Sunday, October 14, 2012

Weekend Edition Birthday Week 2

Welcome to the start of Week 3 of our Seekerville Birthday Party, where we thank you for allowing us into your cyber home and celebrate our FIFTH BIRTHDAY! We're celebrating all month long with daily, weekly and one monthly present.

Today's opportunity for a birthday giveaway is in your comment.  Tell us what writing topics you want us to cover during the next year in Seekerville for a chance to win a Seekerville birthday gift bag with a special treat inside. Winner announced in next Sunday's Weekend Edition.

Our Week 3 Birthday Present is .. The Kindle Paperwhite.

This is a paperwhite. So is this.
 And remember, we collect the comments all month long for a drawing for our big birthday EXTRAVAGANZA present. Winner announced at the end of the month.

We Have Winners

We're getting those mailings out as fast as we can. If you are a winner contact us at Remind us if it has been more than 8 weeks and your prize has not arrived. See our rules under the legal tab above.

 This week's winner of our Week 2 Birthday present is Carrie Pagels.

Sunday's Weekend Edition winner of not only a birthday present surprise but also her favorite cake and  photo  featured in an upcoming post on Yankee-Belle Cafe! Winner is Jeanne T and her "flourless chocolate cake with chocolate frosting and toasted coconut shavings."  Send us the recipe and we'll get cooking. 

And the Mary Connealy/Ruth Logan Herne Celebrity Author Bake Off is being scheduled right now. Keep you posted! 

 Monday we we're delighted to welcome Love Inspired author Brenda Minton who stepped off the pages of her fictional town of Dawson, Oklahoma to Seekerville with her  post about "Small Towns". Winner of an autographed Brenda Minton double birthday book package is C.E. Hart .

"That was SO five years ago!" Tuesday Abingdon Press and Heartsong author Myra Johnson reflected on how far she's come as a writer in the past five years and she took a look at some significant "fives" in her life. In honor of Seekerville's fifth birthday, Winner of a box of five inspirational novels (including her own A Horseman's Gift) is Raquel Byrnes.

Wednesday Revell author Julie Lessman and her alter ego Sr. Julie Asumpta shared  KISS-OLOGY 301, the final class in "Warming up the Pages with Romantic Tension." Winner of their choice of having a character named after them or a $50 gift card PLUS their choice of any of Julie's  books, including Love at Any Cost and A Light in the Window: An Irish Christmas Love Story is: Ink in the Book.

Thursday Love Inspired author Ruth Logan Herne  shared the second part of her blog post on "How to Write A Selling Series." Winner of an adorable gift basket of cool things from Allegany, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua Counties (Kirkwood Lake series) including Cuba Cheese... Webb's Candies... NEW RUTHY BOOK!!! and assorted fun stuff is Kathleen Maher!

Special thanks to Love Inspired Associate Editor Elizabeth Mazer for spending Friday with us and for providing wonderful insight into what makes a Love Inspired story shine. The top five finalists in the Read Me Contest will be announced next Sunday in the Weekend Edition. Congrats to the 21 Seekervillagers who won books in Friday’s drawings. 

Each of the following winners will receive two Love Inspired Suspense stories from Elizabeth: Julie Hilton Steele, Christina Rich, Bridgett Henson, Lyndee H. 

Thank you, Elizabeth!

Seeker Giveaways:

A House Full of Hope by Missy Tippens: Page After Page
Wanted: A Family by Janet Dean: Melinda
Last Minute Bride, by Janet Dean, featured in Brides of the West: Patricia W
Yuletide Hearts by Ruth Logan Herne: Clari Dees
A Family to Cherish by Ruth Logan Herne: Annie Rains
Dreaming of Home by Glynna Kay: Carol Garvin
Second Chance Courtship by Glynna Kaye: Virginia Munoz
At Home in His Heart by Glynna Kaye: Deb Marvin
High Country Hearts by Glynna Kaye: Susanna
The Officer’s Secret by Debby Giusti: DebH
The Captain’s Mission by Debby Giusti: Christina Lasswell
The Colonel’s Daughter by Debby Giusti: Jeanne T
A surprise package from Tina Radcliffe: Jodie Wolfe
Four Heartsong Presents giveaways from Mary Connealy: Amanda Chavez, Terri Dawn Smith, Walt, and Amy Campbell 

 Saturday Seekerville was honored to welcome back the witty, sardonic, brutally honest maven of the library world-- ' S '.   Also known as Madame S in some circles. She chatted about "The Dos and Don't of the Library World for Authors and the Kitchen Sink." The fortunate dear who won the Amazon gift card is Cathy Ensley.


