Not only does Seekerville turn SIX this month, but we also hit the mile-marker of ONE MILLION PAGE VIEWS on Thursday. See if you were a swag winner here. Please claim your prize!
The birthday celebration continues, and we invite you to join the celebration October 1-31. We blog daily during our birthday month, so don't miss a day. We have daily presents, and weekly presents, and a final big birthday extravaganza giveaway. All to give back to our Villagers; to say thank you.
Nothing is required except your presence and a comment.* Every time you comment* your name goes in the drawing. This is not the time to lurk.
Week 3 Winner is Melanie Dickerson.
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Do you type The End on the first draft of your manuscript and then live in dread of looking at it again? Love Inspired author, and 2013 RITA© finalist, Missy Tippens shared what she's learned since leaving the island with "A Pantser Turned Plotter Learns to Love Revising," on Monday. The winner of a mentoring package is Courtney Faith!
Two-time Christy Award finalist, and Carol Award winner, Melanie Dickerson returned on Tuesday with, "How to Put Your Own Twist on a Classic Story!" The winner of her giveaway of The Captive Maiden is Jennifer Hall.
Wednesday Love Inspired Suspense author and Seeker, Debby Giusti invited everyone to join her when she blogs about: "Fishing and Looking Back Over the Last Six Years!" Her post netted two winners. Kathy Bailey won the Writer's Journal, 2014 18-month Perfect Planner and a copy of Debby's latest release, The Soldier's Sister. Debby's second winner won a 30 minute phone mentoring chat and that prize goes to Sally! Congratulations to both winners, and remember to keep fishing!
Love Inspired Historical author Clari Dees is our guest on Thursday, with her post, "Five Things I'm Thankful I Knew Before I Left The Island." Winner of The Marshal Meets His Match is Heidi.
Friday Cheryl St.John visited to talk about "Preparing Yourself for Success: Gaining Confidence" and how that led to writing her first non-fiction book: Writing With Emotion, Tension, and Conflict: Techniques for Crafting an Expressive and Compelling Novel. The winner of a Kindle version of Land of Dreams is Piper Huguley.
Saturday: Love Inspired Historical author, Jan Drexler stops by today. She's talking about "Keeping Calm and Carrying On." Winner of a French Press and roasted cocoa beans to enjoy while reading the free copy of her debut novel The Prodigal Son Returns is Linda Finn.
|Check out all the prizes here.|
Next Week In Seekerville
Monday:Join Seeker and Love Inspired Historical author Janet Dean as she shares what’s she’s learned since leaving the island in her post “What I’ve Learned Writing for Love Inspired.” Janet will give away one of her books—eBook or print—to a reader, winner’s choice. And for an aspiring writer, she will give a phone chat and first chapter critique.
Tuesday:Mark your calendars for Oct 22, 2013 when Publishers Weekly Contributing Editor Barbara Vey guest blogs on Seekerville. Barbara will share details of her "Speech at Oxford...England!" Debby Giusti hosts and is giving away an open ticket to Barbara's Reader Appreciation Luncheon, April 26, 2014 in Milwaukee, WI, with keynote speaker, Debbie Macomber. Check your schedules to see if you can attend the luncheon and want to be entered in the drawing for the luncheon registration. (Any other expenses, including travel costs and hotel are the winner's responsibility.) Arrive on Friday, April 25, 2014 for the mix and mingle with more than 40 of your favorite authors, including Debbie M. More details at: http://www.barbaraveyreaders.com/
Wednesday: Today Seekerville is delighted to welcome back our good friend, Keli Gwyn with her post, "5 Reasons Book Reviewers Rock." Stop by to chat and you might win a copy of A Bride Opens Shop!
Thursday:Need help fleshing out characters? Building your plot? On Thursday, Myra Johnson tells us "What I learned about brainstorming after leaving the island." Chime in with your comments and you could win The Writer's Brainstorming Kit, by Pam McCutcheon and Michael Waite.
Friday:Debut, Love Inspired Historical author, Christina Rich is our special guest today with her post, "First Lines, Great Beginnings." She's even generously giving away two 5 page critiques. Don't miss it!
Saturday:How do we know when we've become successful writers? What yardstick should we use--bestseller lists? Royalty statements? Literary awards? Join award-winning author Lynn Austin as she shares some of her thoughts on achieving and measuring success. Lynn will be giving away a copy of her latest book, Return to Me, so you don't want to miss this exciting post from one of the Christian Fiction industry's most beloved icons.
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Pam Hillman is delighted to announce that Claiming Mariah (Tyndale House) is an EPIC FINALIST! in the Historical Romance Category
On Wednesday, October 23, Myra Johnson is the featured author for the Spartanburg, SC, County Public Library Local Author Series. Myra will be on hand from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. to chat with library patrons and autograph books, including her latest release, When the Clouds Roll By. A portion of book sale proceeds will be donated to the Military Chaplains Association of the USA.
Tina Russo Radcliffe is baking in the Yankee Belle Cafe, on Friday, October 25th. You don't want to miss this!
And if you've been tempted to read an excerpt of The Rosetti Curse, Tina's August, indie release, now's your chance. Check it out here at the My Story, My Way: An Indie Adventure Blog.
October 20-23, 2013: Join Julie Lessman on the Christian Fiction Historical Society's blog and win your choice of her books! Find the link here.
For the first time, Stuck Together Book #3 in the Trouble in Texas Series by Mary Connealy is available for pre-order. It releases June 14th, 2014 and has just made it's first appearance for sale on Amazon. Preorder it HERE.
|Grand prize announced November 2. Have you checked the winner list here?|
Random News & Information
Congratulations to the SYTYCW TOP 50 Finalists!!! (Let us know if you were a finalist!)
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Study: Read Romance, Be Sensitive (The Atlantic )
FAQ about Publishing: Part 1 (No Rules. Just Write!)
The Number of eBook Singles Published is Growing: ThinReads (AppNewser)
Navigating the author / reader relationship in online communities by Molly O’Keefe (Dear Author)
The Inside Scoop On Romantic Times Magazine (Writers in the Storm)
Killing the Top Ten Sacred Cows of Publishing: #6… Selling to a Big Publisher Insures Quality (Dean Wesley Smith)
At Grand Central's Forever and Forever Yours romance imprints, Amy Pierpont has been promoted to editor-in-chief, while Sourcebooks editorial manager Leah Hultenschmidt has joined as editorial director. Lauren Plude moves up to associate editor, reporting to Hultenschmidt, while Megha Parekh has been promoted to assistant editor.-Publishers Lunch
Free Writing Cheat Sheet (GalleyCat)
How To Write the Perfect Tweet (AllTwitter)
Cindi Myers Market News's Blog summarizes the Spotlight on Belle Books and Bell Bridge Books from the Romance Writers of American conference in Atlanta.
Proofreading Explained (Catherine, Caffeinated)
Please consider nominating Seekerville for the 16th Annual Writer’s Digest 101 Best Website for Writer’s Award. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with “101 Websites” in the subject line. Our category is Genres/Niches as we are an Inspirational Romance Writing Community.
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That's it! We leave you with Patti Jo Moore's cat Moses, who has hijacked her Seekerville prize mug.
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