Dec 222014
 

9780991316724-Perfect-cvr-DreamsTouch-6x9_02-11-14_R2.inddAt SDP Publishing, we love it when our authors and their books get recognized by reviewers, bloggers, or other media outlets! This year has been a great one for many of authors who have received awards, great reviews, news coverage, and mentions on prominent blogs in their fields. Looking back on the year, we’re very proud of all of our authors and their successes. Congratulations to all of our authors who have been recognized and our authors who released books this year. We can’t wait to see what 2015 will bring! Below are some of the highlights from 2014.

Rosemary Hanrahan Edwards, whose book When Dreams Touch Received High Praise the 22nd Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards

Here is some of what the judge had to say:

“This was a heart wrenching story that still manages to capture you, inspire you, and leave you with a smile. . . . The author’s voice is smooth and professional and she has a way with words that will pull you in and entertain you. . . . In fact, I found it really hard to part with. I’m very impressed with the skill here. . . . All in all a wonderful read that I highly recommend.”

—Judge, 22nd Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards

In addition to great commentary from the judge, the book also received a 5/5 for Production Quality and Cover Design, and a 5/5 for Character Appeal and Development. Congratulations, Rosemary!

Yvonne deSousa’s MS Madness! Reviews by BookLife by Publishers Weekly and the Multiple Sclerosis Association of 

MSMadness_FrontCover_SDPWebsiteAmerica’s publication The Motivator

Yvonne deSousa’s MS Madness! recently received some great reviews from BookLife by Publishers Weekly and the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America’s publication The Motivator. You can read the full reviews on our website. Congratulations to Yvonne!

Six Weeks to Love Running Author Dr. Julie Sieben Featured on BeautyHigh.com

SDP Publishing author Dr. Julie Sieben and her book Six Weeks to Love Running were mentioned in this wellness piece as well as many fitness media channels this year. We are very proud of her success!FrontCover#1_1_1-31-14

Check out her advice in this great piece, The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Working Out, on BeautyHigh.com.

Phyllis R. Brown, recently received a fantastic endorsement for her book, Help Me! I’m Slipping, from Patricia White, Memories From My Life Blog and Founder, PostersAsTherapy.com

Congratulations, Phyllis! You can read the endorsement below.9780989972383-Perfect_cover_HelpMe_04-24-14.indd

“Phyllis Brown did not sit idly by as her husband’s dementia deepened. Using every opportunity along with her creative resourcefulness she helped her husband to enjoy life to its fullest, adjusting to his condition, for as long as he lived. She shares freely what worked for them in the form of strategies and tips along with suggested activities. If asked to recommend one book as a resource to caregivers, it would be Phyllis Brown’s book.” ~Patricia White, Memories From My Life Blog, Founder, PostersAsTherapy.com http://memoriesfrommylife.wordpress.com/

F.G. Capitanio’s Mariner’s Hollow listed in November on Stevo’s Book Reviews on the Internet and was Gold Winner in the 2014 Benjamin Franklin Award for Teen Fiction!

You can see the full list of Stevo’s Recommended Reading for November here: http://forums.delphiforums.com/stevo1/messages?msg=200.1

Mariner’s Hollow is the Gold Winner in the 2014 Benjamin Franklin Award for Teen Fiction!

The IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards, which includes 52 categories recognizing excellence in book editorial and design, are regarded as one of the highest national Ja-FINAL VERSION-Front_GoldStar_6-5-14honors for independent publishers.

Prestige as a publisher is one of the many benefits of being named as a winner of this distinguished award. In addition, Gold winners receive an engraved crystal trophy.

Great job!

Gina Tempesta’s upcoming book, Boston’s Other Green Monster: A Story about the Big Dig, Featured by Local Paper

Gina Tempesta and her upcoming book, Boston’s Other Green Monster: A Story about the Big Dig. Please read this article written by Melrose Wicked Local, “Melrosian pens Big Dig book for little readers.”

We’re looking forward to the finished product!

SDP Publishing Solution’s Own “Dare Bone’s Big Break” Featured on Massachusetts News Channel, NECN 9780982925676-Perfect_Darebones.indd

We are thrilled to share that Dare Bone’s Big Break by Dr. Gleeson Rebello and Jamie Harisiades was featured on NECN, one of the leading news stations in Massachusetts and New England!

Rebello said, “The reason I wrote it was to raise the bar in terms of how kids understand everyday medical practice. If this kind of knowledge was part of a child’s consciousness, like how they would understand construction. So why not understand what we do as surgeons?”

You can watch the full video of the story here

SOUTH SHORE INSIDER: Second-generation publisher finds new niche for family business

Lastly, we were so happy to be featured in The Patriot Ledger earlier this year.

“The East Bridgewater-based virtual company works with both new and seasoned writers – from doctors and entrepreneurs to stay-at-home moms. Akoury-Ross says it offers a cost-effective one-on-one approach to publishing.”

You can read the full article here!

Once again, congratulations to ALL of our authors. If you have news to share with us, please get in touch!

SDP Publishing Solutions, LLC (formerly Sweet Dreams Publishing of Massachusetts) is a leader of self publishing in Massachusetts. We offer optimal self-publishing solutions for authors worldwide. From literary agency representation to worldwide marketing – including international rights – and independent publishing, we provide the best solutions for authors. Our services include developmental editing and copy editing, custom cover design and layout, book marketing, query letter and book proposals, literary agency representation, print, and e-book development. We provide the best exposure for your book!

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Dec 202014
 

9780991316724-Perfect-cvr-DreamsTouch-6x9_02-11-14_R2.inddAt SDP Publishing, we love it when our authors and their books get recognized by reviewers, bloggers, or other media outlets! Our most recent success story comes from Rosemary Hanrahan Edwards, whose book When Dreams Touch received high praise from the judge of the 22nd Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards.

Here is some of what the judge had to say:

“This was a heart wrenching story that still manages to capture you, inspire you, and leave you with a smile. . . . The author’s voice is smooth and professional and she has a way with words that will pull you in and entertain you. . . . In fact, I found it really hard to part with. I’m very impressed with the skill here. . . . All in all a wonderful read that I highly recommend.”

—Judge, 22nd Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards

In addition to great commentary from the judge, the book also received a 5/5 for Production Quality and Cover Design, and a 5/5 for Character Appeal and Development.

Congratulations, Rosemary!

About When Dreams Touch

Caught between the 1980s HIV/AIDS global pandemic and the devastating January 2010 earthquake in Haiti, three women strive to realize their dreams. Pregnant and uneducated, sixteen-year-old Adelaide trades her dream of escaping the grinding poverty of her rural village for hopes of a better life for her unborn child. Kate, a young American physician, often finds her roles as mother and wife to be in conflict with her childhood dream to practice medicine in a third-world country. Giselle, a university-educated artist, lives in Port au Prince. While she sympathizes with the plight of her fellow Haitians, she envisions her and her family’s future as a comfortable life in the United States. When the violent 1991 coup d’etat erupts in Haiti, these three women’s lives intersect and are forever changed.

Despite different cultures and life circumstances, the women share in the vision of a better future for their children and the troubled country of Haiti. Their personal stories of adversity, tragedy, and triumph are embedded in the complex social, political and cultural climate that evolves when international assistance programs influence individuals and communities in the developing world. Often in startling contrast, the women portrayed in When Dreams Touch are united through mutual understanding and respect. With courage and perseverance, they confront the broader injustices of the world they live in and create a legacy of enduring hope.

About the Author:

Rosemary Hanrahan (Edwards) is a physician specializing in Pathology and Public Health. She has volunteered and lived in developing countries, including Haiti, for more than a decade. She has published articles and literary works in peer-reviewed medical and non-profit journals and has enjoyed dozens of speaking engagements with a broad range of audiences about her experiences in Haiti. The mother of two adult sons, she currently lives, writes, and practices medicine in western Pennsylvania, and is a board member and consultant for several international and U.S.-based non-profit organizations. When Dreams Touch is her debut novel, which is published under her pen name Rosemary Hanrahan.

Please visit her website for news about her recently published novel, When Dreams Touch.

www.RosemaryHanrahanEdwards.com

SDP Publishing Solutions, LLC (formerly Sweet Dreams Publishing of Massachusetts) is a leader of self publishing in Massachusetts. We offer optimal self-publishing solutions for authors worldwide. From literary agency representation to worldwide marketing – including international rights – and independent publishing, we provide the best solutions for authors. Our services include developmental editing and copy editing, custom cover design and layout, book marketing, query letter and book proposals, literary agency representation, print, and e-book development. We provide the best exposure for your book!

 

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Dec 172014
 

SSS-HeaderThink you can write a winning story in less than 1,500 words? Enter the Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition for a chance at$3,000 and a trip to the 2015 Writer’s Digest Conference, PLUS national exposure for your story!

Wondering what’s in it for you?

  • A chance to win $3,000 in cash
  • Get national exposure for your work
  • A paid trip to the ever-popular Writer’s Digest Conference
  • Keep your story under 1,500 words to qualify, and be sure to get your work to us by the newly announced final deadline, January 16!
  • NEW: EVERY entrant receives a free pass to a special online webinar conducted by award-winning author Jacob Appel.

How to enter: register and pay online or download a printable entry form. (Entry fees are $25 per manuscript.)

