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Want To Read Creepy Short Stories By 13 Awesome YA Authors?

  Posted by bigblackcat97 in Writer, Writer Pants on Fire, 30 March 2015 · 0 views

Most writers have a couple of short stories banging around their heads, and no good place to put them. In a lot of ways shorts are harder to write than novels, and difficult to place because publishers don't necessarily want to produce anthologies.

Luckily twelve other awesome YA authors with darker sides have that same problem - little stories with nowhere to go. We've banded together to self-publish AMONG THE SHADOWS: 13 STORIES OF DARKNESS AND LIGHT. We've got a Kickstarter to help cover our costs, so if you feel inclined to give a little, please do. Pledges range from $5 to $500 with rewards for both readers and writers alike.

We've got a gorgeous cover and a great lineup of authors!



**Treasure Hunt Count Down** — One Day More!!

  Posted by mlebleek in Bleeker Street, 30 March 2015 · 0 views

Tomorrow is the day, Folks! Wreckage will be in 1334 Walmart stores and YOU will have the opportunity to win a Walmart gift card (and do a little celebration dance with me, of course).

If you want to get pumped try giving THIS a listen:

Follow these steps to be entered:

1- Starting March 31st (TOMORROW), check for Wreckage at your local Walmart store.

2- Take a picture IN STORE, post on a social media site and tag me:

-Facebook: @emilybleekerauthor

-Twitter feed: @Emily_Bleeker

-Instagram: @emilybleekerauthor

3- Make sure to list the location of the store you found it in. IE: Found Wreckage in Vernon Hills,IL Walmart!!

Don’t forget, this is what you are looking for—

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Remember–if you can’t get to the store tomorrow, this hunt will go on until I have 25 pictures. If I happen to get a huge influx of pictures then I will consider adding more prizes so–post away my friends. Post away!!



Getting the Call with Kristin Wright

  Posted by Michelle4Laughs in Michelle4Laughs: It's in the Details, 30 March 2015 · 0 views

Choices, choices! We all love to have choices, though sometimes it's not that easy. Lucky for Kristin she had options and her heart told her where to go! Congrats Kristin, and I'm glad you found a CP through Query Kombat. 

Getting the Call for me managed to be BOTH the super-fast fairy tale and the end of a long querying slog through the trenches. How? I queried two manuscripts at once.
I wrote and polished my romantic women's fiction novel TWENTY MILES IN just in time to submit it to last August's PitchWars. I did a little midnight dancing when I saw I'd been chosen as an alternate, and then settled in for the wait. PitchWars is excellent practice for the professional waiting that writers sign up for. The entries are posted in early November, two months after selection, to allow time for edits.  I edit fast (my mentor, Kara Leigh Miller, went way above and beyond for TMI), and still had enough time to write another manuscript .
I got requests in PitchWars, though none that panned out. I queried it through November and December, with a short flurry at the beginning of January when agents re-opened after the holidays. I sent the last query for TMI on January 6. Meanwhile, I'd been editing my other manuscript, FARB, and was ready to query that one by January 21.
With FARB, I got the fairy tale. Within two weeks, I had six full requests. On day 14, I sat in a work meeting with my iPad, and an email arrived from Agent A, who wanted to chat about FARB, which she'd requested only the day before. I read the email ten times. I contemplated escaping the meeting by yelling "Fire." I restrained myself and suffered through. Agent A's call, though, turned out not to be The Call. She wanted some minor revisions before offering. She did offer, though, a week later. That email came while I sat in the car, about to embark on an afternoon of driving my kids around to lessons with no computer handy. 
While my kids sawed away on their violins, I sent my flurry of emails to all the agents with either requested materials or open queries on either manuscript--on my phone. And then I checked my email at stoplights. Yes, I know. Bad. The blizzard of responses came quickly, and from agents with queries on both manuscripts. When it stopped, I had 12 agents reading one or both fulls.
The next day, Agent B emailed asking to "chat" about FARB. (I don't know why they like this word so much. They do.) Agent B offered in the first two minutes. Then came the really draggy part. I'd given a nine-day period. Nothing at all happened for seven days. The night before the deadline, I got an email from Agent C. She'd liked TWENTY MILES IN and wanted me to extend the deadline for her to read FARB. I chose not to, because I didn't think it was fair to Agents A and B, but I hated writing that email.
Minutes before I went to bed, I got an email from Agent D, who'd been the recipient of the very last query I sent for TWENTY MILES IN because she'd been closed. She wanted to chat the next morning. She'd "love loved" my work, and I loved her back just based on her interviews and Twitter feed. During the call, we talked about the book. She'd stayed up late reading it, and already had a submission list in mind. She was ready to go--with this book, with my other manuscripts, and with any other books I might write in the future. I emailed several of her clients, and within the hour, got back long love letters about her. I really liked the other offering agents and would have been very happy with either of them, but the decision was made.
Now, I'm delighted to say I'm represented by Sarah E. Younger of the Nancy Yost Literary Agency!


