You’re Only a Debut (Author) Once…and it’s AWESOME.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

With one week to go until COME AWAY WITH ME is out in the wild, I’m still feeling quite green about this whole author thing. And I wonder, do you think being a debut author extends way into the first year your book is out, much like the term ‘newlywed’ applies until you’ve been married for a year? I hope so, because it’s been one pretty amazing, pinch-me kind of year…

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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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BECAUSE OF YOU–Book (2) Baby due July 2016!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

My book deal was for two books, so I started writing the second one last September — shortly after a few proposals went back and forth, and a last-minute switcheroo on story idea. So I’ve been living with this next book for nearly a year, though it only recently got its official title — BECAUSE OF YOU — and a publication on-shelf date — June 28th! Here’s the blurb: When…

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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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Banish Self-Doubt & Keep Writing

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

As the last Deb to launch her book out into the world (THREE WEEKS TO GO) I’m at a disadvantage to discuss hindsight. However, I have the distinct advantage of learning from those who have gone before me, so notes have been taken and tips have been appreciated. Granted, I’ll likely only tame the worry versus eliminate it completely, and while I love Amy’s suggestion to do guest posts as they…

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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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5 Things To Love About THE COINCIDENCE OF COCONUT CAKE

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…

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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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PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT (And Other Publishing Myths)

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

This week we’re talking publishing myths — and which ones we’d like to personally bust. What I have found interesting, since I started telling people I wrote a book, is how often I hear these two things: “So, are you going to be the next JK Rowling?” (Um, I wish?) “So, are you going to be the next 50 shades?” (Um, no. NO.) I have also fielded a ton of questions…

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