Deb Elise Refutes Benjaminicus

The worst advice I ever got was never to get a puppy, and never get a dog around Christmas. This advice was from my husband.  I ignored it, and on Christmas Eve nine years ago, my husband and I brought home nine-month-old Riley, our first-born.  You can see him in yesterday’s News Flash. As for bad career advice, the worst I ever got was well-meaning, but wrong.  The giver was…

Monday, September 27, 2010
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Deb Elise Gnaws on Anne Lamott

You know how sometimes something is so overwhelmingly perfect, you just want to bite it? I say this all the time to my daughter.  “You’re so delicious, I just want to bite you!”  Sometimes it’s more specific, like “Look at that face!  I just need to bite that head!”  Or “look at that tushie!  I have to bite that tushie!” I should clarify that my daughter is only six.  At…

Monday, September 20, 2010
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Deb Sarah on Friendship, Writer Style

When I first started freelancing, I was giddy. I loved the idea of working from home, working for myself, and having my career go anywhere I decided to take it. Then the reality set in: The life of a freelance writer is sort of an isolating one. Over the years, I’ve depended on writer pals for encouragement, support, humor, advice, you name it. And at the top of all the…

Thursday, September 16, 2010
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The resounding thud of reality, by Deb Katie

The writing myth I’m going to debunk is a biggie. It’s big enough, in fact, to stop the faint-hearted in their tracks. (Although I’ve found that we don’t have a lot of faint-hearted readers here at the Ball, so you’re probably safe.) I remember vividly the day I read this in a magazine–probably “Writer’s Digest.” I was already subscribing to “Writer’s Digest,” which in some way meant that I was…

Tuesday, July 21, 2009
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In which Deb Kristina licks her wounds

Ways to deal with rejection 1. Cry. (But preferably not in front of the rejecter.) 2. Pull weeds in the garden. 3. Exercise. 4. Play Wii boxing, and make a little avatar for the rejecter. 5. Read one-star Amazon reviews of any book ever connected with the rejecter. 6. Get angry and write long profanity-laden journal entries, rant to close friends and family (but STEP AWAY FROM THE BLOG.) 7….

Monday, March 30, 2009
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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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