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Join Other Indie Authors as a Top Seller!

Have you ever wondered how the top selling indie authors achieved their success?

A stack of books to show the power of indie authors achieving success with publishing support.
Today I am going to cover the question of who the top selling indie authors are and how they got there. This is the second of the four top questions I get; go here to see how I covered the first question below:

  • What does “Indie Publishing” mean?
  • Who are the most famous indie authors and how did they do it?
  • What are the three distinct ways to go about publishing?
  • What are the top ten questions authors should ask an indie publisher before committing to one?
Let’s look at some of the most successful indie authors and learn some of their secrets to success.

I recommend conducting an internet search for any of the following names: Vince Flynn, Darcy Chan, Amanda Hocking and the famous EL James. You’ll find that they all started out as independently / self-published authors. Most of them were rejected by traditional publishers at first. Now each one of them have gone on to sign big book deals, including movie rights.

One of my favorite indie author success stories is about the late Vince Flynn. For any political/military thriller fans, Vince Flynn and his Mitch Rapp series have become very popular. He grew up struggling with Dyslexia and was determined to beat it. He was also in the military for a short time, all the while voraciously reading all of the political and military thrillers he could get his hands on at the time: Tom Clancy, David Baldacci, Nelson DeMille—all outstanding writers in this genre. He began to formulate his own story following what many in the industry call the “boilerplate” or “blueprint” for mass market books. He had a great editor helping him and was ready to shop for a traditional publisher.

After being rejected countless times, he decided to self-publish. He developed a sound marketing plan, starting with his local market, using word-of-mouth, grassroots marketing and taking advantage of the social media channels available to build awareness. He hit the top 10 list on Amazon and sure as anything the big houses came calling! He signed a multi-million-dollar deal to write the Mitch Rapp series with Atria books (an imprint of Simon & Schuster).

Who hasn’t at least heard of El James and the 50 Shades of Grey trilogy? This indie author famously went through an independent publisher who helped her go from manuscript to multiple film deals.

If you are determined to add yourself to the list  of “indie authors,”here are my suggestions:

  1. Read a lot of books in your genre.
  2. Note who is publishing them.
  3. Identify the blueprint, i.e. the formula, for the books of a particular author through a specific publisher and use that blueprint to formulate your own book. These blueprints are tried and true for the audience for those books.
  4. Never try and write for EVERYONE. Choose a very specific audience.
  5. Hire a great editorial team—I CANNOT specify this enough. I’ll go over how to find right editor for your manuscript in a future blog.
  6. Create a great marketing plan (hire someone that can help you with this) because selling yourself and your work can be difficult for some. Hiring a professional to write your pitch can help to position yourself in a competitive landscape. If you are budget conscious, find out what you are comfortable doing yourself and what you should hire out. Then follow through! Start locally and make a name for yourself within your local area first. (More on detailed marketing plans in a future post.)

These tips can help you join these successful indie authors and partnering with an independent publishing company can help streamline and accelerate that process!

 

Indie Publishing – The What and Why! (Blog 1)

Why indie publishing is a viable option for authors

A sample book to illustrate how indie publishing can help you become a legitimate published author.

Today I will share information about indie publishing and why this form of publishing is a viable option for many authors. This post is the first in a series that will answer the most popular questions. Here are four top questions that will help clarify things:

  • What does “Indie Publishing” mean?
  • Who are the most famous indie authors and how did they do it?
  • What are the three distinct ways to go about publishing?
  • What are the top ten questions authors should ask an indie publisher before committing to one?
Today let’s dive into the first question: What does indie publishing actually mean?

To fully answer this question, it’s important to understand the difference between self-publishing and indie publishing.

Today, self-publishing for the most part means you tackle all of the steps yourself to get your manuscript into book or eBook format completely alone. If you have the time and knowledge to go about doing this and still be able to compete in a very competitive marketplace—meaning you have great content that satisfies a need in the marketplace, a defined target audience, a professional book cover and interior layout, you’re properly registered to the trade on all of the publishing databases and know how to compete globally—that’s a great place to be! If you have the time, knowledge and the resources I encourage you to go that route.

However, most self-published authors are relatively new to this industry and are not aware of what is involved in the entire publishing process. Many realize later that libraries and bookstores won’t accept their books because they do not satisfy all of publishing requirements. Some go from point A to point Z without knowing there’s all this stuff in between. Independent (indie) publishing companies are available to do just that—help authors with all of the A-Z professional publishing services. Some are better than others, so authors need to be mindful of that and choose the right one for them. (See future blogs about the top 10 questions to ask a publisher before committing to one.)

