Friday, February 28, 2014

March Contest Update

 Welcome to the March Contest Update. 

 Published Author Contests

Inspirational Readers Choice. Deadline March 1.

2014 Carol Awards. Opens January 2. Deadline March 15.

Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence: Published. March 15.

National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award . Opens March 1. Deadline April 1.

Unpublished Author Contests

Great Beginnings. Deadline March 1. Published and Unpublished authors. First five pages. All first place entrants recieve a $10 gift card.

Contemporary: Elaine Spencer - The Knight Agency
Historical:Pam Ahearn, The Ahearn Agency
Paranormal: Victoria Curran - Harlequin
Mystery/Suspense: Mary Sue Seymour - The Seymour Agency
Young Adult/New Adult: Judith Engracia - Liza Dawson Associates 

Fab Five. Deadline March 1. An entry consists of the opening pages of your unpublished novel, up to 2500 words. No synopsis.

Attention!! FAB FIVE UPDATE:  With less than a week to go before our contest deadline of March 1, the Wisconsin RWA Fab 5 Contest is low on entries in the following categories: YA, Series Contemporary, Romantic Suspense, Inspirational, and Single Title. If you're on the fence about entering, it's a great contest, because each category has 5 finalists!

 Historical: Sarah Murphy, Ballantine Books
Inspirational: Mary Sue Seymour, Seymour Agency
Paranormal: Whitney Ross, Tor
Romantic Suspense: Adam Wilson, Pocket Books
Series Contemporary (L/S): Rebecca Strauss, DeFiore and Company
Single Title: Michelle Grajkowski, 3 Seas Literary
Women’s Fiction: Lizzie Poteet, St. Martins Press
Young Adult: Andrea Somberg, Harvey Klinger, Inc.

 2014 ACFW Genesis Contest. Opens January 2, Closes on March 15, 2014. First 15 pages of manuscript and one page, single spaced synopsis. See webpage for finalist judges. 

 Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence: Unpublished. Deadline March 15. First 5,000 words and judged synopsis. 

Mystery/Suspense Categories and Judges
Contemporary Series -Allison Lyons, Harlequin Intrigue; Pattie Steel-Perkins, Steele-Perkins Literary Agency
Historical-Katherine Pelz, Berkley Sensation; Elizabeth Trupin-Pulli, JET Literary Associates 
Inspirational-Tina James, Harlequin / Love Inspired Suspense; Michelle Grajkowski, 3 Seas Literary Agency
Mainstream- Kendel Flaum, Henery Press; Jennifer Jackson, Donald Maass Literary Agency
 Paranormal/TT/Fut-Brenda Chin, Belle Books; Nalini Akolekar, Spencerhill Associates
Single Title-Amanda Bergeron,Harper Collins; Jill Marsal, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency 

Touch of Magic. Deadline March 15. Entry includes an .rtf file of the beginning of a manuscript (including prologue, if applicable) not to exceed 25 pages total. Optionally, entrants may include a synopsis at the end of the manuscript, not to exceed 3 pages (meaning an entry that includes a synopsis cannot exceed 28 pages total). If included, the synopsis is for judge reference only and will not be scored. 

Final Judges:   

Historical:  Emilia Pisani–Simon and Schuster

Series Contemporary:  Gail Chasan–Harlequin

Single Title:  Katherine Pelz–Berkeley

Paranormal: Kerri Buckley–Carina Press

Romantic Suspense:  Lizzi Poteet–St. Martin’s

Inspirational: Raela Schoeherr–Bethany

The Royal Ascot. Deadline April 1. Open to unpublished authors and published writers seeking representation and/or a publisher. All entries must have at least partial Regency (Late Georgian) setting, broadly defined: within the United Kingdom between 1780 and 1840.


$100.00 and a certificate for Grand Prize Winner
$25.00 and a certificate for all Finalists
Grand Prize Winner and Finalists will be featured in all publicity.

Entry consists of the beginning of manuscript, maximum 7000 words in the text. Please note we are looking for openings that would normally be about 1 to 2 chapters long, with or without prologue.First Round Judges: Three judges, at least one published in Regency Romance. Lowest score will be dropped. In the event of a tie, the third score will determine which entry moves on to the final round.

Categories will be used to determine first round judges only.

