Wednesday, May 8, 2013

News Day: Calling All Paying Forward Sponsors!

Hi all! Finally, I'm back to posting News Days again. For those of you who are new to this, News Day consists of all the bits about my blogs and others' that I think you might want to know about and read. But I can't get to all the blogs out there, so if you know about something and want me to spread the word, please send me a mail at mishagericke(AT)gmail(DOT)com with "News" as the subject.

Now. First things first.

Paying Forward Awards

The Paying Forward Awards are basically a way for the blogging community to make some of its members' day. We do this by recognizing and rewarding excellence. But I can't do this alone. I need your help. If you have anything that you think will make someone's day that you feel you can give as a prize, please become a sponsor. When I say anything, I mean anything. From query crits to care packages to vouchers to beta reads to e-copies of books and everything in between. Nothing will be turned away and nothing will go wasted. Also, I'm willing to reciprocate by hosting guest posts and/or interviews to promote your book or blog etc. 

If you are interested in taking part, please contact me at mishagericke(AT)gmail(DOT)com with "Paying Forward" as the subject. 

Please note: I can only take gifts offered by e-mail, as I can't always reach everyone through the comments. 

Word Master Challenge

I will be announcing the theme to the Challenge on Monday 13 May. For those of you who are new, I host a writing competition (supposedly every month, but mainly when I have time to judge it). I keep the word counts short, but the subject might turn out to be fiendishly tricky. The month's Word Master gets the title along with a prize. So put on some creative thinking caps, people.


From 11-17 May, Annie Walls, Little Gothic Horrors and Wicked Way Productions are hosting May Monster Madness. One for all the monster lovers out there. 

Alex J. Cavanaugh, Livia Peterson, Stephen Tremp and Al Diaz are hosting the Best and Worst Movie Remakes Blogfest on May 17th. Name says it all.

Dani of Entertaining Interests is hosting the Heroes and Villains Blogfest on June 6th. Pick a side you like. Always on the Hero's side or do you sometimes find yourself rooting for the baddie?  

Cover Love

SUSY Asylum, Michael Pierce's sequel to Provex City is out now. Go check out the awesome covers. 

Worth Reading

Useful writing tips on what to do with repetition

A bit of a harsh view of traditional publishing. Still, worth thinking about. 

And, to end today's post on a high, a lovely thought on life and how to live it

That's it from me for today! Think I'm missing anything for today's News? Send me the link and I'll put it up. Have a great day!


  1. Thanks for mentioning my blogfest and I'm signed up for the other two. I'm also co-hosting a Get Healthy Bloghop later this month. Yeah, busy month!

  2. Thanks for the updates! I've been out of the loop over the past week, so it's appreciated. Also looking forward to hearing about the next Wordmaster theme.

  3. Thank you for all the links and info!!

  4. Wow, thank you for gathering all that in one spot! That seems like its a lot of effort. Thank you!

    Sarah Allen
    (From Sarah With Joy)

  5. Thanks for the updates! Congrats to Michael for his newest release!

  6. Though I told myself no more bloghops for a while, I buckled and signed up for Alex and Dani's....they both sounded very cool, so... :)

    Great to see the News back, as well!

  7. I bought Susy Asylum just the other day. I haven't gotten time to read it yet though. It's on my to do list.

  8. So much going on. Looking forwrd to reading the traditional publishing piece.

  9. Thanks for sharing all of this with us.

  10. See a few interesting links to follow :)

  11. Thanks for sharing my new book! There are some fun blogfests coming up. Thanks for getting me up to date because I feel like I've been falling behind. :)

  12. Thanks for the heads up. I knew about some of these but not all.

  13. Some great information, thanks! I haven't decided if I'm signing up for any of the blogfests yet. I'm only now catching up on A-to-Z comments!

    Shannon at The Warrior Muse

  14. Hi Misha,

    Anything which gets bloggers together gets my vote.


  15. Great list! Can I add a quick plug for DL Hammonds Whip It bloghop? He's inviting everyone to come share a bit about their WIP on May 31, including the opportunity to find like - minded lunatics for beta reading/critiquing. :)

  16. Thanks for news, Misha! I'm signed up to the Monster Madness. And Crystal, I'm off to investigate Whip it. :) X

    Shah X

  17. Sounds like fun! I'm going over to the remakes and monsters fests... and looking forward to your Monday post. :)


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