News Flash!

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Congratulations to Claudia, winner of THE SPARROW SISTERS by Debutante Ball guest Ellen Herrick.  Check back next week, where we will announce the winner of this weeks giveaway–THE STAR SIDE OF BIRD HIILL, by Naomi Jackson! From the 2016 Debs Louise Miller is busy doing writing exercises to help her choose among three novel ideas for book two. She  just turned in a list of songs that she quoted in book one for…

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Curating Your Query List

Monday, September 28, 2015

There is a ton of excellent information online and in books about how to write the perfect query letter, the one that will wow your dream literary agent and set you on the path to publication. But in between giving your manuscript that final polish and digging into the finer mechanics of the elevator pitch there’s a step people do not write as much about: creating a thoughtful agent list….

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News Flash!–Autumn Edition

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Congratulations to Carol Boyer, winner of EVERYBODY RISE by Debutante Ball guest Stephanie Clifford.  Check back next week, where we will announce the winner of this weeks giveaway–THE SPARROW SISTERS by Ellen Herrick! From the 2016 Debs Louise Miller, a theatre geek, is just back from a road trip to NYC where she saw the play HAND TO GOD. She is looking forward to starting a nine-month writing workshop this week with author Lisa…

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Where I Write

Monday, September 21, 2015

Early in my writing life, I used to be precious about where and when I would write. It had to be the right environment–silent and clean, someplace that smelled good and where I could work uninterrupted, and then only when I had at least 3-4 hours of time. Then I entered into a year-long revision workshop for novelists. During that year I worked full-time (actually working more hours than I…

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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…

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From Art School To The Writing Workshop

Monday, September 14, 2015

My writing education began, oddly enough, in art school. I went to the Portland School of Art (now Maine College of Art) straight out of high school, armed with a Pentax camera and a tackle box full of charcoal and kneaded erasers. PSA had a wonderful two-year foundation program, where every student had to take a wide range of studio classes–sculpture, drawing, design, color theory, even a class called tool…

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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…

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How a question, a memory and a three-legged dog inspired my debut novel

Monday, September 7, 2015

I am thrilled to be the first blogger of the Debutante Ball class of 2016! And before I get started, let me say thank you to all of the creative, bright, honest, funny and generous Debs of 2015. It’s an honor to be carrying on the tradition.  I carried around the two sparks that would inspire my first novel, THE CITY BAKER’S GUIDE TO COUNTRY LIVING, for years, but it…

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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…

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