I live in Virginia with my family, our stinky beagle, and our elderly guinea pig. I'm an attorney now, but I've been a Civil War reenactor, an ice cream scooper, a telemarketer, and a U.S. Senate intern. I'm a veteran of both Query Kombat and PitchWars, both in 2014, and will tell anyone who asks that contests are absolutely worth it because that's how you meet your critique partners. I write women's fiction and romance, and dream of a day when someone magically shows up at my door to manage my website and Facebook page for me.  The website is www.kristinbwright.com.



Getting Ready to Get Challenged

  Posted by K McClelland in Teardrops On My Book, 30 March 2015 · 0 views

I've decided to join the April A to Z Challenge. It may or may not work out. I may or may not succeed. But I will try my best and that's what counts. I do have a plan. I'm going to write something about the first word or thing that comes into my mind that has something to do with the letter for that day. The way my mind works, it should at least be somewhat interesting. It will also possibly seem like I have a couple of personalities...

But, that's okay. Hopefully this challenge will be exactly what I need to get out of my rut. And maybe it won't. I've tried so many things though and one more won't hurt anything.

So, I'll see you on  Wednesday (which btw, is going to still be an IWSG post as well as my A post) and I hope you have an awesome day. :)

Are you joining in on the A to Z Challenge? Have you done it in the past? If so, what do you like about it and if not, is there any specific reason? I've done it once and it was fun, hard too, but still fun.



7 Basic Blogging Tips

  Posted by From The Write Angle in From The Write Angle Blog, 30 March 2015 · 0 views

by Jemi Fraser

I've come across a few things in the bloggy-verse lately that have made me curious, a few things that have made me grind my teeth, and a few things that have made me roll my eyes. I'm most definitely not an expert on blogging, but here's what's been standing out to me lately.

  • Tip #1 - Tell Us Your Name 
    • Why would you run a blog and not tell people who you are???? Sure, you may not want to share your real name, but you need some kind of name. People connect to people. We remember names. When you put out your book, you're going to put a name on it. Start using that name now!
    • in the same vein, use that same name across all your social media platforms. You don't want to be Crazy Hazy Harry on one, Harold Hazar on another and HH on a third. Consistency is important if you're trying to build a presence.
  • Tip #2 - Photo Time
    • for your avatar, a photo of yourself is best. (Yes, I know I don't have one! For more on my struggles with that, pop on over to my blog.) 
    • head shots appear to be the most popular - and for good reason. In a head shot, it's easy to identify the person. And suddenly, you're no longer Crazy Hazy, but a real person with a real face. As humans, we connect to faces. Take advantage of that. You don't have to be beautiful or handsome or tall or short or thin or chubby or anything except YOU. You're special and unique. Show that off!
  • Tip #3 - Sharing Buttons 
    • It's hard to build up an audience. One great way to accomplish that is to have your current readers share your posts to their friends and contacts. Blogger has a handy-dandy bar of icons people can click on to share your posts to various social media (Twitter, Google+, Pinterest and more. Check the bottom of this post for an example.). All your reader has to do is click and your audience has grown. 
    • Some non-Blogger blogs have buttons that you can customize to include your twitter handle along with the post title and link when you share to twitter. This is awesome because that tweet will show up in your Mentions stream and you'll see exactly who is helping you out. (If you can do this in Blogger too, let me know how in the comments!)
  • Tip #4 - Subscription Options
    • make these easy to find and preferably near the top of your blog. The easier it is for people to receive your posts, the more they will read your posts. 
    • offer as many different options as you can. Don't know what RSS is? Add it anyway (although I'd suggest a simple Google search to solve that problem). Don't eliminate an avenue for people to find you simply because you find blog posts in one way and you assume everyone does it the same way
  • Tip #5 - Lure Your Audience to Your Other Platforms
    • make it easy! Include links to your presence on other forms of social media. Again, near the top of your blog is best. Don't make people work to find you.
    • don't worry about joining any and all social media. Not only will you be exhausted, but you'll spread yourself too thin and not do any of them well.
  • Tip #6 - Easy on the Eyes
    • avoid dark backgrounds with light fonts. These are very difficult for some eyes to read
    • keep your blog uncluttered. When an eye is drawn to too many areas, it tires out the reader and there's a sense of relief when the blog disappears - NOT what you want! Less clutter also makes the blog load more quickly.
  • Tip #7 - No Tunes Please
    • I'm a huge music lover, but please, please, please, don't have music playing automatically when someone opens your blog. First off, you might turn off some readers with your taste in music. Second, it makes your blog slower to load. Third, like many other bloggers, I often have music playing in the background as I'm blogging. Two competing songs at the same time does not equal double the fun. 
(Stepping down off my soap box now!)

