Saturday, May 18, 2013

The Weekend Edition

Welcome to another Weekend Edition. 
We're relaxing this weekend and enjoying spring.
 Favorite spring bloom? Peony. Yours?
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  Don't be shy. Remind us if we get behind per our rules.

Cathy Shouse was be our guest blogger Monday in Seekerville, with tips for surviving contests entitled "Survivor: Contest Island Edition." Winner of The Bride Wore Spurs, Love Inspired Historical, is Cindy Regnier. 

Love Inspired suspense author Debby Giusti shared highlights of Barbara Vey's Reader Appreciation Luncheon along with information about next year's event, featuring bestselling author Debbie Macomber.  Winner of one of Debby's books, winner's choice is Sherida Stewart.

All of us in the brain fry club were eager and excited to have Pinterest expert Melissa Taylor with us Thursday with "Pinterest Marketing Strategies for Authors". She's the author of Pinterest Savvy: How I Got 1 Million+ Followers (Strategies, Plans, and Tips to Grow Your Business with Pinterest).  Winner of the Kindle copy of this book is Debra Marvin.


 Friday we welcomed Inspirational RITA finalist  Becky Wade to Seekerville! Becky will be talking about "The Art of Incorporating Detail." Winner of
Undeniably Yours is Rose Ross Zediker.

 Next Week In Seekerville

Monday:Join Belle Bridge author Lindi Peterson as she brings us "The Story of Us...and Them." She'll be giving away IOU's for two copies of her upcoming release, Rich in Love!

Tuesday: Debut Love Inspired author, Yankee Belle Chef and Seeker friend, Jan Drexler is our guest this week with her post "The Waiting Room." Jan is also giving away two copies of, The Prodigal Son Returns

Wednesday: Thomas Nelson and Love Inspired author Debra Clopton is back with us today. Debra will talk about 'Synopsis That Hook and Sell." She's also giving away a copy of her latest Love Inspired release, Her Unforgettable Cowboy. 

Thursday: Today Love Inspired author Tina Radcliffe will be talking "The Art of Critique." And we'll see if we can pair up some of you critique-less in Seekerville. There will of course be a giveaway!

Friday: Don't miss "Pipe Cleaners and Spaghetti Noodles" with guest Pepper Basham today in Seekerville. She's sharing some unique time management tips!

Seeker Sightings

Tina Radcliffe may or may not be the featured author at the ACFW Author Interview posted Monday, May 20th. If not then it must be the next week. Her assistant is on vacation so she is as usual ...clueless.

Good news! She is for sure guest blogging in the Yankee Bell Cafe on Friday, May 24th and sharing live pictures of her recent endeavor. You'll have to stop by to find out what it is.

Sandra Leesmith's 1989 release, Love's Miracles, will soon be available in Kindle format - edited and re-packaged as a sweet (albeit intense) post-Vietnam War romance. To spread the word, there will be a blog tour from May 20th-31st, with interviews, reviews, and a big giveaway on various blogs, including some of our friends of Seekerville! You can learn more and keep up-to-date
on all the news by visiting the blog tour page.

CHRISTIAN FICTION SCAVENGER HUNT!!!  Win an iPad Mini loaded with 31 brand-new releases of CBA authors (including Missy Tippens and Julie Lessman) PLUS tons of bonus giveaways including Julie Lessman's bonus giveaway of a $50 gift card, choice of her books and choice of three top CBA books AND two separate giveaways of Love at Any Cost. It all starts here on Friday, May 17.

May 6-20, 2013:Win your choice of any of Julie Lessman's books at an interview on Juanita Noble's blog.

