A to Z Challenge 2013

Welcome to another A to Z Challenge!

I’m looking forward to getting to know all of the new visitors to my blog as well as visiting some familiar faces.

This year it a year of beginnings for me, so for My First Book, the theme is:

26 Things You Should Know Before Writing a Novel

Basically, this will be a series of serious and lighthearted posts on what it’s like to write a novel, from a writer’s point of view. I’d love to hear from other writers too, be they short storiests or novelists,  plotters or pantsers. And hey, I’m really looking forward to hearing what you the non-writing, but reading, public think of us crazy creators of your entertainment. 
Thanks for stopping by! I hope you’ll enjoy my posts.
P.S. To the regulars: The Paying Forward Awards and Word Master Challenge will continue in May. Would have continued with both, but since I’m busy with revisions as well… 

Taking a short blogging break

So sorry about this, but I’m going to take a short break until Sunday. 

As some of you already know, Etopia offered me a publishing deal which I accepted. What I didn’t mention (due to being unsure of the contract terms last week) is that the deal is that I split Doorways in two. 
So. Because this might mean a killer deadline at worst and at best a currently uncertain work schedule, I want to get the ball rolling as soon as possible. As a result, I have a considerable amount of work to do before the end of the week. 
I’ll share the arrangements with regards to the Paying Forward Awards as soon as I’ve confirmed with the prize sponsors. 
Thank you all for your support and understanding! 
Lots of love, 

Oh what the hell. An announcement I just have to share.

I was going to postpone this until Monday or so, but keeping the secret is driving me mad. To the point where I just can’t seem to blog about anything else. So I’m going to say to hell with fearing bad luck and hello to me sharing some EXCELLENT NEWS. 

People. (And pay attention, because this is a HUGE moment for me.)

Doorways has been accepted for publishing by Etopia Press!!! 

More on this to follow. 

Paying Forward Awards March

Hey all!

I want to say I’m in better shape now, but let’s not jinx it. I’ll hopefully be all better by Monday.

In the meantime, though, I want to announce this month’s Paying Forward Award Categories.

Before I do that though, I just want to make a small announcement. For some reason, some of last month’s winners still haven’t claimed their prizes. So. If you were nominated in February, please check out the list of winners to see who’ve won. After Monday, I’m giving the prizes out to third and fourth place nominees to make their day. There are some amazing prizes left, so don’t miss out.

Okay, this time around, I want to play with the prize giving format a little. Instead of listing the prizes here, I’m going to list them and the sponsors with the winner’s announcements. That way, the winners can see what they can win more easily.

So this time, I’m only going to say that I have the following categories for this month:

Blogger Who Makes the Bloggosphere Amazing
Blogger With Unrivaled Determination
Blogger With Amazing Team Spirit
Blogger Who Brightens Every Day

Nominations are open until noon, GMT on Tuesday, March 26. To nominate, please mail me at mishagericke(AT)gmail(DOT)com with “Nominations” as subject. You can nominate for all or some categories. 

So… Who’s name pops into your head when you look at these categories?  

News Day (Sort of)

Looks like I talked too fast yesterday, saying I was healthy. Still, it feels like I am beating the virus. Problem is that getting everything done (including visiting blogs to collect news day items) is a bit more difficult than usual.

So… today’s News Day post is mostly admin.

First of all, the Word Master Challenge is still open. So if you want to enter, but haven’t yet, you still have until the end of March.

Then, I’ll be announcing the Paying Forward Award Categories and opening nominations for March tomorrow. So, if you want to be one of the amazing and generous people sponsoring prizes please contact me at mishagericke(AT)gmail(DOT)com with “Paying Forward” as the subject as soon as possible so that I know how many prizes we’ll have. All prizes will be welcomed.

One thing that’s sort of unrelated to this blog is the WriteOnCon Pitch Fest going on this week. Agents are commenting on query pitches, so it’s definitely worth while for anyone wanting to query to check out the forum and learn what you can.

Also, the organizers are looking for book fans, book bloggers, published authors and represented authors who can vote for the best pitches in the competition. This is a huge thing, though, since the prizes can make some authors’ careers. Please check out this link for more information and to register as a voter.

Okay. That’s it for today. I promise I’ll start visiting blogs and commenting soon. I’m really missing my blog visits.

Any news for next week? Leave a comment or preferably mail me a link to the news bit with “News” as the subject.

Be back tomorrow! Remember those nominations!