Meet Agent Rachel Ekstrom

Monday, April 20, 2015

Editor’s Note: The winner of last week’s giveaway with author Dahlia Adler is Emmy Neal. Congrats Emmy! Also, this week on The Ball is Agent Week, where each Deb is interviewing her own agent. Check back each day for insider publishing tips from some of the best agents in the business! Rachel Ekstrom found my little book about food, love, and second chances floating in her slush pile and we…

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Q&A with My Agent Extraordinaire: Emma Sweeney

Monday, April 20, 2015

Editor’s Note: The winner of last week’s giveaway with author Travis Neighbor Ward is Sophie Constable. Congrats Sophie! Also, this week on The Ball is Agent Week, where each Deb is interviewing her own agent. Check back each day for insider publishing tips from some of the best agents in the business! Emma Sweeney has been a champion for me and BEFORE I GO since she first called early one…

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Kristi Charish on publication paths, genre writing & her drink of choice…

Saturday, January 3, 2015

We are so excited to welcome Kristi Charish to the Ball this week! Her debut, OWL AND THE JAPANESE CIRCUS, hits shelves January 13th and is the first of an urban fantasy series about a modern-day “Indiana Jane” who reluctantly navigates the hidden supernatural world. A modern Indiana Jane? Yes, please! Here’s the blurb:  Ex-archaeology grad student turned international antiquities thief, Alix—better known now as Owl—has one rule. No supernatural…

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A GIF, some honesty, and the realities of book two…

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

I love this quote. (That Stephen King sure does know a thing or two about writers, and writing.) It’s one of those, “I should tattoo this on my arm” kind of sayings, though I’ll probably stop short of doing that and just make a bookmark instead.   The truth is I have never felt more paralyzed, more panicked about my writing, than when I was trying to write a synopsis…

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Publish or Perish: Two Sides of the Same Coin

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

I was a competitive gymnast growing up and the vault one of my best events. At least until this one competition, when my teammate fumbled her vault by running right into it instead of hand springing over it. As I watched her try again – running into it again – two things occurred to me: 1) Our coach was going to FREAK OUT. 2) Vaulting was impossible. I mean, how…

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Writing Communities & The Myth of the Lonely Writer

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

When I started writing my first book–my “practice” book–I had no idea what I was doing. I told when I should have showed. I had no writing schedule, and as a result it took me six years to finish the book. There was no outline to follow, and I only thought about tension as it related to the bike in my spinning class. My characters were at times clichéd in…

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A Scary Turn On the Writing Journey

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

As you may recall if you’re a frequent guest at the Ball, Dhonielle and I took the long road to publication on Tiny Pretty Things. And along the way, there were plenty of bumps. But perhaps the scariest moment for us was when we’d done what was maybe like the sixth revision of the book — and we knew it was in great shape, we could feel it. It was ready. But the Big…

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FEAR is a four-letter word.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Like Amy, I can think of plenty of HARD moments along the way from writing that first word of that first book to where I am right now, but truly scary moments? Luckily there haven’t been many and as I think more about it, I realize they were directly tied to these words from my agent: “They’re taking your book to acquisitions.” Heart stopping words, I tell you. But of…

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Why you win, even when you don’t…

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

This week on The Debutante Ball we’re talking contests and conferences, and since I’ve only done the first one (most conferences are scattered throughout the U.S. and Europe, which means this Canadian author must look and dream from afar…for now) that’s where I’ll focus my post. When I first discovered the online writing community on Twitter, it was like finding a group of like-minded minions, and I mean that in…

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The Call, the Conversation, and the Corgis

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

This week we’re discussing THE CALL, be it an offer of representation from an agent or our agent calling with a book deal. I’m not one of those writers where everything happened in a whirlwind. It was slow, it was painful, but I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way (well, maybe that’s not quiet true). I sent a lot of query letters, got a lot of rejections, and it…

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