Thursday, December 6, 2012

10 Days to LDStorymakers Registration

10 Days to LDStorymakers Registration - Official Facebook Rules for Contests & Giveaways

This contest is currently closed. 

  1. Every week we give away free stuff for joining the fun on Facebook and/or twitter.
  2. On Facebook: you must Like, Comment, or Share the post in order to be eligible to win. Each time you Like, Comment, or Share, you get 1 point (limited three total entries).
  3. On Twitter: you must retweet the daily tweet (Limited 3 total entries per post).
  4. Winners will be announced on Thursday, Dec 12, 2013 AND Monday, Dec 16, 2013.
  5. Winners will be posted on our blog, in the Contest Winners section below.
  6. You must contact us through email in order to claim your prize.
  7. There is no limit on how many times you can win.
  8. Prizes are subject to change based on circumstances. A prize of comparable or higher value will be awarded instead.
  9. By participating, you fully release Facebook from any liability for every contest you enter associated with said LDStorymakers Contests and Giveaways.
  10. The Contests and Giveaways on the LDStorymakers page are in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by Facebook.
  11. These rules can be modified and changed LDStorymakers at anytime in order to conform to Facebook Promotion Guidelines.

Contest Winners
Kathryn Purdie (Thursday, Dec 12)
Shelly Brown (Monday, Dec 16) 

Thursday, October 18, 2012

How do you become a best-selling author?

                                         by Trina Boice

Once you've gone to all the trouble of writing a book…

It just makes sense to put in the little extra effort it takes to make it a bestseller. In fact…

It's almost ESSENTIAL for anyone hoping to turn their book, their message, into a solid income-producing career of coaching, public speaking, and further publishing success.

You see … a book, by itself, is not a business.

But when you can add “best-selling author” to your resume, you throw open the doors of possibility.

The trouble is:

Most authors have no clue how to do it!
But Peggy McColl sure does.

And on Monday, October 30th at 3pm ET you can join Peggy as she explains not only how to make YOUR book a bestseller (whether you’ve written it yet, or not) … but also how to use your new bestseller status as a springboard for spreading your message through speaking engagements, coaching programs, and more.

…and hopefully make a VERY comfortable living from it, too! (As she does.)

If you'd like to see how it's done, simply use the following link to visit the registration page. (Yes, you do need to register even though it's free because attendance is limited.)

You'll also find more details on this event there, too.


P.S. – This special online training event is for ALL authors who are serious about doing more than merely “write a book”. If you too would like to become a “bestselling author” and leverage that success into a full-blown, high-paying career…

Then this definitely is for you! Please act quickly so you won’t miss out – use the link below to register today:

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Free online writer's conference

                                                 by Trina Boice

I love it when you can attend workshops in your pajamas!   Check out this informative list of presentations that will be offered this month online:

Fall on the Ning

Saturday, October 20th, 2012

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join us for Fall on the Ning—a free online writers conference sponsored by iWriteNetwork.

9:00 - Tristi Pinkston will walk you through some of the basic steps of editing your first draft—identifying and filling up holes, strengthening character motivations, and of course, those dreaded typos. Be prepared to take lots of notes, and have your first draft handy!

10:00 - Canda Mortensen will lead the discussion for the "Brush Strokes" class which will focus on 5 techniques by Harry Noden for improving the action, emotion, and style of sentences. Come prepared to rework and share sentences in your current work in progress. This type of revision works best with important scenes. Identify key sentences to rework during the class.

11:00 – Deanna Henderson will teach you to use Animoto, a program you can use to make short book trailers, create contest advertising, or just for fun. For our purposes, we’ll be making a book trailer, even if you aren't done with the book. Come with a few images downloaded to your computer that relate and that you want to use.

Be sure to sign up for the Ning at ahead of time so you can join us for this fantastic event!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Celebrate the exclamation mark!

                                       Happy National Punctuation Day!
                                                   by Trina Boice


Did you know that September 24th has officially been declared as a celebration of the lowly comma, correctly used quotation marks, and other proper uses of periods, semicolons, and the ever-mysterious ellipsis?  Well, now you do, so let the party begin!#$?!  

