Sunday, January 18, 2009

Seekerville Weekend Edition

There's a lot going on in Seekerville and the publishing world. Here's your weekend update!

First, congratulations to Donna Rich, winner of the Crystal Miller partial evaluation. If you didn't read Crystal's information post,Dare Your Reader to Risk Reading Your Book then check it out now.

Seekerville is taking the contest circuit by storm. Congratulations to Ruth Logan Herne who double won Finally a Bride. And congratulations to one of Seekerville's regular visitors, Cat Shield who also placed in that contest.

January 15 was the deadline for the Marlene. For those of you cheering from the sidelines, that means the game has begun. The Tina and Vince contest challenge is under way.

Next Week in Seekerville:

Monday: Steeple Hill Love Inspired Historical author Renee Ryan will be here to share about her road to publication.

Tuesday: Steeple Hill Love Inspired author Cheryl Wyatt will continue her writing series with the next installment on characters. Check out her last post on plotstorming.

Wednesday: Steeple Hill Love Inspired Suspense author, Debby Giusti posts.

Thursday: Zondervan & Steeple Hill Love Inspired Suspense author, Camy Tang on Writing Goals.

Friday:Author Mary DeMuth is going to Kill the Wimps!

Thank you to Cathy Bryant for honoring Seekerville with the Well Worth Watching, Blog Award!

Industry News:

Nita Taublib has been named Bantam executive vice president, publisher, and editor-in-chief at Random House. (Publishers Lunch, January 15)

Dear Authors, Inaugural Podcast: Interview with Harlequin's Malle Vallik, Director Digital Content & Interactivity.

Dorchester Publishing to deliver books in eBook, digital formats. (January 13, Macsimum News)

Avon Harper Collins brings you Romance Radio! Tune in for exciting new radio shows featuring the very best authors in romance. Browse the archives for past favorites like our Paranormal or Historical Fiction chats at RWA or tune in for an upcoming show.


  1. Hello Tina:

    You sure know how to put pressure on a guy.

    I think I’m going to need a rematch. How about a short format like a synopsis contest or the first ten pages or something like that? Do you know of any contests like this?

    BTW, if I final, will you give me a red headline like Ruthy?

    (LOL): “A guy has to dream, right?”

    Thanks for your motivation. I now know what it is like to enter a major contest. What I don’t know is what it’s like to get the results. OMG!


  2. Wow, I wouldn’t have guessed that I would win a free read from Crystal Laine Miller. I believe that she has a true desire to see writers succeed. Remember, I said that I coveted winning this prize? Well, here’s an admission. I have secretly longed to have her read some of my stuff, but I was afraid to ask.

    Yeah . . . can you believe that? I mean, the young woman is so amazing anyway. Where on earth does she get that energy? From Chocolate? I just threw all my Hershey’s Kisses in the trash this morning because I ate so many yesterday that it made me sick . . . almost. However, as I sit here typing out my gratitude to Crystal for what she’s going to do for me, I did find out that if you dump some chocolate chips in with some raisins, it tastes like chocolate covered raisins. A no brainer.

    Thanks, Crystal. I am indebted to you! (Will she like it or not?) Donna Rich

  3. Vince,did you enter the Marlene?

    The next Contest Update will be on February 6 for upcoming contests.

    And yes, you get a RED print if you final.

    Congrats, Donna!!!

  4. Hi Tina:

    Yes, I entered. A day before the deadline, even.


  5. Same time I entered, Vince. GREAT MINDS!!

  6. Donna, I'm so happy for your win! Sounds like you're celebrating with the chocolate. Raisins are good. Just don't toss in some peanut butter.


  7. I entered the Marlene, too. I revised a ms. and entered it in the YA category.

  8. Brave, Mel. I am not telling which category.