Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Tips for Successful Publishing - Newsletter August 2022



Dear friends,

I hope your summer has been so far brimming with fun, sun, family, friends, and of course, lots of reading!  Nothing better to nourish the soul than a book during these long and gorgeous days of summer.  Summer has so many pleasures.  Is writing one of them for you? Or do summer activities collide with your writing goals?  What about just collecting ideas for future books?  It doesn’t take away from your travel time.  Have a pen and paper with you and make notes about the scenery, encounters with interesting people, delicious meals, and everything in between. 

Content of this Newsletter:



Prague - Unesco City of Literature Creative 2-Months Residency

It offers residency stays for foreign writers and translators. 6 residencies for 2023, each for 2 months. Return ticket, free accommodation & stipend 600 /month. Deadline Aug 31. 



UCROSS Foundation Residency

Residencies in Clearmont, WY. vary in length from two weeks to six weeks. At any one time, there are up to 10 individuals in residence comprising a mix of visual artists, writers, composers, choreographers, interdisciplinary artists, performance artists, and teams of collaborators. Lunch and dinners are prepared Monday to Friday by a professional chef, and ample provisions are on hand for breakfasts and weekends.  Deadline Sept 1



Granada Residence Program

Targeted at writers residing in any country in whichever language they write.
A month’s stay (30 nights) in Granada between Nov 3 and Dec 2, 2022, at the Corrala de Santiago of the University of Granada. Granada UNESCO City of Literature will cover the traveling expenses. Deadline Sept 1





They are delivering all the content Canadian women want, whether it’s about health, current events, food, social issues, decor, or fashion and beauty. Send a one-page query letter outlining your idea. Pays $1 CAD per word for print and $300-$800 CAD for online.



Roadpass Digital 

They help inspire, educate, and empower millions of RVers and road-trippers to enjoy camping and the open road. Send your pitch to pitches@roadpass.com. Rates typically range from $200 to $1,000 per story, based on length, article type, and how much reporting is required. 



ACCESS Marketing Services 

Out of Washington, DC, they have a fully remote workforce with deliverables due in eastern time. And employ full-time writers but frequently need freelance ad copywriters during busy primary and general election cycles. When in our freelance pool, they keep a calendar of availability so that project managers can pull writers. The work is by the hour, paying roughly $100 per hour. Contact Olivia Hatcher at https://twitter.com/plathitude



The Daily Best

Most of the stories they’re looking for fall under a mini-feature length, between 800 and 2,000 words. Pays up to $600. There needs to be a reason we should green-light this pitch now, whether it’s some new research or new developmental breakthrough, a new announcement, some new insight or news that the story itself is breaking, etc. If the story is unpacking a larger trend or issue that isn’t going to vanish overnight, we’re much more likely to be interested. Query Neel V. Patel, Science and Innovation Editor at neel.patel@thedailybeast.com 


Chicken Soup: Lessons Learned from my dog

They are looking for true stories and poems about your dog. Tell us what new thing your dog taught you. How smart she is or how she outsmarted you! How he made you smile. How she "rescued" you after you "rescued" her. How he brought your family closer together, helped you find love, and inspired you to change something in your human life. Stories can be serious or humorous, or both. Limit 1,200 words. First-person, please.  Payment is $200 and 10 copies. 




Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence

Emerging African American writers.  Prize $10,000. Genres: Short story collection or novel published in the current year. 

Deadline: Aug 15



Lee & Low Books New Voices Award 

The contest is open to writers of color who are residents of the US and who have not previously had a children’s picture book published. Prize $1,000 and publication. Children's books - fiction, nonfiction, or poetry. 

Deadline August 15



Women's Prize for Fiction 

Prize: £30,000.00.  Genre: A published novel by a woman. Entrants must be writing in English and must be published in the UK between 1 April 2022 and 30 Sept 2022. All subject matters and women of any age, from any nationality or country of residence, are eligible. 

