Welcome to the start of Week 4 of our Seekerville Birthday where the party rocks on! Today we're giving away a Seeker Book of Choice to a Weekend Edition Commenter who shares their favorite birthday memory in the comments! Winner announced in the next Weekend Edition.
The Week 4 Birthday Present is
And remember, we collect the comments all month long for a drawing for our big birthday EXTRAVAGANZA present. Winner announced at the end of the month.
We Have Winners
We're getting those mailings out as fast as we can. If you are a winner contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Remind us if it has been more than 8 weeks and your prize has not arrived. See our rules under the legal tab above.
Did you check the Week Two Giveaway List to see if your name is listed???
Our Week 3 Birthday Present is the Kindle Paperwhite and the winner is Annie Rains.
Last Sunday's winner of a Seekerville birthday gift bag with a special treat inside is Tina Pinson.
Love Inspired author Missy Tippens was your hostess on Monday with "5 All-time Favorite Writing Tips" as well as a giveaways of 5- first-page critiques. She had so many enter that she decided to draw 2 batches of names to do 10- first page critiques! Winners:
Vision Writer (Amber Schamel)
On Tuesday Sandra Leesmith shared her experience with the Plot Whisperer, Martha Alderson in "I Called the Plot Whisperer." The winner of an hour consultation with the Plot Whisperer courtesy of Sandra Leesmith is Natalie Monk. Winners of The Plot Whisper book of choice are Dianna Shuford, Kav and Vince Mooney. The winner of The Price of Victory (hard copy or Kindle) is Rachel Larow.
Wednesday Seekerville was honored to have Publishers Weekly's Barbara Vey visiting. Prize winners from Barbara's visit are:
From Tina Radcliffe, four $5 Starbucks gift cards. Winners: Terri, Andrea Mitchell Wood, Lady Dragon Keeper and Jill Weatherholt.
From Mary Connealy, her soon-to-be-released e-book, Candlelight Christmas, featuring Mary's novella, The Christmas Candle and The Outlaw's Gift by Linda Goodnight. Winner: Marianne
From Janet Dean, winner's choice of Janet's books. Winners:Linda Bonny Olin and DebH.
From Missy Tippens, A House Full of Hope to winner Carla Olson Gade.
From Glynna Kaye, Second Chance Courtship to winner C.E. Hart and At Home In His Heart to Amy Campbell.
From Ruth Logan Herne, a copy of Yuletide Hearts to Katy Lee and His Mistletoe Family to Donna Phillips
From Pam Hillman is giving away two e-books of Stealing Jake.The winners are Mary Cline, and Marissa.
From Myra Johnson, a Kindle version of One Imperfect Christmas. The winner is Runner10.
From Julie Lessman, an e-copy of A Light in the Window to winner Deborah Dunson.
From Audra Harders, chocolate. Winners are Kathy Eberly, Joanne Sher, Ruth Kaufman, KarenK and Cindy W.
From Debby Giusti five $5 Starbucks' gift cards. Each winner will also receive the choice of one of her books. Winners are Susan Condone, Renee Steeler Girl, Amy B, Joysanne and Rose.
Carla Stewart and her pals stopped by Thursday to share about Women's Fiction. Winner of Stardust, her latest release from FaithWords is Pol .
We managed to snag Rivet Your Readers with Deep Point of View author Jill Elizabeth Nelson for a Seekerville visit on Friday with her post "The Nature of Deep Point of View." If you haven't already, go directly to Amazon to download a free digital copy of her POV handbook. Today is the last day! Remember, you can download it to your PC if you don't have an e reader.
Saturday Seeker Audra Harders is brought us "What Makes Villains Tick?" Winners of Audra's pre-season holiday bark are Connie Queen and Helen Gray.
Next Week In Seekerville
Monday: Variety isn't just the spice of life, it's the spice that will kick your manuscript up another notch. Sentences all start the same? Paragraphs? All your chapters begin with a character name, every single time? Take a gander at your wip this weekend, then join Tyndale author Pam Hillman for a discussion on mixing it up a little. Monday's giveaway is a critique of the first five pages of your manuscript to review your opening paragraphs.
Tuesday:Just when you think you know everything you need to, you learn "Five New Things About the Publishing Business." Montlake Romance author Sandra Leesmith will be with us to share FIVE new things she's learned during our fifth Seekerville year. And she's got a surprise giveaway too!
Wednesday:L ove Inspired author Glynna Kaye explores "Getting There From Here: 5 Ways to Kickstart That Opening Chapter." She'll be giving away a COMPLETE set of the Love Inspired 6-book "Texas Twins" series to one lucky commenter!
Thursday: Thomas Nelson author Cara Lynn James will blog about "The 5 Biggest Writing Blunders." She'll be giving away FIVE $5.00 Starbuck gift cards and 5 one-page critiques.
