800/200,000 CONTEST!

Seriously, look at those numbers: 802 followers. Over 200,000 page views.

What that 802 number really means to me is this--802 spectacular people have been kind enough to visit The Bookshelf Muse and like it enough to hang out for a spell. 802 incredible writers, educators and publishing industry professionals who all so generously believe in sharing knowledge, learning together and helping each other succeed. 802 people who, while working toward similar goals, have enriched my own experience beyond words, along with all the other great visitors who come here, day after day.

How great do I feel to be a part of the blogging community? Pretty darn great. I cannot underscore how much I have learned from all of your blogs or how much I appreciate everyone who spends time here, sharing their thoughts, encouragement and wisdom. I started blogging two and a half years ago, totally clueless, believing that maybe there would be a handful or two of people who might find my ramblings useful. How shocking to reach this milestone, and know that more lies ahead.

I hope that as The Bookshelf Muse continues to grow, that many more friends will share the journey. I am a firm believer that none of us reach publication alone, and I am honored to be able to have such fine folks to share the road with.

So to celebrate, how about a contest? :)

The Prizes? I like the numbers 2 and 8 today, yanno?

2 First Page Critiques (approx 250 words) Analysis of your hook, introduction of characters, setting and events. If you want an agent or editor to keep reading, you need a perfect first page.

2 Five Page In line Critiques (approx 1250 words) I tooth-comb your first 5, honing in on your characters, set up, description and pacing. I will also slice and dice as needed.

2 Mystery Prizes (might be a book, might be a gift card, might be something else...you won't know until you see it in your mailbox).

2 Full Manuscript Evaluations. (max WC 100,000) Yes, you read right. Two. Of. Them, thanks to Paul W. Hankins, who helped answer my challenge and became my 800th follower before hitting 200,000.

I will read your book, and provide several pages of my thoughts on characters, plot, dialogue, voice, pacing, plot, resolution, description, emotions, sub plots, tension, believability, logic, etc. The draft must be complete and clean (minimal typo/grammar issues). I'll read first drafts on this if the winners want me to, but the more developed the book is, likely the more my critique will help you.

What you have to do to win:

--Be a Follower
--Comment with a link to one of your favorite writing blogs that you can't live without (it can't be mine or yours)

--Optional: Pass on the word. Hey, as always I appreciate everyone who spreads the word about The Bookshelf Muse on writing forums, Twitter, Face Book, critique groups and email, and I hope you'll continue to as long as you find the content helpful. But I won't chase you down and beat you with a stick if you don't, lol. This contest is my thanks to you, simple as that!

Have a great one! Contest closes Wednesday, June 16th. I'm looking forward to seeing the sites you link to and I hope people reading this post will visit them as well. Let's spread the love around, because this blog community is something to be celebrated.



Jamie Grey said...

Congrats on hitting 800 followers! That's fantastic. I know this is *always* the site I come to when my characters are giving me trouble :) One of my new favorite writing blogs is Adventures in Children's publishing http://childrenspublishing.blogspot.com/

Congrats again!

Charity Bradford said...

Wow! What an amazing contest! The writing blog I can't live without (after yours that I haunt during writing time) is Elana Johnson's. She always post invaluable information, is honest about how she feels about this writing journey, and well, I just love everything about it.

I already pimp your blog every chance I get (and a permanent link on my blog), but I'll add the contest to my contest sidebar as well.

Did I say sweet contest? Sweet contest!

Danielle said...

Congratulations on so many followers! I'm a recent recruit, but I've been digging into your archives, and I like what I see.

Pam Harris said...

Wow! Great contest! And congrats for getting so many followers. :)I tweeted: http://twitter.com/pamharris81/status/15720533519

Oh, and my fave writing blog would definitely have to be www.yahighway.blogspot.com. :)

Abby Stevens said...

I love Kiersten White's blog (http://www.kierstenwrites.blogspot.com), YA Highway (yahighway.com), and Elana Johnson's blog (elanajohnson.blogspot.com).