Deadline August 26



Short Story Award for New Writers

Limit 6,000 words. The winner receives a $3,000 prize and agency review, and their story will be published online in late winter/early spring. Second and third place finalists will be awarded publication, agency review, and $300/$200 prizes.  $20 Entry Fee.  Deadline Aug 28



Sunday Times Charlotte Aitken Young Writer of the Year Award

Prize: £10,000. Open to authors aged 18-35 as of December 31 of the deadline year. Books must have been first published in the UK and/or the Republic of Ireland, in the English language, between June 23 of the preceding year and August 31 of the deadline year. Authors must be UK or Irish citizens, or residents for the three years preceding the award. Genre: Published or self-published book of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction.  Deadline August 31



Writers Digest Personal Essay Awards

One Grand Prize Winner will receive $2,500, their essay title published in Writer’s Digest magazine’s May/June 2023 issue, and a paid trip to the Writer’s Digest Annual Conference, including a coveted Pitch Slam slot. The Second Place Winner will receive $1,000, and their essay title published in Writer’s Digest magazine’s May/June 2023 issue. The Third Place Winner will receive $500, and their essay title published in Writer’s Digest magazine’s May/June 2023 issue. Limit 2,000 words. 

$25 Entry fee.  Deadline Sept 1



MSLEXIA Woman's Fiction Competition 

Our competition is open to unpublished novels of at least 20,000 words in any genre for children and/or young adult readers. Submit the first 3,000 words only in the first instance. The winner will receive £5,000. The winner and three finalists will also receive manuscript feedback from The Literary Consultancy.  £26 Entry fee.  Deadline Sept 19



Use the lazy days of summer to browse through hundreds of books in your own genre and see what’s available and how other writers created their work. Or visit one or more than over twenty writing conferences

Enjoy a wonderful August!

Sunday, July 3, 2022

Successful Publishing Newsletter July 2022


Content of this July Publishing Newsletter:


Hello, Writer and Publisher Friends,

Welcome July, the month that seems to be dedicated to freedom, independence, and celebrations of country and culture!  Canada Day (July 1), Independence Day (July 4), and Bastille Day (July 14) are only some of the many holidays that are celebrated this month. Enjoy BBQs and fireworks.  The time of so-called “Beach Reading” is now in full swing.  No matter if on a beach, a cottage, or during a cruise: Book lovers have often more time to indulge in books and to write reviews – or read to their kids.


15 Health and Fitness Magazines That Want to Publish Your Work



Best Health Magazine

Reflects the health concerns and journeys of Canadian women and gender-diverse people. Looking to add stories ranging from expert-backed listicles to in-depth features and fresh first-person essays. Open to writers outside of Canada as long as the story focuses on Canadian voices and issues. Rates are the same for digital and print and start at $0.50 per word. Email ishani.nath@rd.com.   https://www.besthealthmag.ca/

The Other Side of Hope

Refugees, asylum seekers, and immigrants only: Non-fiction, reviews, fiction, poetry, and interview submissions by anyone as long as the subject matter sheds light on the refugee and immigrant life. Payment: £100 per published author in the print issue, and £50 per published author in the online issue.  Deadline: July 31



This is a multimedia magazine featuring stories from around the globe about the wonder of the natural world, the most pressing threats to biodiversity, and the most promising sustainability solutions. Email to submissions@bioGraphic.com.    https://www.biographic.com/submissions/


While we may highlight other areas of the West, our main coverage footprint extends across Northern California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, and Alaska, with most of our readers residing in Northern California and Arizona. Our main categories are Road Trips, National Parks, Places to Visit, Things to Do, Eat & Drink, Travel Tips, Smart Guides, and Your Money. Via covers travel tips and inspiration—including road trips to take, places to visit, things to do, what to eat and drink, and how to travel better—as well as practical life advice to help you care for your house and car, manage your money, and live well at home and away. Pays $400-$500 per article.


