Celebrate 5 Years With Us & WIN!

Dennisallen
Every time January hits, I am shocked to know that it's been another year of blogging for Becca and me. The same thoughts scroll through my brain: what did I do before this blog? How did I manage to function before realizing I needed to reach out to the blogging community? 

I had ties in a few forums of course, and made some wonderful friendships. Heck, Becca and I met at The Critique Circle, an online critiquing community for writers (thank you Universe for making that happen!) But really, for both of us, our world grew bigger and brighter when we met all of you! :)

Crazily enough, we've been at this now for 5 years! FIVE! And in a bizarre twist of fate, we hit two other incredible milestones this month as well:


The Emotion Thesaurus sold over 20,000 copies

&

 The blog had its 2,000,000th Hit!

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CLEARLY a celebration is in order, yes? We think so too, so we're giving away a Kindle Paperwhite loaded with 10 ebooks (winner's choice) from the selection below: 



MG & YA Reads:

Janet Gurtler's Who I Kissed
Susan Quinn's Open Minds
P.J. Hoover's The Emerald Tablet
Angela Townsend's Amarok
Kait Nolan's Red
Cheyrl Rainfield's Parallel Visions
C. Lee McKenzie's Alligators Overhead
Marilee Brother's Moonstone


Adult Reads: 

C.S. Lakin's Intended For Harm
Amber West's Ruth Valley Missing
K. M. Weiland's Dreamlander
Joanna Penn's Pentecost
Steena Holmes' Finding Emma
Liana Brook's Even Villains Fall In Love
Heather Atkins's The Temple
Alex Cavanaugh's CassaStar

Reference: 

SO MANY AMAZING BOOKS, am I right? I am sure the winner will be very happy, no matter which 10 they pick. And hey, that could be YOU, so let's talk about how to get into the draw, shall we?

HOW TO ENTER: 

Becca and I are not big on hoop jumping, and this is about CELEBRATING ALL OF YOU, not us. So while of course we would love your TWEETS, LINKS & SHARES, it's not a condition to win. Just simply leave us a comment. Maybe tell us about someone who has helped you recently, and if they have one, leave a link to their blog so that people can visit them.:)

Yep, that simple. :)


Contest is now CLOSED! Thanks and good luck!





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Matthew MacNish said...

Wow. You guys are beyond awesome. Congratulations on another great year!

Lynn Blackmar said...

Lately, I've been studying narrative summary. There aren't many sources out there that explain when narrative summary is best used. Most people tend to overuse narrative summary, and the "show, don't tell" movement is so loud that most people don't realize that not using it at all is an intermediate writer's mistake. However, trying to find when to use it is confusing, and most sources have been vague about it. Then I found Krista von Dolzer's article on using narrative summary like a movie montage ( http://motherwrite.blogspot.com/2011/01/narrative-summary-vs-scenes-at-movies.html ). Her explanation makes perfect sense, and is so understandable that it's quite easy to see exactly where a good bit of narrative summary might be useful. Be sure to see the Homestar Running Strongbad email video referenced in the comments. It fits the subject quite well.

I've used the Emotion Thesaurus nearly every day for not only developing character actions and reactions, but also for developing character personalities and motivations. The other site resources you have developed, such as the physical attribute thesaurus, are very helpful. I enjoy talking with you all over at WANA.

Congratulations on five years of helping authors with your invaluable resources!

FunTó said...

Congratulations! Your blog has been an immense help! I am happy I found it through: http://touchinglives4good.blogspot.ch/ who shared your blog with me! Grateful!

Tell the World

Jackie said...

You guys have been so helpful to me. I think I've been following at least for two years.

You've made my writing journey more enjoyable and helped me come up with the right word when I need it.

I keep your book on the shelf by my desk.

Rose is a friend of mine who has also been helpful in my writing journey.
http://www.rosemccauley.blogspot.com/

I hope you have another great year, and please toss my name in for the contest.

Thanks for everything!

Jackie L.
joyfuljel(at)gmail(dot))com

Sheila Good said...

Congratulations on five years! You have been such an inspiration and the Emotion Thesaurus has been a wonderful resource I use in writing. This year has been a difficult year and I had to rearrange my priorities, but The Bookshelf Muse is among the blogs that I read every day.

Another writer I'd like to mention is a Nan Lundeen. Through this difficult year her columns, The Moo, have kept me inspired to write. You can find her columns here : http://www.femalefirst.co.uk/books/Nan+Lundeen-275629.html and on Nan on http://www.facebook.com/nan.lundeen.9.

Congratulations again on your success!

JCC said...

Congratulations on your success! I want the Kindle with the Emotion Thesaurus, please. What a magnificent idea! Keep up the great work and all the best to you in 2013.

Laura said...

Congratulations, 5 years is a long time!

Al Diaz said...

congratulations on 5 years and such a wonderful blog. You have indeed helped me with the useful information you have here. :)

Kaitlyn Hoyt said...

Congratulations on all your success! You guys have been very helpful to me during my writing process. You've helped me through bouts of writer's block and moments where I just couldn't think of a word. This website is very helpful during those times, so thank you!

Gabrielle Scanlon said...

What a very generous competition - and I have already gained from learning of other resources shared in these comments (thank you fellow writers!).

As a novice to novel-writing, I absolutely love Roz Morris's "Nail Your Novel" - it's so rich and is like having a personal coach for each "phase of writing" coming around for a cuppa and lending a hand! My copy is a Kindle version on my iPad and has the most highlighted passages (used as personal bookmarks) of any of my books. So glad to see you'll bundle it into one of the prize options!

Her blog is also a wonderful resource https://nailyournovel.wordpress.com/

I am a recent purchaser of the Emotion Thesaurus, which is brilliant, as is this site - and funnily enough I arrived here from a Google search for something related but different (I wanted to show an 11-year-old throwing a haughty, tongue-poking-out "duh look" at her friend, but couldn't work out how to describe what I can do easily with my own face haha!)

