Word Weaver Winner’s Profiles: 3rd Place Winner Annette Robinson

danThe winners of April’s Word Weaver Writing Contest share their thoughts on the contest, writing in general, and other stuff.

 

Today our 3rd place winner, Annette Robinson, answers a few questions about our contest and other writerly things.

(Click HERE to read her contest entry)

For the most part, I’m asking the same profile questions to each winner and sharing their unique answers with you. I think this allows us to see each writer’s insights and possibly you to find a writer you are more simpatico with. At least, that’s my thinking. 

1. Dan: Did you write your story for the contest or was it part of a larger piece or something you had written before?

Annette: I wrote the story exclusively for the contest. I get these horrible dry spells where I can’t write anything followed by periods of frenetic activity. Hopefully that doesn’t mean I’m bipolar. Writing this story got me out of one of those times, so I’m grateful I was able to submit anything at all.

2.      Tell us about your writing process. What is the journey from idea to published piece /completed story?
As the deadline drew nearer, I had a few thoughts fulminating around in my mind. The travel theme really ignited the main idea so iI formulated the characters around that. I really did meet a friend in Newark and we traveled to Orlando together for a business trip of hers. She actually hid her swiss army knife in the dusty nut display and after we flew back it was still there. The rest of it I conjured up in my imagination.
3.      Where do you do your writing?
I do my writing mainly at home. I live in a very quiet condo with my dog so I have few distractions other than fatigue from working shifts as a nurse at a hospital.
4.      Do you have a writing goal you want to achieve?
I have many writing goals, some practical, some grandiose. We all would like to be bestselling authors, so I suppose that’s the most grand, but everyone needs a dream.

5.      What helps you the most when it comes to writing?

My mindset helps me the best when writing, Encouragement and people telling me I’m a good writer helps as well, but I struggle with believing it.

6.      What does writing success look like?

Writing success? Not sure about that one. I think if I ever got a novel published and someone said it touched them or they could relate to the story or characters, it would mean I was successful. Moderate success would be enough for me.

7.      There are a lot of writing contests out there. What drew you to this one?

Lots of things drew me to this contest, none of which were the prizes. I actually scrolled down and skimmed the descriptions. I think the subject intrigued me and the excitement of having it featured on a website with so many readers.

8. What are you working on now?

I’m trying to edit a book I finished in January and have started a new one. My new book is about how a teenage girl helps her neighbor get over a crippling trauma and how they are both stronger people afterwards. The setting is the late 1980’s before cell phones and social media changed young people, and all the rest of us as well.

9.      Have you ever entered a writing contest before?

I haven’t entered a writing contest before.

10.  Will we see you again in the July Word Weaver Writing Contest?

I think I’ll let other people submit their stories in July, but I’ll be reading the winning entries of course.

11.  Did you know the piece you submitted was special?

I had no idea my story would even make it past the first round of eliminations. I thought it had a good theme and was easy to read but I didn’t anticipate it placing in the top 5 at all. I have to say it’s very humbling to be in the company of the other excellent winners.

12.  What’s next for you?

What’s next? I’ve been to a few writers conferences but I’m not a big success at them. I’m too shy to really speak up and intimidated by just about everyone else in the room, even though I put on a nice outfit and plenty of makeup. So, besides working on my next book I’m not sure what’s next.

Thanks so much for sharing these insights, Annette!

Gang, the next winners will be coming up on the blog soon. Stay tuned!

I’m Heading To The U. K.!!

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how i anticipate being greeted by my many British fans. i’m sure these signs will be everywhere celebrating my arrival

Yeah, you may have already known that I’m heading to the U. K. so me and fellow author Lucy Brazier (PorterGirl) can host a celebrity bash at The Eagle pub on Saturday June 10, 2017 – and you’re all invited!

I don’t leave home for a few days, but in anticipation of the trip across the pond, I’m gonna have posts by guest bloggers.

Who?

Uh, well…

Hey, come on, I don’t want to ruin the suspense…

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see Cambridge? That’s one place I’ll be…

Okay, here are some hints.

Some of the Word Weaver Writing Contest winners have completed their profiles, so they’ll be here. Also, some of my amazing author friends have been asked to do guest blog posts. Oh, and some of you were owed guest blog posts from like a long time ago…

What can I say? I got busy.

Time to catch up.

So even though I understand England has internet service, and I plan to post here and there during my trip, it’s best to rely on a few friends to steer around the rocks before, during, and after I go. After all, if I go drinking with Lucy who knows what’ll happen.

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So that’s the plan. You’ve been warned.

What plan, exactly???

Well in between my departure date and my return, I’ll be scheduling posts from the folks referenced above. DURING my trip, I’ll probably post some blogworthy stuff here but most of the fun stuff will appear on my Facebook author page, including any Facebook Live broadcasts Lucy and I do at the pub. After I get back, it’ll quickly get back to business as usual.

 

What’s business as usual?

Damn, you ask a lot of questions.