I think the key is keeping things easy for your reader. Think of them rather than yourself as you're setting up your blog, and make them look forward to coming back.

How about you? Any of my pet peeves match yours? Any tips to add? 

Jemi Fraser is an aspiring author of contemporary romance. She blogs  and tweets while searching for those HEAs.



Photo Tips

  Posted by Jemi in Just Jemi, 30 March 2015 · 0 views

I need some!

Today I'm over at From the Write Angle talking about some blogging tips. Hope you'll pop on over and check it out.

One of the tips I mention is to use a photo of yourself as an avatar. There are so many good reasons for this - the most important being that people connect to people, not to symbols, or even pretty purple flowers.

Yet, I've never used a photo. I've had 2 avatars - both flowers. As a romance writer, I figure they've worked pretty well, but it's not as powerful of a visual statement as a face.

My problem: I write romance. I teach elementary school.

So, I can't/won't use a photo of myself.

I've considered a silhouette, an eye, hands,... but so far, nothing has really worked.

Any suggestions on what kind of photo I could use??? Do you use a photo? Do you find avatars as memorable/identifiable as photos?



Book Thoughts: City of a Thousand Dolls

  Posted by Mia K Rose in Mia K Rose | Forsaken Illusion, 29 March 2015 · 0 views

Have you had a chance to read this book? If so, how wou […]



Treasure One Another

  Posted by Joe Stephens in My Train of Thought, 28 March 2015 · 13 views

It seems like I've been writing a lot of entries lately about the sadness of losing people. This week I was stunned to hear of the passing of a good man who died too young. Mike Winters was only 58 years old. He leaves behind a grieving family, though one that will carry on in his absence because he bequeathed them a legacy of love, hard work, and strength of character.

I had the privilege of performing the wedding of his daughter, Cassie, a young lady I love very much. She was once my student, but now she is my friend. Cas was truly her daddy's girl. Her face lit up every time she spoke of him. I'm sure it still does, though, for now, that light is dimmed by devastating sadness.

This event reminds me once more of those things that should be self-evident every day of the year, but I tend to push to the back of my mind. Things that some people always remember, but, being totally honest, I forget way too easily.

First, I forget to be thankful for all the blessings in my life. It's not that I dwell on the negatives. Sometimes I do, but mostly, I am simply not conscious of anything either way. I just kind of drift through life without giving it nearly enough thought. Any of my students who read my blog will find this ironic because I'm constantly preaching at them to live intentionally, to make and keep memories, to think about all the good things they have in their lives. I guess I need to take my own lesson a little better.

And it's not just having a feeling of thankfulness that I need. I don't say thank you nearly enough. There are so many people who have done more for me than they can possibly know and I don't express my gratitude nearly enough. In fact, I take their role in my life for granted. This event has made me remember that no one's presence and help is guaranteed. People move, people pass away, people sometimes are just meant to be a part of our lives for a season. So we need to treasure every loved one for every second we have him or her. Beyond that, we must make sure they know we treasure them and are thankful, both for them and to them.

