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What is an EPK (Electronic Press Kit) and how do I create one?

epk - elecrtonic press kitEssentially an EPK (Electronic Press Kit) contains all the information someone would want if they were considering booking you to speak or writing an article about you.

While mostly used by performance artists (bands, dancers etc) it is becoming more and more common to see speakers and authors creating and using EPKs to great benefit.

While you can search online for examples and templates of EPKs (electronic press kits) for you to use as inspiration, essentially you should consider including the following:

  • Short, one paragraph biography
  • Long, detailed biography
  • Embedded videos and/or links to videos that highlight you speaking and presenting, preferably in a range of different environments and to differing sized audiences
  • Embedded videos of any television coverage
  • Embedded show-reel/demo-reel (compilation of your speaking and presenting engagements)
  • Sample chapter of your book
  • List of all your published works with short summaries
  • High-resolution photos of you – both with and without your book
  • High-resolution cover image for each of your books
  • Testimonials – both written and video
  • Statistics on your following, including social media
  • Links to any press coverage (http://leighstjohn.com/how-to-write-a-press-release/)
  • Any relevant awards or recognition
  • List of any up-coming speaking engagements
  • Contact information for the speaking agency that represents you (if you have one)
  • Your contact information including email, website, address and phone

What format should the EPK take?

Preferably, it should be compiled into a PDF (make sure all links in the PDF are live!) that a potential client or reporter can download, as well as being a page on your site through which an interested party can scroll.

Where do you put your EPK?

Suggest you create a separate link on your website that goes direct to your EPK page and downloadable PDF.

How do I promote my EPK?

Suggest putting the link to your EPK in the signature of your emails, even on your business cards!  After all, this is the place where all your major achievements have been compiled.

Make it easy for people to book you!

Writing Competitions & Book Fairs – April 2016 Deadlines

writing competitionTime to start writing and/or submitting your work for these April 2016 Deadlines!

Remember, continually promoting your book leads to greater awareness, increased sales and sometimes to opportunities you could never have imagined…

Here are the latest writing competitions and book fairs for you to consider – they each have deadlines of April 2016 for submission.

Kay Snow Writing Contest

  • http://willamettewriters.org/submit-your-writing/kay-snow-writing-contest/
  • April 30, 2016
  • The purpose of this annual writing contest, named in honor of Willamette Writers’ founder, Kay Snow, is to help writers reach professional goals in writing through a broad array of categories, and also to encourage student writers. In addition to cash prizes, winners will be listed on the Willamette Writers website, are honored at our Willamette Writers Conference held annually in August, and are automatically considered for publication in Willamette Writers’ new literary journal.

Self-Published Book Awards

  • http://www.writersdigest.com/writers-digest-competitions/self-published-book-awards
  • April 1, 2016
  • Whether you’re a professional writer, a part-time freelancer or a self-starting student, here’s your chance to enter the premier self-published competition exclusively for self-published books. Writer’s Digest hosts the 24th annual self-published competition–the Annual Self-Published Book Awards. This self-published competition, co-sponsored by Book Marketing Works, LLC spotlights today’s self-published works and honors self-published authors.

1st Annual New Deal Writer’s Competition

  • http://livingstonarts.org/new-deal-writing-competition/
  • April 1, 2016
  • The New Deal Writer’s Competition is a short story competition where the writer is asked to use a painting chosen by the staff of Livingston Arts as inspiration for their piece

Ware Poets Competition

  • http://www.poetrypf.co.uk/comps/ware16.pdf
  • April 30, 2016
  • The competition is open to anyone aged 16 or over.

2016 Bristol Short Story Prize

  • http://intercompetition.com/index.php/writing/ad/2016-bristol-short-story-prize
  • April 30, 2016
  • “The maximum length of submissions is 4,000 words, there is no minimum length.
    Stories can be on any theme or subject and are welcome in any style including graphic, verse or genre-based (Crime, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Historical, Romance, Children’s etc.).
    All entries should be in English.”

Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize

  • http://www.upress.pitt.edu/renderHtmlPage.aspx?srcHtml=htmlSourceFiles/starrett.htm
  • April 30, 2016
  • “The University of Pittsburgh Press announces the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize for a first full-length book of poems.
    You have to send one copy of your manuscript on good quality white paper, with no fewer than 48 and no more than 100 typescript pages. You should also include your curriculum vitae.” “7500 Thomas Blvd.
    Pittsburgh, PA 15260”

Spring 2016 Literary Festival

  • https://www.ohio.edu/cas/english/news-events/spring-literary-festival.cfm
  • April 6-8, 2016
  • Since 1986, The Spring Literary Festival has featured some of the world’s finest, most distinguished writers of poetry, fiction and non-fiction. The three-day festival is held in May on the Ohio University main campus in Athens, OH.

2016 Bath Short Story Award

  • http://bathshortstoryaward.co.uk/
  • April 25, 2015
  • “Stories can be on any theme or subject but must be original and written in English. They must also be for adult or young adult readers. Non-fiction and fiction written for children under 13 years is not eligible.
    Maximum length is 2,200 words.  Entries must not have been previously published in print or online, been broadcast or won a prize.”

Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest

  • https://winningwriters.com/our-contests/wergle-flomp-humor-poetry-contest-free
  • April 1, 2016
  • Submit one poem only, with a maximum of 250 lines 351 Pleasant Street, PMB 222, Northampton, MA 01060

The London Book Fair

  • http://www.londonbookfair.co.uk/
  • 12-14 April 2016
  • The London Book Fair is the global marketplace for rights negotiation and the sale and distribution of content across print, audio, TV, film and digital channels. In 2016 the fair will take place at Olympia, West London, and cover all aspects of the publishing industry.

Ver Poets

  • http://verpoets.org.uk/
  • April 30, 2016
  • Poems must be no more than 30 lines in length. They may be on any theme and in any form. The competition is open to anybody aged 16 or over. Competitors may submit any number of poems for a fee of £4.00 per poem, 3 poems for £10, £2 per poem thereafter.

The Prestigious Claymore Award

  • http://www.claymoreaward.com/
  • April 30, 2016
  • Judges will consider any subgenre of mystery or thriller. Enter the first 50 pages of any unpublished literature “P.O. Box 680759
    Franklin, Tennessee 37068-0759”

Colm Toibin International Short Story Competition

  • http://www.focalliteraryfestival.com/the-colm-toibin-international-short-story-award/
  • April 1, 2016
  • “Entries must be between 1,800 and 2,000 words in length. Entries must be in English. Entries must be the original work of the author and must not have been previously published either in writing or electronically. Entries which have received awards in other competitions are also ineligible.” “C/- Focal @ Enniscorthy Library
    Lymington Road,
    Enniscorthy Co. Wexford Ireland”

International Short Story Contest

  • https://www.firstwriter.com/competitions/short_story_contest/
  • April 1, 2016
  • The contest is open to stories of any style and on any subject, but they must not be longer than 3,000 words. The closing date for submissions is April 1, 2016, and there is a reading fee of $9.75 / £6.50 per story. Alternatively you can enter two stories for just $8.63 / £5.75 each, three stories for only $7.50 / £5.00 each, or five stories for only $6.00 / £4.00 per story.

Momaya Press’s Short Story Competition

  • http://momayapress.com/momaya-short-story-competition/
  • April 30, 2016
  • Momaya Press’s Short Story Competition is open to writers of any nationality writing in English and offers the opportunity for winners to be published in the Momaya Annual Review 2016.

