[News Flash] April 1, 2018

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Sunday, April 1, 2018

Congratulations to @ReadRedRead, winner of our #DebBallGiveaway of one of Lindsay Ribar‘s books! Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Crystal Wilkinson! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of THE BIRDS OF OPULENCE. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet: Interview with @CrystalWilki + #Giveaway for THE BIRDS OF OPULENCE https://t.co/NNAdMbwPmw pic.twitter.com/UT5ZxRnNFW — The Debutante Ball (@DebutanteBall) March 31, 2018  News from the…

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Julie’s Favorite Things

Thursday, March 29, 2018

I love a lot of things…and people…but here is my list in no particular order. Barbecue potato chips. On Valentine’s Day, instead of giving me chocolate, my students bought me many bags of barbecue potato chips because they know that’s what I love! A great book that I can’t wait to pick up every day. The fact that both of my boys see themselves as “writers” and are working on…

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[News Flash] March 25, 2018

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Sunday, March 25, 2018

Congratulations to Rhonda Lomazow, winner of our #DebBallGiveaway of NOT THAT I COULD TELL by Jessica Strawser. Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Lindsay Ribar! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway for a WINNER’S CHOICE—select your choice from The Art of Wishing, The Fourth Wish, Rocks Fall Everyone Dies, or The Pros of Cons!  You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet: Interview w/…

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Things That Are Not Writing, But Will Grow You as a Writer

  Read – books in your genre and books outside of your genre. I spent many, many years just reading before I ever sat down and tried to write a book. I absolutely think it helped. Go Outside – alone, with headphones on to eliminate your urge to talk. Being silent with your thoughts and just letting them wander. Never forcing them down one lane or along one problem’s path,…

Thursday, March 22, 2018
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[News Flash] March 18, 2018

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Sunday, March 18, 2018

Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Jessica Strawser! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of NOT THAT I COULD TELL. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet: Interview w/ Jessica Strawser + Giveaway for NOT THAT I COULD TELL https://t.co/yVcqbQylat pic.twitter.com/7u14G1LYDH — The Debutante Ball (@DebutanteBall) March 17, 2018   News from the 2018 Debs:   Cass Morris moved!…

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Say What, Now?

Thursday, March 15, 2018

THE CALL. The CALL. THE call. The call has reached legendary status among querying writers. Stories told at writing conferences over drinks, everyone with their own version. With my very first offer, the agent emailed me to say, “I loved your manuscript and I’d like to set up a time to chat.” This will incite great panic in writers, because they suddenly begin to gaslight themselves. Is the agent calling…

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[News Flash] March 11, 2018

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Sunday, March 11, 2018

Congratulations to @SFBluestocking, winner of our #DebBallGiveaway of Lara Elena Donnelly’s Nebula-Nominated AMBERLOUGH!   Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Nicole Brinkley, whose post about establishing a relationship with your local bookstore is so informative and helpful!  News from the 2018 Debs:  Cass Morris is really pleased that moving to another city is currently distracting her from freaking out about release-related things. (This is a lie. It’s not a distraction. She’s just freaking…

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Schedules and Deadlines are My Superpower

Thursday, March 8, 2018

  My day job pretty much ensures that I’m an expert on deadlines and schedules. I teach fifth grade, and everything is either part of a schedule or a deadline for myself or my students. For example, I need to make sure I finish teaching multiplication and division of fractions before spring break (deadline: me), or my students need enough time to finish writing their research-based argument essay by March…

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[News Flash] March 4, 2018

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Sunday, March 4, 2018

Congratulations to @prettystronggir   and @way2butch, winners of our #DebBallGiveaway of Rae Theodore’s LEAVING NORMAL: ADVENTURES IN GENDER.   Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest,Lara Elena Donnelly . If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy ofNebula-Nominated AMBERLOUGH. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet: Interview with Lara Elena Donnelly and Giveaway of Nebula-Nominated AMBERLOUGH https://t.co/5euDIFzvae pic.twitter.com/lp7nqHbmKr — The Debutante Ball (@DebutanteBall) March 3,…

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Tips for Handling the Edit Letter

Book Editing
Thursday, March 1, 2018

      This week we’re talking about edit letters, and today I’m going to talk about what to do WITH your edit letter…concrete strategies to make something that feels overwhelming just a little more manageable. Getting an edit letter is hard. It can sometimes be painful to realize how much work you have left to do. While fishermen sit around comparing the size of the fish they’ve caught, writers…

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