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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

Monday, August 30, 2010

It's Final-- Top Three Announced

Now we come to the wrap up of summer and of my fabulous (well, I thought so anyway!) Lettuce Be Writers Contest Countdown. This last one was the biggest and the best. Time to announce the winners, in alphabetical order since there's not a first, second & third-- they all get the top prize, which is to submit a full ms. to WiDo Publishing's acquisitions editor for a review and possible offer of publication.

The winners are:

 DARK FOREST by Jennie Bailey


THE SHOLES KEY by Clarissa Draper

Congratulations to Jennie, Jennifer and Clarissa!! Woo hoo!!

Allie will email you with instructions on how to format and where to send your manuscripts. Here are a few comments she had about each of these:

DARK FOREST-- "intriguing, well-crafted, clever, with fairies, and a hint of romance"

THE KENNEDY RENAISSANCE-- "I like the voice switches of the brother and sister, works very well, sounds just like high school without the cliches. Interesting plot development, this is a fun story."

THE SHOLES KEY-- "WOW. Polished, exciting, fast-paced, I didn't want this one to end."

A huge thank you to everyone who submitted. Each will get a personal email with review of their chapters.

Concerning the wrap up to this Summer Countdown, I'll post more later. I have a Big Party Planned so stay tuned!


  1. Holy crap! Sorry - shouldn't swear - but I'm so shocked! What an honor. I feel jingly all over.

    Congrats to the other two winners as well!


  2. Congratulations to all the winners. Best of luck. Great giveaway.

    Thoughts in Progress

  3. YAY!! What a great thing to come back into town to! Congrats also to Clarissa and Jennifer!

    Thanks for doing this, Karen!

  4. Oh wow!! CONGRATULATIONS!! Jennie Bailey, Clarissa Draper and Jennifer Soehnlin!! Brilliant! Yay!!!

    What a great competition!!

    All the best!
    Take care

  5. Congratulations to the winners!
    Thanks also to you Karen for the series.

  6. Congrats to the winners!!

    Hey Karen I notice you have written memoir. Now what are you thoughts on deciding weather to lean more towards memoir or historical fiction with a manuscript? How do you decide which one will work better? What helps you decide?

  7. Way to go, Clarissa! I knew she was an expert writer.

  8. Congratulations to the winners.

    Clarissa, I'm glad to see you on an upswing!

  9. Angela, to answer your question I'd say it would be what is the passion and focus in writing. And what voice works best. You can always jump in and write as a memoir, then change it later to fiction, which is what I did with Uncut Diamonds. It went from 1st person to 3rd person with a lot of made up stuff thrown in to strengthen the story.

    Clarissa, Jenny and Jennifer, I'm so excited for you, and really looking forward to reviewing your full manuscripts with Allie.

  10. Great contest! Congrats to three great writers!

  11. Huge CONGRATULATIONS! to all the winners.

  12. I'm throwing my hearty congratulations into the winner into the mix, too!

  13. Congratulations to all the lucky winners. And well done Karen on an excellent contest.
    A big bualadh bos!

  14. Congratulations to the winners. And Karen, you just did a wonderful thing. Not the first.

  15. Awesome! Good job, winners. I love the comments about each piece. Makes me want to read them, too. :)


  16. congratulations to all! Especially to Clarissa...

  17. Wow, what an honor! Congrats to the other winners!

    Thanks Karen and Allie for such an incredible contest. :)

  18. A big congrats to the top three—very exciting!

  19. And I get to read the fulls! Tee hee.

  20. Huge congrats, winners!!! Great contest, Karen ((hugs))

  21. Congratulations to the winners!!!!!!!!!!

  22. Congrats to the winners! I saw by your pic that you'd written Farm Girl. So that's how you know about feeling what was. Can I order Farm Girl from Amazon?

  23. Kittie, Yes Farm Girl's available from Amazon. Can you order it? Please do!

  24. I realised that I haven't posted here for a very long time, so decided to drop by to let you know that I am alive and well, and thinking of you.
    And I just love your new profile pic- she's much prettier than the warrior princess who was pretending to be you.

  25. Woo hoo!! congrats to the winning writers!!

  26. Hi Karen!

    Here's how I got the Goodreads link up:

    first,go to this website:
    and get your html code.

    second, come back into blogger, click 'design', 'add a widget', and choose to add an 'html code.'

    I hope that works for you!

  27. Rayna, So glad you stopped by and thanks for the compliment :) Xena served her purpose, it was time to retire her.

    Tamara, thanks for taking the time to come over and answer my question. Now if I can figure it out I'll set it up for my new release as well. Such a cool widget!!

  28. Gratz to the winners. Looking forward to my review - still makes me feel like a won something :) yay :D