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“Ways To Write (Part 2): The Pomodoro Technique”

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6 Tips for Finishing Your First Draft | A Well Told Story

Tackling a first draft can be a serious challenge! Here are six tips to help you power through and finish your draft–and maybe even have some fun too!

Source: 6 Tips for Finishing Your First Draft | A Well Told Story

“Ways To Write (Part 4): Writing Weekend”

The First Book: Six Lessons from a Debut Author

Here are my favorite of the 6:

TIP #4: FEELINGS SCHMEELINGS!

Your work ethic should have nothing to do with how you feel, or whatever else is going on in your life. Feelings come and go. Situations change. You work ethic, however, is a constant because it is an attitude. A good work ethic is one that commits you to a realistic routine suited to your goals and situation. …

TIP #5: WAITING TIME IS WASTED TIME

Don’t have time to write? Waiting for inspiration – or an ideal situation? Well, as the saying goes, time is not something that you have – it’s something that you make. Likewise, situations don’t write – people do. …

TIP #6: CONFIDENCE IS A VERB

Like time, confidence is not necessarily something that you have. To avoid crippling self-doubt, pretend confidence is a verb – something that you do. Understand that confidence doesn’t come from self-regard (that’s arrogance). It comes from showing yourself what you’re capable of by trying things. Hence the age-old advice: ‘Fake it till you make it.’ …

Try again. Fail again. Fail better. –Worstward Ho by Samuel Beckett

Read all of the tips here:

https://www.aerogrammestudio.com/2018/06/12/the-first-book-six-lessons-from-a-debut-author/

Louise Meriwether First Book Prize— Feminist Press

SUBMISSION WINDOW CLOSES JUNE 30, 2018

There is just a couple of days left to enter, so put this contest on your calendar to be ready to submit next year.

This one is for women of color and nonbinary people of color who haven’t yet published a book.

Check it out!

https://www.feministpress.org/louise-meriwether-first-book-prize/

Deadline Approaching (6/30/18): Pages From The Heart Contest 2018

CONTEST IS FOR RWA MEMBERS ONLY

A lot of us dream of adding “Award-Winning Author” to our electronic signature. Here’s another shot at a title. This one is open to RWA members only and for unpublished manuscripts. Putting yourself out there for criticism is terrifying, but it’s also immensely rewarding. The entry fee is equal to a night at the movies, at least where I live when I calculate parking, the ticket, and snacks. There isn’t much to lose and a whole lot to gain. See the link below for submission guidelines.

GO FOR IT!

Submission period June 1 – June 30, 2018. Entry Electronic entry will be no more than the first 6,000 words of your original, unpublished, and uncontracted work-in-progress or completed manuscript. Eligibility – Published Author: the writer is contracted or published, but the entry itself must not be contracted or published as of June 30, 2018. Self-published authors are welcome. The manuscript must be your original work. – Unpublished Author: the writer has not accepted a publishing offer for, or self-published, a work of original fictional narrative prose of 20,000 words or more (by June 30, 2018). The manuscript must be your original work. Pages from the Heart Contest is open to RWA Members only. Previous winners of the Pages from the Heart contest may not re-enter the same manuscript during the 2018 contest. All other finalists may enter the same manuscript as they had in previous years. Contest Categories Contemporary Novel – SHORT: (category romance, includes Novel with

Source: Pages From The Heart Contest 2018

Chicago: How to break in the TV & Radio Industry Panel & Networking Event

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North Street Book Prize – Winning Writers

CONTEST ALERT!

There are just a couple of weeks left to submit your self-published books to this contest. The details are below.

Good luck!

Source: North Street Book Prize-Winning Writers

North Street Book Prize

4th year. Your self-published book can win up to $3,000 plus expert marketing services.

Please submit during February 15-June 30, 2018. Submit one or more self-published books in these categories:

  • Mainstream/Literary Fiction
  • Genre Fiction
  • Creative Nonfiction & Memoir (definition)
  • Poetry (new!)
  • Children’s Picture Book (new!)

PRIZES

  • One grand prize winner will receive $3,000, a marketing analysis and one-hour phone consultation with Carolyn Howard-Johnson, a $300 credit at BookBaby, and 3 free ads in the Winning Writers newsletter (a $450 value)
  • The top winner in each category will receive $1,000, a marketing analysis and one-hour phone consultation with Carolyn Howard-Johnson, a $300 credit at BookBaby, and one free ad in the Winning Writers newsletter (a $150 value)
  • One honorable mention in each category will receive $250
  • We will publish online excerpts (1,000-6,000 words) from all entries that win a prize, along with critiques from the judges

Length limit: 150,000 words. You may submit a collection of short stories or essays as a single entry. No restrictions on age or country. No restriction on year of publication. All contestants receive a free PDF download of The Frugal Book Promoter by Carolyn Howard-Johnson and free guides from BookBaby. Read about the winners of our third contest. The results of our fourth contest will be announced on February 15, 2019. Entry fee: $60 per book. Click the Submittable button below for full details.

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Siskel Center offers grants to celebrate Black Harvest Film Fest | Reel Chicago – Midwest film, audio, production, TV, and advertising

Midwest black filmmakers, get your pitches ready for a chance at a production grant. Proposal window closes June 18, 2018.

Siskel Center offers grants to celebrate Black Harvest Film Fest

Source: Siskel Center offers grants to celebrate Black Harvest Film Fest | Reel Chicago – Midwest film, audio, production, TV, and advertising

Open Call for Pitches: Carina Press

As y’all probably know, in addition to my own editing clients, I am a part of Carina Press’s freelance editorial team. Today (from 9am-9pm EST) Carina is holding its annual #CARINAPITCH .

Now, I’m still very green in legacy publishing, so bear with me here as I attempt to explain how this works.

Carina editors will read every #CARINAPITCH. If one of us is interested in your pitch, we will ❤ it. We will then DM you with our personal submission link. Trust me, more than one of us will like your pitch, so the choice is yours. Be sure to let us know about your idea and yourself through the use of hashtags such as #POC #OwnVoice #HR , etc.

Part of what makes #CARINAPITCH great is that every submission receieved as a part of this event will get personal feedback.

There is still time to share your best ideas with us.

https://carinapress.com/blog/2018/04/carinapitch-is-back-and-were-open-to-proposals-this-year/CarinaPitch1

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