You’re Only as Old as You Write

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

This week it’s about age. How old we are. How old we feel. How old we write. I am the oldest Deb. I also waited the longest of any of us to start writing. I was 43 when I typed “Chapter One”, and 49 when I typed “The End.”  My novel will be published when I’m 51. I am, by default, the best authority among us on what it’s like…


Even Cynics Grow Old

A year from now you'll wish you had started today
Tuesday, December 1, 2015

“No, that is the great fallacy: the wisdom of old men. They do not grow wise. They grow careful.” —Ernest Hemingway, A FAREWELL TO ARMS My first job in publishing was as an editorial assistant at a small book packaging company. I was fresh faced, a go-getter, and the only one in the office who knew how to work the computer. I have such a clear memory of my first…


It Takes a Village …

Thursday, November 26, 2015

How does the old saying go? Behind every good man is a good woman. That adage drives the feminist in me bananas, but if you remove the gender reference, its underlying point is solid. It takes a village holds true for anyone pursuing a dream. In my case it took my father, my sister, and my husband. We’ll start with the patriarch, my father, Michael Fabiaschi (aka Poppy). He wasn’t a…


Willpower vs. Social Media

Thursday, November 19, 2015

I’m supposed to give y’all advice on how to write through distraction, but that’d be like an active alcoholic talking you out of a bender. I’m grateful to my Debutante Ball friends for picking this topic because it forced me to assess the gravity of my current situation: A year ago I had no book deal and was last man standing on avoiding social media. I wrote 4-6 hours a…


Guest Blogger Stephanie Gayle, author of IDYLL THREATS

Saturday, November 14, 2015

  Stephanie Gayle is the author of MY SUMMER OF SOUTHERN DISCOMFORT, one of Redbook magazine’s Top Ten Summer Reads, and IDYLL THREATS, the first in a mystery series featuring police chief Thomas Lynch. Her short fiction and non-fiction have appeared in Kenyon Review Online, The Potomac Review, Punchnel‘s, and several other publications. She has been twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Ms. Gayle is also the co-founder of the…


The Dream-Come-True Part

Thursday, November 12, 2015

The sales cycle for I LIKED MY LIFE went like this: edit, send to a handful of publishers, collect rejections, err, I mean feedback, repeat. We were on round three of this daunting process when I sent my agent—the amazing Elizabeth Winick Rubinstein—my latest revision. I no longer obsessed about when I’d hear back, exactly who’d be pitched, etc. I’d come to peace with my always-the-bridesmaid-never-the-bride lot as a writer….


She Says Tomahto, That Guy Over There Says Tomato: My Experience On Submission

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

This week we’re talking about our submission process, and what’s been interesting to me is how different each of those processes were. Louise’s path was deceptively easy — she was fortunate enough to impress a great editor with her first forty pages, but then she had to fulfill the promise of those pages and nurture that editor’s interest for three full years. Jennifer’s first novel died in submission, and she…


On Not Selling a Book

Rejection Just Ahead Green Road Sign with Dramatic Storm Clouds and Sky.
Tuesday, November 10, 2015

This week we’re talking about being on submission and selling our books. I’ve discussed being on submission before. And I think my fellow Debs will have plenty to say on selling books. So I’m going to talk about not selling a book. We constantly hear of famous books that didn’t sell. Gone With the Wind was rejected thirty-eight times before it was published. Yet the fact is they are famous…


It takes as long as it takes…

Thursday, November 5, 2015

I once participated in an awkward conversation that went like this: “I want to write a novel and need to know how long it’ll take.” “Errr, yeah, it’d be nice to know going in, wouldn’t it?” He stared at me. “Sooo… how long does it take?” I laughed. “How long does it take you to write a novel? I’m sure I don’t know.” I mean, really, let’s consider the variables: How…


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

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…