The Shit I’m Thankful For: A Poem

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

What am I thankful for?? Well, first let me tell you what I’m not thankful for, and that’s posting the day after Jennifer, because everything she wrote about public displays of gratitude, saturating Thanksgiving meals with bourbon, and warmly thanking everyone she loves had me going, “Oh, yeah.” “Yup.” “Yep, that, too.” So I apologize in advance for doing exactly what Jennifer did, only not so wittily nor so well. No, wait…


News Flash–Endings and Beginnings Edition

Sunday, November 22, 2015

  Congratulations to Sharon H., winner of IDYLL THREATS By Stephanie Gayle. Check back next week, where we will announce the winner of this weeks giveaway–Melissa Cistaro’s PIECES OF MY MOTHER!   From the 2016 Debs Louise Miller received the final version of the cover of THE CITY BAKER’S GUIDE TO COUNTRY LIVING this week. She loves her cover. SHE IS DYING TO SHARE HER COVER, but is waiting until her publisher gives…


How Not to Write. How to Write.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

I love this topic, because I know so much more about not writing than I do writing. Not writing is easy, and most of us do it all day long, for so many hours that we get very good at it, and I myself am positively expert. I’ve run into a couple of folks who will say, with a straight face, that writing is such an imperative for them that…


Like Sands Through the Hourglass: What is This Time Thing, Anyway?

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

This week’s topic is time.  We picked it because November is NaNoWriMo, the annual writing frenzy that turns half a million people into slavering lunatics who eat nothing but Doritos and refuse to shower for 30 days just so they can put 50,000 words on paper.  But, much as I admire that level of dedication, I’ve never done NaNoWriMo.  Partly because I’m addicted to daily showers, but mostly because I’m…


News Flash–Stolen Halloween Candy Edition

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Congratulations to Suzy, winner of THE GOOD NEIGHBOR, by Amy Sue Nathan! Check back next week, where we will announce the winner of this weeks giveaway–STONES IN THE ROAD by E. B. Moore. From the 2016 Debs Louise Miller has had a very exciting week, book-wise. Her revision of THE CITY BAKER’S GUIDE TO COUNTRY LIVING was accepted by her publisher and is now on it’s way to the copy editor’s desk!…


Wait — What If People Actually Read It?

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

This week, as I’ve laughed at and sympathized with Louise’s and Jennifer’s posts about their publishing fears (or, in the case of Jennifer’s bovinaphobia, non-publishing fears), I’ve wrestled with how to explain mine.  I’ve wrestled with it because it seems so counterintuitive, and more than a little self-indulgent.  Every writer who’s about to publish a book has the same overarching fear that trumps all the night sweats over readings and reviews:…


News Flash–Publications, Pub Dates and Publicists edition

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Congratulations to Laura Bryant, winner of PRETENDING TO DANCE, by Diane Chamberlain! Check back next week, where we will announce the winner of this weeks giveaway–THE GOOD NEIGHBOR, by Amy Sue Nathan! From the 2016 Debs Louise Miller has had a crazy week that included having great meetings with her agent and editor about her book cover and having all the clothes she ordered online for her author photo shoot stolen off…


The Lawyer v. The Novelist: The Case for Thinking Like a Lawyer While Writing Your Novel

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Once a lawyer, always a lawyer. That’s what they told me in law school, and what they meant was this: we’re going to teach you to “think like a lawyer,” and you’re going to think that way forever, no matter what you end up doing after you get that degree. Well, after I got that degree, I was a lawyer for a long time, so thinking like a lawyer was…