Attacus Atlas & Other Inventions: Burying The Time

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

When I was a reporter, the best and worst part of my workday resided next to each other. The best moment was when I beat the deadline and turned in my news story to the impatient copy editors. The worst moment came next, when the copy editors and I would engage in a competitive dance off, figuratively speaking, questioning each other’s word choices and grammar (I have a thing for…


How to Survive Your Edit Letter

Monday, October 22, 2018

  Dear Author, the edit letter reads. You suck. Wait, no, that’s not how it goes, not even slightly. Yet we all seem to expect those words, or a variation thereof, the first time we receive an edit letter. It’s counter-intuitive to believe the editor who got excited for your book, who championed it before the acquisitions board, who read it more than once and will continue to have to…


[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…


Sam Hawke Interview + City of Lies Giveaway

Saturday, October 20, 2018

I’m so excited to welcome Sam Hawke to the Debutante Ball this week! Sam is a delightful human being who writes epic fantasy in Canberra, Australia, where she lives with her two dogs, two small ninjas, and her husband. Her debut novel CITY OF LIES, the first in the Poison Wars series from Tor, came out just this past July to critical acclaim and lots of excited hand wavings. It’s been…


A Childhood Bookshelf

Friday, October 19, 2018

    Most writers are also avid readers. That’s usually how we got here. So when you ask us what authors we admire, who has influenced us, it can be a pretty long list. As in a “please stop talking now, I just wanted a few names” kind of a list. In my case, I think I made it pretty clear that when I was a child and a teen,…


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…


What’s in a Doore? A Study in 3 Authors

Monday, October 15, 2018

I was the quiet kid growing up. The one off in the corner with her own toys or, later, with a book. I can’t remember when I picked up the Book Worm Virus, only that I always had it. In the same way, it’s difficult to pick any specific author as my Official Influence, because every book I’ve read has made me the author I am, today. Yes, even Bunnicula….


[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 –…


Dorothy Parker and the Vicious First Draft

    It is one of the minor tragedies of my life, perhaps a major tragedy in my writing life, that no one ever told me first drafts are supposed to suck until I was thirty-eight years old. Yup. Thirty-eight. Now, this is most likely because I never really knew any writers, and I rarely took any actual writing classes. While most writers would probably agree that having an MFA,…

Friday, October 12, 2018

The Worst Part of Writing is the Writing

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

So first drafts. I hate them. See you next week. …just kidding! But this is one Debutante Ball topic where I’m especially interested in seeing what my fellow Debs have to say. First drafts freak me the fuck out, so I’m hoping for some sage wisdom from these smart and talented ladies I’m lucky enough to be working with. I am the kind of person who likes things neat and…