Fourth Writer’s Platform-Building Campaign

I’m always looking for ways to help authors promote themselves, their works, etc., and build their platforms.  The fantastic Rachael Harrie is conducting her fourth writer’s platform-building campaign, and I’ve decided to join in.  It’s a great way to meet other writers, find new beta readers, critique partners and contests/giveaways.  It’s not too late to join in.  You have until tomorrow to sign up.   Just go to Rachael’s site here.  You can read all about the campaign here.

Also, just a heads up.  I will be hosting a fun contest soon.  The winner will receive a line-by-line edit/critique of the first 10 pages of your manuscript.   More details to follow.

7 X 7 Link Blog Award

First, I want to thank Jennifer Eaton for this award.  She is an amazing author and I’m so glad she thought of me when handing out this award.  I have to say, I like my little collection accruing on my blog.  They’re so pretty.

As a recipient of the 7 x 7 blog award, I have to follow some rules, which are:

1.     Thank the person who gave the award (Thank you, Jennifer. *smile*)
2.     Write a post about it (I’m pretty sure that is what this is)
3.     Answer 7 questions about myself (boring, but ok)
4.     Link to 7 of your own post:  Most Surprisingly Successful, Most Underrated, Most Popular, Most Beautiful, Most Helpful, Most Controversial and Most Pride-Worthy
5.     Pass the award on to 7 bloggers who you think deserve it

Okay…so here are seven facts about me:

1.  I am hopelessly addicted to Wizard 101. I have level 60 or above Life, Ice and Fire Wizards and I also play my son’s Death, Myth, and Storm characters.

2.  I never met a lobster I didn’t like.

3.  I love to travel and want to see the Grand Canyon, Alaska, Vermont in the fall, Hawaii, Scotland, Ireland and Italy before I die.

4.  I love dogs and cats and would take every stray that I could if I had the space and money.

5.  My favorite color is yellow.

6. My favorite flower is a yellow rose.

7. I cry at movies, even happy ones.

Now, for the most difficult of all of the rules to follow: Number 4.  I seem to write a lot, but not many people comment or follow back, so it’s sort of difficult to tell which of my previous blogs fit into the categories.  So, I guessed at some, and then looked at WordPress stats for the rest.  The following is what I came up with:

Most surprisingly successful:

Can You Guess My Character’s  Age:

 Most under-rated:

Past vs. Passed

Most popular:

Brenda Drakes’ Can You Leave Me Breathless Contest

Most Beautiful:

I Love Living in Florida!

Most Helpful:

Passive Writing and How it Can Kill a Story

Most Controversial:

When listening to others opinions are bad for your health

Most Pride-Worthy:

Midlife Collage: Two-time Winner! Whoo Hoo!

Now the best part: bestowing the award on seven other bloggers.  Here goes, in no particular order:

Julie Catherine:  for her amazing art and gentle spirit

Katy Upperman:  because she’s amazing

Talin: for her amazing recipes

Emi Gayle:  ‘cause she’s all YA!

Julie Reece:  because she’s got an awesome YA novel, Crux, coming out soon and needs all the traffic she can get!

Amy Marie:  she’s a gentle spirit who I want to see succeed in all she does

Jenny N:  awesome review site for YA novels