Deb Joanne emerges from the warm waters of denial.

Wait…my family and friends are going to read my book? I’ve been so focused on the darn thing selling, that I may have overlooked that fact.  But now that this week’s theme is friends and family reading your book, it’s right in my face: PEOPLE I KNOW ARE GOING TO READ MY BOOK.  Oy. I’ve had people read my work before; I wouldn’t be where I am without awesome critique…

Monday, November 14, 2011

In which Deb Kristina is not complaining (not much, anyway)

Here’s my revelation about being published: you don’t walk around in a cloud of stardust every minute. Eventually, it gets routine, even dull. Being a published author starts to feel ordinary, because, well, it is ordinary when you’re in it. Mind you, I’m a positive, upbeat person, so much so that I strongly suspect certain people have wanted to punch me in the nose. However. Even I, the original Pollyanna,…

Monday, July 20, 2009

In which Deb Kristina licks her wounds

Ways to deal with rejection 1. Cry. (But preferably not in front of the rejecter.) 2. Pull weeds in the garden. 3. Exercise. 4. Play Wii boxing, and make a little avatar for the rejecter. 5. Read one-star Amazon reviews of any book ever connected with the rejecter. 6. Get angry and write long profanity-laden journal entries, rant to close friends and family (but STEP AWAY FROM THE BLOG.) 7….

Monday, March 30, 2009

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

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

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

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

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

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…

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

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