Week 1 of Speedbo.
Congratulations to all of our 154 participants. Here's the list. It's not too late to sign up! Check out the details here. Winner of the $25 Amazon Gift Card Starting Line Up Giveaway is....Heidi Kortman.
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Sandra LeeSmith discussed "The World of Book Reviews" on Tuesday. While promoting her books, Sandra has met some interesting book reviewers. Faye wins her choice of a Seeker ebook or if she wants a print copy she can have her choice of one of Sandra's books or Julie's Romance-ology 101.
Love Inspired author Glynna Kaye joined us on Wednesday with “Never Too Late: Speedbo 2014.” Winners of a copy of her April release, Pine Country Cowboy are Valri, Heidi and Melanie Pike.
On Thursday, Seeker Cara Lynn James brought us "Planning your Novel for Speedbo." The winner of a $10 gift certificate to Starbucks is Jackie Layton!
Friday: Time for the March Contest Update . Our March Contest Diva was Sara Ella. Winner of a library bag full of books is Courtney Phillips.
Saturday: SPEEDBO BEGINS. Winner of Change Anything (for Kindle) is KC Frantzen.
Next Week In Speedbo-ville
Monday: Mary Connealy will kick off Week 1 of SPEEDBO by talking about YOUR goals. Whether you’re signed up for Speedbo or not, why don’t you set some goals for this month.? Even if you’re a reader, let’s hear about some goals you have. What do you hope to accomplish this month?
Tuesday: "How to Create Characters So Real You’ll Be Tempted to Add Them to Your Christmas List " with guest, Abingdon Press author, Lisa Carter. Lisa is generously giving us a triple giveaway that includes Carolina Reckoning, or Aloha Rose, or Beneath a Navajo Moon. Three winners.
Wednesday: Heartsong Presents author Helen Gray is our guest today with her post, "Writing Your Book: Setting Your Tempo to the End." Stop by to chat with Helen and you could win her debut release, Ozark Sweetheart.
Thursday: Zondervan author Melanie Dickerson is our guest blogger with her post, "Theme: How can I use it for a more powerful reading experience?" Don't miss an opportunity to strengthen your Speedbo manuscript and a giveaway of her latest release, The Captive Maiden.
Friday: Join us today for "Beating Repetition out of Dialogue Tags" with guest Christina Rich. She's also giving away a copy of her debut release from Love Inspired Historical, The Guardian's Promise.
WWRD? (What Would Rocky Do??)
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CLAIMING MARIAH by Pam Hillman is a Fresh Pick at Fresh Fiction. Fresh Fiction says, "The Fresh Pick is chosen by a group of readers and is never a purchased advertisement or promotion. We've chosen your book because it appeals to us and we like to share our diverse tastes in reading and hope other readers will give it a try."
Tyndale is giving away 5 copies of Claiming Mariah. Giveaway ends March 8th, so hop over and share the love through the Punchtab Signup widget.
Running on Empty.
Still .99 on Kindle or on any device with a Kindle app! http://amzn.to/1hP6xJJ "She ran away once, when the truth was too much to bear. Can she stay this time and make a difference to others? With the strength of faith and the grace of God, she can, and maybe... Just maybe... Anne will find the true love that eluded her years before." Ruthy Logan Herne's heartwarming story on sale now at Amazon!
Shhh … secrets are exposed in this month’s edition of Southern Writers Magazine, where SEEKERVILLE is featured in an expose of just what makes a successful writers blog tick. Learn the who, what, when and whys of those endearing, passionate, and sometimes snarky (and you know who you are!) Seeker gals as they give their take on how to create one of the "101 Best Websites for Writers” according to Writers Digest Magazine. So take a peek at the teaser below where Southern Writers Magazine—one of the premiere magazines for writers and Seekerville, one of the premiere blogs, of course—join forces to share secrets you don’t want to miss. (Click on the graphic to enlarge the article.) To read the full article visit www.southernwritersmagazine.com/subscribe.html
RUN THE RACE! SAVOR THE JOURNEY!
Random News & Information
Did you know? The BBC 2009 miniseries, Emma, is available free with Amazon Prime?
Inside Amtrak's (Absolutely Awesome) Plan to Give Free Rides to Writers (The Wire)
The best new science fiction & fantasy and romance every month (The Washington Post)
What To Do About ACX And Their Royalty Rate Change (vo2gogo)
Bodice-ripping Mills & Boon novels? There's an app for that (The Guardian)
Third Annual Southern Writers Short Story Contest /Deadline May 1, 2014
False Teeth and Blue Eyes: Keeping Track of Characters (Fiction Notes via KC Frantzen)
A Big Bestseller Weighs in on “Publishing Is A Lottery” (JA KONRATH)
Selling the Unsellable by LIH author Christina Rich (SYTYCW SOLD!)
Preparing for the Search for a Killer Voice? Check out the LIS Editors Podcast here.
Seekerville Night Classes are on hold during March for Speedbo. They will resume with these classes that you can sign up for now:
April-Self-Editing for Beginners with Tina Radcliffe
Class: Self-Editing for Beginners with Tina Radcliffe
May- Rivet Your Readers with Deep Point of View with Jill Elizabeth Nelson
And here's a peek at what you can look forward to in the coming months:
- June (4 week class) Getting Rid of the Junk That Holds Us Back- Cheryl St. John
- July (2 week class) Writing Short Romantic Fiction- Tina Radcliffe
- August (4 week class) Crafting Scenes - Winnie Griggs
- October: (4 week class) Amazon Self Publishing for Beginners- Rogenna Brewer
- November (3 week class) Creating Characters - Myra Johnson and Dora Heirs
That's it..now,let's SPEEDBO!