One First Place Winner will receive:

  • $3,000 in cash
  • Their short story title published in Writer’s Digest magazine’s July/August 2015 issue
  • A paid trip to the ever-popular Writer’s Digest Conference!
  • A copy of the 15th Annual Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition Collection
  • A copy of the 2015 Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market
  • A copy of the 2015 Guide to Literary Agents

The Second Place Winner will receive:

  • $1,500 in cash
  • Their short story title published in Writer’s Digest magazine’s July/August 2015 issue
  • A copy of the 15th Annual Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition Collection
  • A copy of the 2015 Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market
  • A copy of the 2015 Guide to Literary Agents

The Third Place Winner will receive:

  • $500 in cash
  • Their short story title published in Writer’s Digest magazine’s July/August 2015 issue
  • A copy of the 15th Annual Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition Collection
  • A copy of the 2015 Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market
  • A copy of the 2015 Guide to Literary Agents

Fourth through Tenth Place Winners will receive:

  • $100 in cash
  • Their short story titles published in Writer’s Digest magazine’s July/August 2015 issue
  • A copy of the 15th Annual Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition Collection
  • A copy of the 2015 Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market
  • A copy of the 2015Guide to Literary Agents

Eleventh through Twenty-Fifth Place Winners will receive:

  • A $50 gift certificate for writersdigestshop.com
  • A copy of the 15th Annual Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition Collection

SDP Publishing Solutions, LLC (formerly Sweet Dreams Publishing of Massachusetts) is a leader of self publishing in Massachusetts. We offer optimal self-publishing solutions for authors worldwide. From literary agency representation to worldwide marketing – including international rights – and independent publishing, we provide the best solutions for authors. Our services include developmental editing and copy editing, custom cover design and layout, book marketing, query letter and book proposals, literary agency representation, print, and e-book development. We provide the best exposure for your book!

 

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Dec 052014
 

Ja-FINAL VERSION-Front_GoldStar_6-5-14At SDP Publishing, we love it when our authors and their books get recognized by reviewers, bloggers, or other media outlets! Our very own F.G. Capitanio’s Mariner’s Hollow has been listed on the Recommended Reading by Stevo’s Book Reviews on the Internet for November 2014.

You can see the full list of Stevo’s Recommended Reading for November here: http://forums.delphiforums.com/stevo1/messages?msg=200.1

About Mariner’s Hollow

A mysterious and desolate island. A devastating turn of events. A secret that will reveal the true meaning of Justice.

Fifteen-year-old Justice Worth is summoned to the house of Eleanor Burby, an unknown aunt living on Mariner’s Hollow Island, miles off the turbulent Maine coast. Events transpire that are much worse than spending winter break apart from his friends back home, and turn his visit into a nightmare. A blizzard slams the island in all its fury, and in its midst, his aunt dies of an apparent suicide. Trapped in her island home, stalked by ghosts within and a murderer outside, Justice begins to unravel not only the truth behind his aunt’s death, but the family secrets threatening to destroy his perception of those he loves most.

Little about Aunt Eleanor’s death makes sense, but as Justice probes the lives of those closest to her, suspects multiply and new dangers arise. Through it all, island spirits continue to haunt him, pushing him towards the family’s dark secrets, before the only living person who knows them all silences him forever, burying the truth in the one place where it may never be found: Mariner’s Hollow.

About the Author

F. G. Capitanio is the author of several published poems, essays, and short stories. Mariner’s Hollow is his first published novel. He has spent several years in various departments of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration within the Northeast Fisheries Science Center, located in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.  He lives year round on Cape Cod, while continuing to work on his second Justice Worth mystery.

SDP Publishing Solutions, LLC (formerly Sweet Dreams Publishing of Massachusetts) is a leader of self publishing in Massachusetts. We offer optimal self-publishing solutions for authors worldwide. From literary agency representation to worldwide marketing – including international rights – and independent publishing, we provide the best solutions for authors. Our services include developmental editing and copy editing, custom cover design and layout, book marketing, query letter and book proposals, literary agency representation, print, and e-book development. We provide the best exposure for your book!

 

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Dec 012014
 

writing_contestThere are lots of great contests and journals that are accepting submissions right now for many different types of work, including fiction, non-fiction, fan and flash fiction, essays, short stories, and poetry. Why enter writing contests, you ask?

  • Entering these types of contests can help you keep your writing and publishing momentum going.

  • Submitting to writing contests is a great way to gain credibility as a writer/author.

  • They can help create interest in your work, leading to other opportunities and potentially, to sales.

  • An award will give you an edge, which may be all the difference needed to propel your work into bestseller territory.

  • When you win or get placed, you can say you are an “award-winning author,” giving your writing a boost that comes from a third-party endorsement.

  • Awards can help you gain credibility with readers, reviewers, reporters, agents, and publishers.

Below is a list of writing contests for the winter that we put together to help you submit your work. Now get submitting!

Jeff Marks Memorial Poetry Prize

Deadline: December 15, 2014

Submissions are open for the 2015 Jeff Marks Memorial Poetry Prize, judged by National Book Award Winner Mary Szybist! Winner receives $1,500, Honorable Mention receives $500, both published in december magazine’s Spring awards issue. All finalists listed and considered for publication. $20 entry fee includes copy of awards issue. Up to 3 poems per entry. Guidelines at www.decembermag.org/december-awards/, submit online at www.december.submittable.com/submit.

Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition

Deadline: December 15, 2014

We’re looking for short fiction stories! Think you can write a winning story in less than 1,500 words? Enter the 15th Annual Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition for your chance to win $3,000 in cash, get published in Writer’s Digest magazine, and a paid trip to our ever-popular Writer’s Digest Conference! The winning entries will be on display in the 15th Annual Writer’s Digest Competition Collection. http://www.writersdigest.com/competitions/short-short-story-competition

The Press 53 Award for Short Fiction

Deadline: September 1 – December 31, 2014

Publication of winning short story manuscript. $1000 advance plus travel to Winston-Salem, NC, for a launch party weekend, plus attendance as our special guest to the annual Gathering of Writers in October. Finalists announced by March 1. Winner announced on May 3 (National Press 53 Day). Publication date October at annual Gathering of Writers. Reading fee: $30. Judged by Press 53 publisher Kevin Morgan Watson and fiction editor Christine Norris. www.press53.com/Award_for_Short_Fiction.html

2014 Walker Percy Prize in Short Fiction

Deadline: December 31, 2014

Submissions are open for the 2014 Walker Percy Prize in Short Fiction! Winner receives $1,000 and publication in New Orleans Review. All finalists considered for publication. Enter previously unpublished original stories up to 7,500 words. The author’s name should not appear on the manuscript. Entries may be simultaneous submissions but the entry fee is nonrefundable if the story is accepted elsewhere. There is no limit on the number of entries you may submit. Entry fee is $15. Sponsored by the Walker Percy Center for Writing & Publishing. Enter at walkerpercy.submittable.com/submit. This year’s final judge TBA. Winner announced and published in 2015.

Glimmer Train’s Fiction Open

Deadline December 31, 2014
1st place has been increased to $2500 and includes publication in Glimmer Train. 2nd/3rd: $1000/$600, consideration for publication. Results announced on March 1. Word count generally ranges 2000-8000, though up to 20,000 is fine. There are no theme restrictions. One of the most respected short-story journals in print, Glimmer Train is represented in recent editions of the Pushcart Prize, Pen/O. Henry, New Stories from the SouthNew Stories from the Midwest, and Best American Short Stories anthologies. Submit online: www.glimmertrain.org.

Tupelo Quarterly’s Prose Open Contest

Submission deadline: January 1, 2015

Tupelo Quarterly’s Prose Open Contest is now accepting entries in all styles, sensibilities and related genres—fiction, nonfiction, lyric essay and hybrid work. No singular genre preferred; the sole criterion is excellence. The winner will receive $1,000 and publication in the Winter 2015 issue of Tupelo Quarterly. Runners-up and finalists will also be published. Final judge is Joanna Howard. There is a reading fee of $20. Please visit www.tupeloquarterly.com/submit for full submission guidelines.

2015 Colorado Prize for Poetry: Call for Submissions

Deadline: January 14, 2015

$2,000 honorarium and book publication. Submit book-length collection of poems by January 14, 2015. Final judge is Laura Kasischke. The $25 entry fee includes one-year subscription to Colorado Review. Obtain complete guidelines by sending SASE or visiting website. Colorado Prize for Poetry, Center for Literary Publishing, 9105 Campus Delivery, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523-9105. coloradoprize.colostate.edu.

Dora and Alexander Raynes Poetry Prize judged by L.S. Asekoff

Deadline: January 15, 2015

The Dora and Alexander Raynes poetry prize from Jewish Currents magazine is now accepting submissions. NOTE: Poets of all ages, backgrounds, religions/non-religions, and orientations are encouraged to submit. This year’s theme is “The World to Come.” Our judge is the venerable and gracious L. S. Asekoff. $1,000 first prize, $180 for two second prizes, and magazine publication. The top 36 poems will be collected into an anthology Summer 2015. All poems considered for future publication in the magazine. Details for online and snail mail submissions: jewishcurrents.org/poetry-prize.

The Boiler Flash Essay Contest

Submission Deadline: January 15, 2015

The Boiler challenges you to submit flash essays under 600 words. We’re open to hybrid forms of poetry, essay, and memoir. The only things that matters are whether you can sustain our attention and craft a well-written, sleek, beautiful little thing. Two winners will receive $600 and publication in our spring issue. Finalists will be considered for publication in our spring issue and other prizes. Submissions open October 31st and close January 15th. We will announce the winner in the spring of 2015. To get an idea of what we like, read magazines like Brevity, Sweet, or other flash journals. www.theboilerjournal.com

Lamar York Prizes in Fiction and Nonfiction

Deadline: January 31, 2015

Two prizes of $1,000.00 each and publication in The Chattahoochee Review are awarded to a winning story and essay in the annual Lamar York Prizes for Fiction and Nonfiction. Entries must be submitted via Submittable (under the appropriate contest category) between October 1 and January 31. All entries will be considered for publication. An entry fee of $15 (nonrefundable) includes a one-year subscription to The Chattahoochee Review beginning with the Spring/Summer 2015 issue. Visit thechattahoocheereview.gpc.edu for complete guidelines.

The Crazyhorse Prizes in fiction, nonfiction, & poetry

Deadline: January 31, 2015

From January 1 to January 31, Crazyhorse will accept entries for our annual Prizes in Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry. Winners receive $2,000 and publication. The $20 entry fee includes a one-year subscription to Crazyhorse; all manuscripts entered will be considered for publication. Adam Johnson (fiction), Dinty W. Moore (nonfiction), and Alberto Ríos (poetry) will select the winners. For more information, please visit our website: crazyhorse.cofc.edu.