Our words, both spoken and verbal, really affect our brand and how others perceive us.

The ninth annual National Punctuation Day®, the September 24 holiday that reminds America that a semicolon is not a surgical procedure, will celebrate the 2012 presidential election with a literary challenge — vote for your favorite Presidential Punctuation Mark in one, highly punctuated paragraph!

The rules: Write one paragraph with a maximum of three sentences using the following 13 punctuation marks to explain which should be “presidential,” and why: apostrophe, brackets, colon, comma, dash, ellipsis, exclamation point, hyphen, parentheses, period, question mark, quotation mark, and semicolon. You may use a punctuation mark more than once, and there is no word limit. Multiple entries are permitted.

In short, persuade them that your favorite punctuation mark should be the official punctuation mark of the President of the United States.  Contest entries must be received by September 30 to be considered for prizes. The winner(s) will receive a box of punctuation goodies, including a National Punctuation Day® T-shirt. Send entries, including name, address and phone number, to National Punctuation Day® headquarters at

In 2011, 220 entries in their paragraph contest were received from the United States, the Netherlands, Malta, Canada, England, and India.  In 2010, 356 people from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, France, the Netherlands, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and Italy (in Italian!) submitted more than 3,000 entries in our haiku contest, including 73 from a certain New York State employee who shall remain nameless.  

                            Have a great punctuation day!

Trina Boice

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Midwest Writers Conference Early Bird Registration Winners!

It's Happy Dance Time! Announcing winners for the Storymakers Writers conferences is one of my very favorite things to do. 

And today's winners include . . .

   2 people won 1 book each from Storymakers authors
- Ashley Daye
- Anita Snyder

    2 people won 2 books each from Storymakers authors
- Karina Fugett
- Elizabeth Brown

    2 people won 3 books each from Storymakers authors AND a seat at the VIP table for lunch
- Julie L. Casey
- Rebecca Belliston

    2 people won 4 books AND a seat at the VIP table for dinner
- Jan Powell
- Beth Chun

Congrats to all the awesome winners! You can pick up your prize bundles at the registration desk. I look forward to seeing each of you at the conference September 15th!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Show the Love Midwest Style Winners

We are so excited about the Storymakers Midwest Conference in Kansas City and want to give a huge Thank You to everyone who participated in the Show the Love contest. 

A quick reminder before the winners are announced . . . Registration closes on September 1st. So if you haven't registered yet, be sure to click on the link above and get ready for some awesome fun with our presenters!

And now, the Show the Love contest winners are . . .

Congrats to all the winners! Please email Danyelle Ferguson ( for instructions to redeem your prizes by August 11th.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

A Book Lover's Dream Bed

                                                           I'm just sayin...

Friday, July 13, 2012

Get Dan Poynter's newest writer's book FREE!

                              by Trina Boice              

Dan Poynter is know as an author's "guru" and now he's sharing his great wisdom for free!

Writing Your Book:
Cashing in on Publishing, Faster, Easier, & Cheaper.
by Dan Poynter
What should you write about and how should you write it?
Discover the resources to research your market, title, and information sources. Then follow the steps for writing your book. A superb, easy, and fun guide.
Essential recommendations for fiction, non fiction, ebooks and printed books.
You can get the Kindle edition FREE.
Download the book free on one day:
Friday, July 13 & Saturday, July 14, from midnight to midnight, Pacific time.
Log on to the Amazon page for this book and you will note that your price on Friday & Saturday is $0.00
Any time Friday or Saturday, log on to

or Copy\Paste:
AND, please forward this announcement to your colleagues who have a book inside them.
Reference\Book Writing
Write Today—Earn Tomorrow
New equipment and advanced techniques make writing a book faster, easier, and cheaper.
You will discover:
--What fiction and nonfiction subjects are in demand.