Categories are:
 Regency Historical (longer Regency or Mainstream Regency-set)
 Hot Regency (Very sensual to Erotic Regency, at author’s discretion)
 Wild Regency (Paranormal, Time Travel, other similar Regency)
 Sweet & Mild Regency (Traditional, Inspirational, Young Adult or other without explicit sex)

Final Round Judges:
 Janet Clementz, Soul Mate
 Kate Dresser, HQN
 Jill Limber, Boroughs Publishing
 Esi Sogah, Kensington

 MacKenzie Fraser-Bub, Trident Media Group
 Rebecca Strauss, DeFiore & Co.

Fool For Love. Deadline April 1. First chapters (up to 35 pages maximum). A prologue may be included as long as the entry does not exceed 35 pages. $5 discount for entrants who serve as a first round judge in a category they have not entered. ($5 maximum discount per entrant)

All categories, except the Published Author category, are open to entrants who have not published and not contracted in any novel-length fiction within the past three (3) years or as of April 1, 2011. Authors who have published or contracted for novel-length fiction within the past three years, including e-books or books published with recognized and non-recognized RWA publishers are considered published and are eligible for the Published Author category only and no other categories. The actual entries, however, must never have been published nor be under contract prior to the deadline of April 1, 2014.

 Categories and Final Round Judges:

Short Contemporary
Final Judge: Laura Barth, Associate Editor, Harlequin Blaze and American Romance

Long Contemporary
Final Judge: Melissa Jeglinski, The Knight Agency

Final Judge: Elizabeth Poteet, St. Martin's Press

Paranormal/Futuristic/Fantasy/Time Travel
Final Judge: Madeleine Colavita, Editorial Assistant, Grand Central Publishing

Final Judge: Nicole Resciniti, The Seymour Agency

Romantic Suspense
Final Judge: Jill Marsal, Agent, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency, LLC

Young Adult
Final Judge: Molly Ker Hawn, The Bent Agency

Published Author
Final Judge: Alicia Condon, Editorial Director, Kensington Books
 Open to entrants who are previously published or contracted in any book-length fiction. Romantic novels of any sub-genre (entry

All categories that fail to receive at least 10 entries will be cancelled and the entries and entry fees returned.

 Sheila Contest. Contest opens March 3 and closes April 13. Check out this video for the Sheila Contest. Participation is open to all RWA members who are unpublished, self-published, and published. The entry must be the author’s original work, unpublished in any format (including author’s website, self-publication, ebook, mass market, etc.) and not under contract when submitted to the contest. Entry consists of a manuscript and synopsis that may not exceed 35 total pages. For the Novella Category ONLY: entries must not exceed a total of 20 pages including a synopsis up to 3 pages long.

Single Title Romance – Emilia Pisani, Gallery Books
Historical (short or long and Regencies) – Elizabeth Poteet, St. Martin’s Press
Fantasy/Futuristic/Paranormal – Megha Parekh, Grand Central Publishing
Women's Fiction with Romantic Elements– Madeleine Colavita, Grand Central
Romantic Suspense – Katherine Pelz, The Berkley Publishing Group
Young Adult – Wendy Loggia, Delacorte Press/Random House Children’s Books
Novella – Jodi Warshaw, Amazon Publishing


Other Contests & Writing Opportunities

Here's the complete 2014 line up for Chicken Soup Submissions. 

 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest. Entry must be received by March 2, 2014 at 11:59:59 p.m. (U.S. Eastern Standard Time). The contest is limited to 10,000 Entries, and we will stop accepting Entries after we have received 10,000 Entries. Each Entry must include one of the following genre selections and will be categorized accordingly for judging throughout the Contest:  General Fiction,. Mystery/Thriller,  Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror, Romance or Young Adult Fiction

Seekerville Proudly Introduces You to Our March Contest Diva! Sara Ella

 Contest Placements:

2013 ACFW First Impressions—1st Place (Young Adult Category)
2013 Hudson Valley RWA Hook, Line and Sinker—3rd Place

I am fairly new to the world of writing contests. The first one I ever entered was the ACFW Mile High Scribes 2013 One-Sheet Contest. I had no idea what I was doing so it was no surprise I was not selected as a finalist. You may be asking yourself, “Isn’t placing or winning the whole point of entering contests?”

Yes and no.

I say “yes” only because the longer you remain in the running, the more professional feedback you receive. In the end, feedback is what it’s all about. The more eyes that see your manuscript, whether in whole or in parts, the wider range of suggestions, compliments, and critiques you have to help you along the journey. You may have one judge who loves your work and another who detests it. You have to take it all in stride and consider which suggestions to take and leave. Contests definitely help you develop a thicker skin. For example, I won first place in the YA category for the 2013 First Impressions contest, so you would think every judge loved it. On the contrary, I had one judge who gave me some really negative feedback. For some reason or another, my story just didn’t resonate with that judge.