Today, many independent bookstores and even chains like B&N are embracing books from indie publishing sources and that’s great news for all you indie authors. However, there are some criteria for an author to make it past the initial bookstore pitch, especially with the bookstore chains.

Check back for my look at successful indie authors (Blog 2) and how they indie publishing helped to fulfill their dreams!

 

Photo Highlights from Indie Author Day 2016!

We had such a great day at Indie Author Day on Saturday, October 8, at the Tufts Library in Weymouth! Take a look at some of our photos.

Indie Author Day is an event bringing together members of local libraries, writing communities, and indie authors across North America. The event features local authors, book signings, advice from publishers, and an overview of free library resources for writers! 

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Join Lisa Akoury-Ross for Indie Author Day — Tufts Library, Weymouth, MA, Sat., October 8

indieauthordayJoin Weymouth Public Libraries and libraries across North America as they host Indie Author Day, an event bringing together members of local writing communities. This event will feature a panel of local authors, book signings, advice from publishers, and an overview of free library resources for writers! 

At 2 p.m., everyone will join a nationwide digital gathering featuring a Q&A with writers, agents, and industry leaders who will bring together the larger indie community.

Saturday, October 8th, 1:00-4:30 p.m.

Tufts Library, 46 Broad Street, Weymouth, MA 02188

Program

Moderator: Maureen Walsh

1:00-1:30         Welcome and What the Library Can Do For You: Kristy Lockhart, Head of Reference & Adult Services

1:30-2:00         Top Ten Questions Authors Should Ask a Publisher Before Committing to One: Lisa Akoury Ross, Literary Agent & Publisher

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2:00-3:00         Indie Author Day Digital Gathering: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCd3_iMTcywC0H-zE4dF0JTA

3:00-3:10         Break for refreshments

3:10-4:00         Author Panel:

Lila Dooley, Each Step I Take

  • Michael Lewis, The Great Pirate Christmas Battle, Battle for the Knotty List
  • Maribeth MacDonald, Signing with Maribeth: Baby Sign Language
  • Tom MacDonald, The Charlestown Connection, Beyond the Bridge, The Revenge of Liam McGrew

4:00-4:30         Author Book Signings and Mingling

Register Online: http://www.weymouth.ma.us/weymouth-public-libraries/news/indie-author-day

Outstanding Review from Midwest Book Review for Lila Dooley’s "Each Step I Take"

A_9780997285352-Perfect_Cover_EachStep_Lila Dooley_R1-hj.indd“The author, Lila Dooley, was just thirteen years old when she wrote ‘Each Step I Take.’ Consistently compelling and deftly crafted from beginning to end, it is no exaggeration to observe that ‘Each Step I Take’ is one of those extraordinary works that can be a life altering read. Unreservedly recommended for the personal reading lists of teens and young adults, as well as an invaluable addition to public school and community library collections, ‘Each Step I Take’ is one of those rare works of literature that will linger in the mind and memory long after the book itself has been finished and set back upon the shelf.”
 
Midwest Book Review, August, 2016
“Each Step I Take” is the poetic story of one girl’s journey through bullying. Told from Lila Dooley’s teenage point of view, “Each Step I Take” reflects what many teenagers are experiencing in today’s world of growing up with social media and extreme feelings of being excluded by peers or classmates. Lila’s intensely personal poetry, divided into themes of darkness and light, sheds light on how bullying is not just physical-it affects young adults psychologically as well. Lila’s message of acceptance and hope is something we all can learn from. As she writes in the poem, “Perfect”: Perfect is a word to describe ordinary / That’s the thing about me / I am not perfect / I am not ordinary / I am extraordinary.

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Writer’s Digest Hosts the 24th Annual Self-Published Competition

SelfPub-LogoSelf-published authors understand the importance of third-party reviews and publicity. The Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards provides self-published authors with an opportunity to compete for some great prizes and publicity for their books, which can help excel an author’s writing career. The deadline to enter has been extended to June 6.