Next Week In Seekerville

Monday: Love Inspired author Missy Tippens will bring you "5 All-time Favorite Writing Tips" as well as a giveaway of 5 first-page critiques. If you'd like to find out if your novel opening is catchy enough to draw readers in, be sure to stop by to enter!

Tuesday: Sandra Leesmith will share her experience with the Plot Whisperer, Martha Alderson in "I Called the Plot Whisperer." The birthday prize will be an hour consultation with the Plot Whisperer courtesy of Sandra Leesmith. And Martha Alderson has copies of The Plot Whisper for lucky commenters.

Wednesday: Seekerville is honored to have Publishers Weekly's Barbara Vey visiting. Barbara is an expert on social networking and knows what makes a book a bestseller.  She'll share how she's grown the Beyond Her Book blog into an international success and offer ways writers and readers can connect, including information on her Second Annual Readers' Appreciation Luncheon.  Barbara has not only great information to share but also a real love for people that is evident in everything she does so stop by to chat with this amazing woman who many of you met at ACFW. Seekerville will be giving away lots of surprises in honor of Barbara's visit. Be sure to leave a comment to be entered in the drawing.

Thursday:  We have many Women's Fiction writers and readers in our village. Who better  to share about this sub-genre than one of our favorite writer friends, WF author extraordinaire, Carla Stewart? And Carla brings her WF buddies (Lisa Wingate and others) with her to chat too. Stop by and you might win a copy of Stardust. Her latest release from FaithWords.

Friday:  We've managed to snag Rivet Your Readers with Deep Point of View author Jill Elizabeth Nelson for a visit Seekerville. Stop by for her post, "The Nature of Deep Point of View" and for FIVE digital giveaways of her POV handbook.

Saturday: Seeker Audra Harders is bringing us a SURPRISE BIRTHDAY PARTY on Saturday. Surprise post, and surprise giveaway. Don't miss it if you like...SURPRISES!!

Seeker Sightings


Our Birthday Party Page is up so check out the upcoming presents!

 Don't forget to check out the Friends of Seekerville (The Village People) Photo Album. Continue to send your photos of you and Seekers or you reading a Seeker release to We'll be picking a winner from all the photos sent for a special birthday prize.

On the Seekerville the Town web page we have our monthly calendar and links to the Yankee-Belle Cafe, the October Contest Update.


Nominate Seekerville for the Writer's Digest 101 Best Website for Writers in the genre fiction category. 

 Join Mary Connealy at Amanda Barratts Blog Monday, October 15th.

And Mary invites you to check out the Petticoats & Pistols Website Launch Party!  Grand Prize: $100 Gift Card
(Your choice of Amazon or Barnes & Noble)
They'll also be giving $25 Gift Cards to 2 additional winners!
Everyone who leaves a comment between now and October 25th will be entered to win. You can get your name in the Stetson more than once. The more days you come by to leave a comment, the more times you are entered! Maximum of one entry per day. Winners will be announced on Friday, October 26th.

 This weekend you will find Sandra Leesmith in Tucson, Arizona at the Wrangling for Writing Conference sponsored by the Southwest Society of Authors.

 October 16th Sandra Leesmith's The Price of Victory will be available at in paperback and ebook.  Her upcoming release Current of Love is available for pre-order both in paperback and ebook.

HO! HO! HO! Tina Radcliffe and Missy Tippens are on the cover of the December issue of RT Book Reviews Magazine. Available to subscribers now, this issue can be found in most Barnes & Noble stores at the end of October. Thanks both Keli Gwyn & Anne Barton for sharing the image! You ladies rock!


Julie Lessman Sightings. Now  through October 19, 2012:Five Chances to Win!!! Win A Love Surrendered at a giveaway on The Bookclub Network blog. 

October 15 - 22, 2012 Win your choice of any of Julie's books including A Love Surrendered and Julie's Christmas e-book A Light in the Window at a giveaway at Sarah Forgrave's blog.

