Monday, March 30, 2009

Romancing A Cause Auction

Help friends from The Romance Divas support a struggling romance writer. She and her husband have lost their home, both lost their jobs, and we don't want them to lose hope. Be a Diva and have a ball with these awesome items. A new auction every day! From April 1st through April 7th you can bid on print books, ebooks, writing critiques, banner creation, jewelry, baskets of soap, and other goodies galore! All of the participating authors are part of the Romance Divas writing forum, and include Robin L. Rotham, Gemma Halliday, Jennifer Lewis, Kate Pearce, Jennifer Colgan, Nell Dixon, Sage Burnett, Delia DeLeest, KB Alan, Debbie Mumford, DaraEngland, Cassandra Curtis, Ciar Cullen, Stephanie Adkins, and many more! To learn more visit Ciar Cullen's Auction Page. Happy Bidding! Romancing The Cause Auction Ciar Cullen's Website/Blog The Romance Divas Forum

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Agent Contest - TKA's Book In a Nutshell Competition

*Snipped from The Knight Agency Blog Get noticed, get feedback, get an agent. Here’s a chance to have your project reviewed by one of the agents at The Knight Agency. Submit three compelling sentences (150 words max) about your completed, unpublished manuscript to (delete spaces). Write BOOK IN A NUTSHELL in the subject line or it will not be deemed elligible. One submission per project, please. Twenty of the best submissions will be chosen and requested by various agents who will then give feedback on your work...and it may even lead to possible representation. Hurry, the deadline is April 20, 2009. Winners will be notified by May 1, 2009. The Knight Agency

Sunday, March 22, 2009

RJ First and Favorite Writing Contest 2009

*Permission to forward RJ First and Favorite Writing Contest 2009 FAQ 1. It's free. 2. Open to all published and unpublished authors. Only published authors from Tor cannot enter. 3. Each week we post a group of entries to be voted on by readers in our Romance Junkies Readers Loop 4. The top 18 finalists will be posted on the Romance Junkies Blog for a final round of voting by readers. 5. The top three entries will be read by Tor Editor Heather Osborne who will pick a Grand Prize Winner. And that Grand Prize Winner will win a netbook laptop. Contest Schedule April 2– July 15-- Take in Entries Week of June 1st –September– Post entries in Readers Loop Every week a group of entries are posted on the Romance Junkies Readers Loop to be voted on by readers - October 1st – November 4th– Top 18 entries posted on RJ Blog for final round of voting by Readers. Top Three go to Editor Heather Osborne of Tor So how do you enter? You scroll down and read all the Rules and stuff we put in to cover our butts. Then you polish up your entry, check out the info on how to enter below and send it in. ;-) Easy as pie. Contest Rules and Regulations Contest is free and open to all published and unpublished authors. Only published authors from Tor cannot enter. All work must be original, unpublished work. No previously 'published' works will be considered and this includes, e-publishing, etc. You can enter more than once. Romance Junkies is a PG-13 site and since the entries are going to be online to be judged by the readers they need to be PG13. Please submit nothing your boss would look over your shoulder and fire you for reading at work. If you have any questions please contact Kimberly at Your manuscript can be really steamy and more than PG13, but the part you send into us has to be PG13 so we can post it on the Readers Loop/RJ Blog for voting ;-) We want your first Chapter and something in the middle. First chapter can include Prologue and First chapter combined. As long as the both add up to no more than 5,000 words. And then we want a little something from the middle. Send us your favorite scene from the middle up to 2,500 words. Entrant fully understands that the judging is subjective. Entrant will accept and abide by the decision of the judges. Entrant will hold Romance Junkies, its members, officers and the judges of this contest harmless and hereby release them from any liability, which may arise from this contest. By submitting the entry, entrant specifically waives any right they may have to bring suit against Romance Junkies, its members, officers, representatives or judges. Participants understand there is no implication of a publishing contract with TOR Publishing and the Participants agree that by entering contest they will hold TOR Publishing harmless from any liability resulting from the contest How to Enter Please combine the first chapter and your favorite scene in one document with each area clearly labeled. Please include your writing name and email we can use to contact you. Send all that into to (no spaces) with writing contest in subject line ;-) Clear as mud? Romance Junkies