--How large is your potential reading market
--Where to find the information for your book
--How and where to sell your book online
--Organizational steps that make writing your book quick, easy, and fun.
“Dan Poynter is the top coach for writing, publishing and, most important, promoting.”
—John Tullius, Director, Maui Writers Conference.
“One essential ingredient to our Chicken Soup success was consulting with Dan Poynter in the early stages.”
—Jack Canfield, co-author,
Chicken Soup for the Soul series.
“Dan Poynter has generously guided thousands to authorship. Their books make this a better world.”
—Dr. Robert Müller,
Author & Past Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations.
Dan Poynter is the author of more than 130 books. His seminars have been featured on CNN, his books have been pictured in The Wall Street Journal, and his story has been told in The New York Times. He is the leading authority on how to write, publish, and promote books.
This ebook provides the shortcut to becoming a published author.
54 jam-packed pages
ISBN Ebook Edition: 978-1-56860-154-0
ASIN: B007VP66Z0
Get your free copy on Friday or Saturday (only).

Monday, July 9, 2012

Do you have chicken soup in your soul?

 By Trina Boice 

The Chicken Soup book franchise has been hugely successful over the past years.  If you've never read one of their books, you really are missing out on a soulful experience.  If you're a writer or someone who has had an inspiring experience that could be shared with others, you can submit your stories at:

I tried submitting an idea for a great book I thought they should write, but they're not accepting that kind of proposal.  They are, however, actively looking for contributors for the following books:

20th Anniversary Reader's Choice
To celebrate our twenty-year anniversary next summer, we are planning a book in which contributors tell us how a Chicken Soup for the Soul story changed their lives. If a Chicken Soup for the Soul story made a big difference to you, tell us the name of the story and the book in which it appeared, and then write us a new Chicken Soup for the Soul story all about how the old story helped you. We'll publish the stories in pairs -- the old ones and the new ones. The deadline for story submissions is November 30, 2012. 

Angels Among Us
We are looking for stories from people who believe that they have encountered or been helped by angels. How did your angel manifest himself or herself? How did your angel help you or someone you know? Please do not send stories about people who are "angels" because they do nice things, and also please do not submit eulogies where you say that your loved one is now an angel. The deadline date for story and poem submissions is July 31, 2012. 

Great Advice for Making Changes in Your Life
Have you ever read a Chicken Soup for the Soul story that had a wonderful nugget of advice in it that made a difference in your life? We are looking for stories that contain great pieces of advice, whether they are little things that improve our everyday lives, or major epiphanies that can change a life completely. Topics we will cover include advice related to work and personal relationships, marriage, parenting, health and fitness, finances, constructive criticism, taking chances, and following your passion. The deadline date for story and poem submissions is August 31, 2012. 

Independent Woman
Whether you are single or married, widowed, or divorced, you are in charge of your life and the lives of many other people. Tell us your story about running your independent life, achieving independence, and being a complete person. We are referring to all kinds of independence, not just financial or emotional. Share your story of empowerment and independence to help women of all ages feel stronger, more capable, and more confident. The deadline date for story and poem submissions is July 31, 2012 

Raising Kids on the Spectrum
If you are the parent of a child with autism or Asperger's, we invite you to share your story about raising your child - the ups and downs, the effect on your family, your child's special attributes and talents, and the lighter moments too. You may use a "pen name" on your story. These stories will provide advice, comfort and insight to other parents in the same situation. The deadline date for story and poem submissions is September 30, 2012.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Midwest Conference Early Bird Registration Promotion

Have you signed up for the Storymakers Midwest Conference yet? Huh? If not, here are a few more reasons to sign up before midnight (CT) on August 1st.

  • 2 people will win 1 book each from Storymakers authors
  • 2 people will win 2 books each from Storymakers authors 
  • 2 people will win 3 books each from Storymakers authors AND a seat at the VIP table for lunch
  • 2 people will win 4 books AND a seat at the VIP table for dinner 

Click here, register for the Midwest Conference by August 1st and you'll be automatically entered into the drawing for these awesome prizes. Winners and prizes will be announced by August 15th. All books will be bundled for pick up on September 15th at the conference registration desk.

Want to win some more free stuff? Check out our Show The Love contest.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Show The Love for the Storymakers Midwest Conference!