So rather than list all those folks here, my goal for this week is to let everyone in my life know just how much they mean to me and how thankful for everything they do for me just by loving me and being in my life.



Become an Agent Revision Guidelines!

  Posted by SC_Author in SC Write--Writing, Publishing, and Harry Potter, 28 March 2015 · 19 views

The final deadline to vote on the original entries for 'Become an Agent' is Sunday, 8pm EST.  I'll tally up the votes and post the winner on Monday on this very same blog post (so I don't clutter up my blog feed and squash the BanAgent posts!).



Email me your revisions by Monday 5 pm EST using the same format, except in the subject line of your email, write: "Revision: Post #___" (and fill the ___ in with whatever post number you are).

Everyone that participated in the contest have the opportunity to submit a revised version of their query and 250.

Those who posted revisions, I'll list below. (I'll try to do it as fast as possible: D)

Revised List of Entries

[Empty space that will soon not be empty!]

The quicker you send me your revisions, the quicker I'll have them up! The quicker I have them up, the more critiques you will get.

Same rules apply for voting etiquette, except now you can give as many as you want Yes's. And, more Importantly, say if the review was an improvement or not! Still give the 'Yes' and 'No' (sorry, it might feel a lot more brutal to get No's now after revisions, but honesty is the best, in my opinion).

Be sure to return the critique if your revision gets critiqued! Make sure to include your number in your post so the writer has criticized an easier time finding your post.


Now That the contest is (almost) over, it's the time for feedback for  me.  In the end, all I want to know is:  How was the contest? Any suggestions for the next time?  Be as honest as you need to be.



Love and Rumors Goodreads Giveaway

  Posted by Jean Oram in The Love Bug Blog, 27 March 2015 · 22 views

Who wants a signed paperback of Love and Rumors? Here’s your chance to win one!

From now until April 6th I’m hosting a giveaway on Goodreads where I’m giving away two signed paperbacks of Book 1 of the Summer Sisters, Love and Rumors. It is open internationally!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Love and Rumors by Jean Oram

Love and Rumors

by Jean Oram

Giveaway ends April 06, 2015.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win


Love and Rumors by Jean Oram

Love and Rumors: Book 1

Book ONE in the Summer Sisters series from New York Times and USA Today bestselling romance author Jean Oram!

One photographer who needs cash—fast. One movie star with an offer as tempting as his bad boy smile.

Hailey Summer needs more time. As the eldest Summer sister she’s always taken on the task of solving everyone’s problems—including finding ways to hold onto the family’s precious historic cottage. Only this time she’s stretched too far and is in danger of losing absolutely everything that matters to her from her dream photography business to her sisters’ trust to the cottage that’s been in the family for over a century. Will Hailey find the money she needs or will she have to confront a lot more than just the family members she’s kept in the dark?

When Finian Alexander closes his eyes he is haunted by his family’s destitute past and the unfulfilled promises he’s made to others. Only a fraction away from making the A-list food chain and fulfilling his promises, Finian needs help from the paparazzi to push his next ‘bad boy of Hollywood’ escapade into the limelight. Problem is he’s in the Canadian Muskokas and the only photographer he’d consider partnering with slaps him every time he deserves it—which is increasingly often as he becomes more desperate.

Will Hailey and Finian give in to the easy way out of their problems, or will discover how alike they truly are when they hit the tabloids—together?

This is the first book in the Summer Sisters beach read contemporary romance series.

The Summer Sisters Series:

Love and Rumors (Book 1)

Love and Dreams (Book 2)

Love and Trust (Book 3: NEW RELEASE!)

