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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 2, 2010

Lettuce WRITE (and get your chapters reviewed by a submissions editor)

Contest time again! Here's where we are so far with the Let-tuce Be Writers Summer Contest Countdown:

 LETTUCE     WRITE  Submit sample chapters for editor feedback!

 LETTUCE     READ    Congratulations to Jessica Bell for winning Like Bees to Honey.

 LETTUCE     BLOG

 LETTUCE     QUERY   Congratulations to winner Candace Ganger for the best query out of 30 entries.

 LETTUCE 
    SHARE   Jemi won Farm Girl & Leah won Uncut Diamonds

 LETTUCE     TWITTER

 LETTUCE     BUY BOOKS  Congratulations to winner Susan Kaye Quinn: Life, Liberty and Pursuit

 LETTUCE     REVIEW BOOKS

 LETTUCE     HOLD & ENTER CONTESTS  Name the Contest Winner: A.L. Sonrichsen from The Green Bathtub


Now for LETTUCE WRITE! Because writers need to write, right? Otherwise what's the point? I was reminded of that again this morning by Rebecca's post on Diary of a Virgin Novelist. I'm reminded of it every time I procrastinate by spending time doing anything but writing. You all know what I'm talking about don't you? Writing is so easy to put off and so satisfying when we actually buckle down and make it happen. So the #1 ingredient in the writer salad must be LETTUCE WRITE!

THE CONTEST:

Submit the first three chapters from your manuscript. My trusty editing buddy, Allie Maldonado, submissions editor for WiDo Publishing, with my assistance, will review them and pick the top three as winners. She will reply to each entry, whether it wins or not, with a brief review and suggestions for ways to improve.

The prize will be the opportunity to submit a full for Allie's consideration and feedback. She is looking for new manuscripts and promising new authors to publish, so this contest will help her as well as help get you motivated to WRITE.

THE RULES:

1. Must be a follower of this blog.

2. Email your chapters to submissions@widopublishing.com. as a pdf. or Word document attachment. Put Lettuce Write Contest in your subject line.

3. Spread the word by twitter, fb, blogging or whatever social media you use and let me know in the comment what you did because after all, this contest is all about writers supporting writers. If you don't do this part of it, you will be disqualified to win.

Easy! Done and Done! So get those chapters polished up and submitted to Allie. Deadline for submission is Saturday, August 21, with prize winners (three winners!) being announced sometime in the first week of September.

Good luck Everyone and GET WRITING!!

62 comments:

  1. Wow, Karen. Another amazing contest. How long do we have to submit?

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  2. This is a GREAT contest! I tweeted it for you. http://twitter.com/YourJenJackson/status/20157246369

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  3. This contest series is such a great idea!~

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  4. What a great contest. I'll submit three chapters.

    CD

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  5. OH, and I tweeted and facebook'd it.

    CD

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  6. Wow!! You and Allie are so fab!! GOOD LUCK everyone entering - it's an amazing opportunity! Let us Write indeed!!!

    take care
    x

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  7. Karen, these are so much fun! It seems that I'm returning from vacation at just the 'write' time and can jump right in to participate! I've got it up on my blog for more entries!

    Happy writing, everyone!

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  8. This is great! I am excited for this opportunity. I have tweeted, facebooked, myspaces, emailed, etc.
    Now, time to polish my work.

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  9. Great contest! Of course, my personal stumbling block is actually getting three polished chapters ... :)

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  10. Karen, you are awesome! While I don't qualify to participate (yet) I am spreading the word for you on twitter.

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  11. Wow! This is an amazing opportunity! I'll put this on Facebook and on my sidebar. Thanks!

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  12. What a great contest. Unfortunately I'm not ready to submit yet. Still working on the first draft. But good luck to all the entries.
    W.I.P. It: A Writer's Journey

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  13. Wow, amazing contest.
    Thanks for leaving the great, very wise comment on my blog!

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  14. Awesome-possum!! What a wonderful opportunity - thanks, Karen. You'll definitely be seeing the first three chapters of my chapter book. :-)

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  15. Finally got the comments to work! What an amazing opportunity! Thanks! Chapters submitted, Contest in my sidebar, and FB plugged = DONE!

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  16. I have it posted to Facebook and on my sidebar now. :-)

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  17. Oh, Karen, that is so sweet of you and Allie! Thank you! I'll repost on FB and my sidebar.

    Have a great week, my friend!

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  18. This is exactly what I need. I have twittered, FB'd and blogged, and now I shall send my three chapters. Thank you, Karen!

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  19. What a wonderful opportunity! Wish I had something ready to submit. Will post it on my blog sidebar and mention it on FB though. Spreading the love.
    Inkpots n' Quills

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  20. Cool. Another contest. I'm polishing up a few chapters as we speak.

    Stephen Tremp

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  21. I'm just getting started on Twitter, but I twittered!

    http://twitter.com/StephMThornton

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  22. Hopefully I can get my manuscript finished and fully edited by the 21st. Even if I don't though, I've tweeted, facebooked and stuck a link to this contest on my blog. Thanks again for this awesome contest! :)

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  23. Thanks for the opportunity...Sent a link from my FB

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  24. Nice one! That should give us new writers a kick up the ass. I've tweeted and blogged it. Just editing and rewriting my 3 chapters now. Haven't got a full manuscript so I know I may not win on that but I would just love to hear her feedback.

