Selling Your Book Before You Sell Your Book

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Querying is hard. Let’s get that out of the way up front. You can be a brilliant novelist who writes stunning sentences and gripping plot twists and still suck at queries. It’s a completely different skill set than fiction writing. Now, to be honest, I don’t think I suck at writing queries. For my first book, I’m fairly certain the query was better than the book itself. I got a…

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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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Distracting Myself from Distraction

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Things that have distracted me from writing this post (and it isn’t even noon yet): GIFs of this hot dude from American Horror Story several of my friends are currently obsessed with Shopping for Star Wars sheets and duvet covers for my grown-ass adult bedroom Reading a book about how social media is ruining your life Petting my dog (you know what, I’m going to stand by this one as…

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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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Making Space for Fear

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

I’ve spent most of my life afraid of writing. But I didn’t start out that way. When I was a kid, I made up stories all the time. I wrote a short book about a girl rescuing a tiger cub from poachers. A play about a group of friends searching for buried treasure. Lots and lots of Star Wars fan fiction. I didn’t care what anyone thought of it, I…

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[News Flash] October 28, 2018

Sunday, October 28, 2018

And thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Vanessa Hua! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of A River of Stars. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet (make sure you follow @DebutanteBall on Twitter too!): This week we interviewed author @vanessa_hua! Read & RT to enter our giveaway of her masterful debut novel A RIVER OF STARS, the…

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Add Sex, Rage, & Suffering, Then Stir

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Writing Temper involved multiple major rounds of revision – first on my own, then with my Pitch Wars mentor, then with my agent, and finally with my editor. Looking back over the process now, there are several things that seem like such integral parts of the book, I almost can’t believe they weren’t there in the first draft. But they all came about through revision, and often as a result…

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[News Flash] October 21, 2018

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Congratulations to Nidia, winner of last week’s book giveaway — LOVE WAR STORIES by Ivelisse Rodriguez! And thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Sam Hawke! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of City of Lies. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet (make sure you follow @DebutanteBall on Twitter too!): Read an Interview with the fantastic fantasy author…

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My Bookshelf, Myself

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

I am on vacation this week, so I’m going to shamelessly take the easy way out and just give you a list of ten authors who’ve influenced my writing, in alphabetical order by last name: Margaret Atwood – Her writing is so exceptional it simultaneously inspires me and makes me want to pack it all in since there’s no way I’ll ever be as good as she is. Truly we…

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[News Flash] October 14, 2018

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Ivelisse Rodriguez! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of Love War Stories. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet (make sure you follow @DebutanteBall on Twitter too!): This week, @IvelisseWrites talks about Latinx literature & writing new models of love. Follow us + RT for a chance to win LOVE WAR STORIES –…

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