In print and online WIRED tells stories about how the world is changing, for better or worse, and tries to explain why this change is happening. Submit vivid, tightly written stories packed with first-hand reporting and expert insight. Make sure you pitch it to the right section and in the right way: Work Smarter, Gear, and Features. Online: science, culture, gear, business, and security.  https://www.wired.co.uk/article/contributor-guidelines

Scuba Diving Magazine 

Categories in the digital publication are News, Animal Encounters, Travel, Training, Gear, and Conservation. In print, we seek Travel Features, Travel Roundup, Discovery, Science/Policy, and Special Issues.  Pays 25 cents/word.   https://www.scubadiving.com/how-to-pitch-scuba-diving-magazine


Wants narrative stories with twists and turns, interesting characters, and locales, not pieces that function as PR/service/reviews. Rates are contingent on the piece but they pay very well. NOTE: Cosmo is known for paying $1 per word and up. Email: elizabeth.kiefer@hearst.com.  https://www.cosmopolitan.com/



20 years ago, Ray Bradbury (Fahrenheit 451) spoke at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, where he imparted his wisdom: “Read the greatest books, broaden your mind, and write like hell”. However, in an age of instant gratification and overnight success stories, Bradbury’s words of wisdom may fall on deaf ears. Nonetheless, those who are wise will follow Bradbury’s advice…



New Jersey Artist Fellowship

Fellowships are awarded to practicing New Jersey artists to help them pursue their artistic goals. Categories offered for the 2022 Fellowships are Digital/Electronic, Film/Video, Painting, Printmaking/Drawing/Book Arts, and Prose. Fellowship awards have ranged in the past from $4,000 – $17,500.  Deadline July 15


Jentel Arts Residencies

One month-long residency is taking place from January 15th – May 13th.  Any visual artist or writer over 25 currently residing in the United States or any US citizen living abroad is eligible. Each resident receives a $400 stipend. The cozy and comfortable writer studios have Wifi access. Location Banner, Wyoming. Deadline September 15.   http://jentelarts.org/apply/

The Siena Art Institute’s 2022 Summer Residency Program 

One month in the beautiful historic city of Siena, Tuscany, Italy, grants resident artists a studio space at the Siena Art Institute and a private one-bedroom apartment in the historic city center, as well as airfare. Deadline Sept 30


Monson Arts’ Residency Program 

Support for emerging & established artists & writers. During each of our 2-week & 4-week programs, 5 artists & 5 writers are invited to Maine’s North Woods. Get a private studio, all meals & a $1,000 stipend. Opens Aug. 1 – Deadline Sept 15




Wells Short Story Competition

Writers must be 21 or under on July 5. Those over 21 can enter for a fee. Short story on the theme of “Mask.” Length: 1,500 to 5,000 words. Prize: £1,000.  Deadline: July 12


Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction. 

Books must be English-language, first-edition trade books published by a Canadian press, written by Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada, and published between May 19, 2021 – Sept 30, 2021.  Literary nonfiction includes, among other forms, works of personal or journalistic essays, memoirs, commentary, criticism both social and political, history, and biography.  Prize: Winner: $60,000; Finalists: $5,000. Deadline: July 14


Scottish Book Trust New Writers Awards

Scottish writers over 18 years of age. Prize: £2,000 and personal development opportunities, which can include mentoring from writers and industry professionals. Training in PR, performance and presentation training, and the opportunity to showcase work to publishers and agents. Deadline: July 14


Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize

Genre: Fiction. Titles must be published in Canada and written by Canadians. No self-published works. Prize: $25,000 will be awarded to a novel or short-story collection published between May 19, 2021 – Sept 30, 2021. Prizes of $2,500 will be awarded to each of the finalists. Deadline: July 14


Boardman Talker Prize

The prize will be awarded for a work first published or distributed in the UK between July 15th, 2020 – 17th July 2021. Books with a mountain, not necessarily mountaineering, theme whether fiction, non-fiction, drama, or poetry, written in the English language. Prize: £3,000.00. Deadline: July 17


Why not spruce up your summer book marketing efforts, and create book bundles or book giveaways at this time of the year?  You can even use the slogan: “Christmas in July”!

Your summer vacation will be a great time to relax, spend time in nature, unplug from your computer/smartphone, and read lots of books. Experience time apart from daily concerns, and gather ideas for new books you will write in the future. Have a wonderful July!




