Ivelisse Rodriguez on Latinx literature & writing new models of love + GIVEAWAY of LOVE WAR STORIES

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Please welcome Ivelisse Rodriguez to the Ball this week! Ivelisse’s debut short story collection, Love War Stories, came out this July to much acclaim, and was named one of the most anticipated books of 2018 by Cosmopolitan, The Root, and Bitch Media. Bustle called it an “exceptional debut” and as soon as I read the description of the book (and saw it was published by Feminist Press, one of my favorite small presses!),…

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Choose Your Own Adventure: Two Stories About the Querying Process

Thursday, September 20, 2018

This week for The Debutante Ball, we’re sharing our journey to getting a literary agent, so I dug through the archives of my email outbox so you can experience truly and authentically the real realness of my querying process, before I landed the book deal for THEY COULD HAVE NAMED HER ANYTHING. WARNING: THERE ARE TWO PARTS OF THIS BLOG POST. THIS IS STORY #1. Read this story to be…

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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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How to Conquer the Book Launch and Keep Your Soul Intact

Sell Your Soul
Tuesday, July 12, 2016

As the only Deb who has launched (but only for TWO MORE WEEKS because TWO WEEKS FROM TODAY both Aya’s and Heather’s books pub!!!), I’m going to focus a bit more on post-launch and let the others give you soothing words for the pre-launch. First let me say, my headline is a lie. I have no idea how one keeps one’s soul intact. I sold mine to the devil two…

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Last Minute Tips Before You Head to the Writers’ Conference

Monday, March 28, 2016

Tomorrow I am headed to Los Angeles to attend the AWP writers’ conference. I look forward to conferences like AWP and Grub Street’s Muse and the Marketplace every year. What could be more fun? It’s like day camp for writers. Conferences are amazing places where writers can recharge, learn craft, make connections and get inspired. There is a ton of good advice out there about how to prepare for a writers’…

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Interview with Alum Heather Webb + Book Giveaway!

Saturday, March 12, 2016

There’s nothing more exciting to debut writers than the knowledge that the first year is only the beginning. It is with open arms that we welcome back one of our 2014 debutantes, the marvelous Heather Webb. Today we celebrate her latest release, FALL OF POPPIES, a collaborative effort with a talented group of historical fiction writers and a compelling premise: On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month… November…

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The Rock Star World of a Writer (Not!)

My daughter's sick day supplies
Tuesday, March 8, 2016

I’m a capable woman who spent fourteen years as an independent adult before getting married. I entered into my marriage with my own power drill, mortgage, and system for organizing my book collection. We are an evolved family: my husband does the laundry, I order take-out for dinner, and the kids are learning how to mix Manhattans (okay, not quite, but a mother can dream). Husband travels occasionally for work….

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Five Tips for a Happy Debut Year*

Monday, March 7, 2016

Keep the business stuff private. Selling your novel feels a lot like winning Publisher’s Clearing House sweepstakes, Powerball, and the Irish Lottery all at once. You will want to jump up and down on camera holding a giant check, screaming. You will want to receive a passionate, congratulatory kiss and have it broadcast on a Jumbotron. You will want to climb up on stage, rip the mic out of Adele’s…

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NaNoWriMo, Or How I Cheated My Way to Finishing My Novel

NaNoWriMo
Tuesday, November 3, 2015

In 2001—yes 14 years ago—a friend of mine said, “I heard about this writing challenge where you try and write a novel in a month. It takes place in November and you need to write 50,000 words.” “That’s freakin’ crazy!” I said. And then a moment later, “I’m in.” So what that I was working at a 70-hour-a-week job? So what that I was planning my wedding? So what that…

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Publishing Fears

Monday, October 26, 2015

(Cue the scary Vincent Price movie music) I have what I consider pretty standard fears–terrorism, house fires or house explosions, being pushed onto the subway tracks, rats. But there is a section of my brain devoted to a special sub-group of scary thoughts: publishing fears. Publishing fears change as you move along in the process. In the early days there was fear of the workshop, followed by fear of revision….

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