The Bath Novel Award

  • 2016 http://bathnovelaward.co.uk/
  • April 10, 2016
  • Novels written for adults or young adults, first 5,000 words plus synopsis PO Box 5223, Bath, BA1 0UR, England, UK
    FanStory’s Character Writing Contest
    http://www.fanstory.com/contestdetails.jsp?id=102630 April 29, 2016 “Write a short story that includes a character that is part of the scene pictured below. Creative approaches are welcomed. We are looking for ‘Vivid Characterization’ – well-defined, rich characterization. These are characters you can vividly hear, see, smell and care about as they are created by the writer. Minimum length 700 words. Maximum Length 7,000 words. Recommended length 2,000 – 3,500 words “

The Story House Ireland Presents “Poetry: The Craft”

  • http://www.poetryireland.ie/writers/opportunities/the-story-house-ireland-presents-poetry-the-craft
  • April 11, 2016
  • Coleridge said that poetry is the best words in the best order, but how do you choose the words and the order? Join experienced tutors, Nessa O’Mahony and Peter Sirr, for a week-long residential course that will guide you through the craft of writing poetry, from getting started, developing a daily practice of writing and reading, through drafting and redrafting, to finishing your work.

The Magpie Award for Poetry

  • http://pulpliterature.com/contests/
  • April 15, 2016
  • At Pulp Literature, we have an affinity for poetry, the hard liquor of literature. We like it strong, neat, and we don’t mind if it makes our eyes water. Our judges, will be looking for a fusion of musicality, imagery, feeling, and thought. May the best poem win!

Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry

  • http://www.sarabandebooks.org/morton
  • April 30, 2016
  • This contest is open to any poet of English. Employees and board members of Sarabande Books, Inc. are not eligible. Individual poems from the manuscript may have been published previously in magazines, chapbooks of less than 48 pages, or anthologies, but the collection as a whole must be unpublished. Translations and previously published collections are not eligible. To avoid conflict of interest, close friends of a judge or students in a degree-granting program with a judge are not eligible to enter a contest in the genre for which their friend or teacher is serving as judge.

2016 Poetry Chapbook Contest

  • http://www.omnidawn.com/contest/poetry-contests.htm
  • April 18, 2016
  • Open to all writers with no limitations on the amount of poetry a writer has published. Submissions should be 20–40 pages of poetry, not including front and back matter. (Keep in mind that this is intended to fit in a 5.5 x 7 inch published chapbook of approximately 60 pages or less, although you can submit on standard 8.5 x 11 inch pages, and we will format to fit the smaller size.) Colleagues, students, and close friends of the judge, Hoa Nguyen, are not eligible. “1632 Elm Avenue
    Richmond, CA 94805-1614”
    Wax Poetry and Art http://waxpoetryart.com/contests/poetry.html April 30, 2016 “The work submitted must be wholly original to the person submitting
    the work.
    Simultaneous submissions are not allowed for this contest. Please do not
    submit the same poems anywhere else until the contest results are
    announced.”

RhymeZone Poetry Prize

  • http://www.rhymezone.com/contest/
  • April 12, 2016
  • For the first RhymeZone Poetry Prize, we asked people to write poems on the theme of “Understanding”. We received 3,556 submissions from more than 3,000 people from all across the United States and Canada. The poems touch on all aspects of the contest theme, and there’s a staggering diversity of styles, forms, meters, rhyme schemes, and topics.

Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards

  • http://www.poetrycenterpccc.com/awards/
  • April 1, 2016
  • Up to five poems per person will be accepted for consideration. Submit four copies of each poem for distribution to the judges. No poem should be more than two manuscript pages. Since the poems will be judged anonymously, sheets which contain the poems should not have the poet’s name on them. Include a separate cover sheet with the poet’s name, mailing address, phone number, email address and the titles of the poems. Poems cannot be returned.

Paterson Fiction Prize

  • http://www.poetrycenterpccc.com/awards/
  • April 1, 2016
  • A $1000 prize is awarded by The Poetry Center at PCCC for a novel or collection of short fiction which, in the opinion of our judges, is the strongest work of fiction published in 2015.

THE 2016 BEST FIRST NOVEL COMPETITION

  • http://www.delsolpress.org/DSP-NovelCompetition.htm
  • April 15, 2016
  • The competition is open to all authors writing in English regardless of nationality or residence, and is available to published and unpublished authors alike. Genres we are looking for include literary and upmarket fiction, mainstream or general fiction, mystery/thriller or speculative fiction with a literary edge, serious women’s fiction, and unique experimental work. “2020 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
    Ste 443
    Washington, DC 20006”

Acrostic Poetry Contest

  • http://www.fanstory.com/contestdetails.jsp?id=102652
  • April 24, 2016
  • Write an acrostic poem where the first letter of each line spells out a word (downwards). The poem can be about anything. It can be based on one or more words. Creative approaches are welcomed. One entry per person. New entries only. Acrostic poetry only.

The Richard Snyder Memorial Publication Prize

  • http://ashlandpoetrypress.com/guidelines/snyder-prize
  • April 1, 2016
  • This poetry book series honors the memory of Richard Snyder (1925-1986), poet, fiction writer, playwright, and long-time professor of English at Ashland University. In selecting manuscripts for this series, Ashland Poetry Press editors keep in mind Snyder’s tenacious dedication to craftsmanship and thematic integrity.
    “401 College Ave.
    Ashland, OH 44805”

The Eastern Iowa Review Poetry Prize

  • http://www.portyonderpress.com/eastern-iowa-review-poetry-prize.html
  • April 30, 2016
  • The Eastern Iowa Review Poetry Prize will award three poets a prize for poems that reflect smart writing from a “good spaces” context suitable for a wide audience. No poem length or style restrictions. Prose poems are welcome as are found poems, free verse, haiku, rhyming poems, etc. All poems must be completely unpublished.
    6332 – 33rd Avenue Drive, Shellsburg IA

2016 Indiana Review Poetry

  • Prize http://indianareview.org/contests/
  • April 1, 2016
  • “Send no more than three poems per entry, 8 pages maximum.
    As of September 2014 we no longer accept hard-copy submissions.
    Entrant’s name must not appear on the submission.
    Cover letter must include name, address, phone number, and title. Entrant’s name should appear ONLY in the cover letter.” “Ballantine Hall 529
    1020 E. Kirkwood Ave. Indiana “

THE ANNUAL GULF COAST PRIZE

  • http://gulfcoastmag.org/contests/gulf-coast-prize/
  • April 9, 2016
  • The contest awards publication and $1,500 each to the best poem, essay, and short story, as well as $250 to two honorable mentions in each genre.

The Waterston Desert Writing Prize

  • http://www.writingranch.com/waterston-prize-for-desert-writers/
  • April 1, 2016
  • Now in its second year, the Prize annually honors literary nonfiction that illustrates artistic excellence, sensitivity to place, and desert literacy – with the desert as both subject and setting. Inspired by author and poet Ellen Waterston’s love of the high desert of Central Oregon, a region that has been her muse for more than 30 years, the Prize recognizes the vital role deserts play worldwide in the ecosystem and human narrative. “PO Box 640
    Bend, OR 97709”

Beacon Street Prize

  • http://www.redividerjournal.org/submit/contests/beacon-street-prize/
  • April 30, 2016
  • We launched the Beacon Street Prize in 2012, in honor of our 10th anniversary, and writers and readers responded with such enthusiasm that we now hold it annually. Welcoming submissions of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, the 2016 contest will open February 15 and close April 30.

