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Writing Competitions – June 2016

Why enter writing competitions?

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It’s one thing to write, and another entirely different proposition getting others to actually read what you have written.

Here is a list of writing competitions with deadlines in June 2016.

Find one or more that fits with your style and submit your work!  You never know what might happen…


Dream Cruise Liner Writing Contest http://writersviews.com/writing-contests-cruiseliner-poem.php June 1, 2016 Submit your ocean inspired poem ideally capturing a heart’s moment before it is lost, or feeling one’s heart at the deep ocean at night making hearts speak of love and romance, desperation and agony, or dreams or more. Send in your poem, 50 lines or less, any style or mood as long as it is typed. Your creative writing can be either fiction or non-fiction although multiple poetry are not recommended.

Annual Writing Competition http://www.writersdigest.com/writers-digest-competitions June 1, 2016 Writer’s Digest’s oldest and most popular competition, the Annual Writing Competition, is accepting entries. Enter our 85th annual competition for a chance to win cash and prizes.

Driftless Unsolicited Novella Contest http://www.writermag.com/contests/driftless-unsolicited-novella-contest-2/ June 1, 2016 The 2016 Driftless Unsolicited Novella contest seeks 20,000-40,000 word novellas, with a strong preference for submissions from authors of color, LGBTQ+ writers, and women. Two winning novellas will receive a $250.00 cash prize, a publication contract, and royalties for the novella with Brain Mill Press. The cash prize is not an advance against royalties. Royalties commence with the internationally distributed release.

Boulevard Emerging Poets Contest http://www.boulevardmagazine.org/poetry-contest/ June 1, 2016 We are happy to announce the results of the 2015 Poetry Contest for Emerging Poets. We received many excellent entries this year, and our contest judge, Edward Nobles, selected Richard Lloyd-Jones. His winning group of three poems will appear in the Spring 2016 issue. PMB 325, 6614 Clayton Road, Richmond Heights, MO 63117

Asian Pacific American Bar Association Educational Fund http://www.aefdc.com/matsui-writing-competition/ June 1, 2016 The Robert T. Matsui Annual Writing Competition was established by AEF in 2005 to honor the late Congressman Robert T. Matsui and his many accomplishments. Through this writing competition, AEF seeks to encourage legal scholarship on issues of importance to the Asian Pacific American community.

Sunderland Short Story Award http://www.sunderland.ac.uk/shortstoryaward/ June 1, 2016 “Submit stories of up to 2,500 words by adults or 1,500 words by children (11 to 16).
The shortlisted entries in the adult category will be read by literary agent Susan Yearwood and publisher Unthank Books (work may be considered for their anthology). The children’s winning entries will be published in the local Waterstones.”

International Short Story Contest “A Sea of Words” 2016 http://intercompetition.com/index.php/writing/ad/a-sea-of-words-2016,586 June 2, 2016 This contest is addressed to young people aged between 18 and 30 years old from any of the 44 Euro-Mediterranean countries.

Young Norfolk Poetry Competition 2016 http://www.writerscentrenorwich.org.uk/ June 2, 2016 They’re looking for writers aged 14-18 to submit lyrics or poems. The best entries will be celebrated at an awards ceremony held at the Writers’ Centre Norwich in July.

Words with JAM Competitions http://jdsmith.moonfruit.com/the-big-five-competition/4591904791 June 6, 2016 For the Big Five Competition, the winner will receive a year’s mentoring from Triskele Books – from manuscript to publication – worth over £5000.

The Brighton Prize http://www.brightonprize.com/ June 10, 2016 The Brighton Prize was founded to find brilliant short story writers. We offer cash prizes for new short and flash fiction.

2016 theme: Making Meaning of Ocean Pollution http://www.fromthebowseat.org/contest.php June 13, 2016 We invite middle and high school students from around the world to participate in the 2016 Ocean Awareness Student Contest! The theme is Making Meaning out of Ocean Pollution, and it challenges you to research, explore, interpret, and say something meaningful about the connections between human activities and the health of our oceans.

Short Stories, Novelettes, and Novellas 2015 & 2016 https://chantireviews.com/services#!/Winter-Short-Stories-Novelettes-&-Novellas-Chanticleer-Book-Reviews/p/43093848/category=5193080 June 15, 2016 We are now accepting submissions for Winter/Holiday Reads

THE BITTER OLEANDER PRESS LIBRARY OF POETRY AWARD 2016 http://www.bitteroleander.com/contest.html June 15, 2016 “An award of $1000 plus book publication of the winning manuscript is open to anyone writing in the English language. It is not open to employees or relatives of The Bitter Oleander Press.
Translations are not eligible for this award.
You may send your entry through the US Postal Service, but do not send it certified with a return-request receipt. Include a stamped self-addressed postcard for receipt notification purposes.” “4983 Tall Oaks Drive
Fayetteville, New York 13066-9776
USA”

Janet B. McCabe Poetry Prize http://www.ruminatemagazine.com/submit/contests/poetry-prize/ June 15, 2016 “The submission deadline for the prize is June 15th.
The entry fee is $20 (includes a copy of the Spring 2017 Issue, international entries will receive a complimentary PDF copy). All submissions must be previously unpublished work.
You may submit up to two poems per entry, no longer than 40 lines each.
$1500 and publication in the Spring 2017 Issue will be awarded to the winner. $200 and publication in the Spring 2017 Issue will be awarded to the second place winner.”

