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Three Week Read (Contest and Giveaway!)

UPDATE: I have added the links for the post where you can comment with your book recommendations!


 

Alrighty folks! Since I’ve finished my manuscript (at least the second draft), I’ll be taking a three week “hiatus” from writing. I’d like to go back to my manuscript with fresh eyes so I can catch new problems. That being said, I need something to do during the three weeks! So from now until July 19th, I’ll be doing a Three Week Read, where I have three weeks to read as many books as I can!

So to make Three Week Read something fun for you guys too, I’ll be taking your suggestions as to which books I’m going to read, and at the end of the Read, I’ll be giving away a copy of one of the books I’ve read to one lucky follower!

The rules are simple:

1) Like/Follow me on Facebook/Twitter.
2) Submit your book recommendation in a comment both on this post on Facebook and here, on my website. One recommendation per person!
3) Vote on a poll at the end of the Three Week Read to pick which book you’d like to win!

Suggest your favorite YA books (of any genre) for it to be added to the list of books for the Three Week Read! They can be in either print or ebook, but must be able to be acquired legally.

U.S. residents only. You must be comfortable in giving me a address to ship the prize to (all information will be kept confidential and guarded by a dragon).

Blogging

Magdalyn Ann & The Ten Year Sage of Her Book Series

 

Once upon a time, there was a ten year old girl who loved to read. Her mother would shake her head as the little girl brought home a stack of books twice her height from the library (no, she was not able to finish reading them all in the two weeks she had them, which is why her library dues slowly began to grow until they were more than $50 by the time she was 15). But she wanted more. So one night she opened up a new word document and began to write a story.

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Blogging

Now what?

So last night, at about midnight, I finished the rewrite of my manuscript. I had been working on it for five years (and for a lot of that time, it had to sit on the back burner due to schoolwork) and to finally have it done is both liberating and terrifying.

I have a printed copy of it sitting in a three inch binder (because apparently 300-ish pages is a lot bigger that I thought it would be) and glaring at me from across the room. Once I find a sizable hole for it, I’ll bury it under a mountain of clothes or lock it in my closet for a few weeks.

Why?

So that when I do go back for a round of edits (with red pen in hand), I’ll be looking at it with fresh eyes.

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Writing Advice

Writing Diversity (Writing Tip Tuesday)

 

Diversity in literature, especially Young Adult literature, had been exploding over social media lately. That’s not to say diversity in fiction hasn’t been an issue prior to Twitter getting its hands on it, it’s just now openly available to everyone.

If there is one point I plan to make in this post, that you can take away from it, is this: diversity is important. If the world is diverse, your writing needs to be diverse. 

I’m not just talking about slapping on a “foreign sounding name” to a background character, or changing the description of a minor character’s skin to read “dark” or “ebony”. Write a story featuring a person of color (POC); make the main character POC, make the love interest POC, make everyone POC if you really want. But include more than just white and black.

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Contests

The Round Robin Mascot Contest!

The other robins and I over at Round Robin are hosting a naming contest for our mascot! The robin that’s been floating around the website since we first started up doesn’t have a name and we’d like our readers to pick it!

You can find all details here on the website and make sure you follow the rules!

The winner gets a free t-shirt, and who doesn’t love free stuff?

Not to mention this will be probably the first in many contests to come, and the prizes will only get bigger and cooler from here!