Love and Danger (Book 4: NOW AVAILABLE FOR PREORDER April 24, 2015)

**** Enter the giveaway here and don’t forget to add the series to your shelves! ****


Love and Rumors: A Summer Sisters Beach Reads Contemporary Romance (The Summer Sisters, #1)



Love and Dreams: A Summer Sisters Beach Reads Contemporary Romance (The Summer Sisters, #2)


Love and Trust: A Summer Sisters Beach Reads Contemporary Romance (The Summer Sisters, #3)



Love and Danger: A Summer Sisters Beach Reads Contemporary Romance (The Summer Sisters, #4)

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QUITE THE QUERY with Melissa Albert and JUST BREATHE

  Posted by Amy Trueblood in Amy Trueblood's Blog, 27 March 2015 · 23 views

      If you ask any writer about the process of connecting with their agent (or publisher), the majority will say the most difficult part was querying. Not only the actual process of sending out the letters/emails, but formulating the query itself. In fact, I’ve heard more than a few authors say writing their query […]



Fast Five Friday: Movie Crushes

  Posted by DebsBlueRoses in The Writer Ambitious, 27 March 2015 · 17 views

Alright, alright, alright (in my Matthew McConaughey voice), Happy Friday!! Welcome back to an installment of Fast Five Friday, brought to us by Dani and Jackie, the Cover Girls!

This week, we have shooting off our five favorite movie crushes! Let's see if I can stop at five. lol (After looking) Okay, FINDING five was actually hard. I was like, "What movies have I watched?"

Well, there's the Prince from Beauty & The Beast. lol Hey, even my mom was like, "Wow."

The sexy Michael Corvin from the Underworld series.

Capt. James T. Kirk time-warped world style from Star Trek. (Mainly because, well, Chris Pine.)

Louie from Interview with the Vampire. (Mainly because, I mean, BRAD!)

Jacob Palmer from Crazy, Stupid Love.

BONUS info: My cousin has a serious crush on Optimus Prime. hahahaha



Katy Perry puts on a show in sexy black dress

Posted by doriswinger in doriswinger's Blog, 27 March 2015 · 33 views
dress, fashion

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Katy Perry puts on a show in sexy black dress and lace-up boots at The Prismatic World Tour movie screening
The Katy Perry: The Prismatic World Tour is packed full of visual wonders from dramatic performances to irresistible pop tunes.
The 30-year-old star herself was a rocking good show as she arrived to the movie's screening in downtown Los Angeles on Thursday.
Katy looked sleek and sexy in a form-fitting black dress with satin lapels, but it was the tall black lace-up boots with the spike heels that attracted the most attention.
Her fancy footwear featured a solid back and a crisscrossing of laces in the front all the way up.
A stylishly tousled, swept back 'do topped off Katy's sultry ensemble, while her milky-white complexion got a boost from heavy liner and purple lipstick.
Katy took time out for her fans who clamored near the raspberry-coloured carpet, and indulged their wishes by taking selfies.
The Roar singer even met up with a couple of girls who looked just like her, one wearing pink cat ears and jumpsuit like the one she wears on stage and the other mimicking another look of hers.
One of the evening's highlights came when Katy showed off her furry tour mascot, Butters.
Katy happily cradled the pooch that resembles a teddy bear for all to see, positive proof that she really isn't just a cat person.
As a side note, Perry also has a friendly feline named Kitty Purry.
Katy's epic movie is set to premiere Saturday as part of EPIX free preview weekend, and EPIX subscribers will get to view the movie on air, online, on demand and via the EPIX app.
Katy Perry: The Prismatic World Tour will also be available as a Live Free Stream through the official EPIX and Katy Perry Facebook pages.
The high-caliber performance features Katy singing such hits as I Kissed A Girl and Dark Horse.
Ali Fedotowsky proved she's a fan of the California-born pop star when she showed up to the screening.
The former star of The Bachelorette looked bright in a clingy coral number - the very same dress that former 90210 star AnnaLynne McCord wore to a Beverly Hills luncheon on Wednesday.
Ali differentiated slightly by pairing the dress with black high heels and a slim gleaming belt around her waist.


Growth and Awareness

Posted by JordanTheNinja in JordanTheNinja's Blog, 26 March 2015 · 68 views
growth, writing, character

There comes a time in everyone’s life (I’m not exclusively talking about a writer’s life) where you really come to a sense of awareness. Awareness of who you are, what you love to do, the kind of person that you are. And, as I approach the ending of my teenage years, I feel as if I’m on the brink of this realization.

