Monday, February 1, 2010

A Winner and An Announcement

Today in St. Peters, MO Mostly cloudy, high 39 degrees.

Horray! Today starts a new month. With January behind us I'm looking forward to some warmer weather. I've already made a bit of progress on my goals of getting more organized, eliminating clutter, and donating more goods to worthy causes. One worthy cause I'm donating to is my blog--more specifically to my blog visitors. Last month I announced a contest to give away a copy of Mysteries of the Ozarks (Vol I), which includes my short story, "The Shape of a Heart." The winner was selected by a random drawing from the names of anyone who submitted a comment or a question on my blog in January.

Drum roll please .............................

The winner of MOO (hey, cute) is CATHY. So, I will send a copy of Mysteries of the Ozarks to Cathy this week.

Now for my this month's announcement.
I'm pleased to announce that on Feb 11 I will interview Sylvia Forbes, publisher of Snowflake Press and publisher and editor of Bylines Writer's Desk Calendar. Check back on Feb 11 to find out what Sylvia is looking for in the way of submissions for her 2011 calendar and what great incentives she will be giving this year. Sylvia has also agreed to answer questions and comments from visitors to Donna's Book Pub. She also will give away one copy of the Bylines 2010 Writer's Desk Calendar to someone who leaves a comment or a question for her. The name of one lucky winner will be picked at random, and Sylvia will mail a copy of the calendar to the winner.
Later in the month I will be giving away another book from my library, so check back to see what's up for grabs.


  1. The Bylines Writer's Desk Calendar sounds cool. I look forward to the interview and hope to send an entry.

    Hope you can include the great new Saturday Writers member monthly contests in a future blog. More great reasons to write!

  2. Hi Pat,
    You really should submit to Bylines. It's a really cool calendar.
    And thanks for you advice. I posted about the Saturday Writers monthly contests on the website this morning and will announce them on my blog each month.
    Also, thanks for judging the January contest.

  3. I hope, I hope, I hope it's THIS Cathy! 'Cause I really love mysteries and things that go bump in the night (unless it's me, bumping into the bed on the way to the bathroom!)

    But mostly, because I'd love to read a Donna Volkenannt short story!

    (Um, if it's not THIS Cathy, then that would kinda stink. But I'll be okay. After I pout for a few minutes.)

  4. Hi Cathy,
    Yes, it's you. Yay!
    I have to warn you that the story in MOO is one I wrote a few years ago. If I could rewrite it today it would be much, much better. The good news about that story is I not only got paid when I wrote it, but I got my first royalty check a year later! Yahoo!
    Oh, I have a mailing address for you in Georgia, but I'm just wondering if you've moved into a big honking mansion now that you're in Writer's Digest this month.
    (You expected to get teased about hitting the "Big Time" writer's magazine didn't you?)

  5. Yayyy! Can't wait to read it!

    And despite my meteoric rise in the writing world, I'm still residing amidst the dog hair and dust bunnies in my home, sweet home here in Georgia.

    But any day, y'all, I'll be there in Beverly Hills, eating bon-bons and paying someone to ghostwrite my novels!

    (Thanks, Donna!)


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