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Friday, February 7, 2014

No rest for the wicked or the weary...

It's been one thing after another since Christmas and there are still a few more weeks until things start to settle down. Well, I hope they settle down, because I don't relish going at this pace indefinitely.

What I mean to say is that I hope nothing else happens in the next month. If I can get through the next 30 days or so without illnesses and injuries or any other type of crises, then I'll be a happy camper.

The thing that's been stressing me out and keeping me busy is a published works contest sponsored by my writing group.... I'm the contest coordinator. In charge of the whole she-bang. I gotta admit, I'm getting nervous.

Entry-wise, I'm not overly worried. We've made money. Next year will be better. Since this contest is brand new and we decided on reader judges, we've (I've) had to recruit judges from scratch--we don't have a list of judges from previous years to rely on.  I'm freaking out that we won't have enough once the contest closes.

So here's the pitch...if you're interested and/or know someone who might be, please pass the word, copy & paste, whatever. Thanks!

Love to read ROMANCE? Want FREE BOOKS?

If you said yes to both questions, the please consider signing up to judge in The Carolyn Readers Choice Award contest.

The North Texas chapter of Romance Writers of America is looking for close to 400 romance readers to help choose winners in nine romance sub-categories. To be eligible, you must be 18 years of age or older and not affiliated with the publishing industry in any way, to include being an aspiring author.

Judging involves reading the first 30 pages of up to six books and filling out an online score sheet. The books are yours to keep and read as a thank you. And you might just find your new favorite author!

Contest closes for entries on Feb. 14 and judging panels will be emailed out during the following few days. Judging deadline is March 14th.

For more information and to sign up, visit If you have any further questions, contact Jen FitzGerald, the contest coordinator at

Please feel free to forward the opportunity to any family, friends, or book club and reader groups who you think might be interested.

Thanks so much.

Jen FitzGerald
The Carolyn Readers Choice Award contest coordinator
North Texas RWA


Regina Richards said...

Great ad for contest readers. I'm not eligible but I'll pass it along.

Jen FitzGerald said...

Thanks, Regina!

Regina Richards said...

Sent it to my sister's book club and to an aunt's assisted living center (those ladies read a lot).

Jen FitzGerald said...

You rock, Regina!

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  • DH = my husband
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  • Sonshine or Marching Band Boy = my son
  • NT = the North Texas chapter of RWA
  • RWA = Romance Writers of America