Peevish Penman started sometime mid-September 2009. To enter our contest to celebrate, scroll down to the instructions. That is despite the fact that my first posts claim to have been written in August. I am never above lying about my age, as a woman or as a bloggist or anything. Age was just invented to tyrannize humanity anyhow. *steps off of the soap box*
During this year, I've had excellent people write and submit articles to the site from craigslist ads and via twitter, too. Some friends know this story:
I wasn't a writer... I was a shy writer's friend who decided to start a blog, because I wanted my friend, whose name I will not reveal, let's just call her Pelissa Mroctor, to share her writing. Off my bookmobile, in the house behind a store in Barn, Oregon, years ago, she had let me read her work. Despite the first page or two having a few common writer's errors, once I read six or seven pages in, I realized I held in my hands a book I could fully imagine being in print. It changed my life.
To celebrate my venture into writer promotion that through Nanowrimo 2009 converted me into a novel writing, travel writing, word obsessed, hunchback, I am giving away two writing books! "How NOT to Write a Novel"by Howard Mittlemark and Sandra Newman I have reviewed and recommend as an insightful and entertaining approach to improving your work previously on PPM. "your first NOVEL" on the other hand by Ann Rittenberg and Laura Whitcomb is also okay, though I disagree with their suggestion to write your work by hand. Hahahahaha! *wipes away tears of mirth* It is a more through look into the publishing industry and writing, which takes you by the hand and guides you with your first novel.
In this one year, I have not only learned how to write, but I have made friends and lost that little voice that said, "Don't promote yourself." I am now shameless. That was the hardest lesson to learn. Pelissa Mroctor's writing could and should be in print. Many excellent writers do not self-promote and they rob people of the opportunity to enjoy their talent. Yes, that's right. In addition to feeling insecure about your work, I want all writers to feel guilty about not sharing it, too.
Instructions to Enter Giveaway:
To enter the giveaway, promote Peevish Penman and then comment and tell me what you did. For example, a comment should look like this:
All count as entries into the giveaway on September 10, 2010 when I will choose one winner unrandomly and that person will be notified and thanked. After they decide which of the two books they want, I will choose another winner randomly and send the second book to them.
Don't worry about contact information on your post. If you post using your google account, I will be able to contact you, if not, you can email me at email@example.com. Don't forget to comment on this post, too, though whether as anonymous or whatever...
Thanks everybody who has written for Peevish Penman, read Peevish Penman, or commented or promoted or kept me blogging and writing through the ups and downs this first year. I will be revealing an award designed from Peevish Penman soon to recognize the friends of our brave writers. Until then, hugs, thanks, and don't forget that just because you aren't highly paid or famous does not mean you aren't a great writer. And also remember, writing is a craft that anyone can learn and improve.
Carrie Bailey, editor and bloggist for Peevish Penman.
Here's a script to use to add a Peevish Penman badge to your blog:
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