News Flash: Firsts and Lasts Edition

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Congratulations to Jacky McFadden, winner of WHITE WALLS by Judy Batalion!

Check back next week, where we will announce the winner of this weeks giveaway–BELLWEATHER RHAPSODY BY Kate Racculia!

From the 2016 Debs:

Louise Miller is finishing up reading (and tinkering) with her last-pass pages, which has made her a little weepy. And writing her acknowledgements. And her dedication. It’s been an emotional week!

Louise and Jennifer have coffee
Louise and Jennifer at Cafe Algiers in Cambridge

Jennifer S. Brown is having a caffeinated week. She started with coffee with Louise on Monday, where they discussed writing and publishing and how mean Jennifer is for not getting her kids a dog, and she ended it with coffee with her NAL publicist on Friday, where they discussed MODERN GIRLS and publishing and how mean Jennifer is for not getting her kids a dog.

Heather Young is about to start writing her acknowledgements and dedication, but more importantly she got her first ever review on Goodreads (via an advanced review copy) and shit is starting to feel very, very real.

Abby Fabiaschi is headdown in copy edits. Who are those children and why are they calling her Momma?? (Kidding… kids still hugged and fed, but everything else has gone to shit.)

Aya de Leon is in a mild panic at the end of her winter break. Her book #2 draft is still in “quantity before quality” NaNoWriMo form, her copyedits on UPTOWN THIEF are due in two weeks, and she has to go back to teaching. On the bright side, she had her first–and very amazing–marketing and publicity call with her agent, editor, the house publicist and her freelance publicist. Like Abby, she will be parenting, writing, and doing the bare minimum in other areas.

For Writers

Here are some of the best things we saw on the internet this week:
Places to Submit
Gotham Writers is accepting submissions until February 19th for the 91-Word Memoir Contest. Tell a story from your life in 91 words, or less. (Not including title.) Stories must be original and unpublished. Winners receive a free 10-week writing class at Gotham Writers Workshop.

Hippocampus Magazine (which recently published an essay by Deb Jennifer) is seeking creative nonfiction on the theme of “Firsts.” They write: “We’re looking for works of creative nonfiction, of up to 3,500 words, that explore ‘firsts.’ We’ll leave the interpretation up to you. While we know we’ll see first kiss and ‘first time’ stories, don’t be afraid to get creative with the ‘firsts’ theme. We’re looking for variety!” Submit your piece online.

The Bellevue Literary Review is seeking submissions of previously unpublished fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for an upcoming special issue on “how memory entwines in our lives and how it affects the body, mind, and relationships.” Deadline is February 1.

Creative Nonfiction is seeking Instagram Micro-Essays. Post an original photo. Write a CNF-worthy caption (note: IG limits captions to 2,200 characters). Add the hashtags #cnfgram and #tinytruth.

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Louise Miller

Louise Miller is the author of THE CITY BAKER'S GUIDE TO COUNTRY LIVING (Pamela Dorman Books/Viking/August 9, 2016), the story of a commitment-phobic pastry chef who discovers the meaning of belonging while competing in the cut-throat world of Vermont county fair baking contests. Find out more at

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