Friday, February 25, 2011

200 Followers! Blog Party and a Giveaway!

Let's face it: bloggy friends are a huge part of what makes blogging so fun. We read about each other's writing journeys, share tips, and cheer each other on. Blogging has made me feel connected to the writing community on a much grander scale. So thank you! To celebrate having 200 followers, I'm giving away a copy of Betsy Lerner's THE FOREST FOR THE TREES: AN EDITOR'S ADVICE TO WRITERS.

Betsy Lerner is a writer who worked as an editor for 15 years before becoming an agent. She is currently a partner with Dunow, Carlson and Lerner Literary Agency. All these roles (author, editor, and agent) have given her a huge amount of insight--not only into the industry, but also into writers.

Half of the book offers advice to help jump-start writers who may be getting stuck for various reasons. The other half shows publishing from the other side of the desk--the editor's seat--tying in her experiences as a writer and an agent. I've just started reading the second half (of my copy--not the one I'm giving away), and I look forward to hearing what Ms. Lerner has to say about the entire process.

Now let's get to the contest! To enter, all you have to do is:

a. leave a comment on this post before
11:59 p.m. PST on Friday, March 4th
b. be a follower of this blog

c. have a mailing address in the U.S. or Canada (sorry I have to set limits--I wish I didn't)

Each person can enter only once. I think that's it as far as the rules go. I'll update if I realize I forgot something.

What to comment on? Tell me if you've read the book, share the title of your favorite writing book(s), let me know how your writing is going, or just say hi! This is a blog party, people. Pass me an hors d'oeuvre and try not to spill on the carpet!

thank you! Happy writing!


Anita Saxena said...

Congratulations on your 200 followers! Crossing my fingers in hopes of winning what sounds like a helpful book for aspiring writers.

Jeannie Campbell, LMFT said...

congrats on the followers! may you continue to grow many more!

the character therapist

Nicole MacDonald said...

Congrats! Awesome to reach the first 200 - onwards to 300 *grin* and don't include me in the contest I'm in NZ ;p

The Arrival, only.99c on Amazon

Laura Pauling said...

I'm a follower! And wow we're like neck and neck with followers! I have a 200 followers contest going on right now too! And I'm giving away my fav craft book - Save the Cat and an Act I critique! Congrats Dawn!

Marsha Sigman said...

Hey Dawn! Congrats on so many followers! My favorite writing books are Stephen King's On Writing and Writing the Breakout Novel by Donald Maass. This book sounds great though!

Have a great weekend!

Pk Hrezo said...

Congrats on 200!!

I haven't read the book yet, but would love to. My fave writing guide is THanks, BUt This Isn't for Us by Jessica Morrell and Bird by Bird by Anne LaMott.
They've both been such a huge help to me along my path.

Stephanie Thornton said...

Congrats on the 200 followers! My favorite writing book is Stephen King's On Writing. I'd love to read this one though!

storyqueen said...

I've not seen this book yet, but would love to read it!

My favorite book on writing? Hmmm, I really love What a Writer Needs by Ralph Fletcher, but it is more of a book for teachers of writing. But I do love it lots!


A.L. Sonnichsen said...

I've heard wonderful things about this book, but haven't read it. Congratulations on 200 followers, Dawn! That's awesome.

Great party, btw. Love the music. :)


Jemi Fraser said...

Congrats on the 200!!! :)

I haven't read the book yet - but I've heard so many good things about it.

I brought my cheesy bacon dip & crackers for the party - enjoy :D

Anonymous said...

Congrats on the followers!

My writing is going well. I'm almost done with one wip and finished the draft for another.

I'm bringing the wine.

Dawn Simon said...

It's fun to read your comments. I like hearing what books you recommend and how your writing is going. A book I'd really like to get is STORY by Robert McKee.

The party comments are cracking me up!

Suma Subramaniam said...

Congrats on having 200 followers Dawn!

I haven't read the book. One of my favorite books on writing is "Manuscript Makeover" by Elizabeth Lyon.

Hope I win this cool giveaway:-)


Susan Fields said...

Congrats on 200 followers! My favorite writing books are Manuscript Makeover by Elizabeth Lyon and Hooked by Les Edgerton.

I left an award for you at my blog today. :)

Hema P. said...

Congratulations, Dawn! Wish you many many more followers!! :)

Jackee said...

Congrats on 200, Dawn! You are so sweet to do this. That book is a great one... at least what I've read so thanks for the chance to win it. :o)


Ghenet said...

Congrats! I'm a new follower. :)

I'm currently reading WRITING THE BREAKOUT NOVEL by Donald Maass and it's awesome. I also love Anne Lamott's BIRD BY BIRD.

Demitria said...

What a great contest!

New follower...