Check out my article “Winning Your Own Book” in the February issue of Writer’s Digest magazine (on sale now). The article discusses book contests as an alternate route to getting your book published. It compiles 26 contests where you win publication (often through a university press), and sometimes even get prize money and the chance to do some lectures and readings (all great things to help you build your author platform). You’ll also get some tips about do’s and don’ts and ways to protect yourself when you’re searching out contests.
Also, the special Novel Writing issue of WD that I edited is now available as a digital download. It includes some great articles specific to writing and promoting your novel, including an article about marketing titled “The M-Word: Marketing Doesn’t Have to Be a Dirty Word” by yours truly. Here’s a list of a few of the features:
- “What’s Hot in Popular Fiction?” by Michael J. Vaughn
- “The Novelist’s Survival Kit” by Jordan E. Rosenfeld
- “Status Seekers and Story Tellers” by Donald Mass
- “Novelists Need Platforms, Too” by Jane Friedman
- and much more