A big thank you to the nearly 180 entrants in my guest blog contest! It wasn’t easy, but I’ve finally had a chance to choose my Guest Bloggers for the rest of the year. (See A Blog Challenge for You.)

Here are the guest posts I’ve chosen (twelve instead of ten):

Reesha: Christian Art – Avoid letting the one water down the other.

Rachel Starr Thompson: Keeping the Heart in Writing.

Matthew Meadors: Roots before branches, and what does that mean to me?

Henriette Power: Sports and writing don’t mix.

Angie Ledbetter: Writing Ailments & Hazards.

Heather: Finding Your Voice: A Musician’s Look at Writing.

Shelley Adina: Gossip Girl, meet Gospel Girl.

Nicole O’Dell: When you DON’T Need an Agent.

Matt Mikalatos: Embracing Your Inner Weird.

Swati: Second Book Blues.

Matilda McCloud: Are your characters and plots too “on the nose”?

Cindy: Where Persistence Meets Passion – Know the Market, But Know Your Heart Better.

If you’re listed here, please email me your guest post (maximum of 800 words) along with a 1-2 sentence bio, links to your website/blog, and a photo of yourself (in an attachment). I’d like to receive your post within the next few weeks if possible. Once I receive it, I’ll let you know the date for which your post is scheduled.

Runner ups: The following people presented blog ideas I’d like to include someday. Please email me so that I can contact you in the future: Erin, T. Anne, katdish, Joelle Anthony, Mechelle Fogelsong, Liesl Robbins Shurtliff, Frontline Ink, Heather Long, Tami Boesiger, Andrew, Jeanne Bowerman, jmartinlibrarian.

Congratulations to all those who will be guest bloggers, and again, thanks to everyone who entered. There were MANY worthy post ideas and I wish I could have chosen more!

  1. Terresa says:

    >Great picks, can't wait to read these guest posts. And fabulous contest idea (hint hint — to do more in the future)…

  2. katdish says:


    You know, it's an honor just to be nominated. Thank you for the opportunity to guest blog for you "at a date yet to be determined". In conclusion, I would just like to say:

    I've had an unorthodoxed career…

  3. Tara says:

    >Thanks for the opportunity. I enjoyed reading the entries, and I'm looking forward to the guest blogs. Congrats to the winners.

  4. Katie Ganshert says:

    >Congrats winners! I can't wait to read the posts!!

  5. Kat Harris says:

    >Matt's has me intrigued.

    Swati's might be right up my alley.

    I can't wait to read these and the others. I wish I'd have had a minute to enter, but . . .

    Congrats to all!

  6. David A. Todd says:

    >Not even a runner-up. Ah well….

    Thanks for the opportunity, Rachelle, and for all the work you put into this.

  7. T. Anne says:

    >Woo hoo! I'm thrilled to be a runner up! Can't wait to hear all the wonderful guest posts. Congrats to all.

  8. Rachel Starr Thomson says:

    >Serious happy dance :). Thanks so much!

  9. Terri Tiffany says:

    >I am so happy for all of them but can't wait to read some of my favorite bloggers' post! You know who you are Angie and Cindy!

  10. Nicole O'Dell says:

    >What an honor! Thank so much for selecting me!

    Looks like a great list of interesting posts. πŸ™‚

  11. Dara says:

    >Those sound like they're gonna be great topics!

  12. Heather Sunseri says:

    >Great opportunity! Contratulations to the winners!

  13. Novice Writer Anonymous says:

    >Congrats to the winners! Those all sound so interesting. I look forward to reading them when they come up.

  14. Jungle Mom says:

    >Cant wait to read them all!

  15. Sharon A. Lavy says:

    >This will be interesting. I am looking forward to the future posts.

  16. Reesha says:

    >Wow! Thanks for picking me! I'm honored.
    Congrats to everyone else too! This is going to be a fun lead up to the new year reading all the guest blog posts. But of course, I love to read your posts too, Rachelle.

  17. Tea With Tiffany says:

    >Whoops, see what happens when I miss reading your blog? I missed the audition. πŸ™‚

    Well, maybe next time.

    Looks like you picked some winners.

    And looks like you've encouraged more people than just me–as usual. (remember my story from yesterday, people are responding with joy still today.)

    Enjoy your week, Rachelle.

  18. Cindy says:

    >I'm so excited, what a fun new opportunity! Thanks for hosting the contest, Rachelle. It was interesting to read through all the ideas.

  19. Roxane B. Salonen says:

    >Rachelle, thanks again for the opportunity. As the entries poured in I realized how slim my chances were. I'm sure it was hard to choose. I look forward to reading the results.

  20. Jeannie Campbell, LMFT says:

    >congratulations to the winners! cool contest, rachelle. πŸ™‚

    Where Romance Meets Therapy

  21. CKHB says:

    >Congrats, everyone!

  22. Kristen Torres-Toro says:

    >Congrats to everyone! I look forward to reading your guest posts!

  23. Jill Kemerer says:

    >Congratulations to all the winners and thanks, Rachelle, for offering the contest. I'm excited to read these guest blogs!

  24. Rachelle says:

    >Barbara, what matters most is the writing. If the fact that you're not a native English speaker means that it's difficult for you to write well in English, then yes, it could be a hindrance to you. However, if you're a good writer in English, then it really doesn't matter. The fact of being a non-native English speaker is irrelevant in itself.

  25. Lynnda - Passionate for the Glory of God says:

    >Good morning, Rachelle.

    How generous you are to share your time to evaluate all those ideas and to give so many people an opportunity to speak of the things that are on their hearts through your blog.

    Congratulations to the winners and the runners-up. Anticipation gives flavor to our days. I look forward to reading all these posts.

    Be blessed!


  26. Angie Ledbetter says:

    >Oooooo, I's excited! Thanks for the opportunity, Rachel. πŸ˜€

  27. Lydia Sharp says:

    >Congrats to the winners! Good choices. Can't wait to read those posts.

  28. Lisa Jordan says:

    >Wow, what a job going through all those entries. Congrats to all. I look forward to reading the future posts.

  29. ginny martyn says:

    >Congrats to all!!

  30. Jessica says:

    >Sounds great! Congrats to everyone. πŸ˜‰

  31. Barbara says:

    >Hi, I don't know you, but I've been reading your blog and it's very interesting. I have a question to you, and I have no idea where to address it to, so, I'll just post it here:
    Does it matter for agents if the person seeking representation isn't a native English speaker, even if they're fluent? Does this specific fact get in the way of getting a book deal?
    It's something I have been wondering for a very long time.
    Thank you for your time! πŸ™‚

  32. Andrew says:

    >Way cool contest – thanks for running it!

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