We are so, so excited for the Storymakers very first Midwest Conference in Kansas City on September 15th. But we need your help to spread the word to let our friends, neighbors, and cyber-buddies know about this great opportunity to learn from incredible authors and the fabulous Lisa Mangum, editor at Deseret Book & Shadow Mountain.

And of course, we at Storymakers never ask for help without some awesome prizes up for grabs . . .

Now that you're drooling, let me share how you can help & enter for a chance to win. Everyone is welcome to participate!

  • Blog about the Storymakers Midwest Writers Conference and link to the conference site. This is worth 5 entries.
  • Blog about the Show Your Love contest and link back to this post. This is also worth 5 entries.
  • Grab the html for the conference button and add it to your blog or website. Be sure to use the html so the link works.  =)  This is worth an additional 5 points.

  • Become a fan of the LDStorymakers Conference Facebook page and invite 5 friends to become fans. This is worth 1 Entry (limit 5 entries).
  • Mention the conference and/or the contest on Twitter and use the hashtag #StorymakerMW. This is worth 1 entry per day, up to 5 per week.

Shout It Out Loud!

Be sure to come back to this post and leave comments to let us know what you've done. Keep the hype up and return often! Everyone is welcome to participate, including attendees, presenters, and those who wish they could attend. The Show the Love Contest ends at midnight (CT) on July 31st. We will announce the winners before August 10th. If your e-mail isn't accessible through your Blogger profile, please leave it with one of your comments so we can contact you. Winning, and not knowing it, would be pretty rotten.

Join Us!

If you haven't registered for the Storymakers Midwest Conference, you can learn more about & register here.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Making Money By Giving Free Books Away


How would you like to get paid to give your books away for free?   Amazon has a new program that does just that!  Their KDP Select-Free system helps you get your name out in front of millions of customers.  Book sales will not take off until your words are read, enjoyed, and recommended. Word-of-mouth publicity is made possible by Amazon’s KDP Select Freebie Days. Amazon pays you to give your ebooks away!
 Have you discovered Dan Poynter yet? He's considered one of the top gurus in the book industry, helping thousands of authors navigate the publishing world and become successful.  He even has a free newsletter you can sign up for with terrific tips each week.   Now he has a new book out that teaches authors how to understand the KDP Select-Free program at Amazon.  In his book you will discover:
--The step-by-step details on how KDP Select-Free works.
--How to set up your ebook for the Freebie Days.
--Promotion. Where to send announcements. A valuable, long list.
--Tracking your downloads and sales.
--Responding to emails from your new readers/friends.
--Detailed steps and advice. No generalities. 
Dan Poynter is also a master at advertising his book, as evidenced by some of the big names he got to endorse his new book:
“Dan Poynter is the top coach for writing, publishing, and, most important, promoting.”
—John Tullius, Director, Maui Writers Conference.
“One essential ingredient to our Chicken Soup success was consulting with Dan Poynter in the early stages.”
—Jack Canfield, co-author,
Chicken Soup for the Soul series
“Dan Poynter has generously guided thousands to authorship. Their books make this a better world.”
—Dr. Robert Müller,
Author and Past Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations.
Dan Poynter is the author of more than 130 books.  He has been a book publisher since 1969, and is a Certified Speaking Professional. His seminars have been featured on CNN and his books have been pictured in The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. 
If you're interested in checking out this book, you can find it on Amazon at:

To sign up for his free author newsletter, go to: 

Good luck out there in the book world!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Your great idea could win you a free prize!


Win a NEW Roku HD player with 450+ entertainment channels available, including hundreds of free movies.


Submit a topic for the final episode of my online book How to Stay UP in a DOWN Economy. If your episode idea is selected, you will win a ROKU HD Streaming TV player. If there are multiple suggestions with the same topic, we will hold a drawing for the winner.

Submit your ideas to Be sure to include your first and last name. The winner will be notified by email. Contest ends Friday, June 15th at midnight. The winner will be announced June 25th, and the season finale episode will air on July 25th.

