My Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Week

(Or how I eventually got an agent) ~ By Laura Trentham  I’m casting back a couple of years to tell you about my worst writing week ever. What’s the old adage? Bad things come in threes (or more!) Alexander had lots of bad things happen to him over a long, miserable day. My bad stuff was spread over a week. Your bad stuff may happen over a month or a season, but it never fails to come in a clump, in my experience. Let me set things up by saying the months leading up to my terrible, horrible, no good,...

And then came Annie’s Karma

~ Chelle Cordero Writing a sequel wasn’t the easiest thing I’ve done. I had written series books before: Bartlett’s Rule & Courage of the Heart (Survivor Series); His Lucky Charm & Within the Law (Cousins Series); Final Sin & Hyphema (EMS Series) — but this was the first time I wrote an actual sequel. What’s the difference? In two of my series I did have recurring characters, but it was always another couple who was the main focus of the book. I created Annie and Dave in Karma Visited and the story could have ended there, but it didn’t. You...

Do you dream of getting a request from both an agent and an editor?

That’s exactly what Leanne got! Hi! My name is Leanne Farella. I’ve been seriously writing for ten years. The reason I started? I’m a reader and when reading it never ceases to amaze me when an author writes a story I can’t put down. I think the proper word for it is “Reader Addiction.” I love it. And ten years ago I decided that’s what I wanted to do. I wanted to write a book that someone would stay up all night to finish. Nothing is as easy as you think it will be! I have 2 busy kids...

Unpublished Entries Needed!

~ By Mary E. Thompson You’ve been working hard. Now it’s time to get rewarded. Enter your unpublished manuscript in the 2018 Stiletto Contest now! I know, I know, it’s another contest. What’s the big deal? Well, first of all, any author can enter. Yes, that’s right. You, published author, you can enter the unpublished book you’ve been sitting on. The first book in that series you’re debating on publishing but can’t decide. Yep, submit it. That doesn’t mean unpublished authors are at a disadvantage. Nope. You’ve been working on your book for a long time. You’ve taken the same...

Sometimes It’s Better to Pretend You Just Didn’t See It

~ By Jeff Salter It seems I have interesting experiences quite often. Take, as an example, this one from March 29th last year — which should have been an ordinary morning visit to my local credit union. Even though most of the staff know me, I still pull out my billfold to show my I.D. (as several little signs instruct us to do). On this occasion, when I flipped my wallet open, there sat a tiny orange thing that resembled a short piece of a rubber band. The teller lady seemed as surprised as I was. She didn’t ask,...

How To Be a Good Judge

~ By Mary E. Thompson The 2018 Stiletto Contest is winding down, but we need your help now more than ever! We have a huge task of assigning all the entries to judges for the contest. With five judges per entry, we need lots and lots of judges. Will you help us? Be Honest It’s not easy to tell someone you don’t like their work. As an author yourself, you pour yourself into every word that goes on the page. It’s hard to look at someone else’s work and say it’s just not good enough. But if you sugar coat...

Get Your Stiletto Contest Published Entries in NOW!

~ By Mary E. Thompson The 2018 Stiletto Contest is open and ready for your entry, but don’t wait too long to submit! The most popular categories are filling up, and you’ll be left out. This year there are six categories in the Stiletto Contest. If you’re into contemporary romance, you’ll find your spot here. Short / Novella was expanded this year to include novellas that are only 25,000 words. If your bread and butter is short, this is the category for you. Enter if you have a novel that is set from 1950 to the present that focuses primarily...

Awesome. . . Really?

~ Nan Reinhardt My friend and fellow writer, Liz Flaherty did an article about words not long ago. Her consideration of the word “ordinary” made me go right into Editor Nan mode and start thinking about words, how we use them, and how we misuse them. I confess I am a word nerd. It’s all my mom’s fault—she was word geek too. When my siblings and I were kids, she insisted we learn new words and use them correctly. I also confess to being kinda proud of my vocabulary, which although not extraordinary, does probably qualify as extensive by any...

Do you have a winning book? Win Day did!

~ Interview By Mary E. Thompson Contemporary Romance Writers brought the Stiletto Contest back in 2017! We had a great response and fabulous authors who entered to help make the Stiletto one of the most sought-after contests again. Today, we’re talking to Win Day, author of On A Whim, the 2017 Stiletto winner for Best First Book and Contemporary Romance – Short. Are you going to follow in her shoes this year? What drove you to enter the Stiletto Contest in 2017? On a Whim was my first published novel, although not my first completed manuscript. I wrote it as...

Top Five Reasons You Should Enter the Stiletto Contest

~ By Mary E. Thompson The 2018 Stiletto Contest is open now! If you’ve been on the fence about entering, we have a few suggestions for you to push you over the edge! 5. You’re looking for an agent or editor. We have some great agents and editors for the final round of judging for the unpublished category. Getting your name in front of them and showing them what you can do is the first step toward a contract! (Obviously, no contracts are guaranteed by the Stiletto Contest or CRW.) New this year, any published author can enter the unpublished...

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