WOTY & iWOTY Guessing Game – Answers to All Your Burning Questions

Over the past few weeks, we’d provided five separate questions that our lovely WOTY & iWOTY finalists answered. Today is the day you learn all!

  • Shannon Baker - A
  • Colleen Oakes - B
  • Robin Owens - C
  • Bernadette Marie - D
  • Stephanie Reisner - E
  • Wendy Terrien - F

Ready? Here we go:

What is your favorite comfort food?

Doritos and Dr. Pepper - Stephanie Reisner

A perfectly made grilled cheese. I have spent a lot of time perfecting this creation and I can share it here: sourdough bread from the most expensive bakery in town, a combo of Tillamook Sharp Cheddar and Colby Jack, & Land o' Lakes Unsalted Butter. Perfection, I tell you. - Colleen Oaks

Mac and cheese (but the bad kind, with Velveeta) - Shannon Baker

I can’t pick favorites. The comfort-food-of-the-moment depends on what part of me needs comforting, time of year, how hungry I am, how much I feel like making something versus just opening something, how accessible certain foods are…you get the gist. - Wendy Terrien

Favorite comfort food, depends, right now it is creme brulee. Chocolate is always good. I suppose I shouldn't say bon bons because that smacks of [REDACTED] writer cliche, but, well, truffles. - Robin Owens

Chocolate! - Bernadette Marie

 

What was your oddest job?

Folding boxes for bulk packed tomatoes. (Dad owns a food warehouse) - Bernadette Marie

Either a busgirl at the Original Pancake House or a nanny at a house in NYC that was most definitely haunted.  - Colleen Oakes

Driving a fork lift.  - Shannon Baker

Must we? Trapeze artist. No, not kidding. - Robin Owens

Training and certifying people to drive buses. Especially because I hated driving those buses.  - Wendy Terrien

Guessing people's age and weight at an amusement park. - Stephanie Reisner

 

What was your childhood nickname?

Stink (which is actually the nickname of the ghost my sister made up, but if I gave you my real nickname, you'd know who I am) - Shannon Baker

Beanie. It was not my favorite thing. - Colleen Oakes

Rob. My family still calls me Rob. - Robin Owens

Berni (boring). - Bernadette Marie

Never really had one. Maybe someone reading this post can think up something fun for me. 🙂 - Wendy Terrien

Steph  (Kind of gives it away) - Stephanie Reisner

 

What’s your favorite book?

Can I Get There by Candlelight by Jean Slaughter Doty - Stephanie Reisner

Hard to tell, like many in RMFW, I've written since I was a child. Greek Mythology, Fairy Tales, learned to read on The Cat and the Hat. Andre Norton, as a youngster. Hmm. I don't know. - Robin Owens

Skinny Legs and All by Tom Robbins - Shannon Baker

This is like picking a favorite—seriously too hard for me. But I can tell you the majority of books I loved the most growing up were fantasy, so it seems there might be an influence… - Wendy Terrien

If Tomorrow Comes by Sidney Sheldon - Bernadette Marie

The Abhorsen Trilogy by Garth Nix - Colleen Oakes

 

What’s the best writerly advice you have for those wanting to someday win a WOTY or iWOTY?

Outer validation is a wonderful drug that you can't rely on to motivate you to write.  Inner validation is your strength:  You wrote the best book you could with the resources you had. - Robin Owens

It's a great life if you don't weaken. - Shannon Baker

If you think you can sit down and write an amazing book without spending years learning about craft you will most likely be wrong. - Colleen Oakes

Why not you? - Wendy Terrien

No matter how many times you fail, get up, dust yourself off, and try again - Stephanie Reisner

Puke out that story and don't go back to edit until you have it all out. - Bernadette Marie

 

Thank you to all our lovely contestants and to those who played along at home! It looks like Patricia Stoltey is our winner. Pat, we will be in touch with your awesome prize!

 

WOTY & iWOTY Guessing Game – Final Round

Below are answers to one question for today’s Guessing Game.

Read the question, and then in the comments, assign the correct answer to the correct finalist.

On June 21st, all answers will be revealed.

  • Shannon Baker - A
  • Colleen Oaks - B
  • Robin Owens - C
  • Bernadette Marie - D
  • Stephanie Reisner - E
  • Wendy Terrien - F

Sample answer: C, D, A, B, F, E in the comments.

Ready? Here we go:

What is your best one-sentence (or more) advice for writers?

Outer validation is a wonderful drug that you can't rely on to motivate you to write.  Inner validation is your strength:  You wrote the best book you could with the resources you had. ____

It's a great life if you don't weaken.. ____

If you think you can sit down and write an amazing book without spending years learning about craft you will most likely be wrong.____

Why not you? ____

No matter how many times you fail, get up, dust yourself off, and try again ____

Puke out that story and don't go back to edit until you have it all out.___

 

You are all fabulous! Thank you for playing along.

