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Cover Reveal: WONDERLAND by Robert McKay + Giveaway!!

Posted by on Aug 5, 2015 in Contests, Reading | 2 comments

Cover Reveal: WONDERLAND by Robert McKay + Giveaway!!

YOU GUYS ARE IN FOR A TREAT! I’m extremely excited to share the cover for Wonderland with you! Wonderland is a retelling of the classic Alice in Wonderland story, with a scifi twist, just in time for the 150th anniversary of the original tale. This book is the first in the Intergalactic Fairy Tales series by Robert McKay. It will be available on August 20th, but you can win your copy early by entering the giveaway in this post! Also in this post is a link to get a free sample of Wonderland so you can whet your appetite while you wait to win the giveaway. So, without further ado, here is the cover.   Drum roll….   … … … … … … … … … …     WONDERLAND (Intergalactic Fairy Tales) Teenage Alice didn’t mean to end up on Wonderland, but the living spaceship she commandeered had other plans, and he was very late. Abandoned on an unfamiliar planet, Alice’s first day as a space pirate has fallen into madness. Caterpillars? Mad hatters? A Jabberwock? A queen known for chopping off heads? Alice must face all Wonderland can throw at her if she’s to take back possession of The White Rabbit and leave Wonderland in one piece. Publish Date: August 20, 2015   a Rafflecopter giveaway   Thanks so much for checking out the cover. I hope you enjoy your chapter sampler. Oh, and good luck winning the giveaway!    ...

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Happy #PitMad Day!

Posted by on Mar 11, 2015 in Contests, Writing | 0 comments

Happy #PitMad Day!

  #PitMad is today. What does this mean? It means that if you are an author who is trying to get a literary agent to be traditionally published, you NEED to participate. What is #PitMad? #PitMad is a twitter pitch party that uses the hashtag #PitMad. You pitch your book in less than 140 characters (not easy, but it’s fun to be creative) and agents stop by to request manuscripts based off of their pitches. Normally, if an agent likes the pitch, they will “star” or favorite your pitch. At that point, you need to cruise over to their Twitter page to see if they have tweeted at all about what they want sent to them. If they have not tweeted something like “If I favorite your pitch, please send me X, Y, and Z” then go to their agency website and follow the guidelines there. Normally, I’d make sure to add a line about your work being requested off of #PitMad, so they are aware that they’ve requested to look at your work. Some agents, who may not have time to sit by #PitMad and lurk, may tweet something like, “if it’s a contemporary YA about socks, pitch it directly to me.” Pay attention to the #PitMad feed. You never know what agents and editors are looking for. Here is where you can look through the feed. Remember… You may feel inclined (if you like someone’s pitch) to favorite it, but please don’t. ReTweet it if you like it, to boost its signal. Save the star-ing and the favoriting for the actual agents. With this said, do your homework! Don’t send your manuscript to any Joe Schmoe who favorites it. Consider who has favorited your work. Based on your research, send your work off. Remember you should only participate if you already have a finished manuscript. If you do not, you should not participate. Instead, follow Brenda Drake (who runs the contest) so that you will be notified when the next #PitMad event is. Brenda even has a #PitMad page on her website for helpful hints, tips, and upcoming dates. Check it out here. Here’s the dates for the upcoming quarterly #PitMad events: March 11, 2015 June 4, 2015 September 10, 2015 December 4, 2015 #PitMad starts at 8AM and ends at 8PM (EST or EDT, which is New York time).   So go forth writers. Pitch your little hearts out! Root for each other! And snag those agents. You can do it. I believe in...

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Query Muse and Turn the Page

Posted by on Feb 27, 2015 in Contests, Publishing, Query, Writing | 3 comments

Query Muse and Turn the Page

When Kristen and I originally started Pen & Muse, our goal is (and has always been) to help writers. It’s that simple. Which is why I spend hours out of my week to write helpful blog posts, contacting guest posters and more. I want to help you. I want you to succeed. Earlier this week I wrote a Peptalk called Don’t Give Up. Check it out if you’re a writer or if you’re someone who has ever considered giving up on a dream. I know I have. With that peptalk in mind, I’ve been wanting to roll out two FREE author services for a while and I think this is the perfect opportunity. Here are two more resources for writers to get feedback, offered completely free from moi!   Since Pen and Muse is devoted to writers of all types and genres, I present to you two new weekly posts features run by yours truly. World, meet Turn the Page & Query Muse! Click To Tweet   World, meet Turn the Page & Query Muse!   Every week, on FRIDAY, I will be featuring either Turn the Page or Query Helper. What are these magical things? Glad you asked! Let me tell you.   Turn the Page Details: Not sure if your first page is ready? Want honest feedback on your manuscript? As you know, an enticing first page is SO important when you’re submitting your work to be published. A sub-par first page can be the reason that an agent rejects your manuscript. Send me the first page (not middle, not end, not something else) from your manuscript and I will tell you, based off the first page, if I would turn the page to keep reading. Our readers will also be able to provide feedback on the first page and let you know what they think. All genres, all writers welcome, as long as it isn’t creepy / inappropriate. Name, title, genre and first page will be posted unless submitter asks us to not disclose the author name. All submissions will remain in the queue in order of receipt unless you ask us to delete your submission. You will be notified when yours is selected. Submit your work to Turn the Page     Query Muse Details: A good query letter can be hard to come by! I know. I used to sift through slush when I worked for a publishing house. That’s why I’m here to help you make it great! Send in your query to Pen and Muse and I’ll give you my opinion and feedback on how to make it better. Readers will also be able to comment and give advice as well in the comments. Author and book details will be posted along with query unless you ask us not to. Each submission will remain in the queue and reviewed in the order it was received. You will be notified when yours is selected. Submit your work to Query Muse   Now taking submissions for Query Muse and Turn the Page! Click To Tweet A few more things… If you want to be featured in either column fill out the form for Turn the Page or Query Muse, fill out the fields completely, and wait patiently for yours to be selected. You may enter your work simultaneously for Query Muse and Turn the Page. Yes, you may enter more than one project. Submissions are reviewed in the order they are received. If you enter more than one project, I will give priority to first time submitters over your 2nd, 3rd, 4th submission.   Special Note: PLEASE do not submit your work until it’s...

