Of course, I've got our usual line-up of announcements, news, and a totally fun question of the day to reward you for "still being here."
Many MWVRWA Members Celebrate Productive Month
My in-box is tumbleweeds again, but some sleuthing has revealed that many of you are chugging away, and just not sharing! Congrats to everyone on an awesome August!
- Elisabeth Naughton is inching closer to the end of her WIP-from-hades.
- Jenni Gilliam is 40,000 words into her fourth WIP, and is querying agents.
- Paty Jager continues to juggle promotion, editing, and three (3!!!) separate book projects. Talk about productive!
- Barb Cool Lee racked up another contest final last week, finaling in the Golden Gateway Contest. I'm predicting great things for Barb's manuscript, Raven's War
- Karen Duvall's new blog is wildly entertaining and makes you wonder why she waited so long! She's a natural at blogging.
- How about YOU? Should you be on this list? Don't trust my shoddy detective skills! E-mail me!
Contests Need Entries
The Hot Prospects Contest is running low on entries, and this presents a GREAT opportunity even for those usually adverse to contests. They've got a terrific line-up of editors and agents for final round judges, and you've got a great shot at getting your manuscript in front of them! Not, only that, but this is one of the few RWA contests with a short-story category. Click here for more information (September 1st deadline!!).
The Southern Heat Contest is in the same boat, and they've also got a great line-up of editors as final round judges. Click here for more information (Sept. 11 deadline for electronic entries, Sept. 14 postmark deadline).
The MERWA Synopsis contest is also running low, and has extended their deadline until October 1st. This is a great chance to get feedback on your synopsis--a necessary evil, but one that goes unjudged in many contests. Click here for more information.
Susannah Offers Unique Contest For Published/Unpublished Writers
This year's Susannah Contest is another great contest for contest-haters. Published, but have an unpublished manuscript? No problem! You can enter. Have a great manuscript but suffer from multiple-genre syndrome? No problem! They've eliminated categories. Instead, the finalists will be presented to a slate of top-notch editors and agents. This is truly a fabulous opportunity to bypass slush piles and get noticed. Click here for more information (October 1st Postmark Deadline).
Question of the Day: Who do you want to be?
Several blogs have had interesting discussions lately about which heroes you'd actually marry. This made me think more about the heroines who DO get their HEA with the hero of your dreams. We've all read books where we think, "Thank the goddess I'm not her!," but the books that tend to resonate with me are the ones where I want to BE the heroine. I want her life: her family, her job, her locale, all her little quirks. I re-read the book(s) because I want to be her again and again. I started this character envy 20-odd years ago by wanting to be Laura from Little House on the Prairie and Anne from Anne of Green Gables. Who do you want to be? Which fictional heroine(s) flip on your green-eyed monster?
Share! And, remember to congratulate yourself on still being here. And keep sending me news of your progress!