I also really like Rachel Aaron's "2k to 10k" book - not just because she shows how to get the word output elevated but not at the expense of quality, but the "unadvertised bonus" in the book for me was her laying out of HER step-by-step process, very pragmatic and very helpful. I don't know of her blog, so if it's OK, here is the link to the book on Amazon. http://www.amazon.com/2k-10k-Writing-Faster-ebook/dp/B009NKXAWS (it's currently a 99c no-brainer too - yes I know I'm starting to sound like a cheap salesman now, but I'm being honest!)

DonnaGalanti said...

Becca and Angela, amazing! Super congratulations on this milestone! Your blog is such a great resource and my print copy of the Emotion Thesaurus travels with me for editing my sequel(and would love an ebook version too)!

I have so many great mentors and friends who support me, but one in particular is Janice Gable Bashman. Not only is she generous with her time but she is a fantastic editor and willing to help you out in any way. Check out her website. She hosts big name authors there and can also be contacted for editing services thru there.

http://janicegablebashman.com/

Onward to another 5 years!
Donna Galanti
donnasgalanti(@)comcast.net
http://blog.donnagalanti.com/wp/

Beth said...

Love your blog, love your thesaurus. And congratulations on your milestones.

Two other blogs that are inspiring to me are literaryrambles.com and fallingleaflets.blogspot.com.

I agree - we can all be each others' best inspirations!

Silvia said...

Congratulations on a great run! I've been lurking in a screenwriter's blog for a long time, but his insights have been spot-on. http://cockeyedcaravan.blogspot.com/

Here's to encouragement and inspiration.

Amy McBay said...

Congratulations on a fabulous 5 years! You gals are amazing and your blog is key in my daily writing. I keep it open for quick reference :)
I have my friend and CP, Marisa to thank for linking me to your blog.

Angie Lockett said...

Congratulations on five years! It's an amazing milestone!I've only just discovered this blog in the last six months or so but I've been sure to point most of my writer friends in this direction.

Here's to another five years!

JeffO said...

First off, congratulations on five years, that's awesome! And what a generous giveaway.

I will mention two people who have been very helpful to me, Lisa L. Regan (http://lisalregan.blogspot.com/) and Nancy S. Thompson (http://nancysthompson.blogspot.com/). Both of them have been so supportive and honest in their critiques of my work, and good friends, too.

Angela Yuriko Smith said...

Wow! Congratz on reaching an amazing milestone ;D I'm so glad you and Becca met too - you guys have been such a help and inspiration to my own work. Kudos to you both and keep it up!

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babette said...

Doesn't time fly when you're helping others? I know you two have helped me with my writing. Now, everyone I talk to I mention your book. Thanks for all you do for all of us!

Susie Baker said...

You give such hope to newbie writers like myself! Thank you for expressing such a mix of genuine hilarity and wisdom. I especially enjoy Becca's quirky post titles. Keep the blog going for another 2 million hits!!!

Waugh Wright said...

Congratulations! The first two million are the hardest!

Audrey King said...

Congratulations!!!!! Love the Emotional Thesaurus and everything you do for us! This blog has got to be #1 for all writers. Thank you!

Marcy said...

Congratulations on reaching five years!! In a time when blogs come and go, it's inspiring that you ladies have kept with it and do so much for the rest of us who write. Thank you.

As for someone who is always helpful, Jami Gold is an amazing person and excellent writer helping other writers. www.jamigold.com

Tom Franklin said...

I started tagging all of the Emotional Thesaurus posts shortly after finding your blog a few years ago. They've helped me several times when I've gotten stuck with how to have a character express something important. Thanks for all that hard work -- I'm really happy for you that the book is selling.

-- Tom

Wild About Words said...

You two continue to be amazing!
I'm grateful to have connected with you both. Congratulations on your five year anniversary and your two other HUGE accomplishments!
Your hard word, dedication and talent continue to pay off. Thanks for being such excellent role models.
Off to share this very generous celebration . . .

Linda Maendel said...

I'm a relatively new follower. Congrats on reaching those amazing milestones! There are so many inspiring blogs, just can't make up my mind on which one to mention hear. So I will simply join in celebrating your blog. Glad i found you! Keep up the good work! Thanks for your generous Kindle offer!

Patchi said...

First off I should say this blog and the Emotion Thesaurus are more than helpful--they are essential! I could use at least 5 more years of your expertise, probably 50.

On a second note, I'd like to encourage the winner (if it's not me ;) ) to add Dremlander to their prize pack. I just finished reading the novel and I highly recommend it. And check out the Wordplay blog for story structure help:

http://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/

Peter Noah Thomas said...

I can't tell you how much help your Emotion Thesaurus and website have been to me. just awesome. Congrats!

I found you on: http://coffeehouse2010.blogspot.com

Martina at Adventures in YA Publishing said...

Congrats Ange and Becca! I am so, so happy for all your success. You more than deserve it, and I am sure that the success is just beginning! Hugs and standing ovations!

amber polo said...

Your book is a gift to writers. We love you!

Laura Pauling said...

Congratulations on three fantastic milestones! What a fantastic contest, and I'm humbled that you'd include my middle grade. Thank you. :) I agree. I wouldn't trade my time blogging and meeting all my writer friends for anything!

R. E. Hunter said...

Congrats on your well-deserved dual success—the blog and the book.

Heather Marsten said...

Happy Anniversary! I enjoy your posts and have been helped by your emotion thesaurus. There are many writers and publisher's blogs that I read and have been helped by them all. It is hard to separate out one from the rest.

I am going to share one of many, this one I haven't seen referenced much on sites, so thought it would be helpful. It's called conversations with writers:

http://conversationswithwriters.blogspot.com/

One short, snarky, comes out once a week site that makes me laugh is Slush pile Hell. Here is the most recent post.

http://slushpilehell.tumblr.com/post/41275101662

Judy said...

Congratulations and a big thank you for your wonderful blog I follow. I haven't read some of the fiction writing books you posted today. I'm off to look them up on Amazon.