Prizes
One Grand Prize winner will receive:

  • $8,000 in cash
  • A feature article about you and your book for the March/April 2017 issue of Writer’s Digest
  • A press release from Writer’s Digest, to be sent, along with a copy of your book, to 10 different major publishing review houses
  • A paid trip to the ever-popular Writer’s Digest Conference!
  • A guaranteed review in Midwest Book Review, courtesy of Brian Jud & Book Marketing Works, LLC.
  • Guaranteed acceptance in a special sales catalog, providing the Grand Prize Winner with national representation through 60,000 salespeople selling to non-bookstore markets, courtesy of Brian Jud & Book Marketing Works, LLC.
  • Three hours of consultation on business modeling and marketing with Antoinette Kuritz of Strategies Literary Development ($750 vale).
  • A copy of The CrowdFunding Guide for Authors and Writers and consultation with Book Shepherd Judith Briles (valued at $500), courtesy of Brian Jud & Book Marketing Works, LLC.
  • Four (4) hours of consulting from Ellen Reid, CEO of the Reid Creative Group and President of Ellen Reid’s Book Shepherding.
  • A 30-minute telephone consultation about book marketing and promotion with Scott Lorenze, Westwind Communications.
  • A one-year membership to Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), the largest not-for-profit trade association representing nearly 3,000 independent book publishers, courtesy of IBPA.

One First Prize winner in each category will receive:

  • $1,000 in cash
  • Promotion in the March/April 2017 issue of Writer’s Digest
  • A one-year membership in The Association of Publishers for Special Sales (APSS), courtesy of Brian Jud & Book Marketing Works, LLC.
  • A guaranteed review in Midwest Book Review, courtesy of Brian Jud & Book Marketing Works, LLC.
  • A one-year membership to Book Central Station where you can find lists of suppliers rated by previous clients, provided by Brian Jud & Book Marketing Works, LLC.
  • An e-book titled Beyond the Bookstore, a Publishers Weekly book by Brian Jud (with CD).

All Grand Prize and First Prize winners will receive:

  • Be featured on the Writer’s Digest website
  • $100 worth of Writer’s Digest Books
  • A digital award seal for use in promoting your win.

Honorable Mention Winners will receive $50 worth of Writer’s Digest Books and promotion on www.writersdigest.com.

All entrants will receive a brief commentary from one of the judges. All entrants will also receive free access to a special 60-minute live webinar (a $79 value). The webinar, 10 Ways to Find an Audience For Your Book by Dan Blank*, will be on June 28.

Categories

  • Mainstream/Literary Fiction
  • Genre Fiction
  • Nonfiction
  • Inspirational (Spiritual, New Age)
  • Life Stories (Biographies, Autobiographies, Family Histories, Memoirs)
  • Children’s Picture books
  • Middle-Grade/Young Adult
  • Reference (Directories, Encyclopedias, Guide Books)
  • Poetry

Click here to learn more about the contest!

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Writing Contests and Journal Submissions for Summer 2016

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$300 Hummingbird Flash Fiction Prize

Deadline: June 15, 2016

Got something short, sharp, and snappy to tell? Wow us with 1000 words of economical and brilliant storytelling. Final contest judge is flash fiction master, Bob Thurber. (Look him up! Seriously. You’ll thank me later.) Entry fee $15. Prize $300 and publication in Pulp Literature Issue 13. Limited to 300 entries. Critiques available. Details, details: pulpliterature.com/contests/the-hummingbird-flash-fiction-prize/

Swan Scythe Press Announces its 2016 Poetry Chapbook Contest

Deadline: June 15, 2016

Swan Scythe Press is now considering manuscripts for its 2016 Poetry Chapbook Contest. Submit a manuscript of 20-32 pages of poems that includes a title page with author’s name, address, phone number and email address and a second title page without personal identifiers, book title only. Submit to 1468 Mallard Way, Sunnyvale, CA 94087 or to swanscythepress.submittable.com/submit. Entry fee is $18.00 payable to Swan Scythe Press. Deadline is June 15th. Winner receives $200 and 25 perfect-bound chapbooks. For full guidelines and details, please visit www.swanscythe.com.

Slate Roof Press Chapbook Contest 2016 Elyse Wolf Prize $500

Extended Deadline: June 15, 2016

2016 Slate Roof Press Chapbook Contest/Elyse Wolf Prize. Slate Roof Press, an art-quality, member-run publisher, produces beautiful books with letterpress covers crafted by an award-winning printer. Send us 28 pages of your best, well-crafted poetry. The winner receives the $500 Elyse Wolf Prize, becomes an active member of the press, and gains valuable experience in many areas of publishing. Remote participation in Slate Roof Press through Skype/phone is possible. Slate Roof is a not-for-profit collaborative, publishing since 2004. Contest reading fee: $10. For additional information: www.slateroofpress.com

North Street Book Prize for Self-Published Books

Deadline: June 30, 2016
2nd year. Three authors will each win $1,500 plus additional benefits. Categories: Mainstream/Literary Fiction, Genre Fiction, and Creative Nonfiction/Memoir. $6,000 in total cash prizes. Fee: $50. Judges: Jendi Reiter and Ellen LaFleche. Submit online or by mail. Sponsored by Winning Writers, one of the “101 Best Websites for Writers” (Writer’s Digest) and one of the “100 Best Websites for Writers in 2016” (The Write Life). Guidelines: winningwriters.com/north.

