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Looking for a literary agent?

literary-agents-public-domainI’m not currently looking for an agent, but merely thinking about the process makes me break out in a cold sweat. Finding a good match, writing a stellar query, knowing how to spot a fake… Never mind actually having a polished manuscript to submit!

Fortunately, there are many great resources to help writers along. Websites galore, how-to articles, Facebook groups, manuals, agencies … And every year, Writer’s Digest puts out a new guidebook to help connect writers and agents.wd-guide-to-literary-agents-2017

So if you’re in the market for an agent, check out Chuck Sambuchino‘s blog post, which includes a giveaway for the new 2017 Guide to Literary Agents! Entering is easy – simply comment on his blog. And if you are on Twitter, you can tweet about the giveaway for an extra entry.

Good luck!

Are you looking for an agent? If you’d care to share about the process, let us know in the comment section below!

March Giveaway Winner!

James StackGiveaway Winner!

Congratulations to the winner of my March GiveawayJames Stack!

The Random Number Gods have shined their light upon him, and James will receive a Banned Books Mug from Out of Print!

Didn’t win? Have no fear! April is just around the corner and it brings with it another fabulous giveaway! Be sure to check back often to win!

March Giveaway!


Win this mug! Details below.

Read on to find out how you can win the awesome mug from Out of Print pictured on the left! Short on time? Scroll to the bottom for details.

If you have a writer or book lover  in your life (or if you are the writer/bibliophile), you know it isn’t always easy to find a unique and fresh gift. Sure, notebooks are nice. And funky pens can fit the bill.

But isn’t it exciting when you give or receive a gift that really hones in on the spirit of the written word?

Of course it is!

That’s why I was so excited to discover Out of Print, an online store dedicated to spreading the love of books through their amazing line up of products. What’s more, Out of Print is also committed to delivering books to communities in which books aren’t readily available.

Check out this blurb from their website:

“As the landscape of how we read and experience literature continues to change, Out of Print is dedicated to celebrating our favorite stories while promoting literacy in underserved communities. 

Each product sold donates a book to a community in need through our charity partner, Books For Africa. It also supports the authors, publishers and artists who made these iconic works an integral part of our lives.”

Yep. Good people.

So for my March Giveaway, I’m offering one of their products – the “Banned Books” mug – to one of my lucky followers. This cool little number starts out with redacted titles that appear when the mug is filled with a hot beverage.

I love it!

“What do I have to do to win this amazing mug?” you are probably asking.  It’s simple.  Here are the details:

  • You must be a resident of the US (or have a US shipping address) and be 18 years of age or older.
  • Get two entries by commenting on this blog and telling us the best writing gift you’ve ever given or received (if you don’t have one, give us the one you’re wishing for right now!).
  • Get another entry by posting about this Giveaway on Twitter.  BE SURE TO INCLUDE ME, @TheKatMcCormick, IN YOUR TWEET SO I CAN GIVE YOU CREDIT!
  • You can Tweet once per day until the Giveaway ends and earn one entry per day on Twitter.
  • Do all of this before the Giveaway officially ends Friday 3/18/2016 at 11:59pm Eastern.
  • I will select a random winner and announce the winner on Saturday 3/19/2016 on Twitter and on my blog.

That’s it!  Easy as pie. I look forward to reading everyone’s comments!

Good luck and happy writing!  

Time to Celebrate!


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After participating in the October Platform Challenge hosted by Writer’s Digest and Robert Lee Brewer, I was fortunate to find an amazing list of writers with phenomenal blogs and websites. DMG Byrnes is one of those writers and she was the winner of the Platform Challenge, an honor which included a stack of wonderful writing resources. In true pay-it-forward fashion, DMG offered a giveaway for one of those books – the 2016 Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market guide from Writer’s Digest.

And I won!

Yippee! Now we are so happy, we do the dance of joy!  

Okay, I’m dating myself with a Perfect Strangers reference…  Time to move on.

Thank you, Ms. Byrnes, for the giveaway and for the wonderful information you share via your blog.

If you haven’t had the chance to visit DMG’s site, check it out! Tell her I say “hi!”

February Giveaway Winner!

2016 (1)Congratulations to the winner of my February Giveaway, writer S.K. Lamont!  S.K. will receive a new copy of Tom Rob Smith’s bestselling thriller, Child 44 as well as a DVD copy of the movie, which was released in 2015.

Way to go, S.K.!

Didn’t win? Don’t worry – March’s Giveaway is just around the corner!

February Giveaway Ends Friday!

filmDon’t forget to enter my GIVEAWAY! Ends this Friday, 2/12.

In honor of Leap Year, I’m giving away a book (and its DVD partner) that make the leap from novel to screen. Details can by found on the original blog post (click here) or by visiting my Facebook page and using the Giveaway tab (click here).

It is super easy to earn multiple entries, so click away! It only takes seconds!

Good luck to everyone who has entered!

November Giveaway Winner!

I want to thank everyone who entered my November Giveaway!  I am amazed by the number of entries and can’t wait to see what happens in December when my next giveaway begins!

What If Giveaway Nov WinnerCONGRATULATIONS to Patrise Henkel!  The Random Number Gods have favored you today, and you have been selected the November Giveaway winner! You will receive a copy of my favorite book of writing exercises, What If? Writing Exercises for Fiction Writers by Anne Bernays and Pamela Painter.  Message or email me with your contact info, and I’ll get your copy on its way to you pronto!

I would love to send a copy to everyone who entered, but sadly I am only one writer with limited resources. If you are looking for a book of exercises and didn’t win, pick up a copy of What If? here or here.  And let me know what you think!

Be sure to look for my DECEMBER GIVEAWAY!

Giveaway Winner!

outliningnovelgiveawaywinnerI want to say thank you to everyone who entered my first (ever) giveaway!  It will not be my last!  I plan to host one writing or art related giveaway each month, so stay tuned in November for more chances to win.

CONGRATULATIONS to Kimia Wood!  The Random Number Gods have favored you today, and you were chosen as this month’s Giveaway winner of K.M. Weiland’s Outlining Your Novel Workbook.  I hope you enjoy your copy!  Message or email me with your info and I’ll pop this bad boy in the mail asap!

I wish I could give everyone a copy!  Alas, I am only human. Sigh. But don’t despair – you can get a copy in time for NaNoWriMo right here.

Thanks again, everyone!  And I wish you luck on the next giveaway!