Wednesday, October 31, 2012

‘Tis the giving season! And Rock Star Santa has checked his list twice. He knows many new authors out there are just wishing for a publishing contract for their first picture book, so he’s decided to give back double fold.

Rock Star Santa has teamed up with

1.     The Christmas Tree Santas of Newburyport, Massachusetts, to insure that underprivileged children get Christmas trees for their homes.

2.     And First Peek Critique, to insure that aspiring picture book authors can have a full critique of their manuscript as a Christmas present.

How can you participate in this generous gift-giving?


1.     Contribute at least $10.00 to Christmas Tree Santas at     

2.     Become a follower of The Storyteller’s Scroll (on your right of this blog post there is an email choice) and comment below with your name and the title of your picture book, then

3.     Submit your picture book manuscript of no more than 750 words to

krause house books (all one word) at by November 5th.

The Christmas Tree Santas will inform Rock Star Santa who has contributed by way of Paypal and those manuscripts will receive a full critique from First PJJk Critique services (valued at $70.00)

If you are writing a novel you may submit your first two pages for a line edit.

****All participants will be eligible for a signed copy of ROCK STAR SANTA. Winner will be selected by and announced on December 18th.

So start submitting tomorrow, November 1st until December 17th.

So are we ready to make everyone’s Christmas a rockin’ merry one?

Friday, October 19, 2012

Hi Scrollers:

Google Friends Connect has thrown me a curve ball. People who wanted to enter The Bewitching Castle rhyming contest couldn’t join the blog as a follower because Google has withdrawn Friends Connect.

Rhymers contacted me through the Blueboards with their disappointment………So…… I eliminated the first criteria for this contest and everyone was eligible to win the free picture book critique from First Peek Critique.

The poets cast their scariest spells, reversing the curse of the Halloween verse.
All were awesome and deserving.

My beta readers and I have read all of the poems and after many discussions over witch’s brew and cider doughnuts we have decided on a winner.

Congratulations Ikmar

Halloween Hunger was truly  “bewitching.” Please contact me through my website. Click on the link in the upper right hand corner of my blog. On my website, you’ll find my contact information.

Looking forward to critiquing your rhyming picture book or poem.

Thank you, everyone for participating.

Look for my Christmas Contest coming in November. You’ll have a chance to win a signed copy of Rock Star Santa, a free rhyming picture book critique and help Christmas Tree Santas provide Christmas trees for underprivileged children.

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