Friday:Christy-award-winning author Lisa Bergren kicks off the fabulous Fall Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt scheduled October 25-28 with a fun poll of her FIVE FAV COVERS from that hunt, which features 31 CBA authors. With a grand prize of a Kindle Fire and 31 brand-new releases, there's a weekend of fun and prizes in store, including exclusive insights from each of the authors on their new releases and over 100 prizes from the individual authors themselves. Come by Seekerville to vote for your favorite cover, check out the list of authors and their prizes and have a chance to win Lisa's wonderful new release, Glamorous Illusions.
Saturday: Love Inspired Suspense author Debby Giusti will be blogging about "Five Years: Looking Back and Moving Forward." Debby promises to give away something fun so stop by the Seekeerville Birthday Party and leave a comment to be entered in the drawing.
Don't forget to check out the Friends of Seekerville (The Village People) Photo Album. Continue to send your photos of you and Seekers or you reading a Seeker release to email@example.com. We'll be picking a winner from all the photos sent for a special birthday prize on November 3rd.
Don't forget to Nominate Seekerville for the Writer's Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers in the genre fiction category!
Julie Lessman Sightings. Now through October 19, 2012:Five Chances to Win!!! Win A Love Surrendered at a giveaway on The Bookclub Network blog.
October 15 - 22, 2012 Win your choice of any of Julie's books including A Love Surrendered and Julie's Christmas e-book A Light in the Window at a giveaway at Sarah Forgrave's blog.
October 25 - 28, 2012 Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt!! Books and prizes and fun from each of 31 CBA authors including Lisa Bergren, Liz Curtis Higgs, Kristen Heitzmann, Robin Lee Hatcher, Tamara Alexander and our own Julie Lessman, to name only a few (entire list can be found at Julie's Journal Jots). Prizes include the chance to win a Kindle Fire and 31 New Releases from said authors plus prizes from each. The hunt features exclusive material from each author about their new release, not found anywhere else.
HINT: Julie's giveaway will be choice of Julie's books, a $50 gift card and having a character named after you in Julie's next book! For more information, and the starting point, begin the hunt at www.LisaBergren.com. The hunt can be completed anytime that weekend. Remember: It all starts at Lisa Bergren’s blog on October 25.
Don't forget to prowl your local Barnes & Noble or independent bookstore for a copy of the December RT Book Reviews featuring 59 Love Inspired authors in a Love Inspired 15 year celebration! The cover highlights books by Missy Tippens and Tina Radcliffe.
Why is Tina Radcliffe smiling?
A. She's had too much birthday cake.
B. Her Harley is back from the shop.
C.Because she'll be blogging on the ACFW Blog, on Thursday, October 25th!
Answer: All of the above. So stop by and say hi!
Wonderful News & Random News & Information
The Silicon Valley RWA GOTCHA! Contest ends November 1st, 2012. YOU ARE ELIGIBLE TO ENTER ANY CATEGORY IN WHICH YOU ARE NOT PUBLISHED. Categories and Final-round Guest Judges are:
Single Title Contemporary: Katherine Pelz of Berkley Publishing
Inspirational: Becky Monds of Thomas Nelson
Young Adult: Natashya Wilson of Harlequin Teen
Harlequin/Category-Length Series: Charles Griemsman of Harlequin
Paranormal/Fantasy/Romantic Suspense: Leah Hultenschmidt of Sourcebooks
Erotic Romance/Romantica: Jennifer Miller of Samhain
To celebrate the contest's anniversary:An additional Grand Final Round will be judged by Sue Grimshaw of Random House,and one entrant will become the GOTCHA Overall Contest Winner. That lucky person will be invited to guest blog at Romance at Random, a wonderful promotional opportunity for a new author.
Harlequin Plans Contemporary Romance Imprint (PW)
Don't delay entering The Love Inspired Fast Track Event (eharlequin.com)
Creating More Neurotic Authors: Amazon's Author Rank (LA Times Jacket Copy)
Barbara Freethy Sells One Million eBooks Through B&N’s PubIt! Platform (GalleyCat)
What Do Literary Agents Really Want? (The Guardian Books Blog)
A History of Social Media [Infographic] (copyblogger)
Three Ways to Use Amazon to Sell More Books (Digital Book World)
Think Like A Writer Every Day, Even If You Can’t Write Every Day (The Creative Penn)
What happens when you mix Seeker friend Jeanne T and a Flourless Chocolate with Cake with Coconut? The Answer is YUM!!!! Check it out at the Yankee-Belle Cafe!
You can download this gluten free recipe on the Seekerville webpage here.
Susan Anne Mason
Patti Jo Moore
Their first page will be sent to Associate Editor Elizabeth Mazer for judging. The winner will be announced on November 3rd.
The winner will have an opportunity to avoid the slush pile and submit his/her first three chapters and synopsis to Associate Editor Elizabeth Mazer by snail mail. The remaining finalists will have an opportunity to submit the first five pages of their manuscripts to Seekerville for an anonymous critique.Thank you to everyone who entered for helping us celebrate our birthday and being a special friend of Seekerville.
That's it!!! Pass the cake and have a great week!