How Tech Controls My Chaos

Monday, May 21, 2018

In life, I’m inseparable from my cell phone, but when it comes to writing, there is one program I can no longer function without: Scrivener. I love this program to bits. I’m a non-sequential writer, and I spent the first ten years or so of my writing life struggling with endless Word docs. This goes back to the days when a full manuscript wouldn’t all fit on one 3.5″ disk…


[News Flash] May 20, 2018

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Sunday, May 20, 2018

Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Rowenna Miller! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of Torn. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet: Interview with Rowenna Miller (@RowennaM) + Giveaway of TORN — The Debutante Ball (@DebutanteBall) May 19, 2018 News from Former Debs: Amy Reichert releases her fourth novel, THE OPTIMIST’S GUIDE TO LETTING…


Reviews: How Writers Can Use Them

Friday, May 18, 2018

I kind of secretly like reviews. Perhaps it comes from my 8 years of writing workshops, or perhaps it comes from the little voice in my head that is super critical of everything I do, but I find them kind of useful in their own way. Here’s why: Consistent Feedback. The resounding feedback for THE DIMINISHED agrees on one thing: the beginning is too slow. And looking back on it…


Reviews: No Lifeguard on Duty, Read at Your Own Risk

Thursday, May 17, 2018

As soon as your book goes up on NetGalley, as soon as your publicist starts mailing out ARCs, you begin thinking about reader reviews. Will people love it? Hate it? Ignore it completely? Online author’s groups have multiple posts per day discussing reader reviews…celebrating the good ones, bemoaning the bad or unfair ones. But does any of it actually impact a book’s success? I decided to ask my editor what…


The Highs And The Lows Of Reviews

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

  Today we are talking about reviews and who they are meant to inform. That’s an easy one: readers. Reviews are not for authors, who tend toward the snowflake end of the spectrum when it comes to feedback. (Or possibly that’s just me…) Reading a horrible review of her own book tends to produce the same feels in an author as if a stranger suddenly marched up and bitch-slapped her…


How to Write Useful Reviews

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

For a long time, if I didn’t like a book enough to give it 4 or 5 stars, I wouldn’t leave a review. I’d quietly ignore the book, feeling like I was helping out the author by doing nothing instead of giving a three-star review.It turns out, ignoring a book is one of the worst things you can do for it. Sites like Amazon count the number of reviews in order…


Reviews: An Object Lesson in Subjectivity

Monday, May 14, 2018

Reviews — Who are they for? Honestly? I have no gods-damned idea. The standard line is “Reviews are for readers, not writers,” but I’m not sure they’re even that. Maybe in aggregate — if a book has a large number of ratings, the average may be some sort of an indication of overall merit. And maybe some of the large, reputable reviewers serve that reader-informing purpose — I’m thinking of…


[News Flash] May 13, 2018

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Sunday, May 13, 2018

Congratulations to Janice Mess, winner of our #DebBallGiveaway of THE GOOD LIAR by Catherine McKenzie. Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Kristina Pérez, author of SWEET BLACK WAVES.   News from the 2018 Debs:     Julie Clark had an amazing launch week and is looking forward to a hometown book event on Thursday!   Kaitlyn Sage Patterson revealed the title of the sequel to THE DIMINISHED this week. Who’s excited…


Interview with Kristina Pérez, author of SWEET BLACK WAVES

I am thrilled to introduce my friend and fellow Class of 2k18 author, Kristina Pérez. I absolutely adored her debut novel, Sweet Black Waves, and I know all of you will love it as well.  Kristina Pérez is a half-Argentine/half-Norwegian native New Yorker. She has spent the past two decades working as a journalist and academic in Europe and Asia. She is the author of The Myth of Morgan la Fey…

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Julie Clark is a Master of Craft

My fellow Debs have (QUITE RIGHTLY) extolled the many virtues of The Ones We Choose. They have talked about how relatable and well-drawn Julie’s protagonist, Paige, is as well as the brilliant and fascinating science in the book, and how easy it is to sink into this gorgeous novel. I want to talk about it on a craft level. Julie Clark has written one of the most brilliantly paced, beautifully written…

Friday, May 11, 2018