By submitting your suggestion, you agree that your topic may be used as an upcoming episode, even if it isn't selected for the first prize as the Season 3 finale. Sponsored by Trina Boice's How to Stay UP in a DOWN Economy and

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Want to write a best-seller?


                                                         by Trina Boice

Do you enjoy helping and inspiring other people?  Do you want to write a book that will keep people talking and change their lives for the better?  Think big!

If so, then you've got to see what Christine Kloser is up to!


She has persuaded an amazing group of NY Times bestselling authors, transformational leaders and
publishing industry experts to give you their best guidance, tips, wisdom and practical advice on how
to become a successful author...for free!

She calls this online event the "Transformational Author Experience" - and you can participate from
anywhere (no travel needed) and it won't cost you a penny!  Yay!  I love free!

This is a rare opportunity to learn writing and publishing secrets from the world's top experts -
including bestselling authors like...

* Neale Donald Walsh
* Arielle Ford
* Lisa Nichols
* Barbara Marx Hubbard

And publishing insiders like...

* Reid Tracy (President and CEO of Hay House)
* Marc Allen (Publisher of Eckhart Tolle's "Power of Now")
* Bill Gladstone (Agent for Eckhart Tolle and Neale Donald Walsch)
* Dan Poynter (Self-Publishing Expert)
* Sandy Powell (President of Hay House's Balboa Press)

And many others.

In fact there are 21 experts - all ready to help you write, publish and market your book so you can
get your message out to the world.

All of the classes are organized into a 7-step system for transforming your book "idea" into a
published book - and a thriving business!



Register now and discover how you could win a chance to BE the next big transformational author
in the Transformational Author Writing Contest.

Getting your book idea in front of agents and publishers has always been difficult. That's why
these prizes are so exciting...

You could win...

*  Guaranteed agency representation by Bill Gladstone (Eckhart Tolle and Neale Donald Walsch's

* Personal review of your book proposal (and consideration for a traditional publishing
contract) by Marc Allen, President and Publisher of New World Library...

* Publishing packages with Hay House's Balboa Press...

* And much more!

So, if you've ever wondered how YOUR idea can become the next great transformational book...

If you love the thought of getting your book proposal hand-delivered to the publisher who made
Eckhart Tolle famous...

Or felt frustrated you're not impacting more people and making more money as an author (or
soon-to-be author)...

This program may be the answer to your prayers!

I hope you'll see the miracle of this invitation showing up in YOUR inbox today.

And, I trust you'll accept this gift and choose to pursue your dream of becoming a successful,
transformational author (and entrepreneur).

Everything you need to know is in this program, and it's FREE... so you have nothing to lose and
your DREAM to gain!


I look forward to "seeing" you there!

To your success,

Monday, May 7, 2012

What words keep you up at night?

                                                                by Trina Boice

I teach classes for Workplace ESL Solutions.  We specialize in English as a Second language, Spanish for workplace managers, citizenship, and business writing tips.  There is a super helpful article we posted on our Linked In group that lists the 100 words most commonly misspelled ('misspell' is one of them). Dr. Language has provided a one-stop cure for all your spelling ills. Each word has a mnemonic pill with it and, if you swallow it, it will help you to remember how to spell the word. Master the orthography of the words on this page and reduce the time you spend searching dictionaries by 50%.

Here are just the words that start with the letter "A" to get you started...


  • acceptable - Several words made the list because of the suffix pronounced -êbl but sometimes spelled -ible, sometimes -able. Just remember to accept any table offered to you and you will spell this word OK.
  • accidentally - It is no accident that the test for adverbs on -ly is whether they come from an adjective on -al ("accidental" in this case). If so, the -al has to be in the spelling. No publical, then publicly.
  • accommodate - Remember, this word is large enough to accommodate both a double "c" AND a double "m."
  • acquire - Try to acquire the knowledge that this word and the next began with the prefix ad- but the [d] converts to [c] before [q].
  • acquit - See the previous discussion.
  • a lot - Two words! Hopefully, you won't have to allot a lot of time to this problem.
  • amateur - Amateurs need not be mature: this word ends on the French suffix -eur (the equivalent of English -er).
  • apparent - A parent need not be apparent but "apparent" must pay the rent, so remember this word always has the rent.
  • argument - Let's not argue about the loss of this verb's silent [e] before the suffix -ment.
  • atheist - Lord help you remember that this word comprises the prefix a- "not" + the "god" (also in the-ology) + -ist "one who believes."
To see the rest of the 100 words, go to:

Friday, April 6, 2012

Win some moola with your writing!

