In lieu of the secret handshake, by Deb Katie Alender

This post is a little tough for me to write, because I know I can’t write the magical post that most writers seeking representation are longing to read: “Ten Steps That Will 100% Result in Your Finding an Agent.” I know from my pre-publication days that it seems like there’s a secret code, an insidery method to getting an agent (and then selling your novel). Sadly, it’s not true. But…

Tuesday, March 3, 2009
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In which Deb Kristina’s boss rhymes with witch

I have no one to blame but myself for this topic, since I’m the Deb in charge of topic coordination. It sounded like a great idea, and one that our writer-readers would appreciate, especially as the New Year approaches and we turn our thoughts to goals and hopes for the next four seasons. I found myself a bit flummoxed, though, as to what advice to impart. To be in the…

Monday, December 29, 2008
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When “The Call” is more than a call, by Deb Kristina

I’d dreamed of The Call, as I suppose all aspiring writers do. I programmed into my mobile phone the office and cell phone numbers of my agent (the very talented Kristin Nelson), and gave those numbers their very own ringtone. I was sure that’s how the call would come. I’d be out and about somewhere, and I’d hear that special ring, and I’d know right then my dream had come…

Monday, September 15, 2008
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Glancing Backward — and Forward! by Guest Author, Kate Veitch

It is with great pleasure that I introduce the 2008 Debutante season’s final guest author, Kate Veitch. Kate and I met recently at Books Inc in San Francisco where I read from Falling Under, she read from Without A Backward Glance, we held a Q&A and then hung out afterward with some friends and fellow debs. I loved Without A Backward Glance–it is deep and powerful with vivid, complex characters…

Saturday, August 30, 2008
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Debutantes Love to Do The Funky Chicken by Deb Lisa Daily

You know how at the beginning of a night out dancing, you head out onto the dance floor and do that subdued side-to-side move because you don’t want to look like a dork? And then, by the end of the night, fortified with a few tequila shooters or a bottle of Veuve, you’ve kicked off your shoes, begged the DJ to play Oh, What a Night or Dancing Queen or…

Wednesday, August 27, 2008
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How to Kill Your Writing Career. And, Stuff in My Purse. By Deb Lisa Daily

How to Kill Your Writing Career. We’ve all heard stories on how lackluster book sales can slowly leech the life out of your publishing career. But why wait for the returns? This guy is an innovator in killing one’s publishing career in one spectacularly insane gesture: From Publishers Weekly:“A few weeks ago John Mitzel, proprietor of Calamus Books in Boston, was surprised to open his mail and discover he’d been…

Wednesday, June 18, 2008
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News Flash! May 4 2008

Deb News: Deb Eileen would like to thank everyone who came out to see her speak at the Write On Vancouver Conference this weekend. It was great to see you at the book signing. Deb Jess appeared in her first print and online feature article today, in The Oshkosh Northwestern! Thanks to Sarah Owen for the great write-up. Jess will also be appearing in the May 15 issue of MKE…

Sunday, May 4, 2008
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Book Tour 9-1-1 by Deb Lisa Daily

Last night I had an idea for a new cable television show. It would be sort of like SuperNanny, except instead of convincing delinquent, tamper-prone four-year-olds not to flush Sparkles, the family hamster, down the toilet; quick-thinking publicists would jet off across the country to help authors faced with dire publishing emergencies. Or maybe they’d travel in a nitro-powered bookmobile. The show would be called BOOK TOUR 9-1-1. Armed with…

Wednesday, April 30, 2008
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News Flash! April 20, 2008

Deb News Deb Lisa’s Tattered Cover Book Store appearance was featured in an Authors on Tour podcast — Listen here! Deb Lisa continues her whirlwind tour for Fifteen Minutes of Shame. Be sure to tune in — Lisa will be appearing on GOOD DAY ATLANTA (Monday 4/21), STYLE (Knoxville – NBC, 4/24) and DAYTIME (4/25) This week, Lisa will be signing copies of FIFTEEN MINUTES OF SHAME at: Sunday, April…

Sunday, April 20, 2008
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Springtime in New York by Deb Lisa Daily

I am in New York city, and it is a balmy 55 degrees. Now, I come from Florida, so I’m used to 85 degree weather at this time of year, but it feels like spring has started to seep into my brain. Why? My faithful assistant Ashley and I have hatched a scheme: We’re planning on kidnapping Deb Eileen at 5 am tomorrow morning, dressing her up in a strapless…

Wednesday, April 9, 2008
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