This is so exciting! Congratulations, Angela! And I RT'd Pam Harris' tweet about this contest.

Bethany Elizabeth said...

Congratulations on getting 800 followers! Wow, that's a crazy lot of people. :)
Writing blogs I can't live without... well, I'd have to say I'd have fallen to depression long ago without the hilariously awesome encouragement found at Grab a Pen.

kathrynjankowski said...

800 followers, yowza! Congrats, Angela!
As an introvert, I absolutely adore the Shrinking Violets blog at http://shrinkingvioletpromotions.blogspot.com

Erin Cole said...

I'm not much of a contest person but I do enjoy your blog. Congrats on your success.

Bluestocking said...

Congrats! I just recently found this site and think you've done a great job. Another site that has just been getting better and better is Adventures in Children's Publishing (http://childrenspublishing.blogspot.com/). Their character and plot worksheets are indispensable!

Christina Lee said...

wow wow wow!! GO YOU! Hmm... so many blogs to choose from. I'd say The Blood Red Pencil and Janice Hardy's blogs have given some invaluable information on the writing journey.

Diane said...

Thanks for the awesome giveaway! Very generous and helpful of you!!!

A recent goody I love is http://jodyhedlund.blogspot.com/

Very helpful and sweet. :O)

Terri said...

So many good blogs. So hard to choose just one!

I guess I'll go with The Blood-Red Pencil.

Adventures in Children's Publishing said...

Angela, seriously phenomenal! 800! Wow. I love that you're celebrating with a contest that has awesome prizes! Will tweet, blog, etc! :)


Adventures in Children's Publishing said...

p.s. Can't miss Tahereh's "Grab a Pen." Always reliably unique and funny!

Eli Ross, Writer said...

800 followers! Fab and congrats! I see others have mentioned Kiersten White's and Elana Johnson's blogs, so I'll put in a plug for Agent Kristin's Pub Rants and Anita Nolan's blog .

Terri said...

Oh, I see someone already mentioned The Blood-Red Pencil.

So...since you're throwing EXTRA prizes into this awesome contest, I'll toss in an EXTRA blog:
Query Shark.

Karen Yuan said...

CONGRATS!! I can't enter since my manuscript isn't finished yet, but your blog is definitely going on my blogroll.

Deb said...

Woo hoo on 800+ Angela! I be a follower (ar) and another favorite site is

http://www.darcypattison.com/ FICTION NOTES

Natalie Hatch said...

hey Ange, I've been a follower for years now and have spouted off the goodness that is your emotional thesaurus, so, so grateful to you for having that up, use it every other week when I get stuck. Have posted links up on facebook, twitter and on my blog.

Karen Lange said...

Congrats on 800 followers! That IS a milestone and says quite a lot about your wonderful blog:) Will have to give some thought to my favorite site and get back to you...

Sandy Shin said...

Congratuations on reaching 800 followers. That's amazing! :)

My favorite industry blog is kidlit.com (by literary agent Mary Kole). She's always very nice and full of great advice.

Lindsay (a.k.a Isabella) said...

Congrats on hitting 800 followers. Amazing!
I can't tell you how much your blog has helped me with my MS so far. :)

There are lots of blogs I love but one I Elana Johnson's. I'm sure her blog will have been mentioned before but she rocks. http://elanajohnson.blogspot.com/

Christine Fonseca said...

Congrats! I have followed this blog forever - love love love it!!!
I follow 100+ blogs...love them all!

Julie Musil said...

Angela, I am not surprised by your huge following! You are a generous and informative blogger. I would be crazy happy to get a critique. My fingers are crossed for myself!

As for a favorite blog, I really like Martina and Marissa at Adventure's In Children's Publishing (http://childrenspublishing.blogspot.com). They are always willing to share great information.


Angela Ackerman said...

Thanks everyone for the kind words and for entering. These are great blog picks--many I know but there are a few that are new to me. I look forward to exploring, and I hope others will as well. :)


dyockman said...

I love the Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips! http://grammar.quickanddirtytips.com/


Janet Johnson said...

