Tuesday, January 31, 2012

A Blogfest, a Buddy, and a New Blog

SPECIAL THANKS TO:
Carol Riggs of Artzicarol Ramblings. Carol took me under her wing this week and helped me get started on Twitter. I've had an account for months but never understood enough to use it. Thanks so much, Carol! If you haven't met Carol yet, be sure to check out her amazing blog - she offers writing tips and critiques.

DON'T MISS:
The I'll Tumble 4 Ya Blogfest! On February 10, post a picture, video, or whatever of your favorite 80s crush. I don't sign up for a lot of blogfests, but this one I couldn't resist. Hope to see you there!

A SHOPPING SPREE:
I took my daughter to Barnes & Noble last weekend. We bought Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, Deadly Little Voices by Laurie Faria Stolarz, and The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson. I also bought several books of comic strip collections for my 14-year-old son. Those are all he'll read at the moment, but at least he's reading.

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK:
Be sure to check out the new Cupid's Literary Connection blog. In Cupid's own words: "Where an undercover cupid brings writers and agents together to form magical literary connections..."

Last month Cupid hosted the Love Triangle Contest, where two fantastic agents selected from 25 entries (query and first 250 words) and awarded a total of thirteen partial and full manuscript requests (my manusript KILLING KESSLER was one of them - yahoo!) In February, Cupid's going to host Blind Speed Dating. You do NOT want to miss this...

YOUR TURN:
Have you ever had a fellow blogger go out of his/her way to lend you a helping hand? Care to give them a shout-out?

45 comments:

Old Kitty said...

Oh you STAR! Hooorah for Killing Kessler! Well done you! And thanks for these lovely links!! Especially the Cupid One!! Thank you!

All my lovely bloggie friends are gorgeous like you lend me many hands and paws so yay for you and all of them!!

Take care
x

SA Larsenッ said...

I'll have to check you out on Twitter!! There's so much info here, I'll have to reread. lol

Yes, I've had more than one blogger go out of his/her way for me. The one that first comes to mind is the most recent, Robyn Campbell-awesome PB writer. :)

Joanne said...

Congrats on Killing Kessler ... Fingers crossed for good news!

DEZMOND said...

hey, Suzzie, I was just thinking about your name, did you know that in Serbian language your name would be SUZANA POLYAKOVIC :)

And believe it or not, your WORD VERIFICATION just offered me word BULSHI (without the final T) as captcha :)))

cleemckenzie said...

I jumped onto the A to Z Blog Hop this year, and I'm shuddering at the approach to April already. What was I thinking?
There are so many of these. They're great to connect with others, but they take a lot of time. Guess that's part of being a writer these days. I never expected that I'd be doing any of this when I first set out to write a book. Surprise!

Brian said...

Tweet, tweet! Fellow bloggers help me out all of the time, that would be a darn long list!

MTeacress said...

I'm so glad Carol did that for you. And yes, I remember a blogger named David West who helped me figure out some Blogger 'how-to' before they made the recent changes that made stuff simpler. :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I'm signed up for the February 10 blogfest. Took me forever to find a photo though.
And so many bloggers have gone out of their way for me I'd have to list a couple hundred!

Kelly Polark said...

Yay on Killing Kessler!

Oh, man. Is there enough room on my blog to post all the pics that I had the hots for in the 80's. I was boy crazy! I am currently stalking one of them on Twitter now (C. Thomas Howell). All in the name of getting a book recommendation. Or not. :) He is featured today!

Jackee said...

You. You are always going out of the way for me! Shout out to Susan. :o)


WTG on the Kessler request. I think you already told me about it, but I want to say congrats again!

Hugs!

Kittie Howard said...

I'm new at Twitter, too, and still feel a bit shy about it all, but it's more fun each day. I'm following you now.

I'm grateful so many bloggers have helped me, but I'd like to give a special shout-out to Rachel Morgan.

Emily R. King said...

I may need your help when I start my Twitter account, Susan. I have NO idea what to do.
A shopping spree at B&N? You're the coolest mom ever.

Mark Noce said...

We all need help at times (myself very much included). I'm on twitter too, but not as big a user as I am on blogger or FB.

Stina Lindenblatt said...

Congrats on Killing Kessler!

I love 13 Reasons Why. I cry every time I read it.

Thanks for all the linkies. :D

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The Golden Eagle said...

Congratulations on your MS! :)

There have been a lot of bloggers who've helped me; I could list over a dozen.

Mark Koopmans said...

Hey Susan,

Thanks for the comments - and the return follow - I appreciate it.

Aren't fellow bloggers just "da bomb" (sorry, I'm showing off my '80s:)

Anyway, I would like to mention two awesome bloggers, Leigh Covington at "Leigh Covington" and Cassie Mae over at "Reading, Writing, and Lovin' it!"

Sorry, I couldn't figure out how to add a link direct to their sites, but these two ladies are absolutely wonderful blogger friends :)

Cassie Mae said...

