Celebrating SDP Publishing Authors’ Successes, and Looking Forward to 2015!

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 

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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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SDP Publishing Author, Rosemary Hanrahan Edwards, Receives High Praise from the 22nd Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards

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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Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition – Deadline January 16, 2015

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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Mariner’s Hollow Listed as Recommended Reading by Stevo's Book Reviews on the Internet

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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Winter Writing Contests: Start Submitting!

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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SDP Publishing Author, Phyllis R. Brown’s Book Help Me! I’m Slipping, Receives Endorsement from Author of Memories from My Life Blog: An Alzheimer's Blog

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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SDP Publishing’s Six Weeks to Love Running Author Dr. Julie Sieben Featured on BeautyHigh.com

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

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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Highlights from Boston Women Connect’s “Indie” Publishing Author Book Fair!

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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8 Tips to Help You Achieve Your 2014 Writing Resolutions Before the End of the Year

“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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