New Writer Competition 2016 http://erewashwriterscompetition.weebly.com/2016-ewg-new-writer-competition.html June 30, 2016 “There is no theme, you can write anything you like. There is no minimum word count, the maximum is 3,000 words. You can enter as many times as you wish but only one entry per entrant can win a prize. Every entry must be accompanied by the appropriate payment.
” EWG NEW WRITER Competition, Parklands Connexion, Stanhope Street, Long Eaton, NG10 4QN.

The Hummingbird Flash Fiction Prize http://pulpliterature.com/contests/the-hummingbird-flash-fiction-prize/ June 15, 2016 Got something short, sharp and snappy to tell? Wow us with your most economical and brilliant storytelling. This contest is for short fiction under 1000 words. Want feedback on your story? Get a professional critique from one of the Pulp Literature editors for only $15 more.

Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year Competition http://www.canterburyfestival.co.uk/festival-friends/events/poet-of-the-year-2016.aspx June 17, 2016 “Poems can be on any subject and up to 60 lines long. It costs £5 each to enter.
A long list of approximately 40 poems will be published in an anthology.”

Summer Solstice 2016 Theme http://www.wildwords.org/wild-words-writing-competition/ June 21, 2016 The piece can be fiction or non-fiction, prose or poetry, in any genre. The prompt line can be present in your work, or, it can just act as a jumping off point for your ideas. If you wish, you can change the quote into the third person.
Barns Wood, Lower Barns Rd, Ludlow, Shropshire SY8 4DS, UK

2016 First/Second Poetry Book http://www.omnidawn.com/contest/poetry-contests.htm June 30, 2016 This contest is open to writers who have either never published a full-length book of poetry, or who have published only one full-length book of poetry, so that the winning book would become a poet’s first or second published full-length book of poetry. Writers who have published two or more full-length books of poetry are NOT eligible. (Chapbooks do not count and non-poetry books do not count.) The manuscript page limit is 120 pages. “1632 Elm Avenue
Richmond, CA 94805-1614”

North Street Book Prize https://winningwriters.com/our-contests/north-street-book-prize June 30, 2016 Your self-published book can win up to $1,500 plus expert marketing services
May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize http://www.bauhanpublishing.com/may-sarton-prize/poetry-contest-guidelines/ June 30, 2016 The 2016 May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize is now open for submissions! “P.O. Box 117
Peterborough, NH 03458”

Battered Moons Poetry Competition http://batteredmoons.com/ June 30, 2016 Prizes: £700, £200, £100. Four commendations of £25 each. The winning poems and four commendations will be published in the Battered Moons pamphlet.

The Henshaw Competition http://henshawpress.co.uk/ June 30, 2016 Prizes: £100, £50, £25. The winners will also be published on the Henshawpress website and optionally in their next anthology.

Bath Flash Fiction Award http://bathflashfictionaward.com/ June 12, 2016 Bath Flash Fiction Award is an international rolling flash fiction competition. Each award runs for 4 months. Judging takes place quickly with a top prize of £1000, £300 second, and £100 third. At the close of each competition, the next competition begins. Our last winner was announced within two weeks of the Award closing, and running three Awards per year means our total annual prize fund is £4200.

Two Sylvias Press 2016 Chapbook Prize http://twosylviaspress.com/chapbook-prize.html June 15, 2016 January Gill O’Neil (author of the award-winning poetry book, Misery Islands). Winner receives $400, his/her book published as both a print & eBook, 20 copies of the perfect-bound print book, and an amethyst depression glass trophy (circa 1930). All entries considered for possible publication. Deadline: June 15, 2016.

2016 GFT Press Chapbook Contest http://www.gftpress.com/chapbooks June 30, 2016 What we are looking for: We want clean, coherent, well-written, creative, cohesive manuscripts that strike hard and are relentless. We want to feel what you felt when you were crafting your work. If you choose to submit work that is grisly and biting, it must have a grace and beauty to it. If you submit work that is beautiful, make sure that it is not simply beautiful for beauty’s sake alone. Show us that you respect your work and that you understand your craft.

CROOK’S CORNER BOOK PRIZE http://crookscornerbookprize.com/?page_id=12 June 15, 2016 The submitted book must be the author’s first published novel for adult readers, published in the United States between January 1, 2015 and June 15, 2016. “313 Country Club Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27514”

2016 Lucille Clifton Poetry Prize http://backbonepress.org/contests/ June 1, 2016 The Lucille Clifton Annual Poetry Contest, held each spring, honors the prolific work of poet great Lucille Clifton. Widely celebrated for her unpretentious and unapologetic poems, Clifton’s unique free verse was free of punctuation, taut, and always recognizably her. When submitting think: humanness, struggle, adversity, resilience. “PO Box 51483
Durham, NC 27717-1483”

Salamander 2016 Fiction Prize http://salamandermag.org/contests/ June 1, 2016 “All entries will be considered for publication. All entries will be considered anonymously.
Send no more than one story per entry. Each story must not exceed 30 double-spaced pages in 12 point font. Multiple entries are acceptable, provided that a separate reading fee is included with each entry.” “8 Ashburton Place
Boston, MA 02108”

Writers Crushing Doubt Writing Contest http://positivewriter.com/writing-contest-2016/ June 1, 2016 This latest writing contest is all about crushing doubt! In April I will be launching my new online course for writers, Writers Crushing Doubt, you can already view the introduction page here. This contest has been created to celebrate the launch of the new course, so check it out. (Tip: reading the introduction page will help, as it has subtle clues for writing your entry that will help you win this writing contest.) – See more at: http://positivewriter.com/writing-contest-2016/#sthash.SuCbOgSv.dpuf

2016 TIFERET Writing Contest http://tiferetjournal.com/2016-writing-contest/ June 1, 2016 We will be accepting submissions for the 2016 TIFERET Writing Contest from January 1, 2016 – June 1, 2016.

