Rocks Fall, Everybody Dies

Monday, October 8, 2018

I hate first drafts. I didn’t always. There was a time when I loved the thrill of a first draft, the rush of figuring out the story and exploring the characters. But back then I didn’t have a first draft so much as an only draft. And I had a bad habit of getting halfway through the story only to circle around and rewrite it so completely that the new…


[News Flash] October 7, 2018

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Congrats to Rhonda, winner of last week’s giveaway of Survivor Café by Elizabeth Rosner! And thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Nicole Blades! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of Have You Met Nora? 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 @NicoleBlades and Have You Met Nora? Giveaway…


Interview with Nicole Blades and Have You Met Nora? Giveaway

Saturday, October 6, 2018

So excited to welcome another one of my agent sisters to the blog today! Nicole Blades is the author of the novels The Thunder Beneath Us, Earth’s Waters, and Have You Met Nora?  She’s also a prior Deb Ball guest author, so we’re thrilled to have her back! After you’ve read her interview below, check out her previous post, The Truth About Diversity in Publishing. Nicole Blades is a novelist, speaker, and journalist who…


The Myth of Having Thick Skin

Friday, October 5, 2018

    A couple of weeks ago, when we were all writing about our path to publication, the subject of rejection and failure had to come up. I shared the fact that I’d sent out one hundred and nine queries before landing an agent, so if you think about it, that’s one hundred and eight rejections. I had failed that many times.  But I don’t think I really wrote a…


All’s (Not) Fair in Love & Rejection

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

When I queried my first novel, I got rejected. A lot. Over 100 times in fact. I kept track of my rejections on these sticker charts, which hung on the back of my office door for over a year: Was it fun? No, of course not. (Okay, well, the stickers made it a little fun.) But it was good for me, being rejected so many times. It taught me perspective…


On Rejections or How I Learned to Love Being Passed On

Monday, October 1, 2018

Rejection, noun – The ignoble act of passing over a clearly remarkable novel; pure, poignant pain; the cause of many writers’ soulful wailings. Back before Craigslist was all scams, all the time, I found an ad for a literary agency on there. They were looking for an intern, the ad claimed. Someone who could help them with their slushpile and other assorted tasks. I applied right away, certain that I…


[News Flash] September 30, 2018

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Congrats to Michelle, Megan, and S.C., winners of last week’s giveaway of Trouble Brewing by Suzanne Baltsar! And thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Elizabeth Rosner! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of Survivor Café: The Legacy of Trauma and the Labyrinth of Memory. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet: Check out this week’s guest interview with @elizabethrosner! Follow…


Interview with Elizabeth Rosner and Survivor Cafe giveaway

Saturday, September 29, 2018

I’m so, so happy to feature poet, novelist and now, non-fiction author Elizabeth Rosner on the blog this week! Elizabeth and I are literary agency AND publisher sisters – both represented by the wonderful DeFiore & Company in New York, publishing our books with the incredible Counterpoint Press located in Berkeley, CA. Elizabeth is the author of five, count-em five, books — and most recently her first non-fiction/memoir Survivor Café: The Legacy of…


Unbalanced: A Tale of Motherhood

Friday, September 28, 2018

    I’m just going to say this up front: I’ve never balanced work, life, writing, and family. I don’t know how to do that. The only thing I can tell you about in this post is how NOT to do that. I can tell you about my belief that striking such a balance is impossible, and how I’ve always been grateful that I never had to try.   I’m…


On Balance: Writing, Work, and Life with Chronic Pain

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

By all accounts, I should have an easy time striking a balance between writing, work, and life. I work from home, with a flexible schedule. I have a partner who does his fair share of the housework and then some, and provides unwavering emotional support for my writing career. I don’t have children or other caregiving commitments chipping away at my writing time. But I also have chronic pain. You…