[News Flash] December 24, 2017

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Sunday, December 24, 2017

Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Maggie Smith! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of GOOD BONES. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet: Interview with Maggie Smith + #Giveaway for GOOD BONES. https://t.co/Xc9ppMmbem pic.twitter.com/u5CcKnuOF5 — The Debutante Ball (@DebutanteBall) December 23, 2017     News from the 2018 Debs: Cass Morris is baking All The Cookies! It’s…

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A Writer Defends Science

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

This is a literary website and normally I write about whatever bookish topic has been selected for the week. This week, however, with the blessing of the four other writers for the site, I’m scuttling the piece I had written on staying motivated to write during the dreary days of winter. I’m going rogue. This week I’m writing about censorship. The reason: I sat down the other day, pulled out…

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[News Flash] December 17, 2018

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Sunday, December 17, 2017

Thanks again to last week’s guest, Samira Ahmed, Author of LOVE, HATE AND OTHER FILTERS. Did you read our interview with this week’s guest, Melissa Bashardoust, author of GIRLS MADE OF SNOW? If you haven’t already, check out our interview here: Check out our interview with @mothlissa , author of GIRLS MADE OF SNOW AND GLASS https://t.co/UAhVJ2aPNb pic.twitter.com/lNzc0LGmdz — The Debutante Ball (@DebutanteBall) December 16, 2017   News from the 2018 Debs:…

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Kimmery’s Favorite Quotes About Writing

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

    We all know December is traditionally hellish, what with the looming holiday madness, the ten thousand “festive event” obligations, and the ubiquitous viral plague that bitchslaps everyone into total uselessness. Here at The Deb Ball, we decided to take it easy on ourselves this week. So instead of writing real columns, we’re listing a handful of favorite quotes on writing. (Or that’s what I’m doing, anyway. For fun,…

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[News Flash] December 10, 2017

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Sunday, December 10, 2017

  Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Samira Ahmed, author of Love, Hate & Other Filters! Check out our interview Interview with @sam_aye_ahm, author of LOVE, HATE AND OTHER FILTERS https://t.co/OdjfnCzLnJ pic.twitter.com/AM7GTcns41 — The Debutante Ball (@DebutanteBall) December 9, 2017   News from the 2018 Debs:   Cass Morris is hip-deep in copy edits and trying not to let them lead her into questioning everything about the way she uses language. As…

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Kimmery’s Timeline to Publication

Kimmery Martin
Wednesday, December 6, 2017

  Back when I was engaged in the humbling process of querying, I held a keen interest in other people’s publication stories, especially if they were full of initial angst and failure. I wanted to know this: how long did it take, and how hard was it? Because for me, it took forever, and it was hard as hell. I can state with confidence that all debut writers are intensely…

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[News Flash] December 3, 2017

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Sunday, December 3, 2017

Congratulations to Jessica McCann, winner of our #DebBallGiveaway of Christopher Meades’s HANNA WHO FELL FROM THE SKY!   Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Jacinda Townsend, Author of SAINT MONKEY!     News from the 2018 Debs: Kaitlyn Sage Patterson got her advanced reader copies in the mail and will be wallowing in bed with her books until further notice. If you’d like a chance to win an ARC of THE DIMINISHED…

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Kimmery’s Top Ten Tips For A Good First Draft

kimmery martin
Wednesday, November 29, 2017

  Our topic this week is first drafts, and let’s be honest: I am not a trained writer. I don’t have an MFA or a background in journalism or even an English major. So it might amaze you that my novel (now titled The Queen of Hearts) was in near-flawless form when I finished its first draft. Revision? Ha! I had to look up the meaning of the word. I’m…

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[News Flash] November 26, 2017

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Sunday, November 26, 2017

Congratulations to @DianneCasey11, winner of our #DebBallGiveaway of LAST CHRISTMAS IN PARIS by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb.   Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Christopher Meades! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of HANNA WHO FELL FROM THE SKY. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet: Interview with Christopher Meades + Giveaway of HANNA WHO FELL FROM…

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On Dream Jobs: Kimmery’s Fork In The Road

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

  Today we are writing about the road not taken, a subject I like to spring on unsuspecting people at dinner parties. “What would you do if you weren’t managing hostile corporate takeovers?” I’ll say to the man next to me, and he’ll look at me like I have four heads and then mumble something about how he also likes hedge funds. On reflection, maybe my city is not the…

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