Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Brenda Novak Mentorship Contest

It's almost time for Brenda Novak's Auction. In caes you didn't know this auction raises money for Juvenile Diabetes. I’m always amazed at how many people give their time and/or products to make this happen.

You’ll find everything from editors and agents reading work to weekend getaways and awesome gift baskets. There’s something for writers and reader’s, so no matter which area you fall into you’re going to love this.

And if that wasn’t enough, there’s daily prizes give out as well.

Please check it out. You might find something you just have to have and it all goes for a great cause.

This year she’s added something new and WOW is it very cool to say the least. What you’re going to read below came from her website.

Ever wished you had a New York Times Bestselling author you could go to any time you had a writing or marketing question? Someone who’s had fourteen years of experience and nearly forty books published? Someone qualified to look over your query letter and make suggestions? Someone who understands story structure who will critique your work and, once it’s ready, help you make the connections you need to get published? Someone to take you to Harlequin’s big party at the RWA National Convention, where you can meet those who make this great publishing house what it is? Now’s your chance!

A New York Times, USA Today and Waldenbooks bestseller, Brenda has won many contests and awards and continues to write dramatic, sophisticated, unforgettable stories. Look for her latest romantic suspense novels due out this summer from Mira Books: WHITE HEAT (August 10), BODY HEAT (September 10), and KILLER HEAT (October 10).

A six month mentoring package with New York Times Bestseller Brenda Novak (December 1, 2010 - May 31, 2011)

This includes a starting phone call, unlimited email access, the critique and polishing of one romance manuscript (contemporary, romantic suspense, paranormal, or historical not to exceed 100,000 words).

Mentorship will be followed by:
A read of your manuscript by Brenda's agent, Kimberly Whalen, Vice-President of Trident Media Group

A read of your manuscript by Brenda's editor Paula Eykelhof, Executive Editor at MIRA Books


Preliminary Round Judges:
Bestselling authors, including Barbara Freethy, Dianna Love, Susan Mallery, Karen Rose, Karin Tabke, and Debra Webb.
Final Judge: Brenda Novak

Please note that judging will be handled in the same way as the Golden Heart. Your work will be given a score of 1 - 9. Entries may or may not receive critical feedback.

Simply pay your entry fee right here, then click to download an entry form (link to entry form), which you will mail with your submission (address is on entry form).
Entry must be RECEIVED by midnight Saturday, July 24, 2010. Entries received after July 25th will not be accepted. Entrant will be notified.

Entry form, completely filled out
3 Copies/Sets of first three chapters (50 pages maximum, including synopsis)
Self-addressed stamped envelope if you want your entry returned to you.
FINALISTS ANNOUNCED via E-mail October 31st!

Top 10 finalists will each receive copies of BREAK INTO FICTION by Dianna Love and Mary Buckham and THINKING WRITE by Kelly L. Stone.
Top three finalists will each receive a read by Laurie McLean of Larsen & Pomada Literary Agents.


About the Judges (in alphabetical order):

BARBARA FREETHY is an award-winning, best-selling author of 27 novels including category, single title contemporary, romantic suspense and women's fiction. Her books have received numerous awards including four RITA nominations and one RITA win. Her current contemporary series, Angel's Bay, is set in a fictional town on the California coast.
For more information, visit Barbara Freethy

New York Times best seller DIANNA LOVE has released her energetic muse on writing high-octane romantic thrillers (Bureau of American Defense/ Pocket) and paranormal thrillers with the release of BLOOD TRINITY (Pocket/Oct 2010) with #1 NYT Best seller Sherrilyn Kenyon. Her first book sold & won a prestigious RITA® Award (as Dianna Love Snell). Dianna speaks at national and international events about the innovative Break Into Fiction® Character-Driven™ Plotting Program.
Visit Dianna Love & Break Into Fiction

SUSAN MALLERY is the New York Times bestselling author of over one hundred romances and she has yet to run out of ideas!! She has written series romances, as well as single titles, historicals, contemporaries and even a lone time travel. Always reader favorites, her books have appeared on the Waldens bestseller list, along with the USA Today bestseller list and, of course, the New York Times list. She has won awards for everything from best single title contemporary, to best Special Edition of the year and recently took home the prestigious National Reader's Choice Award.
Visit Susan Mallery

RITA-award winning, USA Today best-selling author KAREN ROSE's debut suspense novel, DON'T TELL, was released in July, 2003. Since then, she has released eight more novels and a novella. To date, her books have been translated into five languages. Her third novel, I'M WATCHING YOU, received the Romance Writer's of America's coveted RITA award for Best Romantic Suspense for 2005. Karen's ninth novel, DIE FOR ME, was a RITA finalist for Best Romantic Suspense and won the Romantic Times' Reviewers' Choice Award for Best Romantic Suspense of 2007.
Visit Karen Rose

KARIN TABKE writes erotic romantic suspense for Pocket Trade, Berkley Sensation, and Kensington Aphrodisia; historical romance and paranormal romantic suspense for Pocket Star; and erotic paranormal romance for Berkley Heat. Some of the words used to describe Karin’s work are gripping, raw, hot, compelling. Married to a retired street cop, Karin gets the facts right and the emotions riveting.is the author of more than a dozen paranormal, historical, and contemporary novels.
Visit Karin Tabke

DEBRA WEBB is a multi-published, bestselling author who writes spine tingling romantic suspense for St. Martin's Press and Harlequin Intrigue.
Read more about Debra at her website:
Debra Webb

How cool is all of this!!


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