Sunday, October 20, 2013

The WHW Amazing Race: OPEN CALL for Submissions

Angela Ackerman & Becca Puglisi at Writers Helping Writers (formerly The Bookshelf Muse) have added two more books to their Descriptive Thesaurus Collection: The Positive Trait Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Character Attributes and The Negative Trait Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Character Flaws. To celebrate, they are hosting a race, and not just any old race, either. It's the...

Writing is hard, isn't it? Create the perfect hook. Make your first page compelling. Craft an amazing 25 word pitch. Knock out a query that will blow an agent's mind. On and on it goes. And sometimes, well, you just wish someone would help.


From October 21st until October 27th, Writers Helping Writers is posting an OPEN CALL for writers. You can fill out a form, requesting help with critiques, book visibility, social media sharing, blog diagnostics, advice and more.

An army of Amazing Racers are standing by (ME INCLUDED!) waiting to help with your submissions. How many people can we help in a week? Let's find out! Did I mention there are Celebrity Racers too--amazing authors and editors who know their way around a first page. Maybe one of them will pick your submission to help with!

Each day this week, there's an AMAZING giveaway, too. So stop in at Angela & Becca's new Writers Helping Writers website and find out how to take advantage of this unique, pay-it-forward event for writers. I'll see you there! 

Photo Credit: Tharrin Have a great day. Read a book and laugh!

Friday, October 18, 2013

Awesomeness Alerts

I've been busy. I mean really, really, busy. And sick. But of course, I can't stay away too long. I thought I'd pop in for some randomness and share some of the awesome things I've been hearing about around the blogosphere.  

1. For Banned Books Week, I purchased a book that had been banned for my ten-year-old daughter.  It was Scary Stories Treasury by Alvin Schwartz. We love it! I actually got all three of my kids (yes, the two teenaged ones, too) to sit and read with us with the lights off and a flash light in hand. It was beyond thrilling...and scary.They asked to do it again the next day. Then my daughter took it to school and read it at recess to some of her friends!

2. One of my favorite blogs, The Bookshelf Muse, has moved to a new location. You should definitely check out the new site which is now titled, Writers Helping Writers. And in conjunction with the big move, and the launching of two new books, The Positive Trait Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Character Attributes (October 21st) and  The Negative Trait Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Character Flaws (October 21st), they are giving back to the writing community in an awesome way. I'll write more on that in a few days. So stay tuned. 

3. There's a great contest about to take place at Miss Snark's First Victim's blog. It's called, The Baker's Dozen. This contest offers writers an opportunity to have their work critiqued by published authors, editors, and agents. And if that wasn't exciting enough, it's an auction where agents bid for pages on the stories they like the most. Some even request the full manuscript! Get all the awesome details HERE

What have you been up to? 

Have a great day. Read a book and laugh!

Thursday, October 3, 2013


I’ve been compiling some helpful writing sites and what not for a while. The information I learned from these sites have been invaluable. So, I thought I’d share!


THE BOOKSHELF MUSE – descriptive words, phrases to help strengthen your writing
THE OTHER SIDE OF THE STORY - tons of useful info
THE BLOOD RED PENCIL - editing tips galore
MISS SNARK’S FIRST VICTIM - writing contests with agents and editors, helpful info on writing
Agent Information

Nathan Bransford – former agent turned writer
Writer’s Market - small fee associated with this site
Websites for Socialization/Publishing and help with promotion

CBI Clubhouse - small fee associated with site - for Children's books authors
Writer’s Digest – has a community forum for critiquing – subscribe to their newsletter by email. They offer courses on how to write/the business of writing/and publication and just about anything else writer related.

Editing Posts from my personal blog

Do you have any helpful sites, tips, programs that could be of assistance to other writers? Please share!

Have a great day. Read a book and laugh!