[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: 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…

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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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[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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Writing Books is Your Job. Selling Them is Not.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Caveat: I’m talking about the YA world here. I really don’t know very much about self-promo of books outside my genre. I recognize that I may be the odd one out on this particular topic, and I certainly didn’t practice what I preach with THE DIMINISHED, but I learned a lot. I was recently at a conference and had the great joy of spending a lot of time with a…

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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 Kaitlyn Designed an MFA

Friday, April 27, 2018

Background: Kaitlyn Sage Patterson is the proud owner of an MFA in poetry from the University of Memphis. Her thesis is a collection of poems that no one should ever read ever. EVER. Kaitlyn has not written a single poem since defending her thesis in 2012. Don’t ask her to try. She really doesn’t want to. I really value the time I spent in my MFA program, particularly the workshops…

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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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[News Flash] April 15, 2018

We hope you enjoyed Zoraida Cordova’s charming and fascinating interview last week.   Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Meg Wolitzer! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of THE FEMALE PERSUASION. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet: Interview with Meg Wolitzer + GIVEAWAY For THE FEMALE PERSUASION https://t.co/2kLgVOISKQ pic.twitter.com/7hJeiE46DL — The Debutante Ball (@DebutanteBall) April 14, 2018   News from the…

Sunday, April 15, 2018
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