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On Monday Mary Connealy continued her series on Creating Characters with "Creating Characters One Layer at a Time-Layer Three- Is it American Idol? Nope, it's The Voice." The winner of their choice of one of the books (in the format described) from Mary's post is Connie Queen.
Tuesday Barbara White Daille shared "Setting S.M.A.R.T. Goals for You AND Your Characters." The winner of an autographed copy of her new release, Rancher at Risk is Mz Zey Zey.
Wednesday we had sound writing advice presented from award-winning author Sharlene MacLaren who divulged her “Ten Steps on Your Journey to Publishing.” The winner of of her latest book, Heart of Mercy, a tender love story loved and heartily endorsed by Julie Lessman, is Cindy W.
Thursday Ruth Logan Herne and Ben Franklin rang in the new year with some chat about money wisdom!!! The winner of their choice of a chat-with-the-author phone call is Deb H. and the winners of a free download of any two Ruthy books (one each) are Cortney K and Terri.
Friday Love Inspired Historical author Naomi Rawlings showed us how to go from "Boring to Riveting" as she teaches us to fuse Action/Reaction scenes that capture the reader's attention! Winner of Naomi's new Love Inspired Historical The Wyoming Heir is Mary Hicks.
Next Week in Seekerville
Monday:Love Inspired author Missy Tippens is a self-proclaimed "Queen of Charts." As she develops her stories, she uses a variety of her favorite charts to figure out plot and character. Be sure to drop by today as she shares her moral premise chart (based on Stanley Williams's book The Moral Premise: Harnessing Virtue and Vice for Box Office Success) for her latest release, Georgia Sweethearts. Come and share your favorite methods for planning your stories! Enter to win a phone or email chat with Missy to discuss the moral premise of your current story.
Tuesday:Oh, no, she's back! Grammar Queen returns today with another of her scintillating lectures. You won't won't to miss (actually you don't dare miss, or GQ will chase you down and pound your knuckles with her ruler) her enlightening discussion titled "Danger! Dangling Participles Ahead!" You may want to study up ahead of time, because there will be a quiz. GQ will offer a copy of Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing, by Mignon Fogarty, to the brightest student in class (or, more likely, to a needy participant selected via a random drawing).
Wednesday: We look forward to another fun post from Love Inspired Suspense author, Debby Giusti today!
Thursday:Today Karen Witemeyer asks "What do you do with leftover characters?" You could just throw them away and start fresh. Or you could carefully pack them up hoping that they might be brought out again sometimes in the future. Or you might repurpose them into something delicious. Karen will be giving away a copy of A Match Made in Texas.
Friday: Join us on today, when Carol Cox will visit to talk "Reuse! Recycle!" Don't despair when a favorite part of a scene...or a whole scene...or an entire subplot winds up on the cutting room floor--whether an editor has mandated the cuts or the author herself realized they need to be surgically removed. Rather than being discouraged when ideas don't pan out the way we'd hoped, hang on to them to be reused in other stories later on. Carol will be giving away a copy of Trouble in Store.
Tina Radcliffe is hijacking The Writers Alley Chocolate Cafe today. Stop by and say hi!
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!
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
Emily Krupin has joined Harlequin as assistant editor for the Love Inspired imprint. Previously she was an assistant editor at Oxford University Press. (Publishers Lunch)
Rejection Letters–A Little Decoding (Romance is My Day Job)
Romance is My Day Job: A Day in the Life of a Harlequin Editor (YouTube)
Barbour Launches New Imprint, Shiloh Run Press (PW)
How Hybrid Publishers Innovate To Succeed (Forbes)
How Isaac Newton is related to Jane Austen and Dickens to Napoleon (UKMail)
The Science Behind a Bestseller (GalleyCat)
Rejection Letters Received by Bestselling Authors (GalleyCat)
Entangled Publishing’s New Adult imprint, Embrace, has a wish list of stories the editors would like to see. Embrace stories feature characters 18-24 who are striving for independence and finding themselves (and love!) Among the types of stories editors would love to see:Cowboys and/or a Western setting, men in uniform, sports and athletes, characters with unusual jobs, workplace entanglements, travel, struggles to support oneself, surfers, and the conflict of college vs. working world. Check out the complete list here. From Cindi Myers Market News
Do You Own Your Copyrights? (Writers in the Storm)
That's it! Have a great weekend!