Monday, October 4, 2010

Miscellaneous Monday & The Preacher's Bride Winner

Congratulations to Susan Reinhardt, the winner of The Preacher's Bride by Jody Hedlund! Thanks to all who participated; I'm glad you decided to stop by.

Writing Tips

Need manuscript advice? Editor Anica Mrose Rissi offers great tips in her Writer's Digest article, Nine Must-Follow Manuscript Rules. Rissi outlines what it takes to stay out of the slush pile, which is something all writers want to avoid. Love the principles here; I think that several apply to non-fiction too.

Here's another writing goodie I came across. Ask the Pro: Literary Agent Rachelle Gardner - Kara Ebhart Uhl interviews Rachelle Gardner and uncovers Rachelle's definition of a dream client, worst query, and biggest career surprise. (You might recall that Rachelle is Jody Hedlund's agent.)

Jean Fischer posts on Common Word Mistakes at her blog The Walrus and the Carpenter. Do you know the difference between lay and lie? How about farther and further? Hop over to see Jean and she'll straighten you out on that and a lot more.

FYI - Haven't forgotten about the 150 follower/200th post giveaway that I mentioned some weeks ago. Although perhaps now I should aim for 200 followers, as 150 seems to have come and gone. :) Soon, I assure you, and I have some nifty prizes to share. Stay tuned also for a visit with Sarah Sundin. Sarah spent time with us over the summer and will return to talk about her new book, A Memory Between Us, complete with a giveaway.

What a blessing to have such rich resources at our fingertips! Found any good resources lately?

Happy writing!



  1. Thanks Karen for all the helpful links. Have a great week!

  2. Thanks for the links! And congratulations to Susan.

  3. Going to click on some of those links. Hope your week starts off strong!
    ~ Wendy

  4. Karen, you are a wealth of information. Thank you. What a way to start my day!

  5. I am reading Jody's book now:)) And I admit-- I always mess up on further and farther.

  6. Congrats to Susan--you will LOVE Jody's book!!! I'm almost finished, and the writing is astounding. I'm so proud to know Jody.

    Karen, you're a dear re: links to help us grow. Bless you for being a blessing,

  7. Rachna,
    You are most welcome! You have a great week too!

    You are welcome. Have a great week!

    And yours as well! Hope the links lend a hand. :)

    You are most welcome. Hope you have a great day!

    Hope you enjoy the book! Some of those words really make you stop and think, don't they? Good thing Jean straightens us out:)

    Me too! I need to brush up on that one! If I think too hard on it, I'm not sure if I'm coming or going:)

    Yes, it is wonderful, and I am proud to know Jody as well! You are welcome to the links. Hope they are helpful:)

    Thanks and blessings to each of you,

  8. Congratulations to Susan!!

    Those are great writing tips : ) Thanks for sharing!

    Oooo giveaways coming up *wink* That's fun! Sarah's book looks stupendous! I'm so excited that she'll be here....
    Talk to you soon,

  9. Congrats to Susan! Thanks for all the links, Karen. You are always so helpful and thoughtful. Susan

  10. Wow, Susan! Congratulations! Please let us know how you like the book.

    Will check some of those links, Karen. Thanks for doing the leg work and passing them on.

    Happy Monday!

  11. Susan congrats. I am very happy for you. Sad for me, happy for you. I'm torn! :)

    Karen thanks for all these really cool links. Checking them out now.

    Have a most lovely and awesome week, my most precious friend.

  12. Lots of good resources here. Congrats Susan!!! :O)

  13. Great Resources! I have to admit I've been chin deep in research for my Shakespere class the last few days . . . so I don't have many resources for writing on my mind at the moment.

    In general, one of the sites I visit frequently for different translations of scripture and just to have scripture quotes at my fingertips is and I also like the Rhyme Zone rhyming dictionary on those few ocassions I try to rhyme while writing poetry.

    Do you know have any good posts/resources on "voice" in writing?

  14. Woohoo! Thanks, Karen. I can't wait to read Jody's book. :)

    Congrats on 175 Followers! That's awesome!


  15. Hi Karen .. congratulations to Susan .. and I love the picture at the top - very inspiring ..

    These links - will be interesting to visit - Writers Digest I see again!! .. also the grammar one .. I definitely need ..

    Thanks - great miscellany .. Hilary

  16. Thanks for sharing all the links, Karen. Your beautiful photo at the top really caught my eye, so lovely!

  17. Congratulations to Susan! Hopefully she'll post one of her lovely reveiws after she reads The Preacher's Bride too. And love that picture!!

  18. Yay Susan! I LOVED Jody's book!!!!! Off to read that ask the pro article with Rachelle! too cool!

  19. Hannah,
    You are very welcome:) Yes, giveaways in the coming weeks. They're always fun:)

    You are welcome. Maybe one will be of help!

    Yes, it will be interesting to see what Susan thinks! I think she may like it:)

    You are very welcome to the links. Perhaps they will inspire.

    I'm sorry that everyone couldn't win! You have a great week too:)

    Thanks a bunch! :)

    Glad you like them. This looks like a good resource, too. Thanks! Will let you know if I come across any on voice.

    Susan R.,
    Congrats to you! :) Thanks, the followers' numbers are creeping up there.

    Yes, Writer's Digest again. What can I say, it's a fave of mine:)

    You are welcome! Glad you came by today.

    Yes, I hope Susan does too. She writes great reviews!

    Oh, I know, me too! Given that, I think Rachelle's advice is really good:)

    Thanks and blessings to each of you,

  20. Congratulations to Susan - What a blessing!

    And Karen,
    Thank you for such valuable links. So appreciate the research you did and sharing the wealth of knowledge.

    Blessings to you,

  21. Thanks Karen for sharing your research results, useful information!

  22. I am checking out every one of these links! THanks!

  23. Susan P.,
    You're welcome. Good stuff just needs to be passed around:)

    You are welcome!

    Hope they are helpful! :)

    Blessings to each of you,

  24. Thank you so much for these resources! It is a blessing to have them right at my fingertips! I'll check them out tonight!

    Congratulations to Susan for winning the giveaway!

  25. Congratulations to the winner. Great prize!

    And thank you for the links.

    I'll add a link to win homemade cookies:


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