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More competitions!

Posted by Laura Ann Dunks on Saturday, May 29, 2010 In : competitions 

I am so sorry I have been absent for so long. My laptop has acquired a smashed screen and has returned to the computer hospital for the sixth time in the last year. I have spent more time with loan laptops than I have with my baby! Anyway, I have a loan now thankfully! I have some competitions to fill you in about first, like I promised!


YA Dystopian Prize Giveaway

Enter by May 31st to win signed dystopian YA SWAG. Open Internationally. The gift prize pack for this month includes:

  • A SIGNED copy...

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Writing update, workshops, Savvy Authors

Posted by Laura Ann Dunks on Wednesday, May 19, 2010 In : workshops 

Writing Update


I have been a busy bee these past few days. During two workshops, I wrote my synopsis and query letter for Butterfly With Broken Wings, despite it being still in the revision stage. I want to say a huge thank you to fellow Savvy Authors members Susan Dennard and Katharina Gerlach (amongst others) who helped with my synopsis during the workshop and to Susan who helped with my query during the second workshop.

The second draft is coming along fantastically. I am forever making litt...
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May 12 is ME/CFS Awareness Day

Posted by Laura Ann Dunks on Wednesday, May 12, 2010 In : ME/CFS 

I wrote this entry on May the 1st 2009, in response to Blogging Against Disablism Day. I wanted to raise awareness of what it is like to have ME or an invisible disability. I have included it here to help you learn more about ME, my story, and  why it is important to raise awareness this ME awareness week May 11th-17th.

Unfortunately, I relapsed not long after writing this and have been cycling between bed-bound and mostly house-bound since, although I have been improving lately. I also have d...

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Some amazing giveaways!

Posted by Laura Ann Dunks on Tuesday, May 11, 2010 In : competitions 
During my blog jogging, I encountered many competitions ending over the next few days, with fantastic give-aways. I have listed them here so you can enter! Click the titles to be taking to the competition.


Second Hand Saturday

The Reading Teen blog is giving away second hand middle-grade and young-adult books on Second Hand Saturday every week. So each week, one lucky winner will get the opportunity to win one of this fantastic list of books. To enter this weeks giveaway you must follow ...

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Two events for those in the writing business to take part in!

Posted by Laura Ann Dunks on Sunday, May 9, 2010 In : events 
May 9th - Blog Jog day

This is a brand new event happening right now! There are nearly 150 blogs taking part in this event. The idea is that you visit one blog, find out what the blog has to offer -- many even have free gifts for this event! -- and then jog on to the next one via the link. Or visit the links page where all the blogs are listed here.

The links will be available all day Sunday and Monday.  This is an opportunity for you to learn about what people in the literary industry have to ...

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The Importance of Grammar

Posted by Laura Ann Dunks on Wednesday, May 5, 2010 In : writing tips 

When writing a synopsis recently, I was advised by a very helpful fellow writer in my workshop to improve my grammar. Given I wasn’t really taught any grammar at school, I have been trying to improve my grammar recently, and been fairly successful so far. However, my commas needed work, and this lady recommended an excellent blog where grammar, particularly clauses and comma placement have been discussed in more detail.

Grammar is ESSENTIAL. No writer can avoid perfecting this technique and ...


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Competition by author Steph Bowe

Posted by Laura Ann Dunks on Saturday, April 24, 2010 In : competitions 

Steph Bowe is a sixteen year old young adult author, whose debut novel Girl Saves Boy, which I can’t wait to read, is due out in September 2010 in Australia and New Zealand, and in America in 2011.

Steph is holding a fantastic competition on her blog, Hey Teenager of the Year to celebrate its one year anniversary. I have been following her for a while now; her posts are amazing, she is very talented, and her views are powerful and open, and she is willing to tackle difficult or taboo...


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Let's Help Each Other!

Posted by Laura Ann Dunks on Monday, April 19, 2010

"We're here for a reason. I believe a bit of the reason is to throw little torches out to lead people through the dark." - Whoopi Goldberg



Anybody wanting to become a published author will know how hard it is. You need to plan and write a manuscript, revise and polish it, and think about a synopsis, pitch, query letters, agents, publishers, editors, and self promotion, amongst everything else. Writing is not just a craft, it is a business, and I hope to share information and inspiration I ...


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