The Top Three Things That Surprised Me About Publishing A Novel

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

This week we are talking about the differences between expectations and reality when it comes to traditionally publishing. I’ve compiled a run-down of my top three surprises regarding the process but if I had to sum up my debut publishing experience in one word it would be this: intense. The doctor in me feels compelled to point out that my limbic system took a beating this year, whirling around in…


Deb Dana Has a Surprise Announcement

Last week, when I saw the topic for this week’s post, I thought, “UGH. A secret I can share? Do I have any of those?” And then I got a call from my agent on Thursday. What was this call about, you ask? Well, I can’t tell you quite yet, making it the perfect topic for this post. But suffice it to say, our conversation involved books. Specifically, books written…

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Deb Susan’s Kitty Friendship Surprise

When I sat down to write a ninja detective mystery, I knew I had a couple of fairly substantial hurdles to clear. High on the list: unrepentant assassins don’t rank very high on the “winsome protagonist scale.”If I wanted to write a mystery series starring a highly trained killer, I needed to round off some of his edges a bit. Fortunately, there’s an app a writing trick for that. Most…

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Newsflash: December 16, 2012

From the 2013 Debs… Deb Kerry is sort of having a panic attack because everybody has copies of BETWEEN. In search of sanity, she has started working on Book Three, as yet untitled Deb Dana downloaded an advanced copy of BETWEEN onto her Kindle and can’t wait to start reading! Deb Kelly got an advance copy of BETWEEN! Oh frabjous day! Deb Susan is mentoring Charles Harrelson’s thriller THE LANCE in the Pitch…

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Surprise! This Week’s Guest is You!

In keeping with our “week of surprises,” we thought we’d ask YOU – our readers – to take The Deb Interview and let us get to know you a little better! You can answer in the comments or on your blog – and if you blog your answers be sure to leave the link in the comments so we can find you! The Debutante Ball is all about community. It…

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Deb Susan is Surprised by Ninja Turkeys

Let me begin by saying I don’t live in the country. My house lies in a fully residential suburb of Sacramento, California – sidewalks, urban sprawl, you get the idea. Which is why it came as such a surprise one evening when my son looked out the window and said, “Mom … there are turkeys in the yard.” “Real turkeys?”  I asked. “As in – birds?” (I thought maybe he…

Thursday, October 11, 2012

That time Deb Dana was attacked by a monkey

I would like to tell you about the time I was attacked by a monkey. It was mid-April in 2007, and I was in India as part of my job working as a field producer for the PBS Nightly Business Report. I had traveled abroad, along with my bureau chief and our trusty videographer, for a series and special we were producing on the Indian economy. For two weeks, we…

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Newsflash: October 7, 2012:

Congrats to Florence, winner of Sarah Jio’s BLACKBERRY WINTER! From the 2013 Debs… Deb Kerry is feeling like a real author now that BETWEEN has a cover & blurb up on  Amazon and Barnes & Noble Deb Dana received her first blurb, from the lovely Stacey Ballis, who calls protagonist Hannah Sugarman “Bridget Jones with a killer cinnamon bun recipe”! Deb Kelly’s book is now available for preorder here! Deb Susan is…

Sunday, October 7, 2012