Predictions by Deb Eileen

I love this week’s topic. My first book- In the Stars– is about a woman who fakes psychic abilities in an effort to get her ex boyfriend back. As any writer will tell you one of the best things about writing is finding things to do to procrastinate doing the actual writing. As a result, I spent a lot of time avoiding writing by researching psychics, talking to people who…

Friday, November 3, 2006
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Reading is Fundamental by Deb Eileen

One summer when I was a small kid our library held a reading program. In an effort to encourage wee readers they created a “treasure map” and for each book read you received a sticker. If you filled in the entire map you earned a gift certificate for McDonalds. Nothing like artery clogging food to inspire you to feed your mind.

Friday, October 27, 2006
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The Truth Shall Set You Free (and other Write Lies) by Deb Mia

All right, all right. I’m going to ‘fess up here. As a writer and author on the brink of publication, I am constantly lamenting to anyone who will listen about how I don’t have enough time to write. If only I had more time to write, my second novel would be done! If only I had more time to write, my agent would see that I’m not a slacker, but…

Thursday, October 26, 2006
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“The Time Has Come,” The Wall Man Said by Deb Jennifer

This past week, instead of writing, I’ve been dealing with contractors — the retaining wall beside our house has fallen in and our roof is leaking.   The guy building our new wall — and it is a beautiful wall — is fascinated with the fact that I’m a writer.   He says he wants to write a book.  Instead of working on my new book, I stand out in the cold…

Wednesday, October 25, 2006
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Exercise Addiction By Spandex-ed Deb Anna

My name is Anna and I am an exercise addict. In terms of addictions, it could be worse – I should know, because I have all of them. (I have what they call an addictive personality.) With exercise, however, I’m not planning to get into recovery. See, considering the fact that I’m also addicted to chocolate (an obsession I seem to share with my fellow Deb Mia), my need to…

Saturday, October 21, 2006
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Call It By Name by Deb Jennifer

When I was a kid, I thought there was a trapdoor under my bed that led to the goblin trains. Sometimes, at night, when I’d put my head down on the pillow, I’d hear the rhythmic sound of the trains speeding along the tracks deep underground. I’d picture the tunnels through dirt and stone and the terrible little men who drove the engines. Sometimes, one would come up and take…

Wednesday, October 18, 2006
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Publishing is Not for Sissies by Deb Eileen

Things I’ve learned about the publishing industry thus far: • Publishing is not for sissies – If you want to publish, you actually have to send things in, even though this means risking rejection • There will be rejection, count on it – If you ask five people their opinion, you will get five different opinions

Friday, October 13, 2006
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How I Got Published, a Bedtime Story by Deb Mia

A true story, the “take-a-seat, this-may-take-awhile” bedtime story that I tell my six year-old daughter to explain how I ended up as a Debutante Author of a book that will be published in less than – holy smokes – four months: Once upon a time, there was a little girl who wanted to write. Her name was Mia King. She absconded her parents’ manual typewriter when she was in the…

Thursday, October 12, 2006
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Perserverance and Planetary Alignment by Deb Jennifer

The day I landed my first agent, I thought I had it made.  She was one of my top choices – a reputable agent who’d had some big name clients.  And she loved my novel.  She gushed.  She said she didn’t want to change a thing and planned to send it out just as it was.  She did warn that it would be a tough sell.  But she sounded so…

Wednesday, October 11, 2006
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Publishing for Princesses by Deb Anna

Though I can all but guarantee I will both eat and live to regret these words, I have to say that thus far, book publishing has been fairly dreamy. Keep in mind, however, that I’m saying this after over a decade in the magazine world, where I’ve constantly competed with hundreds, if not thousands, of writers for an assignment, where I’m asked to rewrite pieces up to four times and…

Monday, October 9, 2006
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