Entering legitimate writing contests, big or small, is a great way to get your name out to the writing community and earn a few publication credits along the way. SincePushcart Press has been honoring authors published in small presses and including them in their world-famous anthology, The Pushcart Prize — Best of the Small Presses. Literary journal and magazine editors choose nominees from work that has been featured in their publications, whether the submission is a poetry or short story collection, poem, essay, or short story. There is no entry fee.
I was getting so many questions about it that I decided to write up a pamphlet answering the most frequently asked questions about how to get freelance work as an editorial professional — mainly copy editing, proofreading and writing jobs.
This was inand that was my first ebook. It was just a simple pdf file that I uploaded to the website. And when buyers ordered, they had to wait for me to send them the file.
It would be seven more years before Amazon launched its self-publishing platform, and it became all the rage. I finally got up to speed and got more sophisticated with self-publishing. So she wrote it just to get it out of her head.
It was called Loving a Texan from New Orleans. She uploaded it to Amazon, and promptly forgot about it. In fact, she got me the job there when we were both in college. I point this out to say, because both of us had a background in publishing, so it never occurred to us NOT to self-publish.
So not only were we comfortable with self-publishing, we liked the freedom and control it gave us over our works. Ironically, after self-publishing for years, I landed a traditional book deal — in for a non-fiction book.
My prolific self-publishing background was one of the reasons the Acquisitions Editor who recruited me was attracted to my credentials in the first place. So, self-publishing can lead to a traditional book deal; just throwing that out there. Now, back to how I got into writing romance.
And, throughout the day, the sales kept coming. As a self-published author of many non-fiction books, those kinds of sales were not common. This was in March of That outline was a lifesaver; it told me exactly what to do.
Writing My First Romance Novel: Sales Results I excitedly uploaded it. I had ants in my pants waiting for the sales to start rolling in. I kept refreshing my screen. I looked for it on Amazon and clicked on the link to make sure that nothing technical was going on. Oh, it was there, but apparently the only person clicking on it was me — and the six loyal souls who bought copies that first month.
Yep, in my first month, I sold six copies of my romance novel. I thought it was a pretty good story. I thought that was the end of that. Maybe that had something to do with your lack of sales. In the spring ofI wrote my second romance novella — an interracial love story.
I sold copies in the first month of my second romance novella — an interracial love story. And get this, that month March9 copies of my first novella sold too! The second month AprilI sold copies of that second romance; and 11 copies of my first one sold.
That new book was spurring sales of the old one; even though they were in different genres, they were both romance novels. How to Make Money Writing Romance: Following are some lessons I learned about what it takes to be successful as a romance writer.
Some genres just tend to do better than others. According to Romance Writers of America, following are the most popular genre in romance — in print and ebook format: And within each genre, there are subgenres, eg.Writing contests and awards are an important factor in any author’s pursuit of a serious writing career.
The fame and recognition that come along with winning awards for writing (not to mention the prize money) can be a serious boost to not only a writer’s career, but his or her self-esteem as well.
Romance Writers of America Announces Contest Finalists. Romance Writers of America (RWA), the trade association for romance fiction authors, announces the finalists for the RITA ® and Golden Heart ® Awards.
The RITA — the highest award of distinction in romance fiction — recognizes excellence in published romance novels and novellas.
The RITA Award is the most prominent award given throughout the genre of romance novel and some other romantic fiction. It is presented by Romance Wri The RITA Award is the most prominent award given throughout the genre of romance novel and some other romantic fiction.
It is presented by Romance. SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--(NASDAQ: AMZN)—Five indie authors have been named winners of Romance Writers of America RITA Awards, which recognize excellence in published romance .
We’re looking for a few outstanding romance manuscripts! Think you are up to the challenge? Enter the Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Awards Romance Writing Category for your chance to win cash and get featured in Writer’s Digest magazine..
Wondering what’s in it for you? Lexi Ryan’s novel, Falling Hard, was awarded the Romance Writers of America RITA Award for Contemporary Romance: Long.
Ryan is a first-time RITA winner. Ryan is a first-time RITA winner. The RITA Award finalists included 26 independently published authors, setting a new high for the number of indie authors recognized.