Binsted Arts Poetry Competition

  • http://www.binsted.org/poetry-comp
  • April 17, 2016
  • Original unpublished poems are invited on the theme:
    A way through the woods

Ver Poets Open Competition

  • 2016 http://verpoets.org.uk/
  • April 30, 2016
  • Poems must be no more than 30 lines in length. They may be on any theme and in any form. The competition is open to anybody aged 16 or over. Competitors may submit any number of poems for a fee of £4.00 per poem, 3 poems for £10, £2 per poem thereafter.
    16th Poetry on the Lake http://www.poetryonthelake.org/page2.php April 30, 2016 “3 categories: Open & Formal (max 40 lines each), Short (max 10 lines)
    Mark category top right of each page. The same poem may be entered in two or more categories
    but will count each time as a separate entry. “

The Very Short Fiction

  • http://www.glimmertrain.com/pages/guidelines/very_short_fiction_guidelines.php
  • April 30, 2016
  • “The Very Short Fiction Contest is open to all writers.
    Any story that has not appeared in a print publication is welcome.
    Maximum length: 3,000 words” “PO Box 80430
    Portland, Oregon 97280 USA”

The Fiction Open

  • http://www.glimmertrain.com/pages/writing_guidelines.php
  • April 30, 2016
  • Open to all subjects, all themes, and all writers. Most entries run from 3,000 to 6,000 words, but any lengths from 3,000 to 20,000 words are welcome. “PO Box 80430
    Portland, Oregon 97280 USA”

2016 New South Writing Contest

  • http://newsouthjournal.com/contest/
  • April 15, 2016
  • This year’s contest will be be judged by Anya Silver in the genre of poetry and Matthew Salesses in the genre of prose. First place winners in each category will be awarded $1,000 prizes; second place winners, $250 prizes; and third place winners, a three-year subscription to New South. Your $15 entry fee also includes a one-year subscription to New South. You may submit electronically via Submittable ONLY.

2016 Frost Farm Prize

  • http://www.frostfarmpoetry.org/prize/
  • April 1, 2016
  • Poems must be original, unpublished and metrical (any metrical form). No translations. There is no limit to the number of poems entered by an individual, but an entry fee of $5 U.S. per poem must accompany the submission. You are welcome to submit a poem sequence (a crown of sonnets for example) but each poem must be entered as a separate file and will be judged individually. “280 Candia Rd.
    Chester, NH 03036”

Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest

  • https://winningwriters.com/our-contests/tom-howard-john-h-reid-fiction-essay-contest
  • April 30, 2016
  • Welcome to the 24th annual Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest. Submit published or unpublished work. $4,000 in prizes.

Margaret Chase Smith Essay Contest

  • http://www.mcslibrary.org/program/edu/essay.htm
  • April 1, 2016
  • The rules of the contest are minimal. Essays must be typed and double-spaced. Contestants should provide contact information so they can receive notification of final results. Essays should be no longer than 2000 words. Quality of evidence, argumentation, and writing is more important than quantity of pages. “56 Norridgewock Avenue
    Skowhegan, Maine 04976 “

Twelfth International Short Story Contest

  • https://www.firstwriter.com/competitions/short_story_contest/
  • April 1, 2016
  • Welcome to firstwriter.com’s Twelfth International Short Story Contest. This competition is open to fiction in any style and on any subject, up to 3,000 words long.
    LitRejections Short Story Prize http://www.litrejections.com/short-story-prize/ April 4, 2016 “Our inaugural story prize is welcoming submissions from writers around the world for the chance to win cash prizes and publication on our website, a site with over 100 million web hits.
    We would love to read your stories and bring your voice to a wider audience of readers, agents, publishers, authors, and many leading figures from all of the other creative industries, who regularly visit our website www.litrejections.com”

THE LONG ISLAND BOOK FAIR

  • http://www.libookfair.com/
  • April 2 – 3, 2016
  • Featuring Books and Ephemera, with Paper in every category, Prints & Post Cards, too. 720 Northern Blvd. (NY25A) Brookville NY 11549

New York Antiquarian BOOK FAIR

  • http://www.nyantiquarianbookfair.com/
  • April 7-10, 2016
  • From April 7-10, 2016 book lovers will find a fascinating treasure trove at the Park Avenue Armory. Over 200 American and international dealers will exhibit at The ABAA New York Antiquarian Book Fair, bringing a vast selection of rare books, maps, manuscripts, illuminated manuscripts and ephemera. The diversity of specialties includes art, medicine, literature, photography, autographs, first editions, Americana, and much more. “Park Avenue Armory
    643 Park Avenue, New York
    Between 66/67 Streets”

Southern Kentucky Book Fest

  • http://sokybookfest.org/
  • April 23, 2016
  • Southern Kentucky Book Fest is one of the state’s largest literary events and is presented by Barnes and Noble Booksellers, Warren County Public Library, and WKU Libraries. Held annually in April, the Book Fest draws thousands of readers of all ages who welcome the occasion to meet their favorite authors and purchase signed copies of their books. Bowling Green, Kentucky 42101

2016 Virginia Book Fair

  • http://www.virginiabooksellers.org/
  • April 29 – 30, 2016
  • “40 of the country’s finest booksellers under one roof, offering books, manuscripts, maps, autographs, art and ephemera for every taste and budget.
    Admission is free, parking is ample, and the VMFA Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is right next-door (with its award-winning café and restaurant). ” “428 N. Boulevard
    Richmond, Virginia 23220”

Bloomsbury Book Fair

  • http://www.bloomsburybookfair.com/
  • April 10, 2016
  • We welcome our regular dealers PLUS some new faces and Specialist Military Dealers! You can expect dealers in fine and rare books, ephemera specialists, map & print sellers, as well as auctioneers and bookbinders, be sure to mark the date in your diary! “Bedford Way
    London WC1H 0DG”

2016 AWP Conference & Bookfair

  • https://www.awpwriter.org/awp_conference/
  • April 2, 2016
  • The AWP Conference & Bookfair is an essential annual destination for writers, teachers, students, editors, and publishers. Each year more than 12,000 attendees join our community for four days of insightful dialogue, networking, and unrivaled access to the organizations and opinion-makers that matter most in contemporary literature.

The Buffalo Small Press Book Fair

  • http://www.buffalosmallpress.org/
  • April 9-10, 2016
  • The Buffalo Small Press Book Fair is a regional two-day event that brings booksellers, authors, bookmakers, zinesters, small presses, artists, poets, and other cultural workers (and enthusiasts) together in a venue where they can share ideas, showcase their art, and peddle their wares. “Porter Hall
    453 Porter Avenue
    Buffalo, NY”

THE 2016 VIRGIN ISLANDS LITERARY FESTIVAL AND BOOK FAIR

  • https://vilitfest.wordpress.com/
  • April 21-23, 2016
  • The second annual Virgin Islands Literary Festival and Book Fair is set to kick off April 20-23 with events highlighting and celebrating literature’s role in culture and society. “University of the Virgin Islands
    St. Croix Campus”

Blue Ridge Bookfest

  • http://www.blueridge.edu/blueridgebookfest
  • April 22-23, 2016
  • The 2016 Blue Ridge Bookfest is pleased and excited to announce that Novelist Ms. Sara Gruen, author of the widely acclaimed Water for Elephants, will be the 2016 Blue Ridge Bookfest Featured Author. “180 West Campus Dr.
    Technology Education & Development Center
    (TEDC Building)
    Flat Rock, NC 28731”

Ohioana Book Festiva

  • http://www.ohioana.org/programs/ohioana-book-festival/
  • April 23, 2016
  • Since its inception in 2007, the Ohioana Book Festival has given readers the opportunity to connect with their favorite Ohio writers. Held each spring, the Festival welcomes roughly 100 authors and more than 3,000 visitors every year. Capitol Square, 75 E. State St., Columbus, OH 43215

Greater St. Louis Book Fair

  • http://www.stlouisbookfair.org/
  • April 28, 2016
  • Greater St. Louis Book Fair is one of the nation’s oldest, largest and most popular charity book sales. For over 60 years, book lovers and collectors have enjoyed bargain prices on a diverse and quality selection of new, gently-used and rare books. Fair proceeds benefit local non-profit education and literacy programs.

