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RWA's 2012 RITA and Golden Hearts Contest Now Open!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, SEPTEMBER 28, 2011 | PERMALINK

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 These awards for published and unpublished authors, respectively, honor the best works of fiction created over the last year.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.

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Are you a published author? If so, your novel or novella may be eligible to win this year’s RITA contest. 


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Writes And Wrongs: Shiloh Walker Gives A Blog Tour How-To

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, SEPTEMBER 14, 2011 | PERMALINK

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.


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Writes And Wrongs: Shiloh Walker On Twitter Do's & Dont's

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 31, 2011 | PERMALINK

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.


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Help Support The Fight Against Ovarian Cancer And Win A Writing Critique!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 30, 2011 | PERMALINK

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).


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Writing With The Stars To Be Postponed Until 2012

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 25, 2011 | PERMALINK

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!


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Kindle Singles To Recruit New Talent For Original Works

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 24, 2011 | PERMALINK

Not every piece of writing is destined to be a full-length novel. With this in mind, the editors at Amazon have devised a way to make it easier for aspiring authors, and previously published ones, to get their short pieces of writing into the hands of readers. The digital masterminds behind the Kindle e-reader have developed an imprint for short story and novella-length original works — Kindle Singles.

Kindle Singles aims to open up publishing to anyone looking to release their abbreviated writing. The line's motto is "Compelling Ideas Expressed at Their Natural Length" and they cap the length of submissions that they accept at between 5,000 and 30,000 words. The editors are also looking to acquire new writing in any genre of fiction or non-fiction, excluding children’s books, reference, travel guides, how-to manuals and anything in the public domain. Additionally, authors must be open to having list prices between $0.99 and $4.99 per "Single". Submissions must be original, self-contained (not chapters from a longer piece) and must not be digitally published anywhere else in their entirety.


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Writes And Wrongs: Shiloh Walker On Overcoming Professional Jealousy

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 17, 2011 | PERMALINK

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.

There’s sometimes a belief that making it as a professional writer requires ‘something’.

What is ‘something’? Well, for some who haven’t quite gotten the ‘something’, it’s ‘knowing’ the right people.  For others, it could be luck. The ‘something’ could be that you have to be somebody to get published. It could involve that ‘publishing’ lotto, when you write a book that just hits the mark and becomes a cultural phenomenon.

That indefinable ‘something’ is one thing that inspires professional jealousy. Seeing a fellow writer from your publishing house get ‘backing’ that you’re not getting, that’s another. Seeing somebody hit a list when you haven’t done it…yep.  


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Perfecting Dialogue In Sarah Jane Stratford's The Moonlight Brigade

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 09, 2011 | PERMALINK

Author Sarah Jane Stratford delivers her second novel in the compelling Millennials series with this month's The Moonlight Brigade. RT reviewer Debbie Haupt praised the story saying, "If you love the flavor of bygone dialogue, a literary fantasy with a hint of Shelley or Stoker, you'll love this WWII-set tale." We wanted to know how the author crafted this evocative dialogue, so we asked her to deconstruct a few of her characters' conversations for this illuminating post!

When I first began exploring the millennial vampires, it was natural that they would be avid and erudite conversationalists, simply as a result of having lived so long. Being caught up in World War II wouldn't change that. At the outset of The Moonlight Brigade, it is 1941 and circumstances have taken Mors to Rome, his ancient stomping grounds, where he trains partisans to fight and falls in love with their leader.


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Enter Writing With The Stars — Your Chance To Win A Publishing Contract!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 02, 2011 | PERMALINK

Aspiring writers, you've got one more week to submit your novella to the second annual Writing With the Stars Contest. Once again, RT BOOK REVIEWS has teamed up with Kensington's Brava imprint in order to give one lucky aspiring author the chance to have their story published.

This year we are keeping things short and sweet — contestants will submit their novellas for publication. The Kensington editors and authors will select the top eight submissions to compete in the contest. In each round the novella authors will showcase a different aspect of their story in hopes of winning the grand prize, having their novella published by Kensington Brava!


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Why An Editor Is Encouraging Writers Not To Write

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 14, 2011 | PERMALINK

The New York Times Executive Editor Bill Keller reveals why he wishes reporters (and editors) would stop writing books. Keller revealed his attitude in a piece titled, “Let’s Ban Books, or at Least Stop Writing Them” that ran in the newspaper’s online magazine. 

He cites that these would-be authors who take time off of their day job to pen a novel, memoir, or other work of non-fiction often leave behind problems in the wake of their absence. From Keller needing to find a replacement reporter or editor to cover the writer’s duties, to the feelings – often of jealousy or resentment – that grow among the colleagues that writer leaves behind, there’s a wide variety of issues that crop up every time someone asks to go. 

But more than that, Keller says that he looks back over his own experiences as an author tangoing with the publishing industry. He genuinely wants to impart his hard-learned wisdom that sometimes writing a book does not turn out to be the life-changing event these aspiring authors think that it will be. Instead the process can result in financial difficulty, not only when the writer takes time off of work, but if the book isn't a success they will have to pay back the publisher's advance — much like Keller is still doing himself!


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