Saturday, February 22, 2014

The Weekend Edition

Like book-in-a-month, Speedbo in its purest form is a 31 day self-challenge where the writer puts aside the inner critic and produces manuscript pages with the ultimate goal of completing an entire book. No editing allowed.  However, we'll take your Speedbo any way you want to do it (revisions, short stories--you name it). 

Check in is NOT required. But you must comment to win a Speedbo weekly prize. See details here.

Starting Line Up Prize: $25 Amazon Gift Card awarded to one entrant who signs up before March 1, 2014. Weekly Prizes: March 8, 15, 22, 29 and April 5

Each week we'll award an $25 Amazon Gift Card & a 10 page anonymous Seeker Critique (Romance only-any subgenre). Critiques to be claimed after Speedbo. Winners have 8 weeks to claim these prizes per our legal page. 

Additionally, April 1 and 2, Seekerville will have a two-day event with an anonymous agent who will then launch Seekerville's next contest, Seekerville Read Me! Agent Contest. The contest is for unagented (Published or Unpublished) authors who entered Speedbo. You must have signed up for Speedbo to enter this contest.

And if you finish your novel you can sign up for Tina Radcliffe's Self-Editing for Beginner's Night Class. A five week boot camp to get that novel ready to submit!

 We're gearing up to make this year your best writing year yet!

We Have Winners

 If you are a winner, email us asap at Please  read our legal page here. If you haven't received your prize in 8 weeks, drop us a line (we get busy writing books and forget). You must contact us every single time you win.

On Monday, Love Inspired Historical Author Janet Dean shared a critique by Berkley author Shirley Jump, along with the changes Shirley's input triggered in her post, "A Peek at Critique and Revisions." The winner of a $10 Amazon gift card is Mary Preston.

May the K9 Spy and her friend K.C. Frantzen delighted Seekerville on Tuesday, with their post, "What if..a K9 Indie Adventure." Winner of the full set of May’s books, personalized & pawographed is BonTon And the winner of a full set of May's books, digital version is Terri W. Remember that the first book in the series May on the Way: How I Become a K9 Spy, is free for Kindle through Saturday. Thank you, May and K.C.

Wednesday, Debby Giusti blogs with "Romance On the Run!" Stop by for coffee, goodies and discussion about how to give the romance in your story a running start. Winner of her March Love Inspired Suspense, The Agent's Secret Past is Connie Queen.

On Thursday, author April Erwin  shared tips on "Finding You in Your Writer’s Voice." Winner of April's newly released e-book, Dysfunction Junction is Mz Zey Zey.

Seekerville welcomed back the author of the wonderful Butternut Creek series, Jane Myers Perrine with her post, "Writing from a Different Brain." Winner of the first two books in her Butternut Creek series: The Welcome Committee of Butternut Creek and The Matchmakers of Butternut Creek is Kristin Noel Fischer.

Next Week In Seekerville 

Monday:Tyndale author Pam Hillman is your hostess. Dust off your economics book for a lively discussion on what ROI is in relation to the business of writing and marketing.

Tuesday:Montlake author Sandra LeeSmith will discuss "The World of Book Reviews."  While promoting her books, Sandra has met some interesting book reviewers. Find out the guidelines for a good book review. And find out why these reviewers feature book reviews on their blogs.

Wednesday: Love Inspired author Glynna Kaye joins us with “Never Too Late: Speedbo 2014.”  Find out why you can still say YES to Seekerville’s exciting March event!  Glynna will be drawing a name to win a copy of her April release, Pine Country Cowboy.

Thursday:Seeker Cara Lynn James bring us "Planning your Novel for SpeedBo." Come prepare for the big kick off and for a chance to win a $10 gift certificate to Starbucks!

Friday: Time for the March Contest Update and the March Contest Diva/Divo. The prize vault is open.

Saturday: SPEEDBO BEGINS. (Friday 2/28/14 at 11:59 pm EST is the last day to enter in time for the STARTING LINE-UP $25 Amazon gift card giveaway). 

