Website Kickoff Extravaganza! Day One!

Welcome to my new website!!** In honor of this blessed event (and by “blessed event” I’m referring of course to the fact that I did something technological. Me! Technology!), I’m hosting a week-long giveaway extravaganza!

But first, I have to acknowledge that this website would not be here if not for the generosity and patience of one Susan Dennard. Sooz sent me a typed-up ‘how-to-design-a-website’ lesson plan, fielded numerous ‘ZOMG, HELP ME!’ emails and even patiently sat through a ‘Why is this happening???’ g-chat. So thank you, thank you, thank you, Sooz!

And now for today’s giveaway. Drumroll please …

Today is all about EDITING! Have good critique partners and beta readers is critical, but I also think that learning to edit your own work is a very important skill any writer can add to their writerly toolbox. I’ve read several books on editing, and hands down SELF-EDITING FOR FICTION WRITERS by Renni Browne and Dave King is the one that helped me the most. It explains the difference between show and tell, instructs how to delve deeper into characterization, tells how to get the most of out point of view, breaks down dialogue mechanics, and so much more. Simply put, this book is a must-have.

If you want your very own copy of SELF-EDITING FOR FICTION WRITERS, just leave me a comment below with your email address. I’ll give you an extra point if you blog or tweet about it, but don’t feel obligated. Seriously. This contest will stay open until Friday at midnight. I’ll announce the winners next Monday!

And be sure to tune in tomorrow for giveaway numero dos!

** Oh hey, turns out you might have to change your RSS settings to see this new site in Google Reader. I’m working on trying to fix the problem automatically. We shall see…

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26 Responses

  1. Susan says:

    Okay, I don’t need this book since I already own it. BUT, I do want to leave a comment saying:

    1) The new site looks AWESOME. I lovelovelove your header.
    2) Thanks for the very sweet comment about me. 🙂 You know I enjoyed helping you, and I’m super impressed you learned everything so quickly. <3 <3
    3) YAY for giveaway swag! I'll spread the word!

  2. Erica Henry says:

    Congrats on your website. They can be so annoying when things go nuts but I know I was glad that I learned to do my own. Felt accomplished lol.

  3. Holly says:

    Oh, Meredith, I love the new site! And Sooz is totally awesome with her technology know-how, isn’t she? 😉

  4. Taryn says:

    The website looks great 🙂 And Susan is amazing! Your header is beautiful.

  5. I can always use help with editing!! Who can’t? So I’ll throw my hat in. Hopefully I’ll have time to tweet, but I’m out of town right now so I can’t promise. 🙁 Sorry!! paranormalpov at gmail dot com

  6. Connie says:

    The website looks great! Don’t enter me in the contest though because I already own the book–it’s great.

  7. The website looks fantastic! I’ll throw your contests up on my sidebar today/tomorrow. (How did it become 4.30???)

  8. Mike says:

    my email is

    I love freebies plox

  9. kat owens says:

    Gorgeous! It looks so clean and fresh. i really LOVE it. (off to fiddle with my blog)

  10. Pam Harris says:

    Lovely new website! You may have to give me pointers. 🙂

  11. S.P. Bowers says:

    I just found your website last week so I don’t have much to judge the change on but it looks fabulous.

  12. Trisha says:

    Congrats on your new website!! it looks gorgeous 🙂

  13. Alexis says:

    The site looks great! Congrats! I’ll be throwing my hat into the ring for the book, gotta love contests!

  14. Sari Webb says:

    Love LOVE the new website. Especially the header. It’s very pretty.

    And I could definitely use a bit of help editing. Revisions are kicking my butt.

    Email is and I’ve tweeted 🙂 (@SariWebb)

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  16. The website looks great! This looks like a great book every writer should have in their arsenal. I also highly recommend The Synonym Finder. Thank you for the contest.
    Kristine Cheney
    Spartan Heart

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  20. Kulsuma says:

    Your website looks beautiful.
    Please count me in if this is international.

  21. J E Fritz says:

    This sounds great! Sorry it took so long for me to get on the ball and join.

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