Resources for Rejection

Monday, February 8, 2016

Here is the simple truth: unless you write only for yourself, and have no interest in seeking publication in any form, you will experience rejection. In the life of a writer there are infinite opportunities for someone to not choose your work. You can be rejected by institutions that offer grants, fellowships, conferences, and MFA programs. Publications such as literary magazines and newspapers can say sorry, not the right fit….


News Flash–Writing and Reviewing Edition

Sunday, February 7, 2016

  Congratulations to Letty Blanchard, winner of ISLAND OF WORTHY BOYS by Connie Mayo! Check back next week, where we will announce the winner of this weeks giveaway– From the 2016 Debs: Louise Miller received her first Goodreads review! She is thrilled (and terrified) that her book is taking baby steps into the wider world in the form of galleys and arcs. Jennifer S. Brown is brushing up on her nonfiction skills with an…


Renaming and Revisioning–Titles and Covers

The City Baker's Guide to Country Living by Louise Miller
Monday, February 1, 2016

I read a lot of blogs about publishing on my quest to learn as much as possible about what comes next. It was on a blog that I came across this important fact: Book covers and titles are marketing tools. Book covers and titles are marketing tools—I said this to myself like a mantra all though out the publishing process, so I would be prepared when the time came. I had…


News Flash–Snowmageddon Edition

Sunday, January 24, 2016

  Congratulations to Kate Pearson, winner of BELLWEATHER RHAPSODY BY Kate Racculia! Check back next week, where we will announce the winner of this weeks giveaway–THE GIRL WHO FELL FROM THE SKY by Heidi Durrow!   From the 2016 Debs: Louise Miller turned in her final edits, along with her dedication and acknowledgments this week. There was celebration cupcakes and carnations! With free time on her hands for the first time in a…


When Not to Query

Monday, January 18, 2016

A funny thing happens when you finish your manuscript and you are ready to begin your search for representation. Suddenly you are required to make the giant leap from artist to businessperson–someone who can write a sharp query letter and pitch their work with ease. When I entered this phase of my writing career, I did what I always do when I’m faced with a new writing task, and spent…


Interview with Kate Racculia, author of BELLWEATHER RHAPSODY + GIVEAWAY

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Kate Racculia is one of my favorite authors, teachers, mentors and friends. Her 2nd novel, BELLWEATHER RHAPSODY, is a 2015 ALA/YALSA Alex Award winner. Here is her description of the novel: My second book, Bellweather Rhapsody, is a genre-bendy mystery about teenagers and talent, music and murder, and a great big nostalgic love letter to Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None, Stephen King’s (and Stanley Kubrick)’s The Shining, Ellen Raskin’s…


Writers, Jealousy and Generosity

Monday, January 11, 2016

Okay, lets just get this out in the open. I am a jealous person. I don’t want to be a jealous person. I consider it one of my worst traits. I try to keep my envy in check, but occasionally it gets the best of me. A couple of years ago I was feeling a bit lost. My year-long novel workshop had ended, and I missed the structure and comfort…


On Being Edited for the First Time

Monday, January 4, 2016

After the thrill of selling your novel has died down, the next big step on your publishing path is receiving your editorial letter and manuscript notes. Here is what that experience was like for me. My letter and edited manuscript arrived via email when I was traveling, and they fedexed me a hardcopy overnight. We arranged a telephone meeting for early the following week, after I had time to digest all…


Louise’s Writing Resolutions

Monday, December 28, 2015

I love New Years resolutions. That time in between the rush of Christmas and the New Year is the perfect time to reflect and to make plans. 2015 was a thrilling year I won’t forget. I signed with my agent in January, sold THE CITY BAKER’S GUIDE TO COUNTRY LIVING (and a second book!) in March, and to several other foreign publishers in the spring. I spent the summer revising…


Louise’s Favorite Debuts of 2015

Monday, December 21, 2015

This week we are sharing some of our favorite books that we have read over the past year. My top three have something in common—they are all debuts! I have a soft spot for author’s first novels, and always go out of my way to read them. These are the stories the writers couldn’t let go of, the ones that inspired the author to take the leap into the wonderful,…