[News Flash] April 5, 2020

Sunday, April 5, 2020

We hope you have enjoyed yesterday’s interview with author Alison Hammer. RETWEET or SHARE the interview for a chance to win a copy of YOU AND ME AND US .   @DebutanteBall #ClassOf2020 #guest #author  Interview with Alison Hammer, Author of You and Me and Us News from the Class of 2020 Debs: Lisa Braxton is featured in the April 2020 issue of Writer’s Digest magazine in the “Breaking In”…

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What Inspires me to write, even in a pandemic

internal monologue not for everyone
Thursday, April 2, 2020

Recently, I read a post on someone who found out that not everyone has a running inner dialogue in their minds. I was as shocked as the original poster at this discovery. My mind has always been a chatterbox; I just assumed it was the same for everyone! My inner world is constantly questioning, observing, judging, apologizing, and taking stock. I’m like a ringmaster, struggling to bring peace to a…

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My favorite scene to write in The Goddess Twins

Kemetic Sorceress Iby @tshikamba
Thursday, March 12, 2020

My novel follows steps along the classic ‘hero’s journey’ and one of my favorite scenes to write was when Arden and Aurora meet their Gran Gran, who acts as a prophet for the perils and twists of their adventure to come. I love all my characters, but I have a very special spot for Gran Gran. She is just so tangible to me, the eternal matriarch, a Caribbean goddess and…

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The World of The Talking Drum: Real Places Versus the Fantasy World

Monday, March 2, 2020

In The Talking Drum, one of my main characters, Omar Bassari, reminisces about the day in 1965 when his father, Ibrahim, sat him down in their Senegalese village and told him that The Festival of the Black Arts was coming to the capital city, Dakar. Kings, emperors, and presidents from all over the world would be coming to the festival. Ibrahim’s musical hero, composer, pianist, and orchestra leader Duke Ellington,…

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Interview with Leah Garriott, author of Promised

Saturday, February 22, 2020

I am so happy to welcome Leah Garriott to the Deb ball this week! Although she earned degrees in math and statistics, Leah Garriott lives for a good love story. She’s resided in Hawaii and Italy, walked the countryside of England, and owns every mainstream movie version of Pride and Prejudice. She’s currently living her own happily ever after in Utah with her husband and three kids. We’ll be giving…

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Where do I find the most inspiration?

Thursday, February 20, 2020

I am so very into being inspired. I love being exposed to new experiences, ideas, art, stories, sounds, tastes. I used to feel I could only be inspired by things when I felt safe. I felt like I needed to shut out others to find inspiration from within. While this is still true, as I can find inspiration in quiet contemplation, I’ve also found I can be very inspired when…

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On developing your personal brand…

Thursday, January 30, 2020

I’ll be honest, friends, the concept of personal branding used to genuinely frighten me. I related branding to ‘the aim to sell something to an audience’, so personal branding sounded like selling myself to the world. I, of the natural introvert clan, do not seek to sell myself to others. That sounded exhausting and false. And so, I was shut down to the concept for quite a while. But a…

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Simple Ways to Self-Promote and Build Your Personal Brand

Monday, January 27, 2020

Promoting your book is a must, but it can be very time-consuming. It is important to have in your toolkit, easy methods to bring attention to yourself and your work, in addition to the more labor-intensive efforts. Here are some of the simple, quick to orchestrate ways that I have promoted The Talking Drum and helped build my personal brand. Signature line—On the signature of my email account, I include…

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Comp Titles and Why

comparative titles 101
Thursday, January 23, 2020

For writers, it’s always important that we are actively reading and making connections between our work to other authors who write along similar themes or styles. It’s not at all an insult for someone to say, “Your writing feels like this author”, or “It reminds me of this other book I read in the past” because, as a writer, your work should, in at least some ways, follow a lineage,…

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Comp titles: What I Used When Querying/Pitching My Novel and Why

Monday, January 20, 2020

In the publishing world, comp titles (comparative titles) are very important. The comps help editors make acquisition decisions to figure out who the audience will be for your book and how well your book will sell;. Editors also examine the sales records for those books. Comp titles can also put a literary agent or reader in the right mindset when trying to pitch a book. The overarching theme of my…

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