The Search for the Ultimate Cache Scavenger Hunt! Rules, Prizes, and More Leading up to My Novel’s Debut!

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What better way to celebrate the debut of “The Quest for the Holy Something or Other” than with a search of our own. Like knights searching for the Holy Grail, join your fellow bloggers in a quest to win prizes and have fun. See details and contest rules.

Winner Announcement!

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We have a winner!

We have a winner!

Before I announce the winner of Thursday’s contest, I want to share some good news with all of you.

My goal was to have 300 followers by February. Not only did I make my goal, I surpassed it two months earlier than anticipated. Additionally, I hit a record of 143 views, 82 likes and 62 comments. Wow!

What is my secret for achieving these amazing stats? No secret. I just have wonderful followers. That’s right, this was all because of your shares and support, which I think is really appropriate considering one of the topics of Thursday’s post was about supporting others. If you missed that post, feel free to check it out here.

17 people entered the contest, which was more than I anticipated. I enjoyed reading all of your responses to the survey. You all gave such wonderful feedback. I’d love to give you all an Amazon gift card, but that would cost $170, which is out of my budget at the moment. Don’t worry, I’m planning on having several more contest in the near future with the release of my sister’s novel, “The Quest for the Holy Something or Rather.” To learn more about her and her awesome novel, follow this link.

So without further delay, I’d like to announce the winner of the $10 Amazon gift card.

Cue the drum role! Or just smack your hands on your desk: That makes a drum-like sound.

The Winner of the survey is Allie Potts, a writer, mother, and fellow geek. She blogs about parenthood, entrepreneurship, inspiration, and writing. Check her out here.

Congratulations, Allie! And once again thank you all for visiting my blog, for sharing, and participating in the contest.

Read to Write

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ImageI’ve always been told you have to read to write. Never thought I would start writing because of reading old magazines. Some of these magazines were older than the ones at a doctors office, or the ones we used to use as coasters at the Kokomo Tribune, but within those dust covered, curling pages, I found three free writing contest to enter. So it’s time to stop reading and start writing!

Naturally, I enter writing contest for the chance of winning. The prizes range from a few hundred to several thousand dollars. Not to mention the gratifying validation that you’re writing is reader worthy and publishable.

Winning a contest would look great on my writing portfolio. Like a potential employer, a publisher wants to see evidence that you are a good writer and a safe financial risk. This can be proven with published clips and awards. My portfolio isn’t so bad: I’ve published in the Correspondent and the Kokomo Tribune, and I write for Textbroker, but I’m worried some of my writing experience may be getting a little dated. After all, I haven’t won a writing contest since high school.

This year, my sister submitted an entry as well. I told her it was good practice. She thought I meant writing, but I think it’s better practice for getting rejected. After a couple of years of not winning a short-story contest, you go from being depressed to just shrugging your shoulders. It may be a little premature to worry about rejection, considering I haven’t finished one of three books I plan to write, but I think it never hurts to prepare for that first rejection letter. I tell my sister, and I will see that she holds me to it, that I am going to frame every rejection letter I get. I hope I have enough wall space.