Louise’s Big Leap

Monday, February 29, 2016

Publishing is full of big leaps. You sign with an agent after a twenty-minute phone call. You sell your book to an editor you most likely have never met in person. When your book comes out there are all sorts of leaps—giving public readings, doing interviews, writing essays and op-eds—endless opportunities to do things you have never done before. But what I consider to be my biggest jump happened many…


Dream Readers

Monday, February 22, 2016

The Academy Awards are this week, and that inspired the Debs to do a little dreaming. Our theme this week: what celebrities do you dream about reading your novel? Now, I don’t need a lot of encouragement to daydream. I do plenty of this on my own, especially about my novel, THE CITY BAKER’S GUIDE TO COUNTRY LIVING. I fantasize about my author-heroes taking my novel with them on vacation….


Scrivener Love

Monday, February 15, 2016

When I read that our theme this week was technology, I was fairly certain that my post was going to be just pictures of all my old, dead laptops that I am incapable of throwing away. When it comes to writing I keep things pretty simple—it’s just me and my computer. That’s something that I love about writing—it’s like walking—no gadgets or gear required. But I do have one geeky…


NEWS FLASH–Valentine Edition

Sunday, February 14, 2016

  Congratulations to Rhonda, winner of Wendy Ortiz’s EXCAVATION-A MEMOIR! Check back next week, where we will announce the winner of this weeks giveaway–I’LL SEE YOU IN PARIS, by Michelle Gable! From the 2016 Debs: Louise Miller was thrilled to see that Library Journal chose THE CITY BAKER’S GUIDE TO COUNTRY LIVING as one of the Pre Pub Alert pics for the month of August! Jennifer S. Brown is catching up on…


Resources for Rejection

Monday, February 8, 2016

Here is the simple truth: unless you write only for yourself, and have no interest in seeking publication in any form, you will experience rejection. In the life of a writer there are infinite opportunities for someone to not choose your work. You can be rejected by institutions that offer grants, fellowships, conferences, and MFA programs. Publications such as literary magazines and newspapers can say sorry, not the right fit….


Renaming and Revisioning–Titles and Covers

The City Baker's Guide to Country Living by Louise Miller
Monday, February 1, 2016

I read a lot of blogs about publishing on my quest to learn as much as possible about what comes next. It was on a blog that I came across this important fact: Book covers and titles are marketing tools. Book covers and titles are marketing tools—I said this to myself like a mantra all though out the publishing process, so I would be prepared when the time came. I had…


News Flash–Deb in Progress Edition

Sunday, January 31, 2016

  Check back next week, where we will announce the winner of this weeks giveaway–Connie Mayo’s THE ISLAND OF WORTHY BOYS   From the 2016 Debs: Louise Miller is off in launch party planning daydreams (and knee-deep in emails to venues and caterers.) Jennifer S. Brown is working on lining up speakings and readings. If you’d like her to visit your book group, either in person or via Skype, she’d love to…


The Wonderful World of Social Media

Monday, January 25, 2016

I love social media. In the space of five minutes I can see what a high-school pal is up to, find out the latest real-time information about what is going on in my neighborhood, be inspired by an artist I have never heard of, talk to an author I admire, check out who is reading at my favorite indie bookstore and find out what the muffin of the day is…


When Not to Query

Monday, January 18, 2016

A funny thing happens when you finish your manuscript and you are ready to begin your search for representation. Suddenly you are required to make the giant leap from artist to businessperson–someone who can write a sharp query letter and pitch their work with ease. When I entered this phase of my writing career, I did what I always do when I’m faced with a new writing task, and spent…


Writers, Jealousy and Generosity

Monday, January 11, 2016

Okay, lets just get this out in the open. I am a jealous person. I don’t want to be a jealous person. I consider it one of my worst traits. I try to keep my envy in check, but occasionally it gets the best of me. A couple of years ago I was feeling a bit lost. My year-long novel workshop had ended, and I missed the structure and comfort…