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The Debutante Ball

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

Last Build Date: Mon, 19 Mar 2018 14:01:58 +0000


Things That Aren’t Writing

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 14:01:58 +0000

Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn The vernal equinox is tomorrow, and in the spirit of balance, this week, the Debs are talking about the importance of not writing. But first, enjoy these photos I took as scientific proof that winter will end, dammit. Every once in a while, the internet will spit out advice to aspiring authors that if you want to be a writer, you must write every day. To this, I...

[News Flash] March 18, 2018

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 14:01:01 +0000

Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Jessica Strawser! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of NOT THAT I COULD TELL. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet: Interview w/ Jessica Strawser + Giveaway for NOT THAT I COULD TELL — The Debutante Ball (@DebutanteBall) March 17, 2018   News from the 2018...

Do Your Research & Trust Your Gut: The Call

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 14:01:51 +0000

Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn This week on the blog we’re talking about the infamous call. When I first started querying, I went down the rabbit hole with stories of The Call. I’m a researcher by nature, and I wanted to be as informed as possible if/when the phone ever rang. I’ve now spoken to three different agents about my work (one for an R&R and two offers), and I’m here...

Say What, Now?

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 14:01:33 +0000

Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn THE CALL. The CALL. THE call. The call has reached legendary status among querying writers. Stories told at writing conferences over drinks, everyone with their own version. With my very first offer, the agent emailed me to say, “I loved your manuscript and I’d like to set up a time to chat.” This will incite great panic in writers, because they suddenly begin to gaslight themselves....

The Call: It Doesn’t Always Go Like You’d Think

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 14:01:37 +0000

Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn   When I was an aspiring author, I read every query letter success story I could get my hands on. There was a common theme to these essays, which tended to go something like this: the writer, having long since given up hope that she’d ever become published, is strolling through Target one day when her phone rings. She glances at it, realizes the phone is...

The Offer Call/Email for Girlish

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 14:01:56 +0000

Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn I was sitting on the cabin porch when I got The Call, which in my case, was not actually a call but an email—Thank God, because I hate talking on the phone and the cabin has really bad cell service. (The plastic sheeting pictured here was down when I actually got the email, because it was summer. However, today it is not anything close to summer...

A taste of the surreal

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 14:01:08 +0000

Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Here’s where I was standing when I got The Call from Connor Goldsmith: Yeah. It was kind of a bonkers day. But my life has often seemed a strange and haphazard thing, so it only seems appropriate that one of the most significant moments of it should also be one of the most surreal. It’s actually not out of character at all. I seem destined to...

[News Flash] March 11, 2018

Sun, 11 Mar 2018 14:01:53 +0000

Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Congratulations to @SFBluestocking, winner of our #DebBallGiveaway of Lara Elena Donnelly’s Nebula-Nominated AMBERLOUGH!   Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Nicole Brinkley, whose post about establishing a relationship with your local bookstore is so informative and helpful!  News from the 2018 Debs:  Cass Morris is really pleased that moving to another city is currently distracting her from freaking out about release-related things. (This is a lie. It’s not a...

Establishing a Relationship with Your Local Bookstore with Nicole Brinkley!

Sat, 10 Mar 2018 15:21:08 +0000

Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn   Nicole Brinkley has short hair and loves dragons. The rest changes without notice. She is an independent bookseller and the founder of YA Interrobang. Follow her on Twitter: @nebrinkley. Learn from her on Patreon.             One of the things that authors daydream about most when it comes to their book is seeing it on the shelf of a bookstore. But bookstores can...