Remember to check the blog on June 21st for the answers!

WOTY & iWOTY Guessing Game – Round Four

Below are answers to one question for today’s Guessing Game.

Read the question, and then in the comments, assign the correct answer to the correct finalist, and possibly win a prize (*all correct responses will be entered into a random drawing).

Then in the next post on, June 13th, you’ll get the next question. On June 21st, all answers will be revealed along with a list of winners. So check in on June 21st for your name!

  • Shannon Baker - A
  • Colleen Oaks - B
  • Robin Owens - C
  • Bernadette Marie - D
  • Stephanie Reisner - E
  • Wendy Terrien - F

Sample answer: C, D, A, B, F, E in the comments.

Ready? Here we go:

What was the one book that inspired you to write?

Can I Get There by Candlelight by Jean Slaughter Doty ____

Hard to tell, like many in RMFW, I've written since I was a child. Greek Mythology, Fairy Tales, learned to read on The Cat and the Hat. Andre Norton, as a youngster. Hmm. I don't know. ____

Skinny Legs and All by Tom Robbins ____

This is like picking a favorite—seriously too hard for me. But I can tell you the majority of books I loved the most growing up were fantasy, so it seems there might be an influence… ____

If Tomorrow Comes by Sidney Sheldon ____

The Abhorsen Trilogy by Garth Nix___

 

I have so any books to add to my TBR pile now. Thanks all.

Remember to check the blog on June 21st for the answers as well as selected winners!

WOTY & iWOTY Guessing Game – Round Three

Below are answers to one question for today’s Guessing Game.

Read the question, and then in the comments, assign the correct answer to the correct finalist, and possibly win a prize (*all correct responses will be entered into a random drawing).

Then in the next post on, June 7th, you’ll get the next question. On June 21st, all answers will be revealed along with a list of winners. So check in on June 21st for your name!

  • Shannon Baker - A
  • Colleen Oaks - B
  • Robin Owens - C
  • Bernadette Marie - D
  • Stephanie Reisner - E
  • Wendy Terrien - F

Ready? Here we go:

What was your childhood nickname?

Stink (which is actually the nickname of the ghost my sister made up, but if I gave you my real nickname, you'd know who I am) ____

Beanie. It was not my favorite thing. ____

Rob. My family still calls me Rob. ____

Berni (boring). ____

Never really had one. Maybe someone reading this post can think up something fun for me. 🙂 ____

Steph  (Kind of gives it away) ___

 

Hope this one was easy for you. Sample answer: C, D, A, B, F, E in the comments.

Remember to check the blog on June 21st for the answers as well as selected winners!

WOTY & iWOTY Guessing Game – Round Two

Want to learn more about the finalists for the Writer of the Year and Independent Writer of the Year? If so, you are in the right place. Then again, what fun would it be, for us, if we just gave you the answers in one post to five deep, thought-provoking questions?

It wouldn’t be.

So in that vein, below are answers to one question for today’s Guessing Game.

Read the question, and then in the comments, assign the correct answer to the correct finalist, and possibly win a prize (*all correct responses will be entered into a random drawing).

Then in the next post on Monday, June 5th, you’ll get the next question. On June 21st, all answers will be revealed along with a list of winners. So check in on June 21st for your name!

Sample answer: C, D, A, B, F, E in the comments.

  • Shannon Baker - A
  • Colleen Oaks - B
  • Robin Owens - C
  • Bernadette Marie - D
  • Stephanie Reisner - E
  • Wendy Terrien - F

Ready? Here we go:

 

What was your oddest job?

Folding boxes for bulk packed tomatoes. (Dad owns a food warehouse) ____

Either a busgirl at the Original Pancake House or a nanny at a house in NYC that was most definitely haunted. ___

Driving a fork lift. ____

Must we? Trapeze artist. No, not kidding. ____

Training and certifying people to drive buses. Especially because I hated driving those buses. ____

Guessing people's age and weight at an amusement park. ____

 

So many weird and wonderful jobs. Thank you all.

 

Think You Know the WOTY and IWOTY Finalists? Think Again

Want to learn more about the finalists for the Writer of the Year and Independent Writer of the Year? If so, you are in the right place. Then again, what fun would it be, for us, if we just gave you the answers in one post to five deep, thought-provoking questions?

It wouldn’t be.

So in that vein, below are answers to one question for today’s Guessing Game.

Read the question, and then in the comments, assign the correct answer to the correct finalist, and possibly win a prize (*all correct responses will be entered into a random drawing). Sample answer: C, D, A, B, F, E in the comments.

