Finding Your People: A guide for new writers

Thursday, November 19, 2020

A funny consequence of having a book coming out is that friends and family (and the occasional stranger on the internet) now come to me for advice on writing and publishing. It’s weird to give advice because I feel like I’m still learning these things myself. I don’t have an MFA – I literally just learned about the concept of negative capability this summer!     But when I’m asked…

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[News Flash] November 8, 2020

Sunday, November 8, 2020

We had a lot of great events this week at the Debutante Ball! Elizabeth Everett, author of A LADY’S FORMULA FOR LOVE, took over our Instagram account on Monday, where she interviewed Catherine Wallace Hope, author of ONCE AGAIN. If you missed the interview it’s up on our Instagram page. On Wednesday we had a great interview with Rachel Mans McKenny, author of THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT. You can read our…

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[News Flash] October 25, 2020

Sunday, October 25, 2020

Thank you to Lois Ruskai Melina for joining us for an interview this week about her essay collection, THE GRAMMAR OF UNTOLD STORIES. Lois will also be participating in a livestream reading and conversation with Oregon Poet Laureate Emerita Paulann Petersen on Friday, Oct. 30 with Annie Bloom’s Books. Click here to register. Lyn Liao Butler also sat down with Mindy McGinnis this week to talk about the anxiety of…

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[News Flash] October 18, 2020

Sunday, October 18, 2020

Thank you to Simone st. James for talking to us about her new novel, THE SUN DOWN MOTEL. If you missed Denny’s interview with Stacie Murphy about her forthcoming novel, A DEADLY FORTUNE, you can still watch it now at our Instagram page. Tune in to @thedebball tomorrow, 10/19, when J.S. Dewes, author of THE LAST WATCH, takes over our Instagram account for the day, finishing with an interview with…

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World Building in the Real World

Thursday, October 8, 2020

When writers talk about “world building” they mean more than just setting. Setting is where a story takes place. But a fictional world is setting, history, the special rules of that particular place, the people who inhabit that world, as well as the general tone or atmosphere that sort of floats over every page. The setting of the Harry Potter books is England, but in order to build her fictional…

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[News Flash] September 27, 2020

Sunday, September 27, 2020

Diane Zinna was our guest author this week, talking about her novel, THE ALL-NIGHT SUN, available now. Tune in to our Instagram account this Wednesday, September 30 at 2pm ET when Elizabeth Gonzalez James will interview Zinna about her novel, Ari Aster’s Midsommar, and her path to publication! Early reviews are coming in for Greta Kelly’s THE FROZEN CROWN and they are glowing:   Ehsaneh Sadr has two great events…

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My path to publication: A comedy of failures

Thursday, September 10, 2020

I wrote last week about how I hadn’t planned on becoming a writer, and how writing was something I came to after being unemployed for a long time. So already my path to publication was a little longer and had more forking paths than some people. I completed the rough draft of my novel in about six months in 2011, and I spent the next four years first learning how…

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[News Flash] September 6, 2020

Sunday, September 6, 2020

We hope you enjoyed getting to know our 2021 debs and the inspiration behind their novels!    Ehsaneh Sadr’s debut novel, A DOOR BETWEEN US, released this week. You can watch an       interview with Ehsaneh here, and order her fabulous book here.  Greta Kelly, author of the forthcoming, THE FROZEN CROWN, will be participating in a sci-fi   panel hosted by the California Independent Booksellers Alliance (CALIBA) Thursday, Sept….

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[News Flash] August 23, 2020

Sunday, August 23, 2020

We hope you enjoyed yesterday’s interview and book giveaway with Carole Stivers. RETWEET OR SHARE for a chance to win a copy of THE MOTHER CODE. #DebBallGiveaway #giveaway #author We are so excited to host Carole Stivers. RT for a chance to win THE MOTHER CODE. #DebBallGiveawy #giveaway #authors #writing #writingcommmunity #readers https://t.co/3wn0pOYlTs pic.twitter.com/Fup2W86VGx — The Debutante Ball (@DebutanteBall) August 22, 2020 Interview with Carole Stivers, author of The Mother…

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The “highlight reel” of my year as a Debutante

Monday, August 10, 2020

  Greetings and salutations and welcome to the Debutante Ball! I was so excited when I read the first words of the email I received on a Sunday morning in early August of 2019 informing me that I’d been chosen as one of the 5 debut authors who would chronicle her “big dance” toward publication. I had been following the Debutante Ball blog for more than a year and eagerly…

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