2016 is our fifth year to Speedbo.
This year our theme is FACE YOUR FEARS! Check out the Starting Lineup here.
Speedbo Primer for Beginners:
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.
Of course in the real world that's not always possible.
So we provide our Speedbo non-rules:
Daily, weekly, monthly writing goals are maintained by the individual writer. You may share or not. Your choice.
Check in is not required, but only those who comment will be entered into the weekly incentives. All the action is here on the Seekerville blog. One easy location. No fees required.
Don't rule out Speedbo because you can't write nonstop for 31 days.Consider doing the Speedbo that fits your lifestyle:
- Become a weekend warrior for five weekends.
- Give up evening television for a month to write.
- Get a babysitter Saturday afternoons for a month so you can write.
- Get up one hour earlier for a month so you can write.
- Write during your lunch hour at work for a month.
- Become a 1k per day writer for March.
- Writing, or revising? We don't care.
- Fiction,or non-fiction? Your call.
- No rules Just write.
We Have Winners
Giveaway rules can be found here. Please drop us a line to claim your giveaway at email@example.com. 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.
Valri, Edwina and Laura Conner Kestner are winners of Debby's Giusti's Love Inspired Suspense, Plain Danger.
Janet Dean was our blog hostess Monday with her post, "Playing with Your Plot." The winner of The Bounty Hunter’s Redemption is Connie Queen. The winner of Courting Miss Adelaide is Kathy B.
Tuesday Seeker Tina Radcliffe brought you "Writer Beware." Come prepared to take notes on this discussion of the shady side of the business of writing. Barbara Fox is the winner of a first chapter critique up to twenty pages, and Deb Garland is the winner of a surprise box of books and winner's choice of a tea or coffee surprise.
Debby Giusti manned the blog Wednesday and talked about forming habits...good ones, that is. Carroll Pelligrinelli is the winner of a surprise gift, along with a copy of Plain Danger.
Thursday we shared "What I’ve learned from Working with Multiple Publishers (AND a Cover Reveal!)" with guest Susan Anne Mason. Just Commonly is the winner of her choice of a copy of either Irish Meadows or A Worthy Heart.
Next Week in Seekerville
Our day with Dani Pettrey has been moved to April. Thanks for understanding!
Monday: Today we welcome some of your favorite Love Inspired Historical Authors as we "Focus on Love Inspired Historical novels" and they share their "Insider Tips." We have thirteen authors and thirteen giveaways! And we also have a short Q & A with Editor, Emily Rodmell. Don't miss this if you're waiting for the big announcement of a Love Inspired Historical Editor Pitch, also coming on Monday!
Tuesday: Sandra Leesmith will introduce you to an artist of a different craft. Linda Needham is a photographer and Sandra will share with you some of her skills as an artist.
Wednesday: Glynna Kaye chats about facing the obstacles to our writing goals in "Dead End or Temporary Delay? Your Choice."
Thursday: We're welcoming Cheryl St. John back to Seekerville with more of her words of wisdom and we're pretty sure there's a giveaway involved! Grab some time to stop by and chat with Cheryl and all of us about writing, indie publishing, goals and keeping those plates spinning!
Friday: Best of the Archives with Debby Giusti. Comments are closed on Friday's so we can achieve our reading and writing goals.
Enter the Penguin/Random House Sweepstakes. Win Back in the Saddle by Ruth Logan Herne.
Ruth Logan Herne -Refuge of the Heart sighting in Brooklyn.
Tina Radcliffe is excited to announce her 14th sale to Woman's World magazine. Like Father, Like Son will be in issue 16 and available on newsstands in April.
BTW, Woman's World facts:
The #1 selling magazine at “bricks and mortar” stores in North America.
Total audience: 6.6 million women
Mary Connealy's Troubled in Texas Trilogy is currently on sale ... all three books in ebook format for one low price $3.99
Swept Away (which is currently free!)
For one low price. Click to Buy
Julie Lessman Blog Interview/Giveaway
February 25 - March 2, 2016:
Join Julie Lessman on the Scribbles and Somedays blog for a fun interview and THREE giveaways! Here's the link and hope to see you there:
Scribbles & Somedays Blog
It's Time to Fall in Love Treasure Hunt- February 10-29, 2016: Join Debbie Lynne Costello, MaryLu Tyndall, and Julie Lessman as they celebrate the release of our latest books with some fabulous prizes, including 2 Kindles, Amazon gift cards, gift baskets, and books galore!
Visit each of the blogs on the scheduled dates above for the rules and Treasure Hunt clues and good luck!
Debbie Lynne Costello
Debby Giusti will be speaking at the Tyrone Public Library, Tyrone, GA, on Saturday, Feb 27, 1-3 PM. Join her there!
|Your Speedbo Goal!|
Thanks to alllll the folks who sent links!
How Writers Ruin Their Amazon Links (Yes, You Probably Do It Too) (Gwendolyn Kiste) If you only read one link this weekend. Read this one.
Writer Creates “Color Thesaurus” To Help You Correctly Name Any Color Imaginable (Bored Panda) *Worth Repeating*
28 Things Every Bookworm Should Have in their Dream Home (WooHome)
Seven Mistakes You're Making with Your Author Blog and How to Fix Them (Creative Penn)
Where Real Drama Comes From (Writer Unboxed)
Five Common Problems with Middles (Romance University)
Indie Authors: Focus on What Matters Most and Take Action Now (The Book Designer)
Anatomy of a Scene: Darcy’s (first) Proposal (BookRiot)
Eight Ways Readers are Different from Other People (Bethany House Blog)
Working for "Exposure"? Get the Most Out of It (Jami Gold)
29 Author Websites with Stellar Designs (BookBub)
How to write a book: 151 must-visit writing websites (NowNovel)
5 Valuable Writing Tips from Madeleine L’Engle (Literary Ladies Guide to the Writing Life)
How To Fix Your Disorganized Writing Life (BadRedhead Media)
More Speedbo Information:
You can sign up starting today, through March 31st by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your personal goal listed in the email. You cannot sign up unless you have a visible goal. A finish line.
Sharing your goal is only for accountability. Seekerville will not be sharing your goal with anyone. Check in happens on the blog only. In the comments.
We'll add your name to the Seekerville Speedbo Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame will be updated by midnight EST of each Speedbo Day, and your name will appear at Seekerville.net and then on our blog on March 5th.
Additionally, we'll send you an confirmation email with a Speedbo participant badge to add to your blog or website and a certificate of participation.
All participants who sign up by March 1st (March 1st at 11:59 pm) will be entered in a drawing for a little extra incentive -one $25 Amazon gift card to be given away for every 50 writers who sign up. Remember you can still enter Speedbo after it begins.
Weekly Speedbo incentives will be mentioned in the Friday archives and winners picked from comments posted Saturday through Thursday, in March. So do comment and check in during the week. All incentives will be mailed out after Speedbo. We're writing in March.
So sign up, and whatever you do, stretch yourself.
Get out of your comfort zone.
We thought that was it. We thought we'd just say have a great week, but it turns out there is much, much more.
Seekerville hit TWO MILLION UNIQUE PAGE VIEWS THIS WEEK! We've brought out the sparkling cider, the cake and ice cream. Toot your party horn.
Thank you, Villagers for making this possible.
We have 13 surprise THANK YOU-GIVEAWAYS for 13 commenters.
Giveaway winners announced in the Weekend Edition.
You may now carry on!