Random News & Information 

 Lauren Oliver Stars in the ‘How a Book is Made’ Video Series (GalleyCat)

 Why Literary Agents Attend Writers Conferences (It’s Not What You Think) by Karen Dionne (Backspace)

Freedom! (Writing From the Edge via K.C. Frantzen)

Are There Different Types of Virtual Book Tours? (The Future of Ink)

5 Lies Unpublished Writers Tell Themselves (and the Truths That Can Get Them Published) (Writer's Digest)

How to (Really) Make $1,000,000 Selling E-Books – Real-World Case Studies (The Blog of Tim Ferriss via The Passive Voice)

At Morrow/Avon, Erika Tsang has been promoted to editorial director while Amanda Bergeron moves up to editor. (Publishers Lunch)

Amazon Publishing launches Kindle Love Stories podcast, focused on romance books (paidContent)

 10 Questions Writers Must Ask Before Quitting Their Day Job (Writer's Digest)

 Lizzie Bennet Diaries producers bring in fans and Theatrics to finish unfinished Austen (paidContent)

10 Bible Verses for Christian Writers (Rachel Kent, Books & Such Literary Agency)

The Quickest Way to Advance Your Career (Michael Hyatt)

 Evatopia, Inc. Launches a New Adult & Young Adult Imprint  AND  Algonquin Books Launches New Children’s Books Imprint (GalleyCat)

 We can't leave without some special news from a special author. We'll let her share in her own words!

"I GOT THE CALL! Guideposts Books have bought my Christmas story, Riding on a Christmas Wish, to be included in their hardcover fiction release, A CHRISTMAS CUP OF CHEER, a collection of 15 short stories to be released this Christmas."

Congratulations to Anita Mae Draper, who has been around Seekerville pretty much as long as the Seekers have!

 That's it. Have a wonderful week, Villagers.


  1. What a great week this was! Next week also looks great. Thank you Seekerville for all you offer us.

    Congratulations to the winners! CONGRATULATIONS ANITA MAE!!!

    Tina, I had to chuckle. You pulled out some of the WD articles that I had tagged this week for reading. Great minds....? Well one anyway—yours.

    Good night!

  2. WAWZAH!! WTG Anita Mae!!!:)

    Great WE, Tina. Thanks for all y'all do.

    I, for one, got my manuscript turned in to the editor for book 3 in May the K9 Spy series! Wshew!!!! So. Excited.

    Yep. May just did a backflip!

  3. All ready congratulated Anita Mae, but wanted to do it again.


  4. Jumping up and down Anita Mae. Way to go!!!

  5. Way to go, Anita Mae!!!


    The coffee pot is set.



    Anita is one of the most diligent and hardworking writers I know.

  7. Hehe, Jeanne T. You should be very worried if you mind is like mine.

  8. WOOT-WOOT! Snoopy dancing for you Anita Mae. =) Congrats to all the winners!

  9. It's a sweet treat to see Anita Mae here with her first publishing contract!

    Congrats to all of last week's winners (like me! WOOHOOOO! I am going to be pinterest savvy in 2013!) Thank you Seekers and Virtual Name Picker Randomizer Thingy!

    Yes, I love Peonies for their outrageous attitude and how they always bring a heavy rain when they are their most fat and fragrant! ( yes, then they fall over and lay on the lawn, but we love them anyway!)

    I am looking forward to all the posts and a bit concerned with what PEPPER might be feeding her children when she's reluctant to come away from the keyboard...

  10. Deb I used to worry about what my kids ate... one of THOSE MOTHERS.... then Luke came along and I was working night and day and he loved cereal.... A marriage made in heaven.... so he ended up 6'2" and 190 lbs. and amazingly brilliant and I take no credit: It was clearly the CEREAL!!! :)

    I'll send Pep some cereal and we'll grab her for the DAY... Except that little Phoebe is about the cutest thing EVER!

    Oh, I love this WE but I can't click to links yet... that's my treat for later. I'm going to Home Depot to buy concrete stone "wall builders" to make a cemetery garden around the Blodgett family today. It's down and dirty in upstate with a labor of love, but once I'm done... I'm coming home to Write and Click!!! See youse later today!

