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 The contest is for unagented (Published or Unpublished) authors who entered Speedbo.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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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).
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!
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!