We hope you're staying warm this weekend!
Grab your calendar to jot down these upcoming events in Seekerville:
- January 5-11 The Seekerville semi-annual virtual retreat. This one to Australia.
- January 6-31 Amazon Publishing for Beginners - Rogenna Brewer
- February 3-8 The Arc Outside the Story Arc- Ruth Logan Herne
- March 1-31 Speedbo:Seekerville's Annual Book-in-a-Month
- April 1-25 Self Editing for Writers - Tina Radcliffe
- May 5-30 Rivet Your Readers with Deep Point of View - Jill Elizabeth Nelson
- June 2-23 Getting Rid of the Junk That Holds Us Back - Cheryl St. John
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Monday, Harlequin Super Romance and indie author Rogenna Brewer was our guest with her post, "The Secret to Writing a Novella." The winner of One Night in Reno and One Star-Spangled Night is Lizzie Star.
Tuesday-Wednesday was the Seekerville 27 hour New Year's Eve Party with a whopping 2883 comments! Please check here to see if you were a winner.
So, you want to write historical fiction? Understanding history can be a daunting challenge; incorporating in our writing can be just as confusing. Thursday we joined multi-published, award-winning author, Amanda Cabot, to help untangle the mysteries of writing historical fiction. The winner of the January 14 release of With Autumn's Return is Clari Dees.
Friday:Join award-winning novelist and Acquisitions/Content Editor Dina Sleiman for “The Psychology of Romance,” where she explores the unforced rhythms of grace in romance from a personal and spiritual perspective. The winner of Dina's latest novel, Dance from Deep Within is CatMom.
of Dina's latest novel, Dance from Deep Within.
Next Week in Seekerville
Sunday: The Virtual Retreat to Australia Begins today and goes through January 11. You can sign up with an email to this address: email@example.com
Monday: Mary Connealy continues series on Creating Characters with "Creating Characters One Layer at a Time-Layer Three- Is it American Idol? Nope, it's The Voice."
Tuesday: Today, Barbara White Daille will be here "Setting S.M.A.R.T. Goals for You AND Your Characters." Most of us set resolutions around the new year, and Barbara would love to hear some of yours. She's also going to ask you to fine-tune goals for a couple of characters. One lucky commenter will win an autographed copy of her new release, Rancher at Risk.
Wednesday: With your eye on publication, get a leg up in the new year with sound writing advice from award-winning author Sharlene MacLaren when she divulges her “Ten Steps on Your Journey to Publishing.” With more than a dozen award-winning books to her credit, Sharlene will also feature a giveaway of her latest book, Heart of Mercy, a tender love story loved and heartily endorsed by Julie Lessman.
Thursday: Ruth Logan Herne and Ben Franklin ring in the new year with some chat about money wisdom!!! Stop by and chat it up with the Ruth-ster and her ol' buddy Ben and she'll toss your name in the clean cat dish for a chat-with-the-author phone call, or a free download of any two Ruthy books.
Friday: Be sure to join us today when Love Inspired Historical author Naomi Rawlings shows us how to go from "Boring to Riveting" as she teaches us to fuse Action/Reaction scenes that capture the reader's attention! Come by and chat to have your name entered for a chance to win Naomi's new Love Inspired Historical The Wyoming Heir.
First ever Love Inspired Reader Luncheon! Seekers Debby Giusti and Missy Tippens along with several other Love Inspired authors will be taking part in a Reader Luncheon to be held Thursday, January 30th, from 11am to 2pm at the Crowne Plaza in downtown Tampa, Florida. Be sure to save the date! More info on how to order tickets here: http://harlequinblog.com/2013/12/love-inspired-reader-luncheon-coming-to-florida-in-january/ Tickets are limited, so don't miss out!
January 11th, Tina Russo Radcliffe will be sharing about her characters from The Christmas Angel at The Writers Alley Blog.
Mary Connealy is on Lena Nelson Dooley's Christian Writer's World along with Carol Cox, Regina Jennings and Karen Witemeyer, her collaborators?...co-conspirators?...co-authors! That's the word! Stop in at Lena's blog and leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of A Match Made in Texas.
Mary is on the Writer's Alley today with Pepper Basham talking about characters she loves.
Mary is on the Nebraska Writer's Guild blog all week acting, as always, as if she's got a clue.
Ten Plagues a romantic thriller by Mary Connealy in her sneaky alter ego Mary Nealy persona is on sale for $0.99.A demon possessed serial killer acts out the Ten Plagues of Egypt on the city of Chicago as an inner city mission pastor and a lady copy with the spiritual gift of discerning spirits race to stop a madman.
Buy it if you are NOT TOO SCARED!
Now - JAN. 17: DARE TO LOVE AGAIN “SPIRIT OF SAN FRANCISCO” GIVEAWAY!
Yes, it’s true! Julie Lessman's publisher Revell is kicking off a fun new contest in honor of Julie's brand-new release Dare to Love Again where you can win a $100 gift card, Ghiradelli chocolate tower, a Fisherman’s Wharf gift bread basket, a Chinatown tea set, copies of Love at Any Cost and Dare to Love Again, and more! It’s easy and it’s fun, so check out the details by clicking the link below:
Random News & Information
Congratulations to Villager Sara Ella who won first place in the YA category of the ACFW First Impressions Contest and gave a Seekerville shout out on her blog-here.
The 2014 New Year's Eve Recipes are still available here, in a free pdf download.
Genre versus Author Platform? Which Matters More? (The Book Designer)
Konrath's Publishing Predictions 2014 (A Newbies Guide to Publishing)
Why Creative People Sometimes Make No Sense (Matthew Schuler)
The Fussy Librarian (Collette Cameron via Nancy C)
Writing on the Ether: Self-Publishing’s Parallel Disruptions (Jane Friedman)
Smashwords Year in Review 2013 - Indie Authors the Stewards of Publishing's Future (Smashwords)
Nine places to look in 2014 to predict the future of publishing (The Shatzkin Files)
If You Don’t Enjoy Marketing, You’re Doing It Wrong (David Gaughran)
Kensington Publishing Has Acquired eBook Publisher Lyrical Press (GalleyCat)
Henry Miller’s 11 Rules For Writing (GalleyCat)
Facebook Pages: Is Your Facebook Organic Reach Down? (Steam Feed)
Today we're ending with a Kindle Tutorial:
How To Activate the Update Option on Your Kindle
1. Go to Your Amazon Account
2. Click on Manage Your Kindle
3. See this banner:
Or you can find it in this column to the left.
4. Turn Whispersync Automatic Book Update ON
5. Go Back to the Mange Your Kindle/Your Kindle Library Screen and click on the drop down menu.
6. Click on Available for Update
7. You Will See Your Available Updates
9. OR go to the drop down menu and Update this Tile
That's it! Have a great week!