Interview and Book Giveaway: Sandra A. Miller, Author of Trove: A Woman’s Search for Truth and Buried Treasure

Saturday, January 18, 2020

I am pleased to introduce Sandra A. Miller to the Debutante Ball this Week! Her memoir, Trove: A Woman’s Search for Truth and Buried Treasure, was recently published by Brown Paper Press. At the same time, she launched an online treasure hunt with a valuable prize, so readers can also experience the thrill of looking for an actual treasure. Her essays and articles have appeared in over one hundred publications…

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Writing Dreams — Dreams of Writing

Friday, January 17, 2020

Dreams are boring. That’s a rule in fiction. Also in life. No one wants to hear about your dreams. Not your night dreams, or nightmares, and not even your regular life dreams or goals: The former lacks narrative structure (“and then you were flying? Wait, I thought you were a shark?”) the latter makes people nervous because they may not be in touch with their own naked ambition. I don’t want…

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My favorite book of 2019

Monday, December 23, 2019

My favorite book of 2019 is the memoir, Once More to the Rodeo. Author Calvin Hennick wants to teach his son, Nile, lessons he hopes will help him navigate through life successfully: what it means to be a man and the importance of taking care of family. He decides to take Nile on a road trip from their home in the Boston area to Hennick’s tiny hometown of Maxwell, Iowa….

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Self-Care For Writers

Friday, December 20, 2019

What the F is self-care? I recently heard a young millennial (or was it an old Gen Z’er) complain about the term. Maybe she wasn’t complaining as much as wondering. Why wouldn’t you care for yourself? wrote this young whippersnapper, whose every move, from waking up to eating the proverbial avocado toast to actually interesting things like partying, was posted on social. I am not making fun of her. I…

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Best Writing Advice Ever On Your Worst Enemy

Friday, December 6, 2019

“What should I do?” I began my session with my mentor. See, I was in a low-residence MFA, where we had two weeks in school (then the rest of the semester remote.) “I mean, I kind of like this beginning,” I said, showing her a printout of an essay I began, “but maybe this one makes more sense,” I said, whipping a different version out of my backpack. I often…

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Interview with “Byline Bible” Author Susan Shapiro

Saturday, November 30, 2019

  Not only is Susan Shapiro a great writing mentor to many (including me!) she’s the bestselling author/coauthor of 12 books her family hates including Five Men Who Broke My Heart, Lighting Up, Unhooked, The Bosnia List & the new inspiring writing guide The Byline Bible. She and her husband, a scriptwriter, live in Greenwich Village, where she teaches her popular “instant gratification takes too long” classes at The New School, NYU and in private…

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Tips for new writers

Friday, November 22, 2019

“What’ so special about your life that you want to write about it,” one date said to me when I was in my early twenties. I guess it was his way of flirting – that negation thing that men do that’s supposed to be sexy — but as I looked down at him (I think I was sitting on a washing machine in what must have been a prelude to…

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How to Deal with Distractio– Wait is that a Text?

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Hey, let me tell you what I’m trying to do at this very moment: prep for my author marketing meeting, watch videos for learning how to write a TV treatment, upload all the business cards of people I met at a professional conference this weekend, write an article about a conference I attended two weeks ago, photoshop my author photos, upload guest author interviews and write this piece. Oh, and…

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Interview with Adeena Sussman, Author of Sababa Cookbook

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Welcome to our first guest, Adeena Sussman! As an almost full-time resident of Tel Aviv, Adeena’ Sussman’s Israeli cookbook, Sababa: Fresh, Sunny Flavors from My Israeli Kitchen, was released by Penguin/Avery books on September 3, 2019. Also the solo author of Short Stack Editions’ Tahini, Adeena has co-authored twelve cookbooks. Three of her recent collaborations, Cravings and Cravings 2 with Chrissy Teigen and The Sprinkles Baking Book with Candace Nelson,…

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[News Flash] September 1, 2019

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Shelby Mahurin! Be sure to pick up a copy of her debut Serpent and Dove Tuesday, September 3rd, wherever books are sold! https://t.co/PTVpITZAbz @DebutanteBall #ClassOf2019 final #guest #author is @shelbymahurin, author of SERPENT & DOVE — please welcome her and read this interview! #magic #humor #scifi #fantasy @estefsays @LayneFargo @KA_Doore @MFournierWatson @devislaskar #WritingCommnunity pic.twitter.com/IBGEMwhR84 — The Debutante Ball (@DebutanteBall) August 31, 2019 News…

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