The Conium Review Seeks Themed Submissions about “Dis/appearances”

Deadline: June 15, 2016

The Conium Review Online Compendium seeks flash fiction in response to the theme “Dis/appearances” from June 1st through June 15th. You may interpret the “Dis/appearances” theme broadly, but your story should include some variety of unexpected arrival or departure. This theme will be guest edited by Matt Tompkins, author of Studies in Hybrid Morphology and Souvenirs and Other Stories. If your piece is accepted, it will be published on our website, and you’ll receive a complimentary copy of Souvenirs. Send unpublished work under 1,000 words. No reading fee. Full guidelines here: coniumreview.com/themes/disappearances/

KYSO Flash Calls for Your Best Short-Shorts

Deadline: June 15, 2016

Online journal KYSO Flash (Knock-Your-Socks-Off Art and Literature) seeks to publish memorable literature and visual arts. Short forms (fiction, “faction,” poetry, and hybrids) up to 1,000 words each, including title. Please submit original, unpublished works only. Works accepted for publication will appear in Issue 6 online and may be considered for our annual print anthology. Payment: One complimentary copy per contributor. Reading Period: 15 April through 15 June 2016. Admin fee: $5 (USD) for up to five pieces. (No limit on total number of submissions, but each submission of 1-5 pieces must include an additional five-dollar payment.) Guidelines: www.kysoflash.com/Submissions.aspx

2016 Slapering Hol Chapbook Competition

Deadline: June 15, 2016

Writers who have not yet published a collection in book form are warmly invited to submit manuscripts to Slapering Hol Press’ annual poetry chapbook competition. Awards include $1000 cash, ten copies of the published chapbook, a reading at the Hudson Valley Writers’ Center in Sleepy Hollow, NY, and up to $500 in travel expenses. Reading fees: $17 online or $15 hard copy. More details at www.writerscenter.org/shp-sanger-stewart-chapbook-competition.

Call for Submissions: Duality and Doppelgangers

Deadline: June 20, 2016

Split it, reflect it, flip it, multiply it—Cicada YA lit/comics magazine is looking for poetry, fiction, comics, and humor dealing in doubles, division, dyads, and dichotomies. Send us your terrible twosomes: distorted mirrors, shape-shifters, uncanny similarities, life-stealing doppelgangers. What might you find in a reflection? A perfect copy? Sometimes you might only understand a thing by looking at what it is not. Duality might mean pitting two opposite but equal forces against one another—and not just good/evil or light/dark! cricketmag.submittable.com/submit/17820

2016 New American Fiction Prize

Deadline: June 24, 2016

$1,000 award and book publication. All full-length fiction manuscripts welcome, including novels, collections of stories and/or novellas, novels in verse, linked collections, collections of flash fiction, and others. Minimum 100pp, no maximum length. Final judge is Gina Frangello, author of the novels Every Kind of Wanting (Counterpoint, September 2016) and A Life in Men (Algonquin, 2014), as well as the story collections Slut Lullabies (Emergency Press, 2010) and My Sister’s Continent (Chiasmus, 2006). Reading fee: $22.50. Online submissions only, please. Visit website for more information newamericanpress.submittable.com/submit/

2016 May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize

Deadline: June 30, 2016

Bauhan Publishing is pleased to announce our sixth annual May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize is now accepting submissions. The award goes to a previously unpublished book-length collection of poetry (50-80 pages). The winning poet will receive $1,000, publication of their collection, and 100 copies of the published book along with distribution through the University Press of New England (UPNE). The cost for submission is $25 per manuscript. Entrants may submit multiple manuscripts. Poet Betsy Sholl is our 2016 judge. Visit our site for complete guidelines: www.bauhanpublishing.com/may-sarton-prize/.

