Self-Published Book Awards via Writer’s Digest

WD Self-Published Award

Self-published writers are often left out in the cold, struggling to market and promote there books. But every so often, there is an event to help them get noticed. The Published Book Awards via Writer’s Digest is such an event. Here is what is up for grabs:

  • $8,000 in cash
  • A feature article about you and your book for the March/April 2017 issue of Writer’s Digest
  • A press release from Writer’s Digest, to be sent, along with a copy of your book, to 10 different major publishing review houses
  • A paid trip to the ever-popular Writer’s Digest Conference!
  • A guaranteed review in Midwest Book Review, courtesy of Brian Jud & Book Marketing Works, LLC.
  • Guaranteed acceptance in a special sales catalog, providing the Grand Prize Winner with national representation through 60,000 salespeople selling to non-bookstore markets, courtesy of Brian Jud & Book Marketing Works, LLC.
  • Three hours of consultation on business modeling and marketing with Antoinette Kuritz of Strategies Literary Development ($750 vale).
  • A copy of The CrowdFunding Guide for Authors and Writers and consultation with Book Shepherd Judith Briles (valued at $500), courtesy of Brian Jud & Book Marketing Works, LLC.
  • Four (4) hours of consulting from Ellen Reid, CEO of the Reid Creative Group and President of Ellen Reid’s Book Shepherding.
  • A 30-minute telephone consultation about book marketing and promotion with Scott Lorenze, Westwind Communications.
  • A one-year membership to Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), the largest not-for-profit trade association representing nearly 3,000 independent book publishers, courtesy of IBPA.

There are additional prized for other winners in each category. Be sure and check out the guidelines for submissions. Deadline is April 1, 2016.

As always, good luck.

P.D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction.

 

Twitter Pitch Contest for Picture Books

#PBPitch

Hurray, a twitter pitch contest for picture books only! You read that correctly, PICTURE BOOKS ONLY. Use the twitter hashtag #PBPitch on February 11, 2016. If you are an illustrator, you can attach an image to the pitch. And please note you can only pitch twice: once before 2pm and once after. (I’m sorry but the host hasn’t specified if this is EST, or another.) For complete guidelines, check out the PBPitch blog.

Check out the agents and editors that will be participating!

As always, good luck!

P.D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction

 

#PitMatch + #MSWL Twitter Matchup

PitMatch

If you have a completed manuscript, there is a new contest for you! Author Brenda Drake has teamed up with the creator of Manuscript Wishlist and literary agent Jessica Sinsheimer from Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency. This is another twitter event, so you need to have your 140 character pitch ready, including the #PitMatch hashtag. The event is only three hours on February 11, 2016 EST, between 1pm-4pm. The goal is for Brenda and Jessica to match up pitches with the right agent.

The good news is everyone could be a possible winner with a good match! For complete details on how it’s going to work, go here.

As always, good luck!

P.D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction

 

2016 Florida Writing Workshop

A writing workshop in the sunny state? You betcha! On March 25 (Tampa) and 26 (Fort Lauderdale) the Florida Writing Workshop will take place. This writing events are wonderful opportunities to get intense instruction over the course of one day, pitch a literary agent or editor (optional), get your questions answered, and more. Note that there are limited seats at the events (100 per each).

This year’s faculty so far includes literary agent Penny Moore (FinePrint Literary); literary agent Lucienne Diver (The Knight Agency); literary agent Marlene Stringer (Stringer Literary Agency); literary agent Kimiko Nakamura (Dee Mura Literary); literary agent Nicole Resciniti (The Seymour Agency); literary agent Saritza Hernandez (Corvisiero Literary); literary agent Greg Aunapu (Salkind Literary); literary agent Kurestin Armada (P.S. Literary); literary agent Cricket Freeman (The August Agency); literary agent Amanda Leuck (Spencerhill Associates); and literary agent Kaylee Davis (Dee Mura Literary).

Registration fills up fast, so hurry and book your seat!

