Saturday, April 27, 2013
The Weekend Edition
We're doing some spring cleaning and spruce ups in the Village. Getting ready for a few "special" Seekerville projects that are coming up! Can't wait until the details are finalized and we can share. And speaking of paint...here's a great idea for the next time you paint your writerly office. Idea Paint!
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.
Tyndale author Pam Hillman messed with your mind on Monday in her post, "Going Mental with the Mentalist." Winner of a (print or eBook)copy of Brandilyn Collins' Getting Into Character: Seven Secrets a Novelist Can Learn from Actors is Bethany Kaczmarek.
Tuesday, Montlake author Sandra Leesmith gave us "Show Not Tell"- How to revise telling prose and make it show the action. Winner of ten page critique and point out places where you can show instead of tell. Deanna Mundy is the winner of her choice of a 10 page critique focusing on show don't tell or her choice of one of Sandra's books, Current of Love, Price of Victory or Children's Books By Sandy.
Wednesday Seeker and Love Inspired author Glynna Kaye shared on "Deep Cleaning Your Manuscript." Winner of Chris Baty's No Plot? No Problem! A Low-Stress, High-Velocity Guide to Writing a Novel in 30 Days is Cindy Huff. (And no, Glynna doesn't write a novel in 30 days, but the book has some fabulous tips!)
On Thursday, multi-published Montlake author, Carolyn Hughey, and her alter-ego, K. T. Roberts, was our guest . She shared tips she uses for completing her manuscripts and how she manages to keep all her crazy characters straight when she's writing a series. The winner of a digital copy of Elusive Justice is Vince Mooney. And the winner of a digital copy of The Last Witness is Eva Maria Hamilton.
Friday's winner of Holly Jacob's Whedon, PA series is Patti Jo! (And she's doubly surprised because someone... we won't say WHO (as in Dr. Who, mayhap????) forgot to mention that Holly was offering a nice glimpse into her delightful writing... I blame Mary Connealy by default. Whenever something goes awry, we blame Mary. It's just easier that way.(Ruthy wrote this not Tina)
Next Week In Seekerville
Monday: "Macro-editing a Manuscript" with Barbour and Heartsong author Erica Vetsch. Stop by ready to work on those Speedbo manuscripts...AND a chance to win Sagebrush Knights.
Tuesday:Drop by for encouragement from Abingdon Press author Connie Mann sharing her publishing experiences in “Four Reasons It’s Still Too Soon to Quit.”Connie Mann will be giving away a print copy of Angel Falls to one lucky commenter (in U.S.).
Wednesday: Revell author Lorna Seilstad is celebrating the e-release (May 1, 2013) of When Love Calls with us today in Seekerville. Stop by to "Get a G.R.I.P"-G.R.I.P. your reader in your opening chapter. You might win a When Love Calls gift box full of fun stuff including a print copy of When Love Calls and a $10 Starbucks gift card (her main character loves coffee).
Thursday: Join Barbour and Harlequin Heartsong Presents author Rose Ross Zediker for her post "Writer Go Green". Rose is giving away one copy of her latest release, Wedding on the Rocks to one lucky visitor.
Friday: Yes! It's time for the May Contest Update. The prize vault is open.
Janet Dean is signing The Bride Wore Spurs TODAY! Saturday, April 27, from 1-3:00 at The Bookmark Bookstore on North Anthony in Fort Wayne, IN.
JULIE LESSMAN'S CONTESTS!! Don't miss Julie's contests going on where you can win a Kindle, having a character named after you in her next book, a signed copy of that book, choice of her books, a $50 gift card, and/or choice of five top CBA books! Here's the link, so check it out!
April 24-26, 2013:Read an excerpt from Love at Any Cost and a REVIEW, PLUS win your choice of Julie's books including Love at Any Cost OR a printed copy of her ebook A Light in the Window on Carole Jarvis' Blog.
April 19-30, 2013:Don't miss the chance for five giveaways of Julie's latest release, Love at Any Cost at the Book Club Network.
April 19-30, 2013: Win your choice of any of Julie's books including Love at Any Cost at a character spotlight on Nora St. Laurent's blog.
Debby Giusti will attend Barbara Vey's Readers Appreciation Luncheon on Saturday, April 27, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Seekervillian Lyndee Henderson will be there as well as Seekervillian Jennifer Tipton's mom and sister. Debby promises to take lots of pictures for a future Seekerville blog.
From Pam Hillman: When I received the following message from Tyndale Rewards, I thought, "Wouldn't it be cool to WIN the Kindle Fire so I can GIVE IT AWAY?"
"It's Refer a Friend Month at Tyndale Rewards, and we want to reward you for inviting your friends. From now until May 10th we'll be keeping track of all your friend referrals, whoever refers the most friends during that time period will win a FREE Kindle Fire!"
But thoughts aren't very concrete, are they? But a Facebook Event is about as concrete as I can make it, so here you go... Sign up for Tyndale Rewards (which is cool in and of itself), AND get a chance to win the Kindle Fire.
Random News and Information
At Harlequin Shannon Criss has been promoted to associate editor for the Kimani imprint. (Publishers Lunch)
The TARA Contest. Inspirational and Category Romance are low on entries. Contest is open to unpublished and published authors. Entries must be received via upload at www.tararwa.com by May 1st, 2013, 11:59 pm EST. The first 4,500 words of a qualifying manuscript (actual word count). A complete set of rules can be found at www.tararwa.com
Congratulations to MozArks ACFW. A new ACFW chapter headed by Carol Moncado.
Three Great Posts on How to Write a One-Page Synopsis:
Short and Sweet: The One Page Synopsis by Angie Dicken (The Writers Alley)
How To Write a One Page Synopsis (Writers Write)
What to Pack in Your Short Synopsis (Deborah Hale)
Is This An Amazon Tipping Point? (ireader review)
Even YOU Can Create a Meme (Wordmaster Communications)
Don't Miss Brenda Novak's Annual Online Auction for Diabetes Research Starting on May 1st.
OOOh, Great Gifts for Writers! (Pinterest)
Why You Should Back Up Your Writing Right Now (GalleyCat)
Author Know Thy Business: Using Social Media to Grow Your Readership (E-Book Formatting Fairies)
Top 15 E-Book Publishers (DBW)
Laura Drake and Friends: Difference Between Women's Fiction and Romance (eHarlequin)
There are still a few slots left for the May Pitch Session Happily-Ever-After with Love Inspired Editors (eHarlequin)
The Write Stuff for Boston auction will be held to benefit the victims and families of the Boston Marathon bombings (Boston Strong)
WOW! SCRIVENER is 1/2 price on Amazon. PC or Mac. And with the money you save, you can enroll in Gwen Hernandez's Scrivener Class starting in May.
That's it, Seekerville. What are YOU doing this weekend??