Then in the next post tomorrow, May 31st, you’ll get the next question. On June 21st, all answers will be revealed along with a list of winners. So check in on June 21st for your name!

  • Shannon Baker - A
  • Colleen Oaks - B
  • Robin Owens - C
  • Bernadette Marie - D
  • Stephanie Reisner - E
  • Wendy Terrien - F

Ready? Here we go:

What's your favorite comfort food?

Doritos and Dr. Pepper ____

A perfectly made grilled cheese. I have spent a lot of time perfecting this creation and I can share it here: sourdough bread from the most expensive bakery in town, a combo of Tillamook Sharp Cheddar and Colby Jack, & Land o' Lakes Unsalted Butter. Perfection, I tell you. ____

Mac and cheese (but the bad kind, with Velveeta) ____

I can’t pick favorites. The comfort-food-of-the-moment depends on what part of me needs comforting, time of year, how hungry I am, how much I feel like making something versus just opening something, how accessible certain foods are…you get the gist. ____

Favorite comfort food, depends, right now it is creme brulee. Chocolate is always good. I suppose I shouldn't say bon bons because that smacks of [REDACTED] writer cliche, but, well, truffles. ____

Chocolate! ___

 

All those answers made me hungry. Did you guess right? Check the blog on June 21st for the answers as well as selected winners!

Listening to the Universe

About a year ago, my agent and I tried to sell a 65k fairytale-pun-ie mystery.

We didn’t even get a request for a full.

Ouch, right?

*Admittedly (or so I don't start crying at the lack of requests), it wasn’t a project either of us was pushing. It went out to a handful of editors at best.

Following the less than world on fire responses, I decided to indie pub it. It wasn't a decision I made lightly. Not every book I write needs to be in the world. Which is the greatest lesson I have ever learned (Self-publishing a bad book can haunt your career). This novel, though, does need to see the electronic reader light.

At least I believe so.

*please leave me my delusions.

Since I was slammed with other projects until the last month, this project sat on my hard drive gathering dust-kilobytes. I brushed it off last month, did a run through revision, and then a copy edit (for an indie book I do a much deeper copy edit as it’s as close to final as I can get it). I hired on a cover designer.

And BOOM

Last week, my agent emails with a full request.

This week, an offer.

Suddenly I find myself with two options for publication. This is where the universe came in -- I was all ready to indie pub it, and now I had this other option with a small press. The offer made me realize that I don’t have as much time to invest as the indie pubbing needs (due to another project’s sudden appearance). It would suffer because of it.

Things fell into place for a reason. I needed to take the hard look at what I could accomplish, and the universe knew it, taking some of the pressure off releasing the fairytale book in order for me to focus on a bigger project.

Thanks universe.

Do you find your projects fall into place like this? What is the universe telling you about your writing at this moment?

What’s Happening Around CO

May 2017

June 2017

Asking for Advice: A How-To…Avoid Letting Advice Drive You Mad

RFortune Cookieecently, I posted two possible covers for an upcoming endeavor on Facebook, asking for, yes, you guessed it, the dreaded ADVICE.

You see, I love hearing thoughts on cover art, on manuscripts, on marketing as well as how to live a better, more productive writerly life.

Advice can be the best thing EVER.

And then again, it can make you want to rip your hair out, piece by dyed-poorly piece.

The problem for me, comes in picking through the feedback. For example, when one person chooses one cover, and the other the second one, how am I to know who’s right? Aren’t both opinions valid?

Yes, everyone’s feedback is valued and valid.

But not everyone’s advice is right for me, and my work.

Therefore, to save myself from crying (mostly because it gives me raccoon-eyes), I’ve developed some advice for advice.

Aren’t I the clever one?

* Stop sneering. I do know how lame I am.

My advice for advice is as follows:

  • Ask specific questions to get what you need
  • If you don’t understand the feedback or need more, ask
  • You don’t have to accept every bit of advice
  • Just because someone says something doesn’t make it right for you
  • Weigh the advisor’s knowledge on the content in your final decision
  • Accept the very real fact that you cannot please everyone
  • Ask for advice in the right places – know your advising audience
  • Take risks – Don’t get locked inside your worldview

Being open to advice greatly affected my cover design. I had specific advice that has transformed my thinking about the cover. I plan to use my writerly tribe next to determine the best cover blurb.

The one thing I didn’t add above, and perhaps the most important albeit intuitive advice is, be grateful for every single word. Thank you, tribe. If I don’t say it often enough, thanks to each of you. Thanks to those who helped me last week. Thanks to those who continue to beta read and critique, just not me, but our community.

RMFW writers are amazingly supportive and I appreciate all of you more than I can say.

In that vein, please tell us in the comments the best bit of writing advice you’ve received. How did it affect your work? What advice would you give a beginner or even a professional?