Seeker Sightings

 Be sure to share your news in the comments or on our Facebook page~!

February 14 - 28, 2014:Join Julie Lessman for her FINAL interview/giveaway of the season at the Remain in His Love blog, where you can win your choice of her books including her newest release, Dare to Love Again.

Janet Dean is the special Writers Alley guest in the Chocolate Cafe today! Stop by to talk to Janet!

Don't forget..Ruth Logan Herne's latest Amazon release is available for Kindle here.  AND.... Ruthy is having a wonderful time over at Soul Inspirationz TODAY!!!!! Stop by and chat with her to have your name put into a drawing for either the first three Kirkwood Lake books or a copy of "Try, Try Again" or "Safely Home" for your Kindle!!!  Soul Inspirationz Blog!!!


TRY, TRY AGAIN .99 SALE STARTS TOMORROW, SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 22!!!! Get your sharing and download fingers ready because starting tomorrow, you can download Try, Try Again for NINETY NINE CENTS!!!!!  I love .99 book bargains!!! Sale goes live at midnight tonight.... 63 reviews so far, 5-Star rating, a book to love, cherish and remember!

 Claiming Mariah sighting at Wal-Mart in North Carolina!! And check out Pam's interview on Jo Huddleston's blog for a chance to win your very own copy!

Random News & Information 

This week Seekerville received quite a few links of interest from Seekerville friends. Here's your shout out-you know who you are...THANK YOU!!

THIS JUST IN...Check out Mz. Zey Zey's Love Inspired Luncheon Photos..she won a ticket here in Seekerville!!!

Why Writers are the Worst Procrastinators (The Atalantic) 

 Self-Publishing's Share of the Kindle Market by Genre (Failure Ahoy!)

The #1 Quality of Successful Writers (StoryMastery)

Hugh Howey and the Tsunami of Cash (Advanced Fiction Writing)

The Laws of the Cyberian Jungle: What Authors Need to Know to Stay Safe Online (Romance University) 

What Makes a Good Book Trailer? (Musing)

Hugh Howey and the Indie Author Revolt (PW)

The ring that READS for you: Finger-worn gadget reads aloud when you point at words - and can even translate books (Daily Mail)

At MacGregor Literary, Holly Lorincz has been promoted to agent. She will focus on representing contemporary and historical romance, political or conspiracy thrillers, women’s fiction, literary fiction, and both literary and classic westerns. (Publishers Lunch)

10 Inspiring Quotes on Writing (Self Publishing Advisor)

That's it for this week, as we prepare for SPEEDBO!


Marianne Barkman said...

Congratulations to all the winners! And I'm a winner cause I picked up some books at the Glendale Chocolate Affair! I all readers will be winners after Speedbo as we eagerly await the publications of the books brought to birth during March! Have a great weekend!

Mary Curry said...

Congrats to all the winners!

I'm so glad March has Speedbo because otherwise it's my least favorite month of the year. Trying to turn that around with 31 days of productivity!

Great WE as usual. Thanks, Tina!

Helen Gray said...

Coffee's on!

Took time out from reading all those interesting links to sign up for Speedbo.

Thanks for another great WE.

May the K9 Spy (and KC Frantzen) said...

Whoo hoo what a week, and fabulous WE! YAY winners!

May and I were thrilled to visit with everypawdy and can't wait to send out the presents!

We've also had over 3100 FREE downloads of May's first e-book, so that's something to celebrate, and an excellent thoughtful review to add to the mix. (Thx so much Marianne!)

Quick note - it's FREE through Saturday night so quit procrastinating. Sign up for Speedbo and get a copy of May's book too. :)

Thx for the coffee, Helen. MMM.

Off to check out the links...

Ruth Logan Herne said...



Ruth Logan Herne said...

I am signed up for Speedbo.

I am psyched about a writing weekend.

I am amazingly BLESSED.

Tina, I love this WE, you have outdone yourself in more ways than could be humanly imagined. Thank you!!!!

What a whirlwind week here in upstate, crazy fun kid stuff, RAIN, we haven't seen rain in a very long time, sloggy, muddy driveway but it's about to deep freeze us again, so that slog will turn to MUD TRENCHES.

