Did you know that April 1 through Mother's Day, May 10, 2009, is National Card and Letter Writing Month?
National Card and Letter Writing Month is an annual effort intended to promote literacy and celebrate the art of letter writing. What a great idea! So consider writing a letter, or sending a card or postcard to someone you haven't talked to in a while.
At Gifts in 24 you can win books and a $150 gift certificate for doing what comes naturally for writers. Check out their essay contest which runs through May 1, 2009.
We Have Winners!
Monday: Contest Feedback Glossary, brought to you by Steeple Hill, Love Inspired author, Missy Tippens.
Tuesday: Ready-Made Family author, Cheryl Wyatt is up today.
Wednesday: Steeple Hill Love Inspired, debut author, Glynna Kaye on The Timer Is Your Friend (time permitting of course).
Thursday: 2009 Golden Heart finalist, Cara Slaughter takes the spotlight.
Friday: Seekerville is delighted to welcome, Barbour author, Kaye Dacus.
Congratulations to Debby Giusti who DOUBLE finaled in the Wisconsin Write Touch Contest with her Love Inspired Suspense releases, MIA: Missing in Atlanta and Countdown to Death.
More KUDOS to Debby Giusti:Protecting Her Child got a 4 1/2 stars from Romantic Times Bookreviews Magazine.
Courting Miss Adelaide is a finalist in the Best First Book category of the National Reader's Choice Contest. Woo hoo to Janet Dean!
Save The Date:
April 29, 2009 RITA finalist, Judy Duarte
April 30, Agent Natasha Kern
May 5, Character Therapist, Jeannie Campbell
May 6, RITA winner, Linda Goodnight
May 12, We've rescheduled Jeane Wynn, of Wynn-Wynn Media for a Media Day.
And you thought eharlequin.com was the only (free) publishing
social networking site around...
Check out these:
- Authonomy: From HarperCollins
- Mills & Boon Community
- Book Marketing Network located at NING
- JacketFlap for Children's Book Writers
And since it is a slow news weekend, we leave you with something to think about:
Kurt Vonnegut: Eight rules for writing fiction:
1. Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted.
2. Give the reader at least one character he or she can root for.
3. Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water.
4. Every sentence must do one of two things -- reveal character or advance the action.
5. Start as close to the end as possible.
6. Be a sadist. Now matter how sweet and innocent your leading characters, make awful things happen to them -- in order that the reader may see what they are made of.
7. Write to please just one person. If you open a window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story will get pneumonia.
8. Give your readers as much information as possible as soon as possible. To heck with suspense. Readers should have such complete understanding of what is going on, where and why, that they could finish the story themselves, should cockroaches eat the last few pages.
-- Vonnegut, Kurt Vonnegut, Bagombo Snuff Box: Uncollected Short Fiction (New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons 1999), 9-10.