Well, folks. It was fun while it lasted.

As you can see, not much has been happening on this blog lately.

There are several reasons for this, but I will only hit on a couple:

First: It's amazing how much can change in a couple of months--both in our personal lives and on the writing front. A couple of us have signed publishing contracts, and so the need to write, edit, market, promote HAD to take preference over this blog and the services we were providing.

Second: Running this blog, critiquing submissions, providing feedback...well, that's a LOT of dang work. We weren't getting paid for this service. We had a concept and we went with it--for free--not realizing how much time it would involve with very little (nothing) in return for our effort.

Third: Probably the biggest factor that made us come to this decision, was the fact that a good portion of the submissions we received just weren't ready. They needed more revision. We were wanting to give out reviews on AMAZING, fully complete, well edited novels. 90% of what we received didn't come close.

So we've shut it down. We've moved on.

If you liked our comments and our posts, you can check us out on our individual blogs:

Angela Scott: www.whimsywritingandreading.weebly.com or @whimsywriting on twitter or http://www.facebook.com/AngelaScottWriter

D.S. Tracy:

Kacey Mark:

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Skeptical Hook'er's Corner: Pimp Your Blog #1

Posted by Ready, Aim, Hook Me at 9:25 PM



If you haven’t already guessed it, the three Hook’ers of Ready, Aim, Hook Me want to support writers. We spend hours and hours reading submissions with nothing in it for ourselves except to promote our fellow writer. It's a Karma thing. 

Sure, we don’t make it easy. Our rules are strict: you may be great, but we have to be hooked start to finish. The reason for all of this is to get self-published (most of who submits) novels into the hands of the reading public—they are out there, somewhere. We want good books, written by amazing authors to see their way out of the drawer or closet. Did I say good? I meant great, which isn't easy.  

It isn't easy for us either. There are days when we are ready to call ’er good because this blog cuts into most of our own writing time. I haven’t written anything but blog posts for over a month. And yet, we still don’t have a "Two out of three Hook’ers love my book" review.

Are we too picky?

Maybe.

So, while we are still plowing through submissions, we still want to show whatever followers we have left (I know rejections are hard) that we are in your corner.

To be successful takes a bit o’ skill, a pinch of luck, a shake or two of patience, and a whole lotta persistence. But minging along with all that is networking. You want to sell your books somewhere, right?

For the first ten people who craft a sentence with one of the words listed below, I want to follow your blog. Not only do I want to follow your blog. I want you to Pimp your blog to all of us. Tell us what your blog has to offer the followers at Ready, Aim, Hook Me.

I will read your creative sentences, visit all ten blogs, and follow, given that you are one of our followers—reciprocation.

AND, whoever wins me over in both sentence and blog appeal will land in our blog roll. It may not seem like much but one of our followers may just want to buy your book one day.

Remember the rules: Sentence, pimp your blog, follow us, I will follow you=best of show lands in the blog roll. (I may pick more than one)

I will do this again, so if you don’t make it this week, try again.

Ready, set . . . hook me! (yes, I used an exclamation point and I liked it)

Bromidic
Dactylion
Farctate
Interfenestration
Lethologica
Qualtagh
Agelast
Gongoozler
Wanweird
Thelemic

Don’t know what they mean, google it.  First come first serve with word choices. 

6 comments:

Kathleen on August 19, 2011 at 7:57 AM said...

I tested the interfenestration with my white-gloved dactylion and found no dust.

Michael A Tate on August 19, 2011 at 8:20 AM said...

The agelast sat at her table in the comedy club, Rememberance of Things Past tucked under her arm for when things got ugly, and waited for the one who could defeat her.

My blog, michaelatate.blogspot.com is where I post some of my flash fiction and bits of writing tips I come across that I find both useful and unique.

Amber on August 19, 2011 at 8:50 AM said...

The pain punished her to the brink of insanity, making this a horribly inconvenient time for her recurring lethologica to blank her safeword from her mind.

L. on August 19, 2011 at 10:08 AM said...

I crept along the library shelf, fighting the urge to sneeze as my passing stirred dust from ancient thelemic texts.

My blog is Notes from the Jovian Frontier and I post about both science fiction and fantasy. I'm currently in fantasy world-building mode -- I'm a bit obsessed with world-building.

Ready, Aim, Hook Me on August 19, 2011 at 4:36 PM said...

Awesome sentences. I'll be checking out blogs this weekend. Thanks for playing. :)

Elisabeth Hirsch on August 19, 2011 at 8:09 PM said...

I don't know why in the farctate I try, but one of these days my bromidic gongoozlers will drop, I'll grow some agelast on my chest, and I'll be a real winner.

That's what my blog (ecwrites.com) is about--interfenestration.

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