I Must Confess – True Stories of a Writer

Monday, October 10, 2016

This week’s Deb topic is about Confessions! Each of us are sharing something unknown, something hidden about us, our books or our writing process.  Today I am going to confess. All the sins of my past, the wayward thoughts and actions that led me astray. It might not be pretty. Feel free to turn your head away or cover up that smirk. I still managed to spit out a 418…

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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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Yes, I’m a Bookaholic, and These Are My Five Favorite Books

Monday, October 3, 2016

This week the Debs are going to talk about one of our most favorite topics, books!  I have been reading since the age of two, which may seem a bit ridiculous, but it’s true. I was never one for dolls as a child. I wanted to read, to explore the world through stories. Throughout my life, I have always sucked down books like they were candy. On average, I read…

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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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What Makes a Literary Agent Tick?

Monday, September 26, 2016

This week the Debs are sharing stories about how they found their agent, plus giving advice on querying and the process of landing your own agent. The topic for this week happened to coincide with another column I write, for the GrubStreet writing center’s blog. Last week, I wrote a big long post on how long it took me to find an agent and how I eventually connected with the amazing…

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News Flash: Busy Week for the Debs – From Ultramarathons to Open Mics

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Congratulations to Theresa Snyder for winning a copy of THE ASSISTANTS by  Camille Perri!  We send our thanks to Anjali Mitter Duva for being our guest on The Debutante Ball yesterday! If you haven’t already, please pick up a copy of her novel FAINT PROMISE OF RAIN.  You can still enter the GIVEAWAY: RETWEET on Twitter, and/or SHARE on Facebook by noon (EST) September 30th to win a copy of FAINT PROMISE OF RAIN (US only). We’ll select and contact the…

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Write Here, Write Now, Write Anywhere I Want!

Monday, September 19, 2016

This week’s topic is “Location, location, location — Where we write and why there?” The Debs will share photos of our workspaces or favorite space to write, and talk about how our choice of physical location influences our work. When I was young, my mom gave me her beautiful pink Olympia typewriter (which I later learned that my parents sold in a garage sale and I was heartbroken). For some…

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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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I Did It My Way or The Importance of the Liberal Arts

Monday, September 12, 2016

Last week I was reading an article in the Washington Post about how my generation has been churning out helicopter parents who don’t want their kids to study literature or liberal arts. Curious, I inquired how many were history majors. Of the 24 honors students in the seminar, there were none. English? Philosophy? Fine arts? Only one. How was this possible? I asked. Almost in unison, half a dozen replied: “Our parents…

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Celebrity Chefs, an Ancient Gourmand and a Set of Immortal Knives

Monday, September 5, 2016

I’ve been following The Debutante Ball since its inception a decade ago. I had always dreamed of being a Deb and I’m extra excited to be the first blogger to kick off the 2017 Debutante Ball. On behalf of the new Debutantes, I want to extend a huge THANK YOU to the 2016 Debs for all of their insight, advice and inspiration to us all. Years ago I completed my…

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