Penning an assortment of titles from historical to contemporary romance, Lori Copeland is an established author in both the secular and inspirational markets. Today, she shares how writers can decide which market best suits their work, and how you know when crafting Christian fiction is right for you.
Tomorrow kicks off National Novel Writing Month, which many know better as NaNoWriMo. During November thousands of authors (both published an aspiring) set their pens to paper — or fingers to keyboards — to write 50,000 words, which equals approximately 175 pages worth of story. When you aren’t busy writing, you can surf over to the NaNoWriMo website for tips about planning your novel, to make connections with local writers and get encouragment from published authors. But what are some other (free) Internet spots to check out if you’re suffering from writers block or simply craving some NaNoWriMo encouragement? Check out some of our favorites:
Aspiring authors, we know that it can be disheartening to look out into the abyss of potential publishing houses and only see the same old phrase, “no unsolicited manuscripts accepted.” These days many of the major publishing houses rely on their ties with literary agents and in-house promotions to find new authors. But don’t despair; today we’ve come up with a list of ten places — from off-the-beaten path publishers to special back doors of the big-name houses — that would welcome your query letter, manuscript or submission.
Today marks the final day of Banned Books Week, when booklovers celebrate intellectual freedom, the ability to read whatever their hearts desires and the protections granted by the First Amendment. But what does Banned Book Week actually mean and how can authors keep the spirit of the week's cultural impact going all year round? We asked author Mary Burton to share some insight and suggestions of ways authors can get involved.
The American Library Association’s Banned Book Week runs from September 24, 2011 - September 29, 2011. This awareness campaign, held annually since 1982, celebrates our freedom to read. I encourage all of you to get involved and take a bit of your time to bring awareness to this important event and topic. So what can you do?
Romance Writers of America’s 2012 RITA and Golden Heart contests are now accepting entries. These awards for published and unpublished authors, respectively, honor the best works of fiction created over the last year. These are some of the most prestigious fiction awards and are always coveted. The contest is open to all authors, both aspiring and published, as long as they meet the guidelines. Both the RITA and Golden Heart contests are held in two rounds, a preliminary round and a final round. Each contest is open to the first 1,200 entrants who are eligible and submit their entries and fees on time. To help you figure out if entering in the contest is right for you, we’ve broken the information down by how to enter into either contest.
Are you a published author? If so, your novel or novella may be eligible to win this year’s RITA contest.
Best-selling author Shiloh Walker pens this column of online advice for writers. Walker is a full-time author who is published in both e-book and traditional print formats. Now she shares her experience and advice to help aspiring and published authors figure out the "Writes and Wrongs" of the writing world. Today, Shiloh gives writers a lesson on blog tours.
Blog tours are an easy way to get the word out about your book. They can be time-consuming, but if you’re tight on funds and you need to push your latest release, a blog tour might work for you.
A blog tour doesn’t have to cost you any money, although if you want to throw a few contests in, it’s a good way to get readers interacting on the various blogs.
Not sure how to set up a blog tour?
Figure out what kind of bloggers you want to visit…and make sure it’s a match.
If you’re writing erotic romance, you may want to keep that in mind…and not contact a blogger who is most comfortable reviewing inspirational romances. And vice versa.
Best-selling author Shiloh Walker pens this column of online advice for writers. Walker is a full-time author who is published in both e-book and traditional print formats. Now she shares her experience and advice to help aspiring and published authors figure out the "Writes and Wrongs" of the writing world. Today, Shiloh shares some tips on how to best use the social networking tool twitter.
There are some things I see on twitter that automatically turn me off of a writer. It’s usually related to those strong-arm, heavy sales tactics.
Some of those strong-armed sales tactics?
Well, if your twitter feed reads like:
Read this review
Read that review
(Insert fancy tagline for book here)
Have you read this review?
Have you read that review?
(Insert fancy tagline for book here)
And there’s never really anything other than that? You aren’t chatting with people? You don’t talk about anything but the book?
Is that really utilizing social media? In my opinion…no. You have to be…ya know…social to use social media.
Celebrate National Ovarian Cancer Awareness month by joining the fight against this disease and entering to win a critique from one of five fantastic authors all at once when you buy a ticket for the Critiques for Heather raffle.
When author Heather McCollum was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, several of her fellow authors came up with a way to help support the fight against this deadly disease. Authors Katharine Ashe, Cynthia Cooke, Cindy Holby, Virginia Kantra and Emilie Rose are all offering the chance to win a first chapter critique (or in some cases, a brainstorming lunch with the author).
RT and Kensington have agreed to postpone the Writing With the Stars competition until next year. The novella format required for submission has created some confusion for contestants and now it is simply too late for us to follow through with our schedule to be able to announce the winner by the RT convention in April. We thank all of you who did submit and Kensington will be in touch with you shortly to express their regrets and also to offer contracts to those they feel would have made the cut in competition finale. The competition will resume next year with some exciting news from Kensington.
As always, writers looking to hone their craft can head to our Aspiring Authors Page for tips, tricks and resources!