Take Two? Take Five

Thursday, August 6, 2015

This week on the Deb Ball, we’re talking about what we’d do differently the second time around. And honestly, I might as well just direct you to Amy’s post from Tuesday, because she nailed it. So many things were chaos on this debut journey. So many things were out of my (and Dhonielle’s control). And being they Type A that I am, I fretted and fretted and then occasionally fretted…

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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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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…

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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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More Mythbusting: The More You Know

Thursday, July 16, 2015

With one book on shelves and another headed toward copyedits, I’d like to say this whole publishing thing is all starting to make sense now. I mean, there are definitely myths I’ve seen debunked in my time in the trenches. Like the idea that any agent is better than no agent. (So not true!) Or the idea that the big agent is always the one to go with. (Again, not…

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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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Marketing Is Hard and Other Obvious Truths

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Okay, so this week’s topic is marketing. As the other Debs have confessed, as writers, its one arena that really leaves us flummoxed. What works? What doesn’t? Who knows? One of the most confusing aspects of all this is that marketing is defined differently than publicity. Marketing usually entails paid, guaranteed efforts (like ad placement or co-op at the bookstore), while publicity is the stuff you see show up randomly…

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News Flash: Camp (Mommy & NaNo), New Books and Debut Fever

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Congratulations to Michelle Westenbroek, winner of guest author Lori Nelson Spielman’s SWEET FORGIVENESS! Check back next Sunday for this week’s winner of guest author Kristy Woodson Harvey’s DEAR CAROLINA… Reminder: 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 just finished a huge magazine assignment that took…

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Summer Days, Reading Away….

Thursday, July 2, 2015

One of my favorite things to do is share book recommendations! In fact, when we decided that this week would be summer reading recs, I was super-excited. But when I sat down to write the post, I froze. How do I even begin to narrow down this list? THERE ARE SO MANY AWESOME BOOKS TO READ. But here are a few of my recent favorites. (And note, I’m not including THE…

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