Milk Journal, Summer 2016

Deadline: June 30, 2016

Milk Journal is seeking poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, for its second issue, set to be released in the Summer of 2016. We’re looking for work which illuminates underrepresented perspectives, makes us swoon, and pulls us in to a fevered relationship with your words. We will now also be welcoming submissions of artwork. For more information, please view our submission guidelines and our mission statement at: www.milkjournal.net.

July

2016 NANO Prize

Deadline: July 1, 2016

The 2016 NANO Prize, awarding publication and $1,000 to a previously unpublished work of fiction 300 words or fewer, will be judged this year by Kellie Wells! To celebrate NANO Fiction’s tenth birthday, the entry fee will only be $10 for up to three shorts, and all entrants will receive issue 10.1. Winners will be announced in mid-August nanofiction.org

2016 Seattle Review Poetry Chapbook Contest

Deadline: July 15, 2016

Judged by Claudia Rankine. Grand Prize: $1000 and 20 copies of the chapbook, printed by Paper Hammer. Top 2 finalists receive $100 each and publication in the Seattle Review. Length: 20-30 pages of poetry. Simultaneous submissions permitted. Entry fee: $20. All submissions considered for publication in SR. For full guidelines and to submit: www.theseattlereview.org/new-page/

Portable Story Series 2nd Contest

Deadline: July 29, 2016

Every four months, Portable Story Series holds a contest. Our current theme is “Time Travel”. Details can be found on our website. The winning story is recorded with a narrator at CDM Studios in Manhattan and is posted to portablestoryseries.com as a free download. Performance, recording, and mixing is valued at $5500 and the winning author receives a cash prize of $250 or 75% of the submission fees—whichever is greater. With each contest, we feature three charitable or non-profit organizations. When downloading the winning story, we encourage listeners to contribute to one of the featured organizations.

2017 Press 53 Award for Poetry

Deadline: July 31, 2016

A $1,000 advance plus a 1/4-page color ad in Poets & Writers magazine will be awarded to an outstanding, unpublished collection of poems. Tom Lombardo, Press 53 Poetry Series Editor, will serve as judge. Press 53 will publish the winning manuscript as a Tom Lombardo Poetry Selection under a standard publishing contract; all prizes will be awarded upon publication. Finalists will also be considered for publication. Deadline: Midnight Eastern Standard time, July 31, 2016. Winner and finalists announced on or before November 1. Reading fee: $30. Complete information at www.press53.com/Award_for_Poetry.html.

August

The Orison Anthology Awards

Deadline: August 1, 2016

The Orison Anthology Awards in Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry offer $500 and publication by Orison Books in The Orison Anthology for a single work in each genre. Judges: Ravi Howard (fiction), Catherine Reid (nonfiction), and Philip Metres (poetry). Entry fee: $15. Deadline: August 1. Complete details at www.orisonbooks.com/submission-guidelines.

Profane Nonfiction Prize ($1000) Judged by Dinty W. Moore

Deadline: August 1 , 2016

The Profane Nonfiction Prize ($1,000), judged by author and Brevity editor Dinty W. Moore, is open for submissions through July. $10 to enter 2 pieces for consideration. There is no theme. Send us your best flash, essays, journalism, or narratives that will spoon out some space in our guts. www.profanejournal.com

The Geist Can’t Lit Without It CanLit Short Story Contest

Deadline: August 1, 2016

Shake up the CanLit canon! Generate a CanLit premise at canlitgenerator.com, use the premise as the basis for a story (the weirder the better!) and enter to win literary fame and fortune. 500 words or less, any genre. $1000 in prizes to be won. Winning entries published in Geist and at geist.com. Get details and submit at geist.com/canlit-contest.

September

Call for Submissions: Poetry, Fction, Nonfiction, Visual Art, Swamp

Deadline: September 1, 2016

Swamp Ape Review is the new beast in South Florida’s growing body of literature. We are a national online journal (produced by the MFA in Creative Writing at Florida Atlantic University) looking for original work in 5 areas: poetry, fiction, nonfiction, visual art (graphics/photography, multimedia, or video), and swamp—our fifth category for works that defy genre. Submissions will be accepted until September 1st for publication in winter. For more info and the “why” behind our name and nature, visit www.swampapereview.com.

