Friday, May 14, 2010

Anything Goes Friday – News

First - we have a winner to our competition. Congratulations, Kerrin you have won one of Sandra's books. (Please send Sandra mailing address plus email) And our 2 runners up who have won bookmarks and postcards are Ashley and PenandPaints. (Please send Sandra mailing address)
Now, the Minxes have three different juicy bits of news for all you writers out there.

The first is the Brenda Novak auction, which I’m sure most people are aware of. This is Brenda’s 6th online auction in aid of Diabetes research. Last year she raised nearly $280,000 for Diabetes Research and this year the aim is $1,000,000. Yes, you read that right, One Million Dollars.

There is jewellery, books, gifts, woodwork, anything you can imagine really. And, of particular interest to writers, there are critiques by our favourite writers, agent evaluations, and editor evaluations. It’s a fabulous opportunity to everyone to not only get some vital help from the movers and shakers in the industry, but also to donate to a good cause. Do check it out!

Next, we minxes are very interested to hear about the Brava Novella Contest, which is launching in June 2010, details over on the Brava Writers Website. Although it is titled Brava Novella Contest, they are looking for a full-length. Alicia Condon of Brava describes the competition as follows:

Brava is sending out a call to unpublished writers of paranormal, historical and contemporary romance , as well as romantic suspense: We’re looking for a hot debut novel to be published in 2012 under the Brava imprint at Kensington.
If you’ve written a sensual full-length romance novel, this is a great opportunity to submit to the editors at Brava, who will be reading the entries and selecting the top ten finalists. Starting in September, each of our top ten will be paired with one of Brava’s star authors for the next stage of the competition – creating one-of-a kind opening hooks, to-die-for heroes, sizzling love scenes and more.
Each of the ten finalists will have her own temporary page here on as well as the opportunity to guest blog on the site. And each month the results of the challenges will appear in RT Book Reviews along with commentary from the Brava mentors and a panel of romance celebrity judges. Readers and fans themselves will vote for the winner, who will be announced at the awards ceremony of the 2011 Romantic Times convention.

Finally, Angela James of Carina Press (Harlequin’s digital only imprint) tweeted on Monday that she is looking for Novella submissions. She tweeted the length of novellas she is interested in is 40,000-45,000 words. Angela also stated that she’s acquired three last Tuesday, so well worth a shot! Here’s the link to Angela’s blog, and you can view Carina’s website by clicking on the link above.


Maya Blake said...
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Maya Blake said...

Congrats to the winners! Kerrin, Ashley and PenandPaints, hope you enjoy your prizes. Have a lovely weekend, everyone.

Caroline said...

Thanks for the "tips" the Brava one looks interesting. Still toasting cyber champagne for your new site....Caroline x

Suzanne Ross Jones said...

Congratulations to the winners.


Abbi said...

I'm late, as always, but I wanted to welcome the Minxes and congratulate them on their new blog. Looking forward to seeing the day when all of you are published!

Brenda Novak's auction is definitely a worthy cause. I bid every year.

And, I am a huge Brava fan. Would love to see a Minx in the finals! Am reading Mistress by Mistake. Wow. Loving it.

Joanne Coles said...

Well done to the winners! And thanks to Sandra for the great post and for providing the prizes to our lucky winners.

Super gossip, Sally.

Am now wondering if I can write something sensual for the Brava competition, Jill Shalvis is one of my fave authors.

Jackie Ashenden said...

Have to check out the auction. It was great last year too. Not to mention the Brava contest - if only I could write novellas!

Maisey said...

Yay, Kerrin!! And great news, Minxes! You girls rock!

penandpaints said...

Oooh that's made my day, thanks so much!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the tips about the contests- good luck to anyone here who enters! Fabulous blog, Minxes!

Sally Clements said...

Echoing Jo's thanks to Sandra for the great post and prizes, and looking forward to Monday's minxy post!

Kerrin said...

Wahoo, thanks girls!!

Sally Clements said...

Jackie, although its called the novella contest, they are looking for full length manuscripts, so do check back in a month or two when they should have full details up on the Brava site!
x Sally minx