 October 25 - 28, 2012 Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt!! Books and prizes and fun from each of 31 CBA authors including Lisa Bergren, Liz Curtis Higgs, Kristen Heitzmann, Robin Lee Hatcher, Tamara Alexander and our own Julie Lessman, to name only a few (entire list can be found at Julie's Journal Jots). Prizes include the chance to win a Kindle Fire and 31 New Releases from said authors plus prizes from each. The hunt features exclusive material from each author about their new release, not found anywhere else. 

HINT: Julie's giveaway will be choice of Julie's books, a $50 gift card and having a character named after you in Julie's next book! For more information, and the starting point, begin the hunt at The hunt can be completed anytime that weekend. Remember: It all starts at Lisa Bergren’s blog on October 25, so BE THERE OR BE SQUARE!!
 Random News & Information

Nora Roberts Happily Ever After Life (CBS NEWS)

RT Book Reviews Covers the ACFW Conference (RT) 

How To Writer A Romance Novel: The Keys to Conflict (Writer's Digest)

Dorchester Publishing Trying To Transfer Rights Back To Authors (GalleyCat)

NaNoWriMo – The Pitfalls and How to Deftly Avoid Them (Writer Unboxed)

Not doing NANO in November? Consider Susan Meier's online class: Goal Setting

Are Longer Books More Important? (Salon)

Harlequin's Proofreading Department (Harlequin Blog/Youtube)

Stop Worrying About Book Deals & Write (GalleyCat)

Amazon Starts Author Ranking Feature (PW)

That's it party peeps. Have a great week!! 


  1. Congratulations Winners!!!!

    I got to say it first! I'm loving the Birthday Month!!

  2. Congrats to alllllllll the winners!!!!!!! YAY!

    Looks like another FABULOUS week!!!!

    And now that I have my hard drive in an external case, I can send some pics. And find some of me reading books...

  3. Congratulations, everyone!

    Love this week's lineup.

    Blogging topics

    -writing effective dialect without overwriting it
    -organizing research using One Notes
    -Plotting, especially on how to plot the individual threads, such as faith, subplots etc.

  4. To go along with what Christina said...

    How to use Scrivner [or other writing programs - like yWriter or whathaveyou]

  5. CONGRATULATIONS to ALL the winners!! Wow, the Seekers KNOW how to throw a Birthday Party! Looks like another wonderful week coming up. ~ Hmmmmm....suggested blogging topics: Keeping focused while writing (aka Limiting distractions, LOL); Time management for Writers; How the Seekers do research. (I'm sure these topics have all been covered in the past, but these are a few that I can always use more advice for). ~ Heading to bed now, but am leaving a Peach Coffee Cake to be ready for Sunday breakfast. ~ Thanks, Tina---for another awesome WE!! Sleepy hugs, Patti Jo ~ zzzzzzz

  6. One Note and Scriver. You are killing me. How about a Smith and Corona instead?

  7. Scrivner. Scrivner. I was so upset I couldn't spell it.

  8. Scrivener. I think.

    There's SOMEONE I could recommend to maybe do a blog - but it's late and a long couple of days and forget who...

  9. I'll get on it. I apparently need a blog on the topic too.

  10. OOOOOOO! I won a book I didn't have already!!!

    What are the chances!!!???? I just love that kind of thing.

    Ususally I already have the book, but I give it away. Now I get one I haven't read. Can't wait to read Glynna Kay's. Woot!

    Is the front of the RT that advertisement everybody kept talking about on the LI loop? I could never figure that out.

    I would just cry if I got the plot whisperer prize. Cry for the person who ahd to talk to me for an hour.

    "Um, it's about this girl... who's kinda... ya know... and then... this guy who's sorta... like.. that. and then they meet and it's all bad... in a good way... but... then something burns down..."


  11. I'm somewhat using OneNote and love the possibilities but I don't know how to fully utilize it.

    I've downloaded Scrivener and YWriter several times. And deleted them several times (guess that's a given since I downloaded them a lot). I never could get the hang of how to use them. They confuse me and then I could never get them into my word to format them correctly. *shrugs* It'd be a good blog.

  12. Coffee pot's ready for morning.

    Congrats to all winners!

