Book Two Has a Title

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Here’s the crazy thing about publishing – when you’re querying and on submission it can take forever. Like Colleen said yesterday, there is A LOT of waiting. But sometimes, when you least expect it, great things happen. Foreign rights sales are like this — they pop up out of no where. It’s like finding a twenty dollar bill in your coat pocket from last winter. Well, that’s kind of how…


News Flash: Introducing the Class of 2016, other news, & a giveaway!

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Congratulations to Susan Roberts, winner of Katie Rose Guest Pryal’s ENTANGLEMENT! Check back next Sunday for the winner of guest author Adria Cimino’s PARIS, RUE DES MARTYRS… Okay, before we got to our news this week, we’d like to introduce you to the Deb class of 2016! Now, you’ll still be stuck with us for another few weeks, but then we’ll be passing the baton (and posts, and news flashes, and publishing news fun…) over to the…


If I Could Turn Back Time

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

It’s been two whole weeks since THE COINCIDENCE OF COCONUT CAKE flew onto book shelves, so I have two whole weeks of experience from which to write this post. Overall, everything went smoothly and I had a blast, but there are a few things I’d do differently. 1. Have the launch party on a different day then the actual launch. I had so much to do on the actual day,…


News Flash: Contests, Writing & a Giveaway!

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Congratulations to Caryn Strean, winner of of Amy’s delicious debut, THE COINCIDENCE OF COCONUT CAKE! Check back next Sunday for the winner of Katie Rose Guest Pryal’s ENTANGLEMENT …   From the 2015 Debs: Colleen Oakley is in NYC, enjoying a well deserved break with a few days full of broadway, eating and shopping! Amy E. Reichert has deep-dived into revisions while basking in the glow of a great first week! She’s wrapping up a…


Katie Rose Guest Pryal Explains Why Writing is the Worst Job + Giveaway

Saturday, August 1, 2015

I met Katie Rose Guest Pryal almost four years ago at a pitch workshop in New York City. She introduced me to the yumminess of chicken kebabs with srircha sauce and taught me some tricks to hailing a cab when you have a suitcase. Four years laster, we both launched our novels into the world and are members of a fantastic group of women writers, the Tall Poppies. She’s smart, strong, and…


Isn’t It Time Our Genre Reflected Our World?

Tuesday, July 28, 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…


News Flash: Launch week, More Writing, & Amy’s Giveaway!

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Congratulations to Dianne Henry, winner of former Deb and guest author Lori Rader-Day’s LITTLE PRETTY THINGS!  Check back next Sunday for this week’s winner of Amy’s delicious debut, THE COINCIDENCE OF COCONUT CAKE …   From the 2015 Debs: Colleen Oakley is in Pennsylvania, at a farmhouse, luxuriating in having no internet. Amy E. Reichert released THE COINCIDENCE OF COCONUT CAKE into the wild! Her launch party was a wonderful success and sold out of books,…


Launch Week: Amy E. Reichert Takes the Deb Ball Interview + Giveaway

Saturday, July 25, 2015

I’m on day four post publication — it’s pretty awesome. I’m currently at the Midwest Writers Workshop in Muncie, IN (and just had scrumptious Thai food with the amazing Janet Reid–yes, be jealous). It took me two days to come down from the adrenaline rush of my launch party (where we sold out of books!) and I might be checking my Amazon ranking more than is healthy. Sitting in my quiet…


Time to Get Your CAKE On!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

At long last, my amazing friend Amy’s delish debut, THE COINCIDENCE OF COCONUT CAKE, is on shelves. And if you haven’t ordered your copy yet, you’re truly missing out. Here are five reasons you need to order you some CAKE right now. THE TWISTINESS. Oh man, this book is like You’ve Got Mail except a gazillion times better. THE FOOD. This book will make you hungry. Amy’s a fun dinner date — she…



Wednesday, July 22, 2015

I’m a sucker for books about food. Especially if those books include magical realism, like GARDEN SPELLS and LIKE WATER FOR CHOCOLATE, or a sweet bit of romance, like Amy’s debut (which released yesterday, folks, in case you missed the excitement!) — THE COINCIDENCE OF COCONUT CAKE. It’s the story of Lou — a Milwaukee chef and restaurant owner — and Al, a British, somewhat sour restaurant reviewer, who finds himself…