Books by Doris-Maria Heilmann:

To the TOP

Smart Free Marketing for Entrepreneurs and Self-Employed

ebook: https://books2read.com/u/mqv8Z1

print: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1988664381

ebook: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08957T6XN/


Audiobooks for Success

Valuable guide book for authors, audiobook publishers, narrators, voice-over artists, and audiobook listeners. Learn how to create, produce, publish, and market your audiobooks




111 Tips to Create Impressive Videos 
How to Plan, Create, Upload, and Market Videos



111 Tips To Make Money With Writing 
The Art of Making a Living Full-time Writing –
An Essential Guide for More Income as Freelancer



111 Tips on How to Market Your Book for Free
 – Detailed Plans and Smart Strategies for Your Book’s Success



111 Tips to Get Free Book Reviews
 – Best Strategies for Getting Lots of Great Reviews
plus 1,200+ reviewer contact links



111 Tips to Create Your Book Trailer –
How to Create, Where to Upload, and How to Market Your Videos


Book Marketing on a Shoestring

How Authors Can Promote their Books 

Without Spending a Lot of Money


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Books by Doris Daily:


Memoirs of an Executive Pilot





Piloten Ausbildung, Jobsuche und Berufsalltag

(in deutscher Sprache – print & ebook)




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Monday, June 20, 2022

Contacting Airlines, Hotels Through Twitter?

Air Canada never answered my letters and emails... Only when I wrote an open letter in one of my travel blogs, voicing three really serious complaints, and posting the link on Twitter, did they react to my DM (direct message).  I was surprised when the communication suddenly came into full swing, and soon I received my money for canceled flights back, as well as a voucher for another issue - but never an apology.

My experience was second by an article at The Points Guy where they wrote:

The 2009 viral YouTube video “United Breaks Guitars,” based on a musician’s bad customer service experience, became a case study on the power a single customer’s post can have. These days customers experience 

"Staffing shortages, overbookings, and high prices are causing frustration for both travelers and travel industry workers.  Customers calling traditional phone help lines are facing sometimes hours-long wait times before being able to interact with a live human — and even then may not get the results they want."

It’s not unusual for those with unresolved frustrations with travel companies to air those grievances on social media.  However, what has sometimes been an outlet for rage has also evolved into a platform for productive interaction, where travelers and customer service representatives use Twitter and Facebook as the venue to actually make rebookings, request cancellations, and more.

Read the article with strategies for customer service over social media, with some background information and a list of airlines and hotels you can reach via social media here  https://thepointsguy.com/guide/social-media-tips-travel-customer-service/




Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Successful Publishing: Newsletter June 2022


Tips for Successful Publishing - Newsletter June 2022

by 111Publishing and SavvyBookWriters



Hope you had a lovely long weekend all the way through Memorial Day - the unofficial beginning of summer. June, the brightest month of the year, with long hours of daylight and sunshine, giving all of us lots of energy. Check out these publishing and bookselling tips:


RI State Council on the Arts

For artists that live in Rhode Island, and are over the age of 18. The RISCA General Operating Support for Artists (GoSA) program provides grants of $6,000 for each of the three consecutive years (total of $18,000) for artists to work towards large, specific, self-identified goals in their art practice. This funding is unrestricted, meaning artists can use the funds to support their goals however they need.  Deadline July 1



Vermont Studio Center

It is the largest international artists’ and writers’ residency program in the US. Each month the Center hosts over 50 writers and artists from across the country and around the world. Deadline 15 June



Siena Summer Residency Program 2023

The Siena Art Institute’s Summer Residency Program awards accomplished professional artists & writers the opportunity to stay for a month in the beautiful historic city of Siena, in the heart of Tuscany, Italy. $30 Entry Fee. Deadline Sept 30, 2020



London, England, Residency

The writer chosen for the Baltic Writing Residency in London receives $1,000 and a free stay in a furnished cottage, based on a completed application. The London Residency has the writer reside, for two to three weeks at a time most convenient for them in a furnished flat.   $25 Entry Fee.  Deadline is July 31



Jentel Artist Residency Program WY
is located on a 1000-acre working cattle ranch 20 miles southeast of Sheridan, Wyoming. It offers individuals a supportive environment in which to further their creative development. Applications for Winter/Spring Residencies close on  September 15




Jess Peters reviews YA, dystopian, fantasy, sci-fi books


You can also find reviewers on Amazon’s top reviewer site

http://www.amazon.com/review/top-reviewers - however, to reach those who review your genre, chances are better at bestseller reviews that are recommended in your book category.

