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COMING SOON ~ “The World’s Best Story”!


NEWS ALERT: “Enter the first social contest to reward writers and readers in the search for the next blockbuster story.” World's Best Story

This is for Writers & Readers—with prizes for both.

My favorite publishing-aid company, Fastpencil, has teamed up with World’s Best Story to offer a stunning set of prizes! {check out the Full List below}

I’ll let Kevin Flight, their Account Manager, tell you what they’re up to:

“We’re coming down to the wire in the entry phase of the World’s Best Story contest that aims to find the next great blockbuster in books and beyond. The contest is taking submissions from writers across the world through August 12 to share a story they feel will be a smash hit in books and beyond. The grand prize winner will be published alongside best-selling authors by FastPencil PREMIERE.

“Following the entry period, stories will be reviewed by readers from around the globe and then eventually narrowed to a Top 10 group of finalists with the winner being announced in November at the Toronto International Book Fair:

  • Round 1 (August 13 – September 10): Readers review favorite stories and narrow the field
  • Round 2 (September 11 – October 8): Readers rate Top 100 finalists blockbuster potential
  • Round 3 (October 9 – November 14): Judging panel votes on Top 10 for World’s Best Story grand prize
  • Grand Prize Event (November 15): Announcement of the grand prize winner at Toronto International Book Fair

“Please consider entering the contest, as well as sharing with your readers and social networks.”

PRIZES FOR READERS:

Every time you review, rate or vote, you will be issued a ticket for monthly draws and a chance at the grand prize:

  • A $2,000.00 shopping spree — where else but at Beyond the Rack!

Sign- up to our newsletter and stay tuned. More great prizes will be announced until voting begins August 15th!

PRIZES FOR WRITERS:

  • World’s Best Story
    Grand Prize:

    Premiere™ Publishing

    • PREMIERE™ Publishing & Distribution — The grand prize includes an author contract under the Premiere™ imprint, a $25,000 value! The savvy professionals at FastPencil PREMIERE will work with the winner during every aspect of publishing, marketing, and selling their book to top grossing retailers in the U.S. and Canada. Premiere™, an elite general publishing imprint from FastPencil, publishes books by bestselling authors such as Mercer Mayer and James Kahn. Premiere™ is currently distributed by Dover Publications.
    • U.S. & Canada trademark and IP protection — Trademark protection in the United States and Canada will be provided to the grand prize winner courtesy of Benoît & CôtéIntellectual Properties, a $4,000.00 value!
    • $2,000,00 shopping spree — where else but at Beyond the Rack!
    • Book Tour — Grand prize winner gets a fully sponsored book tour, with PR and marketing support in the U.S. and Canada for your blockbuster story.
    • Pubslush — Platinum Prep Package (a $250 value), a Pubslush Tote, a Pubslush Blog feature (blog.pubslush.com), tweets on the Pubslush Twitter, Homepage content exposure during the campaignPlatinum Prep includes:
      • Pre-campaign Checklist
      • E-mail templates designed to be used during various points of your campaign to be sent to campaign supporters
      • Initial e-mail consultation with campaign relations coordinator
      • Reward level consultation and creation
      • The Guide: Tips To Successful Crowdfunding
      • 90 minutes phone time with our campaign relations coordinator
      • 90 minutes phone time with our social media director
      • Unlimited e-mail support with both our campaign relations coordinator and social media director
      • Customized tweets and Facebook statuses for the beginning stages of your campaign
      • Shout out on Pubslush’s social media: 10 tweets and 1 Facebook post throughout the campaign
      • Feature on the Pubslush blog
      • Opportunity to guest post on the Pubslush blog, subject to approval of the Pubslushteam.
  • 2nd Place:

    Wavecrest Master
    Publishing Package

    • Wavecrest Master Publishing Package — The second place winner will be awarded aWavecrest Master publishing package, a $7,499 value. In addition to wide distribution through major retail outlets, this package includes editorial and format review, line editing, a professionally designed book cover, and a PR package that includes a press release distributed to 500 media outlets.
    • U.S. & Canada trademark and IP protection — Trademark protection in the United States and Canada courtesy of Benoît & Côté Intellectual Properties, a $4,000.00 value!
    • $500,00 shopping spree — where else but at Beyond the Rack!
    • PR and marketing support in U.S. and Canada
    • Pubslush — A Gold Prep Package, (valued at $175.00), a Pubslush Tote, a Pubslush Blog feature (blog.pubslush.com), tweets on the Pubslush Twitter, Homepage content exposure during the campaign.Gold Prep includes:
      • Pre-campaign Checklist
      • E-mail templates designed to be used during various points of your campaign to be sent to campaign supporters
      • Initial e-mail consultation with campaign relations coordinator
      • Reward level consultation and creation
      • The Guide: Tips To Successful Crowdfunding
      • 60 minutes of phone time with our campaign relations coordinator
      • 60 minutes of phone time with our social media director
      • Unlimited e-mail correspondence with both our campaign relations coordinator and social media director
      • Feature on the Pubslush blog
      • Customized tweets and Facebook statuses for the beginning stages of your campaign
      • Shout out on Pubslush’s social media: 5 tweets and 1 Facebook post throughout the campaign
  • 3rd Place:

    FastPencil Premium
    Publishing Package

    FastPencil Premium Publishing Package

    The third place winner will be awarded a FastPencil Premium publishing package, a $1,999 value. In addition to wide distribution through retail outlets, the package includes Editorial and Format Review, Cloud-based access, collaboration capabilities, and more, including a professionally designed book cover.

    • U.S. & Canada trademarkTrademark protection in the United States and Canada courtesy of Benoît & CôtéIntellectual Properties, a $4,000.00 value!
    • $500,00 shopping spree at Beyond the Rack!
    • PR and marketing support in U.S. and Canada
    • Pubslush — A Gold Prep Package, (valued at $175.00), a Pubslush Tote, a Pubslush Blog feature (blog.pubslush.com), tweets on the Pubslush Twitter, Homepage content exposure during the campaign.Gold Prep includes:
      • Pre-campaign Checklist
      • E-mail templates designed to be used during various points of your campaign to be sent to campaign supporters
      • Initial e-mail consultation with campaign relations coordinator
      • Reward level consultation and creation
      • The Guide: Tips To Successful Crowdfunding
      • 60 minutes of phone time with our campaign relations coordinator
      • 60 minutes of phone time with our social media director
      • Unlimited e-mail correspondence with both our campaign relations coordinator and social media director
      • Feature on the Pubslush blog
      • Customized tweets and Facebook statuses for the beginning stages of your campaign
      • Shout out on Pubslush’s social media: 5 tweets and 1 Facebook post throughout the campaign
  • 4th–10th Place:

    FastPencil Wide
    Distribution Package

    • FastPencil Wide Distribution PackageValued at $299 each, seven additional publishing packages will be awarded to the 4th thru 10th place winners. These DIY Wide Distribution packages help you format, publish, and distribute your book and eBook through FastPencil, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and many other retailers.Readers
    • Pubslush — A Bronze Prep Package (valued at $50.00), a Pubslush Tote, a Pubslush Blog feature (blog.pubslush.com), tweets on the Pubslush Twitter, Homepage content exposure during the campaign.Bronze Prep includes:
      • Pre-campaign Checklist
      • Customized e-mail templates for campaign start/post campaign to send to supporters
      • Initial e-mail consultation with campaign relations coordinator
      • The initial consultation is a way for the campaign coordinator to better know you and your campaign. Post-consultation will include a strategized brainstorm session, campaign review and promotional tips.
      • Reward level consultation and creation
      • The Guide: Tips To Successful Crowdfunding
      • 30 minutes of phone time with campaign relations coordinator
      • Finalized edits to project page
      • Unlimited e-mail correspondence with campaign relations coordinator
  • 11th–100th Place:

    Pubslush — All winners will receive the promo code option to redeem the Pubslush Guide: Tips to Successful Crowdfunding.

    Sign-up to their newsletter and stay tuned. More great prizes will be announced until voting begins August 15th!

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Writers & Money ~ What A Lovely Affair


Are you a writer?

Do you know one?

Are they rich?

So much these days in the press about writers and money

I published a post back in 2011 called, Simple Question ~ Can Writers Make Money?, and said that it depends on what kind of writer you are

So, for instance, a writer who wants to devote their life to fiction but would like to make more money might want to consider freelancing in some form of reality-article hacking

As far as fiction writers achieving monetary success, in the past post, What Are A Writer’s Odds of “Success”?, I said:

“Who made it seem success wasn’t merely the next stage, from which further action becomes possible, but rather a pinnacle of achievement that leaves all other contenders breathless on the sides of the conquered mountain? So, who did that? Business people? Fundamentalist religious folk? Football coaches?”

But, in spite of the slim odds of fiction writers having a string of blockbusting books, they can, by working very hard, make some decent money.

And, thanks to my Best Friend‘s gentle reminders, I’ll share some resources from one of her favorite sites.

It’s Poets & Writers, been around since 1970, and their mandate is to serve poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers.

And, even though you could take that last link and find what they call “Tools for Writers”, let me put the links right here :-)

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Are Writing Contests Worth The Effort?


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Writers do all kinds of things to improve their abilities.

Certain activities take a bit of courage; though, for most folks, writing itself takes a lot courage :-)

Also, a writer is constantly being judged—first by themselves, then by anyone reading their work.

Some feel they need to submit to Literary Contests before they publish—a trial-period to hone their skills

Some do contests just to, hopefully, win some cash.

A Google search for “literary contests” will give you plenty to think about; but, what are some of the reasons, besides money, for entering these contests?

I found an article on Women Writers Worldwide that could give you a few reasons: Why Enter Writing Contests? Let Me Count the Ways…

That article also has these topics:

* You won a contest—so what? Will it increase your book sales and add to your credibility?
* Raise your odds of winning—choose the right contest for you
* Slamming scams
* Dos, don’ts and top tips to avoid scams

And, while that article can help you get your foot in the door of literary contests, there’s a WebSite that could help you walk right inside and take up residence :-)

Winning Writers

This site is a Mega-Hub about literary contests—including many that are free to enter.

Check out all these Resources ( even though the links aren’t my usual purple, they are live :-) :

If you visit and find the Site helpful, do, please, come on back and tell us about it in the Comments :-)

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