Writer’s Digest Hosts its 2nd Annual Self-Published E-Book Awards

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

WD83AnComp_600pxThis 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 into one or more of these 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

What You Can Win:

  • An announcement of the winner on the cover of Writer’s Digest*
  • A 30-minute Platform Strategy Consultation with Chuck Sambuchino*
  • A one year subscription to Writer’s Digest eBooks
  • A chance to win $3,000 in cash
  • Get national exposure for your work
  • One on one attention with four editors or agents
  • A paid trip to the ever-popular Writer’s Digest Conference!

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

Second place will receive $500 cash and $100 off a purchase from the Writer’s Digest Shop

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

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

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

Sixth through Tenth place winners will receive $25 in cash.

All winners will also receive:

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!

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

SelfPub22_800px2014Writer’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 book! Writers from all genres are welcome, including fiction, non-fiction, inspirational, children’s and poetry, and more. This self-published competition spotlights today’s self-published works and honors self-published authors; and, it can provide some great exposure for any self-published author.

Enter your book into one or more of these 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 books
  • Reference Books (Directories, Encyclopedias, Guide Books)
  • Poetry

One Grand Prize Winner will receive:

  • NEW-$8,000 cash OR $3,000 in cash PLUS publicity exposure on BookTrib.com valued at $7,500*
  • A trip to the Writer’s Digest Conference
  • Promotion in Writer’s Digest (March/April 2015 issue)
  • An endorsement from the Writer’s Digest editorial team–10 copies of their book for submission to major publishing review houses.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • A Marketplace Readiness Assessment Consult ($450 value) by Amy Collins. This includes cover, pricing, category, market and packaging research and consulting. Prizes courtesy of Brian Jud & Book Marketing Works, LLC.
  • A copy of Show Me About Book Publishing and consultation with Book Shepherd Judith Briles (valued at $500), courtesy of Brian Jud & Book Marketing Works, LLC.
  • A guaranteed review in Midwest Book Review, courtesy of Brian Jud & Book Marketing Works, LLC.
  • A $100 discount on a new website by NewMedia Website Design

Nine First-Place Winners will receive:

  • $1,000 cash and promotion in Writer’s Digest (March/April 2015 issue)
  • A one-year membership to Small Publishers Association of North America (SPAN), 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).
  • A $100 discount on a new website by NewMedia Website Design

All Grand Prize and First Place winners will:

  • Be featured on the Writer’s Digest website
  • $100 worth of Writer’s Digest Books

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

All entrants will receive a brief commentary from one of the judges.

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!

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

SelfPub22_800px2014Have 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 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.

Deadline: May 30, 2014

What’s in it for you?

  • A chance to win $3,000 in cash
  • National exposure for your work
  • The attention of prospective editors and publishers
  • A paid trip to the ever-popular Writer’s Digest Conference!

How to enter: Register and pay online or download a printable entry form. (Early-bird entry fees are $99 for the first entry, and $75 for each additional entry.)

Click here to enter!

Enter your book into one or more of these 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 books
  • Reference Books (Directories, Encyclopedias, Guide Books)
  • Poetry

One Grand Prize Winner will receive:

  • $3,000 cash and a trip to the Writer’s Digest Conference
  • An endorsement from the Writer’s Digest editorial team–10 copies of their book for submission to major publishing review houses.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • A Marketplace Readiness Assessment Consult ($450 value) by Amy Collins. This includes cover, pricing, category, market and packaging research and consulting. Prizes courtesy of Brian Jud & Book Marketing Works, LLC.
  • A copy of Show Me About Book Publishing and consultation with Book Shepherd Judith Briles (valued at $500), courtesy of Brian Jud & Book Marketing Works, LLC.
  • A guaranteed review in Midwest Book Review, courtesy of Brian Jud & Book Marketing Works, LLC.
  • A $100 discount on a new website by NewMedia Website Design

Nine First-Place Winners will receive:

  • $1,000 cash and promotion in Writer’s Digest
  • A one-year membership to Small Publishers Association of North America (SPAN), 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).
  • A $100 discount on a new website by NewMedia Website Design

All Grand Prize and First Place winners will:

  • Be featured on the Writer’s Digest website
  • $100 worth of Writer’s Digest Books

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

All entrants will receive a brief commentary from the judges.

Check out the winners and entrants from the 20th annual competition

Click here to enter!

If you’re interested in learning more about how to maximize your exposure and gain credibility through third-party reviews or by entering contests, contact SDP Publishing. We have extensive experience working with authors to submit their work to third-party reviewers and contests to help expand their marketing potential.

SDP Publishing is currently offering a great promotion to authors who are thinking about self-publishing. To receive your free 45-minute consultation, send us a one-paragraph book synopsis, a brief author bio, a list of comparable titles, and the first three chapters of your manuscript. SDP Publishing Solutions will review and set up time to talk with you to provide direction and recommendations on what you need to do to publish your book and get it on the market!

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!

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 it for you?

  • A chance to win $3,000 in cash
  • National exposure for your work
  • The attention of prospective editors and publishers
  • A paid trip to the ever-popular Writer’s Digest Conference!

How to enter: Register and pay online or download a printable entry form. (Early-bird entry fees are $99 for the first entry, and $75 for each additional entry.)

Click here to enter!

