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Over 70,000 Views! Yippee! Oh Wow! Win free prizes!

Thanks for coming. It's so good to see you here.

Thanks for reading my blog. It’s so good to see you here.

“Over 70,000 Views! Yippee! Oh Wow! Win Free Prizes!” by Joan Y. Edwards

Today, September 24, 2013 at 6:52 p.m. EDT, my blog hit 70,0001 reads. I am so excited. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you to all of you who have read my blog. You made this possible.

This is the 365th blog post since I started this blog on October 9, 2009, almost 4 years ago. I received 3031 comments with an average of 8 comments a post.

The top blog posts during the last 3 months were:

  1. 18 Publishers Who Accept Unsolicited Manuscripts
  2. How Many Words Should Your Sentences Contain?
  3. 18 Literary Agents Who Are Looking for You
  4. Twelve Ways to Get Over Disappointment
  5. Family Sewing Projects – Jedi Robes and Princess Leia Ponchos
  6. 10 Shortcuts to Make Your Main Character Vulnerable and Lovable
  7. Put Universal Conflict, Theme, and Emotions in Your Story
  8. What Are Easy Readers?
  9. About Me
  10. First Lines from Non-Fiction Best Sellers
  11. God Will Show You How by Mary L. Kupferle public domain
  12. What Is Your Story’s Premise? Editors Want to Know
  13. 17 Days to Repaint a Wooden French Provincial Bed
  14. God’s Emergency Phone List
  15. Week 1
  16. Pubsubbers
  17. Be Smart! Submit Your Manuscript
  18. 15 Words to Prove That You Are Unique – Writing Exercise
  19. 7 Things You Should Know about RSS
  20. What Is the Purpose of Dialogue in Your Story?

As I promised, I am giving away 3 pitch and 1000 word critiques, 1 copy of Flip Flap Floodle, and 1 copy of Carol Baldwin’s Teaching the Story:  Fiction Writing in Middle School: http://www.amazon.com/Teaching-Story-Fiction-Writing-Middle/dp/0929895959/. It’s a great book on the craft of writing. It contains many helpful charts and explanations that will not only help middle grade students, but authors of any age.

Spread the word. Ring the bells. I am so excited. Thanks for sharing the excitement with me.

To win one of these prizes, leave a comment on this blog post. Please tell me your favorite article on my blog, tell me why you like my blog. or tell me something you wish I would write about. You have until midnight on Monday, September 30, 2013. I’ll announce the winners on Tuesday, October 1, 2013.

  1. I’ll ask Random.org to choose 3 numbers between 1 and how many people leave comments. These people will receive the free pitch and 1000 word critiques.
  2. Then I’ll ask Random.org to choose another number. I’ll take out those who already won the critiques. The other people will have a chance to win the copy of Flip Flap Floodle.
  3. I’ll take out the name of the person who won a copy of Flip Flap Floodle. I’ll put the rest of the names in the hat, and pull out one and they will receive a copy of Carol Baldwin’s Teaching the Story.

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Thank you for being here.

Never Give Up
Joan Y. Edwards

Copyright © 2013 Joan Y. Edwards


27 Responses

  1. OH MY GOSH!!!!! This is exciting!!! Definitely calls for celebration!!! 70,000!!!!!! WOW-EE!!!! Truly, it was only a matter of time before this happened. There is noooooo way I can choose a favorite article. They are all fantastic. But I can tell you that I LOVE your blog because it inspires, it educates, it encourages, it excites, it informs, and it’s interactive…with YOU!!!
    From the first time I visited your blog, I became addicted and then… I got to meet you IN PERSON!!!! That for me, was exciting! I could spend an entire 70,000 days reading your blog and it would not be long enough…oh my, that’s 191 years..I think? Thank you so very much!!! Look out 100,000 views…here comes Joan Edwards!!!!!!


    • Dear Karen,
      Thank you for writing! You are so much fun. Thank you for reading my blog. 191 years…That’s definitely a long time. I love being interactive with my readers. You give me life.

