Monday, December 30, 2013

The Times, They are a-Changin’

Come writers and critics

Who prophesize with your pen.
And keep your eyes wide
The chance won’t come again.
And don’t speak too soon
For the wheel’s still in spin.
And there’s no tellin’ who that it’s namin’
For the loser now will be later to win.
For the times they are a-changin’. - Bob Dylan

Several years ago, I established a writer’s critique blog, Unicorn Bell, with Marcy Hatch and Charity Bradford. 

We brought in two more writers, L. Blankenship (Disciple, self-pub) and Elizabeth Arundel as part of the team. 

Unicorn Bell, the product of writers, is a-changin’, making a few adjustments.

A regular schedule. Our team at UB has individual talents.
  • L. Blankenship is gifted at critiquing 1500 word submissions. 
  • Marcy is expert at First Pages and interviews.
  • I, the Huntress of Fantasy, like taming the Query Monster and all its minions including loglines and blurbs.

To give our followers time to submit their chapters, loglines, and first pages, a weekly schedule is in order. 

Blogfests and book tours. So you want to create a presence online. How to do it?

My publisher, Musa Publishing, suggests bloghops/fests. Enter as many as you can manage. Comment and participate. This gets you out there, puts your name in front of people.

So why shouldn’t Unicorn Bell conduct a regular bloghop too? Good question and now a two word answer: 
  • Charity Bradford. She intends to hold a bloghop during some of her weeks.

Book tours. Excitement is building. You have a book coming out! Now you want everyone to get the message.
  • Elizabeth Arundel takes command of book tours. 

During her week, she will post all the info you send about your book. 

Lastly, do you have any special gifts that need an outlet? Would you like to join our team and build a writing platform to impress agents and publishers?

We are taking applicants for Unicorn Bell moderators. Send requests to our email with ‘Moderator Request’ in the subject line to unicornbellsubmissions[at]gmail[dot]com.

Join us for critiquing, bloghops, and book tours. It is definitely a can of mixed nuts at Unicorn Bell, the crucible of critique.


  1. That sounds like a nice mix! You were awesome enough to feature me on my tour last fall and I appreciate it.

  2. This is great, Carol! Have a safe and happy New Year!

  3. Neat changes! Looking forward to them in the New Year.

  4. Sounds like an ambitious project. Best of luck!

  5. That sounds awesome! Mailed in. :-)

  6. Sounds great! Best of luck on the changes.


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