    Thanks for the great links.

    I'm sure I'll be around all week, but I'll for sure have to check in on Audra's surprise birthday party Saturday, since that is my birthday.


  13. That's it Virginia. I'll report on the inside when I get my hands on one.

  14. oooooh!! Helen has a birthday. Helen has a birthday.

  15. Just wanted to stop in and say congrats to the winners and thanks to all of my Seekerville friends for your thoughts and prayers last week as I had thyroid removal surgery. Still recuperating but thankful! Blessings! ~Stacey

  16. I've missed most of this week, and reading the WE makes me regret it! I'm so glad I can go back and catch up.

    And if anyone is hesitating about entering the Read Me! contest: Just do it! Last year's contest was the kick in the pants my writing career needed! :)

    Topics for future posts...I've just finished a week of combining family visits with several research stops, and I'd love to hear how the Seekers make the most out of research trips - talking to local library and museum people, absorbing your setting, etc.

    I could sure use some help with One Note, too!

    And Birthday Cake for Helen on Saturday! Woo Hoo!

    (We can use multiple exclamation points on the weekend, right?)

  17. Thanks for letting us know you are doing okay, Stacey!!!!

  18. Congratulations to all the Birthday winners!

    As far as what would be great to see next yesr.. I love it when you have the LI team writing about what they are looking for in new authors etc. I would love to see the same from all the major Christian publishing lines.

    Smiles & Blessings,
    Cindy W.


  19. Congrats to all the winners! I'm looking forward to my copy of Ruthy's book :)

    Next week's line up looks fantastic. Can't wait.

    Hope everyone enjoys their Sunday.

  20. Donna!!! Carol!!! Christina!!! Thank you for loving birthday month!

    Christina, great topic ideas! I'm having my people scribble these down.




    Okay, the SMART SEEKERS will have to do the instructional stuff on programs.....

    And plotting.... (dagnabbit!!!) :)

    Hahahahaha! You're scaring Tina too, but we have SMART FRIENDS!!! We can supply a Scrivner expert peep.

    Because that's what friends are for!

  21. Virginia, lol!!!

    Let me just say that a 4 1/2 star first novel means you actually get it in the end...

    even if it's not totally plotted to start.

    And it's the end that counts, right????

    Poor Martha. I can make a list of us who would drive her to drink.

    Thanks for admitting you're one of 'em, LOL!

    Helen is our birthday month girl!!!!



    A Celebrity Cake-Off with Connealy.

    I am totally IN with that, DOWN with that, ALL OVER that!!!!

    (She'll win, but it's friendly competition. If she wakes up with short hair ala: "The Parent Trap", oh well....)


  22. Stacey!

    Stinkin' glands.

    Praying for you. Bless you!!!

  23. I thank you and congrats to all the other winners.

    I would love to see someone discuss the following:

    Rewrites - how to keep your sanity while doing them!

    Writing historicals versus contemporary - you can have both living in your brain at the same time.

    I second Christina's individual thread plotting suggestion.

    Did anyone notice Jan's new picture or am I just now noticing?

    And I am in the Tina camp on Scrivner. Tina, do it just so the fear is taken away.

    Peace, Julie

  24. So much fun here this month!

    And GREAT birthday gifts...CONGRATULATIONS to all of the winners.

    Can't wait for next week's line up.


    Jan, great reminder!!!!

    Come on, chickens! :) There is still time to enter the contest... one page, your opening page.... and then the final page to show the book is complete.

    Don't over-think this, Peeps. Think: Big. Brave. Bold. FREE!!!

    The contest tab is on our home page, top left.... If you click on that, the rules are there.. Simple...simple... simple....

    Think Nike: Just do it!


  26. Congrats to the winners!

    And a SUPER week, it looks like, coming up!

    And as for what I'd like you guys to cover... hmmm... I'd love more on story arc and such. That's a tough one for me.

    Thanks for the WONDERFUL birthday month. You guys are fabulous!

  27. Hi Tina and Missy, congrats on making the RT cover! That's great!

    It looks like another wonderful week coming up.

    Your generosity is amazing. Thanks and happy birthday!

    Jackie L.

