Welcome to the first Birthday Weekend Edition in celebration of our 9th Birthday. That means Seekerville is starting year TEN! Every week, starting today, we have a fabulous giveaway ($50 Amazon gift card or a Kindle Fire) and on November 5, we'll draw for our Grand Prize, an iPad mini.
We Have Winners
If you are not familiar with our giveaway rules, take a minute to read them here. It keeps us all happy! All winners should send their name, address, and phone number to claim prizes. Send to Seekers@Seekerville.net
Birthday Week 1 Winner of a $50 Amazon gift card is Voni Harris.
From last Weekend Edition, Cathy Ann, Josee Telfer and Patty are winners of Ruth Logan Herne's The First Gift.
Lisa Carter returned to Seekerville with her post, "Mission Possible—Ground the Reader." Hope you had a chance to chat and pick up some tips to take your first chapter to the next level.Laura Conner Kestner is the winner of Falling for the Single Dad.
Sandra Leesmith discussed placing ads to promote sales on Tuesday. Sandra asked commenters to share their experiences with placing ads. What works and what doesn't work. May the K9Spy is the winner of $25.00 toward an ad of their choice. Renee McBride is the reader winner of a Seeker book of choice. Sandra will report on ad results in her November post.
Glynna Kaye joined us on Wednesday with "5 Tips for Taking Your Writing to the Next Level. " Vince, Sandy Smith and Cindy W are the winners of her November Love Inspired release, "The Pastor's Christmas Courtship."
Cara Lynn James was your hostess Thursday. Winner of Starbucks gift card is Jan Christiansen.
The Birthday Bash Began with the October Contest Update on Saturday, October 1. Congratulations to our October Diva, Sharee Stover. Winner of a surprise pack of holiday books is Ohio Home School/Becky. Winners of First Impression entry critiques are Josee and Theresa Van Meter. Winner of Lindt Truffles is Debbie Clatterbuck.
In addition to celebrating our birthday, this week we're celebrating the release of Julie Lessman's new novel, Love Everlasting. Book 2 in the Isle of Hope series. Leave a comment today for your chance to win one of three e-book copies!
Next Week in Seekerville
Monday: Mary Connealy is your hostess today in Seekerville! Mary will be giving away three books to three winners. In Honor of our NINTH Birthday, Mary is talking about "9 Ways to Face Your Fears."
Tuesday: Join guest Alison Stone today! "Things I Learned When I Took a Leap of Faith: How a Category Romance Author Found Her Way While Writing Her First Single Title Book." One commenter will win a signed print copy of her new release from Waterfall Press, Pointe and Shoot.
Wednesday: Dani Pettrey is our special birthday guest today with her post "Nine Ways To Grab an Editor’s or Agent’s Attention." Stop by for a chance to win a guaranteed cozy afternoon that involves her latest release Cold Shot and a Starbucks gift card.
Thursday: We begged Sherri Shackleford to return after her last post (find here). So here she is with a follow-up, "A Hero with a Sense of Humor: How to Create the Ultimate Leading Man." She has a terrific giveaway, 2 copies of A Family for the Holidays and 2 copies of Cowboy Creek Christmas.
Friday: Today we welcome a brand new publisher, Gilead Publishing LLC. We'll learn more about the publisher and talk about Seekerville's Mary, Julie and Ruthy in a novella together and if the world is ready for that!!!!!!!
Saturday: You don’t want to miss the great information shared by writer, speaker, and social media coach Edie Melson who runs the popular The Write Conversation blog! She’ll be sharing "9 Ways to Increase Your Social Media Presence."
Sunday: The Weekend Editions are on Sundays in October. Week 2 winner will be announced on Sunday, October 9.
Congratulations to Ruth Logan Herne, who won the Maggie Award in the Inspirational Category last night at the Moonight & Magnolia's Conference.
Ruth Logan Herne, Refuge of the Heart
Editors: Katie Carroll and Ericka McIntyre, Publisher: Franciscan Media.
NEW CONTEST! Win a character named after you in Julie Lessman's November paperback release of Love Everlasting AND a signed copy, PLUS signed copies of three of Julie’s novels and a framed quote. Details can be found HERE!
Julie Lessman's LOVE EVERLASTING is finally here!! Buy Link .
FREE DOWNLOAD on Julie Lessman's A Glimmer of Hope the prequel novella to her award-winning novel Isle of Hope. Get your free e-copy of AGOH at AMAZON, BARNES, AND NOBLE, or KOBO.
50% SALE on Julie Lessman's award-winning ISLE OF HOPE, the 5-star novel on Family Fiction Magazine's Top 15 Novels of 2015! Buy Link.
Debby Giusti has been at Georgia Romance Writers' Moonlight & Magnolias Conference, taking part in the Pitch Workshop and signing copies of her newest Love Inspired Suspense, Plain Truth. She's also been giving hugs to all Villagers in attendance!
M & M Conference. L to R top, Debby & Roxanne St. Claire keynote, Debby & Walt.
Bottom L to R, Debby & Laurel Blount, Debby & Tanya Agler.
Above are the many smiling faces of ACFW Phoenix, Christian Writers of the West from Tina Radcliffe's program on Saturday, September 29th.
Random News & Information
Thanks to everyone who sent links!
The October Birthday Calendar is here. Go to the right side and click on the link to download a pdf. Have problems? Email us and we will send it directly to your inbox.
It's that time of year when we ask you to please consider nominating Seekerville for the 19th Annual Writer’s Digest 101 Best Website for Writer’s Award. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with “101 Websites” in the subject line. We are an Inspirational Romance Writing Community.
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We've recently discovered AWeber Email Marketing. Check it out and their helpful blog posts here. **
15 Essential Differences Between Productive People And Busy People (Lifehack)
The Ultimate Guide to Thunder Clap for Product Launches (WPCurve)
The Hero's Two Journey's- Part 1 The Outer Journey- available for rental on Amazon for $2.99. Hopefully, Part 2 will be available soon! A must watch (the DVD costs $49).
An Intro to BookBub Ads (Insights From NINC 2016) (BookBub Partners)**
Money and the Writer (Writer Unboxed)**
29 Quick & Easy Social Media Updates to Share (The Write Conversation)
“Help! My book isn’t selling!” 9 Things to Consider Before Giving Up (AME)
10 Hacks For Organizing Books And Making Your Reading Space Instagram-Worthy (Bustle)
How to Create Engaging Images for Social Media: A Simple Guide For Non-Designers (BufferSocial)**
How to Make the Most of Goodreads Giveaways (DBW)
Everyone Suffers from Impostor Syndrome — Here’s How to Handle It (The Passive Voice)
Electronic Proofreading Tips And Tricks For Authors (Just Publishing Advice)
Changing Your Hero's Goal (Story Mastery)**
What Goes in A Press Kit (The Verbs via The Literary Entrepreneur)**
Short on time? Read the ** posts now and come back later for the rest!
That's it! Happy Birthday to Seekerville!