Tuesday, May 11

Contest Update: Stuff for freeeeeee!

Yes, I’m signing on for most of these contests, so I don’t know why in the world I’d try to drum up more competition for myself, but I can be crazy like that sometimes.  I like to share the goods, I suppose…

First off, go nuts with this Story by Comment contest posted by Krista V.  You just need to continue the story from the previous comment in 100 words or less.  She has lots of great prizes to choose from.  Contest ends May 17.

You can win DECEPTION by Lee Nichols from Suzie Townsend.  Swing by her blog and click to follow.  Contest ends May 30.  Suzie is an agent with Fineprint Literary Agency and posts valuable writerly info.  You must take a look at the query stats she posted on Saturday.

Briana posted a contest here with a huge prize pack of four books by HarperTeen:
  • Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
  • The Heart is Not a Size by Beth Kephart
  • The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong
  • Voices of Dragons by Carrie Vaughn
Swing by her blog and follow to enter.  Her deadline is May 16.

Miss Snark has posted info for the May Secret Agent contest. This time, she’s opening two 25-entry submission windows to accommodate those in distant time zones.  Submissions will be accepted on Monday, May 17.  Check the post for times and rules.  The mystery agent wants full ms in children’s lit: Chapter, MG, YA.  Good luck to all of you and may you have fast fingers to get your ms in.

Candyland is celebrating her 100 Follower mark with TWO giveaways.  Win a query or first chapter critique.  Candace, you're going to have the most fun with me (well, your pic will)!  Deadline is May 20, noon ESD.

The Alliterative Allomorph is hosting an Internal Conflict Blogfest tomorrow.  Click here to sign up.  Post your blog up to 1000 words tomorrow(12 May).  I can’t wait to see the conflict flying around the web!

CHOCOLATE!  Okay, got your attention.  Yes, you can win chocolate, a copy of WD’s Children’s Writer’s and Illustrator’s Market (enough ‘s in there?), or a copy of Fame, Glory, and Other Things on My To Do List by Janette Rallison over at Janet Sumner Johnson’s fresh new blog.  Hurry for this one!  It ends midnight EDT, Wed, May 12.

Speaking of Janet and her new blog, I came across her post about her decision to split.  This was rather timely because I just started blogging, and I quickly noticed some frustrating limitations with my current blog service.  Now that I’ve checked out Blogger, I’m sold on moving my blog.  My current service doesn’t allow me to change my CSS without paying for an upgrade.  Me (single-wage earner) + five children + husband going to college = no upgrade.

However, I just about flipped somersaults when I learned Blogger lets you put in your own code without charging you.  Plus I can now use Google Friend Connect, which Wordpress won’t allow (guess it makes sense; they are competitors).  Well, WP, it was nice while it lasted, but you’ve lost me.  My Blogger site is currently under construction, but I’ll post when I’m ready to move.  Hopefully, this will make it easier for all you peeps in the blogosphere to find and follow me.

Google is awesome.  Interesting post here by Eric at Pimp My Novel on Google Editions, Google’s answer to Amazon and Apple.  What do you think about having over 4 million ebooks at your fingertips?

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