Category Archives: contests

Writing Sample at the Ready

The rules are clear. You must complete all information blocks. You’ve had no trouble so far…name, address, email. And then it appears. That empty white square. They are requesting a writing sample with a word limit or file size. You … Continue reading

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Knowing Your Category

Recently, I participated in Indiana’s Golden Opportunity, better known as the IGO, contest for writers. It was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had with a contest for romance. Here’s what they did spectacularly well. They confirmed receipt of … Continue reading

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The Power of Focus

We all multi-task. Our society virtually demands it. We can’t even drive to a nearby location without having gadgets and smart phones in the car with us. And that comes at a price. We miss a lot. It’s so easy … Continue reading

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What Makes a Character Memorable?

“The creations of a great writer are little more than the moods and passions of his own heart, given surnames and Christian names, and sent to walk the earth.” – William Butler Yeats A novel is only as strong as … Continue reading

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Are Contests Valuable to Writers?

Contests have been in the news lately.  A Texas woman sued Harlequin after they published a novel that she believed was stolen from her after she entered it in a contest. She lost.  Her novel wasn’t completed and only a … Continue reading

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Should You Narrow the Focus of Your Blog?

Should you narrow the focus of your blog? The experts – and let’s face it, there is an expert on everything these days – recommend a single theme for successful blogging.  Gardeners should stick to what is sprouting or blooming, … Continue reading

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