Rachna Chhabria said...

Angela, you and Becca are super awesome. Hope you celebrate many more such blogoversaries. Hugs to both of you.

Steena Holmes said...

wow - talk about hitting milestones! You guys rock in more ways than you can possibly imagine - and the fact you added my book just ... well ... Angela you and I NEED to celebrate our writing successes over cheesecake one day and Becca ... we need to meet up some time and share some chocolate :)

Rosi said...

Fantastic giveaway! Thanks for running it and for the fabulous critique I won earlier this year. It was so helpful.

Katie O'Connor said...

Thanks so much for the inspiring blog. I have learned a lot of things here. You've helped me correct mistakes I didn't even know I was making.

You inspire me.

Congratulations on the milestones!

Vickie McDonough said...

Congratulations on your success! I love The Emotion Thesaurus and use it all the time while writing. Just yesterday, I was looking for a different word for "dark brown" eyes and checked your website. It's such a wonderful reference for writers.

Lots of people have been helpful. My critique partners help polish my books and find those frustrating typos my eyes just skim over. My good writer friend, Margaret Daley, encourages me when I get down and helps me brainstorm new stories. Today, my dh went up to Sonic and bought me a breakfast sandwich. :)

Thanks for your great website and book.

Vickie McDonough
www.vickiemcdonough.com

fictionfan1 [@] tulsacoxmail [dot] com

darkwriter67 said...

Congrats on the milestone! And for anyone that's familiar with STGRB, there's an interesting series of blogposts regarding them over the last couple of weeks. Some real yeoman's work done about them.

http://genxpose.blogspot.com/2013/01/stgrb-facts-rumors-speculation.html

littleredmixtape said...

What a treat to have found your site. It has already proven helpful on more levels than I could possibly explain in a single comment. Let's just say you've been an inspiration and a delicious resource.

Congratulations on the anniversary and here's to many, many more in the future!

Cynthia

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

Wow, five years! Congratulations! I hit five years in the fall.

I have been blessed with lots of helpful bloggy friends. :) If you don't know Lenny at http://lennys-world.blogspot.com/ you are in for a treat from this insightful 13 year old. I'm so not good with doing one person. This past year I really have gotten to know Theresa at http://theresamilstein.blogspot.com/ She is an amazing writer! I am so blessed by all the wonderful people in the blogging community. :)

Admin said...

Congratulations. Fairly new here but have already found the blog to be a huge help. Thanks.

lnrussell said...

Wow! Five wonderfully informative and helpful years. Congratulations and I'm sure there will be many more to come.

I'd like to give some love to Cat Scully for helping me with my query. She is uberly awesome and hopefully we will all see her "JENNIFER STRANGE" in print soon. She blogs at

http://wp.me/2FBVp

Thanks again for the contest!

L.N. Russell

Natalie Aguirre said...

A big congrats on your awesome milestones. So excited for you and appreciate all you do for the rest of us.

Melinda said...

Yay! Congratulations. The Emotion Thesaurus is a huge help. Joanna Penn is also a big help every time I have a blogging crisis :-)

Leda said...

Congrats on your 5th anniversary!
Your thesauri are incredibly helpful, even for aiding me with DRAWING the emotions in my graphic novel. I, in turn, have been able to assist my friend Rose Gauss with her blog writing. She hosts www.theDRAWpage.com where kids and their grownups can learn to draw and have fun.

Thank you for the wonderful reference material! Keep up the good work.
Noni Gross

Steve Mathisen said...

Congratulations on five great years. It's good to be able to celebrate with you. Here's to (at least) five more and beyond!

Dan said...

Congrats on 5 years of being nice to people who need it. And also for calling everyone out; nothing like some free technology to inspire a wave of platitudes. Please accept my own:

The poem that genuinely inspired my life-long passion/struggle with the art of word: Porphyria’s Lover

http://www.sparknotes.com/poetry/browning/section1.html

Jessica Subject said...

Congratulations, ladies! That is a fabulous achievement! You both help me when I'm writing and editing with your emotion thesaurus. Another author who helped me with my most recent release, is Karlene Petitt, pilot and author. She helped me with research for my story Made For Her, especially with the flight simulator scene. :)

K.M. Weiland said...

Don't count this is an entry. I just wanted to take the opportunity to officially congratulate you both on a tremendous five years! An awesome blog, an awesome book, and two awesome ladies - doesn't get better than that! Thanks for including Dreamlander in the prize pack!

Dawn Malone said...

Congratulations on the milestone! Love your blog and the Emotion Thesaurus. It has been such a big help to me as well as my critique group. We have a 'library' of reference books which we circulate. Everyone always wants the Thesaurus so we ended up buying two copies because it was so popular!

Barry Napier said...

I'll admit that I feel bad for lurking here for so long and finally posting when there are goods to be won!

The artist Keith Draws has been a huge help to me as of late due to his working with me very closely on the new covers for my Everything Theory books. They now look super professional and I think they may add the POP the series needed.

Oh...and numerous posts here, of course.

Michael G-G said...

Congratulations to you both! The Emotion Thesaurus is a fabulous gift for all writers... There are so many helpful people out there that singling one out is almost impossible--but I would like to mention Matt MacNish, first commenter on this thread, a good pal and Project Mayhem buddy who has helped many (including me) get our queries into shape over at The QQQE.

Amanda said...

Congratulations! What an accomplishment!

Marcy said...

Congratulations on your milestones! What great news!

Chris said...

Great site here! It looks like it is going to be very useful. Congrats on 5 years!

Laura said...

Congratulations! And, I just bought the pdf version of the Emotion Thesaurus. Have been hearing rave reviews! Thanks!!!

adan said...

big congratulations on all you've done, and all i'm sure you'll love doing in the years to come ;-)

i found you via kim weiland, so i'll have to give her credit - https://www.facebook.com/kmweiland.author

other great creative resources i like are:

dversepoets and studiomothers

https://www.facebook.com/studiomothers?ref=stream

http://dversepoets.com/

all share a sense of openness and acceptance, knowledge and skill, combinations i admire (and need)

best wishes ;-)

Christina Mercer said...

Congratulations to you!! Awesome milestones :-) And an awesome giveaway, thank you. I have to thank the gals over at indie-visible.com for all their amazing support these past few months.

teena3940 said...

Congratulations on five years,
The Emotion Thesaurus for all your sales over 20,000 copies and for the 2,000,000th Hits..I want to say Thanks to my family. They are always there for me..I had rotator cuff surgery and there wasn't a lot I could do and they were there for me..Thanks for a Great giveaway..

Kris Cramer said...

Congratulations! I love The Emotion Thesaurus and your blog. I found you via KM Weiland. Her blog is a helpful resource for writers (http://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/).

I love the fact that you're providing all your visitors with the opportunity to share links to other writers they've learned from. It creates such a wonderful sense of community among writers and readers.

Tiffany Turpin Johnson said...

Congrats on the anniversary, and you guys are awesome for doing this! I gotta be honest (and I'm not bum-kissing here, I promise) but I recently got The Emotion Thesaurus, so it's been my most recent writing helper. I struggle with characterization and believability the most, and the thesaurus has helped me to transform my characters from cardboard cutouts to real people. Thank you so much!

Corrina Thurston said...

Congrats! That's so exciting! And this giveaway is just like you, celebrating your own accomplishments by giving to the community! Thank you guys for what you do!

As for someone who has helped me, I have a chronic illness and my family has been better than anyone could even dream. They all chipped in this year to buy me a new laptop because mine was falling apart, and now I can keep writing without using pen and a pad (which I did for a while when my computer was on the fritz).

One of the blogs I like the most, though, is James Scott Bell's Kill Zone. Great thoughts from great authors to help beginners like me along. http://www.killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/

gypsyharper said...

Congratulations on five years and your wonderful success with both book and blog!

One of my writing friends helped me out by giving me a copy of the Emotion Thesaurus for Christmas - I'm so excited to use it!

There are so many writing blogs I find helpful, but two of my favorites are Writer Unboxed (http://writerunboxed.com/) and Magical Words (www.magicalwords.net)

Jameelah Raoof said...

Just grateful to shre in your dream! Congrats!

Steven Cameron said...

Congratulations on your 5 year anniversary.

writeontheworld said...

I found your blog through K.M. Weiland. Following her has helped my writing a lot! https://www.facebook.com/kmweiland.author?ref=stream

Chris said...

here is my comment for entry :)

K. M. Weiland's Structuring Your Story's Scenes series has been very helpful.

http://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/search/label/structuring%20your%20story%27s%20scenes

Susan Borgersen said...

I love the Emotion Thesaurus - I'm currently tackling a 30-verse-in-30-days ballad challenge - the thesaurus is invaluable. congrats on the 5th Anniversary too.

www.sueborgersen.com

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...
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nastialeach said...

Thanks for being there for all of us, writers and authors, both green and seasoned. English isn't my first language, and every now and then I run out of imagery and _words_ to describe something with any degree of authenticity. Your site is a ton of help.

Thanks,

Nastia Leach
worldsoutofwords.wordpress.com

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Congratulations on all accounts! And wow, there's my book. Thank you!
Will mention this tomorrow on my blog!

Liberty Speidel said...

Cool! Just found this blog thanks to K.M. Weiland. :)

Rebeca said...

Congrats! I love the Emotion Thesaurus!

I don't remember how I found you, but I recall thinking what a godsend you were. Among my favorite blogs that I visit often is http://www.vaughnroycroft.com/. Vaughn is a terrific and love his perspective on writing.

Congratulations again!

Shonna Slayton said...

Oh, Congratulations! You guys are fabulous. It's fun to celebrate with you :)

Martha Ramirez said...

Whoo hooo! Happy HAPPY anniversary!!!! And as you already know I am a die hard TBM fan!

Marcos said...

Hello and Happy Anniversary!

Someone who's helped me? Well, K.M. Weiland and her book Outlining Your Novel. This book has been a great source of info for a complete beginner.

Greetings from Brazil!

Marcos

apgoodman said...

Found you via A Jo Penn tweet. Great site

jessicaschaubbooks.com said...

Five years! Good work! And work it is :) I discovered you through Jo Penn - she's a wonderful resource for Indie authors. I especially appreciate her optimistic views on writing and publishing. Looking forward to reading your archives!

Here's to another 5 years! Cheers!

Paul Cook said...

Congrats on another year!

I have to say the biggest help to me recently has been my 12 year old daughter. At a time where i was struggling with my art and creativity she reminded me why i do it (and where her talents come from) and has got me writing and illustrating again

Jo M. Coleman said...

Wow, this is awesome! Thanks for doing such a great giveaway!

Bridgette Booth said...

Congratulations! I think I've been following you for at least 4 of those years. Before the book, I studied each emotional thesaurus entry. It's also the first site I recommended to my nephew who wants to write a novel. I told him he'll end up buying the book!

2unpublishedgirls said...

My writing wouldn't be where it is at without Bookshelf Muse. Thank you so much for your Emotional Thesaurus. I can't wait for the next one to come out!

Congrats on the 2,000,000 hits! I just started a blog and cannot even imagine how I would feel if it became that popular.

Angelica R. Jackson said...

The Emotion Thesaurus was a big help when my beginning-writer self needed help with both variety and showing-not-telling. Thanks, and congratulations on 5 years!

Carol Garvin said...

Can it be five years already??? Wow, congratulations! I mostly lurk, but I've gleaned so much great info here.

Another blog I visit regularly is author Jody Hedlund's. She's a great encourager, her posts are always informative, plus she has a page filled with links to wonderful writing helps: http://jodyhedlund.com/for-writers/

Catherine said...

Congratulations on 5 years...and may there be many more to come!

Natasha Hanova said...

Congrats on the 5 years! What a way to celebrate. I enjoy this blog and often tweet posts.

I follow a number of blogger whom I find especially helpful. Most recently, I discovered Sarah Nego from Sarah Nego Writes. She's an intern/PR specialist perspective for Marisa Corvisiero and writes about an insider's perspective. Here's the link to her blog: http://sarahnego.blogspot.com/

Katrina L. Lantz said...

Woot! Congratulations, and thank you for the epic giveaway! Fabulous books. The Emotion Thesaurus was/is a beautiful idea, something writers needed. Thank you for putting it out there!

I'd like to give a shout-out to Kristal Shaff, Month9Book author of THE EMISSARY (cover to be revealed soon).

Not only has she been my CP for a few years, but she's just been all-around there for me. She knows how to pay it forward.

Here's her website: http://www.kristalshaff.com/

She's also at Scene 13 blog: http://scene13ers.wordpress.com

kittyb78 said...

Five years. Wow! That's amazing. I'm not surprised you've had over 2,000,000 hits.

Over 20,000 copies of ET sold? That's amazing. :) Here's to many more sales. :)

You two ladies have helped many authors, me included.

I originally met you both at CC as well. One of the best decisions I've ever made was joining CC.

One of the ladies I've learned the most from this year was Janice Hardy over at http://blog.janicehardy.com/

She offers lots of valuable tips for writers, all the way through the revision phase and what words to avoid using, and why.

Here's to many more years of wonderful advice from the fabulous BookShelfMuse and it's very "Pay-It Forward" hosts. :) *clinks glass*

Thanks for everything you've done, and continue to do for the writing community as a whole.

~KittyB78
bidelia78@yahoo.com

Katrina S. Forest said...

Congrats on 5 years -- that's so exciting. The Emotion Thesaurus has been insanely useful to me. When my Nook went missing for a couple weeks, I went and downloaded the Nook app to my iPhone specifically so I wouldn't be without that thesaurus while I was writing. :)

Charlie Holmberg said...

How gracious!! Thanks so much. :) Another reason to love this blog!

As far as writing goes, Juliana Brandt has been an excellent CP and figured out why my first 50 pages weren't grabbing agents' attention. A HUGE helpmeet for me. She's over at julianabrandt.com.

Carrie Butler said...

Oh my goodness. What a milestone! :) I am so, so proud to call you both my friends. Congratulations!

The Magic Violinist said...

Holy cow! Congratulations, guys! :D That's amazing! Your blog deserves it. I can't list the number of times I've come here to help with my book or characters.

Someone who has helped me a TON recently (and since August last year) is Joe Bunting at thewritepractice.com. He has helped me SOOOOO much just by letting me write a monthly post on his website. He's great, the website's great, and the community's great. Thank you so much, Joe!

Rob Cornell said...

Very cool. What a great contest. Two folks that helped me a great deal, and kept me from nearly giving up writing:

Dean Wesley Smith: deanwesleysmith.com

Kristine Kathryn Rusch: kristwrites.com

Angela Ackerman said...

AHHHH, you guys! All these lovely things you are saying is going to make me bawl. Seriously, wailing is about to commense!

Thank you, thank you, thank you for all the beautiful words. What a great community we have here--I am so proud of it and I know all of you are too!

Thanks for sharing your favorite haunts--some of these are new to me and so I look forward to checking them out!

Have a happy week, and thanks so much for celebrating with us!

Angela

DizzyJ said...

K.M. Weiland's advice has always been valuable to me. This is a great contest.

Sherryl said...

I've recommended your Emotion Thesaurus to many writers. Congratulations on 5 years!

Jan at Adventures in YA Publishing said...

Congrats ladies! That's amazing!

Aldrea Alien said...

Congrats on the five years. I've been loving this blog and all the helpful information.
I can well imagine The Emotion Thesaurus selling over 20,000 copies, it's a great resource. ^_^

Shevi Arnold said...

Wow, congratulations! Considering how many recommendations I've seen for your Emotion Thesaurus, it's hardly surprising. As for a helpful blog, it was great to be featured on Ellie Garratt's recently: http://elliegarratt.blogspot.com/2013/01/shevi-arnold-speculative-fiction-writer.html

Angela Brown said...

It's wonderful that you guys are making this such an open ended celebration. Congrats to you both for great sales and such a wonderful blog.

I'd like to give a personal Big Hug to you both and to Gwen Gardner who has been the most wonderful Partner in ParanormYA. She listens to me rant, get all hot and bothered with me when I don't understand what I'm doing with trying to promote my novel, shares her thoughts with me about things on her mind and has become my second set of eyes for my work because I know she'll be honest with me on how to make it better.

Yeah, Gwen's pretty alright with me and I hope others visit her just to say howdy and get to know this great gal pal of mine :-)

http://gwengardner.blogspot.com/

Julie Musil said...

You guys are so AWESOME! You've helped SO many writers, including me, and I'm so thankful.

Rose McCauley said...

Great milestone and great giveaway to others to celebrate! I'd like to invite you to visit my friend Jackie Layton's blog at www.jackiesbackporch.blogspot.com She is an encourager to me as a writer and is great at plot points and turns and twists! Also a great photographer. If you check it out you can see scenes of Southport, NC where she and her hubby recently went and where Safe Haven, the movie based on Nicholas Sparks' latest movie was set.

Galadriel said...

I'd love to enter this contest

Barbara Jacksha said...

Congrats to the blog, its creators and to the writers reading it who never give up!

sarah corbett morgan said...

Wow, what a great accomplishment. Beaucoup congratulations to you both. And, what a sweet offer. I have your Emotion Thesaurus and love it to death. Thanks for all you do.

Owllady said...

Well now. Angela and Becca, you deserve a big shout-out and congrats! You've come so far and yet I can see you still have lots to accomplish and share. Thanks for the Muse site, the Emotion Thesaurus, and everything you do for writers. You guys rock!

I too am a Critique Circle fan. Because of CC, I cyber-met Angela & Becca. Because of CC, I found out about six sentence sunday through which I met Teresa, my awesome beta reader.

