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“Reading and writing are acts of empathy and faith. Guard that trust carefully — in this rapidly changing business, it’s the only sure thing.” ~Erin Keane
"Never give up. And most importantly, be true to yourself. Write from your heart, in your own voice, and about what you believe in." ~ Louise Brown

"Write something to suit yourself and many people will like it; write something to suit everybody and scarcely anyone will care for it."
~Jesse Stuart

"A writer's job is to take one thing and make it stand for twenty." ~ Virginia Woolf

Friday, May 28, 2010

Writer Blogger Support Rocks it!

I know I said I wouldn't post until the contest ended but I've never gone this long between posts and I'm going through withdrawal!! Plus I just have to say a big THANK YOU to all who have shown your support for the Pay it Forward contests  by tweeting, posting, commenting and/or following! I LOVE this writing/blogging community! And here's an award passed on to me from Christine Danek, at Christine's Journey for all the Journey Support. (What a sweetheart! And if you haven't read her Warrant post yet from today then get over there and read it. It's so clever!) I'm passing this award to all of you who support me and everyone else on our writing journeys.

It doesn't matter if we're published or unpublished, agented or seeking representation, selling our books or struggling to get the word out, with a finished project or just starting out on the journey of writer. It's a fabulous road to take and I only wish this blogging community had been around early on in my career. I know I would have made a lot more progress faster. As it is, so many years passed from when I started writing for publication until I published my first book, that now I feel pressured to make up for lost time. I'm obsessed to write more and more. (Massive guilt when not writing.) But that pressure doesn't stop me from blogging because here is where I feel all the support I need to keep going.

Welcome to all the new followers! I haven't had a chance to visit your blogs yet but I will. And if you leave a comment then I will find you faster and go follow your blogs too! Since we have a long weekend coming up, I doubt if I'll hit the 250 mark on followers. But if I do, then there will be TWO winners for the Pay it Forward Contest. Two opportunities to have your first three chapters and query letter reviewed. Two chances to have me buy your book and review it on my blog. Or to win the Borders gift card. So I'm keeping my fingers crossed! And you can still enter! Rules --or how to get lots of points so you can win--are here.

Either way, I'm so excited for next week when I get to pick a winner! (Or two winners!)

Have a great weekend! I'll see you back on June 1 with the lucky winner announcement!!

29 comments:

  1. have a great weekend, Karen! Yeah, and I feel that guilt too - WAY too often ... xx

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  2. Oh wow!! Another wonderful wonderful award! And so apt for here!

    Good luck everyone entering the contest - it sounds so exciting and is sure to be!!!

    Have a brilliant long and lovely weekend KarenG!

    p.s fingers crossed you'll surpass the 250 followers mark by 1 June!!!!!

    Take care
    x

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  3. Writing doesn't know holidays, but hope you have a great holiday (and great writing) and reach 250!

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  4. Have a great weekend, Karen! Hope it's a great one. Thanks for your amazing contests - I'm sure you'll be well up and over 250 soon!

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  5. Right, I just wrote the lamest comment event. You know what I was thinking? Have I entered that amazing contest?

    (And yes, I need to cut down on the word 'great'.)

    Have a great one - haha!

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  6. Oh dear Lord. I'm just going to stop commenting now. I meant 'ever'! EVER! For goodness sakes.

    (I won't comment again, I promise!)

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  7. I agree - this community is fabulous.

    Have a fantastic weekend!

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  8. I agree. I adore this writing community.

    Congrats on all your smart followers. You'll be at 250 before you know it.

    Have a wonderful weekend,
    Lola

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  9. Have a great weekend, Karen! And I added a couple close up shots of the iBookshelf so everyone can see their books better. Didn't count on the main photo being so tiny.

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  10. Talli, if you stopped commenting that would NOT be great!! We would all be so sad:(

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  11. Alex, I should have given that award to you because that was such an amazingly supportive thing you did. I'm going over there now to take another look!

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  12. Love this community. Love the Pay it Forward thing. B. Miller is awesome for thinking of it, and any copy catting is awesome, too.

    Have a great weekend!

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  13. Incredible idea with the Pay it Forward contest!! Wishing you the very best with it and I'm inspired by your infectious good cheer and desire to help others. Good job!

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  14. This is such an awesome contest--and you are right, there are so many talented, generous, and supportive writers out there.... It's incredible.

    Have a great weekend -- hope you make 250 soon!

    Cheers,

    Martina

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  15. Blogging is the single best thing that ever happened to my writing "career" er - aspirations?

    Anyway I hear you and feel the same. It is because of all the people out there in the community that things are going so well now. I love all the support - even if it is a huge drain on time.

    Thanks for sharing Karen!

    Today's guest blogger is THE Elana Johnson!

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  16. You deserve that award. You will make 250. Have a great weekend!

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  17. Have a great weekend Karen.
    I agree, the support is awesome. :)

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  18. YOU are an awesome blogger and supporter, so you deserve all the support you get in return!

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  19. Ha! Karen, you're worse than me at trying to stay offline ;)

    And that's a good thing :)

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  20. It is sooo hard to stay away isn't it?

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  21. Enjoy your long weekend - hope it's full of fun and relaxation :)

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  22. I hope you have a good weekend too.

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  23. Have a great weekend! And such a good idea for a contest too!

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  24. Just found your blog from, I think, Alex Cavanaugh's. Glad I did! New follower!

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  25. How do you keep up with 200+ blogs though? Do you sleep?

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  26. Donna, I took a speed reading class in college years ago. The best class I ever took! Plus I like avoiding responsibility :)

    Zoe, Welcome and thanks for following!

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  27. I unplugged this weekend in order to write and WOW, I cranked out almost 10,000 words! I might just have to unplug on the weekends more often.

    Congrats on all the new followers!

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  28. you're so almost to 250, lady!

    I am really anxious to get back to writing, I'll admit. It's been hard to be so unfocused the past few weeks.Ready to get back into my groove.

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  29. I know exactly what you mean about going through withdrawal when it's been too long between posts - I feel the exact same way! We really do have such an amazing community here, I feel so blessed to be a part of it.

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