Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Winners & Secrets

I applaud the wide range of writing prompts posted for the Fire It Up giveaway. Personally I'm printing them out and putting them in my inspiration notebook for the next time I need something like the naked man covered in Vaseline prompt.

We drew three winners' names out of the hat tonight, and they are:

Dawn Firelight

Darlene Ryan


Winners, please send your full name and ship-to address to LynnViehl@aol.com so I can get these books out to you, and my thanks to everyone who participated.

Whatever people believe about the glam of being an author, it takes courage to publish the work. Popular opinion of your books can be entirely dependent on the kindness of strangers, and you know how that usually goes. It's supposed to get easier as the career rolls on, but I'm coming up on number thirty-four and jaded indifference has yet to descend and teflon me.

A debut novel is an amazing thing, though. It's the first time the dream turns real. You hold that book in your hands and seriously freak out, because it's not someone else's writing between the covers, it's yours. That feeling echoes with every book that follows, but like a first kiss, a debut is something that only happens once in a writer's career. It should be a magic moment.

Author Diana Peterfreund's Debut Novel One debut novel hitting the shelves today is Secret Society Girl by Diana Peterfreund. I can't say I've read a lot of novels in the same vein as The Devil Wears Prada -- I'm a Levis girl myself, and I'm still recovering from Manolo Blahnik pricetag shock -- but I checked out the opening chapter of the book, which was quite fun. And a novel about being the only girl member of an all-male secret society? Sign me up, boys.

Let's help welcome this debut with a giveaway. In comments to this post, list the name that you'd give your secret publishing society (I have dibs on Secret Publishing Society, Chapstick Chapter) by midnight EST on Wednesday, July 19, 2006. I'll pick three names at random from everyone who participates and send the winners an unsigned hardcover copy of Secret Society Girl by Diana Peterfreund. Giveaway open to everyone on the planet, even if you've won something here at PBW in the past.


  1. In honor of Diana's book, I'd have to call it the Prose and Rave...but count me out of the competition. I've got my copy, and I'm getting more to give as gifts. :)

  2. Words Unseen, LTM

    Word Verification:
    Is the entire internet privy to my EVERY secret?! (howling with laughter)

  3. I think I'd call it Invisible Ink.

    And hey, I've only just seen the freebies. Cool!

  4. Not in this game, but I suggest "Swords of Love - U-Fems Chapter" for romantic fantasy where the heroine actually uses a real one, and "NoShitSherlock Society" for hard-boiled mystery writers.

  5. Robin F5:18 AM

    How about the Hidden Page

  6. Mommy Guilt

    (hey, it's a powerful thing).

    Don't enter me into the contest, I got and have already read an ARC at BEA this spring. It's a fabulous book, I blogged about it yesterday. I think everyone should run out get a copy, it's just that fun!


  7. "The Society That is Not Secret and is Not About Publishing, But is Instead About Something Else Entirely, Like Fish. Or Trees."

    Nobody will ever figure that one out.

  8. Anonymous9:20 AM

    The Storytellers Club.

    Lynda H.

  9. I like Dean's. Hehehehe.

    How about...


  10. Publishers Anonymous.
    Publishers Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength, and hope with each other that they may solve their common problems and help others to recover from the publishing industry.

  11. Anonymous9:42 AM

    Ladies of the Golden Brokenhearts. I'll be president!


  12. The Page-Turning Society.

  13. Sanjay10:27 AM

    The Bookaholics Broadcast

  14. The Nom de Plume which is shhhh: located in a secret vault of Phantom Well }:)

  15. The American Hyperbolic Literation Front of America

  16. The Meme Market Muses or the 3M when referred to in code :o)

  17. Mary Beth should get all three books for that one!

  18. Laptops & Lattes

  19. Writing Mooners.

    The Muses' Slaves.

  20. I'm too late for the contest, but I would definitely call a secret society, 'The Lords of Paperback'...

  21. Quills and Skulls. Can you tell what genre I write? lol :)


  22. I'd have to go with "The Literary Press". Some friends and I in college were going to start up a publishing/winemaking group with that name. Never got off the ground, though.


  23. "Girls Who Drool".
    It's a very small group - to join, you have to be willing to admit you are a girl who drools.
    Of course, if you saw what we were drooling over, you'd want to join too >G<

  24. Karen W.8:41 PM

    Hidden Chapters

  25. hmmm . . . The Write Stuff?

  26. My secret society's right on my masthead: It's All About the Numbers.

    My home chapter is "Count 'Em"

  27. This was one I was going to pick up. ;)

    Secrety society name: Gutenberg Society

    Of course named after the inventor of the printing press... and possibly the best invention in the history of the world.

  28. My brain isn't functioning well enough to come up with a society name, but I do have to say there is something wonderful about holding your first book...

    I've had a couple of firsts though. My first ebook... that was a thrill. Then the books were released into print and I got to see my name on such a cool cover, but distribution with EC started slow so I'd only see them here and there and I had to hunt.

    Then the trade paperback last year... another rush.

    But so far... the biggest thrill for me has been when I walked into a Walmart and saw my mass market release, Hunting the Hunter, on the shelves. Walmart is like the book giant. Seeing it there just did it for me. Big time.

  29. I would called it the Wordsmiths Haven

  30. Anonymous12:41 PM

    I thought of a couple: Scene & Chapter, or The Write Scene. But I think I would go with Mightier Than a Sword for the name of my secret publishing society.


  31. Write Now or perhaps Free Words.

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