Dear Reader

Friday, November 23, 2018

        I remember when I went to my writing group after my agent got the offer from Penguin, and a writer friend asked me if I was happy. He wanted to know if selling the book was as great as I thought it would be, or if it was somehow disappointing. A let-down. I told him it’s every bit as great as I hoped. It’s a dream…


So Many Thanks To My Book Village

Thursday, November 24, 2016

This Thanksgiving week, the Debutantes are expressing their thanks.  Like Crystal mentioned in her post, the acknowledgments at the end of BECOMING BONNIE are going to give some specific shout outs, but on this day of thanks I wanted to acknowledge the fact that this book has been touched by so many wonderful people and groups. While writing a novel can be solitary at times, I’ve been extremely fortunate to…


A Memoirist’s Extra Layers of Gratitude

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

It didn’t matter how many times I took a crack at the acknowledgements for Caged Eyes, the note felt distressingly inadequate. There simply wasn’t enough space to convey the magnitude of my appreciation for the many, many people who played a part in my story becoming a memoir. Book publishing is a team sport. And memoir? It’s even more so. I’m immensely proud that Caged Eyes will be the first…


“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.” ~ Cicero

Monday, November 21, 2016

This Thanksgiving week, the Debutantes are expressing their thanks.  I think that most authors will tell you that writing their acknowledgments is one of the most nerve-wracking parts of the publishing process. I hemmed and hawed and changed it at least 20 or 30 times. And I do worry. Are there people I forgot? There are many people in my life that I love dearly and are thankful for them…


News Flash: Readings and Roadtrips and a BIG #DebBallGiveaway!

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Congratulations to Rhonda Lomazow for winning a copy of LAST WOMAN STANDING by Thelma Adams!  We send our thanks to Georgia Clark for being our guest on The Debutante Ball yesterday! If you haven’t already, please pick up a copy of her book,THE REGULARS. You can also enter a giveaway to win her online book marketing course The Pro-Active Author! Simply RETWEET on Twitter, and/or SHARE on Facebook using the hashtag #DebBallGiveaway by noon (EST) November 25th for your…


The Shit I’m Thankful For: A Poem

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

What am I thankful for?? Well, first let me tell you what I’m not thankful for, and that’s posting the day after Jennifer, because everything she wrote about public displays of gratitude, saturating Thanksgiving meals with bourbon, and warmly thanking everyone she loves had me going, “Oh, yeah.” “Yup.” “Yep, that, too.” So I apologize in advance for doing exactly what Jennifer did, only not so wittily nor so well. No, wait…


Gratitude Shmatitude

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

After reading Louise’s heartfelt post yesterday about all the people who have helped her along the way, I’m tempted to go schmaltzy and do the same. But the thing is, that’s not me. I have a reputation among my friends of not being a terribly emotional person. I’m the kind of person you come to when you want a problem solved, not the person you turn to for a good…


On Thanksgiving, A Reminder That the Rest Is Gravy

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of talking to newly-minted National Book Award winner Jacqueline Woodson, about her prize-winning memoir, BROWN GIRL DREAMING. Along with being an amazing writer, Woodson is a loving partner and parent. And she said something during our chat that stuck with me: “This is the moment, this is the now, and we don’t get this back. With writing, it’s so much what I love…


Newsflash: November 25, 2012

From the 2013 Debs… Deb Kerry really has no news of interest. Other than discovering that apple pie can be made without peeling the apples first. This is BIG news for busy writers everywhere! Deb Dana spent a lovely Thanksgiving with her extended family — and ate way too much pie! Deb Susan also enjoyed a relaxing and happy Thanksgiving with family and friends – and hopes everyone else enjoyed the holiday too!…

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Deb Amy Loves Leftovers—In The Fridge And In The Manuscript

It’s the day after Thanksgiving so if you’re reading this, you’re either still in a triptophan stupor, you’re back from shopping at midnight, or you, like me, prefer to guard the leftover stuffing instead of to fight for the best deal on hat and mitten sets. And while many would say they don’t like leftovers, I think there is a lot to be said for making something last and revisiting…

Friday, November 23, 2012