Newburyport Literary Festival

  • http://newburyportliteraryfestival.org/
  • April 29-30, 2016
  • Founded in 2005, the Newburyport Literary Association, Inc. will host its eleventh festival April 29th and 30th. PO Box 268 Newburyport, MA 01950

Dayton Book Expo

  • http://www.daytonbookexpo.com/
  • April 30, 2016
  • For the seventh consecutive year, hundreds of book lovers will convene at the Dayton Book Expo. The all-day event includes panel discussions for aspiring authors, activities for children in the Kidz Zone and book signings! The event is free and open to the public. Great Hall – Building 12 444 West Third Street Dayton, Ohio 45402

 

Book & Writing Competitions – March 2016 Deadlines

Writing Competitions with deadlines in March 2016

writing competitionYou’ve written your book – you may have even worked with us to turn your book into an Amazon best-seller – but either way, it’s still important to continue to promote your book and to get it in front of people…

An excellent way to do that is by entering your book into writing competitions.

Below you will find a list of competitions of all sorts, varieties and genres that have deadlines in March, 2016.


 

Poetry and Short Fiction Competition

http://www.brittlestar.org.uk/competition-2/    March 1, 2016    The first poem/story submitted costs £4.50. Subsequent entries in the same submission cost £3.50 per poem/story. Brittle Star subscribers (including those subscribing at time of submission) get one free second entry

Humanities Writing Competition

http://www.girton.cam.ac.uk/undergraduates/for-schools/humanities-writing-competition        March 11, 2016.                This competition is an opportunity for research and writing beyond the curriculum using one or more of the six objects as your focus. Essays or creative responses (such as dramatic monologues or short stories) are equally welcome. We are looking for the ability to connect different areas of knowledge, to think about details and to communicate clearly.

CWA MARGERY ALLINGHAM SHORT STORY COMPETITION

http://thecwa.co.uk/debuts/short-story-competition/                March 1, 2016.   The competition is open to all – both published and unpublished authors- and is for short stories of up to 3,500 words. All that we ask is that the story has not been previously published so whether you polish off a dusty draft or craft a brand new idea is totally up to you.

The Caterpillar Poetry

http://www.thecaterpillarmagazine.com/a1-page.asp?ID=7254&page=13             March 31, 2016.     “The name of the author must not appear on the same page as the poem. It’s not a requirement, but we strongly advise you to purchase a copy of The Caterpillar. Entries must be in English, typed, with each entry on a new sheet. Entries will not be returned, so make sure you keep a copy. No corrections can be made after receipt, or fees refunded.”  ”    Milltown Belturbet Co. Cavan Ireland”

Hugh Miller Writing Competition

http://www.scottishgeology.com/hughmiller/    March 18, 2016.       Entries are invited that are inspired by the geological and landscape writings of Hugh Miller, Scotland’s celebrated self-taught geologist. As a poet and prolific writer, the wealth of potential inspiration that Miller provides in his work is worthy of widespread public engagement. We hope that this writing competition, open to all ages, will encourage both a renewed interest in Miller’s work, a catalogue of new writings inspired by one of Scotland’s greatest nature writers and greater awareness and appreciation of Scotland’s geodiversity. – See more at: http://www.scottishgeology.com/hughmiller/#sthash.jlqASIEL.dpuf

L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Contest

http://www.writersofthefuture.com/enter-writer-contest/                March 31, 2016 L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Contest is an opportunity for new and amateur writers of new short stories or novelettes of science fiction or fantasy. No entry fee is required. Entrants retain all publication rights.   “7051 Hollywood Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90028”

Cork Literary Review Poetry Manuscript Competition

http://www.dystopianstories.com/writing-competitions-2016/     March 7, 2016    The prize includes the publication of a first poetry collection by the winning author and twenty free copies of the book. The overall competition winner and two runners-up will also be featured in the next edition of the prestigious Cork Literary Review.  “50 Pope’s Quay Cork City T23 R6XC”

2016 Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction

http://coloradoreview.colostate.edu/nelligan-prize/submission-guidelines/                March 14, 2016 “The story title and your name, address, phone number, and e-mail address should be entered in the cover letter field, separate from your story. Be sure your name is not anywhere in the story itself (for example, in the header or footer). The fee to enter online is $17 ($2 goes to the good people at Submittable; in most cases, it will be less expensive to enter online than by mail, but we have no preference regarding how you enter).”              “9105 Campus Delivery Colorado State University Fort Collins, CO 80523-9105”

2016 Book Award

http://www.ruberybookaward.com/      March 31, 2016 The Rubery Book Award is the longest established book award based in the UK for independent and self published books. The key to our success is having a keen eye for quality from distinguished and reputable judges.     PO Box 15821, Birmingham, B31 9EA, United Kingdom.

Antonym Poetry Contest

http://www.fanstory.com/contestdetails.jsp?id=102502 March 31, 2016 Write a poem with the following format. A four line poem. The first line is only one word. Second and third line can be formatted as you wish. The last line is the antonym of the word on the first line. Words that are opposite or nearly opposite in meaning are called antonyms. Examples are big and small, or long and short.

Cozy Mystery Novels Writing Contest 2016

https://chantireviews.com/services#!/Cozy-Mystery-Novels-Writing-Contest/p/21521076/category=5193080                March 31, 2016 “Novels may be Self-published, Indie Published or Traditionally Published. E-pubbed Novels with ISBN/ASIN designation will be accepted in the published division. All published novels must have ISBN/ASIN designation. Entries must be in the English language. No erotica. No graphic violence, please. We are looking for true cozy novels.”

2016 Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize

http://www.selectedshorts.org/extras/writing-contest-2/                March 15, 2016 Entries should be 750 words or less. (We sometimes have technical difficulties with our word count in the online form. If the counter reads a number higher than 750, but the text is under 750, you will still be able to enter the form and it will be read. If you have problems with this function, please contact us.)       “2537 Broadway New York, NY 10025-6990”

Connemara Mussel Festival Poetry Competition 2016

http://www.connemaramusselfestival.com/poetry-competition.html             March 13, 2016.                The competition theme  is “Mussels”. While the poem does not have to be about mussels, it must contain some reference to the mussel.

