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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

I was thrilled to get the information you may read below. It was fun to enter and anticipate the outcome but I never thought I'd win. Yippee! You all may want to visit Sandy Tritt's website at

March 18, 2009

Dear Jill:

Congratulations! You have won FIRST PRIZE in the Inspiration for Writers Can’t Lose Novel Contest. We were blessed with entries from all over the United States, Canada and Great Britain, so winning first prize is quite an accomplishment. Of all entries submitted, six were selected as semi-finalists and went through another cycle of judging. The top four entries were close in total points, so we decided to offer a fourth place prize. We are now pleased to announce the winners:

First place, and winner of the prize package worth over $500, is Jill Nutter for The Ravensmoore Chronicles.

Second place, and winner of a 20% off certificate, is Jane Wells for Angel Falls.

Third place, and winner of a 20% off certificate, is Lisa Richardson for Magistrate’s Folly.

Fourth place, and winner of a 15% off certificate, is Katie Ganshert for Through the Storm.

Your main prize, of course, is the comprehensive edit and critique of up to 15,000 words for the manuscript of your choice. Please feel free to submit this at any time. We will schedule it the same way we schedule all manuscripts. Our current backlog is minimal, so you should have fast turnaround. If you want additional information about our services or how to submit, just see

We will snail mail to you an official certificate suitable for framing, as well as your packet of goodies, within the next few weeks. If you have any questions about our services, submission guidelines or anything else, please just let me know.

Inspiration for Writers offers one of the most comprehensive editing services available at a very competitive price. For just three cents per word (free for your first 15,000 words), you get the detailed edit (correction of spelling, punctuation, word choice and grammar); the content edit (correction and/or marking of passive voice, redundancies, weak dialogue, incorrect dialogue structure, incorrect paragraph construction, and much more); a detailed overview critique (an evaluation of what works in your manuscript and what needs improvement); and unlimited follow-up conversations. We believe strongly in communication before, during and after the edit, and we are here to assist you as you move through the publishing process. More information about our services can be found at

Again, congratulations. And, as always, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I look forward to hearing from you.

Sandy Tritt, CEO
Inspiration for Writers

Think, Pray, Hope

Monday, April 13, 2009

Well I've been neglecting my blog but taking care of family matters. My 84 year-old mother was just getting too lonely out in Pennsylvania and has come to visit for awhile. My mom's a retired nurse and she was working in ICU/CCU when I was in first grade. When I was in junior high and high school I remember evenings when she'd come home from work and put my brother Danny and I through the drills of the different parts of the body: ulna, radius, femur, etc. :) Maybe that's why I'm a counselor for nursing students now, but no way did I ever want to be a nurse. Just not me.

I'm happy with decisions that I've made in my life to become a social worker, a writer, and a Christian. Have you ever noticed that the older you get the stranger life gets? Or is it just that the longer we live the more we experience and examine? Or am I the only one that feels like that? Life has been more challenging than I ever imagined. If my life was a movie I'd call it,"Hope Floats Over The Cuckoo's Nest." :) Go figure. How about you?