Segora short story competition 2016 http://www.poetryproseandplays.com/ June 15, 2016 “First prize: £300 Second prize: £50 Third prize: £30
Entry fee: £6 for single entry or 8€, £11 for 2 or 15€ and £15 for 3 entries or 20€.
Judge: Amanda Hodgkinson”

SPM Publications Poetry Book Competition http://www.spmpublications.com/competitions/ June 30, 2016 The second international SPM Publications Poetry Book Competition is now accepting entries. Poets may submit a collection of 20 pages of poems for the chance to win a publishing contract and cash prize. The winning collections will be published by SPM Publications – an imprint of Sentinel Writing & Publishing Company. “Sentinel Global Communications Ltd
Unit 136
113-115 George Lane
London
E18 1AB”

Flash 500 Competition http://www.flash500.com/index_files/flashfiction.html June 30, 2016 When it comes to prizes, it often seems as though flash fiction is the poor relation of writing competitions. This, however, is a flash fiction competition where the prize money truly reflects the skill required to encapsulate an entire story in just 500 words.
Wells Festival of Literature Writing Competition http://www.wellsfestivalofliterature.org.uk/competitionrules.php June 30, 2016 This year there are three prizes for the winners, £500, £200, £100, in all three categories plus the Hilly Cansdale local poetry prize of £100 and the Wyvern local short story prize, also £100. Entries are open to anyone throughout the world. Tregantle, Milton Lane, Wells, Somerset. BA5 2QT

THE MOTH SHORT STORY PRIZE 2016 http://www.themothmagazine.com/a1-page.asp?ID=3055&page=9 June 30, 2016 The Prize is for a single unpublished story of no more than 6,000 words. The competition is open to anyone, and you can enter as many stories as you like.
The London Magazine Poetry Prize 2016 http://www.thelondonmagazine.org/the-london-magazine-poetry-prize-information/ June 30, 2016 This international contest from the UK’s oldest literary journal, The London Magazine, is for poems of up to 40 lines on any theme. “11 Queen’s Gate, London SW7 5EL”

South Bank Poetry Competition http://southbankpoetry.co.uk/poetry-competition/ June 15, 2016 South Bank Poetry’s poetry competition is for London poems. It opens on January 1st 2016 and closes June 15th 2016. (Postal entries postmarked that day from the UK or abroad will be accepted ) 450 3179 South Bank Poetry, 40 Ledbury House, East Dulwich, London SE22 8AN

Creative Future Literary Awards http://www.cfliteraryawards.org.uk/how-to-apply/rules/ June 13, 2016 The Creative Future Literary Awards is a national literary competition and high profile awards ceremony which celebrates talented writers who lack opportunities due to mental health issues, disability, health or social circumstance. Prizes are awarded for both poetry and short fiction. There is no entry fee. Winners are selected by a panel of industry experts. Prizes include £1000 of cash prizes & professional writing development support. PLEASE NOTE that all entries must respond to this year’s theme ‘A Sea Change’. “Community Base,
113 Queens Rd, Brighton, BN1 3XG”

Words with Jam Big Five Competition http://jdsmith.moonfruit.com/the-big-five-competition/4591904791 June 30, 2016 This one from Words with Jam and Triskele Books is for completed and unpublished novels of up to 100,000 words.

Women’s Poetry Competition 2016 https://mslexia.co.uk/competition/poetry-competition/ June 13, 2016 With springtime comes the launch of our our annual Women’s Poetry Competition! PO Box 656, Newcastle upon Tyne NE99 1PZ

Women’s Pamphlet Competition 2016 https://mslexia.co.uk/competition/pamphlet-competition/ June 13, 2016 Separate from our competition for single poems, our annual pamphlet competition accepts completed collections that are 20-24 pages long, and include 18-20 poems. The rest is up to the writer! PO Box 656, Newcastle upon Tyne NE99 1PZ

Words Magazine Short Story Competition http://www.tyjustwrite.com/blog/writingcompetitions/ June 30, 2016 All entries should be sent via email only and should be a maximum length of 2,000 words.

