Building Your Author Platform

For indie and self-published authors, there’s a lot of talk about building your author platform and/or your marketing platform. Some people see these as two distinct entities while others may argue that they are the same thing. We won’t get into the semantics of that. The key is really just creating a platform, which means …

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Why You Should Submit to Writing Contests and Literary Journals

There are lots of great contests and journals that are almost always accepting submissions  for many different types of work, including fiction, non-fiction, fan and flash fiction, essays, short stories, poetry, novels, ebooks, chapbooks — you name it! Why enter writing contests, you ask? Entering these types of contests can help you keep your writing …

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The Importance of Catalog Representation for Your Book Marketing Plan

One of the biggest questions authors ask me is: “My book has been published for over a year, now what do I do to help keep it going?” Our advice is similar to what it would be for a newly published author, some of which includes: Work on getting professional reviews and blog write ups …

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SDP Publishing’s Lisa Akoury-Ross to Present at Boston Women Connect’s "Indie" Publishing Author Book Fair PLUS Networking – Monday, October 27

Join 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 …

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83rd Annual Writer’s Digest Competition Has Extended It’s Deadline to June 16!

This is such a great opportunity for any established or aspiring writer. Enter the 83rd Annual Writing Competition for your chance to win and have your work be seen by editors and agents! The winning entries of this writing contest will also be on display in the 83rd Annual Writer’s Digest Competition Collection. You can enter your work …

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Prize Increase and Deadline Extended to June 13: Enter Your Self-Published Book in the Writer's Digest's Self-Published Book Awards

Writer’s Digest’s Self-Published Book Awards contest has increased its grand prize, and extended the deadline June 13! The grand prize winner will receive his or her choice of $8,000 cash OR $3,000 cash and publicity exposure valued at $7,500. Click here to learn more. This competition is the perfect opportunity to take action and promote your self-published …

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Deadline: May 30! Enter the Writer’s Digest 22nd Annual Self-Published Book Awards

Have you ever felt like your work deserves more attention? This competition is the perfect opportunity to take action and promote your work! Writers from all genres are welcome, including fiction, non-fiction, inspirational, children’s and poetry, to name just a few.  Whether you’re a professional writer, a part-time freelancer or a self-starting student, here’s your chance …

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Enter the Writer’s Digest 22nd Annual Self-Published Book Awards

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 22nd annual self-published competition–the Annual Self-Published Book Awards. This self-published competition spotlights today’s self-published works and honors self-published authors. Early-Bird Deadline: April 1, 2014 What’s in …

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More Writing Contests for the End of 2013 and Beginning of 2014

A great way to gain credibility as a writer/author is by submitting to writing contests. There 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. These types of contests can help you keep …

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Guy Kawasaki’s Artisanal Publishing and How It’s Changing Publishing

You’ve probably all heard of Guy Kawasaki, the Silicon Valley author, speaker, investor, and business advisor. If you haven’t – especially if you’re interested in self-publishing – you need to know who he is. After some bad experiences working with traditional publishers on a few books, Kawasaki self-published his book, What the Plus, which is …

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