Do you need a little writing-oriented chuckle? Check this out:
Since 1982 the English Department at San Jose State University has sponsored the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest, a whimsical literary competition that challenges entrants to compose the opening sentence to the worst of all possible novels.
The winners are posted here: http://www.bulwer-lytton.com/2012win.html and are quite funny -- and well written for opening lines to bad novels!
Thank you, Shutta Crum, who always enjoys a good laugh (http://blog.shutta.com/), for bringing this to our attention.
Check out this book giveaway on Shutta Crum's website. It's for Katie Davis' new book, How to Promote Your Children's Book ( http://blog.shutta.com/2012/02/katie-davis-on-how-to-promote-your-childrens-book-and-a-book-giveaway/). Katie's approach to promotion is unique because it is focused on what she can offer to others versus what others can do for her. Even writers who are pre-published could benefit from her tips and secrets. Why not be ready when the first contract comes?
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