Stereotypes, Sequins, and Starvation by Deb Lisa Daily

Stereotype: The rich and famous author. Most people outside of publishing believe all authors to be rich and famous. Most published authors are, ahem, not. In fact, most books don’t even earn out their advance. In 2004, Nielsen Bookscan tracked the sales of 1.2 million books in the United States. Here are the statistics: –Of those 1.2 million, 950,000 sold fewer than 99 copies. (79%) –Another 200,000 sold fewer than…

Wednesday, January 23, 2008
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The Year of the Sale (In Two Parts) by Deb Gail

Two years ago, my first novel WAITRESS OF THE MONTH hadn’t sold, and even though, on my most lucid days, I knew my then-agent was running out of prospects and we were reaching the end, I didn’t want to admit that the story I’d started writing in my head in college and hauled from Massachusetts to Ohio to New York City to New Hampshire to New York State to Vermont…

Monday, January 7, 2008
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A Conversation With Meg Tilly by Deb Danielle

A few weeks ago I met author (and former actress) Meg Tilly at a reading of her novel, Porcupine. I was so moved by her reading that I devoted the next day’s blog to it. I was also impressed with her writing and she was so open and lovely to chat with that I invited her to The Ball. And so I am obviously thrilled today, to have Meg Tilly…

Thursday, December 6, 2007
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A Feast with All the Trimmings, with Guest Deb Meg Cabot by Deb Jenny

We thought it would be nice to serve our own little Thanksgiving feast this week, and what better way than to have fabulous guest author Meg Cabot, author of Big Boned (being released today!), the last in the hilarious Heather Well’s Mystery series, to dish with us today. A little background on Meg: Meg Cabot was born on February 1, 1967, during the Chinese astrological Year of the Fire Horse,…

Tuesday, November 20, 2007
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Publishing, Schmublishing by Deb Lisa

Here’s what I thought: I thought that on the magical day of my book launch, Oprah would call, and I’d be instantly catapulted to fame, riches and the top of the New York Times best seller list. B-List parties. John Grisham on speed dial. Apparently, I wasn’t the only one. Ask almost any author about their first publishing experience and they’ll laugh and snort and tell you that getting published…

Wednesday, September 19, 2007
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Lessons from the Publishing Underbelly by Deb Jenny

If you would like a glimpse into what publishing teaches many writers, click here. I probably don’t need to write anything more, because that about sums it up. But just for fun, here goes… Publishing has taught me: – to be determined – to be goal-oriented – to be determined – that while I’d be a lousy at selling cogs or widgets because I don’t have any connection with them,…

Tuesday, September 18, 2007
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It’s Not You, It’s Me and Other Publication Rejection Strategies by Deb Mia

Do I really need to write about what it’s like to get rejected? I don’t think so. If you’ve ever heard (or said), “It’s not you, it’s me,” then you already have some idea of what the world of agent and publication rejection is like. So here’s my advice for dealing with rejection: You come up with a plan. I’m going to tell you (again) what I did to get…

Thursday, March 8, 2007
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