Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Kudos and Congrats to our Winners!

It's time! The very first contest is over. And the winners are . . .

KRISTIE COOK. First Place with 184 votes for her opening to PURPOSE. Wow! She will receive the prize of a $10 Barnes & Noble Gift Certificate! Get to know her better HERE!

CRYSTAL PHARES. Honorable Mention with 106 votes for her opening to RAZOR'S EDGE. Another Wow! She will receive our undying gratitude for sharing her work with us. (Sorry, but we only had one prize on this competition.) Here's more about Crystal: HERE!

A huge and heartfelt thank you to all our contestants for inspiring us with your great opening lines. We will do this again in the not-too-distant future. I hope everyone enjoyed it and it was of some benefit in your journey toward publication.

I will leave the voting booth up for another hour or so. When I remove it, it will be replaced with another poll to get an idea of the type of writing you do. I hope everyone will fill in the blanks so I can get an idea of where to concentrate the efforts to make this blog as valuable as possible to our readers.

When I return this afternoon, we'll jump right into the dreaded Query Letter. There's much to discuss, so get yourself a cup of coffee, or tea, or whatever, and strap in. Keep your arms and legs inside the car at all times. There will also be lots of links to great references. So be sure to return and stay with the program.

Lots of great stuff coming up!


  1. Thank you for sponsoring the contest. All the entries were fabulous and I think we all came away with great ideas to improve our openings. So thank you to all who commented and critiqued. As competitive as the world of publishing is, the writing community is unbelievably supportive, helpful and encouraging. Writers, don't ever feel like you're alone in this. Good luck to everyone in their publishing endeavors. I look forward to getting to know you, your characters and your stories.

    P.S. Thanks to all who voted for me!!!!

  2. I want to congratulate Kristie on her fabulous win. I'd also like to thank everyone that voted for me, and wish everyone who entered good luck in the near future.

  3. I really had fun with this contest. Reading everyone's opening lines was very educational for me. Thanks everyone! And congrats to the winners!

    Michael, could you link the winners' names in this post to their entries? It would make it easier to connect them for future visitors.

  4. Congratulations Kristie and Crystal!

    I thoroughly enjoyed the contest and want to thank everyone who commented on my entry. You were all very positive and supportive.

    Thank you, Michael, for this awesome site and for the great work you are doing for all of us aspiring writers. It's so uplifting to receive feedback from others in the same endeavor. Really appreciate it!

  5. Congratulations Kristie and Crystal and a big thank you to Michael for a great blog site. Thanks everyone for the great comments on my post. They have all helped me with my edits.

    Can't wait for the next contest now.

  6. Congrats to the winners!!! And thanks Michael for running such a fun contest!! Great stuff everybody!


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