The Early Works of Colleen Oakley (in Crayon)

Monday, September 22, 2014

Most esteemed writers from history seem to have a bound tome called “The Early Works of [Insert Esteemed Author Name Here]”. I am not esteemed or historical (that you know of; I could have travelled in time through some magical stones from 1700s Scotland in a reverse form of Outlander, but that would mean that I left Jamie McTavish behind, and let’s be clear — I would never, ever do that. Ever.) Anyway, since…


News Flash: Conferences, Pre-orders, and Book signings!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Congratulations to Amy Mays, Lauren Stacks Yamaoka, and Michelle Westenbroek — winners of FIVE DAYS LEFT, by guest author Julie Lawson Timmer! Check back next Sunday for the winners of FOREVER, INTERRUPTED, and AFTER I DO, by this week’s guest author Taylor Jenkins Reid…   From the 2015 Debs… Colleen Oakley spent Friday and Saturday this week in Norfolk, Va. at SIBA, the conference for the Southern Independent Booksellers Association. It…


The Fantastic Five

Monday, September 15, 2014

This week on the Ball, we’re sharing the five people who made our book possible. Since there are roughly 4,798,560,972 people who made my book possible, whittling it down is about as easy a task as trying to fit into my high school Abercrombie jeans (which would likely require baby lotion, garden shears, duct tape, and a heavy-duty liposuction machine). In other words, impossible. So, because I’m limited to five,…


News Flash: New sales, waiting games, and bookish events!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Congratulations to Elizabeth Bevins, winner of the signed copy of Randy Susan Meyers‘ Accidents of Marriage! Check back next Sunday for the winners of FIVE DAYS LEFT, by this week’s guest author Julie Lawson Timmer…   From the 2015 Debs… In case you missed it, the Debs were featured this week sharing their most influential books on Shelf Pleasure. What’s on your list? Colleen Oakley is celebrating a fantastic review of…


Where the Magic Happens

Monday, September 8, 2014

This week on The Ball — like the very good journalists we are — we’re focusing on the Ws of Writing: Where we write, Why we write, What must-have tools we need (beside our trusty laptops). I’m going to start it off by talking about Where I write. This picture on the left is my dream office. It was designed by Mary McDonald, an interior designer in Los Angeles (here’s…


News Flash: Book launches, Copyedits, Pitch contests, and new additions!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Check back next Sunday to find out who won the copy of Accidents of Marriage, by guest author Randy Susan Meyers! From the 2015 Debs… Colleen Oakley is making great progress on book two, despite some wicked morning sickness. Congrats, Colleen, on your latest bundle of joy, due to launch springtime 2015! Amy E. Reichert is hard at work mentoring PitchWars (an online pitch-> revise-> pitch agents contest), and now…


The making of my first (but not really first) novel: Before I Go

Monday, September 1, 2014

Hi! I’m Colleen, the first 2015 Deb to kick off this new season on the Ball. And I have a confession: Before I Go is not my first novel. (Whoa. I know — you weren’t expecting that kind of bombshell on a Monday morning. My apologies.) My first novel is languishing on my Mac desktop, never to be read by the general public. And that’s a good thing. Although, it…


The New Deb Line-Up Begins Monday — Please Welcome the Class of 2015!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Please return next Saturday for the Deb class of 2015’s first guest author and giveaway! We’re excited to announce the new blog schedule as of Monday, September 1st. We know the 2015 class will continue the deb traditions in fine form, and we look forward to following their journeys over the next year! Please join the fabulous 2015 Debs next week as they introduce themselves and their upcoming debut novels. Woohoo! And…


News Flash: Meet the New Debs!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Congrats to Toni, who won a signed copy of EVERYTHING I NEVER TOLD YOU from Celeste Ng! Make room on the dance floor… it’s time to announce The Debutante Ball Class of 2015! Please help us congratulate and welcome this extremely talented and accomplished group of debut authors. Here they are, in order of publication dates. We’re so excited to welcome them to the Ball!   Shelly King is a native…