Wisdom of the Veteran Writer

Thursday, November 14, 2013

So much of what I have learned in publishing and about the craft of writing I have learned from other writers; from their blogs, their Twitter and Facebook links, and their generosity. It seems like the natural order of things is to pass on what you know to those less experienced or new to the profession. Today I have gathered quotes from just a few of the many who have…

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The Only Thing I Know About Writing is That I Don’t Know

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

I have two mantras when it comes to writing. One is intentional. The other one…well, let’s just say I’ve said it to myself so many times, it’s an honorary mantra. 1: Make it happen. (This is me struggling to wake up extra early to write, realizing the world doesn’t care if I do or I don’t. It’s solely up to me.) 2: I hope I can pull this off. Now that I…

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How Getting an Agent is Like Duck Duck Goose

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

I was terrified of the game of Duck Duck Goose* when I was a kid. I’ve always been an anxious type, so Duck Duck Goose was second only to dodgeball on the list of most dreaded recess games. It’s ironic, then, that as an adult I would submit voluntarily to a similar game–that is, the game of getting a literary agent. For me, getting an agent took two years, two manuscripts,…

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Taking Five to Acknowledge the People Behind My Book

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

It takes more than one person to write a novel, and any author who doesn’t admit that is either lying or an egomaniac. In my case, it took a whole lot of people for VINTAGE to go from a glimmer of an idea to a manuscript to a real-life book that hits bookstores in March. Here are five of them, or five categories of people, since I couldn’t actually narrow it…

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Shaking Off the Nervous Daze of First Days

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

I’m pretty good about remembering things, but for the life of me I can’t remember anything specific about my first days of school. I suspect it’s because they always felt like I was walking through a foggy cloud of nerves. As a kindergartener, I was entering a new world, learning a new language, and all I remember is my teacher showing me how to tie my shoes. Of course I…

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I’m a Reject, You’re a Reject, and Why This is Okay

Rejection sucks. Big time. I’m pretty sure we can all agree on that. But the truth is, nobody gets through this life without experiencing it somewhere along the way, no matter how rich or beautiful or talented you might happen to be. Everybody’s been there. Some other kid gets the part you wanted in the school play. Another candidate is selected for the job. The person you are sure is…

Monday, April 8, 2013
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Deb Dana Hates the “Hurry Up and Wait”

I wouldn’t say I’m an impatient person. I also wouldn’t say I’m a patient person. I’m the kind of person who can be patient when the circumstances demand it, especially when I know waiting will make the outcome better. Example: By the time you read this, my little family will likely have grown from two people to three. Nine months was a perfectly appropriate amount of time for me to…

Tuesday, March 26, 2013
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Deb Tom Is Thankful for Distractions

 Gobble. GobbleGobbleGobbleGobble … Wait. English. Yes. Welcome to Thanksgiving Day at the Debutante Ball! The debutantes are all spending today with their families (and hopefully none of mine), so I – DEB TOM – agreed to fill in at the Ball today. (I might have stolen Deb Susan’s password without her knowing, but we’ll just make that our little secret, shall we?) Those of you in the United States are…

Thursday, November 22, 2012
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Deb Joanne’s Marketingapalooza

This week’s theme is marketing-a timely one for me, since as you know, SMALL MEDIUM AT LARGE is only recently released and thus marketing has been on my mind a lot lately. Okay, more than a lot. More like thoughts of marketing and publicity have been all-consuming. Because here’s the thing: not only do I have a book that I would like people to read*, but I would actually like…

Monday, July 23, 2012
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Deb Molly Talks About Sex (and Publishing)

Remember the first time you had sex? Maybe you spent months — or years — dreaming about the moment when it would finally happen. Maybe you didn’t think about it much at all. Maybe you were impatient because all your friends had already done it, and you couldn’t wait for your turn. Maybe you were determined to be the first one of your friends to do it. Maybe you were…

Wednesday, April 11, 2012
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