Guest blog post by a co-author of The Box Under The Bed, Anne Marie Andrus.
Hi, I’m Anne Marie and I want to thank Dan for helping me become a published writer!
During this past year, two of my stories have won second place in Dan’s Word Weaver Writing Contest. The October 11th release of my own novel has been planned for a while, and Chapter 2 of that novel is The Crescent from the April Word Weaver Contest.
Talk about a confidence boost when I really needed one!
Word Weaver was the first writing contest I’ve entered, so winning a prize was a “pinch-me” moment!
Even better than winning (or almost), was Dan’s great critique style.
He caught things that nobody had ever commented on before.
For example, “Why are your characters always squinting? Is there something wrong with their eyes?” Oh my, no, their eyes are fine and squinting isn’t the right word. Well, it was once when Cobalt Point’s leading lady, Holly Hannon, couldn’t read a faded sign, but other than that—squinting is out.
As if the prizes and fun of winning aren’t enough reward, the best perk of participating in Word Weaver is the talented network of authors I’ve been so lucky to meet.
I’m honored to have two of my stories included in the new scary story anthology, The Box Under The Bed.
I love October!
Secret fact about me: I have custom made fangs and I’m not afraid to wear them.
Congratulations to all the authors of The Box Under The Bed!
Thank you, Anne Marie, for such high praise! It’s not a coincidence your writing has done so well in my contests. Talent rises to the top.
Gang, it was an absolute blast working with such amazing talents like Anne Marie Andrus on this scary anthology.
As most of you already know, Dan’s new book, The Box Under the Bed, came out on Sunday. Dan invited me to contribute to the project a while ago and I was more than happy to hand over my apocalyptic short story, Cassie.
I’m delighted to share that currently, Dan’s anthology (AND my short story, by default) are sitting at number one on Amazon,
under the category Newly Released Horror Anthologies.
For readers, anthologies provide a diverse collection of concisely written short stories. They’re perfect for people with busy schedules, or as selections for book clubs.
But, participating in an anthology as a writer has a lot of benefits too.
I have always been wildly jealous of Dan’s writing abilities, in that he seems produce entire books with roughly the same speed that I produce chapters. It has been said (by Dan) that I might be (a lot) of an over-polisher when it comes to my work. It’s probably true. And, to be honest, the amount time I’ve taken to complete Old Souls has become incredibly frustrating, not just to Dan, but to ME.
Contributing Cassie to The Box Under the Bed has been nothing short of a FANTASTIC timeout.
Since the first time I met Dan, he’s pushed me out of my comfort zone. I’m outgoing in many ways, but
when it comes to writing and showing my work, I’m decidedly introverted.
J. A. Allen is a freelance writer, blogger, and the author of the upcoming contemporary fantasy, Old Souls. Originally from Stonewall Manitoba she’s moved all over Canada, dipped down to Oz, and currently lives in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island with her three hellions, two stepdaughters, husband, and beloved “Fishy,” who miraculously survived being unceremoniously dropped (thrice).
It’s always a bit awkward to be praised publicly by a friend, but Jenny has been a terrific writer, critique partner, co-host, AND friend for so long, what the heck. It comes with the territory once in a while. I feel like I’m hosting my own tribute show to myself.
Jenny’s writing is amazing, and you get samples of it on her equally amazing blog Scribbles On Cocktail Napkins where she utters stuff like “amaze balls” and other great Jennyisms.
Gang, it was a blast working with such amazing talents like J. A. Allen for this scary anthology.
There’s been talk about another Word Weaver writing contest, maybe in November.
Maybe with a broad theme like “relationships.”
I’m not saying we will do one,
but if we did…
This one might be different.
This one might be offering publication for the winner and possibly the 3 top place winners.
I expect we will publish another anthology in 2018, combining bestselling authors and established writers with first timers again. The first place winner of this contest would be guaranteed a spot in that.
The big enchilada.
If the winning story is part of a book, then I will personally steer the book towards publication. A PUBLICATION PACKAGE: critique process, content edit, book cover, get beta readers, the whole nine yards. EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO PUBLISH YOUR BOOK, DIRECTLY FROM ME AND WITH MY HANDS-ON GUIDANCE. I’ll have to iron out some details, but I really think we should start aiming for publication to be the goal of these contests. But I’m open to suggestions, too.
You’d have the whole month of November to create your masterpiece, OR EVEN BETTER – USE AN EXISTING STORY.
Of course, the first 20 entries will receive mycustomcritique of their story – as usual.
And lately you’ve been reading how helpful THAT is.
Winners of prior contests have gone on to publish their books after being in my Word Weaver Writing Contest. Many participants who wrote stories were later INVITED to be in the anthology we published October 1st.
THIS IS WHERE YOU WANNA BE!
Getting the information, the encouragement, the support, and the hands-on guidance you need to GET PUBLISHED.
Almost everyone who was in the last anthology has expressed an interest in doing it again. That puts you in there with bestselling authors and other published authors. That’s kind of a big deal.
What should the entry fee be?
Buy one of my books?
What do other contests charge?
Does anyone else offer publication as prize? Or hands-on guidance?
Should we have a limit to how many people can enter?