  28. Yes!!!!!!! I won books. Love that.

    Scrivner scares me. Wastes too much time to figure out how to use it. Plot boards and sticking notes are more my thing. That way I can plot without actually plotting. :)

    Blog Post????

    Writing tips.

    Marketing ideas.

    Editor interviews.

    Happy Sunday, everyone! Time for Church :) :) :)

  29. Great weekend edition, as always. :-) And how awesome about the RT Reviews cover. I didn't even know about that magazine. I'll have to hunt it down.

    As to topics for future Seeker blogs:

    Prologues and epilogues -- when are they justified? How to write them effectively.

    Is it possible for a panster to become a plotter? In ten (or less) easy steps. :-)

    From ms. to bookstore -- the birth of a book. All the steps, and employees who handle the book along the way. Including jobs in the industry and their requirements.

    Individual blogs highlighting specific genres in Christian Fiction: mystery, suspense, women's fiction, children's books, contemporary, historical, LI etc. What is required for each genre -- you could even highlight an author for each one too.

    What keeps Seekers motivated?

    How to write effective action scenes.

  30. Oh yeah -- show not tell. I can never get enough of that...but I'm a slow learner. :-)

    Oh -- and how to reach a reader's emotions -- transforming a good story to an emotionally impactful one. (not sure if impactful is a word but you know what I mean)

  31. There's still time to enter READ ME? I thought the deadline was at 12:01 est.

  32. Ruthy, how about this, because I think you and Julie would be great at it, portraying Irish men?

  33. Wow. I've won twice in the last two weeks. I'm on a roll. Of course, just visiting Seekerville is always a win.

    One of the most helpful blog posts I've seen is posts on getting rid of those words no one wants to see. I know you've done them but I enjoy them again.

    I would also love to see a post on keeping different stories fresh while working on other manuscripts. In other words, you need to finish one manuscript, but you've got ideas bursting in your mind for other manuscripts. How do you satisfy and yet file away idea 2 so you can work on idea 1.

  34. Congratulations! And since i haven't won anything, i bet they're keeping it for something for this week! Have an awesome Sunday!

  35. Yeah! I won a Ruthy book. :-)

    Congrats to all the winners this. It was a fun week in Seekerville, and one more birthday done in my family. One more to go next week. :-)

    Happy Birthday, Seekerville, and all the other October birthdays! :-)

  36. Congratulations to Seekerville’s
    Two New Cover Girls

    Tina & Missy!

    “Do They or Don’t They?”*
    (Plot this is. : ) )
    *If you’re too young to get it, this is a Clairol thing.

    New Ideas for Seeker Blogs?

    I think Kav came up with all the good ideas already. Great thinking Kav.

    I’ll just try a few idea headlines:

    How to Pantser Your Way Into Plotting.
    (Using GPS: God’s Plotting System).

    How to get good results from bad habits.
    (Changing roadblocks into stepping stones).

    How to run your internal editor in the background so you can produce better copy the first time without even being aware the IE was helping you!
    (You Don’t Have to Turn Me Off!)

    Ten Cases When You Should “Tell” and Not “Show”
    (Showing is slowing while telling is telling+)
    +telling as in deeply revealing.


    P.S. Wasn’t Madam S great yesterday? Tina you really are the best at what you do!

  37. Love having posts on Sunday! Congrats to the winners!

    Blog topics:

    I'd love for some of the Seekers to detail how they revise and edit - from the big plot points down the small deets.

    Also how you weave the threads together, romance, inner & outer journey and the spiritual thread.

    Oh, and how to BOLD in a blog!!!

    Looking forward to next week!


  38. Woo hoo! Congrats to all the winners! I'm looking forward to the posts next week!

  39. Congratulations to all the winners!

    What an exciting week we have to look forward to. I'm eager to hear what Barbara Vey has to say.

    Possible topics:
    •How to Accomplish as Much in a Week as Tina Radcliffe Does in a Day
    •Adding Wagonloads of Fun to Your Stories Mary Connealy Style
    •Fostering Reader Friendships with the Finesse of Julie Lessman
    •How to Lighten Up, Laugh More, and Live Free by Taking Yourself Less Seriously - from the one and only Ruthy

    OK, here are some real possibilities:
    Dealing with the Doubt Dragon
    Surviving Sophomore Book Blues
    Effective Use of Your Facebook Author Page

  40. Congrats people on the winning list.

    I like the idea of learning Scrivener, or Ywriter, as for topics. How do you handle speaking, if you do speaking. I think it would be interesting to do more critics, not just for those at Seekerville, although those are nice, but so Seekerville friends can join in and get more ideas on why or why not to add or take something out.

