News Flash–Snowmageddon Edition


newsCongratulations 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:

IMG_0219Louise 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 long while, she finally set up her Amazon and Goodreads pages. And best of all–she is very excited to get to work on book two!

Jennifer S. Brown is disappointed that the big snow didn’t happen for Boston but is over-the-moon that her first review—from Kirkus Reviews—was a good one.

Heather Young is loving all the rain El Nino is bringing to Northern California and spent the past week in the tiny desert town of Lovelock, Nevada, doing research for Book Two.

Abby Fabiaschi is on a mission to have a draft of book two, WHATEVER HAPPENED TO LUCY BISCARO?, to her agent by February 10th. Several of her recent missions have failed, so this is not a gimme.

Aya de Leon is buried in first-week-of-the-semester teaching work and becoming only slightly hysterical about copyedits, which are due next week.

For Writers

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

* A fascinating and informative piece about the business of promoting your book by BITTERSWEET author Miranda Beverly-Whittemore:  Five Things I Wish I’d Known Five Months Before Publishing My First Novel.

* Jane Ciabattari’s weekly post for LitHub, “Five Books Making News,” focusses on magic, murder, and ghosts: Five Books Making News

* “I’ve become incredulous at the complete disaster that are the major bestseller lists.” Tim Grahl exposes the seamy underbelly of bestseller lists, and we’re not sure if it makes us feel better or worse: The Truth Behind the New York Times and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Lists

Places to Submit
Are you a woman over 40 who does not yet have a book-length publication of fiction? Then check out
Hidden River Publishing’s fifth Eludia Award. The prize is open to women writers age 40 and older, who do not yet have a book-length publication of fiction. (Book length publications in other genres are fine. Self-publishing IS publishing, and will disqualify the fiction manuscript.) The winning manuscript will be published on our imprint, Sowilo Press, and will receive $1000 plus ten copies of the book. The deadline for all manuscript submissions is March 15, 2016. Winner will be announced October 8, 2015. Entry fee: $30. For complete deadlines, visit the website at

Apple Valley Review is reading submissions of short fiction, personal essays, and poetry for the Spring 2016 issue. All work must be original, previously unpublished, and in English. No simultaneous submissions. Deadline: March 15, 2016. Complete submission guidelines are available online:

Tiny Text is a Twitter journal (@Tiny_Text) in search of high-quality #LittleLit: Twitter-length fiction and memoir as well as Twitter-serials. Show them the beauty of small things through thoughtful, compelling concision: like a puddle as deep as the ocean, place us neck-deep in something we thought would only reach our ankles.
Please follow them on Twitter and e-mail all submissions/inquiries to teeny.tiny.textATgmailDOTcom. Send up to three stories or memoirs and include your name and contact information (no titles can be included). We only publish prose of 140 characters or less (and spaces count!). Submissions will be read year-round. Please allow us 4 weeks to get back to you before sending more work or inquiring.

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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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  1. Thanks for linking to the piece by Beverly-Whittemore … what an honest, helpful way to demystify publishing. It seems a lot of writers struggle with the shift from a private, creative act to marketing or networking. It’s good to be reminded that the creative side of writing and the public/professional side can work together to strengthen each other.

    On a similar note, The Debutante Ball has been a wonderful resource when it comes to illuminating the publishing process. I’ve been reading since I signed with an agent last year and it’s been a great reference. As much as I enjoy the in-depth weekday posts, I always seek out the Sunday news flashes because of the glimpses they provide into the next stages.

    1. Sara, Thank you so much for reading the Deb Ball and for this wonderful note.
      I am so glad to hear that the blog is helpful. It was (and still is!) to me as well. There is so much mystery about what happens in the time after you sign with an agent all the way through the publishing process. I have so much appreciation for writers like Ms. Beverly-Whittmore who generously share their experience in a genuine way. I hope that we here at The Deb Ball do the same thing, and can shed a little more light onto what happens next. All good things with your book, and please keep us updated! We love to support new writers! LM

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