Tuesday, March 20, 2012

March Madness Check-In Day 20 #wipmadness (& Prizes!!!)

I'm so impressed with everyone's progress and dedication to checking in that I've decided to start digging into our arsenal of prizes EARLY. Like, as in, TODAY!!!

I've been seeing people exceeding their goal word counts, cheering each other on, even finishing entire novels! This calls for some serious celebrating, folks! I, for one, have dug into the red wine and dark chocolate on your behalf, but I want to make sure you're starting to celebrate your successes as well. So, first, let me remind you of our awesome prize contingent:

First page critique by agent Katie Grimm from Don Congdon Associates
(Courtesy of Angelina Hansen)

Ten page critique by agent Michelle Humphrey from Martha Kaplan Agency (Courtesy of Denise Jaden)


Advance copy of ARTICLE FIVE by Kristen Simmons
(Courtesy of Jaye Robin Brown)


UNRAVELING ISOBEL by Eileen Cook
  (Courtesy of Shari Green)


Query and 10-page critique (Courtesy of Anne Hale)

Copyedit critique of 50 pages (Courtesy of Laura Taylor)

OUTLINING YOUR NOVEL by K.M. Weiland
(2 e-copies up for grabs!) (Courtesy of Deb Marshall)


DARWEN ARKWRIGHT AND THE PEREGRINE PACT by A.J. Hartley
(Courtesy of Laura Taylor)

Wow! Amazing stuff. I (and probably all of our other co-hosts) am jealous! I've drawn one winner's name for today, but before I tell you who it is, here's how the prize draws will work: The winner today will have his or her choice of all of these prizes. So long as they let me know by email at d (at) denisejaden (dot) com of their choice, plus any pertinent mailing info, I will get it sent/arranged for them. Next week, if we continue to have such great participation, I'll have taken one claimed prize off of this list and will announce a second winner. Unfortunately I do not have time to chase around winners to let them know, so you'll want to keep an extra close eye on this (and other host blogs) from now until the end of March. If you don't claim your prize, they will all be left on the list for someone else to claim. As we near the end of the month, I plan to give prizes away at a much quicker pace, so you will want to be checking in!!!

Don't forget to leave your progress in the comments today, and congratulate our first winner...

Jennifer Pickrell!!!

Congratulations! Jennifer, please email me with your prize selection, and everybody else, have a great writing day! I'll see you on Twitter under #wipmadness or at Angelina Hansen's Blog tomorrow!!

66 comments:

  1. Oooooh, congrats, Jennifer! And thanks to Denise and other hosts for offering these fab prizes!

    I'm generally a pretty motivated writer, but #wipmadness makes it even better. Love the check-ins and sharing progress. I'm so psyched for everyone finishing drafts, revising, and just working on their projects every day!

    I'm continuing my revision today. That beta feedback was so helpful. It's hard, but I'm digging deep to make it happen.

    Happy writing/revising/reading to all!
    Kip

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    1. Lots of digging deep going on today, I think! I'm glad the check-ins are continuing to motivate you. Me too!

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  2. Congratulations Jennifer! There are some great prizes up for grabs here. I started my bookmap last night, got 20 pages and about 5 scenes done. Other than that, I'm gearing up for the A-Z challenge in April and beginning to write those posts. Fun. Fun. Fun.

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    1. A-Z challenge? I must have missed what that is.

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  3. Wow, I'm excited now, gotta think about which prize to claim - so much awesome stuff to choose from!

    I did some beta reading yesterday and also tried to motivate a friend to start writing his first book. He always gets a few pages into something and then sets it down. I keep telling him, "Just write it!!!" Then you can worry about grammar or sentence structure.

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    1. Yay! Congrats again, Jen! And that's awesome that you're being such a motivator in RL too!

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  4. Yay! Congrats Jennifer! Awesome!

    I got up early and wrote 1366 words before the kids got up! Hopefully I can get some more writing time some other time today! Have a great day!

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    1. Wow, what an awesome early total! You go girl!

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  5. That is an impressive list! They're all so shiny and wrapped so pretty :) Congrats Jennifer!

