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Five Ways of Looking at Writing Mentorship

Monday, September 23, 2013

Before we get too far along here, I just want to say that the number one person who made my book possible was me. There’s a lot of credit to give when a project as big as a book gets made, but if you’re a writer, you know how much time you spend alone, at the computer, or behind the scribbling pen, and there’s NO ONE ELSE THERE, which is…

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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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A Sense of Place: Writing Home, at Home and Away

Monday, September 16, 2013

As I start a draft of this post, I’m sitting in a booth at a chain restaurant that calls itself a bakery, with the remains of a salad at one elbow and “Isn’t She Lovely” by Stevie Wonder—not his best song—playing overhead. There are three other people with computers or tablets glowing in front of them nearby. I like to write in café noise. We are legion. Science reports that…

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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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Wearing the T-shirt or, The Last First Day

Monday, September 9, 2013

For the every class of Debs, it’s always about firsts. The year ahead of us is filled with them. But we’ve known a few firsts in our day, already. Like that first day—remember when you walked into a situation completely unsure and looking for the exit? Yeah, that’s this week: Our first days. It’s been a while since I’ve had a first day at a new job, or a first…

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