    I know you can't always post snippets from a book, because some houses frown on it but writing a couple hundred words from prompt to dissect would be good.

    Does that make sense at all. Yes ... No... Oh well

  41. Happy Birthday Seekerville!! What I want you guys to lecture on more?? I don't know! Ya'll are awesome the way you are!

    Maybe some panster tips??

  42. Yeah Stacey, So glad you're doing better. Hang in there.

  43. Congratulations winners. Have a fun week.

  44. Welcome back Jan

    Helen, Happy Birthday. October is hubby's month too. A great month for a birthday.

    Hi Bridgett, I'm interested in marketing ideas also. Let me know if you hear of anyone with good info.

  45. Kav, You are toooooo funny. Will a plotter become a panster? Will a panster become a plotter? I'm still laughing.

  46. Keli, I would love that Facebook blog. Maybe I'll finally get it and write one. They say if you want to learn something teach it. Hmmmmmm


  47. "How to Accomplish as Much in a Week as Tina Radcliffe Does in a Day"

    Your Honor, in my defense I would like to say that my office is buried so deep in STUFF I only have one clean surface and that is where my keyboard rests. My office looks like an episode of Hoarders. There is a price to pay for not medicating my ADD (which I call ESP. A gift from God).

    And I am willing to pay it darn it.

  48. Ruth dear. The contest ended last night at midnight.

  49. Vince. I think I speak on behalf of my co-cover girl. A Cover Girl never tells.

  50. Next week looks great!

    Blogging topics I would like to see are:

    Sequel-I know it's what links two scenes, I know one when I read it, but I can't seem to write one. :/

    Beginnings-I read so many conflicting things A) have a hook and start at a point of action B) Start right before something happens C)When H/H meet...

    And like others-Ywriter &/or Scriver.

  51. Wow, what a great lineup ahead! Looks like a fun week.

    Congrats to the current winners! And good luck to all those entering this week. :)

  52. Well, I use Scrivener. Or maybe I should say I use the cork board. So what I know about it, I could teach in a two paragraph blog. :)

  53. Oh - and close to ACFW conference -- a pitch blog -- maybe brave souls could submit their pitch and get critiqued.

  54. Stacy, I'm so glad to hear it! My college roommate had hers out, and once she got her synthroid adjusted just right, she felt much better. She's doing great today (several years later)!

  55. Oops! Sorry, Stacey. I spelled your name wrong.

  56. I'm wondering how Tina knew I couldn't handle a cake-off! LOL (Is it because you can't use a cake mix in a contest like that?)


  57. Thanks, Jackie! It's very exciting to be able to take part in the RT cover!

  58. Happy Birthday, Seekerville! It's fun celebrating with you all month. Congrats to all the winners, and thank you so much for my prizes. You ladies are amazing, and I've learned so much from you.

    I'm hoping to stop back later to read more comments, but for now, I just wanted to say thank you and what a great WE, Tina.

    Oh, and to give some writing blogpost ideas for next year:
    1. What do you do after the first draft? What do you work to improve in revising your book?
    2. Tips for livening up a scene that is necessary but gasping for breath
    3. I was going to mention Deep POV, but you ladies took care of that for this week.

    If I think of more, I'll send them in. :)
    This week looks great! Can't wait!

  59. I'd like to see how not to lsoe hope mid-stream when you're polishing a book you think is 'not too shabby'...

    But then you reach for a book to check pacing and pick up Ruthy's...

    And after 4 pages you decide to go to bed.

    Seriously. I opened Yuletide Hearts to page 111 (even though the printed pages are smaller and have fewer words than the comp page but you know what I mean)...

    And read 'One big difference pierced his heart like a three-penny nail. Christ lived his life sacrificially; Matt had messed up repeatedly.'

    Oh... Ugh... What a line. I should never read while I'm writing. It's depressing.

