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Friday, January 30, 2015

Coffee and Critique's Art Interpretation Competition and the Dr. Oz Effect on Book Sales

Charles Rogers, author of Sermon at Dead Man's Bend and Conversations with a Barn Cat, did a great job planning, organizing, conducting, and tallying votes in Coffee and Critique's First Art Interpretation Writing Competition.

Entrants were to look at a piece of artwork selected by Charles then write a story no longer than 100 words. Entries were read aloud by someone other than the writer. No author identification appeared on the entries, which were peer-judged.

Congratulations to the top-two winners and everyone who took up the challenge!

The top-two scoring stories were:

"Alone" by Sarah Angleton (aka The Practical Historian)

"Joplin and the Giant" by Jane Hamilton

In case you missed it: on Wednesday, Jan 28, Dr. Oz mentioned the book, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Touched by an Angel, as part of the segment on "Can Angels Help us Heal?" 

The Touched by An Angel anthology includes the story "A Patchwork of Hope" by Coffee and Critique member Donna Volkenannt, who did a before-and-after analysis of book sales to find out the effect on sales after the book was featured on the Dr. Oz show.

You can find a link to Donna's post about the Dr. Oz dramatic effect on book sales on Donna's Book Pub.


Sioux said...

Donna--I read your story in the "Touched by an Angel" anthology. As usual with your work, it was well written and moving.

Karen Lange said...

Sounds like a great challenge. Congrats to the winners! I was over at Donna's the other day. That sure was dramatic!

Thanks for commenting on the interview over at Becky's blog. It's great to meet you!

Have a great week,

Marcia G. said...

Congrats to Sarah and Jane! Exciting things happening at C&C. And how cool is it to have a book you are in garner national attention. Yay, Donna!

Donna Volkenannt said...

Hi Sioux,
Thanks for your kind words. Your story in the "Touched by an Angel" was also well written and moving.

Hi Karen,
Thanks for stopping by the C&C blog.

Hi Marcia,
We miss you!