  11. YAY, Anita Mae!!!!

    Whoo-hoo! Such fantastic news to start the weekend. I'm thrilled for you. Good for Guideposts to realize the gem they have in you.

    Congrats to all the winners. Waving to Sherida!

    The lineup for next week looks great. So many topics I need...time management, Pepper? YES!

  12. What are you going to do about your assistant, Tina? :)

    If only, right? Looking around my office...I need one too!

    Congrats on the ACFW visit no matter when it posts!


    Big Congratulations!

    My favorite spring flower are lilacs.

    Looks like another great week on the horizon in Seekerville.

  14. We didn't hear from Jenny yesterday.

    She may be in Gettysburg.

    Hope the weather is good for seeing the battlefield.

    We have storms in Georgia today.

  15. Doing a celebratory happy dance in Canada for Anita Mae! I love Christmas stories!

    Up here peonies are a summer flower. LOL. Or very late spring. My favourite spring flowers are the scented ones. Lilacs and lily of the valley. Blissful sigh. I get to breathe in their fragrance while I go out and dig dandelions this morning (which aren't my favourite spring flower!)

    Happy Victoria Day Weekend!


    Another fabulous W.E., Tina! I don't think I've seen a peony since I left the Midwest. We had bunches of them in our yard when I was growing up.


  18. Another great WE

    Like MELISSA I already sent congrats to ANITA MAE, but its so funnnnnnnn to happy dance again.


    And yes KAV and ANITA MAE. Happy Victoria Day holiday. We in the US have a holiday next weekend. Its Memorial Day.

    We love holidays. Means more writing time. hooray

  19. You all know I do not really have an assistant, right?

    I am dreaming of one, however.

  20. Yay Anita Mae!!!!

    We all knew it was going to happen!

  21. TINA!

    You made my day!

    This is soooooo funny!!!

    I went to the link to see about Sandra’s blog tour coming up for “Love’s Miracles” and this is what I found at the end of that link:

    a beautiful picture and this message

    “Sorry, the page you were looking for in this blog does not exist.”

    If it does not exist, what are you referring to? It’s like the atheist saying he was mad at God for not existing.

    Of course, this may only be funny to a philosopher. There’s just something about existential questions that beg for humorous misunderstanding.

    BTW: Sandra gives an interview on my blot, “Philosophy of Romance” , someday next week. I’m not sure yet what day. My assistant has been gone since 1997 when word processors replaced secretaries at my office. : (

    Anyway, that’s why I was checking that link – to see what day I post the interview. Not to worry. The interview is finished and I didn’t ask any softball questions. This is a Philosophy site. Real questions. I don’t think I even asked a pickleball question. : )


    P.S. Because of my Sandra interview about her Southwest Children’s books, I had to explain to my wife what pickleball was. I didn’t know how to do this so we watched a YouTube video of people playing. Now she wants to play! But even that is too much for my knees. It looks like so much fun, I don’t know why everyone who can do it, is not doing it.


    Let it be known that we go back to before there was a Seekerville!

    Anita Mae beat me in every writing contest we were both in. But I did win a few she did not enter.

    So I hope I am next to get a call!

    Way to go!


    Congrats to all the winners.

  23. Good morning everyone!

    A big huge CHEER for Anita Mae! So happy for you!!

    I finally finished edits and hit the SEND button last night. YAY!!!

    So now my long weekend is free to pay some much needed attention to my house. And possibly the garden. Oh and to make dinner for my mother's birthday. (Last weekend was up north for my mother in law's birthday - too many things in May!)

    Have a great one!

  24. May is a busy time, for sure, Sue! Happy B'day to Mama!

    Vince, I hope you're next too! Wouldn't that be super fantastic!!!

  25. So excited for Anita Mae!! I love the sweet smile on her face in the picture!

    Congrats to the winners, too!

    I won't be as Pinterest Savvy as Debra Marvin but I sure learned a lot from the post. And I know where Debra lives. I plan to bug her about what she learns!

