Ehsaneh’s Advice for New Writers

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Today’s topic is Tips For New Writers. Here are four suggestions based on things I did (or wish I’d done!) along the way from inspiration to publication. 1. Have some very generous friends read as you write. If you’re writing a novel, that is a long journey with a lot of work and a lot of rejection. You’re going to need encouragement along the way. Now is not the time…


Jenni L. Walsh’s Three Tips for Book Two

Thursday, August 10, 2017

This week the Debs are talking about their second books. I feel very blessed to continue my career as an author. It’s a dream come true and a profession I highly enjoy. That, of course, doesn’t mean it doesn’t come with challenges. So I’ve cobbled together three quick-ish (they got longer than I expected…) tips for tackling a sophomore book and beyond, based on my own publishing journey. Results may…


Lori Nelson Spielman on SWEET FORGIVENESS, Perseverance, & a Giveaway!

Saturday, June 27, 2015

One of the most amazing things about joining the wild world of publishing is how much support I’ve received, especially from “been there, done that, have learned some stuff” authors who have kindly shared their time and wisdom. And international bestselling author Lori Nelson Spielman is at the top of that list — I’m convinced “author cheerleader” is her part-time job 🙂 Along with being a lovely person, Lori is…



Wednesday, May 13, 2015

After writing four books, here’s what I’ve learned about drafting: it’s hard, frustrating, invigorating, confusing, inspiring, MESSY, and it sort of sucks. Author confession: I hate seriously dislike drafting. It reminds me a lot of those early days of dating – yes, there’s the excitement; the sizzle of THERE MIGHT REALLY BE SOMETHING HERE. But along with that excitement comes the awkward realization that at any moment the whole thing…


Agent Carolyn Forde on querying, Absinthe & her Wishlist!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Editor’s Note: The winner of last week’s giveaway with author Kate Hilton is Amanda Lee — Congrats, Amanda! Also, this week on The Ball is Agent Week, where each Deb is interviewing her own agent. Check back each day for insider publishing tips from some of the best agents in the business! I’ve shared my story of how Carolyn became my agent (highlight: she read my book & offered within…


Kate Hilton on finding courage, hard work + THE HOLE IN THE MIDDLE giveaway!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Editor’s Note: This is Self-Published Author Week on The Ball! Each day we’ll feature a new self-pubbed author, and a giveaway of their book! When I first came across Kate Hilton’s publication story I was out of the query trenches but deep into the submission process, and trying to balance ALL THE THINGS that come with being a work-at-home writer mom. Not only did her book premise resonate with me…


Book Launch Party: What if you suck at event planning?

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Once upon a time there was a girl named Karma who said, “Yes!” when her boyfriend proposed marriage. Giddy with her sparkling diamond ring and breathless in love, she and her beloved agreed they would marry in 12 months. But then the questions came. What is your color scheme? Where are you getting married? Will you wear a veil? What style of dress do you want? Strapless? Sweetheart neckline (what?)?…


Meet Michelle Meade, Editor Extraordinaire (also, it’s COVER time…)

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Meet Michelle: Michelle Meade is an editor at MIRA who enjoys books, Doritos and wine—preferably at the same time. She joined Harlequin in 2010 as a proofreader, where she spent her days happily making romance grammatically correct. In 2011 she became a part of MIRA team, where she enjoys the thrill of discovering new voices in commercial literary fiction. She lives in Toronto, Canada, but you can find her on…


A Side of Real Life with my Fiction, Please…

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

When my husband was reading an early draft of COME AWAY WITH ME, it wasn’t long before he turned to me and asked, “So, I’m Gabe, right?” (Yes, but only the good parts, naturally …*wink wink*) Gabe is fictional, of course he is. But there is a lot of my husband in him – from expressions he uses, to moments we’ve had together, to the song Gabe sings and plays…


“Once upon a time…” & the Power of that First Line

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Every story my 6-year-old daughter tells us starts with this line: “Once upon a time…” I’m not sure if I’m responsible for that, or if school is, or if it came from one of the shows she likes to watch, or the books we read together…but while it might just be the most recognized writing cliché there is, it does exactly what a great first line is supposed to do:…