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…

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[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 https://t.co/9GPx677FQU pic.twitter.com/qvOPszjiHW — The Debutante Ball (@DebutanteBall) May 19, 2018 News from Former Debs: Amy Reichert releases her fourth novel, THE OPTIMIST’S GUIDE TO LETTING…

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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…

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[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…

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[News Flash] May 6, 2018

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Sunday, May 6, 2018

Congratulations to Rachel Dacus, winner of our #DebBallGiveaway of Clarissa Goenawan’s RAINBIRDS.   Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Catherine McKenzie! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of THE GOOD LIAR. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet: Interview with Catherine McKenzie + Giveaway of THE GOOD LIAR https://t.co/T32dvuwUgD pic.twitter.com/YuzQK6msHw — The Debutante Ball (@DebutanteBall) May 5, 2018 Former…

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Self-Promo and Pecuniary Difficulties

Monday, April 30, 2018

I don’t hate self-promo as much as a lot of authors do. I’m not sure why this is. Maybe it’s because, despite my various insecurities and anxiety issues, I’ve also always had, on the flip side, what a kind person might call self-possession, and what someone else might call a certain sort of deranged confidence. I’ve never had trouble with public speaking, for example. It doesn’t scare me in the…

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[News Flash] April 29, 2018

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Sunday, April 29, 2018

Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Clarissa Goenawan! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of Rainbirds. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet: Interview with Clarissa Goenawan + Giveaway for RAINBIRDS https://t.co/aW8geoWzeo — The Debutante Ball (@DebutanteBall) April 28, 2018   News from the 2018 Debs:   Julie Clark is gearing up for the release of The Ones We…

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If only the Internet gave out (legitimate) MFAs

I do not have an MFA, and I’ve barely taken any writing classes. Oh, there were a few in high school and undergrad — my book is actually dedicated to my high school creative writing teacher — but when I think about my development as a writer, those aren’t the experiences I think about. No. Instead, I think about what might be the writers’ equivalent to the school of hard…

Monday, April 23, 2018
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[News Flash] April 22, 2018

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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Congratulations to @KateRockLitChik, winner of our #DebBallGiveaway of Meg Wolitzer’s THE FEMALE PERSUASION.   Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Kelly de Dos! If you haven’t already, check out her wonderful essay, The Wrong Kind of Fat Girl and retweet to share the love: The Wrong Kind of Fat Girl. An Essay by @kdevosauthor. https://t.co/Y1dC1akEIw pic.twitter.com/3XXIq6Ox9Y — The Debutante Ball (@DebutanteBall) April 21, 2018   News from the 2018 Debs:   Kaitlyn Sage Patterson…

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Cass’s Literary Debut…and it’s Incredible

Thursday, April 19, 2018

  From Unseen Fire is a literary blend of historical fiction and fantasy that will blow your mind. The city of Aven is so richly imagined, no detail goes unfinished. Cass has filled every corner of this world until it practically breathes. There is political intrigue, love, revenge and redemption. And while there is a strong argument to be made for Cass’s gift in writing her secondary characters so well…

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