Poetry Space Competition 2016 http://www.poetryspace.co.uk/poetry-space-competition/ June 30, 2016 Myra Schneider will be judging entries for Poetry Space Annual International Poetry Competition 2016 – our seventh year. Closing date will be June 30th 2016. 21 Davis Close Barrs Court Bristol BS30 7BU

Troubadour International Poetry Prize 2016 http://www.coffeehousepoetry.org/prizes June 21, 2016 Entry implies acceptance of all rules; failure to comply with all rules results in disqualification; submissions accepted by post or e-mail from poets of any nationality, from any country, aged over 18 years; no poet may win more than one prize; judges’ decision is final; no correspondence will be entered into. 263–267 Old Brompton Road, London SW5

Havant Poetry Competition 2016 http://www.poetrycan.co.uk/comp-news/1122-havant2016.html June 17, 2016 Havant Literary Festival‘s annual poetry competition has kicked off once again, applications to enter have officially opened both online and in a printed version.
ISFHWE Excellence-in-Writing Competition http://isfhwe.com/competition.php June 15, 2016 “Open to members & non members
Enter by 15 June 2016; early bird discount to 15 March 2016; members log in to get a discount.” PO Box 152987, Cape Coral, FL 33915

2016 Autumn House Nonfiction Contest http://www.autumnhouse.org/contest-submissions/nonfiction/ June 30, 2016 For the 2016 contest, the preliminary judges are members of the Autumn House staff and Heather Cazad, and the final judge is Michael Martone. The winner will be awarded publication of a full-length manuscript and $2,500. The postmark deadline for entries is June 30, 2016. “PO Box 60100 Pittsburgh, PA 15211”

The Montana Book Festival http://www.montanabookfestival.org/contest/ June 1, 2016 The Montana Book Festival seeks to celebrate poetry, fiction and nonfiction by regional emerging writers. One winner in each genre will receive $200 and their writing will be published on our website. “c/o Missoula Cultural Council 327 E. Broadway Missoula, Montana 59802”

The Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest http://www.bulwer-lytton.com/ June 30, 2016 Each entry must consist of a single sentence but you may submit as many entries as you wish. (One fellow once submitted over 3,000 entries.) Sentences may be of any length but we strongly recommend that entries not go beyond 50 or 60 words. Entries must be “original” (as it were) and previously unpublished. “Department of English San Jose State University San Jose, CA 95192-0090”

V.S. Pritchett Memorial Prize http://rsliterature.org/award/v-s-pritchett-memorial-prize/ June 20, 2016 The Royal Society of Literature is delighted to announce the eighteenth V.S. Pritchett Memorial Prize. There is a prize of £1,000, and the winning entry will be published in Prospect online and in the RSL Review. In addition to this, there will be an opportunity to appear at an RSL event with established short story writers in autumn 2016. “Somerset House, Strand
London, WC2R 1LA”

Manny Writing Contest http://www.midwestwriters.org/writing-contests/ June 18, 2016 The Manny Awards have become a tradition at Midwest Writers Workshop. The contest offers cash awards and is designed to recognize works in progress in four categories: short fiction, novel, poetry and nonfiction. 2106 N. Colson Drive, Muncie, IN 47304

Drue Heinz Literature Prize http://www.upress.pitt.edu/renderHtmlPage.aspx?srcHtml=htmlSourceFiles/drueheinz.htm June 30, 2016 The University of Pittsburgh Press announces the 2017 Drue Heinz Literature Prize for a collection of short fiction. The prize carries a cash award of $15,000 and publication by the University of Pittsburgh Press under its standard contract. “University of Pittsburgh Press 7500 Thomas Blvd. Pittsburgh, PA 15260”

Short Story Competition 2016 http://finchleyliteraryfestival.blogspot.com/p/short-story-competition.html June 25, 2016 Greenacre Writers and Finchley Literary Festival are launching the festival with a short story competition. The winning entries will win cash prizes and will be published on this blog and Greenacre Writers. Trinity Church Centre, Nether Street, London N12 7NN

Travel Writing Contest http://www.pw.org/writing_contests/travel_writing_contest June 1, 2016 A prize of $1,000 and publication in Nowhere Magazine is given twice yearly for a short story or essay that “possesses a powerful sense of place.” Porter Fox will judge. Unpublished and published pieces that have not already been chosen as a contest winner are eligible. Using the online submission system, submit a story or essay of 800 to 5,000 words with a $20 entry fee by June 1. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines. 1582 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11213

Thomas A. Wilhelmus Nonfiction Award http://www.pw.org/writing_contests/thomas_a_wilhelmus_nonfiction_award June 1, 2016 A prize of $2,000 and publication in Southern Indiana Review is given annually for a work of creative nonfiction. Michael Martone will judge. Submit an essay of up to 35 pages with a $20 entry fee ($5 for each additional entry) by June 1. All entries are considered for publication. Call, e-mail, or visit the website for complete guidelines. 8600 University Boulevard, Evansville, IN 47712

Prizes in Letters http://www.pw.org/writing_contests/prizes_letters June 15, 2016 Three prizes of $10,000 each are given annually to U.S. writers for books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) published in the United States during the current year. For books published between January 1 and June 14, submit four copies of the book, an author bio and photograph, and a $50 entry fee by June 15. The deadline for books published during the second half of the year is October 1. Send an SASE or visit the website for the required entry form and complete guidelines. 709 Pulitzer Hall, 2950 Broadway, New York, NY 10027

Bakwin Award for Writing by a Woman http://carolinawrenpress.org/submissions/contests June 15, 2016 The Bakwin Award honors full-length prose work (novel, short story collection, or memoir) by an author who is a woman. The winner will receive a $1,000 honorarium, and the winning book will be published by Carolina Wren Press. Read the full guidelines and submit electronically here. We look forward to reading your submissions! 120 Morris Street, Durham, NC 27701

2016 Curt Johnson Prose Awards http://decembermag.org/2016-curt-johnson-prose-awards/ June 15, 2016 We are pleased to announce Anthony Marra (Fiction) and Eula Biss (Nonfiction) will judge our 2016 Curt Johnson Prose Awards. $1,500 and publication in our Fall/Winter 2016 issue for First Place (fiction and nonfiction); $500 and publication in our Fall/Winter 2016 issue for honorable mention (fiction and nonfiction). P.O. Box 16130, St. Louis, MO 63105

How to write and use a press release to promote your book and your business

how to write and use a press releaseAlmost every one of the clients who goes through our Best-Seller Program asks for assistance with writing and using press releases to promote their book and their business.