  60. Love Kav and Keli's ideas. Great!! Oh, and Vince's too.

    One thing I'd like to see is deciphering non-acceptance letters.

  61. Oh, non-acceptance... also rejection... also form letters... also strange phone calls that say 'they didn't buy it but it's not a rejection'. ????

    We could have a lot of fun with these!

  62. Virginia, that is too funny. Did you actually get that phone call?


  63. I would like to see how you name a book. Before you write it, or after? Does a publisher always keep the name or change it...etc.

  64. Oh, judges' comments too. I think my favorite one came from a judge who commented that she was unfamiliar with inspirationals, and then proceeded to comment that my story did not have the makings of an inspirational. I think she scored me a 2/5. Um, I realize just because the era is during ancient Israel doesn't mean it's an inspirational, but, the inspirational thread was definitely there, both hero and heroine sought God in the first chapter. *g*

  65. Good question, Marissa. I've heard that it is rare an editor will keep the title.

    Have any of the Seekers been able to keep theirs?

  66. It depends on the line you are writing for. And the publisher.

    My friend at Superromance often keeps her titles. But that line is very close to Single Title.

    Love Inspired not so often because they are a much more narrow niche genre and reader expectation is different. So you can actually tell it is a LI by the title.

    Or think of Presents. You can tell a Presents by the title.

  67. It's been one of those weekends - Like I rushed in crazy-person mode to enter the contest yesterday to discover that the deadline is today. Like I finally convinced dh to sit outside on the porch for after church breakfast and as soon as we settled in with our little plates balanced on our knees, a bolt of lightening zigzagged over the lake and sent us scrambling inside. Like as a consolation prize for the spoiled brekkie, dh suggested he take me for Starbucks. Sounds harmless enough. But when we arrived back home I looked down and discovered that the lid wasn't secure and I had a trail of ugly brown coffee drips down my white blouse. Very nice, ahem....

    SO, thanks Seekerville, for the chance to win BOOKS, whooHOOOO! What fun! You turned my goofy weekend around.

    What do I want to see here next year? I'm so happy for all the things you teach, just more of the same. I'm such a novice that I don't know what I'm missing! Makes it hard to ask for what I don't know, lol.

    I really appreciate all of you here. The community is so great, and the Seekers who spend so much time holding hands, teaching and cheering. It's really been a lovely respite to come here every day. Thank you!


  69. PHEW...Thanks Tina.

    Back to getting the coffee stains out of my blouse, ;)

    And writing like a fool, haha...

  70. Congrats to all the winners! Looks like another great week coming up on Seekers!!

    Jackie S.

  71. Omigosh. Seekers will have to hire a flunkey soon, just to administer prizes.

    Kathy Mahar is an excellent recipient of Ruthy books because she happens to live in Ruthy's fictional world.

    I am quite thrilled to be the winner of Glynna's book. Only 1 LEFT IN STOCK at Amazon (I had to pop over and look at the cover again!)

    Thank you all for a wonderful week of posts. It's difficult to keep track of all the guests and prizes. I'm really looking forward to Friday's post. I have Jill Nelson's book on my kindle.

    which reminds me to say, that I still treasure my kindle from last year's birthday extravaganza. It's always at my side...okay, it's true. I sleep with it.

  72. Congratulations to all of the winners! I would love to see the Seekers review craft books. There are so many out there, I would love to hear what has been most helpful to each of you. Other than that, every day that I visit Seekerville I feel I "browse" away with more knowledge. :)

  73. Congratulations to all the winners!!!
    I love Seekerville Birthday Month! And next week looks fantastic, too!

    There are always great topics being discussed here, but I'll add some just in case it helps :)
    - choosing an agent, different agent spotlights/interviews,
    - what editors like from their writers, estabishing good editor/writer relations

    Have a great Sunday!

  74. Congrats winners!
    Hope y'all are having a good week-end!

    Whew! Who else have many things waiting for them to do?!




  75. Congrats to all the winners.

    I have a writing question that came up today. Actually about 30 minutes to 1 hour ago.

    How do you use your Author FB page? Do you need one if you already have a website and writing blog? Or...when is too much too much or not enough?

    Busy brains and Carol Moncado want to know :-)

  76. LOL!

    Can Pepper the Page pick a peck of pickled peppers? Or will Pepper the Person's pernsnickitiness perpetually perturb Perry the Platypus?

