The most important creative lesson I’ve learned so far, by Deb Katie

When I give publishing advice, I often include at least one bulletpoint that emphasizes the importance of collaboration. This is due to a job I had about seven years ago that taught me more about collaboration than anything before or since. I was an assistant at a production company that developed programming for children. I was hired to assist the general manager of the office, but in a six-person company,…

Tuesday, March 10, 2009
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In lieu of the secret handshake, by Deb Katie Alender

This post is a little tough for me to write, because I know I can’t write the magical post that most writers seeking representation are longing to read: “Ten Steps That Will 100% Result in Your Finding an Agent.” I know from my pre-publication days that it seems like there’s a secret code, an insidery method to getting an agent (and then selling your novel). Sadly, it’s not true. But…

Tuesday, March 3, 2009
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You’re asking me for publishing advice? by Deb Meredith

If you’re asking me, then this is my advice for getting published. Write a good book that you’d like to read. Rewrite it until it’s perfect. Find someone else who likes it (preferably an agent or editor) and get it published. Simple, right? Wrong. I remember hearing again and again at conferences and from other writers that all I needed to do was to write a good book. Why can’t…

Wednesday, December 31, 2008
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Two things, by Deb Katie

Pre-S: Don’t forget to enter our Fabulous Holiday Contest. You could win something cool. And who doesn’t want to win something cool? I’d tell you, but I can’t even think of an example. Our theme this week is “publishing advice.” Everywhere you look nowadays, you find advice about getting your book written, published, marketed. The internet has brought about a generation of supereducated query writers, folks who know to spell…

Tuesday, December 30, 2008
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In which Deb Kristina’s boss rhymes with witch

I have no one to blame but myself for this topic, since I’m the Deb in charge of topic coordination. It sounded like a great idea, and one that our writer-readers would appreciate, especially as the New Year approaches and we turn our thoughts to goals and hopes for the next four seasons. I found myself a bit flummoxed, though, as to what advice to impart. To be in the…

Monday, December 29, 2008
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Secrets of the craft, by Deb Katie

I’m a fanatical quilter. At any given time, I’ve got between three and six in various stages of completion. My sewing room is also my writing room, and let me tell you, nothing obliterates writer’s block like ditching the whole idea of writing and getting up to work on a quilt for a while. (Naturally, it also obliterates progress right along with the writer’s block, but beggars can’t be choosers.)…

Tuesday, November 11, 2008
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I Never Knew When To Leave A Party- By (long term) Deb Eileen

I’m the only Founder who didn’t leave. It was certainly my plan, but when my publisher pushed back my pub date, I found myself introducing myself to a whole new class and sticking around for another year. I got to be the crusty older deb, the one who smoked cigarettes in the bathroom and threw around publishing wisdom like I knew what I was talking about. I find it hard…

Friday, August 22, 2008
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How Not to Unravel When Writing, by Guest Author Lynn Biederman

We’re pleased to have the lovely Lynn Biederman, co-author and debut novelist of UNRAVELING (July 2008, Delacorte Press), as our guest today on the Debutante Ball. Sharp, chatty, brutally honest, and heartbreakingly real, UNRAVELING is about mothers and daughters, the search for acceptance, preparing for the unexpected, and learning that sometimes it just can’t be done. As I sat down to write this blog entry on “our daily routines” it…

Saturday, August 16, 2008
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You’re on Your Own, Kid by Deb Jenny

There are a myriad of publishing myths that the general public believes about the book world. Of course most folks assume that if an author publishes a book, that author is rolling in cash. Now, I am technologically stunted, a Luddite in many ways, but I’m going to attempt to upload sound effects here to dispel all myths once and for all.Myth One: Authors are rich. bronx cheer sound Most…

Tuesday, June 3, 2008
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Book Tour 9-1-1 by Deb Lisa Daily

Last night I had an idea for a new cable television show. It would be sort of like SuperNanny, except instead of convincing delinquent, tamper-prone four-year-olds not to flush Sparkles, the family hamster, down the toilet; quick-thinking publicists would jet off across the country to help authors faced with dire publishing emergencies. Or maybe they’d travel in a nitro-powered bookmobile. The show would be called BOOK TOUR 9-1-1. Armed with…

Wednesday, April 30, 2008
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