Friday, January 30, 2009

Friday News!

Some great news arrived in the mailbox today. An editor has asked to read my entire manuscript! I've been doing a happy dance all day! Now, I have to get to work giving a last bit of polish to the story before I send it off.
I had a different editor request a full manuscript of my first book. It was ultimately turned down~so I've been here before. I'm hopeful that this time I may get a different result.
I hope all of you are having a wonderful, productive day!!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Christian Mystery, Suspense and Romance

This post on the Women of Mystery web site mentions a contest for those of you that write any type of mystery. I have an unpublished piece that I am editing. I am thinking about submitting it, but I'm starting to feel a little pressured by all these contests. Still, I'd like to get my work 'out there'. There are details on the Kiss of Death website.

Happy writing.


Sunday, January 18, 2009

Have You Heard?

Barbour's Mystery Book Club is closing. It seems that the bad economy has touched them, too. This is the post that Joanne made on Friday:

This is a big disappointment to me, as well. As a writer of Christian mysteries, this puts even more limitations on where an unagented writer can submit. It's not that I'm giving up~I enjoy writing too much.

But it seems like a set-back, of sorts. I do write romance, so I can keep submitting to Barbour through that section. I've always loved Barbour. They are such a personal, friendly company and I wish the best for their publishing house in the future. And maybe, just maybe, their mystery line will make a come back!


Sunday, January 11, 2009

Writing Contests

Are any of you thinking of entering the 2009 ACFW The Genesis contest? I have been a member of the ACFW for a few years, but I've never entered the contest before.

The Genesis is a contest for unpublished writers, open to ACFW members only. You are required to enter the first fifteen pages of your manuscript, plus an optional one page synopsis of the book. There are ten categories, so there is a category for almost everyone. You may submit more than one manuscript but there is a separate fee for each entry. The 2009 guidelines have not yet been posted, but the moderator informed members that the guidelines would be very similar to 2008--which included a $35 fee per manuscript entry.

My youngest daughter and I (we will be entering as co-authors) have a WIP that we think may be good for the Contemporary Romance category. We know this category will probably have the most competition, but we do feel it is a good story and it's a little different from the usual romance plot.

Here is the link to the 2008 contest (it should be updated in a couple of weeks for 2009).

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Are you writing now? I have a hard time getting back into any sort of writing schedule after a long break.

I am slowly making some revisions on a project I hope to send out in a couple of weeks. By next week, I hope to finish a short story I've had on the back burner for a while. Still, it's a very sluggish kind of start.

What about you? Is is easy for you to jump back in after a break?