I have to admit it--I've missed the bustle of the Secret Agent Contests! It's been great this week meeting new folks (mostly on Twitter--yay, Twitter!) and feeling the energy and excitement buzzing about from those who were entering for the first time.
Also? That same, wonderful spirit I'm always gushing about remained steadfast on Monday when submissions came to a grinding halt with a CONTEST IS FULL message only 8 minutes after the window opened.
But nobody yelled! Nobody snarked! Nobody bombarded me with passive aggressive, victim-mentality emails. People asked questions, I got in touch with my programmer, he fixed the problem, and on we went.
THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH!
I can't say it enough: The online writing community is incomparable. I'm honored to be part of it.
It's thrilling, too, to meet a whole new generation of aspiring authors. This blog has been around for ages (it'll be 11 years in April!), and many of our "oldies" (a term of endearment, I assure you), have gone on to get agents and book deals, or else they've moved on to shinier pastures (if pastures can be shiny). Mind you, there are lots of you long-timers who are still here, still in process, still reaching for the stars. AND I AM SO GLAD! But I'm also glad to be meeting new writers.
For all who are new--here are some ways to learn more about me and about this blog.
To read about Secret Agent Contests and our in-house critique sessions:
To read the 3-part story of the Real Me behind my anonymous Authoress persona:
GO HERE (part 1)
AND HERE (part 2)
AND HERE (part 3)
To learn more about Jillian Boehme, author:
To preorder STORMRISE:
To receive the FREE e-book AGENT: DEMYSTIFIED (for querying writers):
And to subscribe to my AUTHOR NEWSLETTER (and receive a FREE audiobook):
I think that about covers it! Welcome, welcome, welcome, and best of luck on your writing endeavors.
Next up: Monday we'll reveal our Secret Agent and also announce the winners of this contest! Make sure you've subscribed to the blog (see right sidebar), and then you'll never miss a thing.
See you then! Happy weekend, all!