How My Mom Made Me a Better Writer

"You are my Phoenix..."
Monday, May 2, 2016

In celebration of Mother’s Day, the theme this week is Moms—more specifically our theme is My mom is going to read this! We wanted to talk about all the things in our novels we are nervous for our moms to read. I racked my brain trying to think of something in my book that would make my mom* uncomfortable—believe me, the characters in THE CITY BAKER’S GUIDE TO COUNTRY LIVING…

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These are a Few of My (Main Character’s) Favorite Things…

Monday, April 25, 2016

The theme this week is Favorite Things, and while I could go on endlessly about the things I love, (and do so in rhyme, while singing) I thought it would be more fun to ask Livvy Rawlings, the main character in my novel THE CITY BAKER’S GUIDE TO COUNTRY LIVING, what her favorite things are. Take it away, Livvy! Favorite item of clothing: I have this old, green L.L. Bean…

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Louise’s Writerly Role Model

Monday, April 18, 2016

I’m a big believer in role models, and I have scores of them. Most are people I know or have known. My dad, who always gave everyone a fair shake, taught me to keep an open mind, and to judge people only by their actions. My banjo teacher shows me everyday that creating a rich, full, creative life is possible. And my author friends remind me through their own kindness…

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NEWS FLASH–Daffodil Edition

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Sunday, April 17, 2016

  Congratulations to Jennifer Huelsebusch, winner of  our very own Jennifer S. Brown’s MODERN GIRLS! Check back next week, where we will announce the winner of this weeks giveaway, Emily Liebert’s SOME WOMEN. From the 2016 Debs: A quick note about our book giveaways–to enter a book giveaway, simply share our giveaway link on our Facebook page or retweet one of our giveaway tweets from our Twitter feed! (US only.) Louise Miller THE CITY…

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Book Two and the Art of Letting Go

Monday, April 11, 2016

I have learned an important thing about my writing process this year, and that is that I am a loyal, one-book kind of girl. Writing a novel is very much like entering a love affair for me—it’s consuming. I spend all day day-dreaming about my characters and spend sleepless nights devoted to their well-being. I become completely focused on what they want and need and how they are feeling. So…

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MODERN GIRLS and Family Expectations

MODERN GIRLS by Jennifer S. Brown
Monday, April 4, 2016

This week on the Debutante Ball is a big one—it’s pub week for our very own Jennifer S. Brown! Jennifer’s incredible novel MODERN GIRLS is the first of our books to be published, and we couldn’t have been luckier than to have Jennifer go through this process first. We have all been grateful recipients of Jennifer’s wisdom and experience. She constantly shares wonderful ideas, inspires us with her hard work…

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Last Minute Tips Before You Head to the Writers’ Conference

Monday, March 28, 2016

Tomorrow I am headed to Los Angeles to attend the AWP writers’ conference. I look forward to conferences like AWP and Grub Street’s Muse and the Marketplace every year. What could be more fun? It’s like day camp for writers. Conferences are amazing places where writers can recharge, learn craft, make connections and get inspired. There is a ton of good advice out there about how to prepare for a writers’…

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Listening to Your Characters: Name Inspiration

The City Baker's Guide to Country Living by Louise Miller
Monday, March 21, 2016

Naming characters, like naming children and pets, is a funny thing. Names are so important, and pack in so much information. They speak of time, class, and ethnicity. They have history. They have weight. Now, I am not known for my great naming ability. My cat Whitey is named Whitey because, well, she’s white, like a rabbit. And she was adopted the day after our cat Blackie died (who was…

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Louise’s Half-Time Update

The City Baker's Guide to Country Living by Louise Miller
Monday, March 14, 2016

It feels impossible to me that we Debutantes have already crossed the halfway point of our blogging together. I can’t imagine moving through my debut year without my fellow Debs. They have been an endless source of support—from listening to me freak out to making me belly laugh to telling me to get over some minor detail I am obsessing over (Jennifer Brown gave me a family saying that the…

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Five Tips for a Happy Debut Year*

Monday, March 7, 2016

Keep the business stuff private. Selling your novel feels a lot like winning Publisher’s Clearing House sweepstakes, Powerball, and the Irish Lottery all at once. You will want to jump up and down on camera holding a giant check, screaming. You will want to receive a passionate, congratulatory kiss and have it broadcast on a Jumbotron. You will want to climb up on stage, rip the mic out of Adele’s…

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