The Atlas of Reds and Blues is A Gorgeous Portrayal of Parenthood in Contemporary America

One of the best things about being a debut author is being able to partake in the giddy and frantic exchange of galleys with other debut authors who are publishing the same year. Months ago, I was treated to Devi Laskar’s The Atlas of Reds and Blues — a book that I read in two sittings and that hooked me so immediately, I wish I had written it myself. I…

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Literary Empathy & The Atlas of Reds and Blues

This week on the Debutante Ball is all about Devi’s debut novel, The Atlas of Reds and Blues – so first things first, I want to say CONGRATULATIONS DEVI! You are the first among us to cross over into Published Author Land, so hopefully you can show us all how it’s done once the time comes for the rest of us. The novel follows a character known only as “Mother”…

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The Atlas of Reds and Blues: A Gorgeous Punch to the Gut

This book. This gorgeous book. This gorgeous and painful and always-too-timely book. I was lucky and got to read an advanced copy of The Atlas of Reds and Blues way back in October on my plane to Sirens and it’s stuck with me all that time, in snippets and phrases and impressions, all lingering like a really good book should, making me pause, stop, think and see the world in a slightly different light….

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[News Flash] February 3, 2019

Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Andrés Cerpa! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of Bicycle in a Ransacked City: An Elegy. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet (make sure you follow @DebutanteBall on Twitter too!): Bicycle in a Ransacked City: An Elegy is perfect company for a long, winter night. Read the interview with @_AndresCerpa, then…

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Interview with Andrés Cerpa & Giveaway of Bicycle in A Ransacked City: An Elegy

This week, we welcome guest author, Andrés Cerpa, whose debut poetry collection Bicycle in a Ransacked City: An Elegy was published on January 8th by Alice James Books. Praised by Publishers Weekly for its”stunning, dark observations and sparked chilling lines,” Bicycle in a Ransacked City: An Elegy is a stormy, transporting read, and perfect company for a long, winter night. Weeks after reading, these poems continue to haunt me, and I’m so pleased…

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I Thought Branding Was Only For Livestock

    Publishing my first book in 2019, I often find myself daydreaming about what it must have been like to do this a hundred years ago when there was no internet, no blogosphere, no Twitter or Facebook or Instagram to manage. I don’t know why, because I have absolutely nothing in common with him, but I always picture F. Scott Fitzgerald, scribbling away at his writing desk, blissfully ignorant…

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Here’s what working in publicity taught me about successful self-promotion

In my career, I’ve worked as a publicist, which means I’m accustomed to reaching out to people with cold pitches, telling them that I have something I think they’d find interesting. Sometimes, they do find whatever I’m pitching interesting and feature it on their website or talk show. Other times, I’m not so lucky. But when I put on my author hat, it suddenly feels weird to be reaching out…

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Attacus Atlas & Other Inventions: Building a Platform

I want to go on record as saying that I have nothing to add to K.A. Doore’s perfect post yesterday. 🙂 Being part of a literary community is the best thing I writer could wish for. Writing itself is a solitary and lonely, and often isolating, endeavor. But if we’re really lucky writers, we learn some craft techniques and make friends along the way. Then you have people in your…

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