Flinging Yourself into Balance

Monday, September 24, 2018

  Such calm! Such peace! Such lighting! That’s the kind of image I think of when someone brings up balance. And. I mean. It is balance, of a sort. But this portrayal is problematic. For one, it’s static. It looks effortless because we didn’t see this person get up on the tree stump, we didn’t watch them lift their leg – once, twice – as they tried and failed and…


[News Flash] September 23, 2018

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Congratulations to Wendy, winner of last week’s giveaway of Under a Dark Sky! Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Suzanne Baltsar! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of Trouble Brewing. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet: Check out this week’s guest interview with @SuzMWrites and RT for a chance to win a copy of her debut novel…


From Aspiring to Published: A Story in Three Scenes

Monday, September 17, 2018

Scene: Dusk. Tucson. 2011. I’m walking along the Rillito River path with my not-yet-wife, crossing under the Campbell bridge just as the bats begin to flicker around us, high-pitched clicks barely audible over the hum of passing cars. The heat hasn’t yet begun to dissipate and we’re still months away from rain, so the guano has accumulated in thick lines across the asphalt and its smell is a punch that…


[News Flash] September 16, 2018

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Congrats to Amy, winner of last week’s giveaway of The Child Finder, the acclaimed novel by Rene Denfeld! And thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Lori Rader-Day! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of Under a Dark Sky. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet: https://twitter.com/DebutanteBall/status/1040973935398080514 News from Previous Debs: Our guest Lori Rader-Day has some exciting news…


How to Write a Cozy Murder Mystery with Assassins

Monday, September 10, 2018

Step One (1): Write a book. A book of your heart. A book where you asked yourself “what are all the things I love to read about?” and dump them into one story. A book you tie up neatly, so that it can’t possibly have a sequel. A book that stands perfectly on its own. Step Two (2): Revise, query, acquire an agent for that book. Step Three (3): Have…


[News Flash] September 9, 2018

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Rene Denfield! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of The Child Finder. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet: Interview & giveaway! RT for a chance to win @ReneDenfeld’s best-selling novel #TheChildFinder, the book Paula McClain called a”page-turning suspense! #amreading #amwriting https://t.co/ChIJK49xi5 — The Debutante Ball (@DebutanteBall) September 8, 2018 News from Previous…


Well Hello There: Your 2019 Deb Class Has Arrived

Monday, September 3, 2018

Welcome, welcome, one and all, to this grand dance of 2019, where you’ll get to live vicariously through five baby authors as they ride this rollercoaster called The Debut Year. We can promise much fun! and thrills! and anxiety! I am honored and pleased to start this year’s ball, so: Hi! I’m Kai—and yes, that rhymes. I’m a writer—no, an author—I can say that now, right? No one will come…


[News Flash] Press Release – New Debutantes Take Over for 2019

Sunday, September 2, 2018

“The Debutante Ball has introduced us to some of the best contemporary authors.”-WeHeartWriting.com For Immediate Release: September 4, 2018– Founded in 2006, The Debutante Ball celebrates the journey of five female debut authors on their paths to publication. Through discussions that range from craft and creativity to copy edits and cover designs—plus weekly guest posts by published authors—The Debutante Ball offers guidance and a supportive community for aspiring and published…


The New Debs: Please Welcome the Class of 2019!

This week, we take a break from our traditional Saturday Guest Author posts in order to introduce you to the new class of Debutante Ball authors! We are so excited for them to begin their tenure starting tomorrow! Layne Fargo will be taking over the weekly News Flash. Layne Fargo has Master’s degrees in theater and library science, which seem slightly less useless now that she writes very dramatic books….

Saturday, September 1, 2018