Monday, July 9, 2007

I'm Not a WINner, But I Know People Who Are!

I failed to get my butt in gear and enter the SmartWriters' Write It Now! Competition, but I am so excited today to cheer for the WINners. An amazing group of writers.

You can find all of the winners at the SmartWriters Web site, but I wanted to give a special shout out to the three folks I know (or feel like I know, anyway). I'm so thrilled for you, ladies!

Lindsay Eland, who took first place in the middle-grade category for her AMAZING manuscript, "You Gotta Be Kidding Me." The judge raved: "Funny, great voice, character very interesting, starts with a well orchestrated bang. YAY!" Couldn't agree more. That story is fantastic, and I can't wait to hold it in my hands one day as a real, honest-to-goodness book! Double YAY!

Mindy Alyse Weiss, who received an honorable mention for "In My Heart," also a middle-grade manuscript. The judge wrote: "Really a stunning opening scene. Huge emotional possibilities in the plot." Congratulations, Mindy!

Gail Maki Wilson, who received an honorable mention for her picture book manuscript, "Ants Can't Dance." Said the judge: "Fun story. Excellent rhyming." Wow, praise and recognition for a rhyming picture book! Not too shabby, Gail!

Congratulations to all the winners and to everyone who entered. You put your work out there to be judged, and that can be a tough thing to do!


gail said...

Thanks Linda! Sometimes I think we know more (or maybe different) things about people here, than we do with people we meet "face to face".

Maybe someday we'll meet up at an event!


ps I never intended it to be a rhyming story, but the words made me do it. ;)

LindaBudz said...

Hi, Gail!

That's the best kind of rhyming story, I guess ... the one that comes in verse organically!

Hope I do have a chance to meet you in person one of these days!

Mindy said...

Thank you so much, Linda. I was so touched when I saw your blog entry.

Hopefully we'll see each other again at the Poconos Retreat (or another conference) soon.


LindaBudz said...

Hi, Mindy! That conference was a lot of fun, wasn't it? Back before you were a famous WINner and all. Ah, yes, I knew you when....