Awesome contest!

I've really enjoyed Market my words (http://faeriality.blogspot.com/). She gives great advice, has great interviews and keeps it real.

Janet said...

Congratulations! Great prizes for your contest. I am a follower and I like visiting The Book Doctor at http://thebookdoctorbd.blogspot.com/
I already have a link to your site on my blog, also.

Serenissima said...

Congrats on 800/20,000!

So many awesome blogs, many of which I already see listed. I'll add: http://cba-ramblings.blogspot.com/ to the list.

Becca J. Heath said...

Wow, what a great list!
I want to add http://weloveya.wordpress.com/

Lena S. said...

Oh, shiny! Congrats to you! I'm new to both your blog and blogging in general, so I look forward to poking around your site.

I'm gonna be an over achiever (I can over achieve from time to time, right?) and post 2 links! I love both
Writer Unboxed http://writerunboxed.com/ and The Bluestocking Blog http://thebluestockingblog.blogspot.com/

I have other favorites, but that's enough over achieving for today!

Steena Holmes said...

WOW! That's all I can say :) I'll for sure post this on my blog :)
Hmm, you really want us to choose just ONE blog? Hmm ... I love the Slushbusters. www.slushbusters.blogspot.com

Riv Re said...

This is so cool! Congratulations!
Can I say 2?
Candace's Book Blog (http://candacesreadingblog.blogspot.com/) with La Femme Readers (http://lafemmereaders.blogspot.com/) in a close second.
I've been following you for a month or two.

Jessica Brown said...

Angela, you are awesome. This is a great contest! I constantly refer back to your site while I am editing. Some of my other favourite blogs to check out are: Plot to Punctuation by Jason Black http://www.plottopunctuation.com/blog/
Mystery Writing is Murder by Elizabeth Spann Craig http://mysterywritingismurder.blogspot.com/
The Character Therapist by Jeannie Campbell http://charactertherapist.blogspot.com/
and like Jamie, Adventures in Children's Publishing http://childrenspublishing.blogspot.com/ You don't have to write children's books to benefit.

Keep up the great work! I still say Angela = Angel. :)

Joanne Brothwell said...

Wow - Congratulations! That is an amazing feat to have reached 800 followers!

My favorite blog to read is Sheri:

Thanks for following my blog!

Jessica Brown said...

800 followers is great!

I always refer back to your site and check the RSS feed everyday. Another blog I often check is Jason Black's Plot to Punctuation, amongst other. http://www.plottopunctuation.com/blog

Congratulations, and thanks for the great resource!

Wendy Marcus said...

Hi Angela!
When you have an informative blog that also entertains, people want to be a part of it. Congrats on 800 followers! I don't think I've seen that many on any other blog!

I recommend Romance University: www.romanceuniversity.org. They blog on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

Jessica Nelson said...

Angela, I'm amazed!!!! That's a wonderful amount of followers and I totally think you deserve them!

Hmmm, I love agent blogs so I'd have to add Rachelle Gardner's.

Stina Lindenblatt said...

Darn it! Some of mine were already taken. I'll go with the Query Tracker Blog

And I've linked you in my blog sidebar and tweated about the contest. :D

Kristi Faith said...

Wow, what an awesome milestone! One of my favorite blogs with awesome advice at all times is Market My Words.


Deb Salisbury said...

Congrats! What a great contest!

One of my favorite writing blogs is edittorrent.blogspot.com

Susan at Stony River said...

Holy Wow, congratulations on those numbers!

Many of my favorite writing blogs are already mentioned (kidlit.com especially!) but I haven't seen Editorial Anonymous yet, at http://editorialanonymous.blogspot.com

Erica Chapman said...

Congrats on 800+ That's totally awesome!! Your blog is so helpful and innovative!

I'm sure that Nathan, Janet & Elana have already been linked... they are so awesome. I'm going to add K.M. Weiland to the list. She has brilliant posts that are ALWAYS helpful, interesting and relevant.

