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Ten Places Now Accepting Manuscripts: March Edition

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MARCH 08, 2012 | PERMALINK

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. 

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Tor.com wants your poetry and speculative fiction short stories. What does that mean exactly? If you’ve written an original (aka never before published) piece that’s 12,000 words or fewer, and is in the science fiction, fantasy, alternate history or horror genres, Tor.com would like to see it. They are particularly looking for new authors, and a story put out by Tor.com, well, what a way to make the jump from aspiring to published author! Get More Information >>


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Online Writing Courses For Aspiring Authors

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, FEBRUARY 24, 2012 | PERMALINK

If 2012 is your year to get serious about writing, you’re in good company — and you don’t even have to leave your house to get started! Today we are featuring several online writing courses that will help you flex your mental muscles (but don't require that you get out of your pjs). Check out some of the great courses that you can take part in this season.

The Low Country RWA conducts their courses via email (so you don’t need to worry about changing up your schedule or investing in a web cam) — and these affordable classes are open to anyone who wants to take part, not just members of Romance Writers of America. These month-long courses each cost $16, so they are easy on your wallet, too. But the application deadlines are coming up quickly so be sure to register today if you are interested in any of the following:


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Ten Places Now Accepting Manuscripts: February Edition

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, FEBRUARY 09, 2012 | PERMALINK

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. 

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Enter the 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JANUARY 26, 2012 | PERMALINK

Amazon and Penguin are now accepting submissions for the 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest. This year the annual competition will recognize two winners, one in the genre of general fiction and the other for a superb young adult tale. Both winners will receive a publishing contract with Penguin and a $15,000 advance.

If you have a self-published novel or an unpublished manuscript, you can submit your manuscript at www.creatspace.com. But, be sure to submit your entry before the contest closes on February 5. Time is of the essence as last year Amazon and Penguin received a record-number of submissions. They are capping this year’s contestants after they reach 5,000 entries for each section.


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Figment Recruits Bestselling Authors To Help Aspiring Writers Start 2012 Off Right!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JANUARY 19, 2012 | PERMALINK

Figment, the online community for writers, is helping aspiring authors follow through on their New Year's resolution to write more. The beginning of the month marked the start of their new program Daily Themes, which provides writers with a daily prompt to help inspire their creativity. And to make the news even better, many of these prompts have been crafted by bestselling authors!

It's no secret, sometimes it's hard to take the often-repeated advice, "write every day". If you just can't manage to make writing a habit without some extra incentive, Figment's new, easy-to-use Daily Themes will help you get your creativity in gear during the week. The editors at the online community are making getting inspired just as simple as opening an email. Daily Theme subscribers receive a new writing prompt in their inbox Monday through Friday.


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Adventures In Self-Publishing: Alexis Harrington On The Decision To Self-Publish — And Becoming An Amazon Montlake Author!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JANUARY 10, 2012 | PERMALINK

With our new column Adventures in Self-Publishing, we bring you at look at this ever-expanding market. Today, author Alexis Harrington answers our questions about her self-published tale Home by Morningand what happened when the story was picked up by Amazon's new romance imprint, Montelake.

If you had to describe the story of your historical tale Home by Morning in one (very modern) tweet, what would it be?

A pandemic, treachery, heartbreak, the fire of a lost love rekindled—all this and more is yours in Home by Morning by Alexis Harrington.

Why did you decide to focus on a story that is so much about medicine at the turn of the century?


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Whip Your Writing Into Shape With RWA

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, DECEMBER 27, 2011 | PERMALINK

It’s that time again when we start to plan for that upcoming year. And as we all get ready to declare our 2012 New Year’s resolutions, it’s the perfect time to get your writing career headed in the right direction. But if you’re nervous about whether or not you’ll be able to stick to your goals, we’re happy to spread the word: Romance Writers of America's local chapters are ready to help you whip your writing into shape! This winter these writers' groups have compiled a selection of online courses (from beginning programs to specialty workshops) that will get you primed for success, pumped up for publishing and ready to take on the world. And not only are these classes convenient, requiring you to simply hop online to learn, but they are also very affordable — each course costs less than $25. Check out the five that our making us considering stretching out our writing muscles and getting in the game. 

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The Three Act Structure: A Lesson From Stephen J. Cannell

BY Elissa Petruzzi, DECEMBER 22, 2011 | PERMALINK

The three act structure. Chances are you’ve heard this writing term referenced in workshops, how-to guides and blog posts (you know, like this one). I came across a message board post from paranormal romance bestseller Alyssa Day where she linked to a blog post that finally, finally explained the previously amorphous concept to me.  

The lesson is written by the late, great TV legend Stephen J. Cannell. And man, could Cannell write. Chances are, if you watched TV, oh, ever, in the 70s or 80s or 90s, you saw one of his shows. From The Rockford Files to The A-Team to Baretta to Silk Stalkings to, my personal favorite, 21 Jumpstreet. Cannell created them all. You read that right, we can thank Cannell for bringing us Johnny Depp. I know.

In addition, Cannell was a great teacher. His lecture is informative and clear and will help lead you through just what the three-act structure is and how it can help you avoid bogging down your manuscript in the middle. Give it a read, you’ll be glad you did.

- Elissa Petruzzi


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Ten Places Now Accepting Manuscripts: December Edition

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, DECEMBER 12, 2011 | PERMALINK

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. 

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Charity Auction Sells Professional Writing Services To Highest Bidders

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, DECEMBER 01, 2011 | PERMALINK

During the holiday season it’s always lovely to get into the giving — and receiving — spirit a little bit early. Charity auctions are the perfect way to both give to those less fortunate and get a little something for yourself. That “little something” doesn’t always have to be an exotic vacation or a snazzy piece of jewelry (although, we wouldn’t be complaining if we won either of those things ... ), there are many organizations that auction off professional writing services and opportunities for new and aspiring authors. One such charity auction is run by the talented literary agent Irene Goodman.

Goodman has been part of the publishing industry for years, representing many popular authors such as Keri Arthur, Jamie Freveletti, Sophie Littlefield and Larissa Ione. But bestselling authors aren’t the only writers who benefit from Goodman’s talents. In addition to running her own literary agency, Goodman also heads Publishing for Vision and Hearing, a charity auction that sells the professional services of agents, authors and editors to the highest bidder. The auction’s proceeds are then donated to organizations such as Foundation Fighting Blindness, the Deafness Research Foundation and others that aid in the research of cures for blindness and deafness-related conditions, one of which Goodman’s son suffers from.


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