Welcome to the Weekend Edition. Don't forget to put our calendar on your calendar for the month of May and don't miss a single post!
This has been a busy news week! Stick around and enjoy the links and help yourself to coffee or tea and something to eat from the side bar.
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Be sure to check here to see if you have been a winner during the last five weeks of Speedbo. All prizes must be claimed by May 15th or they are forfeited.
Monday we presented "Macro-editing a Manuscript" with Barbour and Heartsong author Erica Vetsch. The winner of Sagebrush Knights is Mary Hicks.
Abingdon Press author Connie Mann shared her publishing experiences in “Four Reasons It’s Still Too Soon to Quit” on Tuesday. Winner of a print copy of Angel Falls is Melanie Pike.
Wednesday Revell author Lorna Seilstad celebrated the e-release (May 1, 2013) of When Love Calls and shared "Get a G.R.I.P"-G.R.I.P. your reader in your opening chapter." The winner of 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) is Natalie Monk. BTW this post was mentioned at Philosophy of Romance.
Barbour and Harlequin Heartsong Presents author Rose Ross Zediker was our guest on Thursday with "Writer Go Green." The winner of her latest release, Wedding on the Rocks is Sherida Stewart.
Friday was the May Contest Update for all you divas and divos. The winner of a three bundle pack of Tina Radcliffe's Mending the Doctor's Heart, Ruth Logan Herne's The Lawman's Second Chance and Janet Dean's The Bride Wore Spurs is Sally the Graduate. Winner of a one chapter and optional synopsis (total up to 35 pages) contest entry critique is Elaine Manders. AND..the winner of Muddy Mate Gloves is Jan Drexler.
Next Week In Seekerville
Monday:Barbour and Bethany House author Mary Connealy will host with: "God bless the broken road, that led me straight to a book," her journey to a novella collection. Included will be the first ever in the known universe giveaway of A Bride for All Seasons, a mail order bride collection by Margaret Brownley, Debra Clopton, Robin Lee Hatcher and Mary Connealy. Winner will get their book as soon as Mary receives her author's copies.
Tuesday:Love Inspired author Tina Radcliffe shares her innermost thoughts with her terrifying post, "This is My Brain: Why I Don't Sleep At Night." This is not for the faint of heart. Yes, there is a giveaway but is it worth the risk?? (Seekerville accepts no responsibility for any traumatic issues related to this post.)
Wednesday: Hate Change? In the crazy world of publication, "change" is a constant, especially now with the e-book phenom. So what can a writer do to adapt? Author Nancy Herriman has some great tips that will both inspire and help you face this changing industry with grace and humor, including a two-book giveaway of her latest release from Worthy Publishing Josiah's Treasure.
Thursday: HOORAY!!! We're celebrating the print release of Love Inspired author Ruth Logan Herne's latest RT Book Reviews 4-Star book, The Lawman's Second Chance on Thursday. Ruthy's going to talk frankly about tiptoeing cautiously into other people's lives for monetary gain... Or the art of using the tough turns in life to inspire others. She'll be offering a first chapter critique for one commenter and autographed hard copies of this heartfelt story to five lucky commenters.
Friday: Welcome to Jennifer AlLee and Lisa Karon Richardson, will share how they became co-authors without destroying their friendship. They'll be giving away two copies of their new novel, Diamond in the Rough (Whitaker House).
Janet Dean will be signing all her books on Saturday, May 4 in Roanoke, IN, at the Grand Opening of the Roanoke Library from 10-1:00. Come join the fun at Roanoke’s Spring Fling.
Check out this Examiner review of Mary Connealy's Swept Away.
THIS JUST IN! MARY CONNEALY'S BUFFALO GAL IS .99 TODAY!
Save the date! May 17-19th Missy Tippens and Julie Lessman will be taking part in a 31-author Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt. Grand Prize winner will receive an iPad Mini with all 31 e-books loaded on it, and 2 runners-up will receive all 31 books in paperback. Click here for more info!
Julie Lessman Sightings:
April 29 - May 3, 2013: A week of reviews on Love at Any Cost and THREE chances to win that book on Carrie Fancett Pagel's blog, Overcoming with God.
May 6-20, 2013:Win your choice of my books at an interview on Juanita Noble's Blog.
Seeker Authors featured on The Writers Alley!
Thursday, May 9th features Julie Lessman and Friday, May 10th features Ruth Logan Herne. The topic? Tips to Treasure!
Random News & Information
Check out Barbara Vey's Beyond Her Book Blog for highlights of the Reader Appreciation Luncheon.
From RWA: Newly Added! Indie Book Signing. RWA’s introducing an opportunity for 50 authors with self-published romance novels to participate in the new Indie Book Signing at RWA2013. These signings will be run in a very similar fashion to the Publisher-Hosted Book Signings, but in this case, there will be several author-publishers in one room to give away promotional copies of their romance novels.The Indie Book Signing takes place on Thursday, July 18, from 3:00–4:15 p.m. Participating authors must commit to providing a minimum of 48 romance novels to give away in a physical format (print, CD, flash drive, etc.). Authors can sign up by going into their RWA2013 registration and adding this event as an “add-on” to your conference registration.Note: Authors must be registered for the RWA Conference to sign at this event. Questions can be e-mailed to email@example.com.
At Harlequin, Adrienne Macintosh has been promoted to editor, series, while Karen Reid moves up to associate editor, Harlequin Superromance and Charles Griesman has been promoted to editor, Harlequin Desire. In addition, Reka Rubin has been promoted to senior manager, subsidiary rights, while Amy Wilkins moves up to the manager, online engagement. (Publishers Lunch)
Angela James has been promoted to editorial director, Carina Press. (Publishers Lunch)
The Evolution of Publishing Infographic (Content Amp)
More than 2,000 book lovers unite in Kansas City for RT convention (KCTV 5)
How an e-book is like a treadmill at the gym (I Love My Kindle)
Twist Words to Surprise Readers (The Editor's Blog)
11 Signs You’re Meant To Be A Writer ( Catherine, Caffeinated)
In First Year-Over-Year Look, Facebook Posts $400M Revenue Gain in Q1 (Folio)
(Those of us utilizing Facebook's Promote option are reaching for the antacids-at least they aren't publishing books...yet.)
How to Cut Adverbs From Your Writing (Writer's Digest)
Zondervan commits major marketing dollars to Young Adult imprint (Christian Retailing)
How Many Copies Make a Self Publishing Best-Seller (GalleyCat) BTW the book is available free to borrow to Amazon Prime Members)
How To Sign a Digital Author Autograph Online (GalleyCat)
Amazon Cracks Down on Kindle Books Under 2,500 Words (GalleyCat)
Free eBook Sampler of Award finalists available (ECPA)
Did you miss the Vince Mooney trivia this week? "Betty Neels didn’t publish until she was 60 years old and yet she wrote 134 novels."
Market Sizzles for Debut Authors (The Book Deal) BTW this article mentions Lisa Connelly who guested in Seekerville here. Both Lisa and Anne Barton her cousin, were 2011 Golden Heart winners (and now both published authors!)
|Anne Barton and Lisa Connelly|
Congratulations to Lisa on her three book deal with Avon. See page 5 of the latest RWR. First Sale Happy Dancing in Seekerville in Lisa's honor!!!
That's it, Seekerville. Have a great week.