I’m back with more suggestions for ways to keep your writing life going. For example…
Award-winning author and writing teacher Nora Raleigh Baskin is running a four-week workshop program for the Connecticut Library Association starting December 1, from 6-7:30pm). The cost for the entire program will be $100 for CLA members and $125 for non-members. Class size is limited, and each participant is expected to commit to the entire workshop series. Each session will build on the one before, so participants are asked to commit to the entire series. This program is a fundraiser for the Connecticut Library Association. Your fee goes back to CLA. because Nora Raleigh Baskin has donated her time and considerable expertise for the fundraiser.
The Writers’ Rendezvous is a big supporter of the Connecticut Press Club and its Awards contest, which is now open for submissions. If you’ve published anything in 2020, you may enter, and since there are 61 categories, you should be able to find your niche. They include all kinds of writing, as well as editing (of others’ published work), photography, graphics, radio and TV, websites, podcasts, advertising and PR, and a host more. You may submit up to three entries in any given category, and up to ten entries in total. The early deadline (which avoids an extra fee) is January 27, the deadline for books is February 3, and the final deadline is February 10.
Inkshares is a publisher with a difference. They work by crowd-funding your book. This article gives you an idea of how it works, but essentially, if you can get enough people to pre-order your book, they will publish it, and pay royalties. This year, they are running an all-genre contest, hoping to find debut storytellers with incredible stories. The winners of the contest will be published by Inkshares with the winning projects represented for TV/Film as well. The contest is open for submissions now. Unlike prior contests where pre-orders were used to determine the winners, the top three books will be determined through a combination of community engagement, our proprietary technology, Story Machine, and independent evaluation by the Inkshares Story Board. Phase one of the contest will come to a close at 12 p.m. PST on December 20. If you have a completed manuscript, find out more here.
If you find yourself being side-tracked by the news feed on Facebook, you can make your time more productive by downloading and using the Facebook News Feed eradicator to eliminate distractions. . The tip comes from Sandra Beckwith at BuildBookBuzz.She has a host of other accessible tips, and I find her marketing ideas particularly helpful. Another is to use Craigslist to find beta readers. I’d never have thought of that. 🙂
If you’re not sure how long your novel should be, here’s a word count cheat sheet from Jessica Faust at Bookends, a literary agency. Some of the numbers may surprise you.
Harlequin is renowned as a publisher of romance fiction, the largest single genre of fiction sold in this country. If you’re writing romance, you may be interested in their website, Write for Harlequin, which is always looking for new voices in romantic fiction. Harlequin does not require an agent to submit for you. In particular, they’re looking to acquire more stories from own voices and authors in underrepresented communities.
If you’re thinking it’s time to get yourself a website, but have no idea where to begin, you might take a look at this article on how to go about making a website from Pauline Wiles, web designer. She also offers a free website starter kit.
Poets and Writers, the not-for-profit organization for writers, recently created their Writing Contests, Grants & Awards database. It includes details about creative writing contests published in Poets & Writers Magazine during the past year. They vet all the contests before including them, so you can rely on the legitimacy of each one. Take a look.
When staring at the same four walls and trying to block out the sounds of your neighbors and friends becomes too much, this is something to aspire to. Dorland Mountain Arts Residency is located in the hills of Southern CA. Choose from five separate self-contained cottages with workspace & porch, which should enable you to finish your project. You pay for your accommodations, but prices start at $325 per week, which makes them affordable. Apply now.
And if you can’t afford that, here are some suggestions for making your own writing space more cozy, from Writers Relief. It’s also a good source of gift ideas for writers, should you happen to know any…
Have a good and safe Thanksgiving – and move your writing project along if you can. I’m running free write-ins every Monday morning from 10-11:45 EST. If you’d like to join, let me know and I’ll send you the link.