Do You Like Coffee?

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I do.
As a matter of fact, I love coffee. And in honor of Valentine’s Day, and the release of my contemporary novel, HIGH, I am doing a HIGH giveaway! The giveaway allows you to get free coffee.

Yes, I said free coffee. I am giving away a $25 Starbucks gift card!

What you’ll need:

  1. Your own copy of HIGH (in either paperback or eBook format).
  2. A camera.
  3. A creative idea.

All you have to do is take a picture of my book next to a cup of coffee. Be whimsical, clever—whatever. Just be creative. The winner will WIN a $25 Starbucks gift card!

Where to send your picture:

Email your picture to: coreympanergo@gmail.com. Use COFFEE as the subject.

I will post all the images on my Facebook LIKE page, tweet them, and share them on Pinterest.

Things to remember:

  1. Only ONE photo per contestant.
  2. The contest will begin today and end on February 28.
  3. The winner will be announced on March 1st.
  4. Open to US and Canadian residents only.

So what are you waiting for? Get your copy of HIGH and get your free coffee!
Chapter3

Writing Contests: Join or Not Join?

When I attended the San Francisco Writers Conference a couple of years ago, one of the things they stressed was how important it is to build a writer’s platform.

Yes, the p-word that I’m sure you’ve all heard about. They said in order to build your platform you need to blog, get facebook and twitter accounts, join writers groups, etcetera. They also mentioned the need to join writing contests. Apparently, the more praise and awards you get and mention in your query letters, the more agents will be attracted to you.

After the conference, I surfed online and searched for writing contests. To my surprise, everything I saw had an entrance fee of at least $10. Some even went as high as $50.

Wow. I better start saving.

Then just a few weeks ago, I attended the Paris Writers Workshop where during a few of the lectures, writing contests were mentioned. They advised that it is not necessary to join because of the fees involved, saying they were mostly scams.

So, should you join or not join? Who do you listen to?

Sure, it is probably not right to charge us fees to join these contests, but in the end, it’s still a business. It’s really up to us whether we are willing to pay for these fees or not in order to take a chance and put our stories out there with the hopes of winning.

I think that if we carefully pick the contests (making sure they’re not scams) we want to join and only send our best work, then I believe our money will be well spent.

How do you feel about writing contests?

Writing Contests: Join or Not Join?

When I attended the San Francisco Writers Conference a couple of years ago, one of the things they stressed was how important it is to build a writer’s platform.

Yes, the p-word that I’m sure you’ve all heard about. They said in order to build your platform you need to blog, get facebook and twitter accounts, join writers groups, etcetera. They also mentioned the need to join writing contests. Apparently, the more praise and awards you get and mention in your query letters, the more agents will be attracted to you.

After the conference, I surfed online and searched for writing contests. To my surprise, everything I saw had an entrance fee of at least $10. Some even went as high as $50.

Wow. I better start saving.

Then just a few weeks ago, I attended the Paris Writers Workshop where during a few of the lectures, writing contests were mentioned. They advised that it is not necessary to join because of the fees involved, saying they were mostly scams.

So, should you join or not join? Who do you listen to?

Sure, it is probably not right to charge us fees to join these contests, but in the end, it’s still a business. It’s really up to us whether we are willing to pay for these fees or not in order to take a chance and put our stories out there with the hopes of winning.

I think that if we carefully pick the contests (making sure they’re not scams) we want to join and only send our best work, then I believe our money will be well spent.

How do you feel about writing contests?