Announcing: Dust It Off Bloghop!!

YOU GUYS!!! I'm sooo excited--I'm HOSTING A BLOGHOP!!! The fabulous Theresa Paolo (Theresa's blog here) was awesome enough to let me join in on her spiffy idea:



Got a shelved ms?
We'll do some spring cleaning on those first manuscripts, our first babies, those bodacious attempts at writing that we learned so much with and worked so hard on that never really seemed to *pan out*. Those characters we fell in love with, the story we poured our souls into--I know I still think of mine!!

Both Theresa and I believe nothing we do is ever wasted. Even if nothing happened with those first/early projects, we've all learned essential things to improve, to take this writing thing to the next level. So pull Ol' Shelvy off the shelf, and get ready to let us know what it was all about!

May 3rd: Post a 1-2 sentence pitch as to what Ol' Shelvy was about. (Great way to practice pitches!! And it will also give everyone some grounding for what your story is!!)


May 5th: Post your favorite excerpt from Ol' Shelvy. 300-350 word limit. ;)


May 7th: Post what you learned from this WIP. We become stronger, more rounded writers with each project we take on, and we want to know what you learned from writing Ol' Shelvy!!

A bloghop wouldn't be complete without PRIZES!!!!!

Day 1 Prize

From me: A copy of Ditched by Robin Mellom. Such a fab book!

From Theresa: A copy of Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson. Awesome!











Day 2 Prize

From both Theresa and me: A query critique!!! (Who doesn't need one of those?)

Day 3 Prize

From both Theresa and me:  A FULL MS critique!! Of your choosing. It does NOT have to be Ol' Shelvy (unless you want it to be, lol). And that goes for the query as well.

We'd LOVE for you to follow us. You don't have to in order to participate, but we'll follow you back, mwa ha ha *taps fingers together*. Sign up below and spread the word. Can't wait for the fun to start!!

Thanks, guys!!




Also, head over to Emily and Kelley's bloghop on May 9!! Looks like oodles of fun!! :D

28 comments

Kyra Lennon said...

Already signed up, can't wait!

Theresa said...

I'm so excited! It's going to be so much fun!

Kelley said...

I'm totally in!!! THanks so much for hosting this! :)

Esther Spurrill-Jones said...

This sounds like so much fun. :)

Cortney Pearson said...

Yay! So glad you're in!

Cortney Pearson said...

Woo hoo! Glad you're in, Kelley!! :D

Cortney Pearson said...

Thanks, Esther! Glad to have you on board!! :)

Jack said...

Great blog hop Cortney! And thanks for your comment on my blog too, today! Did you notice I also tagged you in the 11 Questions? LOL Have a great day :)

Angela Cothran said...

Sounds so fun :) I'm in!

Jaycee DeLorenzo said...

I'm in! ;d

Emily R. King said...

I'll be back to sign up. I'm going to check and make sure I'll have time then. I'll be visiting my sister in Utah before LDS Storymakers. I'll be back, hopefully!
Thanks for the shout out for our blog hop. :)

Tara Tyler said...

love writerly blogfests! glad you two thought of it!

Elizabeth Briggs said...

Oh boy... this is going to be embarrassing!

Morgan said...

Woot! Number 17! My lucky number ;) You know I'm in, Cort. SO much fun! :D

Carol Kilgore said...

What fun! Unfortunately, I'll be on a blog break then.

Happy Weekend!

Leigh Covington said...

This is a brilliant idea! I wish I had something to share. Hmmm. I'm going to look and see if I might have something available cause I'd love to participate! Fun idea!

Cortney Pearson said...

Hope you can dig something up! ;)

Cortney Pearson said...

Sorry we'll miss you, but enjoy your break!! :)

Cortney Pearson said...

LOL that's exactly what I think when I read back to the first book I ever wrote!!! :D

Cortney Pearson said...

Eee, so glad you're in, Morg!!!

Cortney Pearson said...

Thanks, Tara! I can only take a small amount of credit--it was Theresa's idea!! She was just awesome enough to let me contribute to it. ;)

Cortney Pearson said...

Yay, hope you're back! We'd love to have you join in!!

Cortney Pearson said...

Woo hoo, so glad to have you!!

Cortney Pearson said...

Yay, so glad, Angie!! :D

Cortney Pearson said...

Jack, how did I miss that! Lol, thanks for tagging me!! :-p

Carrie-Anne said...

This sounds like a fun idea! I think I'm going with my only 19th century historical book I still have access to after all these years, one of my extremely rare few manuscripts I ever wrote in first person (since it's in journal format). Wish I could open the disk where I transcribed it and did a little tweaking a couple of years after handwriting it, but the handwritten original will have to do!

Cortney Pearson said...

Ooo, sounds awesome. Can't wait to see what you've got!!

Avery Marsh said...

Can't wait to get started. :)

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