Sunday, November 30, 2014

10 best reasons to enter the #NaNoWriMo2014 #bestfirstparagraph contest on Google+

Editor's Note: For those of you who don't know what #NaNoWriMo is, it is the quest to write an entire novel (50,000 words or more) during the month of November. As to why anyone would want to do this, I have no idea, but I suspect deep seated pathology is at play. Having said that, the editorial staff at PeterHogenkampWrites feels like this type of Herculean effort needs to be celebrated, and we have decided to sponsor, along with our friends at Prose&Cons and the Fiction Writers Anonymous community on Google+, a #bestfirstparagraph contest for #NaNoWriMo2014 participants. Click on the link to Fiction Writers Anonymous for contest specs. Contest begins now (12/1/14 and runs through December 31, 2014.

So, now that you know what we are talking about, here are the top 10 reasons to enter the #bestfirstparagraph contest:

10)  You spent the last 30 days ignoring your family, your work, and even your personal hygiene, why not ignore them all for 30 more seconds and enter the contest. (Then shower immediately.)

9)   Who knows, it might be the very first step of your career as a full-time novelist. Failing that, at least one paragraph of your work will be read by someone other than your mother. 

8)   JK Rowling got rejected by 12 publishing houses before getting a publishing contract; surely that means you should enter the contest.

7)   You wrote 50,000 words--at least half of which weren't misspelled--you owe it to yourself to see the first paragraph in print.  

6)   Finishing #NaNoWriMo is a tremendous accomplishment; don't let the next Great American novel gather dust on the shelf: Enter the contest. (Come on, we need something to judge.)

5)   It's only a paragraph. Post the damn thing already.

4)   The grand prize is a gallon of pure #Vemont Maple Syrup. How else would you be able to get something as sweet as that--unless of course you live near a grocery store.

3)   If you are committed to being published, you are going to get hundreds of rejections along the road--Why not start now?

2)   All twelve semi-finalists will get--in addition to national exposure on the Prose&Cons blog--a signed copy of Hermione's professional headshot:
(Ok, so she's not that happy about doing it.)

1)   Finishing #NaNoWriMO is an amazing accomplishment! Now sign up for the contest.

I'll end by offering my sincere congratulations to thousands of #WriMos who made the goal: Job well done. Best of luck with your future writing endeavors. (And enter the #bestfirstparagraph contest).

Thursday, November 20, 2014

#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. (

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 or through his literary agent (Liz Kracht of Kimberely Cameron & Associates) at