News Flash: Contracts, Invitations, and a Cover Reveal!

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Congrats to Nat, who won the copy of Katie Coyle’s VIVIAN VERSUS THE APOCALYPSE last week! From the 2014 Debs… Lisa Alber was invited to participate in a local reading series sometime around her launch in March. She loves that the invitation came as a surprise and through a local writing peep. Word-of-mouth at its best! Susan Gloss got the contract in the mail this week for the Spanish version of…

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How Pinterest Helped Me Get the Book Cover of My Dreams

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

I know what you’re thinking. We’re talking book covers this week and what could I, the one Deb whose book cover has been “coming soon” for months, possibly have to say about it? Well, lots. Because even though I haven’t shared the cover for Chasing the Sun yet, I’ve seen it. It’s finalized and perfect and more beautiful than I ever could’ve imagined. Every once in a while, I open…

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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…

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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…

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The Only Thing I Know About Writing is That I Don’t Know

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

I have two mantras when it comes to writing. One is intentional. The other one…well, let’s just say I’ve said it to myself so many times, it’s an honorary mantra. 1: Make it happen. (This is me struggling to wake up extra early to write, realizing the world doesn’t care if I do or I don’t. It’s solely up to me.) 2: I hope I can pull this off. Now that I…

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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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Waiting to Exhale: How I Got an Agent & a Book Deal

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Here’s what I’ve learned about The Call: it never happens when you think it will. Sure, we dream about it. When I started querying agents I’d fantasize about it happening every. single. time my phone rang. Every single time my phone notified me of an incoming email. Life became a constant game of “Is this it?” followed by a let down. Oh, it’s just my sister calling to ask how…

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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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5 People Who Made Chasing the Sun Possible

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

I should warn you: the acknowledgements page in Chasing the Sun is one of the most difficult things I’ve ever had to write. Not because I found it hard to thank people, but because I found it hard to type straight as I ugly-cried at my laptop, reminiscing about everyone who helped turn this dream into reality. And when I was done writing it, I had to edit the Acknowledgements…

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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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