Remember, not everyone will love your book. Everyone has different tastes and preferences, which is why contests are so helpful. When you enter a contest, you are getting a little glimpse of what it’s like to be published. While the judges are all professionals, they are still just readers looking for the same thing we all look for.

A good story.

I enter contests not only to gain experience and hone my writing skills, but also because they give me real and tangible deadlines. As an unpublished author, I have the freedom to work on my novel at my leisure. It is this very luxury that helped me realize I needed a real deadline if I was ever going to finish. Personally, I work best under pressure, with deadlines someone else has set. I can make lists and tell myself something is due on a certain date, but unless I am accountable to someone else, I have a hard time putting my behind in the chair.

The big fish of contests for unpublished authors (in my opinion) is the ACFW Genesis Contest. The deadline is March 15th, which gives me exactly 43 days from the time I am writing this to finish my novel. Because of this deadline I choose to write, even when it’s the last thing I want to be doing. I stay up late even when I’m dead tired. I write during my toddler’s nap time, even when I should really be napping myself. I write instead of catching up on my favorite shows. The life of a writer requires hard work and sacrifice, and yes, it requires deadlines. Whether you are published or not, I believe real and tangible deadlines are needed if you want your manuscript to include two of the best words ever written.

The End.


This month we have a Glendale, Arizona, Public Library Bag full of surprises up for grabs. All you have to do is comment. 

Say hi! Share you contest goals, your favorite reader or writer quotes, or your Speedbo goals. Remember: Speedbo starts tonight at midnight. Sign up now to be eligible for the Starting Line-Up $25 Amazon Gift Card. Details here.

That's it! Now go forth and contest. 

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  1. Give me enough coffee, and I can rule the world! Ya, I know that's not necessarily a reader or a writer quote, but I'm waiting for the coffee to finish brewing! Wishing you all a superduper weekend!

  2. Coffee's on!

    Still off the contest circuit. Not eligible for published or unpublished.

    With Ozark Sweetheart debuting this week and AA's expected soon, I needed a doable goal for Speedbo a goal. So I'm aiming for three chapters and a full outline/synopsis of a new project.

  3. Great WE, Tina. I'm writing right now, not contesting.

    Congrats, Sara and thanks for sharing your contest journey.

    Question for Love Inspired authors (the 45,000 word MS) - About what word count do you stop climbing the mountain and start heading downhill to The End? Mary gave me a gauge for that once on a 75,000 MS and it really helped with my LI historical.

    I've brought an assortment of Nonni's THINAddictives to share this morning. They are perfect with coffee and tea and WW friendly. My current favorite is mango/coconut, but the pistachio/almond are great, too.

  4. Lyndee, no clue. I write short and have to layer in to reach word count, so 45000 could very well BE DONE for me.

  5. OOH, I have AAs this weekend myself, Helen. Love putting those babies to bed.

  6. Toasting you, Marianne with a cup of java.

  7. I love Thomas Jefferson's quote
    "I can not live without books"

    Im judging my first readers contest. (well will be) I have five inspirational books to read the first 30 pages of and give an opinion. Its both scary and exciting

    Still getting over my birthday. Such excitement. 3 lots of flowers, one lot of balloons and money (plus some cool gifts) Oh and my headache is back to where it was before the surgery infact its worse. so back to upping the meds to to the level they were at. I am dealing with it. Whats worse is I cant even celebrate 6 months of a constant headache cos there is no feb 29! But I am able to walk and ride again and that is a blessing in itself.

  8. Good morning. Glad the coffee's on as my eyes don't want to open beyond a crack. But it's Friday and I'm excited about starting Speedbo.

    I'm not anywhere close to start entering contests but I'm excited about pushing forward to the point I can enter.

    Would love to be entered in the giveaway.

    Smiles & Blessings,
    Cindy W.

  9. Good morning,

    You got my attention, thanks. I'm going to look into Fool for Love and the Daphne.
    But my main focus this month will be Speedbo!

    Have a great day!

  10. Yay another contest edition. Love those.

    Speedbo starts tomorrow. Yay.

    Happy writing everyone.

