News Flash–May Day Edition

News FlashCongratulations to Connie Merritt, winner of Patricia Park’s RE JANE!

Check back next week, where we will announce the winner of this weeks giveaway, Pam Wechsler’s MISSION HILL!

From the 2016 Debs:

Louise Miller is at Grub Street’s Muse and the Marketplace Writers’ Conference, giving a talk today with the delightful Kate Racculia titled Feedback is a Conversation. She will be in post conference “recovery mode” for the next couple of days. Be kind to her.

Jennifer S. Brown  spent a wonderful day watching amazing authors at the Newburyport Literary Festival and then stayed up way past her bedtime to attend Harvard Book Store’s After Hours event in honor of Independent Bookstore Day. She’s deep in Daniel Okrent’s LAST CALL as she researches for the next book.

Heather Young was very aware, this past week, that she was passing the “three month mark” before her book launch (it was April 26, in case you’re wondering). There are a lot of crickets out there, which makes her nervous, but she did get two fantastic blurbs from writers she admires.

Abby Fabiaschi submitted first pass edits on Monday. I LIKED MY LIFE continued it’s foreign journey, selling in Hungary this week. Tonight she’s making Hungarian Goulash to celebrate!

Aya de Leon is finishing up her teaching semester and getting excited for a summer of writing Book #2 & launching UPTOWN THIEF.

Here are some of the best things we saw on the internet this week:

* Since the Debutantes suffer mightily from Imposter Syndrome, we loved this post in Poets & Writers by the similarly afflicted Leigh Stein about learning to believe in yourself: Poet, Writer, Imposter

* We also love hearing about writers making good, as in this piece by Kristy Woodson Harvey: Book Deals and Champagne Flutes

*  Also, yesterday was Bookstore Day! Go check out LitHub for tons of profiles of independent bookstores all over the country, like this one for Diesel Books in California and this one for Fact and Fiction in Montana!


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Louise Miller

Louise Miller is the author of THE CITY BAKER'S GUIDE TO COUNTRY LIVING (Pamela Dorman Books/Viking/August 9, 2016), the story of a commitment-phobic pastry chef who discovers the meaning of belonging while competing in the cut-throat world of Vermont county fair baking contests. Find out more at

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