Wyoming Writers, Inc.

http://www.wyowriters.org/      March 15, 2016 You still have a few months to play with images, tales and words, but Wyoming Writers, Inc. encourages you to plan to submit your haiku, true fiction, villanelle, screen play, or real life tales to the 2016 writing contest. WW, Inc. will soon solicit your work for the 2016 writing contest in the five categories: Adult fiction (including short stories, excerpts from longer works and screen plays), Fiction for Children and Young Adult, Nonfiction, Free Verse Poetry and Traditional Poetry.              “PO Box 1287 Green River, WY 82935”

Writers-Editors Network 33rd Annual International Writing Competition

http://www.writers-editors.com/Writers/Contests/Contest_Guidelines/contest_guidelines.htm          March 15, 2016 The contest is open to all writers. You do not have to be a member of Writers-Editors Network (WEN). However, members of our Network (which includes FFWA) save up to 50% on entry fees. (If you’re submitting more than one entry, it probably will save you money to join at least at the Basic level – PLUS, you get all that information for a full year!)   PO Box A, North Stratford NH 03590

Glass Mountain Submission

https://glassmountain.submittable.com/submit March 4, 2016    “We accept fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, art, and everything in between – surprise us!  Acceptable formats for each genre can be found in its category. · We accept submissions year-round, though we do not read during the summer break. · All submissions must include the following information: author’s/artist’s name, phone number, email, and genre. Please include author’s/artist’s name on every page of the work in the header. · In your cover letter, be sure to include a brief bio (about 50-100 words), written in third-person, to tell us about you and any previous publications.” “University of Houston Department of English Houston, TX 77204”

POETRY 2016 International Poetry Competition

http://www.atlantareview.com/page6.html        March 1, 2016                “Poems must be your original creative work, not published in a national print publication. (Online or local publication is permitted, as long as you hold the copyright.)”

2016 NFSPS Annual Poetry Contest

http://www.nfsps.com/poetry_contests.htm      March 15, 2016 “Any poem submitted must: Be the original work of the contestant, unpublished in any form, including electronically and placed on exhibition, not under consideration or accepted for publication.”

No Way Out Fiction Competition

http://creativecompetitor.com/creative-writing-competitions/creative-writing-competitions-2016/no-way-out-fiction-competition-march-2016/              March 30, 2016.                “You must be aged 18 or over Open to writers worldwide – Maximum word count is 700 including the title – Submissions must be original and previously unpublished – You may enter multiple submissions providing the correct fees are paid  – You must enter on or before the closing date – Submissions must be written in English – We welcome imaginative interpretations of the theme”

The  “Nivalis” Short Story Competition 2016

http://www.fabulapress.com/the-contest/          March 31, 2016                “Stories must be not less than 1500 words and no more than 7,000 words in length. There is no limit to the number of entries per person, but this is not bingo, and more submissions do not necessarily translate into higher chances of winning.”

Howard Frank Mosher Short Fiction Prize

http://hungermtn.org/contests/howard-frank-mosher-short-fiction-prize/    March 1, 2016    The Howard Frank Mosher Short Fiction Prize (HFMSFP) is an annual contest for short fiction. It is a chance for your fiction to be read by Hunger Mountain editors and guest judges!   “36 College Street Montpelier, VT 05602”

Ruth Stone Poetry Prize

http://hungermtn.org/contests/ruth-stone-poetry-prize/              March 1, 2016    Ruth Stone Poetry Prize is an annual poetry contest. It is a chance for your poems to be read by Hunger Mountain editors and guest judges.     “36 College Street Montpelier, VT 05602”

DASH Journal’s Poetry Contest

http://www.dashliteraryjournal.com/#!poetry-contest/c1qev     March 1, 2016    DASH Journal welcomes submissions to its annual poetry contest. Send up to 3 unpublished poems per entry (max 33 lines each). The writer of the best poem will win a cash prize of $1,000 plus publication. “800 N. State College Blvd. Fullerton, CA 92831”

F(r)iction Winter Literary Competition

http://tetheredbyletters.com/submissions/contest-submissions/                March 1, 2016    BL is pleased to announce the F(r)iction Winter Literary Competition. There are three submission categories: 1) short stories of any genre ranging from 1,000 to 7,500 words, 2) flash fiction with a word limit of 750 words, and 3) poetry no longer than three pages.      “13999 County Road 102 Elbert, CO 80106”

The Southeast Review’s Writing Contests

http://southeastreview.org/contests/    March 15, 2016 Send up to three poems, no more than 10 pages total, accompanied by a $16 reading fee for mailed or online submissions. Include no more than one poem per page. Include your name, contact information (email address preferred), and the title of each of your poems in a very brief cover letter. Do not include personal identification information on the poems themselves.            “Florida State University Tallahassee, FL 32306”

World’s Best Short-Short Story Contest

http://southeastreview.org/contests/    March 15, 2016 Send up to three short-short stories per submission, accompanied by a $16 reading fee for mailed or online submissions. Each short-short story should be no more than 500 words. Include your name, contact information (email address preferred), and the title of each of your short-short stories in a very brief cover letter. Do not include personal identification information on the short-shorts themselves.       “Florida State University Tallahassee, FL 32306”

The Southeast Review Narrative Nonfiction Contest

http://southeastreview.org/contests/    March 15, 2016 Send one piece of nonfiction, no more than 6,000 words total, accompanied by a $16 reading fee for mailed or online submissions. Include your name, contact information (email address preferred), and the title of your submission, and the total word count of your piece (new this year) in a very brief cover letter. Do not include personal identification or information, except word count, on the submission itself.              “Florida State University Tallahassee, FL 32306”

Willow Springs Fiction Prize

http://willowsprings.ewu.edu/contests.php        March 15, 2016 Willow Springs, a contemporary literary magazine, is accepting entries for its fiction prize. Submit only original, unpublished work. There is no word limit for submissions. The winner will receive a prize of $2,000 plus publication.   “668 N. Riverpoint Blvd 2 RPT -#259 Spokane, WA 99202-1677”

Phoebe Journal’s Writing Contest

https://phoebe.submittable.com/submit              March 31, 2016 Phoebe, a journal of literature and art, is accepting submissions of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. A finalist in each category will receive a cash prize of $500 plus publication. Submit a prose piece of up to 5K words, or 3-5 poems totalling no more than 10 pages.

The Grammar Ghoul Press Writing Contest

http://www.grammarghoulpress.com/writing-contest/  March 13, 2016.     Short Stories: 1000-3500 words; Flash Fiction: 100-1000 words.

Streetlight’s 2016 Essay/Memoir Contest

http://streetlightmag.com/essaymemoir-contest/            March 23, 2016.     Please do not submit previously published work. Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please notify us immediately if a piece is accepted elsewhere. Submissions cost $10.

Tanka Poetry Contest

http://www.fanstory.com/contestdetails.jsp?id=102482 March 25, 2016 A tanka poem usually only has one stanza. But we are keeping the format open You can submit a traditional tanka poem or you can include additional stanzas. If you include additional stanzas they must follow the tanka format as specified above.

FanStory’s Write About This Contest

http://www.fanstory.com/contestdetails.jsp?id=102440 March 13, 2016 Write a short story that somehow includes the image pictured. The image must somehow be part of your story. The story can be about anything as long as the image shown in this annoucement is a part of it. Minimum length 700 words. Maximum Length 7,000 words. Recommended length 2,000 – 3,500 words

2016 TUSCULUM REVIEW POETRY CHAPBOOK PRIZE

http://web.tusculum.edu/tusculumreview/contest/                March 1, 2016    The Tusculum Review, an annual literary journal, is accepting entries for its poetry chapbook prize. Each chapbook manuscript entered should consist of 20-30 pages of poems. No more than one poem may appear on a page. “P.O. Box 5113 60 Shiloh Road Greeneville, TN 37743”

The 2016 Pinch Literary Awards

http://www.pinchjournal.com/2016-contest-guidelines/ March 15, 2016 All entries are considered for publication. First, second, and third place winners will be selected from each category. The first place winners will be published in the Spring issue following announcement. Second and third place winners will be given high-priority consideration for publication, but because of space, cannot be guaranteed. Due to the high volume of submissions, any prize-winners will be ineligible for contest participation for three years.