      Celebrate your love of life!
      Never Give Up
      Joan Y. Edwards


  2. This is awesome news, Joan! I love your blog because it’s so timely and you have such great information for all of us writers. It’s nice staying connected with you and others through this journey. Maybe one day we’ll meet in person…


    • Dear Juliana,
      Thank you for writing! I am so glad I met you through my blog. You inspire me to keep on encouraging people to submit their quality manuscripts. You are delightful. I hope to meet you in person, too.

      Celebrate you and you writing.
      Never Give Up
      Joan Y. Edwards


  3. Hurrah for you, Joan, You’re right up there with David, praises for slaying his tens of thousands. This is time to shout it out for you. I, for one, appreciate your posts, always a learning time for me, yet not too much info. Thanks for sharing. Blessings on you today, Barbara


    • Dear Barbara,
      Thanks for writing. I’m into slaying the negatives that might keep us from achieving our goals. I love encouraging people to enjoy every moment of their lives and not to ever give up. I’m glad I give you information for a learning time for you, but that I don’t overwhelm you with too much info at one time.

      Celebrate you and all the stories you have documented and saved for the people around the world.

      You and these stories will be published.
      Never Give Up
      Joan Y. Edwards


  4. I can’t say that I have a favorite article either. I simply love all the positive and encouraging vibes you create with them. Since you posted the favorite blog entries though, I think I’ll read them again,in case I missed one or two. Thank you, Joan Y. (I always say Joany!)


    • Dear Mona,
      Thanks for writing. What a compliment that your favorite thing about my blog posts is all the positive and encouraging vibes I create with them! Thank you for saying that. I hope you’ll find a note to help you when you re-read the popular blog entries from the last 3 months.

      Celebrate you and your love of life,
      Thanks for sharing your life with me.
      Never Give Up
      Joan Y. Edwards


  5. CONGRATS, Joan! That is quite a milestone. : )


    • Dear Susanne,
      Thank you for writing. I appreciate your congratulations. When I started my blog almost 4 years ago, I never ventured to think it would reach 70,000. My first posts only had about 1-4 readers each. I am very thankful to you and all the other people who read my blog. You give me life. You make me smile.

      Celebrate you today.
      May you receive all that you wish for
      Never Give Up
      Joan Y. Edwards


  6. Joan,
    Congratulation! I’m so happy for you! Happier than a muskrat eating creek weed! Our joke!

    I can’t name A FAVORITE. I love the way you listen to your readers and customize to fit our needs. You’re fabulous and so is your blog. I especially like the writing tips!


    • Dear Linda,
      Thanks for writing. I appreciate your congratulations. Happier than a muskrat eating creek weed – that sounds like a great GEICO commercial. I love it.

      It is my pleasure to listen to you and the other readers so that I can give you information to help you in your writing or a way to get out or keep out of the doldrums! I was there for a very long time. It is not a fun place to be.

      Celebrate you and your friendly ways,
      Never Give Up
      Joan Y. Edwards


  7. Joan, congratulations, dear friend! You are one amazing wealth of knowledge, information and resources. Your blog is a definite jewel for beginning and seasoned writers alike. I had trouble picking just one post, because I have loved and learned from so many of them. All of your posts that inspire us to submit – the pub subs – are outstanding! Thanks for all you do to enrich, embolden, and encourage each one of us!


    • Dear Ann,
      Thanks for writing. I appreciate your congratulations. I am flying around in the sky like a butterfly. It is my pleasure to share the knowledge, information, and resources with you. I’m glad that my posts that inspire you to submit your manuscripts embolden you! All of us are bold and courageous when we submit. Eventually, the belief inside us and the publishers who are searching for us meet! That’s a wonderful day! I am proud that now you have two books published and there are many more heading towards publication!

      Celebrate you and your gift of dialogue and intriguing characters
      Never Give Up
      Joan Y. Edwards


  8. Well done!

    Sent from my Verizon Wireless Phone


    • Dear Sarah,
      Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate your applauding me with a well done! You make me smile. I’ll be able to see you on Friday at the SCBWI-Carolinas Conference in Charlotte, NC…not too long, now.

      Celebrate you and your encouraging ways,
      Never Give Up
      Joan Y. Edwards


  9. Congratulations, Joan!!!


    • Dear Karen,
      Thank you for writing. I appreciate your congratulations. I’m sitting on top of the world, just rolling along, just rolling along.”

      Thanks for joining me up here.

