My Debut Year: The Lows

Friday, August 25, 2017

Last week I was doing a google search, collecting pictures to create a big debut year photo album when I stumbled across this one, taken for the Brooklyn Newspaper. This photo has a story: Two hours before the photographer showed up at my apartment, I had a major meltdown in the shower. I pulled myself together with the help of heavy concealer and blush, but my hands were shaking so…

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A Snapshot of Jenni L. Walsh’s Debut Year

Thursday, August 24, 2017

After spending many years and numerous manuscripts to reach the point where I can proclaim, “I’m a published author!” it’s a bit surreal that my debut year — and my time on the Debutante Ball — is winding down. It’s been our goals to give everyone a glimpse into our author lives, our book journeys, and even into our personal lives. We’ve shared our publishing fears, our covers, our celebrity…

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My Debut Year: Standing in My Truth

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Publishing Caged Eyes has changed the surface of my life as dramatically as the events of the actual memoir. When you stand in your authentic truth, powerful things happen – hard things, sad things – but ultimately all positive. I have no idea how many copies I have sold, and frankly, I try hard not to care. As an author, those numbers matter, but as an advocate, they are completely…

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Didn’t See That Coming: My Debut Year’s “OMG” Moments

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

For about thirty years, I hoped that I would write and publish a book. And then it happened. Thirty years is a long time to anticipate something, and yet, the year has been full of surprises. There were a lot of things that I was anxious about from the outset, but there were many that I never expected. I’ve had loads of “OMG” moments — both good and bad. Here…

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Wow, What a Whirlwind Debut Year!

Monday, August 21, 2017

This week the Debs are recalling their debut years.  This year has been one of the most amazing and craziest of my entire life. It’s been a dream come true in so many ways. Let me count them out. The writing/editing/publishing process –  WOW what an eye opener this has been. Everything from learning the mechanisms of how it all works, to edits and copy edits and more edits and…

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News Flash: Reading, Writing, and The Writer’s Digest Conference

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Congratulations to Anna May Russell, winner of our #DebBallGiveaway of LITTLE & LION by Brandy Colbert. Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Hazel Gaynor! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway of THE COTTINGLEY SECRET to win a copy by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet: RT to Enter! Interview w/ @HazelGaynor + #DebBallGiveaway of THE COTTINGLEY SECRET! https://t.co/07xLoV4SS3 pic.twitter.com/M4ytY643a5 — The Debutante Ball (@DebutanteBall) August 19,…

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Interview with Hazel Gaynor + #DebBallGiveaway of THE COTTINGLEY SECRET

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Today on the Debutante Ball, we’re thrilled to welcome one of my favorite historical fiction authors, Hazel Gaynor, to sit in our hot seat and chat about her newest novel THE COTTINGLEY SECRET! The New York Times bestselling author of THE GIRL WHO CAME HOME turns the clock back one hundred years to a time when two young girls from Cottingley, Yorkshire, convinced the world that they had done the impossible and photographed fairies…

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These Things I Have Read

Friday, August 18, 2017

I’ll be honest, this year was a tough year to fit in reading. Between work, more work, writing book 2, the world exploding, and marketing Allegedly, I barely had time to fit in these few titles. But I can’t sit here and not practice what I preach, which is that reading makes you a better writer. So here are a few of the books I read, in no special order…

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Happy reading, #histfic fans!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

This week the Debs are talking about the books we’ve read during our debut year. And while I’ve read outside of my historical fiction category — some great women’s fiction, chick lit, and thrillers — I spent a lot of time cozying up with my genre. Raise your hand if you also read any of these. If you haven’t had a chance yet, click on any of the covers below…

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Make New Friends But Keep The Old

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

My 2017 reading list has been a lot like that old song: “Make new friends but keep the old, one is silver and the other is gold. A circle is round, it has no end. That’s how long, I will be your friend.” But of course in this instance, I’m talking about book friends. I relish returning to the books which have moved me in the past. Two of my new…

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