                                                                by Trina Boice

Calling all writers!

Irreantum, the literary magazine of the Association for Mormon Letters, will be accepting submissions to their 2012 literary contests until May 31, 2012.  Prizes range from $100-$300 and include possible publication in Irreantum 

Their fiction and creative nonfiction contests are supported by a grant from the Eugene England foundation, and the poetry contest is supported by a grant from Mary Ann Taylor. 
Because Irreantum is a journal dedicated to exploring Mormon culture, submissions that relate to the Mormon experience will be given preference in judging. Authors need not be LDS. Please visit for contest rules and further information.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Make more money as an author

                                                             by Trina Boice

Have you discovered Steve Harrison yet?  He's awesome.  I've been listening to his teleseminars for over a year now and am so impressed with the great quality content he shares for free.

Are you where you want to be as an author, speaker or expert in your field?
Are you getting as much publicity as you should?
Are you selling as many books as you should?
Are you getting the recognition you deserve as one of the top experts in your field?
Are you making the level of income you should?
Are you having the impact on others you should?
Are you hearing from lots of people about how your work has changed their lives for the better?

If not, let Steve Harrison, show you some faster -- often MUCH faster -- ways to get where you want to be.
Join Steve on Wednesday, March 21st for a free webinar (or telephone seminar) on which he’ll be revealing
'Fast Track Promotion Strategies for Authors, Speakers and Experts.'

Here's just some of what you’ll discover on Wednesday:
* A proven way to land speaking engagements much more quickly. Steve used this strategy to speak to over 1,000 people at a conference with Brian Tracy.
* A key strategy the author of 'Skinny Bitch' used to make her book a New York Times Best Seller with over
2 million copies in print.
* What to write in your subject header when emailing the media. Steve will reveal a 'magic phrase' which got a producer from the Today Show to call a few hours later wanting to book the guest.
* How a job search expert was able to stand out from all the other job experts out there and sell 10,000 books in three weeks by using one technique Steve taught him.
* How to overcome any fear or hesitancy you have about promoting yourself. Steve will reveal a simple but profound principle which changed his life and has helped him generate millions of dollars over the last 20 years.
* How to get on your local TV in a matter of hours, not weeks or months. Steve will share how one of my clients didn’t even know who to contact but three hours later the local news crew was interviewing him.
* Years ago when Steve and his brother/partner Bill were first working together in their two-bedroom apartment, struggling to pay their bills, they discovered an important marketing lesson which took them from struggling to successful. He'll share it with you because he knows it will help you too.
* How to write and publish your books much more quickly. The surprising difference that allows million dollar authors to be much more productive and achieve success faster than everybody else.

Again, go here now to register for Wednesday's webinar or telephone seminar:
 I'll be listening to it too!

Friday, March 16, 2012

The Annual Lyrics Contest Winner Announced!

We've made it a tradition to film a music video to be shown at the Storymakers conference each year, and we ask our attendees to submit their ideas for lyrics that spoof popular songs and contain references to writing. We are pleased to announce that our winner this year is ...

Michelle Jeffries!

We'd like to extend a special thank you to this year's entrants for the music lyrics' contest. This year's decision for a winner was especially hard since many of you have such a knack for clever and witty lyrics. We thank you for sharing your talents with us.

We plan on filming this year's music video in April. If you live around the Salt Lake City region and are interested in appearing in this years' music video, please contact us at for more details. 

The music video this year will play in the LDStorymaker's bookstore, so come and check out the finished product when you come shop for your favorite books! 

Videos from the last couple of years:

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner!

Well, it's a chicken dinner unless you ordered the beef ...

