Welcome to our Weekend Edition brought to you from Atlanta, Georgia and the RWA 2013 Conference! If you missed yesterday's post, stop by here, for more pictures and videos!
Love Inspired Senior Editor Melissa Endlich greets Seekerville!
|Mary Connealy, Rita Clay Estrada, Debra Clopton|
The RITA® Award is the most prominent award given throughout the genre of romance novel and some other romantic fiction. It is presented by Romance Writers of America (RWA). It is named for the RWA's first president, Rita Clay Estrada. It signifies excellence in one of 13 categories of romantic fiction. (Wikipedia)
You can see the past recipients of this award here.
And here are the past recipients of the Golden Heart Award listed all the way back to 1981!
We Have Winners
Contact us at our email address if you are a winner. If you haven't received your prize in 6-8 weeks, per our legal page, drop us a line. Please remember we don't contact winners -so please contact us seekers at seekerville dot net
Monday 2013 RITA® finalist Missy Tippens for "7 Things Smart Authors Have in Common." Two sachet winners are : Kathy Bailey and Vince Mooney.
Seekerville was delighted to welcome back our Harlequin Special Edition author, Lynne Marshall who chatted with us about "The Gracious Critique Partnership"on Tuesday. Winner of the first book in the Special Edition duet - Courting His Favorite Nurse to is Virginia Carmichael Munoz. Critique group surprise winners are Sherida S and Donna P.
Debra Ullrick was our guest on Thursday, talking about "Writer's Burnout."Winners of her latest release from Love Inspired Historical, The Unintended Groom, are Tanya Agler and Pat Jeanne Davis.
Friday Seekerville brought you "LIVE FROM RWA", updates from the 2013 RWA Conference in Atlanta. Thank you so all those great folks who sent us pictures, especially Mary Curry! Winners of their choice of Rita Finalist books as available on Amazon are Melissa Jagears, Kav, and Michelle F.
|Missy Tippens and Piper Huguley at the RITA/GH Nominee Reception|
Next Week In Seekerville
Monday:"Memes, Monkeys, and Me." Pam Hillman is your hostess on Monday, and she's offering some insider tips on how to add mileage to a free graphics design program. The examples provided will be from www.picMonkey.com if anyone would like to study up on the program ahead of time.
Tuesday:Debby Giusti provides highlights of the RWA 2013 Conference. She promises to include lots of pictures, industry news, and tips from workshops she attended. Be sure to stop by and leave a comment to be included in a drawing.
Wednesday:Join Love Inspired author Glynna Kaye for "Lady (Or Lad) in Waiting: The Shadow World of an Unpublished Writer." Glynna, Ruth Logan Herne and Debby Giusti will be giving away a set of their September releases to one lucky commenter!
Thursday: Love Inspired author Tina Radcliffe will don her lab coat, goggles and gloves to take you into her laboratory to discuss "Harnessing the Power of You." Giveaway will be created in the lab.
Friday: Yes, it's true. Time for the August Contest Update. The prize vault is open an you can stop by and meet this month's Contest Diva.
Fan Girl Moment-LOOK! It's RaeAnn Thayne a personal fav author of mine!
Congratulations to Missy Tippens! A House Full of Hope by Missy Tippens has been named a finalist for the Published Maggie Award!
JULY 22-31!! TEXAS-SIZED GIVEAWAYS INCLUDING A KINDLE FIRE AND SIGNED BOOKS!!Join Julie Lessman and Becky Wade for the "FALL IN LOVE … TEXAS STYLE" contest featuring PRIZES, FUN, CHATTER, HUNKY HEROES, EXCERPTS & RECIPES!!! It all begins on Julie's and Becky's Websites JULY 22-31, so y'all come, ya hear?
HIGH FIVE to Julie Lessman on her THIRD contest win/final for A LIGHT IN THE WINDOW in two weeks! A Light in the Window just snagged a final in the Inspirational category of the Book Buyer's Best contest after winning the 2013 International Digital Awards and the 2013 Readers' Crown Award in the Inspirational Categories. You can get your copy for $3.99 on Amazon for Kindle.
Random News & Information
News from the Literacy Signing (All About Romance)
Trailer Released for ‘Austenland’ by Shannon Hale (GalleyCat)
JK Rowling publishes crime novel under false name (UK Guardian)
Check out the July issue of Christian Fiction Online Magazine
Ebook Growth Slows to Crawl in Q1: What Does It Mean? (DBW)
What The Big Book Industry News Means For Authors (Forbes)
The Hefty Cost of Self-Publishing and How To Get Other People To Pay For It - Andrea Cefalo (TIPM)
CraftFest & ThrillerFest VIII: What I Learned (CreateSpace Blog)
More Conference Pictures
|Jayne Ann Krentz and Mary Connealy|
|Click on to enlarge. RITA finalists in red.|
|Renee Ryan, Brenda Minton, Missy Tippens, and Shirlee McCoy|
|Mary Connealy, Debra Clopton and Robin Lee Hatcher|
|Brenda Minton and Missy Tippens|
|Missy Tippens and Marta Perry|
|L to R Rachel Hauck, Mary Connealy and Debra Clopton|
Join the celebration at RWA.org, Facebook or Twitter to follow conference events. Saturday night (8-10 ET) be sure to check RWA FB and Twitter #RITAGH and #RWA13 to follow the awards ceremony.
Be sure to stop back over on Sunday for photos from the Gala Awards Ceremony and we bring you the Weekend Edition Part 2.
|The annual eHarlequin PJ Party|
SuperRomance author Kris Fletcher at the eHarlequin PJ party.
Mary Connealy says hi!
Greetings from Debra Clopton and Robin Lee Hatcher!
Myra Johnson and Janet Dean say hi!
Tonight publisher parties continue... wish we were there.
|HQ pampered their RITA finalists with a makeup artist before the big party.|
|Roses for the RITA finalists|
|2013 RITA Finalist Missy Tippens and LI author Janet Dean all glamed up at the HQ pre party for RITA finalists.|
|Patty Smith Hall, Gina Welborn, and Laurie Alice Eakes at the HQ party|
|Lynette Eason and Debby Giusti at the HQ party|
|R to L Sr. Editor Tina James, Danica Favorite, Winnie Griggs, Renee Ryan, Dana Corbit, Unidentified Author and Brenda Minton|
|Senior Editor Melissa Endlich and Missy Tippens.|
That's it. See you tomorrow for more conference fun!