It’s Your Book; It’s Your Party

Well, our official topic this week is lauch parties and swag. I think I’m the only member of our 2020 class who got a launch party. Minor Dramas & Other Catastrophes released on Feburary 2nd. Covid was front-page news at that point, but it still seemed awfully far away. No one here in Minneapolis fully grasped the threat. At my launch, 150 people jammed into my local indie. Gretchen Anthony…

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Launch Party and Swag: What Worked and What Didn’t

Six months before my book launch, I went shopping. I purchased all that I thought I would need to exhibit and sell The Talking Drum at book fairs and other events: ethnic table cloths, miniature djembes, a bowl handwoven by West African women operating micro-businesses. Then the pandemic happened. There would be no in-person events. Everything would be virtual. I tucked away the tablecloths and bowl in my cedar chest,…

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Interview (and Giveaway!) with Elizabeth Penney, author of Hems and Homicide

We’re so excited to introduce you Elizabeth Penny, author of Hems and Homicide! Elizabeth Penney is the author of the APRON SHOP SERIES and the forthcoming CAMBRIDGE BOOKSHOP SERIES for St. Martin’s Press. Elements that often appear in her novels include vintage summer cottages, past/present mysteries, and the arts. She lives in the White Mountains of New Hampshire where she pens novels and tries to grow things. Follow Elizabeth online:…

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What is next from the author of The Goddess Twins?

There really is not a single word that can describe the feeling of knowing readers of The Goddess Twins have been loving the book. I really wish I knew that word and I could just say it – blissful, overwhelming, gratitude, excitement, pride – but something that combines those feelings would be about in the ballpark. To know I have taken even a single mind on a ride, into my…

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The Debutante Who Didn’t Deb.

This week, my fellow debutantes are all talking about what they’re doing next. I’m still waiting for my release week. In fact, I might be the first woman in the history of the Ball to not actually debut during her Deb year. It’s the pandemic’s fault, really. Between printing closures and hundreds of books from earlier in the year that needed to shift their own print dates, various plot twists…

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Marching Along….to March 2021

I can’t believe we’re writing about what’s next for us this week! You know what that means, right?! It means we’re almost ready to hand over the reins here on The Debutante Ball to the class of 2021. It’ll happen at the end of August, and I’m so excited! Here’s why: Next year’s writers are undoubtedly going to be awesome and fascinating. The applications are incredibly strong. My debut year…

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What’s Next for Me?

Now that The Talking Drum has launched with great fanfare, I’ve been able to spend some noodling with the draft of my second novel, a historical piece taking place in Boston in the mid-1800s, but I’m not quite ready to make a full pivot to Manuscript Number 2. The Talking Drum only hit the virtual bookshelves on May 29th. I’m hoping to generate additional attention for the book in the…

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Interview and Giveaway with Author Ava Home, Author of DAUGHTERS OF SMOKE AND FIRE

We are excited to welcome to The Debutante Ball Ava Homa, who is the critically-acclaimed of the novel DAUGHTERS OF SMOKE AND FIRE which is hailed by the Independent in the UK, the Globe and Mail in Canada, and the Reader’s Digest as one of the best new fictions. Her collection of short stories ECHOES FROM THE OTHER LAND was nominated for the Frank O’Connor International Prize. She holds a…

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“Late” is a Relative Term

Television news is a young person’s game. I first heard that assertion from my broadcast journalism professors and class advisors, and then later from workshop presenters at national industry conferences. The statement was an undercurrent that gradually grew into a drumbeat for us who toiled as young reporters at stations in small town America. We were encouraged by our colleagues and mentors to keep our resumes and news clips up…

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Embracing the Lightness

Our topic this week is the books that inspired us to be writers. I think I’ve covered this in previous posts: I’ve been a voracious reader since elementary school. I’ve always wanted to be a writer. I finally decided to give noveling a try when I read Celeste Ng’s absolutely genius Everything I Never Told You, at which point I discovered two very important things: I’m not Celeste Ng AND…

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