October 27, 2010
Publisher's Desk For October 27th
TO SELF-PUBLISH OR NOT TO SELF-PUBLISH?
An Author's Guide to Self-Publishing Services in the UK & Ireland
Writer, editor, publishing consultant, and well-known industry blogger Mick Rooney has outdone himself this time! Mick has published an exhaustive self-publishing guide that features in-depth analyses of over 30 author services firms serving the UK and Ireland. HINT: In the Service Reviews section, BookLocker.com got the highest score!
His book provides "advice and guidance to enable and empower every author considering self-publishing to identify reputable and quality services suitable for their book as well as helping them define what publishing success is for an author."
Check out Mick's extensive and informative blog (and read more about his book) here: http://mickrooney.blogspot.com/
SWIRLING FALL LEAVES, RUSTLING CORNSTALKS, AND A CHILD'S ANTICIPATION...
This was the topic of the WritersWeekly.com Fall 2010 24-Hour Short Story Contest:
He stood on his tiptoes at the small cabin's rear window, staring out at the deepening dusk, sensing the excitement in the town's air. The cold wind seeped through an old crack, tickling his chubby cheek, and a whirlwind of red and orange leaves made him laugh. The corn stalks rustled in the brisk breeze, waving to him. He waved back.
Behind him, Mommy was busy in the small kitchen and delicious smells wafted his way, making his tiny tummy grumble with glee. She was making lots of treats to tempt the town's children. After all, she'd promised him a new brother or sister...
Take a moment to think about where you would take this topic...
The winners of the WritersWeekly.com Fall 2010 24-Hour Short Story Contest have been posted! See the contest topic and the entire list of winners (and their prizes), and read the top three winning stories here: http://www.writersweekly.com/contest/fall10winners.html
To read about common themes we encountered in this contest, see Angela's article HERE
Congrats to the Top Three Winners!
1st Place - The End of the Harvest by Annie Daylon, Chilliwack, BC, Canada (Annie won $300!)
2nd Place - Harvest Time by Gregory F. Kaspar, Bradenton, FL (Gregory won $250!)
3rd Place - The Water Color by Sarah Sousa, Ashfield, MA (Sarah won $200!)
Yes, BookLocker.com can publish your book by Christmas but please submit your manuscript for consideration ASAP. We're in the middle of our busiest season of the year right now! Our submission page is here: http://publishing.booklocker.com/submit.php
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$317 ($299 setup plus $18 first year annual POD file hosting fee)
$200 original cover; $150 template cover; or submit your own cover at no charge.
That's it! We don't have any hidden fees. Setup fees for returning authors are only $149.
WINTER 24-HOUR SHORT STORY CONTEST
We are now accepting entrants for the WritersWeekly Winter 2011 24-Hour Short Story Contest. Contests usually fill up before start-time. Each contest is limited to 500 entrants so don't delay if you want to participate.
1st Place: $300
Entry fee is $5. You can see the complete list of 85 prizes and sign up here: http://www.writersweekly.com/misc/contest.html
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