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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News Flash: Summer fun, Writing fun, & a Giveaway!

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Congratulations to Vickie P. and Carol Boyer, winners of guest author Adria Cimino’s PARIS, RUE DES MARTYRS e-books! Check back next Sunday for the winner of guest author Vicki Lesage’s CONFESSIONS OF A PARIS PARTY GIRL…     From the 2015 Debs: Colleen Oakley is excited that she’s been asked to speak at the Decatur Book Festival on a panel with Patti Callahan Henry! For all of her upcoming appearances, check out the events page on her website….

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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…

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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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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…

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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,…

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News Flash: Debut week, Next Books & a Giveaway!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Congratulations to Beth, winner of guest author Gail Nall’s BREAKING THE ICE & YOU’RE INVITED! Check back next Sunday for this week’s winner of former Deb and guest author Lori Rader-Day’s LITTLE PRETTY THINGS … Thank you to all who submitted applications to become part of the Deb Class of 2016! We’ll announce the new class in early August! From the 2015 Debs: Colleen Oakley’s paperback for BEFORE I GO came out Tuesday! She…

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BEFORE I GO is (almost) out in paperback!

Monday, July 13, 2015

Colleen is running on fumes today (and probably baby food, and nap schedules, and writing deadlines … ), so rather than write about what she thinks the greatest publishing myth is, we’re going to help her celebrate the paperback version of BEFORE I GO, which comes out tomorrow (July 14th). Congrats, Colleen! Same great story, great new cover — we’re loving the bright yellow! What do you guys think?

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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…

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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…

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