Saturday, November 15, 2008

Miss Snark's Monthly Secret Agent Contests?

Wow, you learn something new every day. :) Did you guys know about this? I didn't, until today. If you didn't know about Miss Snarks SECRET AGENT CONTESTS either, here's the scoop (I pinched the info from the blog). What are SECRET AGENT contests? By far the most popular event on Miss Snark's First Victim, the Secret Agent: Are You Hooked? contests run monthly (more or less) and include a literary agent on the "critique panel" whose identity remains secret until the close of the contest. Here's how it works: There will be a call for submissions. When the call comes, follow the guidelines carefully and submit your excerpt before the deadline. All submissions will then be posted (anonymously) on the blog, and all readers are invited to leave critiques/feedback. Everyone who has entered the contest is expected to crit a minimum of five entries -- it's the mutual backscratch thing. Our Secret Agent will join the panel of critters (that is, you) and will leave feedback for every entry. When the contest has ended, the Secret Agent will choose a winner or winners. That's it in a nutshell! All excerpts submitted to a Secret Agent: Are You Hooked? contest must be the first 250 pages of your COMPLETED manuscript. Winners of previous contests may not submit the same manuscript in future contests. Previous "Secret Agents" can be found in the labels section of the sidebar under "Unveiling." Questions about the Secret Agent contests can be emailed to Authoress at facelesswords(at) *I suggest signing up for Miss Snark's daily post's by email. There's lot's of great info on the blog, too. Links are below. Miss Snark What Are Secret Agent Contests?

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Can't Loose Novel and Memoir Contest

Inspiration for Writers
Want to bring your writing up to the next level? Enter our Can't Lose Novel and Memoir Contest. Not only will you have the chance to win a prize package that will polish your prose and strengthen your writing skills, every entry receives a detailed critique of the submission package, a comprehensive edit of the first 500 words, and an electronic copy of the Inspiration for Writers Tips and Techniques Workbook. Now is the time to invest in your writing--and yourself. Entry fee: $40 ALL ENTRIES receive a complimentary edit of the first 500 words, a detailed critique of the submission package, and an electronic copy of the Inspiration for Writers Tips and Techniques Workbook.
  • First prize: Gift package worth over $500, including a professional edit and critique of up to 15,000 words (value $450) of a single document; books on the craft of writing, including a bound copy of the Inspiration for Writers Tips and Techniques Workbook complete with reproducible worksheets ($25.00), The Little Brown Compact Handbook by Jane E. Aaron (fifth edition, $62.40), Marc McCutcheon's The Writer's Digest Sourcebook for Building Believable Characters ($14.99), The Writer's Digest Writing Clinic ($21.99); a magnetic copy of The Writer's Prayer ($3.00); set of ten Writer's Prayer note cards ($15.00); and 2 Inspiration for Writers pens ($2.00).
  • Second prize: A certificate for 20% off any one service.
  • Third prize: A certificate for 20% off any one service.
Entry Deadline: January 15, 2009 Inspiration for Writers will announce the winners on or before March 31, 2009. Submit a one-page synopsis and first three chapters. For additional information, rules and guidelines, please visit Good Luck!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

2 Day Love Scene Workshop

*Permission to Forward* Kathryne Kennedy will be joining the Cata-Network Writer loop for 2 days this week to give a talk and answer questions about love scenes. As Kathryne says, let your characters write your sex scenes for you. She'll start with some ideas about how the uniqueness of your book and characters means that your sex scenes can be just as unique. She'll give some examples from her own books. Then she'll ask for writers to tell her about their characters, and then we can discuss the ways that their characters will approach the physical part of their romance. How to incorporate their surroundings into the sensuality of their encounter. How the goals, motivation, and character's secrets will factor into their love scenes. We want this to be an interactive talk, and it will be more helpful for you to use your own characters. So bring a character sheet and an out line of your book so that you can follow along, make notes, and chime in. Be sure to visit Kathryne's website: and stop by the bookstore for copies of her latest releases: DOUBLE ENCHANTMENT and ENCHANTING THE LADY Click here to join the Cata-Network Writers Yahoogroup Cata-Network Writers Yahoogroup Description This is a discussion loop for romance writers. Single titles, ebook, category romance writers, short stories, screenplay writers. Everyone is welcome. We're here as a support group and our focus is on learning the craft of writing. Visit our website and request a link to your blog or website. Submit an article or a link to a great writing resource. We look forward to meeting you! Happy Writing! Visit us online: