Monthly Archives: February 2016

We like free

Audrey Silverman, director of US Partnerships for Reedsy, announces a new free program called The Editor. Reedsy connects authors and publishers with the world’s best publishing professionals (the likes of Stephen King’s designer, Neil Gaiman’s editor, or Walter Isaacson’s publicist) to produce and commercialize high-quality books.  They won the Bookseller award for the best publishing startup of 2015.

Publishing is a scary world for a lot of writers, but Silverman says Reedsy provides them with the tools and resources they need to make independent publishing not only available, but easy.
They actually just released Book Editor this week. Months in development, it creates professionally typeset ebook files and print on demand pdfs–all in a matter of seconds, and all for free.
Give it a looksee, or test-run: REEDSY

Janelle Evans to speak

Janelle Evans will be the next 5th Wednesday speaker; Skinny Dugan’s, March 30.

London2015_bookTourJanelle M. Evans graduated from Arizona State University with a bachelor’s degree in English and creative writing. She has since published multiple erotic thrillers under pen name, and one young adult novel, HeartShadows, with its sequel, HeartStuck, to be published shortly. In addition to writing novels, Miss Evans is an award-winning screenplay writer, and short story author. She is currently a teaching graduate assistant at the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) while pursuing her Master of Fine Arts degree.

She will be discussing the hidden market of commissioned writing: the various fields in which one can write, how to tap into those markets, and how to fit this side business into your current creative schedule.

Short on notice, big on reward

The Kenyon Review Short Fiction Contest is accepting submissions until February 29. The contest is open to all writers who have not yet published a book of fiction. Submissions must be 1,200 words or fewer.

The Kenyon Review will publish the winning short story in the Jan/Feb 2017 issue, and the author will be awarded a scholarship to attend the 2016 Writers Workshop, June 18th-25th, in Gambier, Ohio.

For submission guidelines, and to enter: KENYON REVIEW

Don’t miss it

DON’T FORGET: The deadline of March 5 for the Idaho Writer’s Guild annual writing contest is fast approaching. They’re accepting submissions in three categories this year, so get your thinking caps on!
* Short Story (3500 word max)
* Novel first ten pages
* Non-fiction (1500 word max)

1st Place Winner in each category = $100
2nd Place Winner in each category = $50
Awards Luncheon on May 7, 2016
But wait…there’s more!
Each entry will be judged by two or more industry professionals AND you will receive the Judges’ scorecards – FREE with each entry!
For complete rules and submission guidelines: IDAHO WRITER’S GUILD