#NaNoWriMo2014 #bestfirstparagraph contest (The #MINI is back!)

The Thursday Afternoon #MINI is back--even if a little late.

Good afternoon #MINI fans, sorry about the recent absence of the #MINI, but I have been busy (naps, Canasta, walking the dog, etc.) Today's #MINI is dedicated to two items; one concerning #nanowrimo2014; the other, #wattpad.

#nanowrimo peeps: Great news. Fiction Writers Anonymous, a community on Google+, is sponsoring a #bestfirstparagraph contest for #nanowrimo2014 participants. The contest is free, and the only entrance criteria is to join the Fiction Writers Anonymous (FWA) community. Entrees open December 1, 2014 and close December 31, 2014. Winners will be announced January 25, 2015. To enter, simply paste your first paragraph onto the FWA feed along with your e-mail address. You may include a one sentence pitch if you want. Please do not submit any links: the judges will determine the winners from the first paragraph only. Make it count. The top twelve writers will be featured on the Prose&Cons blog, one winner every month for all of 2015. Judging will be done by the staff of the Prose&Cons blog, a group of published authors, editors, writing coaches, literary agents, and book reviewers. (http://www.auniqueandportablemagic.blogspot.com).

Please share this with any  peeps, and on social media sites devoted to writing and reading. And keep on writing, November is slipping away. Good luck.

I am very pleased to announce that The Intern, the serialized novel I am writing on #wattpad, has been selected to be on the Featured list. What pleases me so much is that this happened as a consequence of something Woody Allen said: "80% of success is just showing up." What am I talking about? I have said, many--many--times before, keep writing, put yourself out there, and sooner or later good things start happening. And that's what happened here. I just kept pecking away, publishing a chapter every 3 weeks or so, and Bam (Emeril LaGasse reference) got an e-mail from the editorial staff that The Intern was being placed on the Featured list. Is it the NYTimes Bestseller list? No. Is it a 6 figure publishing contract? No. But it is still a cool development, made even cooler by the fact that one of my readers was inspired enough to make a great cover for the book. (Below.) If you have a second, click on The Intern, take 30 seconds to sign up for Wattpad, and see what all the buzz is about.

Speaking of book contracts, many people (my mother and her Canasta group) have asked me about when Absolution will be available. I am still not sure, but I do hope to have a book contract by spring. Stay tuned to the #MINI for further details as they happen.

And thanks again for your encouragement and support. I appreciate it.

cheers, peter :)

Peter Hogenkamp is a physician and author living in Rutland, Vermont. Peter's writing credits include ABSOLUTION, the first book of The Jesuit thriller series; THE LAZARUS MANUSCRIPT, a stand-alone medical thriller; and The Intern, a serialized novel based loosely on Peter's internship, published bi-weekly on #Wattpad. Peter can be found on his Author Website as well as his personal blog, PeterHogenkampWrites, where he writes about most anything. Peter is the founder and editor of Prose&Cons; a frequent contributor and reviewer at ReadWave; the founder and moderator of groups on Facebook (The Library), Google+ (Fiction Writers Anonymous); and a Beta-reader at StoryShelter. Peter also created and judges a #bestfirstparagraph contest for #NaNoWriMo; entries may be submitted 12/1/14 - 12/31/14 on the Fiction Writers Anonymous feed. Peter tweets--against the wishes of his wife and four children--at @phogenkampvt and @theprosecons. He can be reached at peter@peterhogenkamp.com or through his literary agent (Liz Kracht of Kimberely Cameron & Associates) at liz@kimberleycameron.com.



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