Much to be thankful for. :D :D

Ambiguous_A said...

Kindle giveaway? Heck yes!! I love this blog, and I'm loving all the new physical attribute thesaurus entries. You guys help my writing so much!

Carrie said...

Congrats on those amazing milestones :) I love the Emotion Thesaurus, one of my best purchases to help with my writing

Diane Peterson said...

The information that you provide has been invaluable to me. I read Wordplay every day as well as the Muse blog. What a help for the beginning writer. Thanks so much.

Samantha said...

I've promised a review of the Emotional Thesaurus for my writer's group, and once it's complete, I'll come back and post a link to the blog post where it resides.

Kanteker said...

Congratulations! As far as one of the people who helps me with my writing, you're giving away one of her books. I love K.M. Weiland's posts, and really enjoy her "Outlining Your Novel" book.

L. Blake said...

I use The Emotion Thesaurus regularly. I come here often to check on character traits too.

Congrats on five years.

Nicole Zoltack said...

Wow,that's awesome but not surprising! The Emotion Thesaurus is amazing!I refer to it often.

And what a great contest too! *crosses fingers* And to answer your questions as to who has helped me recently - the bookshelfmuse. I've been using your site to help flesh out scenes in my YA paranormal. Setting is still my weakest point.

Rena J. Traxel said...

Congrats. Thanks for all the helpful posts!

Kayeleen Hamblin said...

Wow! 5 years? That's amazing!

I was recently helped by my mom, who is a reader for me. She just likes to read things and give ideas of what can improve the story. It was really great to hear her perspective.

Anabel González said...

Thank you for your amazing help, since I have been writing an emphat your blog has been an amazing help-
Also my cp Stacey Nash was an inmense help with heping me grow as a writer, and encouraging me all the way.
Her blog: www.staceynash.com
Congratuations on your first five years!

harlowfallon said...

This site has been a fantastic resource for me as I've developed my skills as a writer over the past few years. Angela's influence and input over on the Critique Circle site is an added bonus, like getting the whole pie instead of a slice! Thanks, Angela! And CONGRATULATIONS!

Liz Penney said...

I am one of your 20,000 purchasers of your emotion thesaurus, a truly useful writing tool! Thanks for putting it together and congrats on the sales!

Jemi Fraser said...

LOVE how those small moments can cause a whole shift in our lives. I'm also so glad you 2 met - thank you both so much for the last 5 years! Thanks as well for the giveaway! :)

Stina Lindenblatt said...

You guys always have the best parties. :D

Athena Franco said...

Wow, congratulations! I always look forward to seeing you guys pop up in my RSS feeder.

vbtremper said...

More awesomeness from you awesome women! Congrats on 5 years and thanks for the contest!

Vanessa Shields said...

Congratulations! What a success story! I'm fairly new to your on-line family, but I most enjoy your posts! Thank you, and keep up the amazing work! I'm doing my best to share your site with all the writers I know! Peace!

Melinda S. Collins said...

Congratulations, Becca & Angela!!!! THREE amazing milestones! So awesome!!! *throws confetti*

Christie Wright Wild said...

Congratulations! What great stats! 5 years, 20,000 copies, and 2 million hits. Amazing. And to think, I helped you out just a little, I hope. Back in March 2011, I gave you guys a blog award when you only had just over 1600 followers. Even then you guys were awesome. Congratulations on still being awesome. (Hope I'm the lucky winner...)

Milli Thornton said...

Wonderful contest; thank you. I didn't know about this site until I clicked on a link posted by a Facebook friend today.

My body helped me by giving me a pinched nerve that radically cut down my ability to use a computer and mouse. This forced me to re-evaluate everything. It was emotionally (as well as physically) painful, but I finally stopped resisting the message: "Stop doing things that look creative but aren't your real passion."

I've made the inner and outer changes and now I'm starting 2013 with a blank slate. Feels good. Thanks, body. Sometimes you've got to be cruel to be kind. :~)

Peggy Eddleman said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!! So happy for you two!

Someone who helped me recently was Elana Johnson, http://elanajohnson.blogspot.com/ when she talked me down from a ledge. ;)

Chihuahua Zero said...

Recently, I'm focusing on just achieving the goals I'm setting myself.

For example, I'm trying out binaural beats to see if they will let me sleep a couple of more hours.

Deborah Halverson said...

Yours is a great blog and this is a generous contest. I gladly shared your post with my readers. Congratulations!

ok media man said...

Ok, here is a link to an Indie author/ publishing group on facebook.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/117510274996874/

Steve Manke said...

Congratulations!

I've been enjoying this podcast. The hosts are a little nuts but every episode has been helpful:
Selfpublishingpodcast.com

Unknown said...

Thanks for the giveaway. I use your Emotion Thesaurus ALL THE TIME!

Em said...

Especially love your physical attributes thesaurus. :D

Cyrus Keith said...

Yay you guys! Congrats on Five Years!

History Sleuth said...

Wow. Those are both awesome accomplishments! Wishing you much success in the next five years as well.

Dave Williams said...

Congratulations on five years!
Two blogs I cannot live without are yours and that of K.M. Weiland.
Keep up the good work.

Misha said...

Yay! Way to go!!! And thank you for celebrating with us~<3
Outside of this fantastic site I spend a lot of time in the archives of http://kidlit.com because I love Mary's advice. Sometimes things just don't click until I read examples from there!

Thank you so much for the lovely giveaway and congrats again on reaching so many milestones!

africa2asia said...

Congratulations on another fabulous year! Besides your own blog, I've also been helped so many times by the advice of Joanna Penn on her blog http://www.thecreativepenn.com/

Jenif welnad said...

Hello, I read your post & it a really good one. Congratulation for your long term success. Thanks for this blog…


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Traci Kenworth said...

Wonderful idea!! I'm having SO much fun editing right now thanks to tips I've discovered at The Other Side of the Story (www.janicehardy.com).

