Part 1: Page 99 BLOGFEST- Alica, Holly, Pam, Quinta and I will hosting a page 99 Blogfest- you post page 99 of one of your WIPs and see if other people would read more based solely on that page. Awesome, right? The idea is page 1-50 are normally SUPER polished and perfect, but let's pick a page at random (page 99) and see if the writing is interesting enough to keep the reader's attention. It's based on the website http://page99test.com/
It will be on January 28th! A week and a half away. Go here to sign up
Part 2- Road Trip Wednesday- blurb all about it.
The word blurb is funny. It's one of those words that sounds like it shouldn't even be a word.
Say it a low, blurb blurb blurb blurb blurb blurb blurb blurb, see how it lost all meaning?
Anyway writing a blurb is tough, it's like a query letter but even shorter. It's like a one paragraph pitch.
So I'm going to mash up my query letter and see if it works as a blurb.
Colin descends upon the bullies in town and unleashes punishments so swift and fitting, the bullies either changed their ways or moved. Now in his senior year, Colin is trying to keep a low profile. Because one of his “victims” wants to crush Colin’s spinal cord into powder. But his popularity-obsessed girlfriend, and the garage band he formed with his brother, are making that impossible.
Much to Colin’s surprise, the band is good and gaining a following. As he reluctanly steps into the spotlight he has to face public scrutiny when he doesn’t get into Julliard and discovers the people he trusts are keeping secrets from him.
Yeah it's not great but neither is the word blurb.
Part three: Fricking Awesome First Lines.
Tomorrow I will open my blog up for a contest. All week I've been talking about the importance of a first line. Thursday you can post your first line of any work (short story, novel or non fiction). It's open to all genres. All comments will be closed to the public so no one can see who posted what. On Friday I will post ALL the first lines. Voting will last through the weekend.
- You will need to e-mail or post your first line in the comments on Thursday's post.
- You need to be a follower of the blog.
- Vote for your favorite on Friday.
- Winner will get a $10 iTunes gift card and a 10 page critique from me.