Let Me Tell You How I Really Feel About… One-Star Reviews

Monday, June 22, 2015

Edit note: This week on The Ball we’re talking about reader reviews and how we feel about them (especially the bad ones). Seeing as how I wrote a post about that very topic for Passionate Reads a few months ago (coupled with the fact that I had way too much pinot noir last night), I’m using my two favorite shortcuts this week: copy & paste. Enjoy! Being a new author is kind…


Of Course There’s Sex In YA (Sometimes)

Thursday, June 18, 2015

When we were drafting TINY PRETTY THINGS, we knew we were writing a book that would tackle a lot of issues: bullying, eating disorders, racism, homophobia, depression. And yes, there would be some romance. Which, of course, meant asking the big question. Do we want sex on the page? Let’s make one thing absolutely clear: teens have sex. Not all of them, but a lot of them. So it’s a…


Sex Scenes— Just Do It?

Monday, June 15, 2015

Oh, the dreaded sex scene. It’s so tough to write on so many levels — mainly because in the back of your mind, you’re thinking how your mom and dad will be reading it at some point and OH The HUMANITY, but also because they can devolve into soft porn/E.L. James scenes where men have “throbbing members” and women have “love buttons” fairly quickly. Which is why the Literary Review created an…


News Flash: (More) Revisions, (More) Writing & a BIG Deb giveaway!

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Congratulations to Christy Staude, winner of THE PERFECT SON by Barbara Claypole White! Check back next Sunday for this week’s winner of our BIG summer DEB BALL reading pack (THE MOMENT OF EVERYTHING, BEFORE I GO, TINY PRETTY THINGS, THE COINCIDENCE OF COCONUT CAKE, COME AWAY WITH ME) … Simply leave a comment below to be entered to win!   From the 2015 Debs: Colleen Oakley hates when other people…


Adam Silvera Talks MORE HAPPY THAN NOT

More Happy Than Not/SohoTeen
Saturday, June 13, 2015

If you travel in literary circles, you’ve definitely heard of Adam Silvera, who is the most exemplary of lit citizens. At some point, he’s been a bookseller, abook marketer, a book reviewer and definitely an all around book pusher. This year, he also fulfilled his dream of becoming an author — at the tender age of 25. And what a way to start. Adam’s debut MORE HAPPY THAN NOT, earned not one but…


Tips for Tapping Your Creativity

Monday, June 8, 2015

I’m in the middle of three deadlines right now, so I’m going to make this post short and sweet. We’re talking about how to stay creative this week, and I’ve got a few go-to tips that help me when the right-side of my brain isn’t working too well (like now). 1. Always carry pen and paper. I keep a notebook in my purse and beside my bed. You never know…


Barbara Claypole White on THE PERFECT SON + a GIVEAWAY!

I’m thrilled to welcome to the Ball the refreshingly honest and funny author Barbara Claypole White, whose latest book THE PERFECT SON (out July 1st) is the darkly quirky story of a mother fighting for life, a father demanding perfection, and a son struggling with chaos. It’s about women’s health, Tourette syndrome, psycho squirrels, messed-up families…and moonshine. And if that sounds like a whirlwind— wait til you hear about the journey…

Saturday, June 6, 2015

How to Avoid Overwhelmed Author Syndrome

Monday, June 1, 2015

When my book baby was launched into the world on Jan. 6, I was seven months pregnant with two real babies (yes, TWO!) and I already had two kids under the age of four (see: what happens when you get drunk on vacation and throw caution to the wind). It was a busy time, what with the 200+ person launch party I was planning, the umpteen blog interviews I had…


Is This Ballet or Game of Thrones?

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Is there anything better in all the universe than a book that surprises you? So here’s the confession part. I don’t get ballet. It’s lovely, but more than five minutes puts me to sleep. You want me to run screaming from the room? Start playing the music from THE NUTCRACKER. I didn’t dream of being a ballerina when I was little. I wanted to be the first woman to play…


TINY PRETTY THINGS— It’s almost here!!!!

Tomorrow, TINY PRETTY THINGS (a.k.a., the best YA novel of the year) will be released and available for your (and your teen daughter’s, and your teen daughter’s best friend’s) consumption. And trust me, you (and your teen daughter and your teen daughter’s best friend) will want to scoop this one up and devour it immediately. This “Black Swan meets Pretty Little Liars” debut by our very own Sona Charaipotra and her friend…

Monday, May 25, 2015