Contests & Hops

Voice Winners!

Posted by on May 20, 2013 in Contests & Hops | 9 comments

Thank you all for participating in the blog hop and submitting your spiffiest words! This was, by far, one of the best contests I’ve run, not by the number of participants, but by the talent represented. I read so many great openings with strong voice! I, and my secret celebrity judge, had a heck of a time choosing the winners. As a matter of fact, because choosing was SO DANG HARD, I threw in an extra prize. From the winner’s circle… FIRST PLACE chooses from the pool of...

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It’s All in the Voice CONTEST

Posted by on May 13, 2013 in Contests & Hops | 30 comments

We’ve learned about the differences between author voice (HERE) and then character voice (HERE), now it’s time to check yours out! Have you been rejected by agents or editors, or even been told by your crit partners that your novel’s voice isn’t up to snuff? Now’s your chance to get loads of FREE feedback on your pages! WHAT:  A blog hop for feedback on your opening 250 words, and then a contest! Post your opening 250 words to your blogs, hop around and give...

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It’s All in the Voice (Part 2 of 2) + A Contest!

Posted by on May 10, 2013 in Contests & Hops, Writing Tips | 0 comments

In Part 1, we talked about author voice and how to peel away layers of our identity to get to the juicy stuff–the unique voice in all of us. Today we’ll tackle character voice. So how do we make our protagonist’s voice grab our readers by the throat?  We mold and shape their voice through their… Words What your characters say, the expressions they use, differentiates them from others. JUST LIKE IN REAL LIFE. I’m a thirty-something, middle class woman. How I speak is vastly...

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It’s All in the Voice (Part 1 of 2) + A Contest

Posted by on Apr 22, 2013 in Contests & Hops, Writing Tips | 3 comments

Ever heard an agent or editor say the voice in your novel didn’t grab them? What does that mean, and more importantly, how do you fix it? Pinpointing what makes a novel’s voice alluring can be a difficult aspect to nail down. Many novice writers have trouble understanding the separation of the character’s voice from their own. What is the difference? We’ll dissect both elements in a two part series. So let’s begin with you, the writer. AUTHOR’S VOICE is the style that...

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Pitch Madness & Voice Contest!

Posted by on Mar 13, 2013 in Contests & Hops | 2 comments

Brenda Drake is running another contest that you won’t want to miss– PITCH MADNESS! Create your best pitch for a chance to receive requests from agents. There’s only a one day submission window, so get your pitches together in a hurry and submit THIS FRIDAY! DEETS DATE March 15 from 6AM EST to 12PM EST. (All submissions sent before or after the window time slot will be deleted.) There will be no cut off number. Everyone who submits during the window will make it into the...

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Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate Winners!

Posted by on Feb 16, 2013 in Contests & Hops | 1 comment

Thank you to the Where’s the Love blog hop participants! I had a great time reading all of your tension-filled and lovey dovey scenes.   The winner of the chocolate prizes are: Donna Barker Vaughn Roycroft Janet Oakley   Send me a private message with your addresses and something delicious will appear in your mailboxes! Next Week: We’ll talk BAD BLOG BEHAVIOR and indulge in a chocolate-dipped FRENCHIE...

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