Book Launch: Fantasy vs. Reality

The City Baker's Guide to Country Living by Louise Miller
Monday, June 27, 2016

I have been dreaming about my book launch party for as long as I have been dreaming about publishing a book, which is another way of saying a very long time. Your book party is your chance to celebrate. Book in hand, it’s your moment to say YES, I did it. All of those years of writing and revising, all of those hours agonizing over agent lists and query letters,…

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News Flash–MODERN GIRLS Edition

MODERN GIRLS by Jennifer S. Brown
Sunday, April 10, 2016

  Congratulations to Jennifer, winner of  Julie Cohen’s DEAR THING! Check back next week, where we will announce the winner of this weeks giveaway, our very own Jennifer S. Brown’s MODERN GIRLS! From the 2016 Debs: A quick note about our book giveaways–to enter a book giveaway, simply share our giveaway link on our Facebook page or retweet one of our giveaway tweets from our Twitter feed! (US only.) Louise Miller is still flying high from…

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Five Tips for a Happy Debut Year*

Monday, March 7, 2016

Keep the business stuff private. Selling your novel feels a lot like winning Publisher’s Clearing House sweepstakes, Powerball, and the Irish Lottery all at once. You will want to jump up and down on camera holding a giant check, screaming. You will want to receive a passionate, congratulatory kiss and have it broadcast on a Jumbotron. You will want to climb up on stage, rip the mic out of Adele’s…

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Louise’s Big Leap

Monday, February 29, 2016

Publishing is full of big leaps. You sign with an agent after a twenty-minute phone call. You sell your book to an editor you most likely have never met in person. When your book comes out there are all sorts of leaps—giving public readings, doing interviews, writing essays and op-eds—endless opportunities to do things you have never done before. But what I consider to be my biggest jump happened many…

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The New Debs: Please Welcome the Class of 2016!

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Please return next Saturday for the Deb class of 2016’s first guest, Carolina De Robertis — author of THE GODS OF TANGO — and a giveaway! We’re excited to announce the new blog schedule as of Monday, September 7th. We know the 2016 class will continue the Deb traditions in fine form, and we look forward to following their journeys over the next year! So please join the fabulous 2016 Deb Class next…

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It’s Not Really Goodbye … more, “See you later!”

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

I have been trying to write this post for five days, which is four days longer than I usually take to write a post. I’m generally okay with goodbyes, having been trained by my large extended family to take as long as necessary to say goodbye to a roomful of people without complaint. However, I am incredibly stubborn when I need to do something I’m not ready to. And I’m…

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Launch week: Karma Brown Takes Deb Ball Interview + a Giveaway!

Saturday, August 29, 2015

I’m now a four-day-old published author, and am still in that place where I can’t believe I have a book out in the wild. On the shelf. In readers hands. Wow. The other Debs have tried to tell me what it’s like, the days after publication, but it truly is one of those things you need to experience to understand. I am exhilarated. And a little drained. And slightly obsessed…

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5 Things You May Not Know About COME AWAY WITH ME

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Well, it’s here. THE DAY has arrived. I’m a published author. I’ve now checked off bucket list item #34 – Write a novel and get it published. The book is out in the wild…which means people are reading it. (Thank you!) People I don’t know. Which is thrilling. And scary. And awesome. And scary. (Wait, did I already say that?) And through it all I’m a complex mix of excited, exhilarated, and exhausted,…

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Break Out the Good Stuff — Again with Sonja Yoerg + Giveaway of MIDDLE OF SOMEWHERE

Saturday, August 22, 2015

I met Sonja Yoerg through the Tall Poppies – a wonderful group of women authors who support one another, and, if I’m being honest, Sonja is (insert expletive) amazing. She’s funny, generous, and so very smart. And her books, HOUSE BROKEN and MIDDLE OF SOMEWHERE are just the same. Right now, her debut, HOUSE BROKEN, is an ebook steal on most sites. Click here for a the links! Sonja’s second book, MIDDLE…

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You’re Only a Debut (Author) Once…and it’s AWESOME.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

With one week to go until COME AWAY WITH ME is out in the wild, I’m still feeling quite green about this whole author thing. And I wonder, do you think being a debut author extends way into the first year your book is out, much like the term ‘newlywed’ applies until you’ve been married for a year? I hope so, because it’s been one pretty amazing, pinch-me kind of year…

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