    Woke up early to write 1k on story, but since my headspace is on edits, that's what I'll be doing the majority of the day. Honestly I rarely enjoy or want to do edits so I better take advantage, lol.

    Have a wonderful day - and thank you for offering up such amazing prizes - it's a gift enough to be amongst supportive authors and friends!

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    1. March Madness IS a gift...to me as well. Glad you're here with us :)

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  6. Yay, Jennifer! Today I'm going to take a deep, deep breath and dive back into revising my historical. I am excited to smooth out the wrinkles pointed out by my awesome betas! Thanks for all your encouraging pats on the back yesterday. Gives me the energy I need to keep on going in this March Madness Marathon!

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    1. Don't forget to let that breath out! Glad to hear you have some great feedback to work from. Aren't beta readers the best?

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  7. WooHOOO, Jennifer! Congats, congrats!

    Progress slowed some but am back on the #wipmadness road. Have completed some guest blog posts, added some notes to my MG novel. Todays plan is to finish reading one book, start another (both for my blog), write first draft of a guest post for another blog and going in to write n cut on WIP. Have all day and tomorrow off work and on my butt so going to take advantage of it.

    All best with everyone wip-ing...wip it good, lol!

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    1. Sounds like you've been struggling as I have...and diverting yourself to other projects. I'm forcing myself to work on the rewrite first, but there are so many other things demanding (or at least pleading for) my attention!

      All the best making good use of your two days!!

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  8. Congrats to Jennifer!!!
    I've finally managed to restart my revision round. Yay! and I added another book to my reading goal. I'm going from two books (as the original goal) to five. :)

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    1. Way to up the goals, Akoss! And I look forward to hearing about progress on your revision :)

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  9. Congratulations Jennifer!!! And much applause to all in the MarchMadness crew who are blowing my mind with their productivity. YAY!

    I'm currently brushing up my beginning and a few other scenes with the aid of Les Edgerton's book, "Hooked." Enjoyable read. And my antagonist finally has a motive!! WOOT!!

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    1. I've heard great things about Hooked. I have it on my kindle, but haven't gotten around to reading it yet. Congrats on finding motive!

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  10. Congrats Jennifer! And many thanks to everyone else for all the prizes.

    I am not sure what to do about March Madness. I had to put aside my goal of 30k on a new book, because I got an agent!!! Suddenly I had to inform other agents, work on my synopses for books 2 and 3 in the series, write a bio of myself, etc... and now I'm waiting for my editorial letter coming on Monday. Unfortunately this doesn't give me much time to write the other book.

    But I am cheering all of you on, and hope you meet your goals soon!

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    1. Elizabeth!!!!!!!! That's ginormous! Congrats.

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    2. Yes, things happen (sometimes great things!), but don't let it stop you from being productive each day. First of all, CONGRATULATIONS on securing an agent! That's wonderful.

      Secondly, why not set daily goals until your ed letter arrives? In my experience, editorial letters never arrive when they're supposed to, so I always have alternate plans at hand to keep me busy and productive.

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    3. Thanks! And very good tips Denise. I'm going to figure out some daily goals now.

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    4. WOOHOOOOOOO!!! Yay, Elizabeth! Congratulations!

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    5. Yay!!! Great news about the agent! Congratulations!!!

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  11. Congrats, Jennifer!!!

    March Madness: I'm off to write, right now... will let you know how it went on tomorrow. :)

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    1. Look forward to hearing about your progress!

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  12. Congrats, Jennifer!!! What a goody bag of fabulous prizes to choose from. Thanks to all who donated. :-)

    Super Congrats out to Elizabeth...securing an agent, woot!!

    Late last night I hit the 24k mark with rewrites. I'm totally psyched about the progress I'm making. I'm sure I would have still been sifting through the first pages had I not signed up for the madness and set goals. Thank you all for your support and cheering and motivation. Y'all rock!!

    (I figure if JRo brought in a bit of Devo up above, the wipsters must ROCK!)

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    1. 24k is Awesome-sauce! I'm definitely the same this year, making way more progress than I wouldn't without my mad, mad friends :)

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    2. Thank you. And congrats to you for hitting 24k! Rewrites are hard, but sounds like you're making great progress,

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  13. Yay Jennifer!