SO FUN!!!!! Diggin' my galoshes out right now!!!!

K.C.!!!! I'm so stinkin' proud of you! That's just wonderful news, digital is so much fun.

Go, you!!!!

Ruth Logan Herne said...

Marianne, you're the sweetest thing....

I'm so glad Tina got to meet you and Mom at the chocolate bash, and I love your love of reading. I would like to CLONE you about gazillion times because you just make me happy every single, stinkin' day.

Thank you for that.

Ruth Logan Herne said...

Rumor has it that MARY CURRY is breaking land-speed records (very NASCAR FRIENDLY) with her writing lately..... RUTHY IS VERY PROUD OF HER AND WANTED TO GIVE HER A PUBLIC SHOUT OUT BECAUSE THIS ROCKS THE BIG KAHUNA!!!!!!

Annie Rains said...

Yay for Speedbo!!! I am definitely signing up this year. And it's a good time for those entering The Killer Voice contest, too.

Have a good weekend, Seekerville!

Jackie said...

Congrats to all the winners.

I'm so excited about Speedbo. I don't work at the store the weekend it starts, and my husband will be out of town for work the first week. I'll miss him like crazy, but I won't need to cook, make the bed, etc for a few days, and I can just write.....but I'll miss him like crazy! Maybe I can write a few scenes with the heroine missing the hero. Ha!

Have a great weekend!

Ruth Logan Herne said...

Hey, I'm LOVING the link to the #1 Quality of Successful Writers....

"Writers Write"




Kav said...

Great WE -- love the writer's quotes. Nice bit of inspiration for Speedbo. And yay -- I have a March break in the middle of it so that means more writing (and reading) time.


Rose said...

I did it. I took a deep breath and signed up for Speedbo!

Congratulations to all of the winners this week.

Christina said...

Hey Seekers! My good friend Ruthy asked that I stop over and tell you all that this week I got my very first book contract! I am over the moon excited! Oh my stars! I can barely type, barely focus. It's a sweet romance, a novella, and I can't wait to find out when it will release. I'm happy dancing and I'm sharing chocolate! Lots of chocolate!

Sandra Leesmith said...

Great weekend edition TINA

YAY!!!!!!!!! CHRISTINA. Congrats on that first contract. What a delightful way to start my day. I love that news. Go girl. Have fun celebrating.

Sandra Leesmith said...

RUTHY, I met MARIANNE and her MOM too. I actually met them last winter when they were down. They came to one of my workshops at CWOW.

And I saw them at the Chocolate Affair and got a huge hug from both of them. They are so fun.l

Are you really jealous now? chuckle

Amber Schamel said...


Congratulations Christina!!!! That is soooo exciting! After all that time and work, it's finally starting to pay off! <3

I too am signed up for Speedbo, Ruthy. I am looking forward to accomplishing a lot between now and the end of March. I love the series I'm working on now, but I have an idea for a NEW series, so I really want to start working on that. I'm hoping to finish the current one during February and March so I can get moving on the next one. :D

Tina Radcliffe said...

CHRISTINA!!!! Congratulations!!! We live for good news!! And chocolate.

Tina Radcliffe said...

Way to go, Mary Curry, you little cave dweller, you!!

Connie Queen said...

Good morning.

I'm a winner of Debby's new suspense. Yay!

Congratulations Christina!

I'm already signed up for Speedbo. Trying to work it for the Killer Voice. I need to have the rough draft of the synopsis and opening 3 chapters written (because of contest deadlines)and then use Speedbo to complete the ms. Gives me a couple more months to revise IF I make it to the next stages.

Ruth Logan Herne said...

ROSE!!!! Yay you!!!!

Ruth Logan Herne said...


I'm so happy for you!

Just delighted!


Ruth Logan Herne said...

Sandra, you B-R-A-T

Yes, I am jealous as heck, how come no one comes to upstate New York????


(Looks outside, wind howling, snow-covered landscape, nods her head in understanding...)

