Deb Joanne Discusses the Dreaded Query Letter

Welcome back from Thanksgiving, everyone.  Hope you all had a wonderful holiday with friends and family!  But now it’s back to the harsh reality of how to get your book published: and that harsh reality means you’re probably going to need to write and send out query letters to make it happen. Oh, the dreaded query letter.  Who here loves writing and sending queries? *crickets chirping* I know, I know….

Monday, November 28, 2011

Deb Joanne Gives Thanks for the Little Things

You likely all know by now that I’m Canadian, (eh) which means I had my Thanksgiving last month.  So I’ve already been through the “I’m thankful for my family and friends and for where I live and my book deal and all my blessings, yadda, yadda, yadda” stuff.  So I thought I’d do a little twist on the Things I’m Thankful for theme and give a shout out to the…

Monday, November 21, 2011

Deb Joanne emerges from the warm waters of denial.

Wait…my family and friends are going to read my book? I’ve been so focused on the darn thing selling, that I may have overlooked that fact.  But now that this week’s theme is friends and family reading your book, it’s right in my face: PEOPLE I KNOW ARE GOING TO READ MY BOOK.  Oy. I’ve had people read my work before; I wouldn’t be where I am without awesome critique…

Monday, November 14, 2011

Traditions! Not just for Tevye anymore.

Being that I’m Jewish, I’ve seen The Fiddler on the Roof a few (hundred) times.  If you haven’t, I encourage you to get it from Netflix or your favorite video store. Here’s a little sample to give you a taste, or if you’re familiar, make you get all warm and fuzzy with nostalgia.  It’s over seven minutes, but worth it.  Go ahead and watch, I’ll wait here: There, wasn’t that…

Monday, November 7, 2011

For Deb Molly, The Scariest Thing About Writing Is… Writing

Writer Mark Baechtel once told me, “If you’re not scared when you’re writing, you’re not working hard enough. You must be enormously afraid. But keep going.” I scribbled his words in my journal so I wouldn’t forget them. Later, I copied them onto another sheet of paper and hung them above my computer, as a reminder and a challenge. Sometimes I found them soothing: It’s okay to be afraid. Keep going….

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Deb Joanne’s Spooky Psyche

Happy Halloween! I’m not going to trick you today, but maybe I’ll give you a little treat—a peek into the psyche of this writer.  Maybe that’s not much of a treat at all, but hey, it’s calorie free! So this week’s theme is What scares you most about writing (and I guess by extension, publishing)? Oh, that’s easy.  How about: EVERYTHING! But in the interest of brevity, I’ll talk about…

Monday, October 31, 2011