Check it out, if you haven't Wordplay: Helping Writers Become Authors

Love the blog! You rock ;o)

Slamdunk said...

Congrats on the 800. That says quite a bit about the quality of your content.

Marquita Hockaday said...

This is a really cool contest! My favorite writing blog is a toss up between yahighway.blogspot.com or http://hddodson.blogspot.com

Jess Tudor said...

I've discovered so many good ones, gah. The Deadline Dames are usually good, lately it's been less writing, more reading friendly, but the archives abound with info. (www.deadlinedames.com)

So many, though. TheGotYA, YAHighway. Paperback Writer. The list, it goes on.

PJ Hoover said...

Wait - I really can't mention your blog, because it's the one I always bring up.
instead I'll got with Cynthia Leitich Smith's blog which is just a great go-to resource all the way around.

PaintWithWords said...

Hey, I want to enter! I'm following you on my google account now, but I was already following you via link on my blog resources.
This site is one of the best. Thanks for making it!

I'll pass along the work on twitter too. @InkMuse

As for a writing link,

It's another author. not solely writing advice, but i like his outlooks on writing and he offers them often enough :)

Elana Johnson said...

I love your blog, Angela. I just sent this link to the person doing the Pulse this week on QT.

And thank you to the many who said my blog. *weeps a little* I'm stunned and honored at the same time.

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Congrats, Angela! 200,000 page views, oh, my!
I follow, I comment, I posted, even. :D
Many of my favorite blogs, such as Market My Words, are already mentioned in others' comments, so I am going to talk about established authors. I love to read Neil Gaiman and Laini Taylor. They show me how to be interesting and real, even with flourishing careers.
And there is someone else who is blowing me away this year--Beth Revis. This week on her blog, she is telling her journey to publication. It will give you chills and make you believe. I absolutely adore her.

Lisa K. said...

What a wonderful, generous contest. I am now a follower and look forward to reading your blog. One of my favorite writing blogs is Zoe Courtman's "No Letters on My Keyboard at http://zoecourtman.blogspot.com/. Now off to check out some of the other links provided in the comments!

kidsbookjunky said...

I have you in my blog roll and keep up to date that way and am a follower! Congrats on hitting 800. Woot

I have many favorites but a writer friend of mine has a fantastic blog with witty insights writing and her life. It really is a must read!



E. Arroyo said...

Great Contest! I like the easy ones. I have a few favorite ones. My bestest is K.M. Weiland at http://wordplay-kmweiland.blogspot.com/

I have to tell ya, I've become a blog addict and will probably follow most of these on the list. LOL


Palindrome said...


I love so many blogs. One I can't live without?? www.falenformulatesfiction.blogspot.com.

Sorry, I don't know how to link. :D

Jaleh D said...

Wow, great contest and great prizes. (Too bad I have nothing finished yet.) I love the Emotion Thesaurus. A mention about that is what drew me here, and I keep coming back for all the other neat posts.

Liana Brooks said...

Go, Angela!!!!

*throws confetti*

Okay... a writing blog that I use all the time. Only one? Really?

And not yours?

You know you're making my life difficult here. Okay...

Nathan Bransford for being funny and relveant: http://blog.nathanbransford.com/

SFR Brigade for being a home away from home when I'm really hitting the books and need advice: http://sfrcontests.blogspot.com/

And Fiction Groupie for being a good place to chill: http://fictiongroupie.blogspot.com/

Reena Jacobs said...

There are several blogs I check for new posts on a daily basis. Nathan Bransford, Query Shark, Babbles from Scott Eagan. Some I check periodically when I need a tidbit of information. Here of course (the emoticon thesaurus is great for ideas), Sex in Romance, Query Tracker, Absolute Write, Grammar Girl, Guide to Literary Agents.

So, a link! Since I'm in the query process I'll throw out Query Shark. http://queryshark.blogspot.com/

Sicara said...

Wow! Congrats on the followers, and thanks for the AWESOME contest!
I must say I like my sister-in-law's blog http://markofthestars.com ... mainly because she has a lot of good resources and links to other great blogs ... like this one!

