Writer’s Digest Self-Published eBook Awards
If your book is digitally published and available for download, you’re eligible to enter The Writer’s Digest Self-Published eBook Awards. The Grand Prize includes: $5,000; being interviewed for Writer’s Digest magazine; a trip to the Writer’s Digest Annual Conference (Aug. 12-14); your name on the cover of Writer’s Digest; a 30-minute platform and marketing consultation with Chuck Sambuchino, author of Create Your Writer Platform; $200 worth of Writer’s Digest Books, a one year subscription to Writer’s Digest. In addition, each of the eight category winners earn $1,000. Categories include: Mainstream/Literary Fiction; Genre Fiction (includes sub-genres such as Romance, Horror, Science Fiction, Humor); Nonfiction (General, Cookbooks, Reference, Guidebooks, Textbooks); Inspirational (Spiritual, New Age); Life Stories (Biographies, Autobiographies, Family Histories, Memoirs); Children’s Picture books; Middle-Grade/Young Adult; Poetry. Submission deadline is August 6, 2016.
Looking for more writing contests? Two sources that aggregate contest info, including entry deadlines, can be found at Funds For Writers and Poets & Writers. If you’re a BookBaby author and go on to win a writing contest, don’t keep it to yourself – let us know!
BookBaby earns a favorable review by Goosebottom Books
The Goosebottom Books Blog, Goosetracks, posted a thorough and thoughtful piece titled “Ingram Spark vs. BookBaby vs. CreateSpace,” written by Shirin Yim Bridges, an author and publisher. In the post, she outlines her decision tree, assuming she were new to the game, detailing how she would go about self-publishing a book. The post highlights the strengths of the companies and their business offers, and includes the questions Bridges rated each service on:
1. How important are bookstores to your sales strategy?
2. Do you want someone to produce your book for you?
3. Do you think you can produce a book yourself?
4. Are you primarily interested in online sales?
5. Do you really have to choose between these services?
As you might imagine (considering we’re highlighting the post here), she was very complimentary of BookBaby. “When authors gush about their experiences with BookBaby, and quite a few of them do, it’s usually because BookBaby makes everything so easy.” In regard to her first question involving printed book sales, she does mention Ingram’s distribution network, but adds, “Although you will be in the Ingram database, that database during any given season includes thousands upon thousands of titles, so unless the bookstore is actively looking for it, your book will not be found.” Finally, when listing what she would do if she were self-publishing a book, step one is: “Go to BookBaby and have them help me with design and editing, because, as I hope I’ve made abundantly clear, both are necessary to give your work its best shot, and unless you are yourself from an affiliated field, you might not know what good design and editing is.”
Forget your progressives, break out your electron microscope
A Russian microminiaturist named Vladimir Aniskin has created two books, The Steel Flea, a 19th-century story, and Alphabet, which includes the Russian alphabet, claiming to have produced the smallest books in the world. Guinness World Records lists Teeny Ted from Turnip Town, which measures 70 x 100 micrometers, by Canadian Malcolm Douglas Chaplin as the smallest reproduction of a printed book, but Aniskin hopes his books, which each measure 70 x 90 microns, will be crowned as officially smallest. Aniskin made the books by hand, a process that involved five years to develop the necessary technology and a month to make the books, which are mounted on a cleaved poppy seed. Why did he make them? “I’m a micro-miniaturist, I make everything small,” he reportedly told ABC News. Read The Guardian‘s story here.
New Michael Crichton book discovered, to be published by HarperCollins in May 2017
While working on the Michael Crichton Archives through her company CrichtonSun, Sherri Crichton found a manuscript penned by her late husband, who died in 2008. Crichton’s worldwide book sales exceed 200 million, and in 1994, he became the only creative artist to have works simultaneously charting at No. 1 on TV (ER), film (Jurassic Park), and book sales (Disclosure). According to an article in Publisher’s Weekly, Sherri Crichton explains, “When I came across the Dragon Teeth manuscript in the files, I was immediately captivated. It has Michael’s voice, his love of history, research and science all dynamically woven into an epic tale.”
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