Friday, 24 August 2012

Get an Agent and Win Books!

Well, probably not both at the same time, unless you happen to be unusually blessed by the deities of fortune. But as they say, you have to be in it to win it.

If you haven't heard of Deana Barnhart's Gearing Up to Get an Agent blogfest, go here for the details! Even if you're not looking for an agent, there are also chances to get signed by a small press, and it's a great opportunity to learn and network. I'm in awe of Deana for putting this massive event together.


Now, a couple of giveaways. First up, Donna L. Martin is celebrating the nine month anniversary of her blog with two extremely generous book packages: one geared towards writers, the other towards readers. I'd be happy to receive either! Please visit Donna at her website or blog, and you can check out the contest here.

Next, E. Arroyo has got some great news to share: she was recently signed by Sapphire Star Publishing for her debut novel, The Second Sign, and she wants to give something back to all those who have helped and supported her on her journey. So she's holding an awesome giveaway of some great writing craft books. Go here for all the details. Please note, this contest is open to US residents only.

And finally, I want to say that I'm humbled and amazed to have reached 300 followers! When I started this blog, I thought it was extremely unlikely that anyone would even see it. So, thanks for being here, reading my flash fiction and helping me muddle through this whole writing malarky! A special hello to those I met in the Hookers & Hangers and What If bloghops, I look forward to getting to know you better! I'll be doing something special to celebrate so stay tuned.

For now though, I'm afraid I need to disappear for a week or so... I know I've just been on a break, but I'm going to see if I can't get my MS gleaming for GUTGAA! I've received tons of stellar feedback from my CPs, and I now have a better handle on what my novel needs. I'll still reply to any comments and visit you back. And if you're in for the blogfest, I'll see you there. Have a great weekend!

45 comments:

Kyra Lennon said...

Congrats on all your followers! :D

Looking forward to GUTGAA, it's going to be great. Good luck with the MS polishing! :D

Rachna Chhabria said...

The blogfest sounds cool. Will check it out.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Enjoy your week off and congratulations on three hundred followers!

Shell Flower said...

Congrats on reaching 300 followers, wow! And that is awesome that you have received some great feedback so you can polish your novel to perfection. Good luck with the contest!

Julie Dao said...

Very cool, Nick! Thanks for sharing about that contest and good luck polishing up that novel! So glad you got great feedback.

Suze said...

Good luck on gettin' your shine on with the manuscript. I'm sure you'll do very well, Nick.

E.J. Wesley said...

Way to go Nick! Not surprised to see your blog #s going up, up, up... you do great things over here. Terrible, but great. (Sorry, random Harry Potter reference.) :)

Madeleine Maddocks said...

Enjoy your break Nick.
Blogfest sounds interesting, though I'm not anywhere near ready for an agent with my WIPs.

Madeleine Maddocks said...

Oh and congrats on the 301 followers ;O)

Angela Brown said...

Three cheers to everyone for all the good news and great happenings.

I intend to be part of the Gearing up to Get and Agent fun so look forward to seeing you around :-)

Donna L Martin said...

Awww, thanks Nick, for the shout-out about my contest! Can't wait for GUTGAA!

Donna L Martin
www.donnalmartin.com
www.donasdays.blogspot.com

prerna pickett said...

signed up GUTAA yesterday! Very excited

Jenny S. Morris said...

This is going to be a blast. Can't wait to meet everyone!

Nick Wilford said...

Kyra - Thanks! It looks like it. See you there!

Rachna - Glad to bring it to your attention. :)

Alex - Thanks! Not really a week off though - a week on, of editing every spare minute!

Shell - Thanks! I'm so glad I met my awesome CPs. Seriously couldn't do without them. :)

Julie - Thanks. Tough feedback in places, but I needed it!

Suze - Thanks! :)

E.J. - Thanks. Glad you explained the reference as I'm not a Potterite, sorry!

Madeleine - Thanks. Don't know if I'll be ready either, but if not, I'll just learn and have fun!

Angela - Cool! See you there. :)

Donna - No worries. Getting excited!

Prerna - It's going to be huge!

Jenny - I've not had any contact with agents for over a year, so it'll be interesting!

Elise Fallson said...

A break from blogging to concentrate on your ms is excellent. I'm seriously thinking of doing the same once the kids get back to school. Enjoy your time making your book shine! See you next week. (:

Christine Rains said...