When I was younger (and I still do this) I looked up to people who showed ambition and who always brought other people up and encouraged and inspired them. This inspired me to be the same way whenever I got older and I got into my profession. Now, years later, I’ve developed into a writer. I’ve always loved writing, but when I say that, I mean it in the most personal, emotional sense. I never realized that the characters I wrote about all had different facets of my personality—or attributes I wish I had. Emotion is the key when I write, because, without realizing it, writing was a way for me to express my fears and my desires and everything that went on in my head. I never knew that until I looked back at my characters and saw that, as I grew, so did that. They weren’t the same people I wrote when I was 14, just like I’m not the same person I was then. And I think that’s what is really crucial in a writer’s life. Not to write for fame or money (not that I wouldn’t mind getting paid to write) but to do it for your soul. To show your growth as a human being. For me, this is what it means to write—to examine yourself in the process, and show others different parts of your soul.

I know now that I will never stop writing. Not because I want to get published (although I do) but because I have to. It’s the only real way—for me—to analyze my life and how I’ve grown and where I came from. I don’t know if other writer do that, but I’m pretty sure they do without knowing it.

Young or old, seasoned or a newbie, I truly wish every writer out there is able to tell their story, and I hope that every single one of you becomes successful. Even that—I hope everyone becomes successful in whichever career, job, ambition they are pursuing. I promise I will spend my life pursuing the things I desire (non-material) and won’t stop pushing for inspiration in others. I want to see us all win and grow and develop.

I wish you all the best.



  Posted by LucidDreamer in LucidDreamer's Blog, 24 March 2015 · 33 views

Hello Everyone! I’m so happy to introduce to you the Spring 2015 YA Scavenger Hunt Authors! We have eight outstanding teams this season. I am going to be a part of #TeamRed! The Scavenger Hunt runs from April 2nd through April 5th beginning and ending at noon Pacific time on those days. If you’ve never … Continue reading YA SCAVENGER HUNT!



Nike Free Trainers 3.0 V5 Noir et Bleu Royal Refnk0261

Posted by uytiuyoiuo in uytiuyoiuo's Blog, 23 March 2015 · 24 views

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3 marketing metaphors that actually make sense

Posted by keithmoorekm25 in 3 marketing metaphors that actually make sense, 23 March 2015 · 17 views
marketing marketing metaphor

There are a thousand different marketing metaphors out there (though you’ll pardon the technical writer in me that would point out these are actually similes because they use the word “like” to make the comparison). Each one is supposed to boil down the basics of marketing so they’re easy to understand and relate to concepts people easily understand. Each metaphor approaches marketing from a different perspective and has different lessons to teach depending on the point of view of the marketer who came up with it.

But why have such a narrow point of view? There is knowledge to be gained from every viewpoint. So here are some creative metaphors for marketing and the essential lessons they communicate.

Great marketing is like a good first date

Entrepreneur.com contributor Chris Kocek likened successful marketing to a good first date. He pointed out, “When you go on a first date with someone, do you tell them how wonderful you are and all the great things you can do, then ask them to marry you? Probably not.”

It’s easy to see what this has to do with marketing. Some marketers are disappointed when brilliant marketing schemes don’t have immediate ROI or blogs or social media sites with lots of followers don’t have a dramatic, measurable influence on revenue. The thing is, as Kocek said, “Entrepreneurs tend to forget . . . that the first shot isn’t there only shot.”

Marketing is like a slinky

Another interesting comparison comes from Moxie Marketing, which suggests marketers think of online marketing as a slinky. Contributor Tamara Macduff explained, “Think about it, the best way to use a slinky is to let it do its thing, naturally, slowly, and one step at a time. Online marketing works the same way.”

Macduff’s point is that introducing, improving, or increasing online marketing won’t necessarily make huge leaps in ROI all at once. And in fact, it won’t solve all your marketing problems. The trick, she said, is to work with someone who knows how slinkies (online marketing works) and don’t get frustrated if a little tangling happens along the way. Eventually, you’ll smooth everything out and start making headway.

Marketing is like a circus

This metaphor comprises several aspects of marketing, including how marketers need to maintain good balance, develop the courage to jump into the unknown, and make audience-pleasing their number one priority. Combining all these aspects isn’t easy. Katie Foley, a writer for marketing company Lotus823, said, “Sometimes making these things jive is challenging but when you get it right, the spotlight of success shines brightly on both you and the [company].”