Thanks again and congrats!

stopeka said...

What a great contest. There are so many helpful writing blogs, but for this contest I will choose Adventures in Children's Publishing

Catherine A. Winn said...

Congratulations on over 800 followers but I can certainly understand why. Super great contest, thank you for holding it.

One of my favorite blogs is Ruth Donnelly's Readatouille: http://readatouille.blogspot.com/

Larissa said...

Wow! Congratulations, and GREAT prizes!

I'm going to give a shout out to two new blogs and an old one (I can't pick just ONE!).

The new MG Blog on the Block: http://www.fromthemixedupfiles.com/

An Oasis for YA writers:

And of course, Shelli's Market My Words:

M. Macijauskas said...

I recently found this blog, and I'm so glad I did! Congrats on all the followers – I'm happy to be among them. The first blog I read every day is agent Kristin Nelson's. I'd love to be her client :)

Christina Farley said...

WOW! What a contest. And congrats. You've got such a great blog going it's no wonder people are following you.

I can't living without Literary Rambles by Casey McCormic and Market My Words by Shelli.

You already know I can't live without yours!

Claire Dawn said...

My fave writing blog is Natalie Whipple's. She has amazing down to earth advice.


Congrats on 800! That's pretty crazy!

Authorgal360 said...

This seems like a really great contest! The blog that I can't live without would be Limyaael's Rants. ( http://limyaael.livejournal.com/200469.html ) It's really insightful and honest and awesome.

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Well, you KNOW that your blog is usually my answer to the question of which blog I can't live without. Since I can't say you, my second choice is Elana Johnson. Since I know she'll get plenty of links today, I'm going to say Courtney @ Southern Princess! LOL! :-)


Vicki Tremper said...

I love finding new blogs, and any help I can get means the world to me. My new fave is already listed, but here goes nothin': http://childrenspublishing.blogspot.com/ They're on Twitter, too (@4kidlit)

Congrats and thanks!

Shannon said...

Limyaeel's Fantasy Rants is my old favorite that I've been following for many years now. http://limyaael.livejournal.com/

Meredith said...

Congratulations! I just became a follower of your blog, after it was linked on the wonderful Query Tracker (which is absolutely one of my favorites, and one of the favorites of several other commenters too, I see!). I'm so glad I found you. Great blog!

brendao said...

Wow! I just found you via the QT blog. Nice place you have here, and great contest! I'm a new follower.

Lots of my faves have already been listed, but I haven't seen these two -- both insightful and inspiring. Through the Tollbooth: http://community.livejournal.com/thru_the_booth/

And writerjenn: http://writerjenn.livejournal.com/

Sarah Cook-Raymond said...

Awesome contest! The blog I can't live without is Casey McCormick's Literary Rambles:
http://caseylmccormick.blogspot.com. It's an invaluable source for writers at the query stage or those looking to do some background reading on agents before writer conferences.

Sarah N Fisk said...

Such great prizes! Congrats on the 800 followers!

One of my favorites is Nathan Bransford's blog. www.nathanbransford.com

Anne said...

I was follower 799. Glad to have found you! This is really an amazing contest! One of my favorite blogs is http://www.yahighway.com/ The contributors are fun, funny, and gorgeous. I love the Friday Field trips.

Thanks and congrats!

Carol Riggs said...

I just discovered this blog! It looks fun and informative. For sites I've been following, Adventures in Children's Publishing at:
And I've been following Nathan Bransford's blog--good stuff there too:
Congrats on the milestone!!

Roni @ FictionGroupie said...

Congrats on the milestones!

I have so many favorites, but lately I think the most helpful thing I've done is follow author Elizabeth Craig on twitter. She tweets all the best writing blog posts of the day and it's so nice because it's like she's done all the work for you--like putting together the day's greatest hits volume. http://twitter.com/elizabethscraig

And I linked to your site in my blog today. :)

Valerie Kemp said...

Wow! Great contest! Congrats on reaching 800 followers!

