One of the best things about Speedbo is hearing the astonishment voiced by our participants regarding how much they accomplished. It's not about winning. It's about running the race. And these writers are. We are entering week 4 of 5 of Speedbo. How are you doing?
We Have Winners
Giveaway rules can be found here. Please drop us a line to claim your giveaway at firstname.lastname@example.org. All prizes not claimed in 8 weeks go back into the prize vault. We wish we could contact all our winners individually, but we'd rather write books! And P.S. - if we forget to send your prize DO let us know after 8 weeks per our rules.
Did you claim your giveaway from Last Week?
This week's winner of a $25 Amazon Speedbo gift card is Jessica Laurie. Winner of a one chapter manuscript critique is Kav. The box of books winner is Heidi Robbins.
All prizes are mailed out April 1. During Speedbo we write.
Comment any day this week to win the VERY SAME GIVEAWAYS in week four of Speedbo! Remember that you must either be enrolled in Speedbo for the gift card and critique or have declared yourself a cheerleader for the box of books! Let us know how you're doing and if you want to be entered!
Love Inspired Historical author Janet Dean will shared tips on writing internal monologue in her Monday post "Introspection: The Advantages and Pitfalls." Winner of a $15 Amazon gift card is Janet Ferguson.
Tuesday Love Inspired editor Emily Rodmell was our special guest, sharing how writers can turn a few pages a day into multiple books each year. And she shared the new Love Inspired writing challenge...From Blurb to Book! Winners of the surprise book packages are: Walt, Martha H., Mz. Zey Zey, Crystal Barnes, Sarah Claucherty, Connie Queen, Candee Fick, Helen, Tracey Hagwood, Julie Hilton Steele, Cynthia Herron, Becky Dempsey, Amanda Barratt, Lily O, Connie from "Older & Smarter"
Love Inspired Author Debby Giusti blogged on Wednesday. She talked about “Speedbo—Quality vs. Quantity.” Winner of Debby’s March release—an Amish suspense story—entitled, “STRANDED,” is Dee LeRoy.
Thursday Abingdon Press and Love Inspired author Lisa Carter returned with a Speedbo post entitled, "Story Weaving—10 Fundamentals in Writing the Romantic Suspense Novel." Terri Wangard and Olivia are the winners of her latest release, Vines of Entanglement.
Friday Tina Radcliffe shared what some of your favorite authors do when they're STUCK. Winner of The 12 Key Pillars of Novel Construction is Barbara Scott. Winner of Rock Your Novel is Wilani.
Next Week in Seekerville
Monday: "How does your Speedbo garden grow, Part I. " Pam Hillman is your hostess today and she’s going to talk about the weeks and months you’ve spend preparing the fertile ground for Speedbo and the time you’ve spent sowing your words in March.
Tuesday: Sandra Leesmith is your hostess today and she'll share some tips about "Swag and Promotional Tools" to have around for all occasions.
Wednesday: Today we're going to barrel into the last days of SPEEDBO with Ruth Logan Herne as she shares "Contemporary vs. Historical: The Rest of the Story." And to further your April reading joy, Ruthy is giving away two copies of both the With This Kiss Historical Collection and two copies of the With This Kiss Contemporary Collection!
Thursday: Erica Vetsch stops in Seekerville today to talk about courage. “Courage doesn’t mean you’re not afraid. It means you stuff your fear into your hat and then sit on your hat.” Erica will be giving away a copy of The Homestead Brides Collection -Autographed by all NINE Authors!
Friday: Time for the April Contest Update. Stop by to meet the April Contest Diva/Divo. The prize vault will be open!
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Award-winning author Debby Giusti will sign copies of her latest Love Inspired Suspense, STRANDED, on Thursday, March 26, from 4-6:30 PM, at Omega Book Center, 100 North Peachtree Parkway, Peachtree City, GA. This seventh book in her Military Investigations series is dedicated to Frank Forth, a member of the Greatest Generation who fought in the Battle of the Bulge.
Proceeds from the signing will benefit Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge, Inc., and Bugles Across America, a non-profit organization that honors veterans by providing buglers who play a live rendition of Taps at their funerals. The event is open to the public. Refreshments will be provided. Orders can also be phoned in at 770-487-3977, and autographed copies can be held for pickup or mailed.
10-BOOK GIVEAWAY!! Ten authors of historical romance including our very own Julie Lessman have teamed up to bring you a fun giveaway, so here’s the link and GOOD LUCK!!
10-BOOK GIVEAWAY!! Ten authors of historical romance including our very own Julie Lessman have teamed up to bring you a fun giveaway, so here’s the link and GOOD LUCK!! - See more at: http://seekerville.blogspot.com/2015/03/the-weekend-edition-speedbo-week-2.html#sthash.KXGTlkOt.dpuf
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RWA RITA & GOLDEN HEART ANNOUNCEMENTS THIS WEEK! March 26, 2015 E-mails and phone calls to notify finalists will commence. Release of official finalist list on RWA's website by 2 p.m. CT.
How Harlequin Became the Most Famous Name in Romance (Pictorial)
Want to Know More About the Structure of Your Favorite Books and Movies? Announcing the Story Structure Database! (K.M. Weiland)
8 Tips on Writing Faster – and Why You Should Try It (Writers In the Storm)
Announcing! From Book to Blurb Contest (Harlequin)
How to Write a Perfect Webpage (ContentAudit.biz)
Solving The Discoverability Problem: Virtual Reality And The Future Of Publishing (The Creative Penn)
Harlequin Teen is partnering with Seventeen Magazine to publish original novels as Seventeen Books. These books, to be available in hardcover and ebook formats, will feature ” multi-dimensional and empowered fictional female characters and explore topics and situations that authentically reflect the challenges and joys of being a teenager today.” The first titles will be released in 2016. Though no specific guidelines for the Seventeen books have been released, you can read more about Harlequin Teen here.(Cindi Myers Market News's Blog)
HarperCollins Looks to Sell Books via Twitter (PW)
ECPA announces 2015 Christian Book Award finalists (Christian Retailing)
And because the very patient Susan Mason's Tips for my post yesterday on Getting Unstuck..GOT STUCK in my emails, I am posting it here with apologies. Thanks for being patient, Susan! This week we'll do a giveaway of Susan's debut Love Inspired novel, Healing the Widower's Heart too! Just say you want it. One print and one ecopy. Winners announced in the next Weekend Edition.
Tips on Getting Unstuck in Your Writing — from Susan Mason
If I’m having trouble with a particular scene, or I don’t know what to write next, the best way for me to get unstuck is to write a fun scene. For instance, I love writing the first kiss scene (or any kiss scene, for that matter!) So if I’m really stuck, I invent a kissing scene, which may or may not be included in the final draft. If action or drama excites you, imagine a fight scene between two rival males, or an argument between a father and son, or two sisters. Ramp up the tension and angst! Make your characters squirm! Writing for fun gets you away from the scene that is giving you so much grief and gets the creative juices flowing —and who knows, sometimes you might even learn a new facet of your characters from that scene. Characters have a funny way of surprising you!
That's it! May your Speedbo Week 4 be productive!