Never Can Say Goodbye

Monday, August 31, 2015

I hate goodbyes. In college, my nickname was Up and Leave Oakley, because I would ghost out of a party before ghosting was even a thing (I’m so ahead of trends). I didn’t want to do the round of hugs and “call me” and “great seeing you!” mostly because I was just going to see all of my friends the next day on campus or in the dorm or at…

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5 Things I Loved About Being a Debut Author

Monday, August 17, 2015

As our time as Debutantes comes winding own to a close (there are only 3 weeks left — sniff, sniff), we’re reminiscing this week on some of the things we loved about being debut authors. I loved so much about this last year but I’ll narrow it down to my top five. 1. Seeing my dream come true! This is the most cliche, but also the most true. There is…

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CONFESSIONS with Vicki Lesage + Book Giveaway

Saturday, August 15, 2015

I met Vicki Lesage through the Tall Poppies – a wonderful group of women authors who support one another. I just finished reading Vicki’s memoir CONFESSIONS OF A PARIS PARTY GIRL and I loved it!  It’s the story of her decision to move to Paris, complete with hilarious foibles, kick ass friends, and happy every after. I had to keep reminding myself that all the ridiculous things really happened to her! She…

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Yes, There Is a Book Two

Friday, August 14, 2015

I’m sorry this post is late today. I’ve been battling with new Comcast equipment all week and it’s been quite the happy little war. It’s not easy being the nerd in the house. So second books is on the agenda this week. Second books. Second books. Do you know how many people write a first book and never write a second one? There’s a huge dropoff between first and second…

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Book #2: An Update

Monday, August 10, 2015

This week on the Ball we’re giving updates on our next projects. While I don’t have much news, I am thrilled to say that my agent sent off a couple chapters and the proposal (outline) for my next book to my editor on Friday. So now I am just neurotically, obsessively waiting to hopefully get a book contract for it. (That’s what I’ve learned the publishing industry is — a…

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Adria Cimino, Writing, and Midnight + Giveaway of PARIS: RUE DES MARTYRS

Saturday, August 8, 2015

I’ve gotten to know Adria Cimino through the Tall Poppies – a wonderful group of women authors who support one another. Not only is she a fellow writer and Poppy, she is also a publisher — She runs Velvet Morning Press. Keep your eye on her small indie press, great things are coming! I just finished reading Adria Cimino’s novel CLOSE TO DESTINY. The magical and mystical elements kept me…

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Banish Self-Doubt & Keep Writing

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

As the last Deb to launch her book out into the world (THREE WEEKS TO GO) I’m at a disadvantage to discuss hindsight. However, I have the distinct advantage of learning from those who have gone before me, so notes have been taken and tips have been appreciated. Granted, I’ll likely only tame the worry versus eliminate it completely, and while I love Amy’s suggestion to do guest posts as they…

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Don’t Worry, Keep Writing

Monday, August 3, 2015

This week on the Ball we’re all talking about what we’ll do differently for our second books. Right now I’m in the painful throes of writing said second book and it’s hard for me to look beyond just finishing the first draft. But I WILL FINISH. I hope. And when I do and the book comes out into the great big world, this is what I’m going to do differently:…

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#WeNeedDiverseBooks Librarian Dhonielle Clayton on Publishing, Mentorship and Finding Your Tribe

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Editor’s Note: Here at The Debutante Ball, we strive to give an insider look at our experiences with the publishing industry. But we also like to contribute to the dialogue on important topics in publishing, which is why this week we’ve decided to focus on diversity— and have each asked a guest author to discuss their experiences in the industry. We know we can’t solve the issues with a few…

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Let’s Fight the Good Fight: #WeNeedDiverseBooks

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Editor’s Note: Here at The Debutante Ball, we strive to give an insider look at our experiences with the publishing industry. But we also like to contribute to the dialogue on important topics in publishing, which is why this week we’ve decided to focus on diversity— and have each asked a guest author to discuss their experiences in the industry. We know we can’t solve the issues with a few…

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