Aly C. said...

Congratulations on five years! That's crazy! You guys have helped me out a lot and I really appreciate it. Thank you so much for everything you do!

alyssaxchen14 (at) gmail (dot) com

S.P. Bowers said...

Congrats on all the years! There are too many people to list them individually but I love my writing website Compuserve. I definitely wouldn't be were I am without them.

Sue Ming said...

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Valerie Keiser Norris said...

Wow, congratulations! I love Writer's Digest for their help and guidance.

Christopher Brown said...

I found this on K.M. Weiland's Page. Thanks for introducing me to another excellent Blog. I look forward to reading it!

Lori Sizemore said...

I have used the Emotional Thesaurus for so long. When I saw I could buy it on Kindle, I didn't hesitate. I keep it open on my Kindle PC reader while I write. It's an incredible resource.

I've gotten tons of great information from Roz Morris's site: nailyournovel.com

Always good stuff.

Becca Puglisi said...

You guys think we're being all generous with these contests, but really we just like to hear all the nice things you have to say :). Seriously, thank you. You all have been so good to us. Best of luck!

Bryan Paul Sullo said...

Congratulations from a fellow CCer. It's nice to see you're being rewarded for all the help you've provided to writers.

J Falkner said...

Congratulations! The Bookshelf Muse has been incredibly helpful to my writing and when I'm trolling for ideas, your site is one of the first I head to. here's to many more years to come!

Patti Kurtz said...

One of my favorite sites is Wordplay, which offers tips on writing. The series on crafting scenes (ongoing as of now) has been especially helpful.

Susanne Drazic said...

WOW! CONGRATS on 5 years of blogging! CONGRATS on the other milestones, too!

This is such an AWESOME blog! Thanks for all you do for the writing community!

And thanks for this most awesome giveaway! : )

Alana Mander said...

Congratulations! My own blog is only a few weeks old so it's nice to hear success stories, it fills me with hope for the future.

One of the things I have been really working on with my fiction writing at the minute is improving my descriptions and I have found your site an invaluable resource.

I do a weekly post that includes snippets from my writer's notebook and in my last one I made an entry about a character discovering someone was lying because their hands didn't fit with the job they claimed to be doing. I then included a link to your site for any of my readers looking for a way to describe people's physical attributes.

Keep up the good work.

creativewritingintheblackberrypatch said...

Wow! that is amazing. But I can understand all the hits, because the post on my blog where I posted about The Emotion Thesaurus gets the most hits of any on my site. I'm glad to be able to send people your way, you deserve every hit you get. And, congratulations on having 20,000 copies sold. Woo hoo! I'd love to win, thanks for the give a way!

Ilnara Hesken said...

Hi, I came here via Liana's blog.

Congrats on blogging for 5 years, for selling over 20,000 copies, and for having over 2 million hits. All worthy achievements.

Somehow, I don't think it will take you another 5 years to double those numbers. :) Maybe 2 years, maybe less.

Anyway, glad to have a link to your site. Looking forward to seeing more.

M.L. Swift said...

Dang...I'm crashing the party a little late, here, but still in the fashionable range.

ALL the reference books! I'm loving my ET. Bought it for Christmas.

I love that you and Becca met at a writing site and then collaborated. It is amazing how God works and the people He brings into our lives.

My bestie and I met much the same way...at a prompt site. She inspires me everyday with her talent, kindness, welcoming nature, and so much more. It's great to have a buddy like that. Her site is:

http://www.athoughtgrows.blogspot.com

She always has wonderful observations on life.

Armelle said...

This is a great contest!! And congratulations!! Wow, 5 years...
So, one blog I have started following recently and that has tremendously helped me in my writing is CS Lakin's http://www.livewritethrive.com/.

Thank you for sharing your success!! :)
And here is to another 5 successful years! Or 10!! Or... well, put the number you like :)
Armelle

Rosalyn said...

Thanks for all your hard work!

Kate said...

I recently purchased The Emotion Thesaurus and have referenced it quite a bit. Thanks for you work.

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Congrats on 5 years of blogging!

Scribbles From Jenn said...

Five years of blogging is worth celebrating! Congratulations to you both!

Tami Veldura said...

I just picked up a copy of the Emotion Thesaurus (just now, 30 second ago!) because honestly, there's no excuse not to have it.

Thank you for putting together such a great book :D

And congrats on such awesome readers!

Donna L Martin said...

What a fabulous run so far! Congratulations and here's to another five years! Your great book is part of my writer reference library and very helpful. Thanks for all you do for the writing community!

Donna L Martin

Debra Allen Erfert said...

I keep my Emotional Thesaurus within arm's reach, and I have one on my Kindle Fire, too. Congratulations on your fifth year anniversary!

I frequent Julie Coulter Bellon's blog http://ldswritermom.blogspot.com where the aforementioned wonderful writer not only does book reviews, she has a First Page Friday critique done by a national editor friend of hers that anyone can enter. Julie's such a sweet lady that I want to give her, and her blog, a huge shout out!

cleemckenzie said...

You're more than wonderful. What a full year 2012 was and it seems you're about to start filling 2013 up to the brim with this so very generous giveaway. I'm proud to have my book included. Thank you.

Debbie Andrews said...

Looking forward to another great year!

Sherry Ellis said...

Congratulations! That's impressive. This is a real nice giveaway you're doing, too!

Shelli said...

Congratulations, and thank you for such a fantastic resource! Here's to your continued success!

Tami Clayton said...

Five years of blogging? What an amazing accomplishment! Thanks for all you do for the writing community. Cheers to you both!

Lynda R Young said...

A BIG congratulations to you both!!

Julie Flanders said...

Huge congratulations to you both on such amazing milestones! And what an awesome giveaway, thank you for the opportunity to enter! :)

John said...

Congratulations to the both of you! The Emotion Thesaurus has been a big help for my writing, as well as the other material you have on your blog.