    Thanks, Seekerville!

  26. Of course, we know you don't have an assistant, Tina.

    But you work hard enough to be five people. Maybe six. Hmmmm? Make that seven.

    I want your energy and vision. Your tech knowledge would help as well.

  27. Waving to Susie. Maybe we should all follow Deb's lead.

    Although I'm still hesitant to pin.

  28. Great WE, as always, Miss T! CONGRATS to all the winners, and a big CONGRATS to Anita Mae!

    Favorite spring bloom? GARDENIAS!! Love, love, love that scent and those pretty creamy-white blooms.

    Looking forward to another awesome week in Seekerville. Please enjoy the Georgia Pecan pie and Peach Muffins, warm from the oven.
    Hugs, Patti Jo :)

  29. I forgot to mention my favorite spring bloom. :) I love daffodils and crocuses. They were always the first to brave poking their colorful heads up even when there was a bit of snow on the ground. They were my promise that spring was coming soon. ;)

    TINA—if my mind was half as amazing as yours, I'd be thrilled. :)

  30. Way to go, Anita Mae. Congrats to all the winners. Thanks for the articles and schedule for next week.

    You don't have an assistant, Tina? Even I have an assistant. He's called a husband.

  31. VINCE, OOPS!! There was a space in the link.



  32. Oh mercy, I've hit the big time! :D

    Thank you so much Seekerville and friends. I owe the Seekers so much for your friendship and support over the years - both online and in person. This is one village I always come back to although I appreciate you letting me hang out with you at ACFW. I treasure those times. Thank you.

    Vince - I can't remember who won or lost more between us, but I do remember the time I tried to slough off and you told me to quit being lazy because I was a better writer than that. LOL I still think of that comment when I get dispirited and it's enough to push me back up a rung. Thank you.

    Congrats to all of this week's winners and kudos for helping to make this one of the best writing sites around - not to mention a decent place for coffee and fellowship. :)

  33. Speaking of Debra Marvin, on Thursday's Pinterest post she said, My fave use is to create a board for a book as you are developing the plot and characters and setting. I have a couple that are secret--I wish I'd kept more of them secret because of the 'contest' issue.

    Well, she is so Pinterest savvy, she even has a story/book board on my Pinterest page!

    The first 2 on my Pin Page are a project we worked on together - mine is Romantic Refinements and hers is the next one, Alarmingly Charming.

    And no, I don't know how she did it. She told me but it didn't seem to stick. :D

  34. Way to ROCK Anita Mae! Congrats on the call!

    Lovely weekend, Tina. Thanks!

    Congrats to all winners. Busy week coming up in Seekerville. Looking forward to all of it!

  35. ANITA MAE!!!! How did I miss saying congrats to you this morning, my friend????? DOH ON ME!!!!

    I'm so stinkin' excited for you!!!! YAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    And Vince, you're so funny! I'm dying laughing, but so glad you're having Sandra on your blog! Yay you!!!

    Hey, I'm leaving strawberries and cream form youse.... Such a delight.

    I'm jonesin' for crepes and I get...


    So I'm telling myself that my body will THANK ME.... and it will, but I have to wipe the image of crepes out of my head.

    (grabs eraser and scrubs mercilessly!!!)


  36. Laughing at Ruthy!

    Rejoicing with Anita Mae!

  37. Anita seeing this makes me think of you and me and Rachelle McCalla running around in New York City together. Wow, was I ever the weak link in that group, as far as TERROR goes.
    You were both brave and I'm all, "Don't leave me, I'll die! I'll never see Nebraska again! Tell my children I loved them!"

    That kinda mature thing.

  38. Columbines are my favorite spring flower....some blooming in my garden right now!

    Waving to Debby....THANK YOU!!! Congratulations to all the winners!

    Thank you, Tina, for the week looks GREAT--as always!

    Anita Mae...CONGRATS...I love Christmas especially wonderful news!

