The Truth About Diversity in Publishing

Monday, July 27, 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…


I’m Coo-coo for Coconut Cake!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

OK, seriously. What’s not to love about a book with a freaking coconut cake on the cover!? You know it’s going to be delicious before you even open it up. It’s that gorgeous cake in the window of the bakery just beckoning you to take it home. It’s daring you not to indulge. Amy’s THE COINCIDENCE OF COCONUT CAKE lives up to that cover. It’s just sweet enough to bring…



Monday, July 20, 2015

It’s release week for THE COINCIDENCE OF COCONUT CAKE by our very own Amy Reichert! Which means, if you haven’t ordered it already, you should do so. Like, STAT. It’s the perfect summer book to devour on the beach or in a hammock — or in bed every night after chasing around four kids every day and wishing you were lying on the beach or in a hammock. Anyway, here…


Q&A with Lori Rader-Day (Welcome Back!) + Giveaway LITTLE PRETTY THINGS

Saturday, July 18, 2015

She’s baaaaaaaaaaaa-aaaaack. Please welcome back to the Ball Lori Rader-Day, who needs no introduction, but who I will give one to anyway. If you’re a regular Deb reader, you probably remember Lori and her amazing debut mystery THE BLACK HOUR from last year’s class. Her second book LITTLE PRETTY THINGS came out July 7 and caused Booklist to deem her “a deft manipulator of dark atmosphere, witty dialogue, and complex, charismatic…


More Mythbusting: The More You Know

Thursday, July 16, 2015

With one book on shelves and another headed toward copyedits, I’d like to say this whole publishing thing is all starting to make sense now. I mean, there are definitely myths I’ve seen debunked in my time in the trenches. Like the idea that any agent is better than no agent. (So not true!) Or the idea that the big agent is always the one to go with. (Again, not…


Mythbusting Agents

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Myth: Agents always know best.  I should clarify, my agent, Rachel Ekstrom, usually does. That’s why she’s my agent. I trust her to give me advice that is best for my career, not just for right now. I know how many years of publishing experience she has. I know many of her other clients. I know what she orders at Pamela’s Diner. Bottom line, I know enough of Rachel and…


News Flash: Awards, Paperbacks, Parties, & a Giveaway!

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Congratulations to Shelby Neuzil, winner of guest author Kristy Woodson Harvey’s DEAR CAROLINA! Check back next Sunday for this week’s winner of guest author Gail Nall’s BREAKING THE ICE & YOU’RE INVITED … Reminder: Time is almost up, but we’re still taking applications for the Deb Class of 2016! You have until July 17th to submit your application. Looking forward to learning more about you. From the 2015 Debs: Colleen Oakley’s trade paperback…


The Best Way to Market Your Book

Monday, July 6, 2015

I feel guilty. I bet a lot of you clicked on this post thinking I was going to tell you The Best Way To Market Your Book. But I’m not. Because I HAVE NO IDEA. And the real secret is: No one else does either. That’s not because we don’t know how to market — we know to pitch interesting story angles related to ourselves and the book to local and national magazines…


Kristy Woodson Harvey Shares Her Summer Reads + Giveaway of DEAR CAROLINA

Saturday, July 4, 2015

I’m a northern girl, so there’s a lot about southern living I don’t understand, like collard greens and unsweetened ice tea. Kristy Woodson Harvey’s touching book, DEAR CAROLINA, made me fall in love with every part. I adored the lovingly described canned goods, the colorful phrases that one would only hear in the south, and the overall goodness of the characters. These people know that family isn’t based on blood, but on…


My Summer Reading List

Monday, June 29, 2015

One of the most common questions I get as an author is “What are you reading?” It’s a question I LOVE, because as a book nerd, I thoroughly enjoy swapping book suggestions, dissecting plots and characters and just plain talking books with other people. This week on the Ball we’re each sharing our summer reading lists (either our favorites or what’s in our TBR stack) and we highly encourage your…