Bunch of WIMPS, I say. I'd give you all chocolate!!!!

And you could stay in my sparest of spare rooms! (Anne of Green Gables)

Marianne, someday!!!

Ruth Logan Herne said...

Amber Schamel, my young and beautiful writing friend, GO YOU!!!!!

I love when those ideas pour in, it's such a blessing, a God-thing, just so wonderful!!! AND... MORE...

This little AMBER is the very definition of that blog link "The #1 Quality of a Successful Writer" because she invented the word tenacious by her amazing focus on doing a job... seeing it through... and then moving on.

Amber, I'd love to bottle you and sell you at a writers' conference!!!!

Ruth Logan Herne said...

Connie Queen, Yes, yes, yes!!!!

I'm so glad you signed up, I love your goals, and I'm having so much fun tweeting #KillerVoices that it seems WRONG somehow.... but in a good way!

Go, you killer writers!!!!

Tina Radcliffe said...

Just added a link to Mz.Zey Zey's Love Inspired Luncheon photos.

Thanks Zey Zey!!!

Mary Hicks said...

Wow, Tina! Great articles to read... great line-up for next week, it all makes for another great WE!

Thank you! :-)

Congratulations to all the winners!

Pam Hillman said...

My brain is on Speedbo overdrive!

I just pinned a WHOLE bunch of these cute badges, so y'all go re-pin them! :)

Pam Hillman said...

Ah, Speedbo Writer's Retreat at JACKIE's HOUSE!!!


Bring Your Own Laptop & Food cause she ain't cooking!

Tina Radcliffe said...


Julie Lessman said...





LOL ... I just read the article entitled "Why Writers are the Worst Procrastinors" (and, yes, I WAS procrastinating at the time!) and laughed my head off! SOOO good to know it's a fault inherent in the writer's personality and not just my own personal demon!

Great We as always, Teenster!


Myra Johnson said...

Another super WE, Tina!

And YAY to CHRISTINA for the novella contract!!!! Thrilled for you!

I'm excited about Speedbo, too! I'm actually ready to begin a new wip, so the timing is perfect. Hoping to make LOTS of progress next month and (if things go according to plan) maybe even finish the book!

The one interruption I'll have to work around, though, is the arrival of our seventh grandchild, due any day now! Can't wait to meet our new baby girl!

May the K9 Spy (and KC Frantzen) said...

YIPPEE Christina!

That's fantastic and definitely calls for CHOCOLATE!!!

I'm just checking in, taking a break from spring cleaning. Trying to get this in before winter comes back with a roar next week!

ACK. Toying with Speedbo. So much on my plate right now, I can't do it justice, but I'd sure like to get back to WRITING. There's a story brewing... It might involve May & a cruise line in the Baltic. Just saying'... maybe.

Hey thanks, Julie! Yeah - we're pretty pumped. For some reason, the downloads have taken on a life of their own. We're up to 3325 as of 10 minutes ago. Pawmazing. Sure appreciate the bark outs! We got as high as 119 on FREE Kindle so that's not it (breaking into top 100). We ARE #1 in our subcategories though. Dunno. We'll take it however it comes... Trying to rest in the Lord with the business end too. :)

Also, If you guys aren't on Marie Force's self pub loop, this was posted. It's delightful! I've inquired for May the K9 Spy too. We'll see.

So many fun things to celebrate this WE. Thanks as always Tina!

Missy Tippens said...

Congrats, Chris!!! Very exciting!! I'm thrilled for you. :)

Thanks Tina for a great WE!

I'm all signed up for Speedbo and look forward to all the pages accomplished by all!

Missy Tippens said...

KC that's great about the downloads!! :)

Ruth Logan Herne said...

Myra!!!! You know I love me some babies!!!!! How fun to be expecting a little one, that's always such an amazing time... and I have to say I worry more for my beautiful daughters and daughters-in-law than I ever did for myself.

Why is that???????

Ridiculous really, they're all so smart and capable, and yet... Grammy keeps her watch, just to make sure things are okay.

What a pain in the neck I am!!!

