Kimmery’s Top Five Writing Fears

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

1. Fear of Being Considered a Grey’s Anatomy Knockoff: I hear this a lot. My book contains some similarities to the TV show Grey’s Anatomy, apparently. That’s fine, especially because people love that show. For the record, though, I just wanna state: I have never, even once, watched it. I don’t like medical dramas, partly because I’ll fixate on some inaccurate detail and then ruin the show for everyone else…


Writing is the Hardest Thing You Could Ever Choose To Do

Monday, November 7, 2016

In the spirit of election week (have you voted yet?) this week’s Deb topic is about big decisions we’ve made as writers. I watched Ann Patchett speak a few years ago and something that she said really stuck with me. I don’t recall her exact words but essentially she said that a profession as a writer was the hardest thing you could ever choose to do. Let me elaborate: You…


Celebrating Acceptance, Rejecting Rejection

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

When I sent in my application to The Debutante Ball to see if I could be one of the five lucky writers to participate this year, I knew I was putting myself in that familiar, yucky position we have all been in many times before: waiting nervously for either good news or bad. “How perfect,” I thought. My book, Small Admissions, is about exactly that — those absurd moments of waiting…



Thursday, February 11, 2016

Let’s kick this off with contrary thoughts:             My buddy William makes a good point. After all, if you’re perfectly happy to have pizza on the couch, imagine how you’ll delight in that lobster feast on the water, whereas if you spend all week imagining the succulent seafood and amazing company that awaits you, the event might not live up to the limitless boundaries of your imagination….


The Politics of Rejection

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

I’m writing this post while watching live coverage of the New Hampshire primary returns, and as this bizarre passion play unfolds on my television screen I’m struck by how relevant it is to this week’s topic of rejection. We writers moan about how we’re cursed with near-constant rejection, and it’s true: even the most successful writers receive dozens, even hundreds, of “we regret to inform yous” for every accepted submission…


Embracing Rejection

One of Jennifer S. Brown's rejection slips for a short story
Tuesday, February 9, 2016

We’re such romantics over here at the Deb Ball that we thought “Valentine’s Day” and our mind immediately went to “rejection.” That’s the life of a debut novelist. Look, we experience rejection our entire lives. Not a person alive hasn’t been rejected in some way. For example, in 4th grade, I had to wear a headgear. Twenty-four hours a day. And to make it easy to use, my mother took…


Resources for Rejection

Monday, February 8, 2016

Here is the simple truth: unless you write only for yourself, and have no interest in seeking publication in any form, you will experience rejection. In the life of a writer there are infinite opportunities for someone to not choose your work. You can be rejected by institutions that offer grants, fellowships, conferences, and MFA programs. Publications such as literary magazines and newspapers can say sorry, not the right fit….


Writers, Jealousy and Generosity

Monday, January 11, 2016

Okay, lets just get this out in the open. I am a jealous person. I don’t want to be a jealous person. I consider it one of my worst traits. I try to keep my envy in check, but occasionally it gets the best of me. A couple of years ago I was feeling a bit lost. My year-long novel workshop had ended, and I missed the structure and comfort…


Just Keep Swimming…

Thursday, December 17, 2015

The time I almost quit writing was while multiple editors were falling in love with my latest draft. I just didn’t know it. I’d sent the revision to my agent before boarding a plane. The subject read: I LIKED MY LIFE, take 1,683. An exaggeration? Yes. It was the writer’s version of a “feels like” forecast. En route to my ski trip, I considered the possibility that landing kick ass representation was as close to…


The Dream-Come-True Part

Thursday, November 12, 2015

The sales cycle for I LIKED MY LIFE went like this: edit, send to a handful of publishers, collect rejections, err, I mean feedback, repeat. We were on round three of this daunting process when I sent my agent—the amazing Elizabeth Winick Rubinstein—my latest revision. I no longer obsessed about when I’d hear back, exactly who’d be pitched, etc. I’d come to peace with my always-the-bridesmaid-never-the-bride lot as a writer….