Monday, August 29, 2011

The Writer's Vineyards 4th Anniversary Contest is celebrating their fourth anniversary with a mega contest of one book per week for X weeks. Starting Sept 1, each weekly contest is announced Monday morning at TWV and the winner selected the following Friday. There are two ways to win:

• Each Monday an author will announce their mystery question to win a paperback. Simply go to their website and search for the answer hidden in their excerpts and submit your answer to that authors email. The winner will be randomly drew from correct answers and announced the following Monday (first name and state) along with the next contest.

• Every other Monday a contest will be run for an E copy of that weeks author by drawing at random from our list of subscribers. The winner will be announced the next Monday along with the authors email and the winner is responsible for contacting the author.

• That’s a lot of happy winners. The following rules apply:

 For paperbacks, CD, and goodie bag prizes; only USA and Canada residents can play because of postage

 Winners of E copies can be from anywhere.

 To be fair to all, you can only win one book.

So, check The Writers Vineyard everyday and leave a comment to win.

Thanks for Reading!


Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Pitch Like a Pro Workshop with Kerri Nelson

**Permission to Forward Granted and Encouraged**

Presented by Heart of Texas Romance Writers of America

Pitch Like a Pro for Writers (includes Editor pitch session)

Instructor: Kerri Nelson

Time: September 5-30, 2011

Cost: $25.00 to be paid via Paypal. Copy and paste the link below in your browser.

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Want to practice your pitch for an upcoming pitch session to an agent or editor? Need help refining your pitch to include in a query letter? Well, practice makes perfect!

Sign on for this handy pitch practice workshop, taught by multi-published romantic suspense author, Kerri Nelson. ***This is also the last time Kerri Nelson will offer this class.***

*During class you’ll get to practice your pitch (up to 4 drafts with suggested revisions) AND at the end of class you’ll have the opportunity to pitch before a real acquiring EDITOR from a major publisher!* Deb Werksman from Sourcebooks will be doing the private pitch reviews for this group.

Over the past five years, Kerri has pitched more than thirty different books in every imaginable genre (from erotica to young adult) to multiple agents and editors with a tremendous success rate for follow-up requests for both partial and full manuscripts. She has sold sixteen novels and novellas in the last two years after perfecting her pitch process!

In this intensive interactive course, Kerri offers up the secrets to nailing your pitch, how to score a home run with editors, and how not to stop short of getting the results you want!

Finally get the contract you’ve been waiting for!

Students from prior classes have sold 3 book deals to Sourcebooks, been offered representation by agents, and many other successes after perfecting their pitch with Kerri.

Instructor Bio:

Kerri Nelson has always been passionate about reading books but when she wrote her first poem in the second grade, she discovered her love of writing. At the age of sixteen, she became a columnist for her local newspaper as the high school correspondent for the weekly "Panther Tales" column. She won the Outstanding Young Journalist of the Year Award for her efforts.

After an education and career in the legal field, Kerri began to pen romantic suspense novels with a legal or law enforcement theme. She currently lives in the sunny south with her romance inspiring husband and her adorable children. When she’s not reading or writing, you’ll find her baking homemade goodies for her family. Kerri is an active member of Romance Writers of America, Celtic Hearts Romance Writers, and Futuristic Fantasy & Paranormal Romance Writers.

In addition, Kerri has been contracted to publish sixteen books in multiple genres. She continues to pitch both live and online to agents and editors on a monthly basis and has received requests for nearly one hundred percent of her pitches! Check out her website at:

We hope you will join us!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Hill Country Book Fair in Georgetown, Texas

Saturday, August 20, 2011, I particpated in a book fair in Georgetown, Texas, at the San Gabriel Community Center. Authors from Texas and Oklahoma gathered with books and displays to attract visitor's interest. Organizers had activities for children, young muscians, and art displays. It was a fun day. Here are a few pictures.

To the left in this photo is my Champage Books writing buddy Ciara Gold. She writes historicals, fantasy, and time travels.

To the right is Thomas Nelson author,
inspirational historicals and her
historical time travel about Waco,
A Watch in Time, is being featured

Jami Bevens, art director for Flair Magazine also attended and had
copies of their beautiful magazine.

 This is my good high school girl friend, Donna Arnold. I was thrilled to see a familiar face and so pleased she came to offer her support. Thanks, Donna!

Their will be another Hill County Book Fair February 11, 2012. I'm hoping to attend it also. I hope to see you there!

Happy Reading and Writing!