Myra, I'd love to see you finish that book in March! My goal is to finish my beautiful, wonderful Love Inspired Christmas book working title Max and Tina's Excellent Christmas Adventure AND.... to finish a novella I'm working on for a fall indie release.... and a new proposal for Love Inspired.

So first the book (it's half-done so I'm CHEATING.... but that's priority one....) then the proposal...(I don't get paid if no one buys my books, therefore this is VERY IMPORTANT....) and then the last half of indie novella.

I love going into this with clear goals because then I want to BEAT THEM.

I blame Tina.

Debby Giusti said...

Waving to Connie! So glad you won THE AGENT'S SECRET PAST!!!

Keep us posted on Killer Voices! YAY!!!

Christina, congrats on the contract. How exciting. Can you breathe? LOL!


Debby Giusti said...

I'm signing up for Speedbo tomorrow. Grandbabies are visiting today, and I only have time to say, hello!

More tomorrow!

Jennifer Smith said...

Thinking about signing up for Speedbo...Wondering if I should do it with some of the other writing commitments I have going on. :/ But if I keep putting my novel last, it will NEVER get finished!
Congrats to the winners! :)

Terri said...

Congrats Christina! I so love your exciting news.

Myra enjoy that darling girl when she arrives.

Ruthy - you sound just like my mom used to. She had seven children, but worried to death about her girls and granddaughters having babies.

I'm sure I've missed someone's good news. Please forgive me. I read every post, but I'm old and my memory left me by the time I started posting.

One thing I didn't forget is I won the Kindle version of KC and May's books. Me, Crosby, and Nolly Grace are going to have a fun time reading them!
Thanks KC and May!

Thanks Tina for a great WE!!!

Eva Maria Hamilton said...

Congratulations to all the winners!

And Congratulations on your first sale Christina!!!

I can't wait for Speedbo :)

Happy Writing!

Sandra Leesmith said...

I'm a brat??????

BRAT=RUTH synonomis hmmmmmm

Sandra Leesmith said...

MYRA- grandbaby coming. Oooooooo so exciting. You will have too much fun.

Sandra Leesmith said...

CONGRATS to all of you who have signed up for SPEEDBO.

Great going.

Renee (SteelerGirl83) said...

Best of luck to you SPEEDBO peeps! :-)

Tina Radcliffe said...

Renee...or is it Sherlock???? MISSING YOU!!!! Great to see you!!

Tina Radcliffe said...


It's only 31 days. You can do anything for 31 days.

Ruth Logan Herne said...

Ditto what The Radcliffe said, Jennifer.

You can do anything for a day.

Anything for a week.

And anything for a month.

And then you know what? It's become a habit, and that's the best part of any 30 day writing challenge. It's like the K-Love Radio 30 Day Music challenge, because 30 days is just enough time to see how easy it is to commit.

Go for it, Jen.

May the K9 Spy (and KC Frantzen) said...

Yay Myra!

#7? Wawzah!!! We'll want photos of course.

HURRAH Terri! We'll see what Nolly Grace thinks of her namesake, but she'll have to wait until book 3. :) Appreciate y'all so much.

Taking the lead from Marie Force's self-pub loop that I found through our TINA!!!, I wanted to share the numbers as an FYI.

May and I want to congratulate the winners and thank everypawdy who downloaded and shared our books. A special barkout for the opportunity to be in Seekerville!

Sharing the final numbers in conjunction with our guest hosting duties here:

5 day KDP FREE Promo began Tuesday morning
Promotion on May's Facebook page (no paid ads though. Those haven't paid off for us, except to gain a few followers for May's pack.)

Book 1:
3460 - free downloads
#119 - highest rank achieved in free
#1 - both subcategories for most all the run

Book 2:
11 - sales (12 sales, 1 return)
#39 - highest rank achieved in one subcategory

Book 3:
7 - sales

Final paid ranking as of 7am, 2/23/14

Book 1: 825,982
Book 2: 99,237
Book 3: 132,294

Thanks for the barkouts! We appreciate the pawsome support!

