Hello from the Other Side

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

We’re starting to get applications for the five spots we’ll soon vacate here on the Ball, so this seemed an appropriate time for a cautionary tale or two for our successors, and anyone else on the cusp of their debut novel year. The five of us largely blundered our way through this experience like drunkards in the dark, relying on internet forums and obsessive Googling to figure out how this…

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Dear Debut Author

Monday, July 11, 2016

Dear Debut Author, First off, congratulations! You have sold your first book! Your dream is coming true! Ahead of you is an absolutely thrilling, roller coaster of a year (or two), filled to the brim with new experiences and new people. You will do all the things that only writers daydream about—you will get your author photo taken and it will feel glamorous. You will receive blurbs from writers you…

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My New Year’s Resolution and Finding the Moments That Matter

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Before I wrote this post – an update on my New Year’s resolution – I reread my post from the first week of January. Honestly, I’m kind of impressed with my January self. Poised on the edge of a tumultuous year, I managed to find a moment of introspection that would prove all too rare in the months that followed. In six weeks my oldest child will go to college….

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How to Plan a Launch Party That Won’t Make You Craz(ier)

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

After I signed my book deal it didn’t take long before I started hearing about something called a “launch party.” Most of the authors I met seemed to agree that a book’s arrival in the marketplace warrants a shindig of some sort. Big or small, they said, a launch party is a great way to celebrate your achievement and promote your book at the same time. Being a fan of…

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Interview with THE BOOK OF SPECULATION author Erika Swyler, and a BOOK GIVEAWAY!

THE BOOK OF SPECULATION by Erika Swyler
Saturday, June 18, 2016

I can’t remember how I first met Erika Swyler. I know it was online, because we haven’t met yet in person. I think I was probably fan-girling over her marvelous debut, THE BOOK OF SPECULATION, which was one of my absolute favorite books last year. It was also one of TARGET’S favorite books–they chose it as the Target Club pick for the month of June! Erika has become a friend…

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Interview with Patricia Park, author of RE JANE, and a book giveaway!

RE JANE by Patricia Park
Saturday, April 23, 2016

I first heard Patricia Park read from RE JANE at her graduation reading from the Novel Incubator program, and immediately fell in love. RE JANE: A NOVEL is a modern-day interpretation of JANE EYRE set in New York and Seoul. It was named Editors’ Choice by the New York Times Book Review. If you haven’t already, pick up a copy of the newly designed paperback, or RETWEET/SHARE this post to enter to win…

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The Ides of March, aka Three Weeks to Book Launch

MODERN GIRLS by Jennifer S. Brown
Tuesday, March 15, 2016

It’s the Ides of March, the day Julius Caesar was assassinated and the day I give my six-month Deb check-in. Beware! So, what’s going on in my life these days? On no sugar: Utter failure. I made it three weeks before having to make “cameras” for my daughter’s Girl Scout troop. It wasn’t the graham crackers nor the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups nor the Hershey’s that did me in. No,…

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Louise’s Half-Time Update

The City Baker's Guide to Country Living by Louise Miller
Monday, March 14, 2016

It feels impossible to me that we Debutantes have already crossed the halfway point of our blogging together. I can’t imagine moving through my debut year without my fellow Debs. They have been an endless source of support—from listening to me freak out to making me belly laugh to telling me to get over some minor detail I am obsessing over (Jennifer Brown gave me a family saying that the…

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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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The New Debs: Please Welcome the Class of 2016!

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Please return next Saturday for the Deb class of 2016’s first guest, Carolina De Robertis — author of THE GODS OF TANGO — and a giveaway! We’re excited to announce the new blog schedule as of Monday, September 7th. We know the 2016 class will continue the Deb traditions in fine form, and we look forward to following their journeys over the next year! So please join the fabulous 2016 Deb Class next…

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