Giveaway Alert

Saturday, September 5, 2020

  September 5, 2020 A winner has been chosen for Amy Poeppel’s wonderful new book MUSICAL CHAIRS. If you missed her interview, be sure to follow this link to catch up! If you missed out on the giveaway, but still want to know more about MUSICAL CHAIRS, what People calls “A fiercely funny tale of family, friendship, and later-in-life love.” please be sure to follow Amy here. And now onto this week’s Giveaway!!…

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Interview and Giveaway with Amy Poeppel, Author of Musical Chairs

Saturday, August 29, 2020

Okay, wow. This post (my last!) marks a full-circle moment for me. I first learned about today’s guest, Amy Poeppel, right here on this very site. A member of the Deb Class of 2017, Amy’s wry and real posts led me to her novel, SMALL ADMISSIONS. That laugh-out-loud story spurred me along in my writing journey and made me feel like there might be a place for my own humorous…

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Finding the Perfect Comp. (This isn’t my favorite part of being a writer, FYI)

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

There are certain things about publishing that I find tricky, and as far as I can tell, they’re more or less the same things that other people find tricky. Here’s a non-comprehensive list of tricky things and a rating on a scale of 1-10 on how tricky I find them, 10 being the most tricky. Query letters: 9 Waiting: 5 Rejection: 7 First Drafts: 8.5 “Clean Up Edits”: 4 Synopses:…

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“I Want to Write Like That”: The Authors that Inspired Kathleen’s Debut

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

After I read Celeste Ng’s debut, Everything I Never Told You, I started thinking about writing fiction for real. It wasn’t that I had any delusions about writing quite as beautifully as Ng does. It was more that the story she told–of family members who loved each other, but didn’t really know each other–moved me so intensely. So, after I finished it, I started writing my own multi-generational (and highly…

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[News Flash] May 13, 2018

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Sunday, May 13, 2018

Congratulations to Janice Mess, winner of our #DebBallGiveaway of THE GOOD LIAR by Catherine McKenzie. Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Kristina Pérez, author of SWEET BLACK WAVES.   News from the 2018 Debs:     Julie Clark had an amazing launch week and is looking forward to a hometown book event on Thursday!   Kaitlyn Sage Patterson revealed the title of the sequel to THE DIMINISHED this week. Who’s excited…

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Books for Women. It’s a Thing.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

This week we’re chatting about being a woman in the world of publishing. Crystal’s post was really informative, breaking down lots of different statistics related to the topic. And while women are sadly underrepresented in literary awards, I’d like to take a moment to celebrate that women have their very own genre. Women’s Fiction. Go women! I’ve heard people say that women’s fiction are books written by women, but that’s actually…

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Interview with Amy Poeppel + #DebBallGiveaway of SMALL ADMISSIONS

Saturday, December 31, 2016

It is my distinct pleasure to interview fellow Deb Amy Poeppel for this week’s post. I was lucky to be able to meet Amy early on in our journey for the Debutante Ball. We instantly clicked over dinner and cocktails, talking about everything under the sun–our books, the publishing process, our families and so much more. I walked out of the restaurant that night thinking that she is someone that…

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8.5 Ways to Support Your Friend’s Debut Book

Friday, December 30, 2016

Given how we’re about to walk into 2017, I thought I’d share some tips on how to support debut author’s book launch! And what better way than to lead by example with the launch of Amy’s book, Small Admissions. First, a note: HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY TO AMY!! This book is hilarious and fun. When I call something FUN, I mean it. So make sure you buy it! Now, the key…

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Jenni L. Walsh Shares Her “Ass Cheeks on the Slats” Moment

Thursday, December 29, 2016

In honor of the launch of Amy Poeppel’s hilarious debut, SMALL ADMISSIONS, this week we’re writing on topics related to some of the book’s themes – parenting, school admissions, broken hearts, relationships, and friendships. Let’s first start by gushing over this book. I began reading on a particularly hard work week. I cozied up in bed. I sipped on a glass of wine. I spat that wine all over myself. I…

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I Feel You, Kate Pearson

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

  On the surface, I don’t have a lot in common with Kate Pearson, the main character in SMALL ADMISSIONS. She’s a New Yorker; I’m a Colorado mountain girl. She went to a prestigious university; I went to a military academy. She fell in the love with a Frenchman; I’m not positive I could find France on a map (Kidding, of course. I mean….mostly). I might lead a very different…

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