Fall Happenings!

Happy October! The leaves are changing and it’s boot and cardigan weather. What, you don’t label seasons by fashion options? I’m a fall girl forever. My favorite season by far. 

Time to check in on my personal reading challenge.

The point of this challenge was to read books from my own shelves. Let’s just […]


YA-RWA Contest: The Rosemary, coming in March!

Exciting news! The YA chapter of Romance Writers is launching a YA contest, and it is NOT specific to romance!

The YARWA Chapter is proud to announce the Rosemary Contest, the only RWA contest specifically for YA writers in all genres.  Final round judges will be two editors and an agent in each […]


Miss Snark’s Baker’s Dozen 2013 Agent Auction

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Attention writers! It’s that time of year again for the Miss Snark blog’s mega contest! The prize is page requests from literary agents, up to full manuscript requests!

This is the contest that led me to working with my agent. It yields results!

Click here for all the details.

The […]


Romance Writers announce 2013 RITA and Golden Heart Finalists

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I’ve emerged from my writing cave, having finished (this round) of edits, and now I can turn some attention back to the blog!

Today Romance Writers of America announced their annual contest nominees for the Rita award for published romance, and the Golden Heart for unpublished manuscripts.

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Road Trip Wednesday: Best Book Read in September

Can you believe September is almost over? I can’t. Maybe it’s just me. Most of my month blogging-wise was taken over by three high-profile agent pitch contests: Cupid’s Literary Connection’s CAGI, Deanna Barnhart’s Gearing Up to Get an Agent (GUTGAA) and Brenda Drake’s Pitch Madness. While GUTGAA is still onging, the other contests earned me […]


Upcoming Opportunities for Writers

Happy Friday!

I’ve gathered some great writing opportunities coming up in the next few months that will help with writing craft and preparation for pursuing publication:

Can’t make it to one of the big summer conferences? Write On Con is an online writing conference held August 14-15 focused on children’s lit: Young Adult, Middle Grade, picture books, chapter books. […]


Writers: How Do You Know When You’re Ready?

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For over a year — almost two — I’ve watched as agent-judged query contests, pitch opportunities and 250-word critiques pass by since I hadn’t completed a manuscript.

The day has come!

I finally have “finished” my Work-in-Progress, but when is a work truly finished? I’ve revised entire sections, I’ve […]


RWA Conference and Contest

Well, I did it. I submitted the first 25 pages of my novel to a contest – the Chicago North chapter of Romance Writer’s of America’s Fire and Ice contest.


The contest gave me a deadline to work toward. I sent my draft to a couple of writers who provided very helpful feedback. Then […]


Writing Communities

The past few months have been an eye-opening experience, discovering how many resources are available for someone like me, who is as green as can be when it comes to writing and publishing. I suppose it all goes back to National Novel Writing Month and their incredibly helpful community, but onward I’ve plunged into finding what […]


Blogging Pays Off!

I won three books from two different blog contests this week. Good times!

The first book is YA fiction title Goth Girl Rising by Barry Lyga. It looks like a sequel so I’ll need to see whether reading the first will be beneficial. I usually prefer to do this. I won the book by commenting […]