Arcadia Short Story Contest

Deadline: February 1, 2015

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Arcadia is given annually for a short story. Submit exceptionally well-crafted short stories of less than 12,000 words with a $15.00 entry fee between November 1 and February 1. All stories submitted will be considered for publication in Arcadia. The editors will judge and a winner will be announced in March. The winning story will appear in the spring issue of Arcadia. For more details and to submit: www.arcadiamagazine.org/#!contests/cr6f

The Meadow Novella Prize

Deadline: February 1, 2015

The Meadow is now accepting novella manuscripts from October 15th to February 1st. Upload manuscripts between 18,000 to 35,000 words through Submittable. Judged by Brandon Hobson. Entry fee: $15 paid through Submittable. Winner receives $500, 50 copies, and publication in the 2015 issue. View submission guidelines: www.tmcc.edu/meadow.

W.B. Yeats Society of NY Poetry Competition

Deadline: February 1, 2015

First prize $500, second $250, honorable mentions. Unpublished poems in English up to 60 lines on any subject, each (judged separately) typed on 8½ x 11-inch sheet without author’s name. Attach to each 3×5 card with title and entrant’s name and contact information. Entry fees: $8 first poem, $7 each additional. Include SASE for judge’s report, also posted on YeatsSociety.org in March. Winners receive Yeats Society memberships and are honored at early April ceremony in NYC. Authors retain rights, but permit us to publish winning entries. These are complete guidelines, no entry form needed. 2015 judge: Jessica Greenbaum. YeatsSociety.org

bioStories Announces Essay Contest

Deadline: February 16, 2015

bioStories is seeking submissions for its 2nd annual essay contest. The 2015 theme is “Elders”. In keeping with its mission to “share the extraordinary stories of ordinary people,” bioStories is seeking outstanding nonfiction pieces that interpret the thematic focus on “elders” broadly and imaginatively. Winner receives $250 and publication. Entry fee $10. Detailed contest submission guidelines are linked via the homepage and on the “contest” tab of our website: www.biostories.com.

2nd Annual Zero Bone Poetry Prize

Deadline: February 28, 2015
Named in honor of the distinguished American poet Emily Dickinson, the competition welcomes submissions of unpublished, original poems. Open to all poets—those with or without previous publishing credits and from anywhere in the world. (Winners outside the U.S. will need a Paypal account to receive their award.) Winning manuscripts will reflect the thoughtful humanity and careful craftsmanship of Emily Dickinson’s poetry, though not necessarily her style. Nature themes are especially welcome as are all styles of poems. Maximum of 5 poems. $2 submission fee per poem. Top place winners: $200, $100, $50. Judge TBA. www.portyonderpress.com/zero-bone-poetry-prize.html

St. Petersburg Review Poetry Contest

Deadline: March 1, 2015

St. Petersburg Review is an independent, international, nonprofit, annual review of contemporary literature that seeks to foster and promote global connections and affinities through the annual publication of quality fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama from all countries. Our poetry contest, which has a 5% or better publication rate, will be accepting submissions September 1, 2014 – March 1, 2015. Visit www.stpetersburgreview.com for complete information on the contest and other SPR activities.

Prospero Prizes for Poetry and Flash Fiction

Deadline: March 15, 2015

Attend, Leviathan. SHARKPACK Poetry Review Annual seeks poetry and very short fiction of unusual philosophical and/or imaginative power for our second issue, themed ‘Cities, Sites.’ The Prospero Prizes include a cash award of $150 and feature publication; winners will be chosen from general (free!) submissions. 1-3 prizes will be awarded. Please visit spr.submittable.com for guidelines and further details. We’re very grateful for your interest.

Willow Springs Fiction Prize 2015

Deadline: March 15, 2015

Willow Springs Fiction Prize—$2,000 plus publication. Submission deadline: March 15, 2015. Original, unpublished work only; no word limit for submissions. $15 entry fee. All entrants receive a one-year subscription to Willow Springs. Submit a story online at willowsprings.submittable.com/submit. More details here: willowsprings.ewu.edu/contests.php.

Penny Fiction 2015: A Flash Fiction Writing Competition from HWP

Deadline: Rolling

Haunted Waters Press editor, Penny Dreadful, seeks exceptionally small works of fiction to be showcased in Penny Fiction, a regular feature of the literary journal, From the Depths. Stories may also appear in the Penny Fiction Poster Collection. In keeping with the 2015 theme featuring works which depict a slice of life in rural America, tell us a story in exactly 21 words—no more, no less. The contest will be held in three rounds. Each round ends upon receipt of 200 submissions. One Submittable submission per author, per round. For full submission details visit hauntedwaterspress.submittable.com/submit/36149

Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards

Early-Bird Deadline: April 1, 2015

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 23rd 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. http://www.writersdigest.com/competitions/selfpublished

 

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Nov 202014
 

9780989972383-Perfect_cover_HelpMe_04-24-14.inddAt SDP Publishing, we love it when our authors and their books get recognized by reviewers, bloggers, or other media outlets! SDP Publishing author, Phyllis R. Brown, recently received a fantastic endorsement for her book, Help Me! I’m Slipping, from Patricia White, Memories From My Life Blog and Founder, PostersAsTherapy.com. Congratulations, Phyllis! You can read her endorsement below.

“Phyllis Brown did not sit idly by as her husband’s dementia deepened. Using every opportunity along with her creative resourcefulness she helped her husband to enjoy life to its fullest, adjusting to his condition, for as long as he lived. She shares freely what worked for them in the form of strategies and tips along with suggested activities. If asked to recommend one book as a resource to caregivers, it would be Phyllis Brown’s book.” ~Patricia White, Memories From My Life Blog, Founder, PostersAsTherapy.com http://memoriesfrommylife.wordpress.com/

About Help Me! I’m Slipping

Theirs had been a love story, a story of friendship, courtship and marriage, beginning when she was seventeen and he was a dashing Navy officer. It was a fairytale that never ceased—even Alzheimer’s couldn’t come between them. Phyllis Brown relives this one-of-a-kind love she shared with her husband, Bert, in HELP ME! I’m Slipping.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, there are many signs of the disease. The author noticed some of these signs in her husband, but she completely ignored them at first. A highly successful businessman, a gentle yet hardworking person who never stopped until he accomplished his goals, Bert was adept at hiding his memory loss. But as soon as it was confirmed that he had Alzheimer’s disease, his wife went into action. Phyllis may not have been well-equipped with medical information and guidelines, but she was determined to give all her love and support to make the last years of Bert’s life as happy as they could possibly be.

HELP ME! I’m Slipping follows the author’s difficult yet rewarding experience as she helps her husband through the uncharted waters of Alzheimer’s. From her journey, she shares lessons that she learned with her readers. In each day, she found something they could enjoy together: moments of love, and even fun and laughter. From strategies for helping her husband maintain his dignity to tips on activities that can be enjoyed daily, this book provides a truly inspiring testament to a love that endures.

To learn more about Phyllis Brown, please check our interview with her: Author Corner: Phyllis Brown, Author of Help Me! I’m Slipping, Talks about Finding Solace in Writing and Her Hope that her Book Will Help Caregivers. For more information about her book, please visit: http://sdppublishingsolutions.com/bookstore/help-me-im-slipping/

SDP Publishing Solutions, LLC (formerly Sweet Dreams Publishing of Massachusetts) is a leader of self publishing in Massachusetts. We offer optimal self-publishing solutions for authors worldwide. From literary agency representation to worldwide marketing – including international rights – and independent publishing, we provide the best solutions for authors. Our services include developmental editing and copy editing, custom cover design and layout, book marketing, query letter and book proposals, literary agency representation, print, and e-book development. We provide the best exposure for your book!

 

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Nov 132014
 

FrontCover#1_1_1-31-14SDP Publishing author Dr. Julie Sieben and her book Six Weeks to Love Running were mentioned in this wellness piece as well as many fitness media channels this year. We are very proud of her success!

Check out her advice in this great piece, The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Working Out, on BeautyHigh.com.

About Six Weeks to Love Running

“I wish I could run!”

“Looks like great exercise, but I only run if I am being chased!”

Have you ever muttered any of these words as you drove by a runner, plodding along with a look of determination on his or her face? Do you think runners are crazy to do their thing in all kinds of weather, but at the same time, wonder what it would be like for you to tie up a pair of sneaks and hit the pavement yourself? Running provides a sense of fitness and freedom! You are not alone if you fantasize about finding that bliss, solitude, and joy that runners find addicting. What is it about running that is so alluring? What does it take to be part of that community of endorphin-seekers who look great in a pair of jeans?

Six Weeks to Love Running will help you find the answers to these questions and more, as you develop a love affair with running and transform yourself, your body, and your life. This engaging, easy-to-use book teaches you the secret to staying motivated and inspired.

In 6 weeks, you’ll gradually progress to running for 30 minutes straight! This program will enable you to:

  • Breathe without getting winded
  • Develop proper running style and stride
  • Wear the right clothing and sneakers
  • Begin strength training and stretching to stay injury free
  • Enhance your weight-loss strategies

Includes: Bonus Walking Program

Get ready to enjoy a new approach to running and fitness—learn the fundamentals, and fall in love with the heart and soul of running! For more information, please visit: http://sdppublishingsolutions.com/bookstore/6-weeks-to-love-running/

To learn more about Dr. Julie Sieben, visit http://www.drjuliesieben.com.

SDP Publishing Solutions, LLC (formerly Sweet Dreams Publishing of Massachusetts) is a leader of self publishing in Massachusetts. We offer optimal self-publishing solutions for authors worldwide. From literary agency representation to worldwide marketing – including international rights – and independent publishing, we provide the best solutions for authors. Our services include developmental editing and copy editing, custom cover design and layout, book marketing, query letter and book proposals, literary agency representation, print, and e-book development. We provide the best exposure for your book!