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Source: entrepreneur.com/article/229437

Tags: marketing, marketing metaphor, great marketing, smart marketing, successful marketing, online marketing, ROI


The Beauty of Damaged Things

  Posted by Rick Pieters in Room to Wonder, 22 March 2015 · 7 views

How often we toss away broken, cracked treasures.

I inherited from my grandfather, brought home from his years as a missionary in Korea, a Korean celadon bowl. It had been cracked and chipped, but thought beautiful enough to have been mended. 

With gold.

I don't know its history. But in the veins of gold, I see the value someone placed on this lovely bowl with its clouds and cranes.

What a more beautiful world if we placed such value on damaged beautiful things. And people.

Ourselves, to start.

And everyone else. No one isn't cracked, chipped, injured, broken.

Instead of tossing, why not do what we can, if only with a smile, to mend them with gold. A smile, a hello, a nod of recognition, can be gold.

Let's don't toss away, pass by the damaged. We have gold to give.



Review and Interview Planned with John Byk of Writers Alive

  Posted by Deb Borys in Debra R. Borys, 20 March 2015 · 68 views

Originally posted on BOX OF RAIN: another STREET STORIES suspense novel:
John Byk of Writers Alive has been on my mailing list since he did a podcast interview of me for the release of Painted Black back in 2011. When…



#nestpitch 2015!

Posted by jadah in The Query Faerie, 12 March 2015 · 56 views

Hi everyone! I want to announce #nestpitch 2015! I’ll be slush reading in this agented Twitter contest, and I CAN’T WAIT to see some awesome entries that will blow me away. Submission is April 1st, and below is just a general overview. I’ll be posting updates as the sub time gets closer.

A full list of dates, rules and conditions will be posted on the 23rd / 24th of March. For now just remember March 23rd /24th and April 1st.

The submission consists of:
(i) 35-word pitch
(ii) Answer to this question: If your MC was an Easter Egg, what flavour would s/he be? (no more than 15 words please)
(iii) 1st 300-words of your manuscript*

*1st 300 = if you have a prologue, then your 1st 300 starts from your prologue. If you don’t think your prologue is strong enough then perhaps you need to rethink your prologue.
Finish at the end of a sentence. This is 300-word MAX, so your last word is 300-words. If your sentence finishes on 292-words, submit that. If your sentences run into 30 or more words, then rethink the length of your sentence(s). Broken sentences do no one favours.

This year we will not be accepting PB’s – I have something special planned for PB’s (and perhaps MG’s) for December 2015 assuming I can get all my ducks in a row.

Two things to add/note:

(1) A condition of entry is any MS #pitch submitted to previous #pitches, which resulted in being selected, in the twelve months prior to April 2015, is ineligible. The only sub-clause to this is #PitchSlam. Please let us know if you have the same MS in #PitchSlam & #Nestpitch, and again if you’ve been selected. I have spoken to the Host of PitchSlam & we’ve agreed to work closely on this one.

(2) This year there will be less final selection featured pitches. (Expecting final number to be around 40). With each Team concentrating on fewer submissions, we can be more hands-on with feedback and mentoring. By doing this, not only will the pitch + 300-words be stronger, but so will the entire MS. This year there will be rounds.

a. Round #1: Last year I gave everyone the benefit of the doubt when errors were made in following guidelines. That will not be the case this year, aside from formatting issues (which happen). To get past #1 the author’s must be able to follow guidelines.

b. Round #2: This year each Team will select an initial 5-8 submissions and then request more pages/material. Based on the additional pages/material, each Team will drill their selection down to between 4-5 to go to the next round

c. Round #3: On having picked their final 4-5, each Team will then critique the first 2,500-words and ‘get to know’ the author(s). This is a 3-fold process. Being selected does not necessarily mean being featured. Teams will want to know the author(s) are willing to accept feedback etc. The Teams will work with their author’s for 3 weeks, offering feedback, sharpening pitches, & suggesting improvements. After this, the author’s have a full week to re-read their MS in full & make any final changes; before the agent round.

Just a general overview. For more information and to stay updated about dates and agents involved please follow the #nestpitch blog.

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