I have received some beautiful awards lately. But for the sake of brevity, I will just tell you the who and what, for now. So, big hugemungus thanks to Patricia Stoltey for the Prolific Blogger award, to Roxy Haynie for the Blogger Purrfection award, to Kimberly Franklin for the Stylish Blogger Award, to Kristi Chestnutt for the Creative Writer Blogger Award, to Julie Dao for the You are My Sunshine award, and finally to Annika of A Swede Abroad for the Happiness Award. I promise I will give your fabulous awards the attention they deserve in a future post. I appreciate every one of you.
I truly hope that everyone checks out the above blogs. They are all wonderful and funny and full of solid awesome.
Also, look at what I got in the mail today!!! EEEEEEEP!
A couple weeks ago, I won Kristi Chestnutt’s book release giveaway, which included her beautiful book, The Wolf Within, as well as a Barnes and Noble $25 giftcard, and a Starbucks $5 giftcard! Talk about serious luck, right? But check out what she did for me!
So not only was I lucky enough to win Kristi’s mega fab book, she also signed it for me—with a personalized message that mentioned my manuscript!! I <3 Kristi Chestnutt. That’s all there is to it.
Thank you, Kristi, for such a wonderful prize. I’m very much looking forward to reading your book. I hope that everyone will run out and buy The Wolf Within [like, from here]
Oh, one last thing: I’ve got some pimping to do….
*A Squirrel Amongst Lions is giving away a $20 Amazon gift card for her 100+ Followers Blog Party Giveaway. No end date specified that I could tell, so hurry up just in case.
*Suzette Saxton and Bethany Wiggins of Shooting Stars are giving away a partial submission and critique from agent Suzie Townsend of FinePrintLit as well as books and toffee in its Fantabulous Followers Giveaway. Awesome, yeah? This contest ends March 14, 2010. So go go go!!!
*In honor of her 700+ following, Elana Johnson is giving away seven fabulous signed books in her own Fantabulous Followers Giveaway. Talk about wicked awesome prizes, huh? Contest ends March 14, so up and at ‘em, soldier. Go win!
*And don’t forget to enter Sara McClung’s March Madness Giveaway. She’s giving away five seriously awesome book packages, so be sure to sign up, and if you’re lucky, you will WIN BIG. Ends March 22!
*Win a signed copy of Cleopatra’s Daughter and a Genuine roman coin from Confessions and Ramblings of Muse in the Fog. How cool is this contest? Why, very cool. This one ends March 29, 2010.
OMG! I almost forgot to tell you. I just graduated from a query workshop held by the fabulous CJ Redwine. And let me tell ya, this girl whipped my freakishly craptastic query into shape. So for those of you who are struggling with your queries--or even just wanting a professional opinion--you must check out her workshop. She also offers a course on synopses, about which I've heard nothing but amazing things. Don't feel bad if your query or synopsis sucks--it's not a sign of your writing ability. Seriously. The fact is, most writers are just too damn close to their work, and this makes it stupid difficult to work out what to highlight in your summaries. I'm almost afraid to admit that it took me six effing drafts to get this query right, but CJ held my hand through the entire process, refusing to give even a single wonky phrase a pass. It's a thing of beauty now, one I will be proud to send out to agents. So go sign up. t minimum, check out her blog. She does terrific things with a Spork of Doom and Manolo Blahniks. Actually, I'm pretty convinced she could hike Antarctica in a pair of five-inch stilettos with nothing but a case of gin and a boa. Yeah. She's that awesome.
Alright, folks. You may not see me for a while.
I’m sure I’ll be around, though, stalking like a cougar.
Yeah. I went there.
*Shrugs* …… He’s legal. ....... Isn't he?