One of my favorite writing sites is YA Highway

Emily Casey said...

Awesome. Thanks. Maybe we can get 82 comments.


taylormillgirl said...

Those are some fabulistic prizes! I'm keeping my fingers and toes crossed.

Love this blog: http://pimpmynovel.blogspot.com/2010/06/rose-by-any-other-name.html

Thanks for this opportunity.

Empty Refrigerator said...

Congratulations! I would LOVE to enter. I recently found a site called Your First Page, and I've learned an incredible amount from it already. Here's the link:

MDYBYU said...

I love the Query Tracker blog at http://querytracker.blogspot.com/
Great advice and contests from literary agents.

Roh Morgon said...

Great contest!

My favorite blog is a recent discovery. The posts are extremely relevant to me and my current stage of writing.

It's Roni Griffin's Fiction Groupie and can be found here:


She's been blogging less than a year and already has 551 followers! Apparently I'm not the only one who loves her blog

Check her out if you haven't already.

Susanne Drazic said...

CONGRATS! You are now at 836 followers. Woo Hoo!

Cool contest!

I'm a follower, I retweeted your post and here is the writing blog I can't live without:

Karen Cioffi - Writing for Children

Laura Pauling said...

I read many of the blogs that have been mentioned. One that has been helpful with querying is Casey's Literary Rambles. And agent, Mandy Hubbard's blog has some really useful posts.


Drachen said...

My favourite blog is:


Partly because that's where I found about your contest!

Christauna Asay said...

Can't beat an awesome contest!! This is my first time on your blog and I'm LOVING it! I think I'll become a regular. One of my other favorite blogs is http://rejecter.blogspot.com

Scarlett St. Claire said...

My all-time favorite is wonder JANET REID and her awesome QUERYSHARK! I've never submitted to the Shark, but I love reading her merciless query critiques.

Check her out at http://jetreidliterary.blogspot.com/!

Anonymous said...

I'm partial to The Graveyard Shift by Lee Lofland. A must read for thriller and crime writers. Lee is a former police officer.


I'm signing this Ananymous because I can't get the site to accept my info.

Email: RCS1738@aol.com

Bob Stewart

Anonymous said...

Forgot to put in Lee Lofland's website


Angela said...

What a great contest! Congratulations on having all those followers. This is the website I like to follow: http://suzettesaxton.blogspot.com/2010/06/title-trauma-first-aid.html

Shellie said...

Great contest! Here's my favorite blog site: http://relevantblog.blogspot.com/2010/06/praise-him-under-open-skies.html (Mary DeMuth, love her stuff!!)

Thanks much, Shellie

abrokenlaptop said...

Seeing a slew of happy, excited comments makes me smile. I love www.querytracker.com, which also includes Elana and Suzette's blogs. They're friendly, generous with their information, and it's just a feel-good place to be. Like here! :D


Rhyanna said...

Hi, thanks for doing this. I just discovered your blog curtesy of the Query Tracker Publishing Pulse newsletter that I get into my email box. I follow the Query tracker blog, besides check Jessica Fausts blog, Colleen Lindsay of FinePrint, blog as well as the "shark", which I also follow on twitter. I'll be glad to follow you.

Heather said...

Congrats on over 800 followers, that's fantastic! And well deserved. I love how you put that, none of us reaches publication alone, so true! It's not just the destination but the journey and the people we meet!

Erinn said...

Congrats. I found you today! How very cool. My favorite blog is WWW.kidlit.com It's Mary Kole's blog. But I also really like querytracker and YAhighway. They are awesome resources. I site them a lot on my own blog.

Nicole Zoltack said...

Awesome contest! One of my favorite writing blogs is Adventures in Children's publishing http://childrenspublishing.blogspot.com/. I also love to read agent blogs (any agent, doesn't matter).

pensees said...

Ooh, count me in! I found the post in my dashboard from Querytracker's blog link:



Victoria Dixon said...