So, I’ve written this post not only for them but also for anyone who is seeking assistance with this most important topic.

Sending press releases to alert the media to your newsworthy event is essential, however as Inc Magazine commented,

“An easy way to ruin your relationship with the news media is to send a bad press release.”

…but as PT Barnum, of Barnum and Bailey Circus fame, once said…

“Without promotion, something terrible happens…  nothing!”

So, how do you write a good press release?

I could write for pages and pages on this topic, but here is a checklist that will help:

  • At the top, make sure you put when it is to be released, for example FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
  • Come up with a headline that ‘hooks’.  Think about the audience who will read this article, your headline needs to grab their attention immediately and make them want to read more.  (here is an excellent article about writing catchy headlines and first paragraphs)
  • Many journalists and editors do not skim past the first paragraph when deciding whether or not to use a release so make sure that all-important paragraph has enough hook and ooooomph to get their attention
  • Having been a journalist myself, I know it’s actually quite common for the press release to be used almost exactly as is – so write your press release with this in mind
  • DO NOT use ‘marketing language’ – in other words, this is a TOTALLY FACTUAL piece, not hype and not opinion – just stick to the facts!
  • Use at least one or two quotes from someone connected to the story to provide context, insight and heart
  • Include biographical information on your and/or your business including how long you have been doing this, your mission and/or vision statement, where you are based, any awards or recognition you have received
  • Contact information – At the end VERY CLEARLY state your name, company (if relevant), your position (eg Author of the Best-Selling Book, “name of book”), address, email, website and cell phone number.  The reason the cell phone is important is that major publications will often not run a story unless they can confirm in person (in this case, on the phone) the contents of the release
  • Include a link to your EPK (electronic press kit) if you have one (http://leighstjohn.com/epk-electronic-press-kit/)
  • Double and triple check your grammar and spelling!
  • Format your press release to be double-spaced and preferably one-page (two at the very most!)

OK, so now you’ve written your press release, what do you do with it?

How do you use a press release?

Know Your Audience – the fastest way to get blacklisted is to blast your press release to outlets whose readers have nothing in common with you or the subject of your release.  Make sure you target appropriate media outlets.

Set Up a Google Alert – create a Google alert for your name, your book’s name (https://www.google.com/alerts) so you can keep track of who is mentioning you and creating articles based on your release.

Syndicate Your Release – once your press release is published, make sure you get it as much visibility as possible by cross-promoting the release and any articles in which you are mentioned on your own social media channels.

Add to Your EPK – mention in your EPK that you were covered by XYZ Publication and provide a link to that article, thereby giving you additional credibility.

Consider Timing – when you send a release is important.  If you are doing a book signing and speaking event to raise money for charity, you want that release to go out anywhere from 3-10 days before the event.  Other events such as you becoming a best-seller are obviously sent after the event, but as close as possible to the actual date it occurred.

Don’t be shy!

Reporters rely on press releases to give them the stories they need to fill their publications – so make yourself visible!  Just ensure that you follow the suggestions above.

If you have any questions about creating a press release for your book and becoming a best-seller, feel free to reach out!

I look forward to hearing from you…

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!

Guy Kawasaki on the Top Ten Reasons to Self-Publish

If you’ve been following my work, you will know that I’m a fan of Guy Kawasaki – his achievements, his thoughts, his quirky sense of humor!

…and when I came across this, I just had to share it with you…

“Here are the top ten reasons why authors should self-publish their books.

  1. Content and design control. Self-publishers can control what’s in a book, how long it is, and how it looks. They only answer to themselves for most aspects of their books.
  2. Time to market. Self-publishers can get their book to market in less than a week once it’s copyedited. Traditional publishers take six to nine months to get a printed book to market, and they will not release the ebook version earlier than the printed version.
  3. Longevity. Self-publishers can keep their book in print forever—or at least as long as it takes for readers to discover it. Traditional publishers stop marketing a book once sales decline.
  4. Revisions. Self-publishers can revise books immediately with online ebook resellers and printers that are working “on demand.” Traditional publishers can take months to fix errors because they print revisions after they’ve sold off current inventory.
  5. Higher royalty. Self-publishers can make …  To continue reading, go to the source article here:  http://sourcesofinsight.com/guy-kawasaki-on-the-top-ten-reasons-to-self-publish/

The Money’s in the List

$By Joel Friedlander

As authors have flocked to the internet and social media to meet readers, get market insight, create communities of interest and, perhaps, build a robust web asset of their own, many have run into a problem. How will all this activity translate into the income necessary to continue to do all the marketing and branding?

 

After all, most of us aren’t involved in social media, blogging, or other online activities just to change the world, to tell as many people as possible our stories, or to improve people’s lives. These are all noble aims, and many of us hope to accomplish some of them, but there’s that one inconvenient truth: we all need to make a living somehow.

 

There’s a “missing link” in the fan-finding, Facebook-liking, and blog-posting process that so many authors are filling up their time with, and that’s building an email list.

