A few things. One is this ...
a nifty little contest hosted by Unicorn Bell, the other blog I belong to. It starts next week and if you have a finished manuscript that's ready to send out in the world maybe you'll check it out. There will be a ton of posts about the entire query process from writing it to finding the perfect agent to send it to. Not to mention the editor judging at the end in which you could win a request from one of the wonderful publishers we've recruited.
Two is The Quintessentially Questionable Query Experiment, where Matt MacNish critiques queries in expert fashion (hint, hint, for those participating in the aforementioned). Yesterday was the query BEFORE Matt got out his red pen. Today is the after. By the way, he's really good at this.
Three, if you like contests, is this one: Aspiring Writers Competition with The Reading Room where you can win $1,000 for the first 450 words of your middle grade or young adult novel.
And last but not least is a question - because I know you're all dying to comment in order to win one the fabulous prizes being offered in the great give away and this will give you a reason:
What book would you like to see made into a movie? Who would you cast as the lead character(s)?
I'd like to see In the Garden of Iden made into a movie and I imagine Juliana Margulies (as she appears in this pic) as the botonist, Mendoza. In Kage Baker's debut novel, set in the 24th century, the Company recruits orphans from the past, renders them all but immortal, and trains them to preserve works of art and extinct forms of life (for profit of course). One of these is Mendoza the botanist who is sent to Elizabethan England to collect samples from the garden of Sir Walter Iden. While there, she meets and falls in love with Nicholas Harpole, who is secretly Protestant at a time when Queen Mary and Philip of Spain are on a Catholicizing rampage. Mendoza knows Nicholas is probably doomed but love has a tendency to make people do desperate things...