Also, this year we've decided to open up the challenge to Readers, Bloggers, and Illustrators. Anyone who wants to challenge themselves regarding books and win prizes for it!
Today is goal-setting day!
(But if you don't make it here on the first day, not to worry. Feel free to add your writing goals here any time during the month of March).
March Madness officially begins tomorrow, and this is how it will work.
1. You set a goal here (anything writing, reading, blogging, or otherwise book related). It can be as small and simple of a goal as turning off your Internet while you write during the month of March. Or it can be as large as writing or revising an entire book.
2. You check in daily through the month of March at our designated check-in points. Let us know how you're doing with your goal. Share your victories and struggles. Encourage others. The key is support and camaraderie.
3. We give you prizes just for stopping by and letting us know how you're doing, and for encouraging others!
Sounds easy and fun, right?! The following will be the check-in points for the month of March. We plan to have check-in posts up and running by 9AM PST (noon EST) each day.
Mondays – LS Taylor will host at http://lstaylor.blogspot.com/
Tuesdays – Denise Jaden will host at http://www.denisejaden.com/Blog.html
Wednesdays – Angelina Hansen will host at http://yascribe.blogspot.com/
Thursdays – Anne Hale will host at http://www.annehale.com/
Fridays – Deb Marshall will host at http://www.debamarshall.com/
Saturdays – Jaye Robin Brown will host at http://jayerobinbrown.blogspot.com/
Sundays – Shari Green will host at http://sharigreen.wordpress.com/blog/
The prizes! We have some truly awesome prizes up for grabs this year! If you've followed my blog, you know about My Bookshelf Giveaways. I'll be opening up one of my bookshelves for people to choose something from throughout the month, starting today! I'll be giving away a book from my shelves to one person who comments below with their goals within the next 24 hours!
Some other goodies that are up for grabs (these are in no particular order and have been donated by my generous co-hosts for this event!):
First page critique by agent Katie Grimm from Don Congdon Associates
(Courtesy of Angelina Hansen)
Ten page critique by agent Michelle Humphrey from Martha Kaplan Agency (Courtesy of Denise Jaden)
Advance copy of ARTICLE FIVE by Kristen Simmons
(Courtesy of Jaye Robin Brown)
UNRAVELING ISOBEL by Eileen Cook
(Courtesy of Shari Green)
Query and 10-page critique (Courtesy of Anne Hale)
Copyedit critique of 50 pages (Courtesy of Laura Taylor)
OUTLINING YOUR NOVEL by K.M. Weiland
(2 e-copies up for grabs!) (Courtesy of Deb Marshall)
DARWEN ARKWRIGHT AND THE PEREGRINE PACT by A.J. Hartley
(Courtesy of Laura Taylor)
Many bookshelf giveaways (Courtesy of Denise Jaden)
Isn’t that quite the ARSENAL of prizes?! Wow, thank you all!!
AND…thank also to Anne Hale, we have a fabulous badge for this year’s event. It’s on the sidebar and also below, so go ahead and post it somewhere proudly and link it back to this post.
Here are my goals for the month of March: Get up half an hour earlier and write first thing each day. Turn off the Internet for morning writing. Re-write (from scratch) my WIP novel, FINDING HOPE. Yes, the entire thing.
Don't forget to leave your goal(s) in the comments below, and head on over to http://www.annehale.com/ tomorrow for your first check-in! Remember, the more you check-in and encourage others, the better chance you have of winning some great prizes!
Now GO FORTH and be PRODUCTIVE!!!