Connemara Mussel Festival Poetry Competition

http://www.connemaramusselfestival.com/2015/poetry-competition.html             March 13, 2016 “The competition theme  is “Mussels”. While the poem does not have to be about mussels, it must contain some reference to the mussel. Maximum length:  51 lines.”

CUTTHROAT Literary Award

http://www.cutthroatmag.com/contest.html     March 15, 2016 Submit up to three unpublished poems (100 line limit each), one unpublished short story or creative nonfiction piece (5000 word limit), any subject, any style, postmarked BY OCTOBER 20, 2016.

Hunger Mountain Creative Nonfiction Prize

http://hungermtn.org/contests/creative-nonfiction-prize/                March 1, 2016    An annual contest for the best writing in the boundless field of creative nonfiction. A chance for your creative nonfiction to be read by Hunger Mountain editors and guest judges.      “36 College Street Montpelier, VT 05602”

Katherine Paterson Prize

http://hungermtn.org/contests/katherine-paterson-prize/           March 1, 2016    Any writer – residing in any country or U.S. state – is eligible to enter; Hunger Mountain and VCFA staff and currently enrolled students are ineligible. “36 College Street Montpelier, VT 05602”

William Van Dyke Short Story Prize

http://www.ruminatemagazine.com/submit/contests/fiction/    March 15, 2016       “The submission deadline for the short story contest is March 15, 2016. The entry fee is $20 (includes a free copy of the Winter 2016/2017 Issue, international entries will receive a complimentary PDF copy). You may submit one story per contest entry fee and it must be 5500 words or less. There is no limit on the number of entries per person.”

Women’s Short Story Competition 2016

https://mslexia.co.uk/competition/short-story-competition/#    March 14, 2016       It’s that time of year again when our Women’s Short Story Competition is open for business! As always, the 2016 competition welcomes writers of all levels of experience, writing stories on any subject – in any style.            PO Box 656, Newcastle upon Tyne NE99 1PZ

THRESHOLDS INTERNATIONAL SHORT FICTION

http://blogs.chi.ac.uk/shortstoryforum/features-competition/                March 6, 2016    THRESHOLDS is the only online forum dedicated to the reading, writing and study of the short story form. One overall winner will be chosen, followed by two runners-up.

The Rubery Book Award

http://www.ruberybookaward.com/enter-the-book-awards.html              March 31, 2016 “We accept books and ebooks but please do not send both unless requested to do so. There is no publication date restriction. We accept fiction (all genres), young adult, children’s, biographies, non-fiction, self-help, cookery, poetry, photography etc. There are no limits on the type.”           “PO Box 15821 Birmingham B31 9EA UK”

Hourglass Literary Magazine Contest

http://hourglassonline.org/contest/       March 31, 2016 “The winning entry in each category (short story, essay and poem) will receive US$1000 as prize money, apart from a symbolic artifact (clepsydra), digital stamp and diploma. Winning entries will be published in the first issue of the Hourglass Literary Magazine, in the original language (English / BCMS languages) and translated (BCMS/English). Authors will also receive three printed copies of the first issue of the Hourglass Literary Magazine.”

Brittle Star Poetry and Short Fiction Competition

http://www.brittlestar.org.uk/competition-2/    March 1, 2016       The first poem/story submitted costs £4.50. Subsequent entries in the same submission cost £3.50 per poem/story. Brittle Star subscribers (including those subscribing at time of submission) get one free second entry. Narrative Winter 2016 Story Contest       http://www.narrativemagazine.com/winter-2016-story-contest March 31, 2016       Our winter contest is open to all fiction and nonfiction writers. We’re looking for short shorts, short stories, essays, memoirs, photo essays, graphic stories, all forms of literary nonfiction, and excerpts from longer works of both fiction and nonfiction. Entries must be previously unpublished, no longer than 15,000 words, and must not have been previously chosen as a winner, finalist, or honorable mention in another contest.

Penguin Design Award

http://penguinrandomhousedesignaward.co.uk/submissiondetails.php  March 6, 2016                Standout cover design is an integral part of the success of a book and Penguin Random House has created thousands of iconic book covers throughout the years. The vital role of illustrators and designers in the production of some of the world’s best-loved adult and children’s books has created and defined the identity of our UK publishing lists.

The Inaugural “Write This Speculative Fiction Novel” Contest

http://www.realmwalkerpublishinggroup.com/the-1st-annual-write-this-speculative-fiction-novel-contest/ March 15, 2016 The contest takes a story ripped out of today’s headlines and challenges writers from all over the world to write a speculative fiction story based upon it. We look to something potentially horrific to launch this contest in this article about the discovery of “pandoraviruses” being found in the Siberian permafrost.

Milt Kessler Poetry Book Award

http://www.binghamton.edu/english/creative-writing/binghamton-center-for-writers/binghamton-book-awards/kessler-guidelines.html March 1, 2016    Milt Kessler Poetry Book Award, sponsored by the creative writing program at Binghamton University, recognizes an outstanding collection of poems published in the previous year. The winning author receives a cash prize of $1,000. “P.O.Box 6000, Binghamton, NY13902-6000”

McLaughlin-Esstman-Stearns First Novel Prize

http://www.writer.org/get-involved/apply-for-fellowships-writing-contests          March 11, 2016 We welcome submissions from writers of all genres, backgrounds, and experiences in the following genres: fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Emerging Writer Fellows will be featured at The Writer’s Center as part of a special celebration and reading. Fellows living within a 250-mile radius of the center will receive a $250 honorarium, and all others will receive $500.                “4508 Walsh St.

Bethesda MD 20815”

Lexi Rudnitsky Editor’s Choice Award

https://perseabooks.submittable.com/submit/35654      March 7, 2016    Held annually in memory of poet Lexi Rudnitsky (1972-2005), the Editor’s Choice Award is open to any American with at least one previous collection of poems. The winner receives publication and $1,000 + $1,000 stipend toward expenses associated book promotion (e.g. travel to/from readings).

The 2016 Knickerbocker Prize

http://www.bigfictionmagazine.com/writers_guidelines/              March 15, 2016 We welcome simultaneous submissions, but please notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere. Only previously unpublished work can be considered. We will accept fiction of any genre (except children’s), as long as it has clear literary intent. Translations are welcome. International submissions in English are also welcome.

The Basil Bunting Poetry Award

http://www.ncl.ac.uk/ncla/competitions/bunting             March 7, 2016    The Basil Bunting Award poetry competition is open internationally to any poet writing in English. Each poem should be no longer than 40 lines.

The Bryan MacMahon Short Story Competition

http://writersweek.ie/competitions/      March 3, 2016    Here at Listowel Writers’ Week we recognize the determination and commitment of all writers through our annual international creative writing competitions. The struggle to express one’s creativity through the written word is not an easy one. Once written, those precious words then face adjudication by those who read what has been penned as their author anxiously awaits the outcome. We encourage you to try and we will laud and rejoice with you in your success.

The Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition

http://www.ncwriters.org/our-members/network-news/7351-sarah-rose-nordgren-to-judge-2016-randall-jarrell-poetry-competition          March 1, 2016    The Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition accepts one-poem submissions. The contest awards the winner $200 and publication in storySouth.

Fish Publishing Short Story Prize

http://www.fishpublishing.com/short-story-competition-contest.php     March 17, 2016       The Fish Short Story Prize is an established event on the literary calendar. Previous judges, Roddy Doyle and Colum McCann are honorary patrons.

The Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize

http://www.selectedshorts.org/extras/writing-contest-2/                March 15, 2016 The Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize is a writing competition sponsored by the stage and radio series, Selected Shorts. This long-running series at Symphony Space in New York City celebrates the art of the short story by having stars of stage and screen read aloud the works of established and emerging writers. Selected Shorts is recorded for Public Radio and heard nationally.              “2537 Broadway New York, NY 10025-6990”

2016 Innovative Short Fiction Contest

http://coniumreview.com/contests/innovative-short-fiction-contest/                March 1, 2016    Innovative short fiction should take risks that pay off. Don’t tell us a story we’ve already heard before. Show us something new with your subject, style, or characters. Make sure your writing has a “wow” factor.

Connemara Mussel Festival Poetry Competition

http://www.connemaramusselfestival.com/2015/poetry-competition.html             March 13, 2016 Building upon the diversity of arts and culture already catered for at the festival, the Connemara Mussel Festival is delighted to announce the launch of  a  poetry competition for 2016.

Jabberwock Review Prizes in Fiction and Poetry

http://www.jabberwock.org.msstate.edu/           March 15, 2016                Jabberwock Review invites submissions to the Nancy D. Hargrove Editors’ Prizes in Fiction and Poetry. Deadline: March 15, 2016. Each winner (one for fiction and one for poetry) receives $500 and publication in Jabberwock Review. All finalists are considered for publication. The entry fee of $15 includes a one-year subscription, beginning with the prize issue. Simultaneous submissions welcome.         “Mississippi State University Mississippi State, MS 39762”

2016 GLCL Sonnet Contest

http://www.readwritelive.org/2016-glcl-sonnet-contest.html      March 15, 2016 Great Lakes Commonwealth of Letters (GLCL), in cooperation with the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center (KBAC), is thrilled to announce our 2016 GLCL Sonnet Contest with final judge Keith Taylor. The winning sonnet will be celebrated with a uniquely designed broadside by KBAC, while three honorable mentions will be invited for publication on GLCL’s Fresh Ink blog.               “758 Wealthy Street SE Grand Rapids, MI 49503”

2016 Short Story Award

https://sites.google.com/site/bethlehemwritersroundtable/short-story-contest March 31, 2016       “We will begin accepting submissions of short fiction or memoir (2000 words or fewer) on the theme “”Children’s Stories”” – We’re looking for stories that will appeal to children from pre-school through middle school ”

Share Your Story

http://www.fanstory.com/contestdetails.jsp?id=102429 March 8, 2016    For this contest, write about an event in your life. Everyone has a memoir. Not an autobiography. Too much concern about fact and convention. A memoir gives us the ability to write about our life with the option to create and fabricate and to make sense of a life, or part of that life. For this writing contest, write about a piece of your life!

TEMPLAR QUARTERLY PORTFOLIO AWARDS

http://templarpoetry.com/pages/submissions-and-awards                March 7, 2016    TEMPLAR POETRY offers submission opportunities for poets leading to publication in our full collections, our ground breaking range of poetry pamphlets and Iota Poetry magazine     “58 Dale Road Matlock Derbyshire DE4 3NB United Kingdom ”

The Milt Kessler Poetry Book Award

http://www.binghamton.edu/english/creative-writing/binghamton-center-for-writers/binghamton-book-awards/kessler-guidelines.html March 1, 2016    $1,000 Award for a book of poems written in English, 48 pages or more in length, selected by our judges as the strongest collection of poems published in 2015.     “Library North Room 1149 Vestal Parkway East P.O.Box 6000 Binghamton, NY13902-6000”

John Gardner Fiction Book Award

http://www.binghamton.edu/english/creative-writing/binghamton-center-for-writers/binghamton-book-awards/gardner-guidelines.html   March 1, 2016    “Sponsored by the Binghamton Center for Writers-State University of New York with support from the Office of the Dean of Binghamton University’s Harpur College of the Arts & Sciences – $1,000 Award for the book of fiction written in English selected by our judges as the strongest novel or collection of fiction published in 2015.”            “Library North Room 1149 Vestal Parkway East P.O.Box 6000 Binghamton, NY13902-6000”

Writing My Book: How to Write Your Single Book into a Wildly Successful Book Series

How to Write Your Single Book into a Wildly Successful Book Series

Are you planning to write just one book? Wait! Before you decide, at least let me show you how easy it is to make your single book into a series of books. By the way, publishers love book series and readers become fanatical over a serial of books.

Begin to change your thinking. Don’t look at your book as a one time thing or a one title event. Begin to look at it as the beginning of your successful author journey. If you are looking for an easier journey, more rewards and more profits with a series of books, follow the tips below:

1. Slash your huge book into separate books. The easiest way to do this is to separate your book into chunks, chapters, sections and parts. Writing this way will allow you to divide and conquer. You can easily take the chunks or sections and divide them into several books. Your readers will love that you made your book such an easy read and buy each one of them.

2. Put your overflow information into a second book. Gather all the overflow research material. You know all the extra information discovered that wouldn’t fit into your first book. Put it in order and develop it into a separate book. For example, if one of your chapters is becoming bloated with information overload consider marking it for book two. There’s no better time to start collecting information for book two than when you are organizing book one.

3. Poll your readers for a key point they want to know more about. Expound on a point your readers show interest in knowing more about. If you don’t know already, try to discover their problems and write the solutions in the next book. Handle this well and your sequel may sell better than the previous book.

4. Select a sub-topic to do further research. Do more research on one of your book’s sub-topics. Take a sub-topic that you only touched on in the first book and cover if fully in the sequel. Your readers will love the additional information and anticipate buying the next volume.

5. Write a companion book for the original book. You can excerpt sections from your first book, insert groups of checklists, discussion or reflection questions and voila you have a study guide or workbook.

6. Develop a meditation or journal book. Gather quotes related to your book’s topic and pair them with excerpts from your original book to put in a meditation book or devotional. Or create a journal with quotes from your original books in the corner of each lined page of the journal. You can number them according to weeks, days or lessons. For example, 52 weeks of inspiring thoughts or 365 days of inspirational thoughts from your book’s topic.

7. Repurpose your material for a different audience. Plan another edition of your book for a different audience than the original book. Remember the Chicken Soup for Teen-Agers, Prisoners, Mothers and so on sold better than the original Chicken Soup for the Soul. The original book was for a more general audience. Find out how you can target your audience even more and you may discover a better selling market within a general market.

If you don’t change your thinking, your book could end up being a tiny drop in the scheme of life. Instead plan a wildly successful series of books and make the splash you’re destined to make. You may feel you can’t dream that big. No worries; start with the simple tips above. Expand your thinking. Dream a bigger dream and write your single book into a plethora of books. I look forward to seeing your name in print many times.

About the Author

Earma Brown, 12 year author and business owner helps small business owners and writers who want to write their best book now! Earma mentors other writers and business professionals through her monthly ezine “iScribe.” Send any email to iscribe@bookwritinghelp.com for free mini-course “Jumpstart Writing Your Book” or visit her at How to Write a Book.

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Writing and Publishing My Book: Sources Of Ideas For Writing Your Books

Sources Of Ideas For Writing Your Books

A writing source provides not only inspiration, but also a place from where you can derive knowledge about the topic you are writing about. So, if you are writing about carpentry, it is essential that you learn some basic technical terms associated with carpentry such as hammer, chisel, etc, and their uses. It would definitely help if you have done carpentry work yourself, because that experience will give you a much deeper, personal understanding of your subject.