 

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Nov 102014
 

MSMadness_FrontCover_SDPWebsiteAt SDP Publishing, we love it when our authors and their books get recognized by reviewers, bloggers, or other media outlets! Yvonne deSousa’s MS Madness! Recently received some great reviews from BookLife by Publishers Weekly and the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America’s publication The Motivator. You can read them below!

Review as it appeared in BookLife by Publishers Weekly

“A week before Christmas in 2009, deSousa, a writer and blogger in her late 30s, receives a diagnosis that explains all of the mysterious symptoms she’s had for months: relapse-remitting multiple sclerosis. She’s thrown into a disorienting world of self-administered shots, exhaustion, and memory loss. Rather than descend into pity or bitterness, she decides to enjoy her favorite holiday while relying on her Catholic faith, a sense of humor, and family. DeSousa considers herself lucky: unlike her sister, who also has MS, she doesn’t need a cane or a brace to walk. That attitude, which helps her navigate the difficult early months, comes through right away in the book. At first, deSousa continues to hold down a stressful job and teach Sunday school, in part because, even with insurance, she worries about the mounting costs of dealing with the disease, but eventually, her disability forces her to quit working. She describes her deliberations over whether to spend 83¢ on a fountain soda, and her joy at discovering that the soda is actually free. With her new free time, she discovers previously untapped interests like writing and earns a scholarship to a writing conference and is published. In this heartfelt memoir, deSousa proves that while there is much to be frustrated and dispirited about, it’s possible to face quagmires with grace.” (BookLife by Publishers Weekly) http://booklife.com/project/ms-madness-2108

Review as it appeared in the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America’s publication The Motivator: Summer/Fall 2014

“Subtitled “A ‘Giggle More, Cry Less’ Story of Multiple Sclerosis,” MS Madness! is an enjoyable book for anyone looking to uncover the lighter side of MS. Authored by a woman with MS, the story is written in a conversational tone, connecting the reader with her many unique encounters and entertaining perspectives. Ms. deSousa takes readers on her journey through her daily events, including her relationships, school and work, doctor visits, and much more, all while sharing her comical thoughts on how she interprets the sometimes bizarre situations.

When the pharmacist refuses to give her a large prescription of Vitamin D at one time – making her return to the pharmacy every few days – she wonders if he thought she was going to try to sell it illegally to “unsuspecting folks who were already drinking their fair share [of Vitamin D] in their milk.” Not only can members of the MS community relate to her physical, cognitive, and emotional ups and downs, but readers will find themselves laughing out loud throughout the book. In addition to borrowing this book from MSAA’s free Lending Library, this book may be purchased through www.amazon.com.” http://www.mymsaa.org/publications/motivator/summer-fall14/spread-word/

ABOUT MS MADNESS

Yvonne deSousa’s diagnosis of relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis came with an insightful declaration from a new doctor (“MS sucks”) and a brother’s helpful advice (“You could totally get one of those handicapped parking plates now”). What followed was a year of MS-adventures: “accidentally” kicking an officious male doctor in the crotch, becoming an undercover agent to pay for medication made from Chinese hamster ovary cells, discovering the amazing effects of legal speed, and battling her arch-nemesis, the dreaded food group: vegetables. Throughout her MS journey, Yvonne learned how to use humor to find acceptance in her diagnosis, and how to smile in the face of a debilitating chronic illness. MS Madness will make you laugh while learning the real story of what MS, a disease that affects 400,000 Americans daily, can do to a perfectly normal person. Life with multiple sclerosis can be daunting, but Yvonne shares her giggles at the bizarre world she has unwittingly entered and the new perspectives it has given her on life. MS Madness makes us realize that with a sense of humor, we can survive anything.

To learn more about MS Madness, please visit: http://sdppublishingsolutions.com/bookstore/ms-madness.  To learn more about Yvonne deSousa, please visit: http://yvonnedesousa.com.

SDP Publishing Solutions, LLC (formerly Sweet Dreams Publishing of Massachusetts) is a leader of self publishing in Massachusetts. We offer optimal self-publishing solutions for authors worldwide. From literary agency representation to worldwide marketing – including international rights – and independent publishing, we provide the best solutions for authors. Our services include developmental editing and copy editing, custom cover design and layout, book marketing, query letter and book proposals, literary agency representation, print, and e-book development. We provide the best exposure for your book!

 

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Oct 302014
 

Thanks to everyone who came out to Boston Women Connect’s “Indie” Publishing Author Book Fair! Lisa Akoury-Ross, Founder, CEO of SDP Publishing covered numerous topics in presentation, including:

  • The difference between Self-publishing and Indie Publishing
  • Top Indie Authors – and how they achieved success
  • 3 ways to publish – Print, Print-on-Demand or E-book – what are the advantages?
  • The 10 questions you should ask before choosing an Indie Publisher

It was a great event! We were thrilled that our author Susie Rich, who wrote How My Daddy Taught Me to Dance and Too Much Hopscotch, was able to be part of the event.

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SDP Publishing Solutions, LLC (formerly Sweet Dreams Publishing of Massachusetts) is a leader of self publishing in Massachusetts. We offer optimal self-publishing solutions for authors worldwide. From literary agency representation to worldwide marketing – including international rights – and independent publishing, we provide the best solutions for authors. Our services include developmental editing and copy editing, custom cover design and layout, book marketing, query letter and book proposals, literary agency representation, print, and e-book development. We provide the best exposure for your book!

 

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Oct 232014
 

“If you wait for inspiration to write you’re not a writer, you’re a waiter.” ~Dan Poynter

writing resolutionsWe are almost through October! So the question we have for you is: How are you progressing on your writing goals and resolutions from January? Are you on track with where you wanted to be or have you fallen behind? If you’re on track, congratulations! If not, no need to feel down about it. Even though there are only three full months left in 2014, you still have a third of the year to achieve your writing resolutions. You can catch up to make sure that by the end of the year, you have accomplished your writing goals just in time to make new ones for 2015. We’ve come up with a number of surefire ways to help you get back on track with your writing goals.

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” ~Aristotle

As we discussed in our post at the beginning of the year, Five Writing Resolutions You Can Start at Any Time of the Year, most people like to have some sort of clean slate or definitive start date, which a New Year can bring. However, the really remarkable thing about positive change, like committing to writing, is that it doesn’t have to wait. It can happen at any moment. Even right now! SO get going!

  1. Define your writing goals – Before you get started, you need to determine what it is that you want to achieve. Do you want to finish that novel that you always wanted to write? Do you want to start the process of self-publishing your finished book? Whatever it is, define it. As we mentioned in the previously mentioned post: “People who explicitly make resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than people who don’t explicitly make resolutions.”
  2. Be specific about how you are going to achieve your writing goals – In order to successfully incorporate good writing habits into your daily routine, you need to set your parameters. What time of the day are you going to devote to your writing? What space will you use to write? By creating specific guidelines to achieve your goal, you will make it much more likely that you will stick to it.
  3. Modify your writing/working environment – If you haven’t been able to commit to your writing while sitting at the kitchen table, find another place to do it. You should be free from distractions. Create a special place that you can dedicate as your writing place. Maybe it’s the coffee shop down the street or the library – make it a place that you will associate with your creative work.
  4. Find an audience – For most people, one of the most important things about setting goals is finding someone else to help you be accountable. It can also be helpful to have people who you can bounce ideas off. Find someone or a group of people who you trust and whose opinions you value and don’t be afraid to share.
  5. Get started already! – Oftentimes just getting started can be the most difficult piece of achieving your writing goals. We can easily get stuck in our heads, thinking about the goals that we want to achieve, but for some reason it’s hard to actually take that first step. We get stuck on the big picture. Setting up specific, small chunks of work that you can achieve easily can help you feel like you’ve accomplished something. And you’re one step closer to your larger goal. Take a tip from Nike and just do it!
  6. Keep a notebook handy at all times – This can be a physical notepad or your phone or tablet, something that you can record those random thoughts that might occur when you’re at work, sitting at your child’s soccer game, working out at the gym, or when you wake up in the middle of the night. We always think that we will remember, but most of the time that great sentence or piece of dialogue that pops into our heads will get lost when you get occupied by the next thing. Don’t let ideas fall by the wayside. You never know when inspiration will strike! If you don’t write them down, they’re gone.
  7. Don’t be too hard on yourself – We all have a lot on our plates in our daily lives. There probably will be a day that you just can’t get to work on your daily writing. This can be discouraging. But don’t let that knock you off track. Just start again tomorrow.
  8. Reassess your goals and outcomes – After a few days of working on your writing goals, you might realize that they’re not working. Don’t be discouraged. You may need to make some adjustments so that you can achieve success. As we talked about before, oftentimes breaking things down into smaller chunks of work can help you be more successful. It can also help to keep you motivated to keep going.

Do you have tips that help to keep you motivated to achieve your writing and creative goals? If so, we’d love to hear them!

SDP Publishing Solutions, LLC (formerly Sweet Dreams Publishing of Massachusetts) is a leader of self publishing in Massachusetts. We offer optimal self-publishing solutions for authors worldwide. From literary agency representation to worldwide marketing – including international rights – and independent publishing, we provide the best solutions for authors. Our services include developmental editing and copy editing, custom cover design and layout, book marketing, query letter and book proposals, literary agency representation, print, and e-book development. We provide the best exposure for your book!

 

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Oct 172014
 

LisaAkouryRossJoin Boston Women Connect on Monday, October 27 to learn all about “Indie” Publishing. This event also features an Author Book Fair to promote (and sell) your book or your writing, editing, and publishing services. (Limited number of shared expo tables available). Women and Men are welcome to attend this event.

