Win a Free Scholarship to Your Fantasy Novel in One Year with P. June Diehl

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Do you dream about writing and selling a book? Do you fantasize about your life as a successful writer?   Do you wish you could take a great writing course like Your Fantasy Novel – Start to Finish in One Year with P. June Diehl but can’t quite come up with the tuition? We’re certain that 2011 will be an excellent year filled with great opportunities, plenty of publications, and realized dreams! To start things off, we’ve got a contest for you!The Win a Free Scholarship Contest to Your Fantasy Novel – Start to Finish in One Year with P. June Diehl is just what you need to make your dreams come true.Entering the contest is simple.

First, write the opening scene of a fantasy story (1000 words or less) using the following first lines as your prompt:

Jaz glanced into the semi dark alley after escaping from her BMW. Drat. Zombies. Not what she needed at the moment. How would she explain this to her new boyfriend?…

Second, complete your contest submission with a personal statement (200 word or less) explaining your strategy for success in 2011 and why you should win the scholarship.

Third, check your entry for any personally identifying details and remove them.

Fourth, submit your completed entry here

Don’t wait to long to enter! The contest is limited to the first 25 entries! So enter now!

First Place Winner: 12 mo. paid tuition in Your Fantasy Novel – Start to Finish in One Year with P. June Diehl

Second Place Winner: $25 workshop gift certificate for use on

Third Place Winner: $15 workshop gift certificate for use on


1. One entry per person.

2. Anyone may enter this contest who is over the age of 18, regardless of Savvy Authors membership status.

3. Opening Scene Entry must be 1000 words or less and can be a full or partial scene.

4. Opening Scene Entry must use the lines listed above, but does not have to be from a completed manuscript nor the manuscript you’ll work on in the SavvyU course if you win.

5. Reason for Winning entry must be 200 words or less and should explain why you deserve to win a place in P. June’s class.

6. All entries will be judged by P.June Diehl.

7.  Judging criteria will be based 50% on submitted scene (originality, voice and crafting) and 50% on included 200 word scholarship essay. Entries are sent “blind” to Ms. Diehl for judging and do not contain any personal information. Judging is solely done by Ms. Diehl and is entirely subjective. There is no official scoresheet.

8. Please remove all personal details from your contest entries!

 WHEN: January 15, 2011 (THIS IS THE DEADLINE!)




A Writer’s Process, Part 10 – The End


Last time we looked into rewriting and recreating your manuscript as you move through the revision process. You might want to send this revision back to your writing group for feedback and revise from this critique round. After you’ve made all your revisions, you sail into the final part of the writing process – formatting the final manuscript.

To recap:

Catching the idea

Evaluating the idea

Growing the idea

First draft


Reading the draft

Re-vision and self-editing

Critique group feedback

Rewriting or recreating

More revision

[GO TO Critique group feedback, if needed]

Final manuscript

Finally! You’ve completed the revision process and you’re ready to format your final manuscript. Congratulations! You reached the final stage of your writing process. You can type “THE END” on your final page.

There are plenty of articles and books available to show you how to format your manuscript in getting it ready to sent out to publishers or agents.

The biggest trick here is to made sure that you follow the submission guidelines for each agent and publisher. They might have slightly different requirements than what you’re read. (And I’m NOT going to summarize those formatting requirements.)

At this time you should also have your writing group critique your query letter and synopsis, if you have not already done so. And you may find that some agents and publishers might want other information, like a marketing plan or back cover blurb or a book teaser or tagline. Be ready to give them anything they want. And remember that you can have your writing group critique any of this also.

Each time you get ready to submit your manuscript, double check the formatting requirements and the other pieces of the submission package that are required by the publisher or agent. Some publishers no longer require a query letter, but they are probably in the minority. More and more, I’m seeing requests for marketing or promotional plans.

Make a list of agents and/or publishers and decide the order in which you’re going to send out your finalized manuscript. Some people suggest that you send out multiple submissions at one time, even if the publisher or agent request this not be done. You make your decision and go for it. One hundred million percent. This is your time to be sending out, sending out, sending out.

Have a plan in mind and go for it. Keep a list of agents and publishers, when you sent out your manuscript, when you expect to hear back, and the outcome of each submission. You might want to track other information, such as how much you sent if you used snail mail and other associated costs.

No matter how many rejections you get, KEEP SENDING OUT YOUR MANUSCRIPT.

This is the end of your writing process journey, and the beginning of a new and even more exciting journey. Are you ready?

Question for today: When you have finalized your manuscript, what is your submission PLAN?

Best Wishes,


Out of the Comfort Zone – Part 8: Master Mentor


It is the supreme art
of the teacher
to awaken
in creative expression
and knowledge.
– Albert Einstein

Whether you realize it or not, someone or something, whom I will call the “Master Mentor,” has always been with you. The Master Mentor (MM) is your ideal teacher, knows you inside and out, and knows everything you need in your life, including what you need to learn. Not only the ultimate teacher, the MM understands the best ways you can learn.

I see my Master Mentor as a wise elderly woman. (Well, I must admit that sometimes she’s a young girl, and once in a while appears to me as a man who’s middle aged. But mostly she’s a silver-haired woman who is kind, patient, and a bit pushy.)

The MM is not something you need to create because the MM is ALWAYS with you. Has and always will be. You couldn’t get rid of him or her if you tried your three wishes to do so.

That’s right – your MM is with you ALL THE TIME.

No type of judgment is going on here. The MM has your best interest at heart at the deepest level imaginable.

If you’re not already familiar with your MM, you only need to discover him or her. How do you do this? One way is to use your Sanctuary (see Part 7). Create a room, setting, or space and invite your MM to join you there. Another way to connect with your MM is to open yourself to deep listening – quieting yourself and opening up to the magic that is all around you.

When you first meet your MM, it will be like meeting a long-lost friend. Someone you feel totally comfortable with and whom you can connect on the deepest possible level. (And I must give a bit of a warning here, as you may find your Master Mentor has a rather strange sense of humor. At least, I’ve found that mine does. By the way, I once asked her about a name, and she said I would find one that suited her. She was right, and I often call her Ms. Kara. I don’t know why, exactly, but it fits her when she appears as the elder woman. As a child, she’s Emily and on the rare occasion of the middle age man, he’s simply Mr. Z.)

You can ask your MM anything you wish. You can bounce ideas off your MM or have a brainstorming session. Discuss different possibilities and options with him or her. And the key for working with you Master Mentor? Listening. That’s right – listening. You wouldn’t ask for directions and not listen to the response, would you? So listening is also important when you’re with your MM.

My Master Mentor is helping me with staying motivated and focused on transforming some of my previous workshop material into ebooks. Since September, I have five about ready to go live. My MM also inspired me to complete NaNo (National Novel Writing Month) this year, although I didn’t start working on this until the month was well underway.

I’m never alone. I know there’s someone there who I can always count on, no matter what, just like my good friends and the wonderful gals in my online writing group, Artistic License.

Your MM can play many roles during your life:








When I re-discovered my Master Mentor, I knew that my writing dream was not only achievable, but that it was closer than I realized.

The MM is, like your Sanctuary, another aspect of your ultimate toolkit on your path to realizing your dream.

Challenge for today: Share your experiences with your Master Mentor.

Best Wishes,