  11. MARIANNE can I have a cup of coffee?

    I'll bring some cinnamon cake to go with it. Not as good as your cinnamon rolls, but it will do in a pinch.

  12. I'm done entering contests until later this year.

    Good luck to everyone who enters contests!

  13. I want to give a shout out to Sara Ella. She represents many of our wonderful, eager new writers in Seekerville.

    Willing to learn, to change, and to grow. That's what leads to a successful writing career.


  14. Good luck to all who are contesting! That's gotta' be exciting, the waiting to hear back... :-)

    I'm writing all weekend, yahooo!

  15. Can't think of any pithy, cool, or even ho-hum quotes at the moment. I'm more, sort of "blast it, I need to write..." because I don't have anything for these contest opportunities. *banging head against wall*

    i've signed up for SPEEDBO in an effort to "Do or do not - there is no try. -Yoda"

    there... a quote. I need to start DO-ing.

    TINA - as always, an awesome job on the contest update.

  16. Sara, thank you for sharing your journey! I entered a couple of writing contests last year. It was for the feedback, and to see if I really had what it would take. I am looking forward to entering more contests! I need those deadlines to continue writing.
    tscmshupe [at] pemtel [dot] net

  17. Speedbo sign ups are breaking Seekerville records. We are knocking it out of the ball park this year.

  18. Yay, Sara! Good for you for entering and learning from your feedback. I always entered for feedback as well as to get my work in front of certain editors and agents. And those deadlines are definitely a plus. Nice practice for the deadlines I have these days. :)

  19. Sara, congrats on your contest successes! I entered ACFW's First Impressions, and though I didn't place, the feedback was encouraging and VERY helpful. That is such a great contest.

    Speedbo--I'm excited for it! My plan for today is to making novel-planning and brainstorming a priority!

  20. Sara, congratulations!!!! Hoot! Hoot!!!! HOOOOOOOT!!!!!!

    I love contest divas, I love having been a contest diva, I love the doors that opened. SUHWEET!!!!

    Lyndee are you talking for Heartsong? My novella for Summerside "Red Kettle Christmas" this past Christmas season was 40K and I gauged it at @10k for the initial attraction, 20k for story build, 10k for black moment and resolution.

    That seemed to be a perfect arc for me.

    I love that Speedbo records are rolling on and upwards! The idea that so many writers are wanting to develop good, daily writing habits is huge!!!!

  21. Lyndee, do you mean Heartsong? Because contemporary LI like I write is 55-60k words.

    I'll go check my last mss, though, to see where I have the black moment.

    Be right back...

  22. Well, I'm focusing on finishing Tina and Max's Excellent Christmas Adventure, (working title!!!!) which has a cute, iTALIAN, petite, tough-as-nails, sweet-as-pie, drill-sergeant type heroine who does not resemble ANYONE I KNOW.


    The fact that the heroine is named Tina Marie is strictly coincidental because it's such a cute, sweet Italian name.

    But if she did resemble anyone I know, she'd share the SECRET CHOCOLATE SPICE COOKIE RECIPE WITH HER FRIEND RUFUS.

    Especially since it is a CHRISTMAS BOOK.

    That's all I'm sayin'.

    Youse understand.

  23. Lyndee, I just checked Georgia Sweethearts. It looks like the point where the black moment happens around 53k out of 60k words. It was about the last 25-30 pages.

  24. Way to go Jennifer!!!!

    No pain. No gain.

  25. Oh gosh, Tina, every time I see a contest update, I get a tic in my eye because it stirs my competitive nature deep down, but then my common sense comes to the rescue and says (in a low voice), "Julie, step away from the contest."

    Sigh. Sound advice for someone looking to pull away from almost all promo.


  26. The secret recipe.


    Maniacal laughter continues....

  27. Lyndee, I also meant to say that I have a feeling the point of the black moment in my stories varies in each one! I don't have a target spot.

    Also meant to thank Tina for the contest update!

  28. LOLing so hard about she-who-shall-remained-unnamed starring in Ruthy's next book!!

    Also got a kick out of the working title, Ruthy. :)

  29. Great contest update!
    Sara Ella, congratulations on becoming contest diva!
    Can't wait for speedbo to start tomorrow. As for updating my contest status, I have four mss entered in ACFW's Genesis, and two more almost ready. Just a little more editing, and they'll be good to go.

  30. Thanks for the contest update, Tina! I'm entered in all the published contests I had books for. LOL

    Congrats to our contest Diva, Sara Ella!! Thanks for sharing your journey!


