Saturday, December 13, 2014

Giveaway Day 2: Running Lean by Diana L. Sharples

The winner of the copy of Running Lean by Diana L. Sharples is Lisa Canfield.

Congratulations, Lisa! Contact info@jillwilliamson.com to claim your prize!






Jill here. 

To celebrate the coming holiday and vacation, we're hosting the 12 Giveaways of Christmas. That's 12 giveaways, 12 days in a row. 

Welcome to Day 2.

Each giveaway will run for 48 hours, so be sure and check back each day to see what giveaway is next and who the winners are.







Today, my friend 
Diana L. Sharples is giving away an autographed copy of her novel Running Lean. She also has some writing advice to share with you.


Advice for Teen Writers


You’ve no doubt heard the old story about the tortoise and the hare. The hare thought he could win the race by running as fast as he could, and he was so far ahead of the tortoise that he felt he could take a break. While the hare was napping, the slow and steady tortoise made it to the finish line.

At times I’m reminded of this story when I see some people rush to publish their work, either by submitting it too early or by jumping into self-publishing. And many times the result is one rejection letter after another, or a book that cost a lot of money to produce but isn’t selling. So many teens have asked me, “How do I get published?” My heart goes out to them, because I understand that desire so well! But it’s really the wrong question. I feel a better question should be, “How do I hone my craft so my work is worthy of publication?”

That can be a slower, even harder road, but that tortoise pace may be what’s needed to win the race … because having patience and staying the course will make you a better writer, whether you choose to self publish or submit to a traditional publishing house. Stay the course, and learn to love the journey. You’ll be rewarded with a win in the end.


What fabulous advice! Thanks so much for that, Diana.

Like I said before, Diana is giving away an autographed copy of her book, Running Lean. USA entries only on this one, please. Here's a little bit about the story:


Equilibrium. That’s what Stacey and Calvin found in each other. He is as solid as his beloved vintage motorcycle and helps quiet the constant clamor in Stacey’s mind. She is a passionate, creative spirit—and a lifeline after Calvin’s soldier brother dies.

But lately the balance is off. Calvin’s grief is taking new forms. Voices of self-loathing are dominating Stacey’s life. When struggles with body image threaten her health, Calvin can’t bear to lose another person that he loves. Taking action may destroy their relationship, but the alternative could be much more costly.

44 comments:

  1. Ohhh how exciting! Thanks for doing a giveaway!

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  2. OK.... I would love to win because I love to read and then I may quite possibly pass the book on to someone else to enjoy. =)

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  3. OH, MY, I LOVE THIS ADVICE AND THE ANALOGY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! JUST WHAT I NEEDED!

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    1. So glad it was helpful to you, Keturah! Keep writing and growing! Blessings to you.

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  4. 'K. Seriously great advice. I LOVE it. I agree with Keturah. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  5. That's great advice. Whenever I talk about my WIPs, my friends ask me when I'm publishing and it frustrates me to no end. XD

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    1. I know, right? :) Most people don't know how much effort and dedication it takes to write a novel, much less get published. Keep at it, Katy! Blessings to you.

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  6. I found out about this book a while ago and was interested in it. I forgot about it but I recognized it when I saw the cover. Eep, so exciting ^^

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    1. Awesome, Lisa! Hope you'll be able to read it! If you don't win a copy tonight, the book is currently just 99 cents for the ebook on Amazon. Blessings to you!

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  8. That's great advice! I've never applied that story to writing before but it totally works. Your book sounds incredibly interesting!

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    1. Thanks, Lauren! Keep writing and growing, and blessings to you!

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    1. Thanks, Ashley! There's a cool story about the cover. The publisher found the photograph on a stock photography site, and the only name they had was the photographer's. We didn't know who the model was. After the book was published, though, the girl's mother found me on Facebook. They were so excited! If I can ever get up to the city where they live, I would love to do a book signing with the model. Blessings to you!

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  10. Oh!! This book sounds so good!! Contemporary YA is one of my favorite genres ^.^

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    1. YAY!!! It's my fav as well. And I love "meeting" my readers (and potential readers) this way. Keep writing, Jennifer! Blessings to you!

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  11. One day, I hope to hone my work until it is worthy of publication. It's a good way to look at the whole writing process. ^.^

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    1. I hope one day I'll be picking up one of your books, Rachel! Keep writing! Blessings to you.

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  12. Hello, Diana! What fantastic advice! I, too, think one of the biggest mistakes you can make in anything, but specifically publishing, is to rush into it. Slow and steady is definitely the most stable path! :)

    As for your book, I'm a sucker for romances. And I sense a great deal of character depth in that synopsis!

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    1. Thanks, Rachelle! There was so much more I could have said, like finding a great critique group (where Jill Williamson and I met!), and attending writers conferences.Networking with other writers makes the journey easier and way less lonely.
      Hope you'll be able to read my book! Blessings to you!

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  13. Wow, this book discretion sounds very interesting. Thank you for hosting the giveaway!

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    1. My pleasure! Hope you'll have a chance to read the book. Keep writing, and blessings to you!

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  14. This is on my to read list! Just saw it today in a book store and I wanted to read it. Can't wait!

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    1. Hey, Hannah! Can I ask which bookstore you were in and saw the book? Hope you'll be reading it soon! Blessings, to you!

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  15. Thank you so much for the writing advice! This is basically where I am in my writing life too- wanting to be published but struggling with patience as I learn what I need to know before I can be publishable. :) Thanks for the giveaway, it sounds really good. :)

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    1. You're welcome, Naomi! You're already doing one great thing that will help you on your writing journey, and that's being part of this website--networking with other writers. Here are the people who truly understand you and will help you along your way. Blessings to you!

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  16. Wow! Great advice!
    I'd love to win the book because I've heard great things about it that I'm totally intrigued!!! So it'd great to read it.

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    1. Thanks, Lou! Hope you get a chance to read the book soon. Keep writing, and blessings to you!

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    1. Blessings to you, Emma! Hope you have a chance to read the book soon!

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  18. Brilliant advice! I'd never thought about it that way, but thanks for this post! It was very encouraging.


    Alexa S. Winters
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    1. Thanks, Alexa! I'm so glad the post helped you. Keep writing, and blessings to you!

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  19. That was very helpful advice. Thank-you for sharing it and for sharing your novel with us! :) If I win the copy, I would really like to give it to a friend. ;)

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    1. You're welcome, Georgina! And if you win, please do give the novel to someone who might find encouragement in it. Blessings to you!

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    1. Thanks, Maddie! I hope the post was encouraging to you as well. Blessings to you on your own writing journey!

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    1. Thanks, Sarah & Bernie! Hope you get a chance to read it. Blessings to you!

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    1. I hope you get a chance to read the book, Bethany! If you don't win a copy, the ebook is still on sale through Amazon for just 99 cents. Blessings to you!

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  23. Sounds intriguing! My sister struggled with depression for a little while, not body image or the death of a sibling, but other stuff, so the topic is one that hits close to home.

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    1. Emily, it sounds like your sister is much better now, and for that I'm very grateful. It is my belief that the biggest problem facing teens today is self-esteem, and that works out into so many other areas. My wish is to help them see the worthiness in themselves through my writing. Blessings to you!

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