Reminder: Meeting Tonight! Conference Approaching!
Our September meeting is tonight at 7:00 p.m. at Salem Public Library. The lovely and always-entertaining Lisa Pulliam will be speaking on PR issues for authors. I've read several interesting articles and blog entries lately on the subject of self-promotion, and I'm eager to hear Lisa's thoughts! I hope you can join us!
Also, don't forget to bring/send your checks for our fall conference. Whodunnit: A writer's guide to working a crime scene on October 6, 2007 should be a fun, educational day!
Show & Tell Workshop
October is brimming with great online class options, but one of the most promising is the Show & Tell workshop offered by the Outreach RWA chapter. This interactive workshop will feature feedback from the instructor and fellow classmates. The instructor is award winning author & teacher Shannon Donnelly. Click here for more information.
Cimarron Dreamin' Conference October 12-14
You know, I couldn't think of a reason one might visit Tulsa in October. Then I found out that Allison Brennan, Jenna Peterson, and Jodi Thomas are all offering workshops at the Cimarron Dreamin' conference. Suddenly, Tulsa looks rather appealing! This conference is a bargain, and by limiting attendance size, individual attention is assured! Click here for more information.
Perfect Pitch Contest
Are you tired of having to wait for the final round to get published author/agent/editor feedback? Do you want to focus more on your pitch/query? The Perfect Pitch contest offers a unique opportunity at a bargain price. Simply submit your pitch in any romance genre, and one of these authors will review it:
October 1st Deadline for e-mail submission! Click here for more information!
First Kiss Contest
The First Kiss Contest is another unique contest with an October 1st Deadline. This contest focuses on the pivotal moment when your hero and heroine kiss for the first time. This is a great chance to get feedback on your sexual tension and emotional impact, and to showcase a part of your MS beyond the opening scenes. Click here for more information.
30 Books in 30 days
Cindi Myers is giving away 30 books in 30 days! Check out her website for more details about this fun promotion.
New Opportunities with Steeple Hill
In this week's market update, Cindi also reports that Steeple Hill is expanding their lines of Inspirational romance.
Love Inspired Historicals is actively seeking new authors:
Love Inspired Historical, Steeple Hill's
newest line, launching in 2008. LI Historicals will publish two books
a month – one western and one non-western setting each month.
Inspirational readers seem to be more open to reading many different
time periods. In addition to western settings, the editors are
interested in all kinds of American settings – colonial, Civil War
and post Civil War, all the way up through . They're also
interested in European settings and Biblical Fiction. Stories
featuring missionaries in exotic locations are welcome. Stories may
be dramatic and emotional, light-hearted, or suspenseful. But no
matter the setting or story, there can be no explicit sensuality,
graphic violence or language. Send submissions to Melissa Endlich or to
assistant editor Jessica Alvarez. They are both actively acquiring
for the line. 70,000 - 75,000 words.
Love Inspired Suspense is also seeking new authors:
Love Inspired Suspense expanded from two books a month to four books
a month in February 2007. They are "very eagerly" looking for
inventory. This is a great opportunity for new authors. Readers here
are looking for "strong, highly dramatic, high-octane reads." There
are very few things you can't do in these books – though violence is
mostly off-screen. They'd love to see more CSI-type and legal-
thriller type stories. The stories are 50 percent romance and 50
percent suspense. Both must be fully developed. 55,000 - 60,000 words
Full guidelines available here.
Question of the Day: Why Judge?
After looking at the line-up of judges for the Perfect Pitch contest, and receiving a reminder to sign up for the GH judging (have you???), I wondered about all the different motivations writers have for judging contests. For some, it is a way of giving back. For others, it's a chance to hone critique skills or zero in on areas they'd like to speak/write about. For me, it's a chance to come back to my own writing with fresh eyes. I find that after judging a contest, especially in a genre that I don't write in, I return to my work invigorated with new ideas of what to work on. In judging this past year, I've learned a lot about synopsis writing and pacing/plot--real life examples that go beyond what I've seen in books and workshops.
Do you judge contests? Why or why not?