The Myth of Having Thick Skin

Friday, October 5, 2018

    A couple of weeks ago, when we were all writing about our path to publication, the subject of rejection and failure had to come up. I shared the fact that I’d sent out one hundred and nine queries before landing an agent, so if you think about it, that’s one hundred and eight rejections. I had failed that many times.  But I don’t think I really wrote a…

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Choose Your Own Adventure: Two Stories About the Querying Process

Thursday, September 20, 2018

This week for The Debutante Ball, we’re sharing our journey to getting a literary agent, so I dug through the archives of my email outbox so you can experience truly and authentically the real realness of my querying process, before I landed the book deal for THEY COULD HAVE NAMED HER ANYTHING. WARNING: THERE ARE TWO PARTS OF THIS BLOG POST. THIS IS STORY #1. Read this story to be…

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Michelangelo and Me

    When I entered the first grade at a private school for girls in Montreal, my long hair pulled smoothly back, green wool tunic perfectly pressed, I was the only little girl who couldn’t yet read or write. They had taken a chance on admitting me anyway, hoping I would catch up to the others, and eventually, I did. This is not a story about myself that I actually…

Friday, September 7, 2018
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Anzaldúa & I write from our core, eat every danish

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Hi, I’m Stephanie and guess what? I’m a Virgo. September 1st was my birthday and a bunch of us rented an apartment by the sea. A friend of a friend offered a tarot card reading for the occasion, but I was nervous, so I asked several questions–how long does it last? Who asks the questions? When we drove back home to the city, I was relieved that I had escaped…

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Kimmery Gets A Little Sappy

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

When I first saw this week’s topic–finding support as a writer– I figured I’d discuss writer’s groups. But then my debut novel, The Queen of Hearts, was released last week, and I realized I have a new perspective on a new phase of this writing journey: the publication period. I’ve had some intense weeks in my life. I’m an ER doctor and a mother, so I’m often surrounded by literal…

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Take Kimmery’s Custom Quiz: Do You Have The Personality Of A Writer?

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

This week on The Debutante Ball, we are describing our personalities. To be honest, I have a hard time describing my personality, which varies according to the person with whom I am interacting and whether or not I’ve had my coffee. Plus, meta-cognition is not really my thing. Therefore, I have decided to focus on your personality. Specifically, I am going to assess whether or not you have the personality…

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[News Flash] 9/17 Hurricanes, Debs in the Wild, and More!

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Congratulations to Jennifer and Kelley, winners of our #DebBallGiveaway of THE SALT LINE by Holly Goddard Jones. Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Jenny D. Williams! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of The Atlas of Forgotten Places. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet: [Guest Post] @jclarkab introduces you to the amazing Jenny D. Williams, author of THE ATLAS… https://t.co/KqERS3TwNV pic.twitter.com/ffmUTlzPGQ —…

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A Tribute to the 2017 Debs: My Highlight Reel

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

With gratitude, sadness, excitement, and pride, I say good-bye to The Debutante Ball. I have so much respect for the incoming 2018 Debs, Cass, Kimmery, Kaitlyn, Lara, and Julie, so it feels wonderful to hand the Deb Ball over to these accomplished, smart women writers. I wish them all the very best. And I send my thanks once again to the 2016 Debs for allowing me the honor of participating…

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Final News Flash for the 2017 Debs

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Congratulations to Megan Armstrong, winner of our #DebBallGiveaway of THE COTTINGLEY SECRET by Hazel Gaynor. Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Kerry Anne King! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of I WISH YOU HAPPY! You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet: RT to Enter! Interview w/ Former Deb @kerryschafer + #DebBallGiveaway of WORLD TREE GIRL & I…

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Heading into August: Deb Ball News Flash

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Congratulations to Kim Lynch, winner of our #DebBallGiveaway of STOLEN BEAUTY by Laurie Lico Albanese. Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Fiona Davis! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of THE ADDRESS!! You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet: RT to Enter! Interview w/ @FionaJDavis + #DebBallGiveaway of THE ADDRESS https://t.co/ObwDPVOpqL pic.twitter.com/BfdfoNle9Q — The Debutante Ball (@DebutanteBall) July…

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