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Contests, opportunities, etc.

New post schedule. I will be aiming to post every M, W, F.

Mondays - Contest information
Wednesday - Writing problems and suggestions (including links) of ways to overcome them
Friday - Confetti (Anything goes, but I will try to concentrate on book reviews)

Now on to the fun!

CONTEST INFORMATION
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C.A. Marshall - freelance editor, agent intern, super woman

Okay, this is crazy stuff, just crazy! Ms. Marshall is offering a chance to win a full MS edit on her blog! All you have to do is enter, but if you follow her blog, tweet about it, and blog about it, you'll increase your chances to win. Then enter all that jazz into the form on her blog and presto! You've just entered a contest with a chance to win a full critique. Now go, hurry up!

http://www.camarshall.com/

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This contest inspired me to start a continuous post. So, every Monday be on the look out for contests. I will do my best to include as many as possible and little tid-bit about the person(s) hosting the contest. If you hear of any between now and next Monday definitely let me know! I'll post them.

Now back to writing... :)

M.B.

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  1. Thanks for the blog post Melissa! Best of luck!

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  2. Thanks for the heads-up, Melissa. And glad to meet you. New follower here...

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  3. Thanks Cassandra!

    Kendra - Welcome! Glad to meet you as well. :)

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