  31. Excellent goal, Helen! Wishing you well with it! Thanks for the coffee!


  32. My speedbo goal is 500 words a day. Can't wait to start tomorrow!!!

  33. Jenny, wishing you well with the judging!

    Your birthday celebration sounds great!!

    So sorry the headaches are back. Have you been to a physical therapist to make sure your neck isn't causing them?


  34. DebH, DO was my one word of 2013. Do means action. Speedbo is a great time to DO!


  35. Thank you, Seekerville, for sharing these contests. I've followed them closely in the past year, and they've been a tremendous help to my book. It's finaled in four, won two, and I'm waiting to hear on the fourth. I'm also waiting on a fifth contest to hear about the final round. There's a contest in today's post that I'm going to check out.

    It's been so cool to take the feedback, apply it, send it off to another contest, and see the entry do better and better. So encouraging!

  36. I'm entering Genesis again. Can't wait for those judge's critiques!

    Have a wonderful weekend, everyone! :-)

  37. I'm with you, Julie. It's so hard not to enter EVERYTHING!!!

  38. Sally Bradley, I've been watching your diva trail. It's smokin'

  39. I decided I wasn't going to enter any contests in the near future...then I read this update. Now I'm undecided. Lol.
    Contests are fun and a learning experience all in one. How can I pass that up???
    (Please enter me, by the way.)

  40. Sara, keep writing and entering those contests. Congratulations.

    Thanks for the update, Tina. My plate is full so I probably won't enter any this month.

  41. Love these contest updates, Tina!

    Sort of. Entering contests can be scary and intimidating, but the feedback (positive or negative) is almost always worth it in the end.

    Love your opening quote: "I just want to drink coffee, create stuff, and sleep." Although I would change it to "eat M&Ms and drink Earl Grey."

  42. LYNDEE, here's my take on when to bring your story to a conclusion. I don't keep track of where I am in the word count to make certain things happen. My main goal is to develop an ending that is completely satisfying but not any longer than it has to be. Once the main conflict is resolved and loose ends tied up, all readers need to see is a glimpse of the H/H embarking on their HEA. Anything more is superfluous.

    So, bottom line, the ending comes when the time is right. No sooner, no later.

  43. Thanks for the congrats, Lyndee H!

    Tina, thank you SO much for this opportunity to be featured on my favorite blog for writers. Seekerville is my haven.

    Sally Shupe, good luck on your own journey and contest entries:) Sounds like we share the need for deadlines. Happy Writing!

    Hi Missy! Yes on feedback! It is invaluable and worth the entry fees. I think the more we have the better we become at this whole writing thing:)

    Hi Jennifer! Thanks so much. Keep entering those contests and good luck on your journey!

    Hi Ruth! Thanks for the exuberant welcome. I'm honored to be here!

    Crystal, thank u!!! I love being here:)

    Janet, thanks so much! I have gotten so much from your posts here on Seekerville! Happy Writing!

    Courtney, contests have truly changed my writing life. I encourage you to enter and get your work out there! The feedback is invaluable:)

    Connie, thanks! I will:)

    Myra, I wholeheartedly agree! Ate half a large bag of dark chocolate m&m's last night and earl grey with cream and honey is heaven! Also, your advice on the ending is great! It happens when the time is right:)

  44. "I believe real and tangible deadlines are needed if you want your manuscript to include two of the best words ever written. The End." Thanks for this great tidbit - I need to hear it daily!
    Jenna Victoria

  45. Congrats, Sara Ella!!! Thanks for your encouraging words of wisdom!

    Wow, those contests have a certain siren call for me. :) I had been on the fence about the Genesis, not thinking I really have a good chance since my finished MS didn't do well in First Impressions. I did revise since then, though. Might try it out. It's the first year I have a complete MS to enter and I can't really pass that up. :) Today's my "get the entry down to the required word count" day. Hard work ahead, but I'm excited.

    AAAAAND hyped about Speedbo!!!

  46. TINA, RUTHY, MISSY AND MYRA, Thanks for answering my question! All of you gave different perspectives on writing for contemporary Love Inspired. That's what I needed. And I misspoke when I said the word count. I'm not targeting Heartsong.

    This year I'm handling SPEEDBO a bit differently. I will continue to edit my historical WIP (not part of SPEEDBO, but it's my priority right now), while dedicating to a SPEEDBO goal of a one hour a day (minimum 1,000 words) to writing a contemporary. I need something new to work on and I find that I have a hard time writing two historicals at the same time, so thought I'd try this as a month long experiment. Ready, set,go!