 

A Sad Truth about Author Websites

 

Sadly, if you surf the web looking at author websites, you’ll find that many of them lack this essential function: they have no sign-up place for people to add their names to an email list. Many of these blogs offer an opportunity to sign up for the blog articles, but all that will do in most cases is add you to a subscriber list that will be sent each blog post as it’s published. That’s not the same thing as your own email list, although there are some email providers who can combine the two functions.

 

On other sites you’ll see an “opt-in” box where you can enter your email address and perhaps your first and/or last name, too. In exchange, you’ll be promised a free download, or a free newsletter, or perhaps a free short course in a subject that’s related to what the author is writing about on the blog. This opt-in box is the sign that the blogger is actively building an email list.

 

You might be wondering why this is so important. And it is important. In fact, I consider it the most important website element for any author who intends to make their writing and publishing into a sustainable business.

 

The Purpose of Social Media

 

You might think you don’t need an email list, and I’m not suggesting it’s a good idea for every single author. For instance, if you want to become a novelist but haven’t published anything yet, it might be challenging to build a list particularly if you’re not sure yet what kind of books you want to write.

 

But for the vast majority of authors, an email list is the perfect complement to your other marketing activities, regardless of the publishing path you’ve chosen. Since most of those activities are likely taking place in social media, perhaps we should look at what all those connections are really good for.

 

 

Social media is good for:

  • finding communities of readers
  • engaging with readers and other writers
  • determining how much interest exists for your topic
  • building a community of fans who will support your work
  • keeping up with current developments in your field
  • building “buzz” when you’re launching your book

 

But notice that selling books or other related products and services are not really the best uses of social media. No, it’s really more about being “social,” whatever that means to you.

 

To me, that means meeting people who share my interests, finding out about new products and services, hearing about mass media events, and keeping track of breaking news.

 

The Importance of the Network

 

Once people find out about your content, you have the opportunity to… Continue reading here:  https://forums.createspace.com/en/community/docs/DOC-2231?ref=1466658&utm_id=6182&cp=70170000000c3cP&ls=Email&sls=CSP_Newsletter_Members

Creating A Blog That Has Personality

Creating A Blog That Has Personality

by: TJ Philpott

When creating a blog you generally want to give it some personality. Most popular blogs display a certain style or attitude in the way they deliver their updates which makes them more distinctive within their own niche. Another advantage is that in most cases the personality any blogging platform assumes is generally that of the blog writer! This makes the writing process much more natural and therefore easier for the person updating the site.

Here are 3 simple ways you can add ‘personality’ to any blogging platform to make it more distinctive enabling it and you to stand out more within your niche.

Share Opinions

When appropriate do not be afraid to share your opinion on a subject or particular issue if you have one. Although not everyone may feel the same way as you most people are usually interested in what others may think. In fact most popular blogs will offer opinions simply for the sake of provoking a response from their readers in order to initiate some type of discussion. Interactivity like this helps encourage visitor involvement and create a stronger sense of community!

Be Passionate

As a blog writer allow your ‘feelings’ to show in your writing if you are passionate about a subject or issue. This tends to draw people further into the content you have posted and makes for much more interesting reading! This passion also helps you be more persuasive or influential in terms of swaying the opinions or perspective of others pertaining to the subject you are blogging about. Once again by getting people more involved in what is being posted on your blogging platform you are increasing their interest along with your own ‘uniqueness’ as well! Remember others do not have to agree with what you are saying for them to find your perspective interesting or thought provoking!

Maintain Your Convictions

Do not ‘cave’ in to the opinions or feelings of others if you do not share them. Maintain your own convictions since if they are strong enough there must be a reason why! Explaining your reasons, if they are compelling enough, will make for interesting reading and likely will also provoke more thought and stimulate further interaction.

Creating a blog that ‘displays’ a certain personality helps to make it more distinctive allowing for it to better stand out from the crowd. In most cases the blogging platform normally ‘mimics’ the personality of the blog writer which helps make composing new updates more natural and thereby easier for them. The 3 simple suggestions above serve to help you introduce personality to your own platform. As you can see it is not a complicated formula to follow and done correctly will succeed in helping to make your blogging platform more noticeable. In this way it is likely you will attract more visitors and hopefully evolve into one of the most popular blogs in your niche!

About The Author

TJ Philpott is an author and Internet entrepreneur based out of North Carolina.

To learn more about creating a blog with personality and to also receive a free instructional manual that teaches valuable niche research techniques for your online marketing needs simply visit:http://blogbrawn.com

How to Make Money Writing Online and Content Marketing

How to Make Money Writing Online and Content Marketing

by: C.A. Perez

Article writers using content marketing often overlook content readability when composing their articles. Writing articles online for money must not only consider motivating readers to buy a product. To make money writing online, authors must also provide readable quality content.

With the advent of Google’s stated goal to improve a user’s search experience, many websites and articles lost their coveted positions in Search Engine Ranking Positions (SERPs). It is now, more than ever, that quality website content writing is king. Writing online for money as a means of ‘gaming’ the search engines through keyword stuffing, article blasts to thousands of article directories, and weak, poorly structured website content writing are gone.

Readability

Readability measures the grade level needed to understand any document. There are several schemes that are used to determine readability. The Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level is one of better known and most used measurements. Your content writing can be much improved if you incorporate this measure into your article writing.

Although it has come under criticism for its simplicity, Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level scale is still widely used and can give you an idea of your article’s readability.

