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The Worst Storyline Ever Contest 2.0

Guest Blogger: Chuck Sambuchino, editor and writer for Writer’s Digest, and host of the Guide To Literary Agents blog.   Here’s Chuck:   September 2015 sees the release of three of my new books, the 2016 Guide to Literary Agents, the 2016 Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market, and the anti-clown humor book When Clowns Attack: A…
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Poetry Contest Winners!

Many thanks to everyone who entered the St. Paddy’s Day haiku contest. The entries were lots of fun! Click here to read all the poems entered. UPDATE: The votes are in and Ellen Weeren is the winner! Congrats Ellen. And thanks everyone for participating.      The Winning Haiku: Why do I have to Write…
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17 Syllables

You remember pop quizzes in high school, right? So today we’re having a pop contest. St. Patrick’s Day is tomorrow and some people celebrate with parades and green beer. Here on my blog, we’re going to celebrate by writing haiku. Yep, you heard me. Haiku. You know, 3 lines: 5 syllables 7 syllables 5 syllables.…
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Announcing the Winner of our Joke Contest

Here are a bunch of my favorite entries from my post on Friday. How many agents does it take to screw in a light bulb? From Sra: 42 From Nancy Kimball: None. If the agent is having to change the lightbulbs, I need to be querying someone else. From Julie Nilson: The agent doesn’t *change*…
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The Worst Storyline Ever Contest

Guest Blogger: Chuck Sambuchino To celebrate the release of the brand-new 2012 Guide to Literary Agents, I am bringing back one of my most popular recurring contests: The “Worst Storyline Ever” Contest. Except this time, it’s hosted on Rachelle’s blog. So if you’re looking for an agent and want a big database, check out the…
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Poetry Contest Winners!

Thanks to the 100 people who contributed poems in Friday’s contest! They were all very entertaining and it was difficult to narrow it down. First, let’s start with some honorable mentions. In no particular order… Best Concise Overview of Publishing:Glynis No thank you, thank you no,We enjoyed the giggle,Now off you go. Best Brief Rejection…
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Bad News Poetry Contest!

Whew, it’s been a grim week here on the blog, hasn’t it? All this talk about difficult conversations between authors and agents. I think it’s time to let you put your own spin on all of this. (And hopefully add some humor to the situation.) So I was thinking we should have a contest. How about…
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Announcing Winners

of The Forest For the Trees by Betsy Lerner THANKS for entering the drawing, and for all your great tidbits of writing advice! If your name is NOT listed below, here’s where you can buy the book:Buy on AmazonBuy on Barnes and Noble I used a random number generator on Random.org and from that, drew…
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WINNERS: The One-Sentence Summary Contest

Wow! We had nearly 500 entries in last Wednesday’s contest. I’m thrilled, because this means 500 of you worked on creating a concise summary for your book, something most writers find difficult. But it can be done, right? I hope this served as a helpful exercise for you. Of course it was very difficult narrowing…
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Who Will Win the Contest?

Winners of the One-Sentence Summary Contest will be announced TOMORROW, Monday. On Tuesday, I’ll be discussing one-sentence summaries in further detail, and critiquing a handful of the entries. Be sure and let me know if you DON’T want your entry critiqued on the blog (just in case I choose yours).
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The One-Sentence Summary

*Contest is closed.*Today we’re going to talk about the one-sentence summary, also known as a logline, a hook, or a one-sentence pitch. (It is not a tagline, however.) What: About 25 words that capture your novel, memoir, or non-fiction book. Why: To get someone interested in reading your book. When to use it: The start…
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Winners

Our guest blogger from last Thursday, Becky Levine, has chosen the three winners to receive a copy of her book, The Writing and Critique Group Survival Guide. They are: Heather Beth K. Vogt KC Frantzen Winners please email me with your mailing address so we can send you the book!
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Book Giveaway WINNERS

Drum roll please… time to announce the winners of our poetry contest last week. All of you who wrote a poem – thanks for entering! It was a lot of fun reading the poems and trying to decide my favorites. I was impressed with your efforts and especially the creative ways you chose to reveal…
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2009 Book Giveaway

Each year on the blog, I choose ten books from my personal bookshelf to give to my readers. They’re all books I’ve read, enjoyed, and want to pass along for others to enjoy. (I have multiple copies of some of of them, so I’m keeping one for myself.) So here’s how you get one of…
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