  47. Jenna Victoria, no one has ever quoted me before. You just made my day!

  48. Natalie Monk, I am honored you would call my words "words of wisdom". I'm just one unpublished author trying to figure it all out. I encourage you to enter Genesis. A finished MS is a HUGE accomplishment. I just finished my first draft too. Happy dance!

  49. Great contest update Tina! I believe my contest days are behind me for the most part, but they have certainly been a help to me.

    I didn't final in the First Impressions contest like some others (*ahem* Natalie--who says she didn't do well), but the feedback was certainly a boost for that project.

    And Sally Bradley? Could you please name the contests you are contemplating entering so that some of us can save our money and stay away from them? Just consider it a public service. Thanks! :)

  50. Congrats to you Contest Diva Sara!! And thank you for the extra kick in the backside to my cp Natalie. I had to read her words several times to see if she said what I thought she did. That's why I outed her about her accomplishment in First Impressions so that hopefully, she'll do what she should and enter the Genesis.

    I can be a bully like that....ask Julie Hilton Steele...

  51. Piper H., We all need a helpful "bully" sometimes to encourage us, or just give us a swift kick in the pants. One of my critique partners is like that and she's one of my favorite people in the world!

  52. Congratulations, Sara you contest diva, you! :)

    Looks like a good list of contests. I am considering the Daphne Du Maurier contest. Do you have to have a complete manuscript with that one?

    I'm preparing a scene from my new WIP for the Frasier contest, hosted by My Book Therapy.

    I'm hoping to stop back later and read more comments. I've been gone for the last week to a writer's retreat in FL. It was wonderful, but I feel so jet lagged! :) Playing catch up today for sure. :)

  53. Laughing at Piper's request to Sally Bradley!!! TOO FUNNY!!!

    Lyndee, those are great goals!

    Tina Marie I bet someone in Seekerville knows someone who will SHARE A CHOCOLATE SPICE ITALIAN COOKIE RECIPE WITH ME.... and oh my stars, Max....

    Max Campbell the totally hot, studmuffin, adopted Latino Campbell brother from Kirkwood Lake... Max, who's been doing covert ops for this man's army for years... Max who's come home after too long away, looking for a place to SETTLE DOWN and be human again...

    Max is so totally swoon-worthy as to be illegal.


    #lovethisstory !!!!



  54. Did you get a lot done during your retreat, Jeanne???? Looked like FUN!!

  55. WHAT???? Diva Piper is no longer contesting? What's new in Piper's world pray tell?

  56. Maybe we should rename the Contest Update the DIVA/O Update.

    What are all you Seekerville Diva/o's up to?

  57. Thanks, Jeanne and I think that's a great idea, Tina!

  58. Oh, my--we might have a new granddaughter later today! Daughter and SIL are at the hospital now.

    And we are riding herd over the other three kids. Not sure who needs the most prayers--LOL!

  59. I am so looking forward to the Speedbo contest. I can't wait to begin writing. This is my first time and I am ready to learn what all you great authors have to teach me. I am excited about my story.

  60. Thank you Sara for putting the right touch on it. I don't want Natalie to think I'm being mean or anything...but I'm certainly not going to be silent about an opportunity--especially for a cp!

    Maybe I should have phrased that better, Tina. I've backed off of the contesting a bit. In fact, Sally is editing my SYTYCW story that I plan to self-publish later this year. I even have a cover! Ruthy's Max sounds almost as dreamy as my hero. I'm still looking for an agent for my single-title series though, so I'm looking forward to Seekerville's contest as well. Just going a different way at this point.

  61. Sounds exciting Myra! Prayers for your family!

  62. Yay, Myra!
    Can I go see the baby with you when she's born? Pretty please with cream and sugar on top? I adore babies!
    Aren't they one of God's greatest creations?
    Praying for your family.

  63. The Sheila needs an inspirational category.

  64. Also, my entry note to SpeedBo came back, so I'm hopeful that my second note was received.

  65. I'm with Jennifer Smith -- today is brainstorming and planning day. So many comments, do we take the time when we should be writing?
    Drink Coffee: Do Smart Writing Faster.

  66. A reading quote I came across recently on Pinterest that I love: "When you read a book as a child, it becomes a part of your identity in a way that no other reading in your whole life does." -from the movie You've Got Mail

    Put me in for the giveaway please! Good luck to all you Speedbo writers!

