Saturday, April 13, 2013
The Weekend Edition
We Have Winners
Please see our rules for giveaways in Seekerville. Be sure to contact us with your snail mail address if you are a winner at firstname.lastname@example.org Don't be shy. Remind us if we get behind per our rules.
Be sure to check here to see if you have been a winner during the last five weeks of Speedbo. Time to start claiming those prizes! All prizes must be claimed by May 15th or they are forfeited.
"CONGRATULATIONS — IT'S A SERIES!!" Monday we broke out the booties, balloons and cigars with Revell author Julie Lessman as she announced the birth of her brand-new series set in 1902 San Francisco. Julie took us step-by-step in the gestation and birth process of a series with a few tips thrown in for good measure. Winner of their choice of a Julie Lessman book is Susan Snodgrass.
Tuesday Abingdon Press and Heartsong Presents author Myra Johnson brought us "Synopsis Writing 101." Myra shared her tips and guidance on encapsulating your novel-length plot in a well-honed synopsis that is sure to catch the eye of a contest judge, agent, or editor. Jennifer Fromke is the craft book of her choice as listed in Myra's post.
Wednesday Love Inspired Historical author Janet Dean chatted about the value of entering contests with her post, "The Water's Fine. Take the Contest Plunge." The three winners of The Bride Wore Spurs, her April release, are Marilyn Puett, Elaine Manders and Jenny Blake.
Ruth Logan Herne shared "Road Tripping Your Way into the Hearts of Readers." The winner of a 15 page critique is Piper Huguley and the winner of The Lawman's Second Chance, the first of her new Love Inspired "Kirkwood Lake" series is Cindy W., Cindy R. and Mary Preston!
Love Inspired author Tina Radcliffe gave us "The Rule of Three in Writing" on Friday. The winner of Michael Hauge's DVD Writing Powerful Movie Scenes is Jackie Layton, the winner of Mending the Doctor's Heart is Jenny Beardsley and the winner of a first three chapter critique of a romance novel, not to exceed 50 pages is Ruth Ann Dell.
Next Week In Seekerville
Monday: Love Inspired author Missy Tippens shares "How to Hook Your Reader: 3 Tips for Using POV and Emotion to Your Advantage." Stop by and comment for a chance to win a copy of her RITA® finalist book, A House Full of Hope.
Tuesday: Bestselling author and writing instructor James Scott Bell reveals how he came up with a seven book historical romance series and, with bated breath, actually wrote it. And now he wonders if he should do more. Maybe you can help him decide.
Wednesday: Love Inspired Suspense author Debby Giusti will provide editing tips for our Speedbo manuscripts today. Add your own favorite editing strategies to Debby's list to be entered in the drawing for one of her books.
Thursday: "Doing the Misstep Dance Or Putting Plan B in Motion" with Tyndale Digital First author Diana Lesire Brandmeyer. Stop by to chat! Seekerville is giving away a digital copy of Mind of Her Own to one visitor.
Friday: Come and meet Michael Reynolds as he talks about "If Nobody Loves Your Book (Except God)... " The secret to dealing with publishing frustration from one of the Bible's greatest scribes." Mike is the author of a wonderful Irish historical fiction series put out by B & H Fiction.
Missy Tippens will be talking about knitting and the tie in to Georgia Sweethearts on Allie Pleiter's DestiKNITions Blog on Wednesday, April 17th. Please stop by!
Don't miss 11.5 Questions with Mary Connealy on Novel Crossings.
Julie Lessman Sightings:
GOODREADS GIVEAWAY UNTIL APRIL 15!! “Sweet Thunderation," Julie's publisher Revell is giving away five free copies of my upcoming release, Love at Any Cost, book 1 in her brand-new “Heart of San Francisco” series. All you have to do is click on the Goodreads link and enter—it’s that’s easy! Good luck and here’s to a win!
April 11-22, 2013:Check out the hunky celebrity Julie chose to represent her new hero in Love at Any Cost and win your choice of any of Julie's books at this fun character spotlight on ANDIE TUBB’S BLOG.
April 11-16, 2013:WIN THE DAUGHTERS OF BOSTON TRILOGY -- THREE BOOKS -- at Kara Grant's Blog
Debby Giusti will be blogging at www.craftieladiesofromance.com on Tuesday. Stop by to say hello!
Random News & Information
Chat with 2013 RITA® Finalists: the RITA Reader Series
In an effort to connect America’s most popular romance writers with their fans across the world, Romance Writers of America® (RWA) is launching an 11-week series of interactive video chat events highlighting 2013 RITA Award finalist authors. Fans will have the unique opportunity to meet one another and ask their favorite authors questions face-to-face in an intimate online environment.
Each week, RWA will host several of the finalists of a 2013 RITA category in a fun Q&A through Shindig.com. Find out about those dashing heroes and daring heroines, writing habits, and more!
How to participate: All you need is a webcam and computer microphone. The events are free to the public, but only the first 1,000 people to RSVP will be granted access to each of the weekly events.
Follow RWA on Twitter @romancewriters (#RITAchat hashtag) during the chats.
It isn't to early to sign up for the Inspirational Chat Week Seven.
June 6, 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT
Authors participating: Elizabeth Camden, Jennifer Delamere, Robin Lee Hatcher, Rachel Hauck, Marta Perry,
Cheryl Reavis, Missy Tippens, and Becky Wade
Click here to learn more & register
Barnes & Noble relabels PubIt! as Nook Press, adds web-based publishing tool (engadget)
Marking Time With the Viewpoint Character (The Editor's Blog)
Spotlight on Heartsong Presents (eharlequin)
April Christian Fiction Online Magazine
Zondervan Launches New YA Imprint (PW)
In the UK at Harlequin, Joanne Grant has been promoted to executive editor, while both Carly Byrne and Flo Nicoll move up to editor. Publishers Lunch)
It's the middle of April-don't forget your April Contests!
In Romantic Suspense, Do You Go with Predictable or Twisted–or Both? (Romance is My Day Job)
Literary Agents Are Watching Blogs & Amazon Bestseller Lists (GalleyCat)
LinkedIn Acquires Pulse in Bid To Be a ‘Professional Publishing Platform’ (GalleyCat)
Self-Publishing Video Tutorials (GalleyCat)
So You're a Writer. Creative...but are you Highly Sensitive?
Author Know Thy Business: Self-Publishing By The Numbers, An Informal Survey (E-book Formatting Fairies)
DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME:
A Serious Bump On The Head Turned This Mother Of Two Into A Best-selling Author (HuffPost)