    Please double confirm that you are right when you say she will give review and feedback to those who don't win?

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  25. I've entered *fingers crossed* looking forward to any feedback I can get.

    Thanks for this fab opportunity.

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  26. Thanks for this. I've tweeted and put it on my FB page!

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  27. Becky, yes she will give review and feedback to all the entries. The winners will get review and feedback on their fulls, with a possible offer of publication if she's in love with it.

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  28. Really great contest. I just hope my manuscript is ready, I have to get to work polishing it!

    I tweeted and will continue to tweet...but here's the link.

    http://twitter.com/iamalivephotos/status/20557530645

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  29. I'm a new follower, and though I can't submit anything at this time (I only have short stories) I did share this on my facebook. Good luck everyone who enters!

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  30. Just tweeted the contest @Stauna. Also up on my facebook wall and will be blogging about it in the next few minutes at artn'writin'.blogspot.com . Thanks for the contest. All polished and ready to go. :o)

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  31. I blogged about the contest today, Karen. Here's the link:

    http://motherwrite.blogspot.com/2010/08/contests.html

    Thanks!

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  32. Awesome contest, thanks so much!

    I tweeted and blogged about the contest. You shall see my first three chapters in a few days. :)

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  33. Thanks for the contest. I blogged about it on my website and will mention this on FB.

    First three chapters on the way!

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  34. I have facebooked and twittered! Thanks for the great contest!! Penelope Wright

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  35. I posted information on the contest on my blog (www.sarahcookraymond.blogspot.com), added it to Facebook, and Tweeted it (@SCookRay). What a great contest! Thanks so much. -Sarah Cook-Raymond

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  36. I tweeted about this! It's here: (http://twitter.com/thejaimie/statuses/21339065477)

    Thanks for the great contest!

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  37. Please delete this if it's a duplicate! I just want to make sure my comment gets through. I Tweeted about this contest here (http://twitter.com/thejaimie/statuses/21339065477) and I'm emailing you my chapters.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

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  38. Jaimie, Sorry I didn't delete, I just push publish for anything that doesn't look like spam after 10 days

    Hey thank you everyone for your support and good luck with your submissions!

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  39. Woohoo this is an awesome contest and you are an awesome blog hostess, Ms. KarenG! I've been really missing out until now!

    I did a blog post about the contest and linked that to my Facebook page.

    Good luck everyone! And thank you KarenG and Allie!

    http://greyplaces.blogspot.com/2010/08/lettuce-write-contest.html

    http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001362631087

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  40. Thank you for this opportunity! I've emailed my chapters and am going to tweet about it now!

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  41. Really cool contest!
    I spread the word on Twitter: http://twitter.com/JaredELarson

    And blog: www.jaredelarson.blogspot.com

    Thanks a bunch

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  42. Haha, no worries. If you don't care, I don't. :)

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  43. I'm glad I caught this in time. :) Official querying will start in September, so this is EXTREMELY helpful.

    I tweeted, and added it to my blogfest/contest page on my blog. My Writing Journey

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  44. Thanks so much! What a great contest. Here's my last-minute tweet.
    https://twitter.com/rosieanabelle/status/21579717160

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  45. This is so awesome! I'll be doing the blog tweet thing today. Thank you for this opportunity!

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  46. Okay, I've procrastinated enough ;) Here's my Twitter address where you'll find the tweet: http://twitter.com/SherriePetersen

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  47. Thanks for this great contest. You're on my blog too! http://chapterwriter.blogspot.com/

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  48. I am new to this blog, but I love it already. I appreciate the time you are putting forth for a contest of this magnitude. I posted a link to this contest and comment about it on my Facebook author page. (http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/pages/Shane-Bowen-Author/241218151245?ref=ts)

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  49. Awesome, I tweeted about it here (which autoupdates facebook):
    http://twitter.com/kristruitt/status/21719353768

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  50. This is a fabulous contest! I'm so glad I found your blog in time! I tweeted about it here:

    http://twitter.com/MarcyKate/status/21721767961

    Thank you so much!

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  51. This is a wonderful contest!! Just submitted. I tweeted @ashlynn_monroe

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  52. Ah Karen,
    Thanks for becoming my first and only follower(hands in pocket, head bowed, swaying shyly fromm side-to-side). You are sweet! Now I'm motivated to attract more people. Although, I'm not sure how to work all the stuff you can do on a blog. Bare with me folks.

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  53. Shellie, I don't know if you'll see this response to your comment. But the best way to attract people is to find blogs that interest you, comment on their posts, and they'll most likely follow you back! It's really fun and easy, you'll love it!

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  54. Wonderful contest! I tweeted
    http://twitter.com/LisaMBasso/statuses/21757636814

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  55. Thank you for such a great contest. I tweeted it.

    Taryn Hook

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