But we’ll have another Word Weaver Writing Contest in July – details will be posted when it’s closer – and I’ll be releasing Angel soon. I’ve folded in some of the beta reader comments and the editor’s suggestions. (Pfft – no I haven’t. That’s what else I’ll be doing under the cover of guest blog posts.)

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So Angel will come out and then The Water Castle needs a going over (you’ll all be asked to help with that) and I’ll be looking for TWC beta readers, and then we’ll release it. And a box set of my bestselling cookbooks will be released somewhere in there. And another illustrated children’s book, Stinky Toe. Then the FWA conference where I’ll be presenting, followed by (hopefully) completion of How Bear Saved Christmas.

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Lots going on.

Some of it will actually happen.

Anyway, if you made it this far through this borderline stream-of-consciousness post, all you need to know is: be nice to the substitute teachers and I’ll be back soon.

 

How can we encourage more readers to leave reviews for our books?

What ways do YOU ask for reviews? This request seemed lengthy to me at first – but if it works, I’ll be doing it! (What I do is shorter but who says that’s better???)

And also, think about this: a lengthier request does not go unmissed and emphasizes the importance of a review from your reader. Definitely worth considering.

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I am very keen to make reviews a prominent feature of the book promotions and encourage readers to review the books that they buy and enjoy, or not as the case may be.

Word of mouth is still the most powerful marketing tool that anyone who is selling a product benefits from. Authors are no different, and our books tend to be judged by the number and quality that they have received.

Part of the problem is that those who are not writers of books or blogs are uncomfortable in offering reviews and feel that what they have to say is not important. Many who do review a book, leave just one line after their star rating, simply saying that the reader enjoyed or disliked a book, but they do not elaborate.

That is obviously very welcome. But whilst a potential reader does not want to read three pages filled…

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Have a listen and let me know what you think about this audition for Poggibonsi

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It’s always a lot of fun to hear your characters brought to life by a narrator.

Here, a scene from Poggibonsi: an Italian misadventure is on display. 

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Feel free to give me your thoughts, positive and negative. Are you an audio book listener? Would you listen to this narrator all the way through the book?

Give me your thoughts!

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  • Narration between characters

Give me your thoughts on each!

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Word Weaver Winner’s Profiles: Fourth Place Winner Adele Marie Park

 

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The winners of April’s Word Weaver Writing Contest share their thoughts on the contest, writing in general, and other stuff.

 

Today our fourth place winner, Adele Marie Park, answers a few questions about our contest and other writerly things.

(Click HERE to read her contest entry)

 

1.Dan: Did you write your story for the contest or was it part of a larger piece or something you had written before?

Adele: I wrote this story exclusively for Word Weaver Competition.

2.      Tell us about your writing process. What is the journey from idea to published piece /completed story?

I believeThe idea can come from a dream, music, movie or television or something someone says. It gets jotted down along with the main characters then I start writing. First draft is left for about two weeks then I go back into it and start edits. My first published book Wisp

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I hired an editor, a cover designer, who also helped me format.

3.      Where do you do your writing?

In the kitchen at the dining room table.

4.      Do you have a writing goal you want to achieve?

Yes. I want my stories to be read and people to love them as much as I love my favorite authors.

5.      What helps you the most when it comes to writing?

I make a playlist for every story or novel I write. Becca helps me out with every aspect. Coffee and our dog Dante, who reminds me when I need to take a break and play with him.

6.      What does writing success look like?

A good solid fan base, a steady increase in sales and a happy writer.

7.      What are you working on now?

I’m currently in a competition called The Next Great Horror Writer https://horroraddicts.wordpress.com/the-next-great-horror-writer-contest/. It runs on until October and consists of a different writing challenge every month. I’m also writing Wisp 2 Spells of Sea Dragons and a horror novel “Wolfemanor.”

8.      There are a lot of writing contests out there. What drew you to this one?

I’ve followed your blog since I started blogging and love your writing style and humor so when the competition came up, I jumped at the chance.

9.      Have you ever entered a writing contest before?

Yes, several times through the years.

10.  Will we see you again in the July Word Weaver Writing Contest?

Yes, I’ll be entering for sure.

11.  Did you know the piece you submitted was special?

Yes. Her voice was constantly in my head, telling me her story needed telling.

12.  What’s next for you?

-Takes a deep breath -Try to win the Next Great Horror Writer competition. Finish the first draft of Wolfemanor and Wisp 2 Spells of Sea Dragons. I hope to get both novels ready to publish before Christmas.

After that? Edit and re-write my Suleskerry series about shapeshifting selkies (gray seals). Suleskerry is a series of books that I’ve been writing since I was a teenager, they sort of grew up with me. I dream that Peter Jackson will read them and want to make an epic movie about them. -laughs- You never know.

Hey, you can’t win if you don’t play, right? Dream big.

Gang here are Adele’s links :   https://firefly465.wordpress.com/

https://twitter.com/Binky567

https://www.facebook.com/firefly.fly.14

 

Thanks so much for sharing these insights, Adele!

Gang, the next winners will be coming up on the blog soon. Stay tuned!