Don’t Wait Another Minute! The Stiletto Contest is Closing.

~ By Mary E. Thompson Don’t Wait Another Minute! The 2019 Stiletto Contest closes in just two days! What are you waiting for? Have you seen the categories? There are eight for you to pick from, whether you are an as-yet unpublished writer, a published author, or an author with an unpublished manuscript! Our category selection means there’s a really good chance your manuscript or novel will fit in somewhere. Did you know…? In the 2018 Stiletto Contest, almost 40% of the unpublished entries were submitted the last two days the contest was open! Almost 20% of entries went...

Get Your Manuscript Ready for the Stiletto Contest

~ By Mary E. Thompson The Stiletto Contest opens March 8! That’s in only three weeks. Is your manuscript ready? If you’re entering a published manuscript, well, you’re in luck. It’s already out there, so you don’t have much to do. Double check your files, read through all the rules, and mark your calendar to enter the contest by April 12. That’s not too bad. But if you’re unpublished, you might have some work to do. Keep Writing Unpublished entries are limited to the first 7000 words of your manuscript, plus a 500 word synopsis, but that doesn’t mean that’s...

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Unpublished Entries Needed!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 Enter your unpublished manuscript in the 2018 Stiletto Contest now!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 You, published author, you can enter the unpublished book you’ve been sitting on.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 That doesn’t mean unpublished authors are at a disadvantage.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...

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...

Five Reasons You Should Judge The Stiletto Contest

~ By Mary E. Thompson The 2018 Stiletto Contest opens March 9. To make the contest a success, we need lots and lots of judges! Judging isn’t an easy job, but it’s a great job. We think you’d be perfect for it! You Get Free Books Who doesn’t love free books? You don’t get to pick any free book you want, but you do get to read books without having to pay for them. That’s always a good deal. Unpublished entries will be documents, and published entries will be mobi, epub, or paperback books so they’ll be easy to read!...

More Tips for RWA Nationals!

~ By Mary E. Thompson RWA17 is coming up fast! If you’re anything like me, you can’t wait to get to Orlando and jump in. It’s one of my favorite weeks of the summer, but also one of the most stressful. As an introvert, it’s hard to be surrounded by so many people, but as a writer, I love the feeling of being there. This is my third National Conference, and I have a few tips to share with you. Be Comfortable Everyone says this. In all the recommendations I read, wear comfortable shoes wasthe common denominator. But I...

April PANorama — Writing a Series

Dear Readers, It’s the last Sunday of the month, which means that it’s time for one of our chapter PAN members (PAN stands for Published Authors Network, a professional designation within RWA open to members who reach a certain level of sales) to visit the blog to share some of their wisdom and expertise. This month, Mary E. Thompson is here to give us her advice on writing a series.  Take it away, Mary! Writing a Series ~ By Mary E. Thompson Series has been a buzz word in romance for years. So much so that now, it’s just...

Writing is Hard. Why Do We Do It?

~ By Mary E. Thompson Eight months ago a friend of mine released her first book. Leading up to the release, she did a countdown to release day on social media, shared it with everyone she knew, and was crazy excited. Three months later, sales were dismal. Recognition wasn’t there. She was discouraged. Another friend took on a second job because her writing income wasn’t what she hoped for. Yet another friend waited months to hear back from a submission only to get rejected. None are new stories. Most authors start out the same way. No one knows who...

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