First of all, let me extend a huge thank you to all who entered the Show Your Love contest.  You really did show your love by helping spread the word about the LDStorymakers conference, and it was fun to tabulate all the results.  We appreciate your support of us and can't wait to see you all in May!  Honestly, it's the highlight of our year.

We would now like to announce the winners!

First Prize - Berin Stephens

Berin has won a seat at the VIP table for Friday night's dinner at the conference. His dinner companions will be Kevin J. Anderson, Molly O'Neill, Holly Root, Michelle Wolfson,and Kathleen Ortiz. In addition, he will receive a query critique and a two-page manuscript critique.

Second Prize - Tasha Seegmiller

Tasha has won a seat at the VIP table (same dinner companions as listed above), and she will also receive a two-page manuscript critique.

Third Prize - James Duckett

James has also won a seat at the VIP table, along with Berin and Tasha.

Fourth Prize - Lisa Swinton

Lisa has won a query critique and a ten-page manuscript critique.

Fifth Prize - Rose Owens

Rose has won a query critique.

Sixth Prize - Lana Jordan

Lana has won a query critique.

Again, congratulations, and another big thanks to everyone who participated!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Show Your Love for LDStorymakers!

Ah, love ... don't you just love love?  The month of February is the best month of all for celebrating love ... no, not because of Valentine's Day, silly! It's time for the Show Your Love contest in conjunction with the LDStorymakers Writers Conference!

We've held this contest for the last couple of years, and those who participated will tell you - it was fun and the prizes were well worth it.

So let's break this down a little bit.  What's at stake here?  What are we playing for?

Prizes: Three lucky people will win seats at a star-studded VIP table for Friday night's dinner.  That's right - Kevin J. Anderson, Molly O'Neill, Holly Root, Michelle Wolfson, and Kathleen Ortiz will be your dinner companions.  I recommend watching for parsley between your teeth. You're responsible for getting yourself to and into the conference, and we'll take care of the rest (except for the parsley) because we're good like that.

But that's not all - let me break it down for you.

First Place Prize:  Seat at the VIP table, a query critique, and two-page manuscript critique

Second Place Prize: Seat at the VIP table and a two-page manuscript critique

Third Place Prize: Seat at the VIP table

Fourth Place Prize: Query critique and 10-page manuscript critique

Fifth and Sixth Place Prizes: Query Critiques

*Our special thanks to Holly Root, Lisa Mangum, Michelle Wolfson, Kirk Shaw, Kathleen Ortiz, and Weronika Janczuk for donating our prizes!

So, what must you do to enter to win?


Blog about the LDStorymakers Writers Conference and link to the conference site. This is worth 5 entries.

Blog about the Show Your Love contest and link back to this post. This is also worth 5 entries.

Become a fan of the LDStorymakers Conference Facebook page and invite 5 friends to become fans. This is worth 1 Entry (limit 5 entries).

Mention the conference and/or the contest on Twitter. Either post the link in your tweet, or use the hashtag #storymakers12. This is worth 1 entry per day, up to 5 per week.
Post the conference attendee badge on your site or blog.  This is worth 3 entries. You can get the code for this on the sidebar, to your right.  Here's what the badge looks like:  

Leave us a comment in this blog's comment trail and tell us everything you've done.  You have from now until the stroke of midnight Utah time on February 29th to rack up as many points as you can. You must be a registered attendee of the conference to participate - and if you haven't registered yet, you can do it right here. Attendees and presenters are eligible. We will announce the winner at the beginning of March. If your e-mail isn't accessible through your Blogger profile, please leave it with one of your comments so we can contact you. Winning, and not knowing it, would be pretty rotten.

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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Best Books of 2012

                                              by Trina Boice


While I dream of having one of those cool personal libraries so large that it requires a ladder to reach the top shelves, my husband is in the anti-clutter mode, so I have been selling my old books online, using to find the best prices.

