Sorcery and Serendipity: The Quirks of Querying

If you’ve reached the querying stage of the publication process: Congratulations! You wrote and edited a book. (You did edit it, didn’t you? A lot? Good.) You’re ready to send your baby out into the world, and that can be thrilling and exciting. This stage can also be totally overwhelming. I dealt with some of the chaos by keeping a running spreadsheet of who I queried and when I queried…

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[News Flash] January 28, 2018

Congratulations to K. A. Reynolds, winner of our #DebBallGiveaway of ODDITY by Sarah Cannon.   Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Erin Judge! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of VOW OF CELIBACY. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet: Interview with @ErinJudge + Giveaway for VOW OF CELIBACY https://t.co/pAKXhqFOq7 pic.twitter.com/L7FYeNGu5C — The Debutante Ball (@DebutanteBall) January 27, 2018…

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Interview with Erin Judge + Giveaway for VOW OF CELIBACY

  I’m so excited to host the brilliant and funny Erin Judge on the Debutante Ball this week!   Erin Judge is a comedian, writer, actor, and producer based in Los Angeles. Erin’s debut novel, Vow of Celibacy, won Best Fiction at the Bi Book Awards, and was named a Must-Read Indie Press Book by BookRiot. Erin started out doing stand-up at the best comedy club in the world: the Comedy Studio in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Since…

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On Listening

This isn’t about me. As I’ve considered all the ways I can approach this week’s discussion topic and the ethics of writing marginalized characters I’ve found that my instinct is to frame my post around myself: my experience, my marginalizations, my book. Me, me, me. And that’s one of the ways I’m part of the problem. Publishing, like so many industries, is dominated by white people. And as people are…

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Lifting Up Marginalized Voices

  I’m going to keep this short for two reasons…the first being that I want my words to have an impact, and to do that, shorter is better. And second, even though words matter, actions matter more.   I’ve been thinking about marginalized voices for a long time. Many, many years. My job as a teacher focuses on lifting those voices out of the noise and making sure they’re heard….

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Kimmery Uneasily Discusses Ethics

Gahhhh. I have been marking the approaching date of this week’s Debutante Ball topic—the ethics of representing marginalized characters—with fervent dread. Who in their right mind is going to want to listen to me yammer on about the ethics of representing marginalized characters? I’m straight, I’m Christian, I’m able-bodied, and I’m whiter than Gollum. (Yep. I did my DNA one time and it came back greater than 99% English and…

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Missteps in Representation and Appropriation

I listened to a woman read a chapter from her romance novel about gay male truck drivers. Within a few minutes, it became glaringly obvious that she knew nothing about gay men or truck drivers. I was incensed—this was my community she was writing about so badly—but  I was also chagrined. I was reminded of my own 300-page gay romance novel I had written several years before. Like the author…

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White Women, We Have To Do Better.

This week, the Debs are discussing the ethics of writing marginalized characters, and let’s be honest: it’s a little awkward, ‘cause this year, the Debs are all white chicks. No one intended that — the initial selection for this year’s set included two WOC, but both ended up having to decline — and it’s definitely something we’re all aware of and that we’ve tried to correct for by making sure…

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[News Flash] January 21, 2018

  Congratulations to S. M. Roffey, winner of our #DebBallGiveaway of a five-page critique by Jennifer Johnson-Blalock!   Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Sarah Cannon! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a signed copy of Oddity. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet: Interview + Giveaway with Sarah Cannon, Author of Oddity https://t.co/3goutlN7c7 pic.twitter.com/x6uNWaFSpa — The Debutante Ball (@DebutanteBall) January 20, 2018…

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Interview + Giveaway with Sarah Cannon, Author of Oddity

Kaitlyn has had the great privilege of getting to know Sarah over the last year and is absolutely enamored with her wonderful middle grade novel, Oddity. Sarah Cannon has lived all over the U.S., but right now she calls Indiana home. She has a husband, three kids and a misguided dog. Sarah holds a B.S. in Education. She’s a nerdy knitting gardener who drinks a lot of coffee, and eats a lot of raspberries. She is probably…

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