You can determine your article’s readability with the Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level scale which assigns a grade level to the written material. MS Word provides a readability statistics feature found under the spell check tab that determines your article’s grade level reading score.

There are free utilities on the web that allow you to copy and paste your document and the utility will return the grade level score. There are others. Online-Utitility.org is one. You can find them with a ‘free readability tools’ search on the internet.

You can also use the Google ‘more search tools’ feature found at the bottom of the left navigation bar when doing a Google search and choosing ‘reading level’. The organic results will show ‘basic’, ‘intermediate’, or ‘advanced’ reading levels for each of the page results.

Although, the results may not be 100% accurate, they do give you an idea of the grade level that your article or page is written at. It may seem that I am putting much emphasis on readability and quality content. It is important to note when writing for the web that the content be easily understandable by your targeted reader. You make make money writing articles online by targeting your reader.

Ideal Reading Level

If you dumb down your website content writing, the reader may feel insulted and dismiss your words. If your words are too pedantic, readers may accuse you of flaunting your knowledge. You may have quality content, but not readable by your targeted audience.

What is the ideal reading grade level? The answer eludes me. Many claim that the national average reading level is eighth grade and that article writers should write at that level or lower when writing for the web. I have yet to find any evidence to substantiate that claim or that you will make money writing to that grade level.

Studies have been conducted by various governmental agencies under the U.S. Department of Education and by independent private agencies on various aspects of literacy throughout the United States, but I have yet to find any authoritative data that specifically identifies the national reading average to be at the eighth grade level.

Adult Literacy in America

The study most often cited as the source of the eighth grade reading level claim is a 1993 study, Adult Literacy in America: A First Look at the Results of the National Adult Literacy Survey, by Irwin S. Kirsch, sponsored by the National Center for Education Statistics. You can review the results yourself at the National Center for Education Statistics.

However, the study does not specifically state that the national reading level average is at the eighth grade level. In fact, the study’s committee “… agreed that expressing the literacy proficiencies of adults in school-based terms or grade-level scores is inappropriate.”

The study did survey levels of literacy skills ranging from Level 1 to Level 5, with Level 5 being the most difficult or the highest skill level. The survey did show that about half the population performed at levels 3-5 and half performed within the lower levels 1 and 2.

SERPs and Readability

Nevertheless, if we accept the various reading level scales like, Flesch-Kincaid, article writers can improve their content marketing to more closely match the acceptance of targeted readers. In addition, Google and other search engines may or may not look favorably on the webpage or article and rank it higher than one that Google deems to be written at an inappropriate level as evidenced by the Official Google Blog

For instance, an article written at the twelfth grade level about building a tool shed may not be looked upon as worthy of Google’s definition of maximizing the user search experience. An article on the same subject written at the sixth or seventh grade level might well fair much better in the SERPs.

On the other hand, writing an article on the Literacy Statistics of Migrant Workers at the fourth or fifth grade level would not fare well with academic readers and probably not with the search engines.

The point is that article writers should consider readability when writing articles. The effort does not need to be an all consuming effort. Readability can easily be checked with one of the tools I mentioned earlier.

Be aware of the end user. The more you comply with Google’s goal of “providing the best user experience possible,” the more favorably the search engine will rank your writing for money efforts.

About The Author

Writing articles online for money can be very profitable. Start off on the right foot, learn how to write and structure your article and increase your sales and traffic by following the rules of the road in my new e-book: “Writing For The Web:An Introduction To Article Writing”. Find out about it and more at http://WritingFortheWeb.info.

Marketing My Book: Attract More Readers than Most Best Selling Authors

Attract More Readers than Most Best Selling Authors

Many people dream of writing a best-selling business book. Surely, the world is waiting for their unique wisdom . . . or so they think. The reality is far different. The average business book offered by a major publisher sells about 5,000 copies. Even if everyone who gets a copy reads it, that’s not a lot of influence.

By comparison, a best selling business book typically sells 50,000 to 100,000 copies. Of those copies, about 10 percent will ever be opened . . . and less than 5 percent will be read cover to cover. Reach 10,000 readers. Big deal.

Let’s look at how creating breakthrough solutions (ways of accomplishing 20 times as much with the same time, effort, and resources) can change the result.

When both usage and delivery effectiveness improve, stakeholders can gain 20 times more benefits than from either improvement alone. When that combination happens, these two complementary breakthrough solutions acquire the power of 20 or more individual breakthrough solutions. That’s what I mean by a breakthrough squared solution. You can also think of this concept as developing a 40,000 percent improvement, or a 400 times increase in benefits.

To some, that goal may seem remote. Keep an open mind while I share an example of creating breakthrough squared solutions for inexpensively attracting more readers to my books.

In 1998, a best-selling author friend told us that it was important to distribute tens of thousands of free copies of business books either just before the book is published or right after publication. Tom Peters, coauthor of In Search of Excellence (reissue edition, Warner Books, 1988), tells the same story about one aspect of how that book became a blockbuster.

When I was writing my first book, I heeded that advice. Before publication, I sent out thousands of draft copies for advance reading. After publication, I sent out thousands more free copies of the completed book to influential readers. In addition, I created a Web site for the book and put all but two chapters online there for free reader access. The cost to do this sampling was over $40,000.

I estimate that these activities have directly yielded 20,000 people who have read some part of that book. That means our cost per reader for just this activity was about $2.00.