Clicking on an author's name will bring you to their author page, which will include a listing of their books and the customer reviews page. When you click on the name of a reviewer you can find the reviewer’s Amazon profile. Look for their contact info, such as an email address social media link, or a link to their website (not always provided). Follow them on social media and study their submission guidelines - as you should do with every book reviewer, before sending a pitch.



Daily Coffee News

A leading news site covering the specialty coffee industry in partnership with Roast magazine is seeking skilled and enthusiastic freelance business news reporters. Seeking skilled writers who are passionate about coffee but even more passionate about high-quality ethical journalism and storytelling with an eye toward sustainability, social justice, and corporate accountability. As a news reporter, you will work directly with the editor on assignments covering a broad range of timely business topics within the specialty coffee industry in the US and beyond. Business news reporters have the freedom to work remotely and on their own schedules, although a weekly commitment of one to two stories is preferred. This is a freelance/contractor position with competitive pay on a per-story basis.



Writer's Digest

They consider completed manuscripts on spec, as well as original pitches. A query should include a thorough outline that introduces your article proposal and highlights each of the points you intend to make. Your query should discuss how the article will benefit our readers, why the topic is timely and why you’re the appropriate writer to discuss the topic. Pays up to 50 cents/word.





Wyoming Creative Writing Fellowship

Open to Wyoming writers who are U.S. citizens or have legal resident status. Genre: Fiction, Poetry, CNF. Prize: $3,000 and an honorarium/travel stipend. One fellowship will be awarded in each category of Poetry, Creative Nonfiction, and Fiction, for a total of three fellowships.  Deadline: June 9



Scotiabank Giller Prize. Restrictions: Open to books published in Canada in English. Must be nominated by publisher. Genre: Fiction. Full-length novel or collection of short stories published in English, either originally, or in translation. Prize: $100,000 to the winner and $10,000 to each of the finalists. Deadline: Books published between May 1, 2021, and June 30, 2022, must be received on or before June 17



The Writer Magazine's Spring Short Story Contest

Enter your best work in 2,000 words or less for your chance to win $1,000 and publication in our magazine. The second-place winner will receive $500 and publication on our website; our third-place winner will receive $250 and publication on our website as well. Whether it's a thrilling mystery, a feel-good coming of age story, or a haunting tale filled with terror, your piece could land you the grand prize.  $25 Entry Fee.  Deadline June 20



Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction. Restrictions: Books must be English-language, first-edition trade books published by a Canadian press, written by Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada. Titles must be published between May 3, 2022 and Sept 30, 2022 . Genres: Literary nonfiction including, among other forms, works of personal or journalistic essays, memoirs, commentary, criticism both social and political, history, and biography. Prize: Winner: $60,000; Finalists: $5,000. Deadline: June 28.  



Atwood Gibson Writers' Trust Fiction Prize. Restrictions: Titles must be published in Canada and written by Canadians. No self-published works. Genre: Novel or short story collection. Prize: $60,000 will be awarded to the novel or short story collection published between May 3, 2022 and September 30, 2022. Deadline: June 28



Red Hen Press Award

The award is open to all Black writers. Award $3,000, publication by Red Hen Press, The opening chapter or story of the awarded manuscript will be published in the Peauzxdunque Review. Four-week residency at The Community Library's Ernest and Mary Hemingway House in Ketchum, Idaho.  No Entry Fee.  Deadline July 31



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Enjoy a busy month of writing and reading, the sun and the outlook to fascinating travel experiences - or just to relax and charge your batteries. 

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