Congrats on the 800 followers mark. That's amazing. One of my favorite writer sites is http://catwoods.wordpress.com. Also, http://laurelgarver.blogspot.com/ and Sam Parker at http://dailypepforwriters.blogspot.com/ always has some great stuff. There are so many good sites!

Vicki Rocho said...

Passing on the contest (saving up my luck for awhile, LOL), but I wanted to congratulate you on 800 followers. That is fantastic!

folksinmt said...

Congrats! It feels so good to be loved, doesn't it?

I don't know if this blog was already mentioned, but for query help, I like the Public Query Slushpile. Rick's got a great little system running there.


Jamie said...

What a generous contest! Very, very cool.

I don't think Weronika Janczuk's blog has been mentioned yet, and it's one of my favorites: http://www.weronikajanczuk.com

She's a YA writer and a young adult herself.

L'Aussie said...

Woh, comment no 97. Never seen that before! I've been a follower awhile and have twittered this. My fave blog is:


for helpful links/advice on short story publishing mostly but other advice as well.

Congrats on all your followers. You must be doing something right!

Stephanie Thornton said...

Congrats on 800- looks like you're well on your way to 900!

I love Shannon O'Donnell's blog-


suz said...

Congratulations! I've always loved your thesaurus and used it many times. A new blog which I know will be one of my favorites is: http://www.fromthemixedupfiles.com/ It is for middle grade exclusively and promises to be a wonderful place.

LisaR said...

Interesting contest, sweet prizes! I do have a soft spot for http://pubrants.blogspot.com/. Sometimes it makes me giggle.

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

Congratulations on having 800 followers! That's awesome! You won Judy's signed book over at my blog!

It looks like you are going to have one amazing contest! I adore Jill's blog.


Julie Lindsey said...

What an incredible opportunity! I think that I have already won because I just hit the Mama load of excellent blogs. I nearly was sidetracked from leaving my own! Wow. OK, I love reading the Gatekeeper's blog at:
Thank you for a great contest!

Stephanie S. said...

Thank you so much for such a great contest and congrats ! My favorite blog that has all kinds of great tips http://childrenspublishing.blogspot.com/

Ebyss said...

Grats and thanks for hosting such a great contest.

One of my favorite blogs is http://www.weronikajanczuk.com/

I actually could post several here, but you said one...so you made me decide. LOL!!

Margay said...

Congrats on hitting so many followers, that's mind boggling! I follow a lot of blogs related to writing in some form or another, so it was hard to choose just one, but this is a good one. It is very informative and I like the way they take reader questions and all of them answer them in one post (each post being dedicated to one question). I really like how they get into the writing process here:

Tweeted: http://twitter.com/Margay/status/16005016275

Facebooked: http://www.facebook.com/MargayLeahJustice


Kathleen A. Ryan said...

Congrats, Angela! Thanks for holding this spectacular contest. What a generous offer, and so supportive of the blogging community, too.

I'm already a happy follower, of course. One writing site that I enjoy tremendously is Practicing Writing by Erika Dreifus. http://practicing-writing.blogspot.com/ and also, the Blood Red Pencil - http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/

I've tweeted your contest on Twitter:


I posted about your blog & contest, too:

Margo Berendsen said...

I use your blog as a resource all the time to avoid cliches and get into setting and emotions with fresher writing. Love this place!

Livia @ A Brain scienctist's take on writing: http://blog.liviablackburne.com/ - I always, ALWAYS find something fascinating on this blog!

Will be posting your contest on my sidebar too!

Taffy said...

WOW! 800 is amazing!

ONE of my favorites:

I retweeted.

Taryn Hook said...

A hearty and well-deserved congratulations for hitting 800 followers. A new blog I really like is www.saramerrick.com

Thanks for the great contest!

Kay said...

Hey there! This is awesome, congrats on the 800/200,000!!

I CANNOT live without Casey McCormick's blog Literary Rambles:


Great prizes for the contest!!


A.L. Sonnichsen said...

Wow, congratulations on your massive following! Great contest, too.