Date: October 27, 2014

Time: 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Location: 

Boston Marriott Burlington

1 Mall Road

Burlington, MA 01803

At this special event you will learn:

  • The difference between Self-publishing and Indie Publishing
  • Top Indie Authors – and how they achieved success
  • 3 ways to publish – Print, Print-on-Demand or E-book – what are the advantages?
  • The 10 questions you should ask before choosing an Indie Publisher

Lisa Akoury-Ross, Founder, CEO of SDP Publishing — Lisa began her career in the book production business over 25 years ago, serving the largest publishers in the world in the medical, education, and trade industries. Starting with unedited manuscript, her family business provided full production services for publishers such as Pearson Education, Houghton Mifflin, Aspen Law & Business, and others. Lisa launched SDP Publishing Solutions, LLC to help the individual author independently publish their work professionally and cost-effectively. Her business offers a variety of publishing solutions. From literary agency representation to worldwide marketing – including international rights – and independent publishing, SDP provides publishing services for authors based on their needs and budget. Services include developmental editing and copy editing, custom cover design and layout, book marketing, query letter and book proposals, literary agency representation, print and e-book formats.

The evening will also feature:

  • Informal Networking around the Author Book Fair Tables
  • Structured Networking Program – you WILL make great connections
  • Networking “Cheat Sheet” with contact details on all attendees
  • Tasty free appetizers, cash bar

Free parking, and convenient location just off Route 128

REGISTER NOW! http://www.bostonwomenconnect.com/events/2014/10/27/business-development-speakers-panelists/publish-indie-publishing-author-book-fair-networking/

Cost:

$30.00 – Members

$40.00 – Non-members ($40.00 through October 21; $45.00 thereafter)

$10.00 – Expo table (shared space with 2 others; event registration and payment online required)

Pre-registration is required. We hope to see you there!

SDP Publishing Solutions, LLC (formerly Sweet Dreams Publishing of Massachusetts) is a leader of self publishing in Massachusetts. We offer optimal self-publishing solutions for authors worldwide. From literary agency representation to worldwide marketing – including international rights – and independent publishing, we provide the best solutions for authors. Our services include developmental editing and copy editing, custom cover design and layout, book marketing, query letter and book proposals, literary agency representation, print, and e-book development. We provide the best exposure for your book!

Oct 092014
 

11986-GenHeaderIf you write short stories, don’t miss your chance to compete in the Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Awards. There’s sure to be a category created just for you, Romance, Thriller, Crime, Horror, Science-Fiction, and Young Adult. Choose your favorite genre(s) and enter your best in 4,000 words or less.

Deadline: October 15, 2014

What’s in it for you?

  • A chance to win the Popular Fiction Awards Grand Prize including $2,500 and a trip to the 2015 Writer’s Digest Conference
  • An announcement of the winner on the cover of Writer’s Digest*
  • A chance to win the $500 Category First Prize
  • Get your story promoted in Writer’s Digest and on WritersDigest.com
  • Win $100 off a purchase at www.writersdigestshop.com
  • Receive a copy of the 2015 Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market

*The cover announcement is being made on subscriber issues only.

How to enter: register and pay online or download a printable entry form. Regular entry fees are $25 per entry.) Click here to enter: https://app.wizehive.com/apps/menu/WDPopularFiction14

Deadline: October 15, 2014

One Grand Prize Winner will receive:

One First Place Winner in each category will receive:

Honorable Mentions will:

 

Categories:

Crime: Crime fiction is a genre of fiction that focuses on the dramatization of crimes, the detective work and procedures in solving said crimes, and the criminal motivations behind them. Mystery and detective fiction may also fit into this genre.

Horror: Horror fiction is a genre which intends, and/or has the capacity, to frighten, scare or startle readers. This genre may induce feelings of creepiness, horror and terror, and is generally unsettling for the audience. Horror can be supernatural or non-supernatural.

Romance: Romance fiction can encompass and draw themes, ideas and premises from other genres and can vary widely in setting, dialogue, characters, etc. Generally, however, romance fiction should include a love story involving two individuals struggling to make their relationship work and an emotionally satisfying ending.

Science Fiction: Science Fiction (and Fantasy) are genres that explore imaginative content, primarily related to science. This can include a variety of elements, often involving futuristic settings, science and technology, as well as space travel, time travel, extraterrestrial life, and parallel universes. Fantasy fiction often crosses over with this category, touching on similar elements such as world building and magical creatures, but it generally does not include the scientific themes.

Thriller: Thriller fiction is a genre of fiction that uses suspense and tension to dramatically affect the reader. A thriller can provide surprise, anxiety, terror, anticipation, etc., in order to provide a rush of emotions and excitement that progress a story. It should generally be based around the strength of the villain and the protagonist, as well as their struggle against each other. This category might encompass several other genres, including horror, science fiction, and crime.

Young Adult: Young Adult fiction is generally fiction meant for readers age 12-18.

SDP Publishing Solutions, LLC (formerly Sweet Dreams Publishing of Massachusetts) is a leader of self publishing in Massachusetts. We offer optimal self-publishing solutions for authors worldwide. From literary agency representation to worldwide marketing – including international rights – and independent publishing, we provide the best solutions for authors. Our services include developmental editing and copy editing, custom cover design and layout, book marketing, query letter and book proposals, literary agency representation, print, and e-book development. We provide the best exposure for your book!

Sep 182014
 

9780989972383-Perfect_cover_HelpMe_04-24-14.inddPhyllis Brown has played many roles in her life – mother, wife, grandmother, great grandmother, chemist, and caregiver for her husband who had Alzheimer’s disease. Her latest edition of Help Me! I’m Slipping is a memoir about her relationship with her husband before he succumbed to the disease.

Combining personal narrative and facts about Alzheimer’s, Brown’s book is a comfort to caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients, as well as anyone coping with a loved one’s illness. She turns this emotional story into an honest and inspiring book that will be sure to help caregivers learn to cherish the wonderful moments amid strenuous hardships. In our interview, Phyllis talks about finding solace in writing and her hope that her book will help caregivers of those with chronic diseases.

A brief description of Help Me! I’m Slipping:

“At its core, this is a love story. Brown started her journey with Bert at 17 and continued on for 65 years, remaining devoted to her soul mate the entire time. As a loving wife and caregiver, Brown recalls the final years of Bert’s life and the difficulties that came with them: side effects of various medications, trouble finding the right aides, and problems with communication. Even with the difficulties, Brown emphasizes the highlights, including visits with family members and friends along with moments of laughter and love.”

Could you tell us a little bit about why you decided to write this book?

“The nurse coordinator where I live told me I should write about some of the things that I did with my husband, who had Alzheimer’s, because it’s a little different than what other people do as caregivers. I guess I was also feeling a little lonely. It was almost like free association; I just sat and it poured out. That’s really how I got started. It just came to me during the writing process. It started out to be a brochure to help caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s. But I couldn’t do that without giving some background, and it just sort of grew into a memoir from there.”

Have you always wanted to be a writer? When did you start?

“I have authored numerous scientific papers, which is an entirely different genre from this book. When I retired I thought I would write a children’s book, Grandma is a Chemist, or something about women in science. There are a lot of misconceptions about women in science. I am currently writing a book about my career in science. For a long time, I was the only woman in my specialty area of chemistry. I went back to school to get my PhD after my youngest was in first grade. I had been out of school for 18 years! I think my next book will be called, A Life with the Boys.”

Which writers inspire you?

“One author that I thought was great on this subject is Linda Genova. Her book is called Still Alice. It’s about Alzheimer’s from a patient’s point of view. She writes about a neuroscientist who’s diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease.”

Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book?

“I hope that the main audience will be caregivers. I hope younger people will read it too. A lot of them are going to be caregivers in the years to come because the number of Alzheimer’s patients is probably going to continue to increase. I hope it will assist them. In the end, I wanted to show that the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s isn’t a terrible tragedy. It is a tragedy on some level, but my husband and I were also able to have a lot of good times together that we didn’t have before.”

How was this publishing process compared to past experience?

“I would’ve gotten Lisa at SDP Publishing as my publisher right from the start. I used somebody else and it didn’t work out well. Lisa and her staff have provided me the kind of support I needed. Sometimes it’s difficult to see that the first draft isn’t always the best. You need to work through several drafts. You need someone to discuss it with, someone who can help you through the whole process. The difference between the right company and wrong company is night and day.”

How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?

“The book sounds like me, like I am talking, which is what I wanted. And, after going through this process, I am more willing to take criticism, direction, and correction.”

What is the hardest thing about writing?

“I had a hard time ending the book. The last chapter didn’t come in the beginning. I just put it aside for a while, and then sat down one day and it came to me.”

What is the easiest thing about writing?

“Once I start, it seems to flow. But sometimes, it can be hard to get started, as I explained about my difficulty with the last chapter.”

Do you ever get writer’s block? What do you do to get around it?

“I find that the words come if I wait then all of a sudden it comes to me. If I force it, it’s never right.”

What advice would you give to aspiring writers?

“Follow your voice. I got a solid background in English when I was in college. I was trained well. We had to take many writing courses, typing courses, and public speaking courses. It was so hard to get your foot in the door those days, which I think has helped me in the long run.”

How can we contact you or find out more about your books? How can readers discover more about you and you work?

SDP Publishing: http://sdppublishingsolutions.com/bookstore/help-me-im-slipping/

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/help-me-im-slipping-phyllis-r-brown/1112213533?ean=9780989972383
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Phyllis-R.-Brown/e/B00KI1A29A/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/436960

Press Release: http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-1143653

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/list/910126.Phyllis_R_Brown

Can you talk a little bit about the process of working with SDP Publishing and going through the process of self-publishing?

“You need to find the right company. It’s so hard to know which one is right. My daughter-in-law helped me find Lisa, which I am so grateful for. Always use your network to find the best fit for your needs!”

Is there anything else you’d like to add?

“I’m happy that I was able to write something that will hopefully help others. I hope this book will reach a large audience so that it can be helpful for others. I hope that it gives them hope for life before and after Alzheimer’s. It also applies to other chronic diseases – like Parkinson’s.