Since royalties on books like ours are usually around $2.00, this was a money-losing proposition unless this distribution yielded sales of at least 20,000 additional books. In the case of our friend, this was no concern because his company had paid this sampling expense.

My costs, however, came out of my personal pocket. I needed to do better.

For my third book, I decided to create a breakthrough squared solution for advance distribution. For that book, I only provided free advance copies to those who helped us create the book. The cost for those copies was about $1,200. I then wrote brief articles based on the book and arranged to have them published in prestigious journals and magazines.

I next condensed the articles and turned them into brief guides that the online bookseller Amazon publishes for free. In the first four years, I estimate that over 50,000 people read some part of that book through these efforts. I estimate that total readership through this approach will swell to 100,000 people by the time the third book has been in print as long as the first book has been. If that occurs, I will have produced 100,000 readers at a cost of $1,200. That means the cost per reader will be $0.012.

The first book’s campaign cost 166 times as much per reader as what the latter campaign did, and I will actually draw more readers with the new, less expensive effort. These estimated results will provide me with a 66,000 percent solution compared to our first approach (16,500 percent lower cost per reader multiplied by 400 percent more readers).

For a forthcoming book I am developing, that sampling solution has been further enhanced. The pre-launch involves a blog in which the material is tested for reader reaction. I estimate that more than 200,000 people will have read some part of the book through the blog before the book is published, and the cost is only the electricity to post the blog entries.

I will also reuse the Amazon guides that worked well for the third book to add another 100,000 readers at limited cost. Publication publicity will probably draw another few hundred thousand people to the blog samples.

I also plan to send millions of excerpts for free by e-mail to people who subscribe to various complementary newsletters. We should be able to increase our total readers by several hundred more percent. Since I carry advertising on the blog, I have a revenue offset to our costs. If enough clicks occur from the blog to advertisers’ sites, this sampling program may well turn out to be free. As you can see, repeating such a process on the same or a similar problem can be profoundly valuable in making further improvements.

Now you know how you can reach best-selling reader levels for your next business book. What are you waiting for?

About the Author

Donald Mitchell is an author of seven books including Adventures of an Optimist, The 2,000 Percent Squared Solution, The 2,000 Percent Solution, The 2,000 Percent Solution Workbook, The Irresistible Growth Enterprise, and The Ultimate Competitive Advantage.

Read about creating breakthroughs through 2,000 percent solutions and receive tips by e-mail
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Writing and Publishing My Book: The Concept Of The Perfect Author

The Concept Of The Perfect Author

They are people that know everything about everything; When I was there, when I did that, when I met her; I am sure you get the idea.Enough about the I-experts and more about sharing your knowledge, your products, your services and even your experiences. How are you going to do all of that? Easy: submit articles. One has the opportunity to submit articles about any subject in the world and beyond. One can submit articles on how to do almost anything, how to fish, how to swim in a strong rip tide off the Australian coast. The limitation of subjects is no existent, the quality of the content must however be kept in check, if you want anyone to take you seriously as well as to publish the work you have done.

Everyone is an expert in some or other field, and when the submit articles they are effectively sharing their knowledge with the world via the internet and possibly making someone elses life a little easier by providing real solid advice and tips that are applicable to the real world. So think if you submit articles to an online directory and you have positively impacted upon someone somewhere in the world, does this not positively contribute to your own self? I believe it does, it is a process of sharing and giving with an open disposition, as you are writing the article from a point of view that you are not expecting to get paid for it, yet you are doing it out of passion for what you are writing about, and you have the opportunity of the spin off of affecting someone in a positive way. This is enough motivation for anyone to write and submit articles.

When you submit articles relating to sales and marketing of products and services you have the ability of constructing them correctly, without creating a marketing or advertising brochure, you will have the opportunity of driving so much more traffic to the desired website and thereby stand to gain tremendously from rankings and potential sales. When you submit articles related to your business the opportunity of elevating your perceived skill and knowledge level is realized, as the content you write with reference to your products and services will be reflect by your articles insight, advice and professionalism.

Take the initiative to submit articles, even if it is about an experience or personal knowledge you have gained over the years, you may find a publisher wants to use the article and that may well be the start of a writing career or boost your writing hobby. Go ahead find a directory and submit articles.

About the Author

If you believe yourself to be an author , you should join an article directory, exposure of your articles will achieve maximum results. Find out more at http://www.talkinmince.com/

Writing and Publishing a Book – Step # 7

Step #  7 – Marketing and Promoting Your Book

You made it!!!  You are OFFICIALLY an AUTHOR!

By now, if you’ve followed these steps, your book is not only written, it’s listed for sale on Amazon.com!

Now the next step is to market and promote your book…

That’s a whole other subject that could take a multitude of posts to cover…

For now, let’s just stick to making sure you maximize your income potential by also signing up as an Amazon Affiliate/Associate at https://affiliate-program.amazon.com/

From there you not only gain royalties from CreateSpace and Amazon, you also get commission as an Amazon Associate.

There are SO many avenues available to you to promote your book – that I’m sure you can find online – and I won’t insult your intelligence by providing yet another list here…

What I will say is that if you are passionate about your book and would like our personal coaching, we would love to talk with you…

What you have to say MATTERS!

As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Don’t die with your music still inside you. Listen to your intuitive inner voice and find what passion stirs your soul.”

Contact me…

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