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Friday, August 26, 2011

And so the Campaign begins!!! (plus the Campaigner Notice-Board)

All I can say is wow!!! What a fantastic response we've had from so many awesome people. The internet has been buzzing and I'm overwhelmed by everyone's interest and enthusiasm in my Third Campaign. To all Campaigners, welcome! I'm so glad to have you on board, and I can't wait to get to know you all as the Campaign progresses.

Can I still join?

Yes. The list is open until August 31st, 11.59pm (EDT). Just go to my original Campaign post and follow the directions.

Where to from here?

The Campaign has begun, so once you've added yourself to one (or more) Linky Lists on my List of Campaigners page, feel free to dive right in. Please note, however, that the Campaigner Groups are not yet finalized, and it's possible I'll have to move some people around depending on numbers in Groups. I'll be doing my best to finalize the Groups by next Friday (after the List of Campaigners closes on Wednesday).

I gave some suggestions in my original post for the type of things you can do now. Basically, I've asked that you follow the Campaigners in your Campaigner Group, but after that everything else is voluntary.

You can connect on Twitter at #writecampaign, in our Yahoo Group, on Campaigners' blogs, on Google Plus (Sarah Ketley has started a Campaigner lists here), or anywhere else you can think of. You could also see what you can come up with in your Groups - I know some people are already starting to interview their fellow Group members.

For those of you who are planning to follow heaps of people, this post about organizing Google Reader might come in handy :)

My first Campaigner Challenge will be on Monday, September 5th, so make sure you come back here for that if you want to take part. I rather think it will be massive!!!

A few people asked me about this, so I thought I'd better clarify. Outside of the events I'll be organizing, it's all up to you. This Campaign is all about giving you guys the opportunity and means (and a bit of encouragement) to network with your fellow writers. I cannot, unfortunately, do the networking for you. Basically, you'll get out of the Campaign what you put in (if you just put your name down in a Linky List and don't now go out there and meet other Campaigners, you won't get the full Campaign experience). So I hope you have fun with your networking and make heaps of great connections with all the awesome writers out there! :)

Beta Match for Campaigners

In the past I've done a beta match on Rach Writes, to help everyone find critique partners and beta readers. I'll be doing one during the Campaign, on Monday, September 19th. So mark that in your calendars and come back then if you're looking for somebody to help out with your writing. (You don't need to have a completed WIP to put your name down, as CPs help during the writing process as well).

