A #BookHuggles Author Spotlight with Jennifer Blackwood
Dec10

A #BookHuggles Author Spotlight with Jennifer Blackwood

Jennifer Blackwood  @Jen_Blackwood🔹  Facebook  🔹  Website  🔹   Goodreads  We’re holding an amazing contest over on Instagram on the hashtag #bookhuggles, where authors are posting pics of themselves with their books and readers are posting pics of their favorite books or current reads. There’s three gift boxes full of books and surprises for US addresses and a $50 Amazon gift card for international addresses up for grabs that will be rewarded to winners of the contest. See the ad below for all the details on how to enter and participate in this event. Today’s featured author is Jennifer Blackwood and her novel, FOOLPROOF… Now available online at the following retailers: Barnes and Noble | Amazon | Kobo | iTunes A summer of seduction… Jules Carmichael needs to get her life together. Pronto. School’s been hell, there was that tiny stint in rehab, and worst of all, she’s lost her cushy summer job. The only available work is at Office Jax, home of horrid 90s music and the biggest jerk on this side of the galaxy… Recovering from a brutal break-up and taking a hiatus from college, Ryan DeShane has just discovered the “6 Ultimate Steps to the Perfect Summer Fling.” It’s a brilliant distraction, and Jules is a tantalizing target. But the “steps” work a little too well, because he and Jules are definitely, uh, flinging. And it’s only a matter of time before Ryan’s foolproof plan starts to seriously unravel… Check out all of Jennifer’s books here!         Instagram:...

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A Pitch Wars 2015 Success Interview with Kris Hui Lee, Lori Goldstein, and Chelsea Bobulski!
Dec10

A Pitch Wars 2015 Success Interview with Kris Hui Lee, Lori Goldstein, and Chelsea Bobulski!

The best part of the contests for us around here is when we hear about successes. Today we celebrate Kris Hui Lee and her Pitch Wars mentors, Lori Goldstein and Chelsea Bobulski! Kris recently signed with Courtney Miller-Callihan of Sanford J. Greenburger Associates , and we couldn’t be more thrilled for her. So without further ado, please meet Kris, Lori, and Chelsea as they recap their epically awesome Pitch Wars success story. KRIS, what made you decide to send a Pitch Wars application to LORI & CHELSEA? I actually didn’t originally sub to Lori and Chelsea, and I honestly have no idea how it wound up in their hands. (How did it, by the way?) But either way, I’m so so so so glad they picked it up because they are THE BEST. Brenda’s note: Mentors passed manuscripts they loved but weren’t choosing on to mentors who they felt were a better fit during the selection round. LORI & CHELSEA, what about KRIS ’s application made you choose her? The first page won us over. It had everything we look for in a manuscript: good writing, humor, and an incredible voice. So much can be played with in revisions, but voice is the thing that is either there or not. With Kris, it was not just there, it hooked us instantly. KRIS, tell us about the revision period for Pitch Wars? It was insane. I pretty much rewrote the entire MS in one month—which was the most writing I’ve ever done in such a little time. I was writing before class, after class, between classes. Just whenever I had free time, I was writing. (And even when I didn’t have free time…) But it was so worth it. Chelsea and Lori gave me such great feedback, and I think after implementing a lot of what they suggested, my MS is infinitely better because of it. I’m excited to see how much it will change and grow in the coming revisions. LORI & CHELSEA, tell us about your experience with mentoring KRIS. How was mentoring your other team members?  This was our first time co-mentoring, and it was a great lesson in how this entire business is subjective. While we both loved the manuscript, we each had slightly different notes for Kris on revision. Instead of trying to 100% merge them, we presented her with it all. Hopefully it didn’t overwhelm her! We hoped it had the effect of showing Kris that she is still the writer and the one in charge of her story. Feedback and critiques are important, but ultimately there is a subjective nature to all of this...

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