Today is day 15, and this weekend is the halfway point of our Speedbo competition.
The winner of this week's $25 Amazon gift card is Clarice Roghair aka Dee LeRoye and the winner of a Seeker critique is Barbara Burke. Let us know if you want to be considered for next week's critique. (All critiques can be claimed AFTER Speedbo.)
And to celebrate our half way point, we're giving away a second $25 Amazon gift card this week to one writer who posts their progress..great, not so great or pitiful, in the Weekend Edition comments.Winner announced in the next Weekend Edition.
A big HOORAY TO OUR 165 SPEEDBO PARTICIPANTS!
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Tuesday, confirmed seat-of-the-pants author Myra Johnson shared some tips for "When a Pantser Has to Plot." Wherever you are on your Speedbo quest, Myra's list of 12 questions to ponder as you write will help your story stay on track. Winner of a $10 Panera Bread or Starbucks eGift card (winner's choice is Elaine Manders.
How can one enhance the depth of a novel? Why, with a little bit of help from one's friends, of course! Wednesday, Julie Lessman brought us, "BFF: BEST FRIENDS IN FICTION ... or Enriching Your Story with Friendship." Winner of their choice of Julie's books including Romance-ology 101: Writing Romantic Tension for the Inspirational and Sweet Markets or Julie’s latest release, Dare to Love Again is Kathryn.
Thursday, Ruth Logan Herne shared some Winston Churchill wisdom in Seekerville. Winners of her newest Love Inspired release Loving the Lawman, are: Jan Drexler, Wilani Wahl, Annie Rains, Jenny Blake, Ginger Solomon, Sally Shupe, Emily Neyer, Jana Vanderslice, Bonton, Olivia, Terri, Rhonda, Tanya Agler, LoRee Perry, and Piper Huguley. Yes. All of you. Thanks, Ruthy!
White Rose Publishing author, Terri Weldon was our guest on Friday with "Where Do Story Ideas Come From?" The winner of a Starbucks gift card is Karen Kirst.
Next Week in Speedbo-ville
Monday:Join Love Inspired Historical author Janet Dean as she discusses "Settings that Captivate Readers." Learn techniques to keep readers from skipping description of setting. Stop in and chat for a chance to win a $10 Amazon gift card.
Tuesday: Love Inspired Suspense and Revell author, Sandra Orchard returns to Seekerville today with her post, "How to Write a Romantic Suspense." There are two chances to win Sandra's April 1 release, Perilous Waters, too!
Wednesday: Debby Giusti will discuss “Writing Tips for Writing Fast” with tried and true techniques to speed the writing process as we Speed Through Speedbo! Debby’s giving away a copy of her March Love Inspired Suspense, The Agent's Secret Past.
Thursday:“What’s Love Got To Do With It?” is the age-old question of the heart. Join hybrid author, Audra Harders, as she digs into the song lyrics that shape our character’s feelings and emotions. Of course there will be giveaways … and a special celebration for the launch of Audra’s new book, Second Chance Ranch. Don’t miss the fun!!!
Friday: Seekerville welcomes back Love Inspired Historical author Winnie Griggs with a post on "To Prologue Or Not To Prologue - Answering The Question." Come prepared to learn!
For those of you in the Tucson area, Sandra Leesmith will be signing books at the Tucson Festival of Books (http://tucsonfestivalofbooks.org) this weekend. On Saturday, March 15 (TODAY!) she will be signing at the Arizona Dreaming Booth # 118, 119, 120 from 9:00-5:00. On Sunday, March 16 she will be signing at the Society of Southwestern Authors Booth # 232 from 9:00- 11:00. Please come and say hi if you are in the area.
Want to see Sandra Leesmith's new cover for Love's Promises? Check out Seasons of Humility for the cover reveal held yesterday.
Out of Control was listed as an eFiction Find on March 12. eFiction Finds is a website dedicated to finding free and affordable books for your Kindle. Out of Control is currently free in all ebook formats. All authors are welcome to submit their clean fiction for promotion consideration. More information is located at: eFiction Finds Author's Corner.
Please don't let her ten day juice fast be for naught. If you live in Arizona, consider joining or visiting the Christian Writers of the West on Saturday, March 29th when Tina Radcliffe is the guest speaker, talking about Emotions.
Don't forget...Thursday, March 20 is the on sale date for Tina's 11th sale to Woman's World magazine.
And if you missed it, it's not too late to head over to the Yankee Belle to see a real Italian make an Irish recipe. Corned Beef and Cabbage!
Random News & Information
Love Inspired Editor Emily Rodmell (& one of my favorite Tweeters--@EmilyRodmell) will guest blog on Seekerville in May to celebrate the expansion of the Love Inspired Suspense line from four to SIX books each month. Emily will talk about the expansion, but she’ll also answer questions you might have about Love Inspired Books, the three LI imprints: Love Inspired, Love Inspired Suspense, and Love Inspired Historical, the submission process, what she’s looking for in a submission, how to WOW! an editor and more. Send the questions you’ve always wanted to ask an editor to firstname.lastname@example.org between now and March 24. Questions will compiled and sent to Emily who will respond on May 21 in her Seekerville guest blog. All those who send in questions will be entered into a drawing for a $10 Amazon gift card. Winner announced March 29.
Huggers Gonna Hug (Hugh Howey)
Amazon launches interest-free Kindle installment plan (Tele Read)
The Publishing Business Plan – 7 Essential Elements (The Future of Ink)
Secrets to Blog Headers That Attract Readers (Marketing Tips for Authors)
Why Self-Published Authors Should Call Themselves Anything They Want (DBW)
Vote in March in Christian Retailing's Best awards (Christian Retailing)
Why Facebook Makes Me Furious (Rob Eagar)
Encroachment (Writer Unboxed)
Wild Rose Press is seeking stories for its series set in the fictional town of Lobster Cove, Maine. Wild Rose wants all kinds of stories, as long as they’re set in Lobster Cove. Stories will be published under the appropriate Wild Rose imprint, so send anything from historical romance to contemporary romance to romantic suspense to paranormal romance — take a look at the guidelines to see what the various Wild Rose imprints encompass.
Stories should be 20,000 words and up. Editors are especially interested in holiday themed stories for a Lobster Cove holiday anthology. The deadline for holiday stories is May 31 — other submissions are ongoing. Find out all the details here. (Cindi Myers Market News's Blog)
Copyright Registration – In the Contract and Beyond (Writers in the Storm)
Do I Need To Copyright My Book Before Publishing on Kindle? (Amy Harrop's Blog)
Practicalities (Let's Get Visible)
New Literary Agent Alert: Holly Lorincz of MacGregor Literary (Writer's Digest)
“This week I celebrate my 7th Anniversary with my Beyond Her Book blog here at Publishers Weekly. It has been an amazing 7 year run, but like all good things, they tend to come to an end. I will be bidding adieu to PW on March 18th. But, don’t feel bad for me. I will be continuing to cover all things books at my website www.BarbaraVey.com. I invite you to come over and take a look.” Be sure to visit Barbara’s new site on March 19th to celebrate her move where she will continue to support readers and writers and host fantastic events like her Reader Appreciation Luncheon on April 26. Best wishes, Barbara, from your friends in Seekerville, for a future that’s so very bright!!!