I am very lucky. I had a career, a marriage, and four children, who are all great kids. I am a grandmother with nine grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.”

SDP Publishing Solutions, LLC (formerly Sweet Dreams Publishing of Massachusetts) is a leader of self publishing in Massachusetts. We offer optimal self-publishing solutions for authors worldwide. From literary agency representation to worldwide marketing – including international rights – and independent publishing, we provide the best solutions for authors. Our services include developmental editing and copy editing, custom cover design and layout, book marketing, query letter and book proposals, literary agency representation, print, and e-book development. We provide the best exposure for your book!

Sep 112014
 

AttentionThere are lots of great contests and journals that are accepting submissions right now for many different types of work, including fiction, non-fiction, fan and flash fiction, essays, short stories, and poetry. Why enter writing contests, you ask?

  • Entering these types of contests can help you keep your writing and publishing momentum going.

  • Submitting to writing contests is a great way to gain credibility as a writer/author.

  • They can help create interest in your work, leading to other opportunities and potentially, to sales.

  • An award will give you an edge, which may be all the difference needed to propel your work into bestseller territory.

  • When you win or get placed, you can say you are an “award-winning author,” giving your writing a boost that comes from a third-party endorsement.

  • Awards can help you gain credibility with readers, reviewers, reporters, agents, and publishers.

Below is a list of writing contests for the fall that we put together to help you submit your work. Now get submitting!

Les Figues Press: NOS (Not Otherwise Specified) Book Contest

Online Deadline: September 15, 2014

Guest judge Fanny Howe will select a manuscript of 64-250 pages for publication by Les Figues Press. Eligible submissions include previously unpublished manuscripts of poetry, novellas, prose poems, innovative novels, anti-novels, short story collections, lyric essays, hybrids, and work not-otherwise-specified. Prize: publication and $1,000. There is a $25 submission fee; all entrants receive a Les Figues title of their choosing. Multiple and simultaneous submissions allowed. See www.lesfigues.com/submit for full guidelines.

Creative Nonfiction contest: $1,000 for Best Essay on “Waiting”

Online/Postmark submission deadline: September 22, 2014

Creative Nonfiction magazine is seeking new essays for an upcoming issue dedicated to “Waiting.” They are looking for well-crafted true stories of delays, postponements, and pauses that explore and examine our relationship with time. $1,000 for best essay and $500 for runner-up. Guidelines at www.creativenonfiction.org/submit.

Margaret Atwood, Zsuszi Gartner Judge The Thomas Morton Memorial Prize!

Online submission deadline: September 30, 2014

The Puritan is accepting entries to The Third Annual Thomas Morton Memorial Prize in Literary Excellence. The prize is awarded to the single best submission in the respective categories of poetry and fiction. The prize is open for submissions until September 30th through our online manager (www.puritan-magazine.com/submissions). The judges for this year’s prize are celebrated writers Margaret Atwood (poetry) and Zsuzsi Gartner (fiction). In addition to publication in Issue 27: Fall 2014, each winning author receives $1000 as well as a prize pack of books drawn from 18 donating publishers, each valued at approximately $800+. Entry fee is $15.

Green Rose Prize

Online/Postmark deadline: September 30, 2014

$2,000 and publication for a book of poems by an established poet. Eligibility: Poets writing in English who have already published one or more full-length collections of poetry. Besides the winner, New Issues may publish as many as three additional manuscripts from this competition. Please include a $25 reading fee. Checks should be made payable to New Issues Press. Postmark Deadline: September 30, 2014. The winning manuscript will be named in January 2015 and published in the spring of 2016. To submit online visit: www.newissuespoetryprose.submittable.com/submit. For complete guidelines, visit: www.wmich.edu/newissues.

Glimmer Train’s Family Matters Competition

Deadline: September 30, 2014

1st place has been increased to $1,500 and includes publication in Glimmer Train. 2nd/3rd: $500/$300, consideration for publication. Results announced on December 1. Open to stories about family in all its configurations. Word count generally ranges 1500-5000, though up to 12,000 is fine. One of the most respected short-story journals in print, Glimmer Train is represented in recent editions of the Pushcart Prize, O. Henry, New Stories from the South, New Stories from the Midwest, and Best American Short Stories anthologies. Submit online:www.glimmertrain.org.

The Editors’ Prize in Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry

Deadline: October 1, 2014

Enter the 24th Annual Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize in Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry! Winners in each genre will receive $5,000, publication in the spring 2015 issue of The Missouri Review, and be brought to Columbia, Missouri, for a reading and reception. Please submit no more than 25 typed, double-spaced pages for fiction and nonfiction. Poetry entries can include any number of poems up to 10 pages in total. Each story, essay, or group of poems constitutes one entry. The entry fee is $20, which entitles the entrant to a one-year subscription. Entries must be previously unpublished and will not be returned. Winners will be announced in January 2015.www.missourireview.com

2014 In Cahoots Contest – $50 Cash Prize

Submission deadline: October 1, 2014

There is no entrance fee. Simultaneous submissions are okay (but if your submission is published elsewhere first, it will be disqualified for First Prize, so please notify them immediately if it is picked up elsewhere). Submissions must be new collaborative work only. This means all submissions must be created by 2+ people. Submit 1-3 pieces in a single email. Each piece may have a different collaborative team. All submissions must include a literary component but may include or be paired with a visual or audio component. All submissions will also be considered for normal publication. Read more here:
cahoodaloodaling.com/in-cahoots-contest/.

New Delta Review Short Fiction Contest

Online submission deadline: October 4, 2014

New Delta Review seeks entries for the second annual Ryan R. Gibbs Award for Short Fiction, a contest judged by the amazing Roxane Gay, author of An Untamed State and Bad Feminist. They are looking for a full narrative in a small package (1500 words or less). Winner will receive a $500 prize and publication in the winter issue of New Delta Review. All submissions will be considered for publication. Deadline for entry is October 4, 2014. Enter with $10 fee through Submittable at: newdeltareview.submittable.com/submit.

Gerald Cable Book Award

Deadline: October 15

This award is offered annually for the best previously unpublished debut poetry collection. This prize is awarded annually to a book-length manuscript of original poetry by an author who has not yet published a full-length collection. There are no restrictions on the kind of poetry or subject matter; translations are not acceptable. Top prize is $1,000, publication, and 25 copies of the book. http://www.silverfishreviewpress.com/?page=award

Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest

Deadline: October 24

This contest is offered annually to encourage analytical thinking and excellence in writing-open to high school seniors, undergrads, and graduate students. More than 80 cash prizes, including a $10,000 top prize. http://essaycontest.aynrandnovels.com/AtlasShrugged.aspx?theme=blue

Indiana Review Fiction Contest

Deadline: October 31

This contest is offered for the best previously unpublished short story. The winner receives $1,000, publication, and contributor copies. http://indianareview.org/prizes/2014-fiction-prize/

Walt Whitman Award

Deadline: Submissions will be accepted online only September 1 through November 1, 2014

The Walt Whitman Award is a $5,000 first-book publication prize given to an American poet to honor a poet’s first book. The winning manuscript, chosen by an acclaimed poet, is published by Graywolf Press, a leading independent publisher committed to the discovery and energetic publication of contemporary American and international literature. http://www.poets.org/academy-american-poets/prizes/walt-whitman-award

Flash Fiction Contest

Email submission deadline: November 15, 2014

Now accepting submissions for the Flash Fiction Contest for issue 5 of The Lindenwood Review. No entry fee. Winner receives $50, publication, and three contributor copies. Please read full submission guidelines here:
lumfa.blogspot.com/2014/06/tlr5-flash-fiction-contest-no-entry-fee.html.
Visit our TLR website here: www.lindenwood.edu/lindenwoodReview.

The Jane Lumley Prize for Emerging Writers is now open!

Online submission deadline: November 30, 2014

Hermeneutic Chaos Literary Journal announces its first annual Jane Lumley Prize for Emerging Writers. The contest seeks to recognize the works of writers who have not yet published a full-length book. The prize alternates each year between poetry and prose, and this year we seek to recognize an exceptional piece of poetry. There is no entry fee for the contest. The winner will receive a prize of $300 and publication in our January 2015 issue. Publication will also be awarded to the first two semi-finalists. In order to submit, please visitwww.hermeneuticchaosjournal.com/contest.html.

The Press 53 Award for Short Fiction

Deadline: September 1 – December 31, 2014

Publication of winning short story manuscript. $1,000 advance plus travel to Winston-Salem, NC, for a launch party weekend, plus attendance as our special guest to the annual Gathering of Writers in October. Finalists announced by March 1. Winner announced on May 3 (National Press 53 Day). Publication date October at annual Gathering of Writers. Reading fee: $30. Judged by Press 53 publisher Kevin Morgan Watson and fiction editor Christine Norris.
www.press53.com/Award_for_Short_Fiction.html

SDP Publishing Solutions, LLC (formerly Sweet Dreams Publishing of Massachusetts) is a leader of self publishing in Massachusetts. We offer optimal self-publishing solutions for authors worldwide. From literary agency representation to worldwide marketing – including international rights – and independent publishing, we provide the best solutions for authors. Our services include developmental editing and copy editing, custom cover design and layout, book marketing, query letter and book proposals, literary agency representation, print, and e-book development. We provide the best exposure for your book!

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Sep 032014
 
Courtesy: Smashwords

Courtesy: Smashwords

The 2014 Smashwords Survey reveals new opportunities for indie ebook authors to sell more books. In this survey, they examined aggregated retail and library sales data of Smashwords books and then crunched the numbers based on various quantifiable characteristics of the book.

For this year’s survey, they examined over $25 million in customer purchases aggregated across retailers, including Apple iBooks, Barnes & Noble, the Smashwords.com store, Sony (now closed), Diesel (closed), Oyster, Scribd, Kobo, public libraries, and others.

