Oh my goodness, where to even begin?!? It's April at last and I have tons of things to tell you! So, first of all I'll start with Camp NaNoWriMo. I've gotten started (in fact I stayed up 'til midnight for the first time in years) and have put an excerpt on my Camp NaNoWriMo page. Feel free to go read my opening scene. It's sure to have you begging me to write faster! At least, I hope it does. Will there be new excerpts posted on there? Nope, probably not. But, before you shrivel into a wailing mass of reader misery, fear not. Each writing day (basically any day not a Sunday), I will post my favorite line or bit of dialogue from that day and post it on my Facebook along with my current word count. I'm hoping to get the entire novel written, so somewhere around 70,000 words, in the month of April. A huge undertaking? Yep, it is, but I can do it! I hope.
Second, and this is really where the big news is, I've been working over the past month with a group of fantasy authors to bring you a new site where you can meet, connect with, and discover new favorite authors. We wanted more than just a book list or a directory. Instead we wanted a place where authors and readers could interact with each other in fun and creative ways. We've called ourselves Fellowship of Fantasy and we're doing a few things to celebrate our grand opening.
One of the things we're doing is holding our very first Fan Art Contest! We want to see what you can come up with in terms of artwork, fanfiction, poetry, costumes, music, and video (among other art forms). From now until May 1, you can submit your entries. This contest is open to all ages and worldwide. Go to the contest page to find the official rules. The winning entries in each category will receive a Fellowship of Fantasy tee-shirt and one overall winner will receive a $20 Amazon gift certificate! So don't wait, sharpen your pencils and focus your camera.
The next thing is our Spring Into Fantasy giveaway. This won't go live for a couple weeks, but as soon as it does you can be sure I'll be reminding you to put in your entries. There are 28 talented writers contributing ebooks to the giveaway as well as a $50 Amazon gift certificate. Like last time, there will be a Facebook event in conjunction with this giveaway and that will be where we announce the winners of the art contest.
So, this month there is a lot of wonderful stuff going on and I hope you'll continue to support and encourage me. You are absolutely the best readers an author could ever ask for. I have been blown away by the comments here on my blog and on my Facebook page. I love seeing your messages, receiving your emails, and can't even begin to express the joy that comes from knowing that my writing is touching people. You are incredible and I thank God every day for you. Have a fabulous April and write on!
Jessica L. Elliott
Author, artist, mom and super-genius