Saturday, November 15, 2008

Seekerville Weekend Edition

Welcome to Seekerville!

We have a potpourri of information to share this weekend.
First, our schedule for this week includes:

Monday-Love Inspired author, Missy Tippens
Tuesday-Harlequin American author, Marin Thomas
Wednesday-Love Inspired Suspense author, Debby Giusti
Thursday- Zondervan and Love Inspired Suspense author, Camy Tang
Friday-Heartsong Presents, Barbour Publishing author, K
elly Hake

Those of you who were kind enough to answer our survey questions will be happy to know that we have the following guests and topics coming to Seekerville in the next few weeks:

November 25, Harlequin Super Romance author, Rogenna Brewer returns with an exclusive post on the craft of writing.

December 1 and December 2, Seekerville Presents How to Write a Query, with examples from our very own Seekers.

December 3, we'll have a down-home, Southern chat with Barbour, Heartsong Presents author,
Kathleen Y'Barbo.

December 4, multi-published author, Susan May Warren will be here to share on how to get the attention of an editor or agent.

Also, Zebra Historical Romance author, Diana Cosby is returning to teach on those dreaded synopsis. Date-to-be-determined.

And you can be sure we will be giving away lots of books!!

We heard that the 2009 Linda Howard Award of Excellence Contest is short of inspirational entries. Let's step up and keep the category alive!!

Fee: $25 - $30
Postmark/Electronic deadline: Saturday, November 22, 2008
Eligibility: not published in novel-length fiction in category entered in last 5 years
Entry: First 25 pages of manuscript
Categories/Final Judges:
Contemporary series romance (Long & Short) – Susan Litman, Editor, Harlequin
Single title – Selina McLemore, Editor, Grand Central Publishers
Historical – Alicia Condon, Editorial Director, Dorchester
Romantic Suspense – Megan McKeever, Associate Editor, Pocket Books
Unique Genre (Fantasy, Future, Time Travel & Paranormal) – Melissa Singer, Editor, Tor
Romantic Sensual and Sizzling (Erotica) – Raelene Gorlinsky, Editor, Ellora’s Cave
Inspirational – Tina Colombo, Editor, Steeple Hill
Young Adult – Jennifer Heddle, Editor, MTV Books
Top Prizes: First place will receive $25, a metal bookmark with name, contest and year. Second to fifth place will receive a certificate. First to fourth place will have their names printed in the RWR

Monday, November 17, is the last ....the very last day to enter the RWA Golden Heart competition.

Christmas is only 40 days away.

Soon we'll be sharing our favorite sites for holiday gifts for writers. But I couldn't wait to share this site. If you are a Jane Austen fan, no doubt you'll order one of these Pride and Prejudice games for yourself and one for a friend. Pick a couple from the novel and maneuver them through town and the countryside. Experience Regency Life, answer questions about the book, then race to the Parish Church to marry and win the game!

That's it for this weekend's edition ....see you this week!


  1. Oh, Tina, you are pure genius advertising our posts for the next few weeks!! Thank you for ALL that you do to promote this blog -- you're AMAZING!!


  2. Tina,

    Thank you for heading up the Weekend Editions. We really appreciate it.


  3. Cheryl, you have a new picture. You are so cute.

    Hiya Jules.

    You all are very welcome. I anticipate promoting my books very soon..he he he.

  4. Hi,

    Since we're having fun on the weekend, does anybody know approx. how many people in ACFW are in RWA?

    I think the Linda Howard contest is open to RWA members only.

    So, I'm just wondering if your notice of need for inspy will cause a flood of entries, or not. :)
    Also, do many people go to both conferences?

  5. Dear Anonymous.

    It would be lovely if you signed your name. Anonymous is so impersonal.

    There are 9 thousand members in RWA. ACFW has about 1500 to 2 thousand members. How many are in both? How many people go to both conferences? No clue.

    Hopefully sharing the info will cause enough people to enter to save the category. Traditionally most entries arrive for a contest at the last minute.

    Perhaps a post discussing the merits of both organizations is warranted. However it isn't a comparison. They are very much apples and oranges.

  6. Anon,

    I go to both the RWA conference and the ACFW conference any year when financially possible. I love them both, but for different reasons. A couple of years I had to pick one, and that was a terrible thing! So hard to do.

    From what I can remember, there seems to be pretty large group of people that I see at both conferences. Both are excellent organizations definitely worth joining!

    Tina, thanks for another great weekend update!!

  7. Tina, your weekend updates are outstanding! Can't wait to promote your books, but in the mean time, we'll have to promote your magazine articles!!

    Yay, Tina!! WW loves you!!

  8. Oh, I LOVE the Pride and Prejudice games! LOL! Too fun.

    Okay, can you guys believe my self control? I'm not entering the Linda Howard contest or The Golden Heart! I know you're impressed. ;-)

    (Only a few more hours to go and the temptation will be past!!!)