You might fall short on some ideas while writing, so you will have to research more on those subjects. You can do that by reading magazines or watching videos and CDs. You can also consult an expert carpenter, and he can give you many tips. You could even get tips by searching the Internet, which has now become a sea of information — just be careful about the quality or truthfulness of some of that information.

Since there could be thousands of books already written on carpentry, you need to either present new information in your book, or you can present your information in a different way so as to make your book more interesting than others. Writing a book without a proper source of information could result in a badly written book or faulty data. Either way, the results could be damaging.

Whenever you are searching for a source of information for your book, you should first ensure that you yourself are interested in that subject. Next, you have to ensure that people who read the book would also be interested in it. Also, you will have to write the book in a new, appealing way.

Nowadays, unscrupulous elements in the scientific world are using ‘copy-paste’ methods to pass off important research as their own. Use technical data, combined with your imagination, to present it in an attractive way. So, if you have taken your source from a previous book, you will have to acknowledge that source and also seek permission from that author before writing your book.

Children’s books, especially, require a lot of imagination to be full of attractive photos. The subject matter should be informative and the photos should be relevant. A fictional book is a place where you could let your imagination run wild. But here again, the source of your book and character should be properly researched. Incorporating and acknowledging a source in your book also gives it credibility and respectability, and helps people to know that you know what you are writing about.

So, just as a river requires a source of water, you too will require a rock solid source to ensure that your book turns out to be a bestseller.

About the Author

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Writing and Publishing My Book: The Curse of Writer’s Block

The Curse of Writer’s Block

Writer’s Block. A curse well known to anybody that has ever been required to put quill to ink, pen to paper or, in keeping with technology, finger to keyboard. The sudden phenomenon that comes out of nowhere like a falling piano and lampoons all efforts at creativity when it is specifically required.

The most common cause is a simple lack of inspiration yet the curse can also be linked to depression and anxiety, mood disorders caused by changes in the brain’s frontal lobe. A widely held belief is that the sudden ceasing of ideas and creativity is all part of the natural ebb and flow of the process. It could also be claimed that it is a result of trying to pin down something elusive and free in the same way that a comedian who, upon discovery of their trade, is beseeched “go on then, tell us a joke.” Ask a writer to give a thousand words on a set subject and the words will flow, ask a writer to give twenty on a subject of their own choice and sooner or later the well runs dry.

Henry Roth is perhaps the most famous sufferer of writer’s block. Roth’s first novel “Call It Sleep” was published in 1934 and was regarded as a depression-era masterpiece. After beginning and aborting his second novel, Roth was struck with the dreaded Writer’s Block and worked as a firefighter, a teacher, a labourer and anything that didn’t require him to write before retiring. His second novel “Nature’s First Green” was eventually published in 1979. Roth’s block was due to a combination of depression, an unwillingness to confront the problems of his past and, strangely, political problems.

Widely-acclaimed film makers the Coen brothers also suffered under the curse of Writer’s Block whilst working on a screenplay for their prohibition-era film “Millers Crossing.” A dark and twisting story of gangsters and corruption revolving around a femme fatale, “Millers Crossing” is certainly a great film yet when Joel and Ethan Coen hit a block they decided to make an art of Writer’s Block. More specifically, they wrote a film, “Barton Fink,” about a writer of social realist plays whose creative juices run dry when he is called up to Hollywood to draft a script about a wrestler. The result? “Barton Fink” won the coveted Palme d’Or atthe Cannes festival by unanimous vote and awards for Best Director and Actor.

For most writers afflicted by the terrifying Block a clean sweep of Cannes’ top three awards is unlikely. So it needs to be overcome, easier said than done, right? There are some strategies for battling the Block. Tike time to write and work and write no matter what, regardless of the quality. The writing muscle needs to be exercised like any other and the more you practice the more will flow easily.

If, as commonly opined, Writer’s Block comes from a lack of inspiration or new ideas, do something unusual. Take a journey, go to the Zoo, take a drive, just leave your desk and something will spark off a fire of creativity. Alternatively, simply go somewhere and don’t write. Take a couple of days off and relax, let your mind un-clutter and return to that empty page with a clear mind. Fresh air is a great healer. When getting away from your desk don’t just move to another chair, go for a walk. Get some exercise and oxygenate your brain. Walking is one of the widest practice cures for the Block and you never know what or who you’ll see while you do it.

Whatever you do, don’t give up, or try writing about Writer’s Block, it’s already been done and done well. Don’t lose faith, if you do run out of original and creative ideas you can always join the writing team for an American sitcom instead.

About the Author

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Writing and Publishing a Book – Step # 2

Step # 2 – Map our your Contents and Structure

By now you have come up with your title – or at least a working title – for your book.

Next, let’s look at what you are putting into your book and how you want to structure the contents.

Structure of “365 Days of Inspiration”

In the instance of the “365 Days of Inspiration” I’m compiling, the contents are one page per day with an inspirational quote on each page, and space for the reader to write their general thoughts.

I’m also including a “what happened on this day” note for the reader to consider what someone else experienced on that particular day in history.

As this is a ‘guided journal’, each page will also include some questions to prompt and/or challenge the reader.

Contents of “365 Days of Inspiration”

At this moment, the contents of the book I’m compiling will simply be the months and days of the year.

Your book will no doubt be more complicated and it will take more work to decide on your structure and the general outline of the contents – however just think of this like mapping out a story-board.

Tip:

One strategy that I use a lot is to write each idea or concept on a separate index card and then lay them out and arrange them in various orders until they both make sense in that order – and that it just ‘feels’ right!

Action Item:

Take a stack of index cards and write a separate idea or concept for your book on each card until you have covered every idea that you will include in your book.

Then place them out on a table (or on the carpet if there are too many to fit on the table!) and re-arrange them to your heart’s content until you get them to tell the story of your book.

Contact me…

If you need more information or would like personal coaching, please feel free to contact me for a no-obligation consultation.

Writing and Publishing a Book – Step # 1

Step # 1 – Decide on a Title

Hi and welcome!

OK, the first step in creating what will be a very simple inspirational journal is to decide what to call it.

In this case, we’ve decided to go with “365 Days of Inspiration” – which also helps with the format of the book, being a journal for one year.

While this step seems simple enough (and in this case I’m cheating ~ a client has asked me to create a book with this name that they can give away as a free ebook), creating a dynamic, catchy title that people will want to buy is often a daunting, frustrating experience.

Here’s a simple book-title formula I love presented by Jeff Goins in his website goinswriter.com:

Number or Trigger word + Adjective + Keyword + Promise

Example: Take the subject “bathing elephants.” You could write an article entitled, “How to Bath an Elephant” or “Why I Love Bathing Elephants.”

Or you could apply this formula and make it: “18 Unbelievable Ways You Can Bathe an Elephant Indoors”

Another (more serious) example: Take a bold promise like “selling your house in a day.”

Apply the formula and you get: “How You Can Effortlessly Sell Your Home in Less than 24 Hours”.

Action Item:

Decide on a title – or at least a working title – for YOUR book!

Contact me…

If you need more information or would like personal coaching, please feel free to contact me for a no-obligation consultation.

Welcome!

Well, everything needs to start somewhere…

While I’ve been coaching and helping people for about 15 years now to write and publish their books ~ to bring their dreams to life ~ this website is only now getting a life of its own…

I look forward to getting to know you as we go on this journey together…

As my first project for this site, I’ve been asked to create an inspirational journal that I’m calling “365 Days of Inspiration” and I will take you step-by-step in this blog along with me so you can see each element in the process.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out and say hello.

Wishing you a truly magical evening!

Talk soon…

Leigh