[News Flash] 2018 Debutante News

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Sunday, October 8, 2017

  Congratulations to @bermudaonion, winner of our #DebBallGiveaway of TOUCH by Courtney Maum.   Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Jennifer Caloyeras! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of UNRULY CREATURES. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet: RT to enter #giveaway for UNRULY CREATURES by @jencaloyeras! US entries only, Ends 10/13.https://t.co/791nMxM4ua pic.twitter.com/g7Dr70Zrps — The Debutante Ball (@DebutanteBall) October…

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Guest Post – Jennifer Caloyeras

Saturday, October 7, 2017

I’m so excited to introduce today’s guest on The Debutante Ball! Jennifer Caloyeras – author of two young adult novels (Urban Falcon, 2009 and Strays, 2015) and now her brand new book of short stories UNRULY CREATURES!   Jennifer and I have been friends since our older sons went to preschool together, and our younger sons were born just a month apart. I’ve watched Jennifer accomplish so many great things in…

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On Craft

Friday, October 6, 2017

Because I used a handful of the books that influenced me to introduce myself, this week I thought we might have a chat about craft books. I find books about the work of writing not only interesting but immensely useful. Right now, I’m making my way through John Truby’s brilliant The Anatomy of Story, scribbling notes in the margins and dog-earing pages. (For those of you cringing your way through that sentence, I…

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Part One in a 317-Part Series…

Thursday, October 5, 2017

    This week we’re talking about books that influenced us—as writers, of course—but I was a reader long before I had the idea that I could write a book of my own. Here is a list of must-read books on my shelf, many of them I’ve read over and over again.   I read a lot. A LOT. Probably a couple hundred books a year. Reading takes up about…

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Why I Used To Hide My Books

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

My mother, in the fashion of all mothers, likes to tell embarrassing stories from my youth. One of her favorites involves me as a tot waddling as fast as possible to my bedroom whenever I heard the sound of a car making its way up our long, windy driveway, whereupon I’d frantically shove all my books under my crib in an attempt to hide them. Clearly anybody who made the…

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Three Books I’ve Read and Re-read Countless Times

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

My brother had a book with an orange cover called The Jet.(Disclaimer: book pictured is not my actual beloved book, but a similar looking one sold on Amazon.)  We were both in Montessori preschool, though he was a year older. I wanted that book so badly it hurt. It had a jet that knocked a man’s hat into the mud, for goodness sake—what could be better than that?  I begged them…

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Worlds Both Ancient and Magical: Books that influenced the writing of FROM UNSEEN FIRE

Monday, October 2, 2017

Reading is a crucial part of a writer’s job, so this week, we’re discussing books that influenced us. I’m choosing to interpret that as “books that influenced your upcoming publication”, because if it was just books in general, I’d be here forever. Colleen McCullough’s Masters of Rome series: If you ever want to spend seven thousand pages immersed in the late Roman Republic (and seriously, who wouldn’t?), go swimming in…

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[News Flash] 2018 Debutante News

Latest News
Sunday, October 1, 2017

Congratulations to Kelley Blair, @BookLoverKel, winner of our #DebBallGiveaway of CATSKIN by Artemis Grey! Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, COURTNEY MAUM! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of TOUCH. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet: Interview + #Giveaway with Courtney Maum, Author of TOUCH. RT to enter, US only. https://t.co/R1xvIVAaNl — The Debutante Ball (@DebutanteBall) September 30,…

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Interview + Giveaway with Courtney Maum, Author of TOUCH

Saturday, September 30, 2017

I’m pleased to introduce everyone to one of the books I’ve talked the most about this summer, and by talking I mean to real people in real conversations in physical locations—not online. Just today I was talking about dog rentals, the run-pee app that tells you the best times during a movie to go to the bathroom, and self driving cars that come equipped with coffee machines. On the other…

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Run the World

Note: This week we’re talking about the long and arduous process of how we got our agents. I mean, maybe it’s not arduous for everyone, but damned if I didn’t learn a thing or two about patience along the way.  I like statistics. When I was in the process of looking for representation, it felt like all the stories I heard were people who’d queried a handful of agents and…

Friday, September 29, 2017
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