Spring’s The Thing — Finally!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

The reason this post is late? Mega snow day today. It’s still coming down, though we’re only expecting about four to eight inches. Which means everything here has come to a halt. And the littles have no school. So I’m scrambling to squeeze in some work. And man, can I NOT WAIT for Spring. Ideally, the Book Two revisions will be officially wrapped up, and we’ll have a few CAKE…


Rejection Equals Writer Fuel

Thursday, February 26, 2015

I’ve shared here on the DebBall before my sad, terrible, no good tale of soul-shattering rejection. As writers, we’ve all faced our share of rejections — and the bad news is, just having a book out in the world doesn’t mean the end of it. Nope, you’ll still get countless rejections every time you go on sub, other people’s books will hit best-of or bestseller lists while yours languishes, you’ll…


Work-Life Balance? Ha!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Last night, Dhonielle and I were putting the final touches on our revision of Book Two, due today (or really, due yesterday but who’s counting?), when it happened. At just about 11 p.m., the pipe under the dishwasher broke, flooding the building’s communal basement. And our neighbors knocked and fretted and a plumber crawled out of his warm, cozy bed (I’m presuming, of course) to make a midnight housecall. All…


TINY PRETTY THINGS Cover Love: Think Pink, But Not Too Girlie!

Tiny Pretty Things
Thursday, January 29, 2015

Way back in the beginning of our publishing journey with HarperTeen, before we’d turned in revisions or locked the title or done anything really, our lovely editor asked us for thoughts on the cover. Dhonielle and I were pretty stoked — we’d heard stories of author input being completely ignored, so this was a pleasant surprise, especially as a debut. Knowing this, we said somewhat wishy-washy things like, oh, hopefully…


News Flash: Contests, Copy Edits, and Life as Debut Authors!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Congratulations to Kellyn McGee, winner of THE MOMENT OF EVERYTHING by our very own Deb, Shelly King! Check back next Sunday for this week’s winner of a copy of Hillary Monahan‘s debut novel, MARY: THE SUMMONING…     From the 2015 Debs: Colleen Oakley is busy working on her tour events for BEFORE I GO. A few stops are posted here, with many more to come! And the countdown is ON…


A Scary Turn On the Writing Journey

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

As you may recall if you’re a frequent guest at the Ball, Dhonielle and I took the long road to publication on Tiny Pretty Things. And along the way, there were plenty of bumps. But perhaps the scariest moment for us was when we’d done what was maybe like the sixth revision of the book — and we knew it was in great shape, we could feel it. It was ready. But the Big…


Tips from A Master Procrastinator

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Anyone who knows me knows that I am a master procrastinator. I mean, why do now what you can put off till tomorrow? Especially since I’ve even created a Twitter hashtag for my indulgence. I present to you: #procrastinatey. Go check it out. Yeah now. You can always read this post later, right? Haha, almost got you there. Uh, yeah. Anyway. I always like to blame my penchant for procrastination…