Getting the call, by Deb Katie

The week before I queried my agent, he had lunch with an editor who said, “Give me more supernatural YA!” She was, as you can imagine, one of the first people the manuscript went out to. And she loved it—but didn’t think she could sell it exactly as it was. She had suggestions for changes, which were all (in my opinion) very valid. I decided to go ahead and implement…

Tuesday, September 16, 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

Year of the Sale Part Three (no more parts, I promise) by Deb Gail

(Also read: Part One & Part Two) The language of book publishing is the language of a heady, passionate love affair: Adore, real, emotional, open, honest, LOVE. Those were the words from the early rejections I clung to (blocking out “cancer is a tough sell” and “not for me” and “don’t feel the burning passion”) the entire trip from Wisconsin to Maine, like a woman who’s been dumped but keeps…

Monday, January 21, 2008

The Year of the Sale Part Two (okay, it’s actually going to be three parts) by Deb Gail

(Also read: Part One) In the car on the way home from Chicago, I scribbled down notes for the Overview. Of course I had NO idea that the Overview was a key piece of the non-fiction proposal document consisting of up to thirteen parts: subject hook, book hook, special features, foreword by a well-known authority, answers to technical or legal questions, back matter, markets, subsidiary-rights possibilities, spin-offs, mission statement, platform,…

Monday, January 14, 2008

The Call by Guest Deb Christie Craig

The Debs are thrilled to welcome Christie Craig with a story sure to inspire you to get your butt back in the share this year. She’s also giving away a FREE t-shirt to a random commenter so be sure to leave us a note! I remember it like it was just last year. Oh…wait, it was last year. Oddly enough, sometimes it seems like yesterday and other times it seems…

Saturday, January 12, 2008

You Just Have to Believe by Deb Jess

There are many days when I still can’t believe I sold Driving Sideways. Which, when I sold it, was called Riding with Larry Resnick. But then, many things have changed since the day of the sale. I nearly gave up writing in 2002. In fact, I did for awhile. Rejections can be relentless as they chip away at you—you dispatch batch after batch of queries with such hope, sometimes snagging…

Friday, January 11, 2008

Not So Tough: Deb Danielle on the Road to Publication

When Falling Under went out on submission I thought I was ready. Yes, I upped my email checking from, say, twenty times a day to, oh, two hundred. And of course I hovered by the phone and studied the submission list, ate more chocolate and drank more coffee than usual, took up and put down a few dozen projects–knitting, photo albums, muffin making, etc. But I thought I was ready…

Thursday, January 10, 2008

It Could Happen To You by Deb Lisa Daily

I have not one, but two, of the strangest publishing tales in history. It never happens like this. But it happened to me. Twice. Which means, it could happen to you. Here are my sale stories: As many of you know, Fifteen Minutes of Shame is my debut novel, but I also wrote a non-fiction dating advice book entitled Stop Getting Dumped! Bizarre Publishing Experience #1 My husband and I…

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

It’s a Winner! by Deb Jenny

My path to publication was such that I didn’t experience your usual “day in the life of a sale.” As I tried to get Sleeping with Ward Cleaver published, I entered plenty of contests, because often editors judged contests, which meant surpassing slush piles that could be years long. So when I read that Dorchester Publishing was seeking submissions of humorous women’s fiction for their American Title contest, I figured…

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

The Year of the Sale (In Two Parts) by Deb Gail

Two years ago, my first novel WAITRESS OF THE MONTH hadn’t sold, and even though, on my most lucid days, I knew my then-agent was running out of prospects and we were reaching the end, I didn’t want to admit that the story I’d started writing in my head in college and hauled from Massachusetts to Ohio to New York City to New Hampshire to New York State to Vermont…

Monday, January 7, 2008