Wednesday, August 22, 2012

I'm having a contest!!

I decided to have a contest! Why? Because I am grateful for all of you. I am grateful for meeting such wonderful writer friends and blogger friends.  I am grateful for finding awesome critique partners and beta readers, and folks who have helped me along the way.  I'm grateful for the outpouring of support from the writing community. You guys Rock!

I am also grateful for the support I've received from my Sapphire Star Publishing family as we work towards publication of my debut, THE SECOND SIGN. I didn't get here alone. And I want to give something back.

So, because writing is hard work, I am going to raffle off some great books that have helped me hone the craft.

Here are the prizes...

1. By Cunning & Craft by Peter Selgin, 2007

2. How I Write by Janet Evanovich, 2006

3. Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott, 1994

4. Guide to Query Letters, 2008

5. Writing the Breakout Novel, 2001

All you have to do is leave a comment telling us what you're grateful for, your email, and choice of books in order of preference. If you can spread the word, I'd appreciate it but it's not necessary.

I'll draw winners next week.  Because of shipping, this contest is for US residents only.

Good luck and Thank you!


  1. What a great post:) I'm grateful for my husband and family who are always there to support me in my ventures:) It's a great feeling knowing someone always has your back.

    Hmmm books. I'd love:
    - How I Write by Janet Evanovich
    - By Cunning & Craft by Peter Selgin
    - Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
    - Writing a breakout novel

  2. I'm in the UK, but I'm grateful for all the amazing support offered in the blogosphere too! My writing is seriously better for it. I can give you a shout out on Friday. :)

  3. I'm grateful for beta readers who help me see things I can not! :)

    This would be my order. Thanks.

    Writing Breakout Novel
    Bird by Bird
    Cunning & Craft
    Query Letters
    Janet E book

  4. Chandra, I just shared this on FB. I think lots of folks would want to enter!! :)


  5. I love contests!
    What am I grateful for . . . hum there are so many things.
    I think I'd have to say I'm most grateful for the writing community at large. I've found this to be a very generous group, full of helpful advice and suggestions to help me navigate this journey.
    Of course I must also mention Sapphire Star Publishing. They're always there when I need something or have a question, sometimes even just a pep talk.
    If I'd have to choose a book, I think my first choice would be Cunning & Craft. Second choice would be Writing the Breakout Novel. After that, I don't have a preference, all look like great books.

  6. So many great books!
    I'm grateful for my children. They're my little piece of sanity in this crazy world.
    I would like the books in the exact order you presented them.
    Thanks for the great giveaway, Liz!

  7. I'm grateful for all the generous writers who are a step ahead of me in their careers who are always willing to offer advice, feedback and support.

    My order:
    Writing the breakout novel
    Guide to Query Letters
    By Cunning & Craft
    Bird by Bird
    How I Write

  8. I'm thankful for critique partners like yourself! Fun contest! I've always wanted a copy of Bird by Bird.

  9. Yay! Family, critique partners, and writers! You rock. =)

  10. Woot, I love craft books! *hugs all the craft books in the world*

    What am I grateful for? The support of writers. Seriously I have always been in awe of how generous and wonderfully supportive writers are, but since releasing The Emotion Thesaurus, I have been blown away by the encouragement and kindness of others. It has lifted me up so much!

    Congrats on all the support you're getting as well--that's awesome when publishers get behind their author's work.

    I would love By Cunning & Craft, because I've never heard of it. But if not that one, bird by bird or How I write would be lovely too. :)

    Angela Ackerman: alackerm at telus dot net

  11. yay for elizabeth! i'm thankful for you, my friend & happy you are getting published!

    i 'll take whatever is left =)

  12. Wonderful giveaway! I'm grateful for the writing community. They really are awesome! I'm also grateful that my son is a smart and well mannered boy. He impressed his teacher when he met her and didn't cling to me as I thought he might.

    Donald Maass
    Janet Evanovich
    Peter Selgin
    Guide to Query Letters
    Bird by Bird

  13. That's a wonderful giveaway -- almost makes me wish I still lived in the US instead of Egypt. :-)

  14. Wonderful post.
    I'm grateful for the blogging community who always pick me up when I'm feeling down. Next to my family they are the best support I've ever had.

    I would love to win a book, especially the Janet Evanovich title.

    Thanks for the opportunity!

  15. I am grateful to my husband for a million reasons. I am able to stay home and raise my kids and this has provided me with time (while they are at school) to write 2 novels. Also he is the one who helps me with all things technology - creating my website, formatting books, downloading, etc. I want to thank him for all he does for me.

    !. Write by Janet Evanovich
    2. Bird by Bird
    3. Writing the Breakout Novel
    4. Guide to Query Letters
    5. By Cunning and Craft

    Great contest!


  16. See this is why I'm grateful to my husband, I posted my last comment inadvertently using my daughter's profile because she used my computer last. Lol. The comment above made my Maddie, was really me.


  17. What a lovely idea! I try to put up Gratitude posts on my blog most Tuesdays. Right now I'm grateful for having just had three amazing days away from home, work, and reality for a mini "writing retreat" on a lake in northern Minnesota.

    Book order:
    Writing the Breakout Novel
    By Cunning and Craft
    How I Write
    Bird by Bird
    Guide to Query Letters

    I already own Guide to Query Letters and Bird by Bird, which is my favorite book on writing.

    Thanks for a great giveaway!

  18. I'm tahnkful to my critique partners so always setpping up when I need to whip a WIP into shape:

    My order: Just the way you placed them

  19. Grateful for my family, my wonderful husband, our health and our home! Also for creativity and inspiration, it's always there, even when I'm not!

    - Writing the Breakout Novel
    - Guide to Query Letters
    - How I Write

    (already have Bird by Bird - love it!)


  20. Cranky as I get sometimes, I try to remember what I have others do not at my lowest points, and it's not easy, but important.

    I'm especially grateful to my writer friends who've been so kind and understanding during a difficult time I'm still working through.

  21. Contest is closed. Winners will be posted tomorrow. Thanks =)

  22. I know the contest is closed. Bummer. But I still want to tell you congrats for signing your book for puublishing. Woot! I love to hear of authors getting pub deals. Congrats again and have fun with your giveaway. :D


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