    Hoping everyone has a beautiful weekend with many spring flowers!

  39. It's okay Ruthy, you said you'd come back later for the rest. :)

    And thank you Debbie,too.

    Honestly, if I wasn't so easy-going I'd be feeling old just thinking about all this talk of it taking so long to get the call. Haha.

    But then you judged one of my contests waaaaay back Ruthy, and said I wasn't ready at the time but had potential. :D

  40. Anita Mae, try to remember the Seekers are older than you, and we all took years to sell too. Yes, no matter how you look at it we're still older than you. SIGH.


    without her boldness for God on the eHarl boards, I'm not sure I would've found Seekerville. She's the one who pointed me this way.

    I'm also her biggest fan. I've been snoopy-dancing for her since she broke the news. haven't stopped yet.

    definitely looking forward to Christmas this year.

  42. DebH, you always make me smile. :) Thank you for walking beside me on this journey. *hugs

    You, me and Vince - wow - who 'da thought way back then, eh. LOL

    And Tina... I only act young. My grandkids would be in high school now if I had some. :D

  43. YeeHaw, Anita Mae!! Congrats BIG TIME on your sale!! And don't you just look proud holding your contract : )

  44. Terrific job on the WE, T! So springtime. Makes me almost believe there won't be anymore snow.

    Of course, now the temps will be in the 90s.

  45. Congrats to the winners and especially Anita Mae!

  46. Congrats to Anita Mae!!! That is so exciting.

    *happy dance* for you :)

  47. Good Morning Seekerville!


  48. Good Morning is right, Mary Connealy!

    And good to see your shining face, Anna W.

  49. Anita, that's a hoot! But I was absolutely right about the potential and I'm just so stinkin' proud of you right now!

    There is no quitting in this business if you love it. And you have to love it otherwise the steady stream of rejection can make you question your self-worth, your hair-style and the color of your toe-nails.

    It's a tough biz, but I wouldn't have it any other way and I think it's good that most of us can never get too jaded or sure of ourselves because it's easy in life to get an over-inflated ego.

    And that's never a God-thing. You hang in there, ride the success of this first sale and have fun!!!

  50. Congrats winners and congrats Anita Mae! Way to go!

    Thanks for a great WE, Tina!

  51. Congratulations, Anita Mae!!!!!!!

    I love it!!!

  52. Way, way, way late arriving for the WE! Busy weekend at church--open house and dedication of our new worship center, so lots of special stuff going on.

    Tina, you have an assistant??? I need one of those!


  53. Anita Mae! Applause -- lovely to read such good news.

    KC & May -- kudos on getting the manuscript turned in.

    And cheers for all the weekly winners!

    (Now to go search my thesaurus for more synonyms for congratulations ...)

    Nancy C

  54. Tina -- say it ain't so! No assistant?? :-)

    Okay ... you're twins, then, right?

    Nancy C

  55. P.S. That article Noah Kagan post on how to sell e-books almost made my head explode.

    I could never get the graphics he got from Google trends. Ugh. But I did find out that Jane Austen has a 400% smaller search profile than 'the South'. WEIRD.

    Who's searching for 'the South'?? I mean, I love the South, but who knew so many people were Googling the South??

    Now I've got marketing ideas on overdive...

  56. Praying for anyone in the path of those terrible storms. Hope all Seekervillagers are safe.

    Ausjenny was flying through Denver today. I bet she had lots of turbulence.

  57. Wonderful Weekend Edition, Tina! Congrats to the winners. Looks like a terrific week ahead!

    Congrats, KC, on turning in Book 3!

    Congrats to Anita Mae on her sale to Guideposts! We're all smiling.


  58. Congratulations, Anita Mae!!! Whoo-hoo!!!

  59. I missed the WE because we were doing the graduation thing all weekend. But congrats to Anita Mae!!! I'm so happy for you!

  60. Thank you, ladies. You sure helped make this an event to remember. :)