Some key points from the 2014 Smashwords Survey:

  • The e-book sales power curve is extremely steep
    • A few titles sell fabulously well and most sell poorly
  • Readers seem to prefer longer e-books
  • Pricing — The highest earning indie authors are utilizing lower average prices than the authors who earn less
    • Sweet spots seem to be around $2.99-$3.99
    • $3.99 is a pretty good spot for fiction
  • Free still works for now, but this may change in the coming years
    • It’s still a powerful book marketing tool because it makes it easier for readers to take a risk on an author brand that is unknown or untrusted
  • Preorders yield sales advantage, it helps build anticipation for your book
  • Series yield sales advantage
    • Series books outsell standalone books!
  • Best-performing series have longer books
  • Free series starters pack a punch
    • There’s strong evidence that series with free series starters earn more money for authors than series that do not have free series starters
  • Non-fiction earns more at higher prices
    • Non-fiction buyers are less price-sensitive than fiction buyers

Here is a copy of the presentation about the survey: http://www.slideshare.net/Smashwords/2014-smashwords-survey-how-to-sell-more-ebooks.

You can read the 2013 Smashwords Survey here and 2012 Smashwords Survey here.

SDP Publishing Solutions, LLC (formerly Sweet Dreams Publishing of Massachusetts) is a leader of self publishing in Massachusetts. We offer optimal self-publishing solutions for authors worldwide. From literary agency representation to worldwide marketing – including international rights – and independent publishing, we provide the best solutions for authors. Our services include developmental editing and copy editing, custom cover design and layout, book marketing, query letter and book proposals, literary agency representation, print, and e-book development. We provide the best exposure for your book!

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Aug 082014
 

WD-SP-ebook_600px1 (1)Writer’s Digest 2nd Annual Self-Published e-Book Awards is a competition that spotlights today’s self-published works and honors self-published authors. This is such a great opportunity for any established or aspiring writer. Whether you’re a professional writer, a part-time freelancer or a self-starting student, here’s your chance to enter WD’s newest competition, exclusively for self-published e-books.

Deadline: September 2, 2014

You can enter here: https://app.wizehive.com/apps/WDeBookAwards14

Enter your book into one these categories:

  • Mainstream/Literary Fiction
  • Genre Fiction (Includes all sub-genres such as Romance, Horror, Science Fiction, Humor, etc.)
  • Nonfiction (General, Cookbooks, Reference, Guidebooks, Textbooks)
  • Inspirational (Spiritual, New Age)
  • Life Stories (Biographies, Autobiographies, Family Histories, Memoirs)
  • Children’s Picture books
  • Middle-Grade/Young Adult books
  • Poetry

One Grand Prize Winner will receive:

  • $3,000 cash
  • Interview with winner featured in Writer’s Digest magazine
  • Winner’s name on the cover of Writer’s Digest magazine (subscriber issues)
  • A full 250-word (minimum) editorial review of the winning book
  • $200 worth of Writer’s Digest books
  • 30-minute platform & marketing consultation with Chuck Sambuchino, author of Create Your Writer Platform
  • One year Subscription (new or renewal) to Writer’s Digest magazine

The First-Place Winner in each category will receive:

  • $1000 in prize money
  • Recognition in Writer’s Digest magazine
  • A 140-character write-up, perfect for tweeting to fans, followers, and potential new readers
  • $100 worth of Writer’s Digest Books
  • One year Subscription (new or renewal) to Writer’s Digest magazine

Honorable Mention Winners will receive $50 worth of Writer’s Digest Books and be promoted onwww.writersdigest.com.

All entrants will receive a brief commentary from the judges.

SDP Publishing Solutions, LLC (formerly Sweet Dreams Publishing of Massachusetts) is a leader of self publishing in Massachusetts. We offer optimal self-publishing solutions for authors worldwide. From literary agency representation to worldwide marketing – including international rights – and independent publishing, we provide the best solutions for authors. Our services include developmental editing and copy editing, custom cover design and layout, book marketing, query letter and book proposals, literary agency representation, print, and e-book development. We provide the best exposure for your book!

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Jul 172014
 

BFA_Call_cover_180px+borderThe Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), the largest not-for-profit trade association of independent publishers, a leader for member benefits, education, and advocacy, has announced a call for entries for the 27th Annual IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards™. Regarded as one of the highest national honors in small and independent publishing, the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards includes 55 categories recognizing excellence in both editorial and design. The Awards are unique in that the entrants receive direct feedback on their submissions. The actual judging forms are returned to all participating publishers.

This is a fantastic chance to have your work recognized on national level. However, you need to be a member of the IBPA in order to enter the contest. SDP Publishing is a member of IBPA and we can offer our authors the opportunity to submit their books for this contest. If you are interested in submitting your book, please contact us at lross@SDPPublishing.com, and we can help you through the process.

SDP Publishing’s F.G. Capitanio’s Mariner’s Hollow was the Gold Winner in the 2014 Benjamin Franklin Award for Teen Fiction!

The 2015 Call for Entries is now open!

Publishers of print books with a copyright date of 2014 may enter the competition. To assist the judges and ensure they have enough time to review each book, there are two deadlines: the first on September 30, 2014 and the second on December 15, 2014.

Visit the newly redesigned Benjamin Franklin Awards website for further details. http://ibpabenjaminfranklinawards.com/

Independent publishing is vibrant and growing. Help us celebrate your contributions by entering the 27th annual Benjamin Franklin Awards!

WHY ENTER?

One Gold and two Silver award winners are determined in each category. Prestige as a publisher is one of the many benefits of being named a winner of this distinguished award. In addition, all winners receive:

  • Two tickets to the award ceremony recognizing all the award winners. See below.
  • A personalized award certificate.
  • Special award stickers to affix to the winning books.
  • Recognition prior to the awards ceremony on the IBPA website.
  • Archived listing after the awards ceremony on the IBPA website.
  • Announcement to major trade journals (including Publishers Weekly and Book Business), to select public libraries, through all IBPA social media channels, including Facebook, Twitter, the IBPA Blog and more.

Winners for the years from 2010 through 2014 are archived on the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards website. In addition, winners from 2001 through 2013 are archived on the IBPA Online website.

SDP Publishing Solutions, LLC (formerly Sweet Dreams Publishing of Massachusetts) is a leading provider of independent publishing in Massachusetts. We offer optimal self publishing and independent publishing solutions for our authors. Located south of Boston, from literary agency representation to worldwide marketing – including international rights – we provide the best solutions for authors worldwide. Our services include developmental editing and copy editing, custom cover design and layout, book marketing, query letter and book proposals, literary agency representation, print and e-book development. We provide the best exposure for your book!

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Jul 082014
 

Carole SacinoCarole Sacino is a respected thought leader, innovator, speaker, business and personal strategist, and she is author of one of SDP Publishing’s newest releases, Build Your A-Game: Be Seen—Be Heard—Be Remembered. In addition, Carole has co-authored Savvy Leadership Strategies for Women and Empowering Transformations for Women, and she is CEO of Turning Point Institute, which she founded in 2007.

Build Your A-Game connects readers with the idea of taking the reins to bring forth their best selves in life, work, and relationships. The aim of the book is to help you create/recreate awareness about your personal power: who you are from the inside out, from your professional brand to your presence. Its first day on Amazon, Build Your A Game reached #4 in Personal Success, #11 in Leadership, and #39 in Personal Finance! In this interview, Carole talks about how this book was largely inspired from revelations she had in a dream, yet informed and shaped by her entire life, and how we can all learn to “Be seen – Be heard – Be remembered!”

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer? When did you start?

“I never started with intention of being a writer. I’m a good writer, but it wasn’t something that I really thought about. Then, over a year ago, I woke up in the middle of the night and felt like I needed to write down what I had been dreaming about. After a couple of hours, I looked at the manila folder that I had grabbed and realized I had started something. It was basically the beginning of Build Your A Game. It was a collection of my life, coming through in this kind of download of keywords and a diagram that became the basis of this book. And, I was thinking:  ‘What is this meant to mean?’ As I looked at it more carefully, I realized these themes had always been part of my conversations and experience. These are all things that have been accumulating during my life.”

What motivated you to write Build Your A Game?

“Well, obviously some of that’s covered in my previous answer. When I looked at what I had and thought about what was coming out, I started to think: This is nothing new. There was a lot of self-doubt talk – someone has already done this, etc.

I decided to take my folder and ideas to a friend, figuring she was going to say that’s nice, but nothing new. But she had a different reaction than what I expected. She was overwhelmingly positive, and she said: ‘You need to get this out into the world.’ I pondered this for a little while longer, and decided to share it with a colleague, and she loved it. Of course, I got all excited!

Eventually, I called Lisa [Akoury Ross], ready to write a book. And then I froze; I wasn’t able to do it. I went back and forth on writing the book. And, then I ended up creating the process — the A game process, or the steps we take as we build our A game. It’s not a linear process. This process starts over and over again, and it’s automatic. All of this stuff that I’ve been through in my life, had to come out. Not for me, but to share the process. I got out of my ego and I realized that what I’ve learned, I can share to help others.”

Where do you get your inspiration?

“I get it from life. Every day, I wake up being curious. We don’t know what we don’t know until we know it. Until we have awareness, we can’t do anything about it.  I want to help others to create awareness about something they didn’t know and figure out how to use that awareness to make other choices. Without awareness, we can’t proceed to action, because we won’t know.”

Which writers inspire you?

“In 2001, after 9-11, like a lot of people, I was doing a lot of soul searching. I thought: There has to be more to life. I turned to books as part of this. The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho – reading this was a turning point for me. It was a key book. Other writers that inspire me are, Wayne Dyer for the spiritual side; Jack Canfield’s Chicken Soup helped nurture me; Jim Colllins helped with business; and Seth Godin for a number of reasons.”

What have you written besides Build Your A Game? Where can we buy or see them?

