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Author Blog Challenge – Writing Prompt #16

Today is Day 14 of the Author Blog Challenge – which means we’re just about at the halfway point. That means it’s time to pull back the curtain and reveal our methods for tracking your participation. There are probably easier ways to do it, but we’re nothing if not thorough.

To that end, click this link to see the ABC participation spreadsheet. Here are the key and explanations:

  • Much as I love all of you, time constraints keep me from reading every post every day. I do, however, make sure to share the wealth by using color codes to track which posts I read and put into the Daily recaps.
  • X means you posted for the given day.
  • XX means you won that day’s giveaway.
  • To ensure impartiality, we use a random number generator at random.org.
  • Red text indicates those participants I have on record as having posted every day, through 10 p.m. PDT  on June 14, 2012.

Please review the list to be sure I have your entries correct. It’s certainly a fallible system, so it’s possible that I could have made a mistake somewhere. Please let me know if I’ve made any errors and I’ll get you credited for all your posts.


A GIANT shoutout to JO MICHAELS today  for two reasons:

(1) Jo is personally reading and commenting on almost every post every day. How about returning the love and making sure you read her posts, comment, and reTweet them!

(2) One of her posts, in particular, deserves some attention. Jo’s Day 13 post includes very specific information about her experience with Smashwords. Read it for some useful information!

Also make sure to readthe rest of the Day 13 recaps.


If you’d like to see ALL the writing prompts that have been released to date, please visit the PROMPTS page.


Winner for Day 13 – Robert Chazz Chute. He wins a gift from Helene Poulakou! Once upon a time, in early 20th century Russia, a philologist named Vladimir Propp took a corpus of a few hundred folktales of his country, decomposed them in a limited number of essential “functions” and showed that all fairy tales are built using these and only these components. Today, scholars and writers agree that the principles explained in Propp’s “Morphology of the Folktale” can be applied for any structured, plotted story, be it tale, myth, novel or script. This is a brief introduction to the method, as well as a deck of cards to ruffle and play with to assist you in plot building.

Thanks to CK Brooks for the Day 14 donation! A Deadly July. Price: $2.99 USD. 82,370 words. Published on September 14, 2011. Fiction/mystery. The story continues as the Mono County summer fills with visitors enjoying outdoor sports and leisure activities surrounded by spectacular views. “Wild by Nature” is the county’s motto, but July brings a roller coaster ride of death and destruction. Sheriff deputies struggle to cope with department’s resources stretching thin, ..but just as it seems things can’t get any worse, they do. Offer expires July 8.


Onward we go with the 16th writing prompt of the challenge…

Did you publish your book as a traditionally printed book, an eBook, or both? How did you come to your decision? Which company(ies) did you use for printing and distribution? How did you select them?

Writing Prompt #15:

This one may take a bit of work, but I promise, it will be worth it. Find someone you know, either online or in the real world, who is a true bibliophile and interview them about their reading habits. Ask questions such as:

  • How many books do they buy per month?
  • How many do they actually read?
  • What do they read?
  • Where do they buy their books?
  • Who is their favorite author (do not take offense if it is not you – that’s not the point here).
  • What do they like about the author?
  • How often do they attend signings/readings? What do they enjoy about them?
  • If they could ask their favorite author any question, what would it be?
  • Which book has most recently surprised or delighted them?
  • Of everything they’ve read so far this year, what would they most recommend?

Writing Prompt #14:

What has been the biggest surprise about writing/publishing your book? What has been the most enjoyable or most memorable aspect?

Let the blogging continue!

Laura & Marcie


The Author Blog Challenge is hosted by Laura Orsini and her alter ego, Marcie Brock, of the Marcie Brock – Book Marketing Maven blog. Please visit Marcie’s blog for loads of great info about low- to no-cost methods of marketing for self-publishing authors.