Campaigner Notice-Board

Check out these great blogfests, contests, and other announcements:
  1. From Christine Tyler at The Writer Coaster - Come join the Sparkfest and let us know what book or author inspired you to write. Give a little back, make some blogger friends, and be entered to win an Amazon gift card!  The Sparkfest runs from August 22-26th. Late entrants are welcome. 
  2. During my last Campaign, Kerri Cuev at Craft Junkie organized a Choose Your Own Adventure bloghop for the Group 9 Campaigners. She would like to organize another one this Campaign and is calling for anyone who'd like to be involved. Participants would write their own "part" of the adventure, and then post them in a bloghop for others to read. Check out the details here.
  3. From K. M. Walton at Some Things I Think - I need daily votes for the Philly MVB (most valuable blog) award - now through September 9th. Click here for details. Thank you, thank you, thank you for your help!!  
  4. From Heather McCorkle at Heather's Oddysey - To celebrate the release of my debut novel, The Secret of Spruce Knoll, I'm doing a Tour Of Secrets where you can learn all about me and my novel. There are great prizes to be won! Check out the details here.
  5. From Kelda at Kelda Crich - My blog for horror and dark fantasy short stories is here. This is a new site under my new pen name. Some of you might know me as Deborah Walker.
  6. From Rebecca Ryals Russell at Under the Hat - MG/YA Author September Blogathon/Giveaways. Discover new authors and win prizes throughout September. Looking for blogs to promote MG book, Zarena, and YA book releasing Sept, Prophecy.
  7. From Deana Barnhart at Deana Barnhart Writing and Publishing Simplified - Everyone in their writing journey experiences firsts. I spotlight that each Friday by interviewing debut authors, new agents, editors, fresh platform builders as well as pick the brains of some old hands in the business and take them back to some of their firsts as a way to inspire us newbies to be better and always strive for greater things. This meme is called Firsts Fridays.
  8. From Kimberly Zook at Zook Book Nook - Hooked on Hooks? Get the first 1 - 5 sentences of your WIP ready for the first weekend in October! Starting on Friday Sept. 30th you can post a link to your blog through the Hooked on Hooks linky that will be available on my blog, Zook Book Nook. From Sept. 30th to Oct. 2nd you can link up to have your Hook reviewed by fellow campaigners. The only requirement is to stop by at least three other campaigners blogs to give them comments about their hooks. The WIP may be any piece of writing (short story, essay, fiction, YA, chic lit, fantasy, article, blog post, etc) that you are currently working on.F
  9. From Susanna Hill at Susanna Leonard Hill  KidLit Writers: I run a weekly feature on my blog on Wednesdays called Would you Read It. Check out the details here. Participants can enter their working title (if they have one), the genre they're writing (Picture Book, Early Reader, Chapter Book, MG, or YA - this is for children's books only) and their one sentence pitch and then get valuable feedback from objective sources who are knowledgeable about children's books (parents, teachers, librarians, and other writers.) One pitch is posted each week. At the end of the month, readers vote on which pitch they thought was best and that pitch is evaluated by an experienced freelance editor! (one who has worked for Little Simon and Scholastic!) If you win the editor evaluation, not only will you get great advice from her, she might even ask to see your partial or complete ms!  Even if you don't have a pitch to submit, please consider stopping by on Wednesdays and lending your expertise to those brave enough to post their pitch! 
  10. From Angela Yuriko Smith at Dandilyon Fluff  Sept 2nd - Live Goodreads Q&A session with author Angela Yuriko Smith on her new release No Money Marketing: All You Need Is Like. Learn how to sell your book without going broke! Check out the details here
  11. From Christa Desir at Christa Writes "Christa Talks to The Teen"-- My teen beta reader answers questions from adult writers. Friday, August 26. www.christadesir.com
  12. From Lorelei Bell at Lorelei - I'm having a birthday bash, and a contest. Winner gets an autographed copy of my novel, Vampire Ascending. Easy to enter, just leave a comment, your name and contact info. Details, and how to win can be viewed on August 27th, at my blog Lorelei's Muse Contest will runc until September 1st" http://loreleismuse-lorelei.blogspot.com/
  13. From T.B. McKenzie at Magickless My first book is coming out this Christmas. The Dragon and the Crow, published by Dragonfall Press in Australia. http://www.dragonfallpress.com/F
  14. From Shelley Koon at Shelley Koon - Dark Writes Contest to name my Monday feature showcasing blogs pertaining to writing (writers, agents, book reviewers and so on). Can submit up to three entries - winner, picked by me, will receive a $25 gift certificate to the online book seller of their choice. Check it out here.
  15. From Ellen Goodlett at Word Thief  Win a SIGNED advance-read copy of Maggie Stiefvater's The Scorpio Races, coming October 18th. All you have to do is comment on this entry post!
  16. From Marcia Richards at Marcia Richards' Blog - Author interviews at Marcia Richards' Blog: L isa Rivero 8/31, Jody Hedlund 9/7, Kim Wright 9/15. Please join us!
If you have a blogfest, a contest, or a something-or-other you want me to let people know about, fill out this form and I'll run your announcement in the following Friday's post. Make sure you include all the details please.

I think that's it for now. Happy Campaigning everyone!!! :)


AimeeLSalter said...

What a fabulous job you're doing, Rach. Thank you so much! This is a brilliant idea and so helpful for finding blogs I'm really interested in!

Miranda Hardy said...

I'm looking forward to getting to know my fellow authors. Thank you for hosting this Rach. It will be great.

T.B. McKenzie said...

Thank you so much for listing me! This campaign has already changed my conception of what social networking can be. Everyone needs to install the "follow me on google+ button" Perhaps this can be a way for all those not on g+ yet to get on board. Anyone need an invite?

Angela Yuriko Smith said...

I'll take an invite! I've been wanting to check that out.

Also, please note that some Blogger blogs are having trouble receiving comments unless they have the Name/URL setting.

This has been going on for months... if you think you should be getting more comments it could be that Blogger is blocking them. I have a Wordpress account, google etc and I can't comment unless it's Name/Url.

If I don't leave a comment, it doesn't mean I didn't visit! xox

Rosalind Adam said...

This is all so helpful. Thanks for all your hard work. I'd better hop off now and carry on with all the blog visiting!!

J.L. Campbell said...