As you can see, middle grade isn't nearly like romance!

**I attached those figures to our Tuesday post so it'd all be in one place. (Sorry for the duplication.)

Audra Harders said...

Congrats to all the winners this week!

Wonderful links, Tina. I look forward to the WE...kinda like a weekly news recap.

Ruth Logan Herne said...

K.C., I wonder if kids see the free books on their Kindles?

Janet Dean said...

Wow, February is flying by. Less than a week until Speedbo! I'm signed up. Now if only I can stop myself from editing. Maybe that picture of Uncle Sam pasted on my laptop will do the trick.

Congratulations to our winners. Looks like a great lineup this week.

Congratulations, Christina, on the sale of your novella!!! Fabulous news!

Congrats, KC, on the downloads!!

Life is good.

Happy weekend, all!


Debby Giusti said...

Just signed up for Speedbo! Only takes a minute...maybe not even that long! Thanks, Tina, for streamlining the process.

Can't wait to get started! :)

Congrats to all the winners. But...isn't everyone who visits Seekerville a winner? You bet they are!

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday.

Who's watching the two-hour finale of Downton Abbey tonight?

Or is the closing of the Olympics a bigger draw?

Mary Connealy said...

If anyone's sleepy go read Ruthy's interview at Soul Inspirationz. I swear the woman is human caffeine.

Ruth Logan Herne said...

Aw, Connealy, why are you being nice to me????

Are you ill?

Are you running a fever????



In case youse missed the link in the WE here it is:

Soul Inspirationz in New Zealand

Ruth Logan Herne said...


GO ME!!!


Chill N said...

Christina, congrats on the first contract!! May it be the first of many. And thank you for sharing such inspiring news.

And thanks to Mz Zey Zey for sharing the pix. Fun to see all those smiling faces.

Congrats to all the winners!

Lots of good links, Tina. Those inspiring quotes will come in handy during Speedbo. Can't believe Speedbo is almost here. It looks like I'll be in good company.

Looking forward to this week's posts.

Nancy C

Tina Radcliffe said...

Okay, when did that link get slipped into the WE ED. I do not remember it.

May the K9 Spy (and KC Frantzen) said...

Ruthy -


But you have some splainin' to do.

You're wondering if the kids see the freebies on their Kindles? Unsure what you mean there. We were #1 in our subcategories (in children's spies/mystery/detectives/adventure - that sort of thing)

But never made it to top 100 overall.
So - unsure...

Thanks y'all. I know the romance folk get lots lots lots more downloads than we do, but we'll take what we can get. :)

Seekerville is the best.

Speedbo. I know. Thinking about it still. Want to! Should... It's a definite maybe, though if Julie signed up for the first time... ;)

Jen Pike said...

A little late here, but have been thinking of Speedbo on and off all weekend...even mentioned it to hubby, son and DIL at the dinner table the other night. I really wasn't sure I was going to do it... Haven't written in months (compared to years last year!) and haven't even done my synopsis from the LI pitch last year either. Not sure if it's procrastination or fear or what holding me back.

This morning I woke up thinking about it (hmm...) and thought maybe I should steer away from the series I've had in mind for a long long time and go with something different. My huge "hobby" is genealogy (and I've made some money doing research for folks) and I've thought about combining genealogy and writing, so that's the book I'm going to work on. Yes, it's Christian romance--already have the characters and the first few paragraphs (did that a few years ago), so time to spend some quality time with them.

I haven't been on Seekerville in months *hanging head* and have missed it, but life is still crazy around here and about to get crazier (my hubby was out of work for 8 months, started a new job less than 10 minutes away in January, and he is about to become a part-time associate pastor at our church, which means I have to be more visible at certain things related to church--tough for an introvert like me!). So why not throw something else into the mix? :)

Sent my "sign-me-up" e-mail a few minutes ago.

*gulp* ;-)


Melanie Pike said...

Did not realize that our DIL was signed in to Google through my laptop (ARGH) so "Jen Pike" is really me.



Rhonda's Doings said...

am I too late to enter? hope not! Rhonda