Enter your book into one or more of these 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 books
  • Reference Books (Directories, Encyclopedias, Guide Books)
  • Poetry

One Grand Prize Winner will receive:

  • $3,000 cash and a trip to the Writer’s Digest Conference
  • An endorsement from the Writer’s Digest editorial team–10 copies of their book for submission to major publishing review houses.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • A Marketplace Readiness Assessment Consult ($450 value) by Amy Collins. This includes cover, pricing, category, market and packaging research and consulting. Prizes courtesy of Brian Jud & Book Marketing Works, LLC.
  • A copy of Show Me About Book Publishing and consultation with Book Shepherd Judith Briles (valued at $500), courtesy of Brian Jud & Book Marketing Works, LLC.
  • A guaranteed review in Midwest Book Review, courtesy of Brian Jud & Book Marketing Works, LLC.
  • A $100 discount on a new website by NewMedia Website Design

Nine First-Place Winners will receive:

  • $1,000 cash and promotion in Writer’s Digest
  • A one-year membership to Small Publishers Association of North America (SPAN), 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).
  • A $100 discount on a new website by NewMedia Website Design

All Grand Prize and First Place winners will:

  • Be featured on the Writer’s Digest website
  • $100 worth of Writer’s Digest Books

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

All entrants will receive a brief commentary from the judges.

Check out the winners and entrants from the 20th annual competition

Click here to enter!

If you’re interested in learning more about how to maximize your exposure and gain credibility through third-party reviews or by entering contests, contact SDP Publishing. We have extensive experience working with authors to submit their work to third-party reviewers and contests to help expand their marketing potential.

SDP Publishing is currently offering a great promotion to authors who are thinking about self-publishing. To receive your free 45-minute consultation, send us a one-paragraph book synopsis, a brief author bio, a list of comparable titles, and the first three chapters of your manuscript. SDP Publishing Solutions will review and set up time to talk with you to provide direction and recommendations on what you need to do to publish your book and get it on the market!

SDP Publishing Solutions, LLC (formerly Sweet Dreams Publishing of Massachusetts) offers 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!

Four Great Strategies for Independently Publishing Your Book

IndependentPublishingSo, you’re thinking about independently publishing a book. Creative control, shorter time-to-market, and greater royalty per copy are just a few of the benefits of independently publishing a book. A recent article in Writer’s Digest provides some strategies that you can use if you’re still deciding whether or not self-publishing is the route for you. Below, we’ll highlight some of the tips in the article that might be helpful as you decide if you should independently publish your book.

(If you’re thinking about writing a book, but aren’t sure where to start, check out our post, “I Want to Write a Book. Where Do I Start?”)

Strategy #1: Evaluate the latest options to find the best approach for your individual needs.

What are the goals for your book? Who is the audience you are trying to reach? Are you trying to promote your business or write a memoir for your family? Do you want to publish an e-book, a print book, or both? Identifying why you want to publish your book is important. Once you determine your end goals, you can set your course.

It also can be helpful to ask yourself these questions:

1. Who is your ideal reader?

2. What kind of books does he/she buy?

3. Where are most of those types of books sold?

Strategy #2: Put together a publishing team.

After you’ve set your goals, one of the next steps is to find help to make them a reality. Publishing a book on your own can be a long, lonely road. It’s a good idea to pull together a team who can help you manage all of the moving pieces that publishing a book entails. A few key members of your team could include:

  • A developmental editor – Someone to help you shape the book – to organize your thoughts, create a theme that will attract your target reader, eliminate redundancies, and ensure the content is clear and concise.
  • A copy editor(s) – Someone to correct the final manuscript – to perform line-by-line editing, and ensure good grammar and readability for your target reader. The copy editor will catch the things the developmental editor might otherwise miss.
  • A designer(s) – Someone to help with the layout of the book – creates a professional interior design and eye-catching cover design.
  • Proofchecker – Someone to double check the design and content, ensuring all content is there, no conversion issues, and the design is consistent throughout the book.
  • A proofreader(s) – Someone to give a full proofread of the text after the layout is complete.

Remember! Not all developmental editors are good copy editors! Not all good proofreaders are good copy editors! These are three very distinct editorial roles. We highly recommend at least two separate editors. Several pairs of professional eyes will ensure a perfect manuscript. Also, consider having a third-party professional proofreader to give your book that final read through before publishing.

It’s also probable that you will need some assistance with figuring out the best way for you to produce and market your book once it is completed.

Strategy #3: Seek support & knowledge from the self-publishing community.

As we mentioned, independently publishing a book can be a long, lonely road. Finding like-minded people to discuss the triumphs and challenges along the way can be immensely helpful.

The article raises a great point: “All of these questions have been faced by many authors before you — which makes forums and community discussion areas great places to start asking questions. You’ll find lots of people who are ahead of you in the process, and whose experiences are fresh and up to date.”

Strategy #4: Be your own best marketer.

As we’ve discussed in past articles, marketing your independently published book is crucial. Whether your book is published by a traditional publisher or you decide to go the independent route, this is true. You’re going to be responsible for the majority of your own marketing and promotion. Some great ways to get started include:

  • Register your title to the trade (online and printed databases around the world)
  • Create a website with a blog, and blog regularly
  • Create an author Facebook page
  • Set up local readings and events
  • Publish online press releases
  • Pitch to book clubs
  • Pitch to reviewers
  • Set up a Goodreads profile

Check out: “’Warpath’ by Richard Blomberg – A Case Study on Successfully Marketing Your Independently Published Book” If you have questions about any of these strategies or how to determine if independent publishing is for you, please feel free to contact SDP Publishing Solutions.

SDP Publishing Solutions (formerly Sweet Dreams Publishing of Massachusetts) offers optimal publishing solutions for authors worldwide. From literary agency representation to worldwide marketing – including international rights – and self-publishing and independent publishing, we provide the best solutions for our authors. Our services include developmental editing and copyediting, book marketing developing pitch proposals, literary agency representation, print and e-book development, and providing overall book exposure.