Contests

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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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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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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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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WINNERS of the Words Move Me Contest

This contest was one of my favorites EVER. Reading through the (more than 360) entries was incredibly fun, which just underscores my love of great books, my appreciation for a beautiful sentence, and the joy I get from learning about other people’s favorite books and what moved them. THANK YOU for your entries to this…
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Words Move Me – Sony Reader Giveaway!

What moves you? You probably know that words move me. I love reading. I love discovering new worlds and new people in books. I love losing myself in a story. And I really love sharing my discoveries with others. So I’m excited about a new website created by Sony called, appropriately, Words Move Me. On…
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Winners!

A big thank you to the nearly 180 entrants in my guest blog contest! It wasn’t easy, but I’ve finally had a chance to choose my Guest Bloggers for the rest of the year. (See A Blog Challenge for You.) Here are the guest posts I’ve chosen (twelve instead of ten): Reesha: Christian Art –…
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A Blog Challenge for You

I sort of stole this idea from Nathan Bransford but he’s a pretty cool guy so I don’t think he’ll mind. (Think of it as flattery, Nathan.) You’ve no doubt noticed that I often use guest bloggers, usually on Thursdays. I typically get the guest posts from amongst my clients and other friends in the…
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Vote for the Winners

*UPDATE: POLL CLOSED EARLY*Due to suspicious voting activity, the poll has been closed. Official results will be announced Tuesday in the SIDEBAR. → Hey everyone, thanks for sending in your “Writing is Like American Idol Because…” entries! I loved reading them and appreciated all the writing insights. Below are my seven favorites. To vote for…
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Writing is Like American Idol Because…

Go ahead, tell me. How is your writing and publishing journey like “American Idol”? Let’s beat this metaphor to death once and for all. Knock yourself out… you can include “Britain’s Got Talent” if you want, too. Bonus points if you can tell me how the writing and publishing journey is like “Lost” or “Grey’s…
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Contest Finalists… and Holiday Schedule

Good morning and happy Hanukkah! We have contest finalists today… and we’re VOTING. A big thank-you to everyone who scribbled down the first thing that came to mind worked long and hard to compose your beauiful haiku for the 17 Syllables Contest. Here are the five I’ve chosen as finalists. VOTE IN THE SIDEBAR. One…
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17 Syllables

CONTEST UPDATE:THANKS for all the great entries so far! You have a couple more days to submit… and let me give you a hint. It’s the HOLIDAYS, people. Can we get some sweetness and light here? Maybe a few drops of humor? I’m seeing drops of blood and tears on the page and sure, I…
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We Have a Winner

THANKS to everyone for your jokes! They were SOOOO funny and I had lots of LOL moments, as I’m sure all the readers did. Thank you for contributing! (If you haven’t read the jokes, click here for Friday’s post and read the comments section. It’s hilarious!) It was *hard* picking a favorite, but I did.…
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I love words.

I love books and publishing and talking incessantly about them.

I love authors and all the intricacies of managing a writing life.

I sell. I negotiate. I coach. I brainstorm.