Ketchup & Contest

I’m back, my lovelies—and apparently creepy! (Lovelies? Really??)

This is how much catch-up we need to do!


For the past seven days, I Cullened it up with my sleep schedule, and around 8 o’clock Friday morning, I officially finished editing and formatting my manuscript.

In the last five months, my novel got a bit of a facelift—including a 20K word cut and a new title—and it’s looking better than I could have imagined when I started it three years ago.  Now, it’s full speed ahead toward the rejection—I mean query—process!

On slightly-more-normal-hours, I had a nice celebratory dinner with the hubs last night (man, was it nice to leave the house!), and we treated ourselves to a weekend of home improvement, which has begun with painting our living room, dining room, and kitchen in our new house.  (I decided to take the weekend off from writing…and, of course, haven’t stuck to it at all!)


Feeling a little out of the loop from being MIA for a week, I’d like to kick off my return to blogging and Tweeting and Facebooking and showering (I mean, um…) by hosting a little contest here on the blog.


As a nod to the beginning of my querying journey, the winner will receive a brand-new copy of the 2010 Guide to Literary Agents by Chuck Sambuchino!

Here’s the Writer’s Digest description of the book, for those of you who might be unfamiliar with this fabulous resource:

“Now in its 19th year, Guide to Literary Agents is a writer’s best resource for finding a literary agent who can represent their work to publishing houses, big and small. This edition offers more than 750 updated listings for individual agents, and more than 80 pages of original articles on finding the best agent to represent your work and how to seal the deal. From identifying your genre to writing query letters to avoiding agent pet peeves, the Guide to Literary Agents helps writers deal with agents every step of the way. Includes exclusive access to online listings on”

There might be second- and third-place prizes as well, depending upon the amount of entries I receive, the overall awesomeness of them, and whether or not I can come up with something else.  I have a few ideas brewing…I’ll keep you posted.


Now that I have your attention with the awesome prize, here’s how to get your grubby little hands on it:

I am always reading and researching writing Web sites and blogs (see my last blogosphere post, if you don’t believe me).  At the same time, I am always looking for new ones to add to my online library.

For this contest, all you need to do is provide me with the URL of your favorite writing Web site or blog.

Entries can focus on anything from crafting to the industry.  **If you’re picking a blog, please send me the specific URL of one of your favorite posts from said blog.**

All entries should be informative or awesome—but preferably both!  I will be the sole judge, and my favorite will be the winner.


All you need to do to enter is either:

  • leave the URL of your choice in the comments of this post


  • e-mail it to me at


Although my blog traffic has quadrupled since November, I want to reach more writers!

Mmm - peanut butter swirl!

That said, any entrant who Retweets my blog posts this week (I always Tweet them as I post them) or posts a link to my blog on his or her blog will earn “extra credit.”

I will check my Twitter replies daily, but if you blog about this contest or link to my blog somewhere, please shoot me an e-mail to let me know so I can figure in your “extra credit.”

If you’re not already following me on Twitter, click on my Twitter ID (@RickiSchultz) or my latest Tweets, located at the bottom right of this blog.

**If you don’t have a Twitter account or a blog, fear not.  This will not necessarily determine the winner – but it will probably help me in the event of a tie.


All entries must be received by Tuesday, January 26 at 12:00 A.M. EST. No exceptions!

Questions? No? OK—good!  Now, get out there and dazzle me with the most mind-blowingly amazing writing sites and blogs you’ve ever seen!

If your sites are so-so, you might want to consider using a Bedazzler. How much more badass is this crappy Hello Kitty PC?

8 thoughts on “Ketchup & Contest

  1. Hi Ricki,

    Already retweeted your tweet today about the contest!

    One of my fave blogs is Janet Reid’s. She really tells it straight. Her blog is an excellent source of information about how to write a query letter, what’s NOT a query letter, how to format a manuscript, etc. Besides, it’s hilarious.

    Thanks for the contest!

    Janet F. aka muffintopmommy aka twittahbug

  2. Hi Ricki!

    Congrats on your book. I’ll be pulling for you. It’ll be tough to send your baby out into the unknown, but baby has to grow up sometime and make us proud, right?

    Not sure I can help with blogs. I think I read the same ones you do. Love the Nathan Bransford and Guide to Literary Agents blogs.

    But here’s some cool magazine sites:

    Writer’s Market keeps up with the latest places to pitch:

    Media Bistro keeps up with the latest on what’s happening in the publishing world. It also has a job site for freelancers and other writing gigs:

    Also another interesting freelance writing site:

    Hope this helps!


  3. Well I have always been one for extra credit – I retweeted you the first week. =) Plus I thought it was a great idea – your contest.

    I really enjoy reading various blogs for my own enjoyment, but when I do come across an interesting blog that shows me something, that teaches me, I will bookmark that specific blog and put that person on my twitter timeline.

    So, Here are 2 of my favorite bloggers. I am actually combining there techniques together, to help me get ready for my book writing.

    1) Bob Spear on Character Developing Thoughts (Fictional characters, that is)

    2)Johanna Harness is the creator of the hashtag #amwriting on twitter and has a great blog post on Magic Note Cards.

    No shortlink for this one with Johanna – sorry.

    I really have others but these two jumped right out at me when I was going thru my list of blogs and they said pick me, pick me, you use us the most.


    Ok thats it, good luck to all who enter.



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