No One Said It Would Be Easy

A writers best and worst friend.

A writer's best and worst friend.

Labor Day weekend proved quite productive for the writer in me as I edited and revised two short stories in preparation for submission to fall fiction contests — see below for links to some of these great contests for new and established authors. The first was a story I had submitted previously to a few literary magazines. It needed some major reworking if it was ever going to stand a chance. Surely this “third final draft” is far superior to the “first final draft” I completed over a year ago…but will it be good enough to make it? Who knows? The second is a story I’ve been working on for quite some time and I finally feel it is complete after half a dozen vigorous rounds of editing and revision…but is it ready to be submitted?

During some of my down time this weekend I perused the web and found two great links for writers sharing in the stress of revising and editing their work. Continue reading

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Contest Winners Archive

In November of 2007 I was prompted to give away autographed copies of my acclaimed independent novel, The Thief Maker, to five lucky readers in my first ever book drawing.

The response to the contest was so great, that starting in January of 2008 I began to have a drawing to win a personally autographed copy of The Thief Maker at the end of every month.

Sadly all good things must come to an end, and after a run of 15 months straight, the drawings came to a close in March of 2009. In all, 21 lucky readers from across the globe won free signed copies of my novel.

Below is the archive of those lucky winners.

Thank you to all who entered over the many months and congratulations to the 21 who won.

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November 2007 winners:

Carmen, Jersey City, NJ

Angela, Montgomery, AL

Rake, Gilford, NH

Darshan, Altadena, CA

Lita, Auckland, New Zealand (The Thief Maker goes international!)

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2008 Winners:

January: George, Waltham, MA

February: Ana, Luquillo, Puerto Rico

and “The Pear Lady”, Pearland, TX

March: Erin, Savannah, GA

April: Chris, Wenatchee, WA

May: Sonja, Toronto, Canada

June: Shirley, Black Creek, GA

July: Jane, Wasola, MO

August: Liza, Taylors, SC

September: Melissa, Virginia Beach, VA

October: Eleanor, Greenville, PA

November: DeeAnn, Pottstown, PA

December: Jill, Lexington, KY

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2009 Winners:

January: Scott, Toronto, Canada

February: Jeane, Mesquite, TX

March: Christina, Virginia Beach, VA

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The Thief Maker To Be Honored by Writer’s Digest

The Thief Maker will be awarded Honorable Mention in the Genre Fiction Category in the Writer’s Digest 15th Annual International Self-Published Book Awards.

A complete list of winners will be forthcoming on the Writer’s Digest website and the books will be promoted in the March/April 2008 issue of Writer’s Digest.

The Thief Maker is on the shelves at Philadelphia and South Jersey area Barnes & Noble stores and available for purchase worldwide through Barnes & Noble and Amazon.com.

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