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10 Word Love Story Winner!

Posted by on Feb 13, 2015 in Contests, Romance, Writing | 0 comments

10 Word Love Story Winner!

Last week we ran a contest. For the contest, we challenged our readers to write a love story that was only ten words long. It’s not as easy as you think! Here was our example: Now, this one I liked because it could be interpreted as creepy or romantic or possibly somewhere in between. A HUGE thank you to everyone who commented their stories, tweeted up their stories, and emailed their 10 word love stories. I promise that I read each and every one of them. One in particular stuck out and made me laugh, which is why I chose her as the winner! Congratulations to our winner! Huge congratulations to Kay for her winning entry! Kay, please email jolene (at) penandmuse dot com with your address and she’ll send you your prize via snail mail! Congratulations again!   Kisses,...

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The Saturday Situation – Great For Authors & Bloggers

Posted by on Jun 13, 2014 in Blogging, Contests | 0 comments

The Saturday Situation – Great For Authors & Bloggers

I recently came across the Saturday Situation. If you’re an author or a blogger, this is something you should check out. I’d never heard of it before and I really liked what I was seeing and reading. The Saturday Situation is hosted by Candace at Candace’s Book Blog and Lori from Pure Imagination. For the Saturday Situation, there are two linky lists set up (which is an online form that you fill out that allows for a creation of a list). One linky is  for giveaways that you (blogger / author / etc.) want to promote and one is for posts that you want to promote. They are flexibile with the material you can promote for the posts, which are reviews, discussions, rants, events, and more. According to the blog post I checked out, Lori writes that there are, “…so many great posts out there that often go unread. Here’s your chance to tell the world! Feel free to link up to other bloggers posts as well! Let’s spread the love!” And spread love bloggers and authors are! The week I found this, there were almost 100 different blogs on the list for giveaways and another 100 for posts. This week’s linky has broken 100, sitting at 123 for the post linky alone. Why Is This Awesome? Well, giveaways are always awesome!  Who doesn’t like free things? If you’re wondering how the post linky can help you… If you haven’t figured this out, it’s awesome because it can give you free exposure to blogs who may not have already known you exist. If you need more entries in a giveaway, it can get you more entries, and by design, more awareness of your giveaway and blog. Keep in mind that the etiquette for something like this is to make sure you don’t just post your work.  Make sure you take the time to stop by other blogs and leave comments. Who knows, you might find a few amazing  new blogs along the way! Shoutout to Pure Imagination and Candace’s Book Blog for running the Saturday Situation. I love the awesome bookness happening. Have you checked out the Saturday Situation? Let me know in the comments below. What other linkys do you...

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Celebrating PMP Launch with a Contest Winner!

Posted by on Jul 24, 2013 in Contests, Marketing and Branding, Pen and Muse news, Writing | 0 comments

Celebrating PMP Launch with a Contest Winner!

  You might have noticed some exciting news on Monday. That’s right – Pen and Muse Press is live! If you haven’t poked your head in, be sure to mosey over to Pen and Muse Press and check everything out!   What’s the difference between Pen & Muse and Pen & Muse Press? Pen and Muse will remain exactly as you know it: a mix of reading posts, writing inspiration, and light marketing tips. Pen and Muse Press is the accompaniment. Here, we’re focusing on the more technical information that not every author will want to know about. We’ll be offering up tips on everything from social media to running an efficient author blog to learning how to make a business out of your writing. And if it’s too much work for you to do at once, we’re offering services to take some of the weight off your back.   What can you expect to find at Pen & Muse Press? Monthly freebies to help you scheme, create, and track your writing career Technical knowledge on how to turn your passion into a career Author services to help you promote and publicize each of your novels. Marketing and branding tips and tricks to get you ahead of the game We hope you’ll join us there!   Didn’t you say something about a winner? Why, so I did! Remember when we asked you to fill out a form for us? The winner of a 2 page critique is…. *drumroll* @CarGenx ! Congratulations! PS: Everyone who filled out the form will be getting a gift in their email! Be on the lookout!...

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