The moment you all have been waiting for, the product 590 votes in the making, the cover of the Winter Edition 2022 IS...You are going to have to wait until December 1st to find out!!! *hears noises of displeasure from the readers* I'm sorry, I'm sorry! I know it is a long time to wait, but we had to do the contest early this time so that the Christmas Bookstagram Contest wouldn't be held in OCTOBER! If you are REALLY curious and cannot possibly wait, we do have a Patreon tier called "Sneak Peek" and one of the Sneak Peek pages this month is the Cover! I am going to be sharing it over there right after I am done writing this. I also will be letting the artist know and swearing them to secrecy! I wanted to take a moment to thank all of our lovely artists as well as the Clean Fiction Community for their participation. It was a close race all the way up to the end! A real nail-biter!
With that out of the way, I am pleased to tell you that our Christmas Bookstagram Contest is now accepting submissions. For more information, check out the Community Activity section below.
Also, NANOWRIMO has begun and I imagine that many of you will be furiously typing words, fingers flaming, eyes riveted on your screen as you create with a reckless abandon that can only be rivaled by flinging one's self off of the bottom step of the stairs in a dramatic manner. Know that I am here cheering for you! I hope to be joining your ranks but only in a small part. I was notified by Grammerly that I typed more than 10,000 words last month and only one sentence of which was in my WIP. What was I doing with all these words? Talking to you and other various members of the Clean Fiction Community. I am preparing for the Winter Edition and connecting with new Clean Fiction Authors with a fervor of extroversion that would send most running for the hills, but here I sit extroverting again. Let me give you a writing pep talk:
You. You there! Yes, you sitting at the keyboard right now. The one with the mug of tea or the cup of coffee, fingers at the ready poised over the letters on the keys. STOP. Stop worrying about being perfect. Stop agonizing over your outline. Stop searching on the web for confirmation that your ideas are marketable. DREAM. Dream with your words. You don't need to force them through the wall of anxiety you have built for yourself. Open the gate and set them free! The delicate gift you hold before you, shivering with fright, is one that some will slap away with angry words. I will not lie and tell you that things will be sunshine and rainbows because there are some that take pleasure in mocking the piece of yourself that you are dangerously placing out in public. But take heart. Your words are not in vain. Sharing love with others is never a mistake. No matter how painful. So, love your writing and share that love with others. CREATE. Then ask others to join you on the journey because many of us are waiting. Waiting for our next adventure. And that adventure could be YOURS.
May your day be bright and your reading be epic!
~ Amy Lynn McConahy, Clean Fiction Publisher
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This Week's Community Activity:
Submissions are Open
Take a Christmas-y photo of your favorite book or a fancy photo of your favorite Christmas book and send it to Clean Fiction Magazine. Our contests are not meant to be complicated, just fun! Submissions will begin November 1st and ends November 16th. Voting will begin November 17st and go through November 26th. (See our website for the small print). Do you have to be an author to participate? Nope. Can you be an author and participate? Yep. This is purely a contest to see who can take/make the most festive picture of their favorite CHRISTMAS book (even if that book is the equivalent to Die Hard being your favorite Christmas movie)! Is that fun or what? If you win you will receive a $25 Amazon Gift Card to use in buying even MORE Christmas books to warm up the winter season.
To submit your photo, simply email firstname.lastname@example.org the following: Your Photo, Your Name, Title/Author of the Book (if it is not clearly visible in the photo), an Email Address (for contact purposes), and Your Social Media Handle/Website.
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