Another New Writing Contest – This Time For Short Stories

I’m not a contest judge! I’d never be able to decide among the likes of Emily Hill, Jeff Bennington and John McDonnell. 

Is your work ready to reach a wider readership? If so, then we invite you to enter The Writer2012 Short-Story Contest
We’re looking for original fiction on any theme that is brilliant, bold, and concise (no more than 2,000 words). We’re offering great prizes and great exposure for your work, including publication in The Writer.
What are you waiting for? Submit your entry today!
(You can submit multiple entries.)

Get the details here

PBS Kids Go! Writer’s Contest (SoCal K-3)

Kids love books, museums and animals. So why not writing? Kids are special, let them feel special!

Few things capture a child’s imagination like a good book. That’s why PBS SoCaL is looking for your child’s original stories!

PBS SoCaL encourages Southern California children to create an original story as part of the PBS KIDS GO! Writer’s Contest. Open to kids in grades k-3, each entry must be an original work written and illustrated by the student. Stories can be fact or fiction, prose or poetry and each grade level will be judged separately. First, second, and third place winners will be chosen from each grade and receive prizes locally. First place winners will also be entered in to the national contest.

Get the details!

FREE Webinar Plus 89 Reasons to Send A Press Release!

Make Your Book a Bestseller

Blueprints. Formulas. Systems.

Find one that solves your problem, and the rest is easy.

Author Peggy McColl has created a system for getting her book to the Amazon, Barnes & Noble and New York Times Bestseller lists. It’s a five-step blueprint that any author can use to make a book a bestseller at almost no cost. The method works for all types of books, fiction or non-fiction, regardless of subject, including self-published, POD, ebooks, newly published or even those that have been out for years.

She’ll explain it during a free webinar at 2 and 7 p.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, Jan. 26, with my friend, Steve Harrison.

Reprinted from “The Publicity Hound’s Tips of the Week,” an ezine featuring tips, tricks and tools for generating free publicity. Subscribe at and receive by email the handy cheat sheet “89 Reasons to Send a Press Release.”

Fight Back! Don’t Let Twitter and Facebook Take Over (Your Life)

Free Download All Day Sunday 1/22 @ ~ Don’t forget to ‘Like’ my page!

“Virtual Book Tours Made Easy” – Get Your Free Report


In case you have not heard, I want to let you know about an exciting new book marketing course called: “Virtual Book Tours Made Easy”!

This step-by-step, much-needed course, is taught by my friend and colleague, D’vorah Lansky M.Ed.

Take a sneak peek, without any commitment!
Here’s a special link so that you can access
a special report called “7 Tips for Maximizing Your Blog Tour”.

You’ll also receive access to a free audio
recording called “Everything You Wanted to
Know About Virtual Book Tours but Were Afraid to Ask.”

D’vorah has successfully conducted her own
virtual book tours, the most recent leading to her book becoming an Amazon bestseller in less than 3 weeks from the book’s debut!

You can check out the details and gain immediate access to your special report and audio recording.

If you like what you see, you’ll also be able to access details about the Virtual Book Tours Made Easy course.

Definitely worth a “look-see”!

All the best,


Quick Tip ~ The Power of Word of Mouth: Ask For Reviews!

One key step in getting your books to fly off the shelf is word of mouth. Make use of the review comments on Amazon and any other purchase platforms you may be using. 

Use lines from these reviews as Twitter and Facebook posts as part of your social media networking plan for marketing.

How do you get these reviews and comments? Simple! Ask for them. Send an email request to your contact list to help you out, get in touch with relatives and friends, make use of your social media network.

Let your friends and contacts know this isn’t going to be a time-consuming project – who has time in their busy schedule – you only need 20-50 words and there’s no purchase necessary. If they can’t oblige with a review or comment ask them to at least click on the ‘Like’ or ‘thumbs up’ icon on the product page.

Affordable Book Cover Design

With the changes in the publishing industry, the changes in services offered by traditional publishing houses and the desire by authors to be in complete control of their work the number of self-published and indie authors is on the rise.

With millions of books available on Amazon alone this should give self-pub authors an idea of the competition out there. Yes, sad to say, a great story accompanied by a talent for story telling just isn’t enough to get your book sold.

Becoming an author has never been easier but with the sheer number of writers eager to share their message you’ve got to give yourself an edge. One of the ways to grab attention is a great book cover. Many self-published and Indy authors are on a tight budget so the $300 – $500 options offered by many designers is really an option.

I have become familiar with the work of two designers who offer more affordable options and have referred clients to them. (There’s more out there I know but I’m not familiar with their work.) I’ve not only checked these designers work myself but have read and heard a lot of favorable feedback.

Talk about rave reviews! Be sure to check out Donna Casey and Jeff Bennington for professional and affordable book cover designs.

$5,000 Prize – No Entry Fee ~ WRITING CONTEST


$5,000 Prize – No Entry Fee

Tarcher/Penguin is celebrating the continued success of Julia Cameron’sThe Artist’s Way by presenting the Seeking the Next Top Artist Writing Contest. The top prize is $5,000 and a manuscript review by a Penguin editor. Julia Cameron will select the winning entry from among 10 semi-finalists. 

Writers residing in the USA are invited to submit an unpublished novel, novella-length fiction, or a work of narrative nonfiction. (Limit one entry per person.) Entry is free.

For complete rules and entry information, click TarcherEntry deadline is March 2, 2012.

Free eBook: 30 Ideas For Your 2012 Social Media Plan

Have you reassessed your marketing strategy for 2012? If you’re using methods or techniques that aren’t working for you, i.e. not selling books, it’s time to STOP and tweak your plan.

Se sure that during that reassessment you look at your social media strategy! Use it right and social media networking and relationships can help Boost Book Sales  for you.

Remember to brand your author platform – you are the product!

Free eBook: 30 Ideas For Your 2012 Social Media Plan


FREE Live Webinar: Seven Secrets of Successful Self Published Authors

I have picked up so much valuable information from free webinars. They keep me up-to-date on trends, there’s a new batch available with each season and even if you have to weed out the purchase offers you can’t beat the value! (more…)

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