Christian kids’ books are selling more widely. Good article here: http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/bea/article/62597-bea-2014-christian-children-s-books-sell-more-widely-publishers-say.html.
Friday, May 23, 2014
The following message is from Canadian publisher Polar Expressions.
Do you love to write?
Want the chance to be published?
We are a small Canadian publisher, pleased to announce our
7th annual writing contests suitable for Canadians of all ages.
(Separate division for young writers - see website for details.)
2014 POETRY CONTEST
2014 SHORT-STORY CONTEST
(FICTION ONLY – no essays or fan fiction please)
NO ENTRY FEE!
CASH PRIZES TO BE WON!
NEW this year: SUBMIT ONLINE
Entries must be postmarked on or before July 31st, 2014
or emailed/faxed on or before August 10th, 2014
Prizes for each contest:
$500 – First Prize
$250 – Second Prize
$100 – Third Prize
In addition to the opportunity to win cash prizes, there will be ten honourable mentions for each contest
and all top-selected entries will be published in a beautiful soft-cover collection
(less than 33% of all entries received).
All work must be original and should not have been previously published
(online postings should be removed before submission).
Please do not send work you've submitted elsewhere for consideration at the same time
(no simultaneous submissions).
Poems: 48-line maximum
Short stories: 750-word maximum
NEW this year: SUBMIT ONLINE,
or if you prefer you may download an entry form from our website
(or click on the following and we’ll e-mail you one: Entry Form Request)
and send it along with one original poem and/or one original short story
postmarked by July 31st, 2014 or emailed/faxed on or before August 10th, 2014 to:
Polar Expressions Publishing
PO Box 500 Stn Main
Maple Ridge BC V2X 3P2
(attach entries in .doc, .txt, or .pdf formats please)
Please visit our website at www.polarexpressions.ca for further information.
Thursday, May 22, 2014
Academy Chicago Publishers publishes literary fiction and nonfiction. Submit a query with 3 sample chapters and outline.
Lee & Low Books currently emphasizes fiction and nonfiction for 5- to 12-year-olds. Prospective authors should submit a complete manuscript by postal mail.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Full-time journalists working in the general circulation news media-including reporters, editors, designers, copy editors, editorial writers, news directors, researchers and producers-are eligible to apply to the Lilly Scholarships in Religion Program. The scholarships give full-time journalists up to $5,000 to take any college religion courses at any accredited institution at any time.
Full-time print and broadcast journalists in the U.S. and Canada working at general circulation (or audience), non-religious media outlets are eligible to apply. Courses may be taken at any U.S. or Canadian accredited university, college or seminary.
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Children’s book agent Sophie Hicks has left the Ed Victor Agency to set up her own company. Hicks’ clients, including Eoin Colfer, author of titles including the Artemis Fowl series, and Emerald Fennell, author of Shiverton Hall (Bloomsbury), will move with her to the eponymous Sophie Hicks Agency.
Hicks can be contacted at email@example.com.
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Thursday, May 8, 2014
Message from Robert Lee Brewer of Writer’s Digest:
I'm currently looking for freelancers who specialize in editing, proofing, and book design. Heck, I'm looking for independent publicists too! I want new listings for our Guide to Self-Publishing, which is going into its second edition this year.
The listings are free and will hopefully lead to more business for you. All you need to do is send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: GTSP Listing. Then, I'll send you a brief questionnaire to complete and return. Easy as that!
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Apparently a free ebook on self-publishing is currently available here:
Surrey International Writers' Conference Newsletter
From conference coordinator Kathy:
This is our first 2014 newsletter, and I'm excited to have lots of news to share.
This year's Surrey International Writers' Conference will run October 24-26, 2014, with master classes on October 23rd, at the Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel in Surrey, BC.
Registration will open on Wednesday, June 4. Our 2014 registration rates are up on our website Registration information page. You organized people are in for some great savings. This year, we're offering you the chance to get last year's early bird prices if you register for SiWC 2014 in June. We're thrilled to be able to offer these savings to you, and hope lots of you will take advantage of them.
Our annual writing contest is now open to submissions. You can check out the details on our Writing Contest page. We offer $4600 in prizes in four categories, and the contest is open to adults anywhere in the world. Please pass along the link to anyone you know who might be interested in entering.
We now have a mobile version of our website up and running for use on your smart phone so you can keep tabs on our updates from anywhere.
Our group rate is already available at the hotel. Check out the information on our Room Booking information page. Please use our group rate when you book; it's important for us and the hotel to know how many people are staying for the conference, and it helps keep our prices down when you do. Book early! Our group rates are available until mid-September or until the hotel sells out, which is often much earlier than that.
We'll begin posting our presenter roster on the website in the coming days, and the workshop and master class schedule after that, too. We've got a great group of presenters coming this year, including many new faces and some old friends, too. As always, we'll offer workshops on a huge variety of topics for writers of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, memoir, online content and more. Whether you're a brand new aspiring writer, a multi-published bestseller, or any kind of writer in between, SiWC has something for you. Offering stellar professional development for writers at all stages of their careers is always our goal. And of course, every year you can take advantage of our blue pencil and pitch appointments, which are always included in the cost of your registration.
If you're interested in buying ad space in our conference brochure this year for your book or your day job business, please contact kc dyer at kcdyer at siwc dot ca for information and rate sheets.
If you're on Twitter and would like a little writing support and encouragement, join the conversation using #thisdaywewrite. For conference-related tweets, we're using #SiWC14 this year. Stay tuned on Twitter in coming weeks for hints about this year's conference theme.
Questions? Check out our website for answers, including our FAQ, but if you can't find what you need, you can contact us through our contact form or email me at kathychung at siwc dot ca.
Know writers who don't know us? We so appreciate your referrals. Thank you to everyone who's introduced SiWC to a friend so far. We hope to see many new faces and lots of old friends again this year.
See you in October!
The Surrey International Writers' Conference, held every October in British Columbia, is the most comprehensive conference of its kind in Canada. SiWC offers writers in all genres -- from beginners to experts -- the opportunity both to hone their craft and to expose their work to the international literary marketplace. For more information please visit http://www.siwc.ca
Monday, May 5, 2014
Saturday, May 3, 2014
I don’t usually send ads for services writers need to pay for, but am making an exception this time since new adult fiction is an emergent category some of you may be interested in exploring.
Thursday, May 1, 2014
Spell check catches lots of mistakes, but not correctly spelled, wrongly used words. Good article here on this: http://www.inc.com/jeff-haden/30-incorrectly-used-words-that-can-make-us-look-stupid.html