      Celebrate you and your enthusiasm.
      Never Give Up
      Joan Y. Edwards


  10. Congratulations, Joan! I love your blog because you have lots of great information, and a wonderful, inspiring message to share with other writers! Please stop by my blog for a SWEET surprise!


    • Dear Becky,
      Thanks for writing. I am so excited to have you here to help me celebrate. Thanks for your congratulations! I am honored that you believe I give great information and an inspiring message. I’ll check your blog out. I love the poetry Friday posts. They are clever and fun.

      Celebrate the smiles you give to our world,
      Never Give Up
      Joan Y. Edwards


  11. Wonderful news–so excited for you. What an achievement. I love this site and particularly appreciate how much you give to encourage writers and how great you are at replying to all our comments. Thanks for everything, See you at the Muse Online Writers’ Conference. Shall be attending your presentation for sure…


    • Dear Annie,
      Thanks for writing. It’s good to see you here. Thanks for saying it’s a great achievement. One part of me can hardly believe it! Thanks for coming up in the clouds to celebrate with me. You made it possible.

      After I retired from teaching and in the years I took care of my mother, I wasn’t able to get out and interact with people as much. I missed that. I taught school for 35 years. I had someone to talk to almost all the time. Receiving and responding to comments is a way for me to fill that empty spot in my heart.

      You’re welcome for my blog. I look forward to seeing you at the Muse Online Writer’s Conference beginning on October 7th. I think they got the registration and log-in thing straightened out. I wrote and explained my problem in signing in.

      Celebrate you and your gift of writing and your friendly ways
      Never Give Up
      Joan Y. Edwards,


  12. thanks, Joan, for giving away my book. You deserve to celebrate– what a great blog you run!


    • Dear Carol,
      Thanks for stopping by. You are welcome for my giving away a copy of your book, Teaching the Story, is a great resource for any writer. Thanks for saying I run a great blog!

      Celebrate you and your gift of writing and teaching
      Never Give Up
      Joan Y. Edwards.


  13. Congratulations Joan on 70,000 views!! I always learn something when I visit. Look forward to seeing you at SCBWI Carolinas!


    • Dear Kathy,
      Thank you for writing. I appreciate your congratulations. I am excited that I’ll get to see you tomorrow!

      Never Give Up
      Joan Y. Edwards


  14. Dear Friends,
    Here are the winners of the prizes to celebrate my having 70,0001 views.
    Thirteen people left comments. (Thank you.)

    1. Karen Tomas
    2. Juliana Jones
    3. Barbara Lunow
    4. Mona861
    5. Susanne Drazic
    6. Linda Martin Andersen
    7. Ann Eisenstein
    8. Sarah Maury Swan
    9. Karen Cioffi-Ventrice
    10. Becky Shillington
    11. Anne Duguid
    12. Carol Federlin Baldwin
    13. Kathleen (Kathy) Burkinshaw

    Out of these 13, I asked Random.org Integer Generator to tell me 3 numbers between 1 and 13. It chose number 9, 7, and 2.

    Therefore, Karen Cioffi-Ventrice, Ann Eisenstein, and Juliana Jones won a free pitch and 1000 word manuscript critique. Please send them to me at joanyedwards1@gmail.com.

    Next, I took out the above winners’ names and asked Random.org Integer Generator to tell me one number between 1 and 10. It chose number 10.

    Therefore, Kathleen (Kathy) Burkinshaw won a free copy of Flip Flap Floodle.

    Last, I took Kathleen’s name off the list, and asked Random.org Integer Generator to choose a number between 1 and 9. It chose number 7, therefore Becky Shillington won a free copy of Carol Baldwin’s book, “Teaching the Story.”

    Kathleen and Becky, please send me your snail mail address to me at joanyedwards1@gmail.com.

    Congratulations to all the winners. May today bring you much joy!

    As a special prize, all the rest of the people who left comments, but didn’t win one of the other prizes, may send me a “First Page” of a manuscript for critique.

    Thank you to everyone who reads my blog. A special thanks to those who take the time from your busy schedules to leave me a comment.

    I am posting a new blog with this same information on it. Please leave a comment there so I know you’ve read this and know that you won!

    Celebrate you
    Never Give Up
    Joan Y. Edwards


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