One, whose advise has helped me a lot in my writing is, K. M. Weiland. http://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/

Again, congrats and many, many, many more post expected from you two in the years ahead.

Krystalyn Drown said...

Congrats, you guys! I love the book. It's been a great help!

jenbjen said...

Yeah! You go! I've been using the crew at Calgary NaNoWriMo to inspire and help me out in my writings!

Bullish said...

What a terrific way to celebrate!! I have to say that JM Bell of startyournovel.com has been such an inspiration to me - creatively and social media smarts wise too!! In fact, following him is how I found you!! :)

Keely said...

Angela, your site has been hugely helpful since I started this journey, I was lucky to find it and the Emotion Thesaurus so early.

I'll also give props to the completely wicked Chuck Wendig at http://terribleminds.com/ramble/ - making writing vulgar and fun since whenever he started.

Summer Stone said...

Congrats to you guys! Katie Klein has been a great help to me :)

Melissa said...

Congrats to you both! Here's to many more!

Heather Gardner said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE your book and I use it every time I write. Every time.

Wonderful news on the amount of books you've sold and hits the blog has! Great job.

Heather

Tracy Campbell said...

Hokey Dinah, I'm the 180th commenter. I think that's the longest list yet.
Anyway, congratulations on five years of blogging, the successful sale of your book (which I keep handy), and for the hits on your blog.
How very kind of you both to offer such a great prize.
Two other bloggers I follow and that deserve recognition are...drum roll, please--Marcy Kennedy at www.marcykennedy.com and Janice Hardy at www.janicehardy.com

Claudette Alexander-James said...

I think I put my post the wrong place. Anyway Congratulations on five years. The Emotion Thearus has been of tremendous help to me and many other groups that I have suggested.
WritersDigest.com has many blogs and this site has been helpful in my writing life.
Now pull my name for the Kindle plus books I could do with one

Bethany said...

Congratulations! What a milestone and what a generous giveaway!

Someone who has recently helped me (a ton!) is my CP, Steph. Too many words, not enough time - but she does have a new blogging venture I'd love to plug: http://thepenpunks.blogspot.ca/ - introducing us to all things punk in writing! We write such different stories but having another writer who loves and improves your own work is invaluable.

Tracy N. Jorgensen said...

Wow! I love finding awesome new websites. Especially those that help writers.

IF you're querying, the only place to go (for me) is agentqueryconnect.com. Don't believe me? I got 20% request rate thanks to them. Yeah. Out of hundreds of queries. Didn't get an agent, which should just show you that they are that awesome and it wasn't just me.

Linda A. said...

Congratulations on all the great celebration! You two are setting records that most can only dream of.

T. Drecker said...

Five years... Wow! Congratulations! And as to helpers, the lovely Ilana Waters has been extremely supportive lately! - over at www.ilanawaters.com

Trisha said...

Five years! That's massive. Congratulations to you both. And may you have another excellent 5 years (and more, of course).

Michelle McLean said...

Congratulations!!! What an amazing milestone :) I have so many incredible writing friends I just couldn't live without, but one of them, Toni Kerr, just recently got into the blogging game so I'd love to send some peeps her way :)

http://tonikerr.blogspot.com/

Kim said...

Thanks so much for the contest! All of my beta readers and crit partners help me so much! Spreading the word: https://twitter.com/KimberlyAnnNJ
https://www.facebook.com/kimberly.a.miller.180

GSMarlene said...

Wow, look at the response to this - and well deserved. I've had so many recommendations for the Emotion Thesaurus, I have to get my hands on it one way or the other!
And here's a shout out to my wonderful CP who has her first book coming out in May - congrats Eliza. Visit her blog at http://girlspwn.blogspot.com/ - she's always on top of some great contests too.

Laura said...

Congrats on five years. Thanks for the giveaway!

S. J. Maylee said...

5-years, wow, you guys have helped a lot of people in that time. I am most certainly looking forward to your next five. I learn from so many, the list is long, but this weekend I'm thinking of the end of a fav. www.SixSunday.com is running their last list tomorrow. A fabulous, fun time for writers started by Sara Brookes http://www.sarabrookes.net/
Thank you, Sara.

erica and christy said...

Wow, congratulations, girls!! Although I'm thankful for all the writing/critiquing help we've gotten, I have to say my son's teacher has been my savior lately. She won't see this, but trust me - I thank her in person A LOT!
erica

dawnall said...

I'd like to thank you guys! I recommended The Emotion Thesaurus to my writer's group. We all use it now and follow you. It's a great book! Congrats on your big celebration.

Bridgett Henson said...

Congratulations on your 5th year!!!!

Laurie J. Edwards said...

Thanks for The Emotion Thesaurus, and congrats on 5 years! If you're looking to take your writing to the next level, I highly recommend Margie Lawson's deep editing analyses:

www.margielawson.com/deep-editing-analyses

Patricia said...

Your blog as been very helpful to me! Thank you!

This one too:
https://warriorwriters.wordpress.com/

Congratulations on 5 years!!! And thanks for the giveaway :D :3

Joan Stradling said...

Awesome! Emotional Thesaurus has been a huge help to me. I know it's helped my writing, and I can't thank you enough for it! Congrats on the wonderful milestones, and I look forward to many more.

Lindsey R. Loucks said...

Wow! Congratulations!

Robert Foster said...

I love The Emotion Thesaurus. I love your blog. It's helped me so much. As for folks that have helped me, there are a few. For berivitiy's sake, I'll name the ones that have helped me the most: R.S.Guthrie (http://robonwriting.com/) and Kevin Rau (http://kevinrau.blogspot.com/) have helped me with advice and encouragement.
Fab Surya (http://thewritingbean.wordpress.com/) and Jennifer Kemp (she doesn't have a blog yet) are my invaluable readers and critiquers. They see my stuff even before Critique Circle dot com does. Jen and Fab are always ready with cyber hugs and encouragement (or the occasional scolding when I want to stop writing). I love them a great deal.

Amanda K. said...

How exciting for you! Congradulations.

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