[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: 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…

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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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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
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The Ones We Choose: Available NOW

Thursday, May 10, 2018

So, I don’t really know what to write this week, other than to say my release day was a perfect culmination of many years of hard work. I was able to interact with a lot of readers across many different platforms. The response to The Ones We Choose has been overwhelmingly positive, which, as a debut author, gives me confidence to push forward and keep writing. My editor sent me…

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THE ONES WE CHOOSE: Smart Family Drama

Monday, May 7, 2018

I feel like Julie’s book and Lara’s both drove home a similar message for me: You do not owe toxic people a place in your life. It really pleases me to see more fiction preaching that, even as it acknowledges how hard making that choice can be. The Ones We Choose is such a smart family drama. Julie has brilliantly balanced her characters’ emotions with fascinating scientific details. Her main…

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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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The Dreaded Self-Promotion

Thursday, May 3, 2018

  I don’t know any writer, anywhere, who wakes up in the morning thrilled with the prospect of a day filled with self-promotion. As a group, we tend to prefer dark rooms, pajamas, and oversized coffee mugs filled with wine.   And yet, part of our job is to put on a happy face (and pants) and promote our books. Publishers expect it. Editors and agents demand it. And yet…so…

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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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Julie’s MFA Program in Books (Favorites in Parentheses)

Thursday, April 26, 2018

  I don’t have an MFA. I have a masters….in education administration. Occasionally, I will wonder if I shouldn’t do some kind of low-residency program, just to see what-all I don’t know. But that sounds depressing, not to mention time-consuming. How many Raymond Carver short stories can a person read in one lifetime? Probably a lot.   As far as I know, they don’t offer MFA degrees in upmarket women’s…

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