Some of my brain fluid leaked out. Totally forgot to send you info. on what I'm doing on Monday. Have to make a note to myself to send you info when I have something going on. Great work, Rach!

Kerri Cuev said...

Thanks for adding me to the notice board Rach and for all your hard work! Wow, there ares ome cool things going on. I look forward to checking them out and joining one or two.

Cally Jackson said...

Wow, there is a LOT going on. Awesome, mammoth job organising us all, Rach. We appreciate it! :-)

lindy said...

This is great, Rach! There are so many inspiring, nice writers participating in the campaign. Love it! I'll be sure to check out these links on the notice-board.

Unknown said...

This is day two and already, one of the most exciting things I've done online.

Unknown said...

Rachael you are incredibly kind for organizing this. Thank you!

Michelle Flick said...

Great job with the organization Rach! You are doing great!!!

Carol Riggs said...

Happy Campaigning! Everyone should get lots out of this endeavor--I know I did last time, even tho I'm not doing it this time. Have fun, and thanks for organizing this again, Rach!

Claire Robyns said...

Thanks for setting this up, Rachel. I've been neglecting my blog since i started it and this is an excellent way for me to get going with it without feeling too isolated. Love the campaign board to keep tabs on what's happening

Heather said...
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Heather said...

I'm having so much fun and meeting so many great people already. This is amazing Rach!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I have a blogfest on September 19 but it's not really writing related...
Off to find the group on Google.

K. M. Walton said...

I am so excited to participate in this awesome campaign. Thank you very much for organizing this, Rachel.

And thank you for posting that I need votes up there in #3 - very kind of you!!

Golden Eagle said...

Thank you so much for setting up this Campaign! :)

Michael Offutt, Phantom Reader said...

Internet has definitely been buzzing about this. It's a great tool for writers.

K said...

Wow, you amaze me! I can't even begin to imagine the multitude of various things associated with doing this campaign, so a big thank you for organizing it and conducting it so well! I am excited to mark my calendar for so many fantastic opportunities for writers!

T.B. McKenzie said...


i think people can use this to sign up to g+

Unknown said...

Wow, that's a lot of notices! Campaigners sure are staying busy :-)

(And look who's almost at 1000 followers ;-) Epic! Who would have thought when you started that first crusade... :))

Joanna said...

Hi looking forward to joining but can someone pelase point me to an online tutorial on how to install a badge onto a wordpress blog? many thanks

JMCOOPER said...

Whew! I found you just in time! What a cool idea. I am so excited to be on board!

Maria Zannini said...

This is an amazing event you're hosting, Rach. It's my first time and I'm excited about all the new people I've met!

Julie Flanders said...

Just signed up and I'm so excited to get started. Wow, I'm amazed at all these links you have for us already, thank you for all the work you put into this!

Unknown said...

Day 3 or 4...still not quite sure what I'm doing, or if I'm doing everything I should be, but it is fun!

Unknown said...

This sounds interesting and fun. I'm in!

Adina West said...

Okay, getting google + happening is next on my to-do list. Apparently lots of good networking happening over there!

Adina West said...

Oh, and you ROCK Rach!


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Unknown said...

Yay for you, and yay for the campaigners! Announcing a month-long fiction blogfest today, will fill in the form later tonight.

Thanks for doing this Rachel!

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

For some of your challenge dates my husband and I will be traveling. I understand you may do this again in January. If so, I'll sign up then. Thanks for doing this, though. It's a wonderful opportunity.

E. Arroyo said...

Wow. Thanks for this. You are awesome!

bridgetstraub.com said...

Hi Rachel,
I realized that I've been running around to so many blogs that I hadn't left a comment for you! Thank for this, it has doubled my hits in just a few days and the feedback I have gotten has been soooo great.Of course it;s kind of addicting, isn't it?

Madam P said...

Rachael, I was not able to join a campainer group but I am on the yahoo main creative writer group.
Would like to get in a beginner blogger group. Hope it's not too late. I'm technically challenged and I'm trying to figure it all out.

Nancy Thompson said...

Thanks for this opportunity! I'm a new follower of yours and have joined an open group for general adult fiction. I was gone on vacation and missed the deadline for the thriller group which is what I write. I hope to meet and connect with many new writers.

Jessica Salyer said...

Unfortunately I saw this on September 1, passed the deadline. If you have anymore openings please think of me.

Anonymous said...

This is fantastic Rachel, Met so many new people here, thankyou. What an awesome job you are doing.

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