Archive for the ‘Writing’ Category

The top 4 writing contests

Sunday, February 24th, 2013

Independent Book Publishers Association runs this one. I’m a member, but don’t get any dough for recommending them. The cost is $190 for non-members (which includes one year membership to IBPA). While there is no cash prize, the competition has a lot of cred. It’s been around for 25 years.

Writer’s Digest has a pretty good rep as a place for authors to find useful advice and tools/services.

All the contests except the Your Story writing contest cost something, but not more than $100. Prizes include cash, up to $3000.

Writer’s Digest Annual Writing Competition (their catch-all contest which allows almost everyone to enter)

Self-Published Book Awards

Sci-Fi Book Awards

Thriller Book Awards

Young Adult Book Awards

Romance Book Awards

Crime Book Awards

Horror Book Awards

Your story (this one is free and the winner’s 750 word story is published in their magazine)

Yeah, heard of them? Their annual self-published writing competition is becoming the king of writing contests. Entry is free and super-easy. Winners get $15-50,000 cash, a publishing deal and exposure on Amazon (yes, ‘cash’ and ‘exposure on Amazon’ is redundant).

These guys have been around forever. Lots of cred, a little on the stuffy side, and a nice, big deal if you place in the competition. The cash prizes are up to $10,000 They have $125 fee per submission. Don’t pay it until they invoice you! Seriously, it’s in the fine print.


Why Is Proofreading And Editing Important

Monday, September 10th, 2012

So, you have written finish the book. What next?

You need to read through and check for any errors or what not. Nothing irritates a reader more than a book with many spelling or grammatical errors. Surely, it would be difficult to take away all the errors but make sure that is not too many.


Why the Best Mysteries Are Written in English

Friday, September 7th, 2012

Otto Penzler, publisher of the Mysterious Press and series editor of the annual The Best American Mystery Stories of the Year, takes a look at international crime fiction and compares it to the generally superior English and American versions.


8 Mistakes Made When Submitting Stories Online

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

No matter how well you know the Internet, submitting your work to an agent or editor poses a great potential for error. You need to know how to make successful online submissions via a submission form (the usual choice of literary magazine editors) or by e-query (the preferred method for agents).


Are longer books more important?

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

A first-time novelist gulped and let an editor cut his book in half.

Here’s why that was a smart move…