You were Killing Kessler! Dude that story rocked it out! Congrats :)

DL Hammons said...

That's awesome Susan!

I've already signed up for the blogfest. Can't wait!

And my list of bloggers that have helped me out along the way is too long for this comment. Hmmmm, it might make an interesting post though! :)

Leigh Covington said...

So much awesomeness! And I am way to jealous about your B&N shopping spree. LUCKY!

Velva said...

Yes, I have had a few bloggers take me by the hand. Bloggers are amazing people.

I know that Twitter is a leap but will provide you with plenty of things to make you scratch your head, make you laugh and relate. Twiiter is something you keep doing, until you get it. It's a lot of fun.

Velva

Lydia Kang said...

Oh I would love a B&N shopping spree!

there were a lot of bloggers who simply showed up to comment when I first started. I owe them a lot!

kmckendry said...

Congrats on your manuscript being chosen and thanks for the link to Cupid!
There are so many bloggers who have been great, but I think PK Hrezo was one of my first supporters to really encourage my blogging. Thanks PK!

Robyn Campbell said...

Carol is awesome. I love her! Glad she was able to help you. *tweet* *tweet* :-)

And yes! I've had many bloggers go out of their way to lend me a helping hand. The folks in our blogging circle are beautiful! :-)

Pk Hrezo said...

Thanks for all the great links! I just discovered Cupid's Connection and think it's so great. Congrats on your request!!! *high five*
ANd Carol is awesome...love her!This online writing community just rocks.

Cynthia Chapman Willis said...

Congratulations! That's great news about Killing Kessler! And thanks for the link.

And hurray for Carol! I love her blog. Now I'm off to find you on Twitter. : )

Susan R. Mills said...

Congrats on Killing Kessler! I love Carol. I need some help with Twitter too. Maybe I should reach out to one of my blogging buddies.

Shelley Sly said...

Wow, congrats on the MS request!! I'll check out that site, out of pure curiosity. :)

Carolyn V said...

Woohoo on the MS request! Hooray!

I have had other bloggers help me out more then they'll know. <3 I love this community.

Carol Riggs said...

Oh wow! I was being thanked and promoted, and didn't even know it (so that's why people were commenting on my blog that they came over from your site!!). So glad you got your feet wet in Twitter and are enjoying it. :)

The 80s blogfest sounds fun! but I don't have the time. LOL on the comics being the only thing your son reads. Yep--at least he's reading!

Excellent resource on the Cupid site! Big congrats on your selection to be requested, woo!!

Medeia Sharif said...

Carol and her blog are awesome.

I can't wait for the Tumble 4 YA blogfest.

I also had a book shopping spree recently. Sprees are fantastic (pricey, though).

Woo hoo on the request.

Marcia said...

Congrats that your ms. got requested!

I'll be looking forward to your tweets. :)

Lynda R Young said...

Carol is truly brilliant and a wonderful critique partner.

And I love shopping sprees like that!

Dawn Simon said...

Congrats on the ms request! That's awesome! I still love the title, just so you know. :)

Sooo many bloggers have been super supportive. Holly Cupala was very helpful to me when I was about to start blogging. She's so sweet!

Deniz Bevan said...

Oh that's good to know - I'll ask Carol for help if I ever get on Twitter :-)
Kait Nolan is always extremely helpful towards Indie authors. She's got very informative and fun posts!

Talli Roland said...

Carol's great, isn't she? I've had so so many bloggers go out of their way to help and support me. It's been truly amazing.

Jay said...

love to follow your tweets in twitter..;)

Tasty Appetite

Jennifer Shirk said...

That;s so nice!!

Yes! Jessica Patch was so sweet and answered all my questions about starting a book club. I thought she'd be ready to "club" me afterwards, but she was so patient. :)

Morgan said...

New Follower here :D I found you over on the .W.I.P. It BBQ--Love being connected with other writers. I'm stoked for your posts! ;)

Jemi Fraser said...

I loved comic books as a kid! Hope both your kids enjoy the read :)

I've been helped by so many people - most especially my incredible crit buddies: Calista Taylor and Jean Oram - fabulous ladies!

Romance Book Haven said...

I've had many blogger friends go out of their way to help me. This whole blogging community is amazing!

Theresa Milstein said...

You've made the plunge for Twitter? Brave!

I'm participating in the I'll Tumble 4 Ya blogfest too.

Laura Diamond said...

I love shopping sprees at B&N!!!!!

Lauren said...

Congrats again on your book making it through the Love Triangle contest on Cupid! It's such a great concept; I hope the agents enjoyed it!

Angela Ackerman said...

Carol's great. It really makes twitter less intimidating to have someone help out.

I have been lucky...I've had a few bloggers show me some great kindness. Recently Jami Gold critiqued for me and offered to pass my MG to some kids she knew. Very sweet!

Angela