One of the companies that buys back books is Powell's, creator of the "Puddly Awards", their version of the Oscars for books. They ask their readers to determine which titles were their favorites during the previous year. Here are the results for their 2012 awards:

Best Fiction: The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Purchase The Help Deluxe Edition here

Best Nonfiction: Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

Purchase a copy of Unbroken here

Have you read either of those two books? I have to confess that I only had time to see the movie "The Help" but I absolutely loved it. Some of the actresses in the flick are already slated to win an Oscar. What did YOU think of the book? How did it compare to the movie?

How about "Unbroken"? I haven't talked to anyone who has read it. Have you? What did you think? Do I need to carve out some time to read it because it's that good?

If we were the one to decide the book awards, which books would YOU choose to win?

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Retirement Quest, Make Better Decisions by John Hauserman, a Review

 Retirement Quest, Make Better Decisions is a valuable book. I didn’t realize at first that it could be valuable to me because my eyes glazed over as I read the first few chapters. I began to wonder why I had been asked to review it, as it seemed to have been written for the monetarily sophisticated, people already conversant with financial planning. In fact, John Hauserman states in Chapter 5, “This book is intended for mature readers who have already achieved a reasonable level of financial security and responsibility, and for younger people who are in a wealth building mode.”

My eyes unglazed when I hit Chapter 6, though, when Hauserman began explaining the basics of financial instruments, how they work, and the strengths and weaknesses of each. I didn’t know, for example, about bonds and coupon rates, and how one of the primary determinants of a bond’s coupon rate is the creditworthiness of the bond issuer. As Hauserman says, “This is a very significant factor, and responsible money management therefore generally dictates that one not necessarily choose the highest-yielding bond.” Who knew?

The book is full of lots of sound information. Throughout, Hauserman preaches the gospel of diversification—even in your cash holdings. Now, you may think that a cash holding is, well, cash. But you will find that isn’t necessarily so when you read the book. He also stresses the need for discipline and regularly rebalancing, which he explains on page 54.

Hauserman points out that younger people need to step up to shoulder the responsibility for their own retirement, for, by law, ”once the [Social Security] trust fund is exhausted—it is anticipated that this will happen around the year 2030—the benefit formula is to be rewritten based upon the economics of the program at that time. In simple terms, this means that we should expect, if all goes well, that around the year 2030 we will experience a benefit cut of about 50%.”

Hauserman also makes the point that this is a way citizens can not only serve themselves but can serve their country, for the republic’s economic well being is tied to the economic health of its citizens. He quotes John F. Kennedy’s “Ask not what you can do for your Country” speech in this context.

Retirement Quest is a thoughtful book, building on a solid philosophy. The writing is clear, but for someone like me, or for young people in a ‘wealth building mode,’ I would say to start at Chapter 6, read to the end, and then go back and read Chapters 1-5.

Visit John Houserman's web site at:   
You can purchase Retirement Quest, Make Better Decisions by clicking here.

Disclaimer: Though a copy of this book was given to me to review, the fact that I received it free had no bearing on the opinions expressed.
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Monday, January 30, 2012

What's the future of paper books?

The Amazon Kindle was the company's biggest seller out of all their merchandise this last Christmas.  Publishers, authors, and readers are all wondering what the future holds for books actually made out of paper.  I seem to think that a true book lover just can't resist the feeling of a real book in hand...that being said, I'm one of the recipients of a Kindle reader from Santa last year...

Jonathan Franzen, the author of Freedom and The Corrections, launched a passionate defense of the printed book—and an attack on e-books—at the recent Hay Festival in Cartagena, Colombia. “The technology I like is the American paperback edition of Freedom I can spill water on it, and it would still work! So it’s pretty good technology,” said Franzen. “And what’s more, it will work great 10 years from now. So no wonder the capitalists hate it. It’s a bad business model.” 

Wondering whether nonelectronic print will be around in 50 years, he said he fears that “it’s going to be very hard to make the world work if there’s no permanence like that. That kind of radical contingency is not compatible with a system of justice or responsible self-government.”

So what do YOU think?  Will you be reading "real" books in ten years?  Do you own an e-book reader?  Love them both?  Need them both?  What would you say to Jonathan Franzen?