  67. Haha! Thanks, Piper! And thanks, Sarah!

    The ms that placed a final in FI wasn't my complete ms, so I can't enter it in Genesis. It was a separate entry. But I entered them both and the complete one didn't do quite as well.

    However, after revising again, I'm definitely entering Genesis. :) Thank ya'll for the encouragement!

  68. Congregations, Myra! Praying for your family today:)

  69. *Congratulations. Thank you auto correct :/

  70. Oh, btw, Piper. I'm so excited about the SYTYCW book! If it's anything like the rest, it'll be gold! Can't wait! ;))

  71. Walt! Did you get your Speedbo stuff?

  72. Way to go, Piper!!! Let us know when it's available.

  73. More grandbabies!!! Congratulations, Myra.

  74. plot in the evening for the next day's writing.

    You can do both in Speedbo.

  75. I'm still on the fence about entering the Carol. I know, I know, the decision must be made soon.

    My big problem is that I only have a limited number of copies of my book left, and entering the Carol would about clean me out.

    (And no - I can't get more copies from Author, Author, or CBD, or Amazon...I think Barnes and Noble might have a few....)

    What I learned from this? I'm asking for more author copies with my next contract, and ordering some from Author, Author as soon as my book comes out!

  76. Congratulations to Sara! What a great contest diva :)

  77. Yeah. That ALWAYS happens to me, Jan.

    Sometimes I am forced to go on eBay and buy them used but pristine condition.

  78. Hello everyone. I have a question regarding contests.

    I have entered one contest previously and am only working on one manuscript. If I'm going to contest, is it smart to submit the same entry to different contests? Several of the contest require the first 5 pages or the first 2500 words etc, so all my entries would be the same.

    Common sense says the more feedback the better but am I missing something?

  79. Janet yes it was the physio who worked out it was the Occipital nerve that was causing my issues. She works on the neck and does help me as it is tight but it doesn't get rid of the headaches just makes helps free the neck. But thankfully I have it so much better than so many with Occipital Neuralgia many have constant headaches over 6 out of ten on a good day. Mine at present are around a 4. The meds help but I will need to go back to the level I was on before the surgery not sure I want to go to what I was on originally til I see my dr again.

  80. The more feedback the better, YES. But don't do it if the finalist judge is the same. Waste of money.

    There are various reasons to enter the same msc in multiple contests:

    1. Bling prizes

    2. Financial Remuneration

    3. Exposure (your name out there)

    4. Feedback

    5. Finalist editor or agent

  81. Glad you are improved, Jenny! Happy Birthday, too!

  82. One more day and then....SPEEDBO!!!

    So exciting!

    Love the contest info. Thanks, Tina! Must submit! Today.

    Writers write! YES!!!

  83. Cheers for Contest Diva Sara Ella! And what wise words: "While the judges are all professionals, they are still just readers looking for the same thing we all look for."

    One of my favorite quotes I apply to writing: "Whether you think you can or think you can't - you are right." ~Henry Ford

    Congrats to all of you who have entered and are entering contests!

    Speedbo ho!

    Nancy C

  84. Tina?


    Are you keeping something from me??

    Nancy C

  85. Shh, Nancy,

    Loose lips.

    Meet you in the alley at midnight.

    We'll talk.

  86. My only saving grace is that Ruthy ate the cookies before she could take them to a lab for analysis.

    The recipe is still safe.

  87. Decisions, decisions.

    Way too many contests!

  88. Thanks for the list of contests. I'm surprised there are so many.

  89. You could spend all your allowance on contests.

  90. Jan D, thank you for your kind compliment:)

    Chill N, thank you as well:) I love that quote by Henry Ford as well. SO TRUE!

  91. Yes, Tina. SpeedBo stuff received.

  92. Excited about coming to Seekerville and finally getting started on writing the novel that's been rattling around in me for so long. Looking forward to connecting with a great community of writers and readers.

  93. Welcome Veronica! Let's do this!

  94. Thanks, Lyndee! And thank you Tina for that extra boost of encouragement. I am off to a slower start than I'd hoped for the first day of Speedbo, but I take heart in the fact that I'VE STARTED! Finally, something to build on. :)

  95. I'm so late getting back here! Piper, ha! That made me laugh. Thank you. :)

    And you have a cover? I hope I get a sneak peak!