Interested in Entering Author Contests?

Kristi Bernard:

What a great idea!

Originally posted on Sherrill S. Cannon's Blog:

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28 Awards…

Nice post from the SBPRA CEO!

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Interested in entering author contests? Sometimes it can be intimidating if you aren’t sure how to go about it. Advice from an expert can help! SBPRA author Sherrill Cannon is here to quell your fears.

Sherrill S. Cannon On How-To Win Book Awards
We interviewed award-winning author, Sherrill S. Cannon, who shares insider tips on how-to get your own book nominated for an award.

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By Kristi Bernard Posted in Writers

Writers: Helpful Hashtags on Twitter

Originally posted on Crime Fiction Author Sue Coletta:

Okay, let’s talk Twitter.


Social media is a necessary part of being an author in today’s world.  I belong to many sites, such as: Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, StumbleUpon, Triberr, Pinterest, Goodreads, Google +, LinkedIn, my own website/blog, as well as a multi-authors blog.  I’m sure I’m forgetting a few; I always do.

Back to Twitter.


Twitter is a great place to promote your posts.  However, with the 140 character limit it makes it difficult to get across everything you have to say.  But it’s also a great place to learn to savor each word.  To learn to hone your skills by saying the most you can with the fewest words– good practice, and a skill you need to master to be great writer.

Yesterday on Twitter, agents inputed their manuscript wishlists under the hashtag #mswl.  What is the #mswl? It’s when agents list the kinds of books they hope…

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6 Side Effects Only Writers Experience

Kristi Bernard:

I thought this was spot on!

Originally posted on Thought Catalog:

Many of us love a good story, article, and novel, and inversely authors love writing for themselves as well. If we don’t love what we write, how can we expect other people to enjoy them? However those who write have such a vivid imagination, what I’d like to call the “movie effect” that it doesn’t just turn on or off depending on whether or not we’re in front of paper or a computer, it bleeds into our very reality. Here are some of the things that occasionally happen when you’re an avid writer:

1. You always want a perfect ending that ties everything together.

Not saying that authors don’t love adding cliffhangers, but even with cliffhangers, authors have settled what they needed to settle in their plot. When you carry the writer’s blood, you always want to find the best solution in conflicts and usually, you want your way to…

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By Kristi Bernard Posted in Writers

Easy Book Outline Ideas

I really want to be able to create a simple outline for my story. Often times my writing flow gets interrupted because I am so worried about sticking to my outline.  I found some help from a blog post by Bess Weatherby at DYI MFA. She has suggested 4 ways to outline a book that are simple and allow a write to hang on to their free flow of writing.


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Four Methods for Outlining Your Book

by Bess Weatherbypublished in Writing

This is the fourth  post in my series on the benefits of writing with an outline. In my first post, I listed three reasons why most writers need an outline. In the second, I discussed three things to keep in mind when creating an outline. In the third, I talked about how to use one while drafting. In this post, we’ll get into some of the nuts and bolts of different types of outlines.

Let’s start with the obvious: every book is different. And, also obvious: every writer is different. Slightly less obvious: the method of writing each book will be different. Most writers find a system. Sometimes, books blow up that system. At some point, the method that worked for your last book or your best friend or your favorite writer will fail you. Or you’ll discover a new method. Or you’ll realize you’ve let the character drag you kicking and screaming into a murderous subplot you did-not-see-coming! And no one but other writers understands how this can happen.

At this point, I’m often tempted to quote the Cheshire Cat: “We’re all mad here.”

It is in times like these that an outline can be useful. It’s a bridge from your inspiration to the words on the page. A reminder of where you want the story to go. A map. READ MORE HERE.

A Call For Submission: Flash Writing Contest

The end of the summer is near. Women on Writing is asking for writers to join in on some end of summer fun. Send in your best Flash Fiction story for a chance to win prizes and get noticed.




WOW! hosts a (quarterly) writing contest every three months. The mission of this contest is to inspire creativity, communication, and well-rewarded recognition to contestants. The contest is open globally; age is of no matter; and entries must be in English. We are open to all styles of writing, although we do encourage you to take a close look at our guest judge for the season (upper right hand corner) if you are serious about winning. We love creativity, originality, and light-hearted reads. That’s not to say that our guest judge will feel the same… so go wild! Express yourself, and most of all, let’s have some fun! Read more here!