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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.
Our Mother's Day winner of a copy of any Seekerville author's release, available on Amazon, to a favorite mom of your choice, (it doesn't have to be your mom). In E book or print is Kelly Bridgewater.
Missy Tippens has been digging around in her giant stack of how-to books, reading up on the use of subtext in our writing. Monday she shared what she's learned! Mary Cline is the winner of The Doctor's Second Chance, now on shelves and in e-book format!
Tuesday Myra Johnson borrowed a few hints from online dating services for her post "Tips for Crafting a Catchy Query Letter.” No, Myra has NEVER actually used one of these sites, but when it comes to grabbing the attention of your dream editor or agent, there may be a thing or two we can learn from the dating world. Sally Shupe is winner of a $10 Amazon gift card!
"Writing All Over the Road" - was our Wednesday post with Bestselling author Dan Walsh who talked about all the crazy choices fiction writers face in today's ever-changing literary world. Should you pursue traditional publishing? How about a small indie press? Self-publishing? Or maybe you should be a hybrid? Dan explored the options he's faced in his own writing career and talked about where he thinks the majority of our writing energy should be spent. Winners o their choice of either his new devotional, Perfect Peace, or his new suspense novel, When Night Comes (ebook or print) are Kelly Goshorn and Bettie.
Thursday Inspirational Romantic Suspense author Debby Giusti teamed up with the amazing Barbara Vey, to share photos and highlights of Barbara's Reader Appreciation Luncheon 2015! Sarah Claucherty is the winner of cute SWAG from Debby and a copy of her latest Love Inspired Suspense, Stranded.
Catherine West was our special guest Friday with her post, "Writing Through The Difficult Times." Kathryn Barker is the winner of Bridge of Faith.
Next Week In Seekerville
Monday: Love Inspired Historical author Janet Dean will discuss how to bring story people onstage in her post, "Tips for Introducing Characters in Ways that Will Hook Readers." Leave a comment for a chance to win a $10 Amazon gift card.
Tuesday: What a kick! We are hosting debut author, Rachelle Dekker (daughter of Ted Dekker) today in Seekerville. Stop by for a dose of "Coloring Outside the Lines," and you could win a copy of her debut novel from Tyndale, The Choosing.
Wednesday: Ruth Logan Herne is back with "Three R's: Revise, Rewrite and Resubmit: A Gift You Can Take to the Bank." How to take it on the chin and make the story better! She's giving advice on revisions, taking direction and dealing with Writing Reality 101. Of course there is a cat dish and a giveaway of Healing the Lawman's Heart.
Thursday:" The Characteristics – And The Characters – Of A Christian Novel." Winnie Griggs will discuss what a Christian novel is and is not, as well as list some of the questions we should ask and answer about our characters when penning Christian Fiction. Winnie will give away books to two commenters. They can select her current release or any title in her backlist, international winners welcome.
Friday: 2014 ACFW Carol Award winner, Tina Radcliffe is your hostess with a back to basics post, "Just Write the Scene." Guaranteed to be a painful day of writing growth. Bring your notebooks and pens. There will be a quiz and a nice giveaway too.
Monday, May 18th, join Missy Tippens on Lyn Cote's blog! She'll be doing a giveaway!
Available for preorder, The 12 Brides of Summer Novella Collection. In four volumes.
Mary Connealy is in Volume #2 releasing July 1st. Pam Hillman is in Volume #3 releasing August 1st. More information here: http://www.12brides.com/
Random News & Information
Links courtesy of Seekers & Villagers
Love Finds You series comes to Television (BeliefNet)
23 Extraordinary Facebook Advertising Facts (Jeff Bullas)
The Daily Word Counts of 39 Famous Authors (Writers Write)
The Art of the Book Blurb (Writers in the Storm)
Indie Author Tip: The Difference between eBook Conversion and Formatting (Indie Author News)
King of the Golden Hill: An Analysis of 50 Years of Bestsellers. (The Passive Voice)
There’s an App for That – 22 Apps and Tools Every Writer Should Know About (novelicious.com)
Revise Wisely: Tips From an Indie Author (Booklife)
Copyediting or Proofreading? Getting the Most for Your Editing Dollar (The Book Designer)
Two Hot Leads From : Cindi Myers Market News's Blog:
There’s still time to sign up for Harlequin’s Back to Basics Boot Camp, which kicks off May 22 as a prelude to their So You Think You Can Write competition. The free, online, interactive Boot Camp aims to help authors polish their manuscripts for the competition. Find out more here.
British publisher Mills & Boon, British bookseller WH Smith, and ebook retailer Kobo Books are teaming up to sponsor the Romance Writing Life competition. The competition is open to aspiring romance authors in the UK, the United States or Canada. Both self-published and never before published authors may enter the competition. Submit your synopsis of no more than 500 words and a first chapter of no more than 5,000 words by July 14, 2015. Finalists will be asked to submit a complete manuscript. Submissions may be in any romance subgenre — contemporary, historical, paranormal or new adult. The grand prize winner will receive a publishing contract with Mills and Boon. There is no fee to enter the competition. For all the details, go here.
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That's it! Have a great writing and reading weekend!