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The Debutante Ball

Five debut authors. Five books. One big dance toward publication.

Last Build Date: Thu, 18 Jan 2018 15:01:10 +0000


Your Ultimate Guide to Finding and Keeping Critique Partners

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 15:01:10 +0000

Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn So…you have a finished draft of a novel? Congratulations! Most aspiring writers never get that far, so already, you’re ahead of the game. But now what? You know enough to know that you need readers. But who? And where do you find them?   First of all, you need qualified readers. Not your neighbor, or your sister’s boyfriend’s cousin, no matter how many books per year...

Kimmery Discusses Beta Readers

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 15:01:59 +0000

Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn   You’ve seen the statistics: 80% of Americans want to write a book. Let’s assume for a moment that 10% of those are somewhat serious about pursuing the idea. Math is not my forte but I believe that would wind up being somewhere in the neighborhood of twenty million people, all of whom have contacted me personally in the last few months to ask for advice....

Critique Partners and Beta Readers—Some Stranger Than Others

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 15:01:56 +0000

Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn   I have had several kinds of critique partners on Girlish. I didn’t have a writing group that met once a week and read each other’s works in progress, but I did have several key people, all located in different parts of the country, who read my work and helped me whip it into shape. Some of the chapters were written during my MFA at West...

The Beta Question

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 15:01:04 +0000

Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn The above quote from the inestimable Neil Gaiman is a lot of why I’ve had beta readers since my fanfic days, but have never had a dedicated critique partner in another writer, at least not since leaving school. Writers have a much, much harder time resisting the urge to say how we would do something — which is not always helpful when talking to another writer....

[News Flash] January 14, 2018

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 16:01:13 +0000

Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Congratulations to Cassie Frye, winner of our #DebBallGiveaway of THE GIRL WITH THE RED BALLOON by Katherine Locke .   Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Jennifer Johnson-Blalock! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a five page critique from Hyphen. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet: Guest Post by Jennifer Johnson-Blalock on the Dreaded Synopsis

Speaking of Distractions…

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 17:12:23 +0000

Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn I totally forgot to write my blog post yesterday. This isn’t a bit. I was distracted by life and day job and eight million other things and totally freaking spaced. So definitely listen to what I’m about to tell you. Writing has never been an act of perfection for me. I write messy first drafts and carve moments out of my life wherever I can find...

Julie’s Three Easy Steps to Writing Through Distraction

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 15:01:18 +0000

Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn My entire life is a distraction. From the moment my children wake up in the morning to the moment they fall asleep, it seems their sole goal in life is to make sure I never complete a task from start-to-finish without being called away from it at least once. When it comes to (“There is a spider in the bathroom and no one can pee until...

When Kimmery Gets Distracted

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 15:01:05 +0000

Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn   Today’s topic is Writing Through Distraction, which I feel eminently qualified to discuss because my God, it is freakishly cold in here. I think my hand just fell off. Where did I put those fingerless gloves and the little ski-package hand warmer thingies? The key to writing through the inevitable maelstrom of carnage that will occur as you are trying to finish your assignment is...

Writing Through Distractions of the Small Child Variety

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 15:01:42 +0000

Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn My emergence as a writer and a mother occurred nearly simultaneously—I was suddenly flooded with stories when I was pregnant with my second child, and my oldest was two years old. Writing for me has always involved coping with distractions of the small child variety.  Yet, I earned two college degrees and wrote over one thousand pages while mothering two small creatures over nearly a decade,...