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Miss Snark's Secret Agent Contest

*Below info snipped from Miss Snark's First Victim Blog Please note: THIS IS NOT A CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS. Anything emailed prior to the opening of the submission window will be deleted. Without further unwarranted tangents: 1. The call will be for the first 250 words of your COMPLETED, EDITED novel. 2. This month's genres are limited to the following: Suspense, mystery, thriller YA and MG mystery/thriller, adventure (no SF/F) 3. I will take the first 50 submissions. Period. The "24 hour window" is a thing of the past, as submissions generally fill up in less than 2 hours. Granted, this is a narrower genre pool. I'm not sure how many mystery and thriller writers will come out of the woodwork for this round, but I'm sure you're out there! Just make sure you submit something polished. 4. Format of submissions (same as ever): SCREEN NAME TITLE GENRE Excerpt 5. Submission email address: facelesswords(at) DO NOT SEND YOUR SUBMISSION TO MY AUTHORESSMAIL address. Email subscribers pay special attention to this, please. Your email subscription comes from the authoressmail account, which is not the submissions address. Full submission guidelines will be posted when submissions open on Monday. PLEASE NOTE: There will be a new time for the start of submissions! This is an experiment, as we're dealing with so many time zones. (Bear in mind that, while I'm sure you'd like to be awake when submissions open, it's imperative that I am awake, too, so I can, yanno, run the contest. In short, I can't accommodate everybody, much as I'd like to.) Submissions will open at 8:00 PM EDT on Monday, March 16. That's 1:00 AM Tuesday morning, London time. For the rest of you, go HERE to determine the start time in your time zone. I'm not sure if this will work for me, since it robs me of Monday afternoon for creating posts. But let's give it a whirl and see what happens. If I drop from exhaustion, you can revive me by sending all sorts of gourmet goodies wrapped in pink cellophane. Please drop your questions in the box!

Friday, March 6, 2009

Read An E-Book Week

Did you know that March 8th thru the 14th is Read an E-Book Week? Well, it is. :) This is the first I've heard about it. Here's a bit of background I snipped from the Read an E-Book Week site: History - Read an E-Book Week was first registered with Chase's Calendar of Events in 2004. Chase's is a day by day directory of special days, weeks and months used by event planners or anyone looking for a reason to celebrate. By having the week officially recognized, e-book authors and publishers acquired a certain extra "legitimacy" during that week to promote the new technology of e-books. The public and media were initially wary of e-books and many doors were closed to promotion. With the week officially recognized by Chase's, authors reported they now had access to television morning chat shows and were allowed to set up library displays during the week-long event. Purpose - Read an E-Book Week is a not-for-profit week set aside to inform the public about the pleasures and advantages of reading electronically. Authors, publishers, vendors, the media and readers world-wide are welcome to join in the effort. We encourage you to promote electronic reading with any event. These could include: public readings, library displays, reading challenges, school visits, newspaper and blog articles, chat show appearances, internet radio interviews, e-book give-ways, and banners on your website. The Read an E-Book Website is here to provide the latest information on e-books and to act as a collection point where you can list your event or give-away. The site has all you ever wanted to know about ebook readers, too. If you'd like to learn more about Read an E-Book Week and/or download a free support/promotional badge like the one I have above (there are badges for different genres). go to:

Read an E-Book Week - Western Badge

Read an E-Book Week Promotional Badge

Happy Reading!

Oh, by the way, here's a little something extra to help celebrate Read anE-Book Week: *Posted with permission* To celebrate Read an eBook Week, March 8th – 14th, BeWrite Books will be giving away a selection of eBooks to download for free. Please follow this link to download your free copies. Each day will have a different genre of books to chose from including Crime, Adventure, Fantasy etc. More details on Read an eBook Week can be found here: To download your copies visit BeWrite Books: BeWrite Books BeWrite Books Blog Happy Read an E-Book Week!