P.D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction

Dear Lucky Agent Contest: Women’s Fiction

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Chuck Sambuchino of Writer’s Digest is hosting another Dear Lucky Agent Contest on February 9, 2016. This 21st edition is with Elizabeth Winick Rubinstein of McIntosh & Otis. To submit, send the first 150-250 words (i.e., your first double-spaced page) of your unpublished, completed book-length work of women’s fiction (no erotica or category romance). You must include a contact e-mail address with your entry and use your real name. Also, submit the title of the work and a logline (one-sentence description of the work) with each entry.

For complete details, go here. As always, good luck!

P.D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction

The Alabama Writing Workshop

Alabama Workshop

The Alabama Writing Workshop is another opportunity to learn and get critiqued from a professional. This workshop is in Birmingham, Alabama on February 19, 2016. This year’s faculty includes literary agent Kaylee Davis (Dee Mura Literary); literary agent Julie Gwinn (The Seymour Agency); literary agent Kurestin Armada (P.S. Literary); literary agent Veronica Park (Corvisiero Literary); and literary agent Lauren MacLeod (Strothman Agency).

There are only 90 seats available, so register today!

P.D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction.

Ireland Writer Tours

The Emerald Forest

Oh my gosh in chocolate heaven! There is an Ireland Writer Tours not just once this year but several times! How can someone choose which one to attend? June 5-12 tour will be hosted by Entangled editor Kate Brauning and author Pamela Nowak while the July 10-17 tour will be hosted by editor Lisa Maxwell and author Jaye Robin Brown. Then there is the much talked about August 7-14 tour hosted by author and contest queen Brenda Drake and the co-founder of Entangled Publishing Liz Pelletier . And lastly, there’s the August 21-28 hosted by author Dianne Salerni and editor Janet Lane.

The tours are mini-writers’ conferences that help get your manuscript ready for publication. With dinner in a haunted castle and visits to a mysterious lake, ancient forest and a cave with eerie true stories, the tour is filled with enchantment and enough creepy to spark your writing juices.  Combine this with professional critiques and editing advise and you’ve got one helluva trip! And don’t forget you can write this off at tax time since it’s a learning event.

Get your passports ready! And happy day writing.

P.D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction.

The Atlanta Writing Workshop

Houston Writing Workshop

Lately, you may have noticed that I try to keep you posted on conferences as well as contests. As I learn about events, I will post them for you to decide if you want to participate. Today I bring you information about The Atlanta Writing Workshop in Georgia on February 20, 2016. If you are in the area, you could get feedback from a literary agent or gain writing advise through one of the workshops. This year’s faculty so far includes literary agent Kaylee Davis (Dee Mura Literary); literary agent Stephanie Fretwell-Hill (Red Fox Literary); literary agent Penny Moore (FinePrint Literary Management); literary agent Julie Gwinn (The Seymour Agency); literary agent Kurestin Armada (P.S. Literary); literary agent Pamela Harty (The Knight Agency); literary agent Veronica Park (Corvisiero Literary); and literary agent Sally Apokedak (Leslie H. Stobbe Literary Agency).

As always, the seats are limited and fill up fast, especially since it’s so close to the workshop date. They will post directly on the website when seats are filled.

Happy writing!

P.D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction.

Cornerstone Literary Consultancy (US)

Cornerstones

In case you fabulous writers missed their announcement, the website for the Cornerstone Literary Consultancy in the US is LIVE! As per their webpage, their book editors are agented and published writers, senior agents and acquiring editors at major publishing houses. Their script editors work in the film and TV industries and have penned scripts themselves. They offer a range of editorial services from in-depth reports to submission package assessment and intensive workshopping. And hey, they even scout for agents!

Every writer has to start somewhere with critiques. Why not have a professional help? Check out some of the editors and you’ll notice a few are even previous PitchWars Mentors. Visit there website to find out how to get advise and a free assessment of your synopsis and first ten pages. You can also follow them on twitter and Facebook.

Happy writing!

P.D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction

Writers Fest & Conferences

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The Southern Kentucky Book Fest will be held April 23, 2016. Southern Kentucky Book Fest is one of the state’s largest literary events and is presented by Barnes and Noble Booksellers, Warren County Public Library, and WKU Libraries.

The Kentucky Writers Conference and Teen Writers Conference will occur on April 22, 2016. Information on registration and schedule of events will post sometime this month. Keep a watch for the important information as I’m sure they’ll fill up fast.

Have a great day writing.

P.D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction