Thursday, June 21, 2018

Win New Adult Writing Reference

New Adult is known for tension and self-discovery.
Master these elements (for your own manuscript, regardless of genre) with this writing must-have.

Three ways to win...
1. Share the Pitch Perfect Workshop
2. Invite friends to the Pitch Perfect Workshop

Unlimited entires, so share and like to your heart's content!
Winner picked by on Monday (6/25/18)

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Join the fun!

We're gearing up for our July 21, 2018 Pitch Perfect Workshop and want to have a little fun. Follow us on Facebook for giveaways and contests (hurry, the fun starts Thursday).

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Join, Submit and Publish

Authors need that one publishing credit to their name, one acquisition editor to take a leap of faith on their craft, before they can join a writing guild or other "published only" authors groups. 
At Writers of Kern, we invite authors to join, to submit and to publish.

Ahead of the game as always, Writers of Kern founded WOK Press with this in mind. And don't you worry, they're accepting submission right now for their 2018 Anthology.

Authors must be a member to submit ($10 for students, $65 first year, $45 renewal)
Once you've joined, you'll also have access to free critique groups to polish your submission. You'll also have a chance to enter WOK's Fall Writing Contest, winners are given automatic submission to the anthology (another publication credit).

Flash Fiction, Short Stories, Poetry, Cover Art/Photo Art and Museful Moments
You can send over as many submissions in each category as you deem worthy (just please, please, please, follow the submission guidelines)

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Calling All Volunteers

A quality critique can have more influence on an author’s evolving craft than any other aspect in learning to write—including (dare, I say) reading. Agents and editors alike question prospective authors on their use of critique groups. Writing contests across the nation have renovated their competitions, opting for professional critiques instead of cash prizes.

Critiques are, and will continue to be, the driving force behind published authors. Even with my acceptance of the presidential nomination, Writers of Kern will provide high caliber critique groups—but we need your help.

Volunteers, you are needed. There are plenty of opportunities to serve, emailing prospective authors, organizing dates and times, checking on new critique groups—whether you have five seconds or five hours, you are needed.

Email for more information. 

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Contests and Competitions

Submit to the following competitions for the chance to add award winning author to your literary resume.

26th Annual Lone Star Writing Competition (Romance, Women's Fiction)
Submission Fee: $25
Deadline: June 8, 2018
Cash Prize: $50 per category plus agent critique for finalists

Marguerite McGlinn Prize for Fiction
Deadline: June 15, 2018
Cash Prize: $2,500

FIL Prize in Romance Languages (Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction)
Deadline: June 22, 2018
Cash Prize: $150,000

Grants for Artist Projects (Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction)
Deadline: June 25, 2018
Cash Prize: $1,500

Pages from the Heart Contest (Romance, Women's Fiction)
Submission Fee: $16-$26 check site for more info
Deadline: June 30, 2018
Cash Prize: $30 & $50 plus critique/feedback

Winning Writers: North Street Book Prize (Fiction)
Submission Fee: $60
Deadline: June 30, 2018
Cash Prize: $3,000

28th Annual Golden Opportunity Contest (Romance, Women's Fiction)
Submission Fee: $35
Deadline: July 1, 2018
Cash Prize: $50 plus agent/editor feedback

The Writer/Rebecca Contest (Women's Fiction, Romance)
Submission Fee: $20-$25 (see site for more info)
Deadline: July 31, 2018
Prize: Chapter support for publication

Monday, May 28, 2018

Author Etiquette: Remember the Mouse

During a recent collaboration, I heard a few veteran authors and agents bemoan the loss of social etiquette within the publishing world. It's easy to overlook, I am in fact writing this blog alone and you, dear reader, are most likely reading this, alone. Reading, writing and editing can be lonely but that doesn't mean we kick social graces to the curb.

Remember the Mouse
Authors are intimate creatures, we pen our emotions/dreams and expect validation not criticism. 
We are writers, visionaries, dreamers...we are second only to God (yes, I had a client say this to me).

In reality, our masterpiece needs to be buffed and chipped until we uncover our little diamond in the rough. We need our editors. We need our critiques.
It's hard on the ego and tough on the pride. It's easy to dismiss a critique or belittle critique members but remember, they are future published authors. It's better to have a friend than a foe in this cozy industry. 

If you hire a professional editor and do not agree with his/her edits, be careful and speak kindly. Many editors are also on acquisition boards (those lovely people who decide if you will be published or not) and they are not required to disclose this information. 
If you speak ill of an editor/agent/author, chances are, they will hear it and you will pay the price.
Remember the fable, it was the lion who ended up needing the mouse, not the other way around.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Shannon the Soldier

Thanks to the internet, not much is hidden. I was one of many who stood shoulder to shoulder with Shannon Hale (well, my shoulder, her elbow) during the Storymakers Conference in early May. She's not only a bestselling author several times over but a woman of character. She's a soldier for inclusion, regardless of where you or I stand. 

During Storymakers Conference, we experienced an aggressive stance against harassment. No other conference posted a policy at registration, during general meetings and in emails leading up to the event. Every notice encouraged contact, whether it be via phone, email or face to face. We, not just women but authors in general, were safe and embolden to "see something, say something." 

And yet, just an hour north of that same area, is a completely different story. Shannon Hale is at the center of a raging media storm. Ever the advocate, Shannon Hale privately expressed concern to FanX, formerly Salt Lake's Comic Con, about the safety of women regarding a particularly celebrated male author with predatory tendencies.

Sadly, Bryan Brandenburg, the director of FanX, responded with a dismissal "I've been sensitive to these issues...before it became trendy with #metoo" and told Shannon to "sit this one out."

Let's just say it escalated from there and Bryan tweeted an edited version of his emails along with Shannon's personal contact information. Unwittingly, his tweet united the dozens of other women being dismissed by FanX in the exact same fashion. 

Shannon was not alone, she was just the loudest voice. Her entire message was "listen to women, believe women." Because of her, the entire publishing world is listening. Thank you Shannon for your strength and advocacy.