Thanks for the heads up about the blogfest and giveaway. Congrats on reaching 300 followers! I'll be taking a week or so as a break too. Busy, busy! Have a good break. :)

L.G.Smith said...

Congrats on 300 followers!! And, yes, get that MS polished for the blogfest! Good luck. :)

Morgan said...

Oooo... good luck revising and such! Always an adventure ;)

And woohoo for 300! It's cuz you have a fab blog, you're friendly, and just as talented. Blogosphere loves you!

Carol Kilgore said...

Sometimes breaks are needed when we don't plan them. Everyone will be here when you return.

Lisa Regan said...

Thanks for the links and congrats on 300 followers! How awesome!

Cynthia said...

Congratulations on getting to 300 followers! That's quite an accomplishment.

Scribbles From Jenn said...

Super catchy blog title! Congrats on 300 followers :D

Talli Roland said...

Sounds like a really helpful blogfest! And congrats on reaching 300 followers. :)

Medeia Sharif said...

Great news all around. Congrats on the followers. :)

Lara Schiffbauer said...

Congrats on 300 followers!

C.B. Wentworth said...

Congrats on all those followers! :-)

Hmmm . . . I may have to check out Gearing up to get an Agent. :-) Thanks for sharing!

Russo said...

Whoa, 300 followers is a big achievement. I can see why people keep returning to your blog-it's fun to read! Russo @www.threegnomes.blogspot.com

Susan Oloier said...

I have not heard about any of these, so thanks for the information about the blogfest and giveaways. Good luck polishing your ms.

Ciara said...

Enjoy your week off. Get that MS polished up. The blog hop sounds great. I'll check it out.

J.L. Campbell said...

Congrats on the numbers and I hope your edits go well.

Congrat's to E. Arroyo. Lots of stuff going on this month.

Hope Roberson said...

Congrats on 300 followers! Woo hoo! See you at GUTGAA ;)

Cherie Reich said...

Congrats on the 300 (now 302) followers!! :)

Nari said...

Well done on the followers :) Hope everything goes well brushing up your novel - at least you now know what you need to do :)

See you again soon
Nari X

Shannon Lawrence said...

I'm seriously considering joining the GUTGAA, but it depends on whether I get sufficient time to make my MS shine, too. Good luck!

Lynda R Young said...

congrats on your 300+ followers. And good luck polishing your manuscript.

Mama J said...

Congratulations on all your blog followers. I don't have nearly as many as you but I didn't think anyone would ever read my blog when I started either.

michelle said...

Congrats on 300 followers. Good luck with the MS polishing...

Movies on my Mind said...

Wow, 300 followers. How does one achieve such a feat?

Nick Wilford said...

Elise - Thanks! Makes a difference to have time to yourself in the house, eh? :)

Christine - Thanks. Enjoy your break too!

L.G. - Thanks! I'm doing my best...

Morgan - Aww, thanks! *blush*

Carol - Yep, I'll be round to everyone again soon!

Lisa, Cynthia, Jenn, Talli, Medeia, Lara - Thanks! :)

C.B. - Thanks. It's worth a look!

Russo - Thanks, that's very kind! I'll check yours out!

Susan - Thanks. Happy to help!

Ciara - Thanks. No problem. :)

Joy - Thanks. Well, I've edited a LOT - so much I didn't need! Yes, there always seems to be good news somewhere in the blogosphere. :)

Hope - Thanks! See you there. :)

Cherie - Thanks!

Nari - Thanks! Well, I think I do, haha.

Shannon - Thanks. Maybe I won't get there but it's certainly motivation to get the edits done.

Lynda - Thanks. :)

Mama J - Thanks. It's weird how intimidating it feels when you're new!

Michelle - Thanks!

Movies on my Mind - Blogfests help... you get to meet a whole lot of similarly minded people at the same time!

Rose Munevar said...

Congratulations on hitting the 300 mark! Looks like some good links but I'm not ready to look for an agent yet. I got some great feedback back on my WIP too but it won't be done in a week, that's for sure!

E. Arroyo said...

Thanks for the shout-out! And congrats on 300 followers. =)

Mina Burrows said...

This is awesome. I'm gonna check out the blogfest now. Congrats on all that feedback.

M Pax said...

Best on getting your MS polished. Lots going on in September in the blogosphere.

Julia King said...

Congrats on 300 followers. I'm glad you got great feedback from your CP's. Good luck on edits and I'll see you back here in two weeks.
PS: I love that you used the word "malarky". Brilliant word, Nick.

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