Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Just Go Here

I haven't been feeling too great lately so my Internet attendance has been sporadic.

Anyway, if you haven't yet, check out the awesome group blog I'm a part of: For The Love of Contemporary.

And you don't have to take just my word for how awesome it is. :) Jessie has written a fabulous list.

Here's hoping I'll be back in the land of Alive and Kicking soon.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Critique Groups

Here are the facts of my critique group.

--I've been in it for 2 1/2 years
--Without them, I never would have finished my first book (Meg's Melody)
--We meet once a month
--We alternate whose house we meet at
--Usually we all bring something to share (1-6 pages)
--We do it at lunchtime so we can eat and critique
--We have a wide range of writers: women's fiction, romance, literary, YA, nonfiction, and middle grade (plus some crossovers: LDS, scifi, historical, etc). I love having the diversity because all of our strengths lie in different areas.

Just this week we decided that we should email our pages to the group before we meet, so that we have time to read and think about them before we get together. I know I have a harder time thinking of critiques right off the top of my head, when everyone is looking at me, expecting me to say something, but if I have time to gather my thoughts, then I can actually give decent feedback.

I also have some online crit partners that I regularly send my work to for "right now" feedback: Jolene Perry (gets the most of my stuff), DeAnn Huff, and recently Kelley Vitollo. All three write YA and are extremely talented women.  I have other beta readers that I send my full book to when I am finished and they are amazing (but that will have to be a different post)

So how do you run your crit groups? Do you have any tips? Have they helped you?

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Giveaway: Prized by Caragh O'Brien


I'm hosting a contest as part of Enna Isilee's Birthday Bash 2011 Presented by Squeaky Books

From August 22nd until September 22nd Enna Isilee at Squeaky Books is having a HUGE bash to celebrate her birthday! There’s a giveaway nearly EVERY DAY, tons of author interviews, and guest posts from a bunch different YA book bloggers. And I get to host a contest!


I get to give away an ARC copy of Prized by Caragh O’Brien! Entering is simple, just fill out the form (with optional bonus entries). You have until September 21st at 11:59 MST to enter. All winners will be announced on Enna Isilee's birthday (September 22nd) on Enna Isilee's blog (Squeaky Books). And today, Ennalee interviewed Caragh at Squeaky Books. You should totally go check it out.

Want to know more about Prized? Click here!
Without further ado, enter to win! Click below.


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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Giveaways and Other Really Awesome Things

The new blog: For The Love of Contemporary is up and running!!

Come check it out, become a follower, and see all of the awesome books we're giving away. These are some of our favorite books, so it is a fabulous giveaway.

See you there :)