News Flash: Checking in with the 2016 Debs

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Congratulations to Jeremy Simons for winning a copy of YOUR BOOK, YOUR BRAND by Dana Kaye!  Thank you to Suzanne Rindell for being our guest on The Debutante Ball yesterday! If you haven’t already, please pick up a copy of her book, THREE-MARTINI LUNCH, or enter our giveaway to win a copy! Simply RETWEET on Twitter, and/or SHARE on Facebook by noon (EST) October 14th for your chance to win (US only). We’ll select and contact the winner on Friday. Good luck! …

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And The Winner is … My top 5 reads? Impossible.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Best books ever? This is going to be so easy! The Art of the Deal The Bible Just kidding No, I definitely do NOT find this easy. Who came up with such a terrible blog topic? I did? Well, shit. There are so many books I love – and for so many different reasons – I’m going to need categories. (We’re supposed to list five books here, but math was really never…

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News Flash: Recommended Books, Second Books, and Banned Books

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Congratulations to Susan Roberts for winning a copy of FAINT PROMISE OF RAIN by Anjali Mitter Duva!  We send our thanks to Dana Kaye for being our guest on The Debutante Ball yesterday! If you haven’t already, please pick up a copy of her book YOUR BOOK, YOUR BRAND: THE STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE TO LAUNCHING YOUR BOOK AND BOOSTING YOUR SALES. You can still enter the GIVEAWAY: RETWEET on Twitter, and/or SHARE on Facebook by noon (EST) September 30th to win a copy of YOUR BOOK, YOUR BRAND (US only). We’ll select and contact the winner on…

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Taking the Long View: From a Book without an Agent … to an Agent without a Book

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

I started the process of seeking an agent the way many of us do: a combination of earnest mailings to total strangers, desperate mailings to friends of friends, and offering my first born to the gods of literary representation. But strangers ignored me, friends of friends rejected me, and eventually my first born turned eighteen, making him a less appealing sacrifice. I had no takers. I had written a novel called…

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I have a thing for balconies (and other true confessions)

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

We talk often, so often, about why we write and what we write, but this week the group decided to focus on where we write. How important are our surroundings? Does location matter? And am I right that this doesn’t sound like a particularly sexy topic? Well… As a woman who has moved many times, I have become pretty flexible about where I can get my writing done. I’ve lived…

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News Flash: September 18

Sunday, September 18, 2016

We send our thanks to Camille Perri for being our guest on The Debutante Ball yesterday! If you haven’t already, please pick up a copy of her novel THE ASSISTANTS. You can still enter the GIVEAWAY: RETWEET on Twitter, and/or SHARE on Facebook by noon (EST) Friday, September 23rd to win a copy of THE ASSISTANTS (US only). We’ll select and contact the winner on Friday. Good luck!  From the 2017 Debs: Jenni L. Walsh had a “this is getting…

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Happy New Year … in September

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

During a catastrophically bad job interview, Kate, the main character in Small Admissions says that, in her mind, the year begins in September — not in January. It’s one of the few reasonable (as in not completely crazy) statements she makes as she’s trying to land a job in a school. I feel the same way. For me, September has always meant the beginning of a new year. All these…

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Celebrating Acceptance, Rejecting Rejection

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

When I sent in my application to The Debutante Ball to see if I could be one of the five lucky writers to participate this year, I knew I was putting myself in that familiar, yucky position we have all been in many times before: waiting nervously for either good news or bad. “How perfect,” I thought. My book, Small Admissions, is about exactly that — those absurd moments of waiting…

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Press Release: Announcing the 2017 Debs

Sunday, September 4, 2016

PRESS RELEASE: The 2017 Debutante Ball to feature a down-in-the-dumps dumpee, an accused black teen, a rape survivor, an ancient Roman gourmand, and an American outlaw. September 4, 2017 – Founded in 2006, The Debutante Ball celebrates the journey of five female, debut authors on their paths to publication. The collaborative, daily blog has helped to introduce the careers of industry elite, such as New York Times bestselling authors Eleanor…

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The New Debs: Please Welcome the Class of 2017!

Champagne toast
Saturday, September 3, 2016

Please return next Saturday for the Deb class of 2017’s first guest, Lee Kelly, author of A CRIMINAL MAGIC. We’re excited to announce the new blog schedule as of Monday, September 5th. We know the 2017 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 2017 Deb Class next week as they introduce…

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