There are so many great publishing blogs out there, it's hard to choose just one. Probably the one that's been most helpful to me is Guide to Literary Agents: http://www.guidetoliteraryagents.com/blog/


Amy said...

Congratulations on making it to 800 followers! I always find Nathan Bransford and Rachelle Gardners' blogs really useful.

The Intern also gives a lot of insight into the publishing industry:


SugarScribes said...

Wow, 800 + followers and building, what an accomplishment. I found your site a month ago and I have to thank you; your emotional thesaurus was what enabled me to finally finish the final draft of my first novel. I write legal/thrillers so the blog I can't live without and one all crime fiction writers should check out is

For writers events, classes and conferences it is http://www.margielawson.com/ and for young writers and creativity, ideas and more for kid writers, try http://www.spillinginkthebook.com/

Congratulations and thanks for the genorous challenge.


Cambria Dillon said...

CONGRATS!!!! But not surprising. Your blog is so informative and your awesome stats are the result of your hard work and dedication to the writing community. You deserve even more followers if I'm being honest.

Okay, so another blog I can't do without is Literary Rambles: http://caseylmccormick.blogspot.com/

Robin Lucas said...

Congrats! This is one of my fave blogs. I have this tab open when I'm writing along with my thesaurus :)
Love this site as well:

Kristi Helvig said...

Congrats on 800!!!!

I can't live without the Querytracker blog at http://www.querytracker.blogspot.com They do an amazing job of addressing all aspects of the writing business!

Kristi Helvig said...

I thought I commented but I don't think it went through--congrats on 800 followers!!!! I can't live without the Querytracker blog at www.querytracker. blogspot.com. :)

L.J. Boldyrev said...

Wow, Angela! You rock!
Congrats on 800 followers and thanks for doing what you do here.
I have a few favorites (including Elana J and Shelli) but one of my newer faves is Adventures in Children's Publishing:

Thank you for doing this, Angela!

Patty said...

This is amazing! Congrats! My favorites are:


Genevieve Wilson said...

Congrats! I tweeted this contest on: http://twitter.com/gennylwilson
My favorite writing blog is: http://queryshark.blogspot.com/

Princess L said...

Congrats and thanks for the wonderful contest. One of my favorite blogs is Miss Snark's First Victim at http://misssnarksfirstvictim.blogspot.com/

Princess L said...

Congrats on the 800 mark and thanks for offering this great opportunity! One of my favorite blogs is Miss Snark's First Vicitm at


S. L. Bynum said...

Wow, over 800 followers. Congrats!

I don't know if anyone's mentioned this blog yet, but I love the Guide to Literary Agents blog http://www.guidetoliteraryagents.com/blog/. It's very helpful if you're trying to get a literary agent.

Maria Zannini said...

Wowser! I didn't know if I was a follower so I checked.

I am now. :grin:

Off to retweet.

Laura Ann Dunks said...

A blog I can't live with out is that of fantastic teenage YA author Steph Bowe. http://heyteenager.blogspot.com/

I haven't commented before, but I should have. I have been using your fantastic resources for a while and have your blog in my sidebar at my blog here http://www.lauraanndunks.com/blog.php

This is a fantastic competition. Thank you! Your followers are multiplying. Spread the word for you!

Laura Ann Dunks

Trish said...

Congratulations on so many followers, Angela. I love your blog. It’ was the first blog I ever followed. Thanks for a fun contest.

One of my favorite writing blogs is Cornell Deville – from writer to author. Here is the link: http://cornelldeville.blogspot.com/

Also love Miss Snark’s First Victim:http://misssnarksfirstvictim.blogspot.com/

And I also love: Angels and Demons and Portal Oh, My! :http://jasouders.blogspot.com/2010/04/secret-agent-contest.html

Lynsey Newton said...

AMAZING CONTEST!! I really like Miss Snark's First Victim (http://misssnarksfirstvictim.blogspot.com/) although I have to admit that the woman scares me a little bit LOL. She's like the Simon Cowell of authorland. Excellent, honest advice :)

Congratulations on so many followers!



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