Submissions Open for Black Warrior Review’s Twelfth Annual Contest

Deadline: September 1, 2016

Black Warrior Review’s 2016 Contest in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction awards $1,000 and publication to winners in all three genres. Runners-up receive $100 and will be considered for publication. This year we are honored to have Hoa Nguyen (P), Sofia Samatar (F), and T Clutch Fleischmann (NF) as our guest judges. The cost to enter is $20 and includes a one-year subscription: bwr.ua.edu

Conium Press 2016 Book & Chapbook Contest: $1,000 prize

Deadline: September 1, 2016

The Conium Press 2016 Book & Chapbook Contest is open for fiction and hybrid submissions. Winner receives $1,000, publication of the winning manuscript, ten author copies, and a copy of the judge’s latest book. This year’s judge is Matt Bell, author of Scrapper, In the House Upon the Dirt Between the Lake and the Woods, Cataclysm Baby, How They Were Found, and the forthcoming collection A Tree or a Person or a Wall. September 1st deadline. $25 entry fee. Flexible word count. Full guidelines at coniumreview.com/contests.

First Edition Children’s Book Writing Contest

Deadline: September 30, 2016

Have you dreamed of having your children’s book published? The second annual First Edition Children’s Book Writing Contest is seeking manuscripts of 600 words or less for children birth to five years old. The winning author will have their manuscript edited, illustrated, printed, and promoted. The book will be sold online and in brick and mortar retail stores. The author will receive a $1,000 advance and 8% royalties. Submission fee of $50 which increases by $25 on August 15 and September 15. Manuscripts accepted beginning May 10, 2016. For more information and to submit your manuscript go to: www.firsteditionproject.com.

$5,000 Miller Williams Poetry Prize

Annual deadline: September 30

Every year, the University of Arkansas Press accepts submissions for the Miller Williams Poetry Series and from the books selected awards the $5,000 Miller Williams Poetry Prize in the following summer. Applications are accepted year-round. The deadline for the following year’s prize is September 30th. The series and prize are named for and operated to honor the cofounder and longtime director of the press, Miller Williams. The series is edited by Billy Collins. For more information visit www.uapress.com.

 

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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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Enter the Writer’s Digest Annual Writing Competition!

12561-WDAn-icon2Writer’s Digest’s 85th Annual Writing Competition

DEADLINE: May 6, 2016

Writer’s Digest has been shining a spotlight on up and coming writers in all genres through its Annual Writing Competition for more than 80 years. 501 winners will be chosen. The top winning entries of this writing contest will also be on display in the 85th Annual Writer’s Digest Competition Collection.

Prizes
One Grand Prize winner will receive:

  • An announcement of the winner on the cover of Writer’s Digest (subscriber issues only)
  • $5,000 in cash
  • An interview with the author in Writer’s Digest
  • One on one attention from four editors or agents
  • A paid trip to the ever-popular Writer’s Digest Conference!
  • A one year subscription to Writer’s Digest Tutorials
  • A 30-minute Platform Strategy Consultation with Chuck Sambuchino

The First place winner in each category will receive $1,000 in cash and $100 off a purchase from the Writer’s Digest Shop

The Second place winner in each category will receive $500 cash and $100 off a purchase from the Writer’s Digest Shop

The Third place winner in each category will receive $250 in cash and $100 off a purchase from the Writer’s Digest Shop

The Fourth place winner in each category will receive $100 in cash and $50 off a purchase from the Writer’s Digest Shop

The Fifth place winner in each category will receive $50 in cash and $50 off a purchase from the Writer’s Digest Shop

The Sixth through Tenth place winners in each category will receive $25 in cash and $25 off a purchase from the Writer’s Digest Shop

All top winners will also receive:

  • A one-year Writer’s Digest VIP membership, which includes a one-year subscription (new or renewal) to Writer’s Digest magazine, access to WritersMarket.com for one year, discounts on Writer’s Digest University workshops and discounts off of purchases made at WritersDigestShop.com.
  • Their names listed in Writer’s Digest, on WritersDigest.com and in the 84th Annual Writer’s Digest Annual Writing Competition Collection.

All Honorable Mentions receive:

  • 20% discount off of purchases made at WritersDigestShop.com
  • Their names listed in the 84th Annual Writer’s Digest Annual Writing Competition Collection.

Categories

  • Inspirational Writing (Spiritual/Religious)
  • Memoirs/Personal Essay
  • Magazine Feature Article
  • Genre Short Story (Mystery, Romance, etc.)
  • Mainstream/Literary Short Story
  • Rhyming Poetry
  • Non-rhyming Poetry
  • Stage Play
  • Television/Movie Script
  • Children’s/Young Adult Fiction

Learn more here: http://www.writersdigest.com/writers-digest-competitions/annual-writing-competition

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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