News Flash!

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Congratulations to Elizabeth Mayorca, winner of THE GODS OF TANGO by Debutante Ball guest Carolina De Robertis.  Check back next week, where we will announce the winner of this weeks giveaway–EVERYBODY RISE by Stephanie Clifford!   From the 2016 Debs: Louise Miller is still enjoying her break from revision. In the meantime, she is brainstorming ideas for book two, and thinking about all the ways she wants to approach it differently–like maybe trying…


Learning to Write: an Alarm, a Gun in the First Act, and an MFA

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

To all those also celebrating Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year), I wish you l’shanah tova tikatevu! My writing education began in Mrs. Dubois’s 4th grade language arts class, when she gently informed me that stories were stronger when they didn’t end with “And then the alarm went off and I realized it was all a dream.” I had other wonderful teachers who taught me different literary forms and opened…


News Flash: New Debs Edition!

Sunday, September 13, 2015

  We hope you have enjoyed the first week of the 2016 Debutante Ball! Join us next week, when we will be talking about our writerly education. Check back next Sunday for the winner of Carolina De Robertis’s THE GODS OF TANGO.   From the 2016 Debs: Louise Miller just handed in her revision to her editor! And her author questionnaire! And she has loved her first week as a…


The First Novel Vs. The Debut Novel: The Road to MODERN GIRLS

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Many years ago, I read an article that scorned the idea of the “debut novel.” The article said (and I’m paraphrasing since I read the article in the days before the Internet), “Why the pretentious title? Why not simply call it what it is? A first novel.” And I, a young naïve writer, thought, “Yes! Exactly! When I publish my first novel, I will call it just that: a first…


The New Debs: Please Welcome the Class of 2016!

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Please return next Saturday for the Deb class of 2016’s first guest, Carolina De Robertis — author of THE GODS OF TANGO — and a giveaway! We’re excited to announce the new blog schedule as of Monday, September 7th. We know the 2016 class will continue the Deb traditions in fine form, and we look forward to following their journeys over the next year! So please join the fabulous 2016 Deb Class next…