    Or something like that ;).

  77. OHMYGOODNESSGRACIOUS BE STILL MY HEART! My friend Melanie Dickerson sent me a msg that said: I just saw you won the prize at Seekerville for last week! The huge basket of goodies and the coffee maker thing! Did you see?
    • I have now!!! YAY!!! SQUEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!

    Thank you all at Seekerville for this GENEROUS gift package!

    Thanks, TINA, for posting this!!! Many blessings! Oh, and I am looking forward to visiting with all of you in December!

  78. Carrie you luck lady, enjoy all that coffee!!! :-) Thank you Seekers for the chance to win all these great prizes.

    I'm not really a writer so I can't really say what "writing" topics I'd like to see but I do enjoy the posts like the Love Inspired post by Liz AND Julie's love scene post. I mean really who doesn't want to read more about romance LOL?!

  79. Blog topics: Writing & taxes
    Income & Expenses
    Hobby or Business
    Happy Birthday,Seekerville!

  80. Oh my goodness! I only came over to congratulate Carrie Pagels, and lo and behold, I won! I won I won I won! It's a major award. LOL Seriously, thank you Ruthy and all the Seekers. So excited!
    Oh, and Congrats, Carrie Pagels!

  81. Cute new photos in the photo album!!!!

  82. Hope everyone in Seekerville is having a great weekend! Everyone has come up with some great blog post ideas; I will be satisfied with whatever the Seekers come up with. Congrats to all of winners!


  83. And I forgot to comment about topics. I love Kav's suggestion about pitching before next year's conference. And here's a thought, unless this has been done before. A critique of a two or three page synopsis? Maybe some tips on plot points and sagging middles? Oh, dear, sagging PLOT middles. I'm afraid with all the chocolate and goodies I've just won, my middle is pert near hopeless. :{

  84. I want to know how to write a synopsis BEFORE writing the book. I've never done it that way.


    Hope that link works. Neil Gaiman tweeted that fun article about the Amazon author rankings. :D

    I have to agree with the conclusion...

  86. That was great. I love sitting with the geeks and goths at lunch. What else is new?

  87. Carrie,

    Congratulations, can I be your friend and come over for coffee?

  88. I saw those pics. I believe there are some super models in there.

  89. I don't know that I've ever seen so many winners in one place at the same time! What a birthday celebration. Congrats to everyone.

    Good reading links, too. I like what James Rubert said about guarding the heart. And "The Keys to Conflict" is already in my save file. Thanks for a great WE (as always).

    Nancy C

  90. Tina and Missy are cover girls ... sort of :-) Congratulations!

    Nancy C

  91. Loved the Nora Roberts video, I want to make 60 million a year and save historical buildings, how fun would that be!

  92. KELI GWYN--

    Uhhh, the facebook author page is for postiing pics of cute kitties and puppies, right???

    I mean, that's what I heard. And it's raised my fanbase by.... Oh, wait.

  93. I really appreciate the fact that you guys have been hanging around here enough you know where we stash the good chocolate and you can make yourselves at home.

    Carry on.





  95. Yay! I won. :) Congrats to the other winners. :)

  96. Congrats to the winners --I can't believe I missed a Julie Lessman post (but I'm going to read it now)!


  97. It ARRIVED!!! And not only did my awesome gift basket arrive but at the perfect time--I haven't had solid food in three days! This is an awesome basket!!! And not only did the Keurig brewer come but a SEPARATE box FULL of coffees to brew in it!!! Ohmygoodnessgraciousmeohmyohmy!!!!

    THANKS SO MUCH!!! I am not clear who all contributed on this but I want to thank Ruthy, Tina, Julie, and Janet (and all the others who may have contributed.) Many blessings! I can't wait to see what you all do in another five years!!!

  98. Hey! I know I 'm so late commenting, but I just read through the list of winners and realized I had won!! So excited! My prize sounds fabulous.

    Please let me know what I need to now!

    Thank you all. I've enjoyed this month so much!

  99. Thank you all so much for hosting this month. The posts have been so interesting and I have loved them all!

    Thank you for choosing me for "KISSY" prize! Please let me know what I need to do to receive the prize!
    Thank you!