And now, I get to spring another surprise! Today, The Bookshelf Muse is turning the Random Acts of Kindness Blitz over to the INDUSTRY! All this week, our writing and publishing partners will be offering some amazing RAOK gifts for you to WIN.
When I explained the idea of celebrating writers to Industry Leaders, everyone wanted to get involved. Our RAOK sponsors loved the idea because they see first hand the hard work and commitment within the community. Not only is there a strong supportive spirit of writers helping writers, but there's the incredible dedication to the craft itself. So tune in each day as they show their RAOK generosity and celebrate the contribution of writers. Who knows, maybe you'll win something that will make your writing path a lot easier!
Today, you have 5 chances to win, so read on!
RAOK Gift #1: FOUR Scrivener Software packages (2 PC, 2 Mac)
Scrivener is billed as 'your complete writing studio' and it really is. This software, developed by a writer for writers, is the complete package. How many notebooks do you fill up as you research, brainstorm, outline, create character sketches and finally draft and revise your novel? Well, flipping through that stack of paper or set of binders is a thing of the past with Scrivener! Organize, storyboard, make notes and research all in the same place, and best of all, access it all as you write. The index card and cork board system is nothing short of brilliant. Simply put, Scrivener is a writer's best friend. I love how they evolve to serve writers in this new world of publishing, like using the compile feature to export manuscripts to Kindle or epub formats!
MORE good news: David and the crew at Scrivener loved the idea of RAOK for writers so much they are giving out software packages every day this week!
RAOK #2: ONE Premium Membership to Query Tracker (1 year)
Many of you are looking for an agent or publisher, and I hope, hope, hope you visit Query Tracker after reading this. Finding the right fit for your book can be a long road, but QT makes it heaps easier. I found my agent through QT, and its searchable database on agents, query acceptance statistics and easy query letter organization were my saving grace. If you prefer to go straight to the source, you can search for and stay organized as your query your way into a publishing home for your novel or NF project.
At QT you can find great info on agents and publishers, read 'real time' feedback from other writers on the query trail and gain a host of supportive friends on the QT forums. And, I'd be remiss if I didn't mention their blog, which features excellent advice on writing and tips for querying. You can join for free (all this, FREE!) but their premium membership is even more amazing, like detailed reports on Agents and Publishers. If you are on the hunt for an agent or publisher, this is a resource to take advantage of.
Want a chance to win these fabulous prizes? Of course you do! All you need to do is two simple things--fill out this FORM, and consider spreading some kindness. Offer a smile. Tell someone you appreciate them. Or maybe you know a special writer you'd like to surprise with a RAOK. Big or small, the best part of kindness is that it is contagious.