    2006 words today. A good number, but slow going for me. Took much longer to write that 2000 than the three days I had 3000.

    Now, to get ready for work!

    See ya and good luck!

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    1. Wow, those are some pretty stellar days you've had!

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  14. Wrote 1 K yesterday on my YA Angel Eyes, now time to get back to the climax of my fantasy novel. Especially since I just assured my editor I was on track to meet the June 1 deadline.

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    1. I admire you for doing so well going back and forth between projects. I try, but I feel like one project always suffers.

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  15. Woohoo! Go Jennifer! And go Denise!

    I started off with some good WIP mojo, but then life suddenly jumped in. (Sigh) So I am still winding up this last chapter, but I am within hours! I don't know if I'll get through it today, since we have soccer and all that jazz, but in the next couple of days, I will knock it out.

    Go, wipsters, go!

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    1. Within HOURS??? That's great! I can't wait to hear about your victory dance :)

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  16. Congrats Jennifer and congrats Elizabeth for the agent news!!!

    I'm taking it a bit slower this week, still getting over the push to finish draft 3 of the WIP, but I'm still working towards my goals in small ways. Yesterday I outlined a short story, and today I might work on my query.

    In other news, our puppy was finally born! She came out black rather than chocolate but we don't mind. I'll be posting pics on my blog in the coming days.

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    1. Thank you! And what, puppy?!? Where are the pictures?

      Good luck with your goals!

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    2. Puppy pictures here: http://bethanysmith.net/2012/03/21/an-overload-of-cuteness/

      :)

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  17. PUPPY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I'm sorry, did you say something about writing, too? LOL. All the best with your WIP!

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  18. Woo!!! Congrats to the winner! Sorry I haven't been checking in, working two jobs does that to a girl :)

    I'm so stoked, I finished my memoir, did another round of editing on one of my novels, and I'm trying to upkeep my blog a little better. Woot!

    Hope everything is going well, stay strong guys!!

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  19. Congratulations on the memoir! I love seeing the word "finished" in the comments!

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  20. Congrats Jennifer! You guys are doing an amazing job! I was able to flesh out another revision chapter and start on another one. It's been hard as I'm ending up deleting tons and then rewriting.

    Keep up with the good work!

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    1. Yay for another revised chapter! I feel you on the hard work - I'm writing a draft from scratch right now.

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  21. Congratulations Jennifer! And Elizabeth! And Beth! All kinds of exciting news!

    I'm doing great, got a wonderful, constructive note from the CP that's given me something meaty to work on while I wait for her to finish her critique.

    And I'm keeping my fingers crossed that this goes through, since I've been having trouble posting, but I downloaded a new browser especially for this, so let's see ...

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    1. Yay! I'm replying to myself, I know, but Yay, Google Chrome!

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    2. Yay! So glad it worked out for you. (I've heard good things about Chrome!)

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    3. I use Chrome. I was having trouble with Firefox jamming up and taking forever. No probs at all with chrome. (on Windows 7)

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  22. Tonette dela LunaMarch 20, 2012 at 7:39 PM

    Enjoy the chocolate, Denise. It's one of many things I gave up for Lent, but it's actually helped me focus on my goals.

    Congrats to everyone on their progress thus far. It keeps me motivated.

    With Script Frenzy approaching, I'm in full-on research mode. Friday is the Game of Thrones Marathon in Vancouver, and I'm halfway through the book so I'll be finishing that up before Friday as well. I'm bringing my iPad because, marathon or not, I'm going to get some work done even if I have to tuck away in a dark corner of the theatre to do it!

    Forgot to ask this before. I know we're each writing in different genres. I myself have at least three different genres in my WIPs. My question is regarding joining associations. With their annual dues, I know that the fees can add up. Is it a good idea to wait or should I be joining already? Also, are some better than others, considering that I'd have to budget these fees in my expenses? There are at least four that I'm considering, so far. I should probably start with the basics, right? Like, in my case, BC Writers. But there are also groups for YA authors, and there's the Crime Writers of Canada, and a multitude of sci-fi/speculative fic groups. It's hard to choose!


