Anthologies and Contests #2

250px-Quill_(PSF)Last time, I praised the opportunities for unpublished writers offered by submitting to Anthologies and Contests.

So where do you start in your search for Anthologies and Contests seeking submissions? Continue reading

Anthologies and Contests

I hope at least a few of my readers noticed I’ve been away for a few weeks ūüėČ

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Between family issues, travel to internet-free zones (yes, they do exist – welcome to the 21st century!), laptop failure (I smugly take full backups daily) and various other distractions, I have had to let my blog simmer unattended for a while.

Those “distractions” were not all bad; they included a determination to make serious progress on my novel¬†and the¬†final edits on three short stories in soon-to-be-released anthologies. Meanwhile, Continue reading

Quick Fixes To Attract Publishers

ID-10075291Last time, I covered the need for an unpublished author to demonstrate a large Following for his/her as-yet-unpublished work and ended with the tantalising hint of a Quick Fix… Continue reading

How To Spot A Winner

 

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© Martinmark | Dreamstime.com

Last time, I considered “Failing To Spot A¬†Winner” in the entertainment industry. Now, let’s look at the reverse of the coin.

How To Spot “Potential Success”

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Failing To Spot A Winner

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The traditional publishing industry does not exactly have 100% record of identifying books carrying the stamp of massive popularity and commercial success. Consider this list of best-sellers¬†from various genres and their initial rejection totals (source: “How Stuff Works“): Continue reading

Writers Write, Right?

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My blog has been a little quiet these past weeks, as I’ve been catching up on some writing.

I have seen a few independent writers recently close down their blogging activities on the grounds that they wanted to spend more time with their work-in-progress novels.

Writers write, right?

Well, yes, but… Continue reading

Twitterback

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In a recent post I considered the social network etiquette – the “netiquette” – of Following-back, particularly in Twitter.¬†I’ve now reached that wonderful “critical point” where my Following grows daily without any “marketing effort”.

I do know that this is due to the weight of numbers already Following me, rather than a sudden, global appreciation of my scant published works. However… ¬† Continue reading

FollowBack Mountain?

networks“Build a platform”, they all said, to become famous and influential before you publish your first novel. Market something that does not exist? We used to call it “vapourware”, now it’s “work-in-progress”. But I followed conventional wisdom…

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Liebster Blog Award(s)

Liebster Award(Not the Oscars… but very, very close! Prepare for an acceptance speech!)

I stand here today, honored to receive not one, but TWO, Liebster Blog Award Nominations!

“What is this award?”, you ask?

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