“I am a co-author of two books: Empowering Transformation for Women, a collection of stories of women’s empowerment, and Savvy Leadership Strategies for Women. I was also the creator and host of “The AWE (Advancing Women Everywhere) Factor” radio show.”

Quickly, give us the genre of your book and a 30-word or less tagline:

“My book can fall under personal development, professional development, personal success, and leadership. To be seen, heard, and remembered – it’s a process that starts with awareness, personal authenticity, alliance, affluence (influence and how use it), advocate, and pay it forward to others.”

Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book?

“People who are interested in both the personal and professional and who want expand their in work and in life. Even though I do a lot of work with women, the book is really gender neutral.”

What other books are similar to your own? What makes them alike? What makes them different?

“There are thousands of books on leadership, each one has their own value. This is my authentic story, conversations about real life experiences. Some of the other books are very different, not stories but fact and figures.”

What are you working on right now? What’s it about?

“Building the platform for Build You’re A Game. The book is just one part of it. I am working on building my coaching business and speaking business. I’m also in the process of developing an online community for webinars and workshops, providing training and resources.”

How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?

“When I was writing the book, I was going through it. I had to revisit stuff I forgot about, including situations and scenarios that were challenging. I had to figure out what the learning opportunities were, and what would I have done differently. It was a humbling experience. I realized that once you break it down, you can break through. There’s nothing we can’t break through if we put our minds to it. You can make it through with resilience and bounce back. I faced adversity while writing the book. As I said, at first, I couldn’t write a word. But, I learned to trust the process and go with the flow.”

What is the hardest thing about writing?

“When I was on, I was on. I could write thousands of words. When I wasn’t on, I couldn’t write. I became able to accept the fact that this book would come out, but maybe not on my time. When I couldn’t write, I switched gears and went on to something else to get out of my head.”

What is the easiest thing about writing?

“Getting out of my head and into my heart. It has nothing to do with logical thinking. Start with one word and let it unfold.”

In what formats is your book available?

“Ebook, Kindle, Soft cover. It’s on Amazon, and will be going to other platforms.”

What advice would you give to aspiring writers?

“Make a commitment and stick with it. Don’t try to do it alone. Take small steps or large toward your dream. Set actionable goals. Don’t edit as you go. Get it all out. Nothing is ever going to be good enough. Know when good is good enough. And, hire a good editor to help you through the process!”

How can we contact you or find out more about your books? How can readers discover more about you and you work?

Website:  www.buildyourAgame.com

Blog: (will be up on site shortly)

Facebook: www.facebook.com/carole.sacino

Twitter: https://twitter.com/carolesacino  

LinkedIn: www.linkedIn.com/IN/cms1013

Amazon Author Page:  https://www.amazon.com/author/carolesacino

What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?

“Readers could help by writing reviews. Share it with colleagues. Follow/connect on social media.”

Can you give us a snippet from your book that is meant to intrigue and tantalize us?

“Be seen – Be heard – Be remembered!

Everything starts with you! Think about it; once you choose to be conscious and aware of anything and everything around you … there is not one thing in life that isn’t connected to you. Now, does that mean you need to know everything? What is “everything”? Everything, to each of us, is individual and unlimited, based on our own personal desires to discover new knowledge and insights. We have the power of free will and choice in regard to how we want to handle any situation. What is important is how we use our personal power, professional presence, responsibility, accountability, and actions in our daily lives.

My intention for this book is simply to create awareness for you in areas that you may not have been thinking about or have forgotten about. Use this book as a gentle reminder, and more importantly, to think about what it is you want or desire in your life and how to go about creating it.”

Can you talk a little bit about the process of working with SDP Publishing and going through the process of self-publishing?

“Once I decided to do self-publishing, I did my homework. I searched all kinds of avenues, lots of options out there. I met Lisa at an event, and found her to be a person of quality and passion. She was actually pretty tough regarding what she was expecting of me!

She was prepared with the difficult questions I wasn’t ready to answer. Definitely, get someone like her to help you through the process. When I decided to say yes, she guided me. She asked me to write an outline. I had a lot in my head and to write, but not sure how to structure it, which she helped me with.

She found the best editor for me to help me structure it. My editor came back at me and helped me to organize. She kept me going, and it flowed in the right places at the right time. The process takes a lot longer than I expected, but it was so worth it in the end.

You need to have realistic expectations of how long the process will take. At SDP, they’re very good at the details. Their name is on it too. You won’t find that everywhere. Believe me, I checked. Everyone was very professional and thorough through the whole process. They’re honest, and tell you like it is. They will help you set reasonable expectations – even when you don’t want to hear it!”

Is there anything else you’d like to say?

“If you want to write a book, write a book! It may never get published, but write it’s all about the freedom to express yourself. Even if it’s never shared. It’s about what you want to express and how you can affect one person or a million. Writing should be about sharing something that’s important to you.”

SDP Publishing Solutions, LLC (formerly Sweet Dreams Publishing of Massachusetts) is a leading provider of independent publishing in Massachusetts. We offer optimal self publishing and independent publishing solutions for our authors. Located south of Boston, from literary agency representation to worldwide marketing – including international rights – we provide the best solutions for authors worldwide. Our services include developmental editing and copy editing, custom cover design and layout, book marketing, query letter and book proposals, literary agency representation, print and e-book development. We provide the best exposure for your book!

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Jun 252014
 

SDP Publishing is so proud to announce that F.G. Capitanio’s Mariner’s Hollow is the Gold Winner in the 2014 Benjamin Franklin Award for Teen Fiction!Ja-FINAL VERSION-Front_GoldStar_6-5-14

The IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards, which includes 52 categories recognizing excellence in book editorial and design, are regarded as one of the highest national honors for independent publishers.

Prestige as a publisher is one of the many benefits of being named as a winner of this distinguished award. In addition, Gold winners receive an engraved crystal trophy.

A little about Mariner’s Hollow 

A mysterious and desolate island. A devastating turn of events. A secret that will reveal the true meaning of Justice.

Fifteen-year-old Justice Worth is summoned to the house of Eleanor Burby, an unknown aunt living on Mariner’s Hollow Island, miles off the turbulent Maine coast. Events transpire that are much worse than spending winter break apart from his friends back home, and turn his visit into a nightmare. A blizzard slams the island in all its fury, and in its midst, his aunt dies of an apparent suicide. Trapped in her island home, stalked by ghosts within and a murderer outside, Justice begins to unravel not only the truth behind his aunt’s death, but the family secrets threatening to destroy his perception of those he loves most.

Little about Aunt Eleanor’s death makes sense, but as Justice probes the lives of those closest to her, suspects multiply and new dangers arise. Through it all, island spirits continue to haunt him, pushing him towards the family’s dark secrets, before the only living person who knows them all silences him forever, burying the truth in the one place where it may never be found: Mariner’s Hollow.

About the Author

F. G. Capitanio is the author of several published poems, essays, and short stories. Mariner’s Hollow is his first published novel. He has spent several years in various departments of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration within the Northeast Fisheries Science Center, located in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.  He lives year round on Cape Cod, while continuing to work on his second Justice Worth mystery.

Congratulations!

SDP Publishing Solutions, LLC (formerly Sweet Dreams Publishing of Massachusetts) is a leader of self publishing in Massachusetts. We offer optimal self-publishing solutions for authors worldwide. From literary agency representation to worldwide marketing – including international rights – and independent publishing, we provide the best solutions for authors. Our services include developmental editing and copy editing, custom cover design and layout, book marketing, query letter and book proposals, literary agency representation, print, and e-book development. We provide the best exposure for your book!

 

Jun 132014
 

Through narrative and advice, Phyllis delivers hope and inspiration9780989972383-Perfect_cover_HelpMe_04-24-14.indd

Providence, R.I., June 12, 2014 – Phyllis R. Brown just released a new edition of her book, Help Me! I’m Slipping, a memoir of her relationship with her husband who fell victim to Alzheimer’s disease.

At its core, this is a love story. Brown started her journey with Bert at 17 and continued on for 65 years, remaining devoted to her soul mate the entire time. As a loving wife and caregiver, Brown recalls the final years of Bert’s life and the difficulties that came with them: side effects of various medications, trouble finding the right aides and problems with communication. Even with the difficulties, Brown emphasizes the highlights including visits with family members and friends along with moments of laughter and love.

Interspersed with advice on helping someone through the hardships of the disease, Brown documents her husband’s last years with careful detail and telling anecdotes. “We tried to enjoy something in each day, to find something to cherish,” she writes, whether that meant taking a walk, going down to the cafe for lunch, or just sitting together quietly, enjoying each other’s presence. Although battling through her own stress and emotional turmoil under the pressure of taking care of Bert, Brown supported her husband until the very end. She helped Bert maintain his dignity, and live a comfortable, happy life.

Combining personal narrative and facts about Alzheimer’s, Brown’s book is a comfort to caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients, as well as anyone coping with a loved one’s illness. She turns this emotional story into an honest and inspiring book that will be sure to help caregivers learn to cherish the wonderful moments amidst strenuous hardships.  Help Me! I’m Slipping can be purchased through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and SDP Publishing.

ISBN-13 (print): 978-0-9899723-8-3

e-ISBN-13 (ebook): 978-0-9899723-9-0.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Phyllis R. Brown, PhD, Professor Emerita of Chemistry at the University of Rhode Island, has an international reputation for her research and publications in the field of analytical chemistry. She has written over 200 articles in scientific journals and wrote or edited five books. She retired and became a caregiver when her husband of more than sixty years developed Alzheimer’s disease.

SDP Publishing Solutions, LLC (formerly Sweet Dreams Publishing of Massachusetts) is a leader of self publishing in Massachusetts. We offer optimal self-publishing solutions for authors worldwide. From literary agency representation to worldwide marketing – including international rights – and independent publishing, we provide the best solutions for authors. Our services include developmental editing and copy editing, custom cover design and layout, book marketing, query letter and book proposals, literary agency representation, print, and e-book development. We provide the best exposure for your book!