How 'bout them auctions??
So now's your chance to give feedback, and I REALLY WANT TO HEAR IT. This was our first ON THE BLOCK, and its future depends on the overall perception of how it actually went.
I set it up in the one-at-a-time format so that everyone could watch the auctions live (unlike the Baker's Dozen, during which all the bidding went on simultaneously and it was impossible to watch it unfold). Did that work for you?
Full disclosure--it was a lot more intense on my end this way, because I basically couldn't leave my computer for 4 consecutive hours. But I planned ahead and knew it was coming, and honestly, it wasn't bad. And other than a ridiculous problem with Blogger asking for verification EVEN THOUGH I HAVE ALL THAT TURNED OFF, there were no technical issues.
Did any of you deal with being forced to prove you weren't a robot? Several of the bidding agents were quite frustrated because their bidding was stalled by silly compare-the-picture type verifications. What is that?? Please let me know if you also dealt with that while leaving critiques last week.
Any other thoughts and impressions, positive and negative, are welcome. Please don't be shy. :)
A few of our give-aways winners still haven't contacted me, so please do check to see if your name is ON THIS LIST. Don't miss your chance at a critique from one of our Success Story authors!
A couple of you mentioned the idea of offering logline critiques to the people who submitted to ON THE BLOCK but were not chosen. I like this idea, so LOOK FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR THIS EARLY NEXT WEEK. (Note: This will ONLY be for people who entered the ON THE BLOCK contest in September.)
And MAKE SURE YOU POP BY ON MONDAY, because we're having a BETH REVIS INTERVIEW AND BOOK GIVEAWAY! I'm very excited about Beth's new book for writers, Paper Hearts. Be sure to stop by and grab your chance to win a signed copy!
I think that's everything. And now I'm going to take a deep breath and launch myself back into writer mode after nearly 2 weeks of doing other things. I did spend a little time planning my Next Book over the past few days, but my goal for this weekend is to really launch myself into everything full time. Mr. A will be out of town for several days, and of course that means more writing time, yes? Wish me luck. You know I'm not the queen of planning or drafting, so these are the things I have to muscle through.
Though, truth be told, planning a "book 2" isn't half as daunting as starting from scratch, since the world and characters are already built, right? It's just that dang PLOT thing. (Am I the only one who really, really, REALLY hates plotting? No one should have to think that hard. Or maybe I have to think that hard because I'm essentially plot-challenged.)
Anyway -- have a wonderful weekend, everyone! PLEASE leave your ON THE BLOCK feedback below, and I'll see you Monday.