    Thanks in advance and hooray to us all for our hard work!


    Cheers,

    Tonette

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    1. Tonette, I didn't realize you were another BC-er! :) I was a member ("friend"?) of CANSCAIP, but I let that lapse when finances were tight. So I'm not a member of anything right now! But I will likely look again at CANSCAIP, SCBWI, and CWILL-BC as I get a little further on in my "publishing journey".

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    2. I didn't realize you were from BC either! I've let a lot of my memberships lapse, even though I am published. Many of them just haven't been that useful to me. I have stuck with SCBWI, and I may join RWA again in the future, but I wouldn't worry about joining things unless you have a specific purpose that you want to.

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    3. Calling "hellooooo" to another BC-ite! Like Shari and Denise, I've let most of my memberships go as it didn't seem to be money well spent right now. There are so many good organizations that can be helpful in specific genres. I've stayed with the Federation of BC Writers and will likely add The Word Guild at some point.

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  23. Congratulations, Jennifer, Elizabeth and Beth! Prizes, agents and puppy! So awesome to get good news from the internet!
    I finished a song (a short one) and am about to put on the big headphones and move into the writing zone.
    It's inspiring seeing all those big numbers and knowing what's possible!

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    1. The numbers are impressive, but so is the diligence of so many here, including you!

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  24. Hooray for the winner!

    2,766 words for the day after a rather crappy Monday. Evidently my characters needed to do something before they could move on and I ignored that fact. So, I spent today dealing with the scene they should have had. It's not finished, but it was a good count and hopefully it will put me back on track for tomorrow.

    On other fronts, still mulling things over. Trying to decide where some of my works in the aether stand.

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    1. Ha! I've had plenty of those experiences, going back and writing the scene they should have had. Glad you found it!

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  25. Spent some time on revisions this afternoon, and will be back at it shortly. It's freaking me out a little that there are only TEN DAYS LEFT in March, but hopefully the freak-out energy will translate into productivity!

    So fun reading about everyone's progress. What an awesome, dedicated group! Go, Wipsters!

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    1. I know, I've been trying not to think of that looming April the first. I'm purposely not working out how much I need to write each day to get done because I don't want to get depressed!

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    2. Yes, I'm not doing the math either! *blocks out all thought of numbers* lalala, I can't hear you, numbers!

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  26. Oops. I meant to check in early this afternoon ... but the day got away from me. I think this is the least WIP-madnessy day I've had so far.

    BUT ... Yesterday I finished The Hunger Games. An enjoyable read, though I have extensive thoughts on it and will have to finish the other two before I make a final conclusion. I will say this, though: it made me glad that I switched away from present tense.

    Also yesterday, I made more complete notes on the changes I'll have to make to SOTS. Since today seemed to be a veg day where I mostly attended to chores, hopefully I can start in on those tomorrow.

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  27. Was HG in present tense? I don't even remember that. I found the first third of the book slow...probably because I'm not used to reading that much world-building. The first was my favorite of the three, but I say that about most trilogy books/movies. Because I think it's the concept I like more than anything, and by book/movie #2, the concept is a little old.

    Glad you had a good day of mulling!

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  28. Didn't get here on Tuesday, but wanted to say congratulations to Jennifer as well as to the others sporting great achievements... a new agent, a new puppy, and many accumulated words! (Now I'm off to check out those puppy pics! I'm a sucker for Labs.)

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  29. What an awesome list of prizes! I saw the March Madness tidbits before it all began on Deb Marshall and Angelina Hanson's blogs and so wish I had entered the fun. Not for the prizes but for the commraderie!

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    1. Never too late to join in on the fun, Barbara! Hope to see you around for the last 8 days...

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  30. I'm trying to systematically go through the past 5 days worth of check-ins! This post seemed like as good a place as any to start. (I'm a late joiner)

    Congratulations, Jennifer! I can't wait to see what you've chosen! :D

    And to Elizabeth! AMAZING!! I'm so excited for you! Congrats!

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