Neil Gaiman is Why I’m Not a Sheep Herder (Yet)

Monday, December 3, 2018

Everything I’ve learned about writing – that I didn’t learn from fanfic – came from other authors. From their books – yes, obviously – but also from their blogs and from anecdotes and from every little scrap of info and advice they’ve so helpfully shared. Because that’s the beautiful thing about writers & authors – they are, for the most part, more than willing to be kind, to be helpful,…

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[News Flash] December 2, 2018

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of The Map of Salt and Stars. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet (make sure you follow @DebutanteBall on Twitter too!): RT & follow @DebutanteBall interview with @JenniferZeynab for a chance to win a copy of #TheMapOfSaltAndStars @devislaskar @LayneFargo @estefsays @KA_Doore @MFournierWatson…

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(Almost) Everything I Know About Writing I Learned from Fanfiction

Monday, November 26, 2018

I spent a fair amount of my youth writing dense, novel-length, & character-driven fanfiction (henceforth referred to as fanfic) until 1am on a school night. After all my homework was done, of course. My fandoms were primarily Sailor Moon and Harry Potter, the former being the one I really dove into. And it was, perhaps, the best crash course in writing money could’ve bought me. So for the newbie writer,…

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[News Flash] November 25, 2018

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Cinelle Barnes! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of Monsoon Mansion. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet (make sure you follow @DebutanteBall on Twitter too!): https://t.co/HL8KZ37b5f RT and follow for a chance to win a copy of #MonsoonMansion @DebutanteBall @devislaskar @estefsays @LayneFargo @MFournierWatson @KA_Doore #WritingCommunity #memoir — The Debutante Ball (@DebutanteBall)…

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Simple Gratitude in Complex Times

Monday, November 19, 2018

I’ve had a lot to be thankful for in this past year, and a lot more I am grateful for in the year to come. Some of that has been expected – the realization of a long-held dream, the papery reality of ARCs, the positive reactions from early readers, the joy of my toddler, and the love of my family and friends – but some has been completely unexpected. The…

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[News Flash] November 18, 2018

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Vijaya Nagarajan! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of Feeding a Thousand Souls: Women, Ritual and Ecology in India. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet (make sure you follow @DebutanteBall on Twitter too!): https://t.co/TeS5gm7NyJ Delighted to have Vijaya Nagarajan as @DebutanteBall guest author! RT & follow for a chance to win…

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Recipe for a Query Letter

Monday, November 12, 2018

Ingredients: 1 thoroughly revised manuscript 1 aspiring author 1 fragile dream 200-400 words Prep Time: 1-5 weeksCook Time: 1-3 months Step 1. Congratulations! You wrote a book! And you revised it! You did revise it, right? Oh phew, good. Wait – you had someone else read it, too? Yes? Even better. Okay now take those thousands upon thousands of exquisitely and painfully chosen words and condense them down to about…

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[News Flash] November 11, 2018

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Christine O’Brien! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of Crave: A Memoir of Food and Longing. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet (make sure you follow @DebutanteBall on Twitter too!): Interview with Christine O’Brien + CRAVE: A MEMOIR OF FOOD AND LONGING giveaway https://t.co/vxbFVTqVuC pic.twitter.com/CWwwqbH5pv — The Debutante Ball (@DebutanteBall) November 10,…

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On Being in a Constant State of Distraction or How I Learned to Love the – SQUIRREL

Monday, November 5, 2018

On November 1st, 2016, as part of NaNoWriMo that year, I officially started writing the Perfect Assassin. Less than a week later, the most bigoted, hateful, willfully deceitful human being was elected to the highest office in our nation. Not a week has gone by in these past two years where I haven’t worried for my friends and family, where something more dire, more pressing, more terrifying has occurred to…

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[News Flash] November 4, 2018

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Congrats to Kate, winner of last week’s giveaway of A RIVER OF STARS by Vanessa Hua! And thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Karen Meadows! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of Almond, Eyeless. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet (make sure you follow @DebutanteBall on Twitter too!): Interview with Karen Meadows and Giveaway of ALMOND, EYELESS https://t.co/e0XN1ohQjs…

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