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Sunday, September 29, 2013

A BIG thank-you and what's coming up...

First off a very big thank-you to our judges who stopped in to read all the queries AND make requests! We are very appreciative of your time!

Second, congrats to everyone who received a request for more! Please keep us posted as to how it turns out. Maybe this is your first request ever, and maybe it's your twenty-first, but either way this is one of those steps on the path toward becoming a successful author. So no matter how it turns out you need to chalk this up as a goal reached and reward yourself. Ice-cream? Cake? A nice minty Mojito? Congratulations!!!

Third, a heads up as to what's coming for this week:

I will be interviewing three self-published authors this week to ask some questions and get some tips about that avenue of getting your book in the hands of readers. First up will be Angela Brown, author of NeverLove. Wednesday I'll be talking to Hart Johnson, author of A Flock of Ill Omens (book 1). Friday...

Ah, Friday. Who will it be? What about you? Have you self-published? Care to answer five easy questions and get some free publicity for your book? If so, send your answers along with a pic of your book, a link to buy, and a link to find you to: unicornbellsubmissions@gmail.com.

I will pick the most succinct reply I receive and whoever they are will be our Friday post.


Here are the five "easy" questions:
1. Tell us about yourself - where you live how many pets you have, kids names, favorite flavor icecream...whatever you feel comfortable sharing. (like an author bio)
2. Tell us a little about the journey from being a writer to self-publishing.
3. Did you have a background that proved to be helpful or any experience? How hard was it?
4. What did you do wrong? Right?
5. Are you happy with your choice? Do you think you'll stick with self-publishing or are you still keeping your options open? 

Last, in case you all aren't quite tired of critiques...I team up with author Dianne Salerni (The Caged Graves, and The Eighth Day, a forthcoming series from HarperCollins) the first of every month for First Impressions, in which we each crit someone's first page on our blogs, sort of a two crits for one deal. If you would like your first page critiqued send it to: marcy@tidewater.net with First Impressions in the subject line. We have two slots left for October and we promise to be kind and helpful. A page is approximately 350-400 words.



Robin said...

Great news about the Critique Event last week being successful. Sorry I wasn't around to comment... was on vacation in Las Vegas last week and it was CHAOS. Looking forward to hearing from you self-published authors.

Can WIPs participate in the First Page critique session or is it exclusively for finished novels?

mshatch said...

The first page critique is available to anyone with a first page, finished or not.


Huntress, aka CD Coffelt said...

First, a huge congrats to all our followers who participated in this year's QueryCon.

Second, thank you, thank you to the judges.

Third, for all who didn't get into the contest, there is another query event at SC Write next month. Give him a try.

Fourth, Can't wait to see Angela and Hart's interviews!

nwharrisbooks said...

This was my second Query Con at Unicorn Bell, and it was a blast! I love how my query evolved into something I can be proud of and am super grateful for the two MS request it earned last week. I sent out my MS Friday night and am excited to hear what the judges think of it. Thanks Unicorn Bell for this contest. It's so much fun I'll be back next year for sure.
N.W. Harris

Carl Hackman said...

It was my first query at Query Con and I really enjoyed participating. Although I wasn't expecting it, I did get a request. The great comments from the team at Unicorn Bell and professional guests really helped ease some of my anxieties about querying agents.

I'll definitely be submitting my first page (350-400 words) for critique :)

Thank you all involved here