Book Giveaway: The Complete Guide to Self-Publishing

Writer’s Digest Books has offered BIW two Writer’s Digest Books. The first will be given away during the August BIW and for members only and the second will be given away here on the BIW blog for members and non-members. You will find directions for entering below this description of the book:

The Complete Guide to Self-Publishing

The cover for The Complete Guide to Self-Publishing.Everything You Need to Know to Write, Publish, Promote, and Sell Your Own Book

by Marilyn Ross and Sue Collier

You want to get published. You want to control the future of your manuscript and your writing career.

In this fifth edition of a self-publishing classic, best-selling author Marilyn Ross and publishing expert Sue Collier empower writers to publish their own work with minimal risk and maximum profits.

Inside The Complete Guide to Self-Publishing, writers will find step-by-step guidance on publishing and marketing a book. From print-on-demand publishing to subsidy publishing to true self-publishing, the book provides a thorough explanation of how to decide which option is best.

Marilyn and Sue then help writers jumpstart a publicity campaign with a detailed marketing plan and timetable, as well as appendices filled with marketing contacts, organizations and vendors. Writers will also benefit from valuable case studies and examples of how other publishers have found success.

This expanded and revised edition of the bible of self-publishing also offers the latest information and cutting-edge advice on e-publishing and Internet marketing, with a chapter on ways to leverage social media marketing to create buzz and stand out from the crowd.

With an in-depth discussion of exclusive distributors, plus coverage of the most recent changes in bookstores and the book-selling industry, The Complete Guide to Self-Publishing equips writers with everything they need to publish and promote their books and take control of their writing career.

“Self-publishing can be the road to independence.” –Authors Marilyn Ross and Sue Collier

About Marilyn Ross and Sue Collier…

Marilyn Ross is a self-published pioneer. Since 1978, she has helped thousands of authors sell millions of books. Sue Collier brings together a multitude of talents in the publishing industry, including several years in trade publishing. The two have been collaborating for the past decade and a half on a myriad of projects. Most recently, they’ve focused their efforts of Self-Publishing Resources, a writing, marketing and publishing consulting firm that assists authors in surpassing their personal and professional publishing goals.

Prize Details:

  • One copy of the 556 page book The Complete Guide to Self-Publishing
  • Retail value: $17

How to Enter:

For this contest there is the option of one entry.

  • Main entry: This one is a must to enter. Visit the Writer’s Digest Books website then come back here and name another title you found that you would be interested in reading. Easy peasy! You must include a contact email.

Stipulations:

One entry per person is allowed — suspicious entries with the same IP address will be deleted without notice. You don’t have to be a member of BIW to enter. The lucky winner will be chosen from the comments at random, using random.org, on August 30, 2010 at 3 pm EST. This giveaway is sponsored by Writer’s Digest Books and they will be mailing the giveaway after the email and mailing address of the winner have been confirmed by myself (so make sure you enter the right email). This giveaway is open to person 18 years and older living in the United States only. Void where prohibited by law. The winner will have one week to claim the prize; after which time it will be rewarded to someone else.

UPDATE: The winner was announced in the comments below. Congratulations to Lynn.

giveaway winner via random.org

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About Maureen Wood

M. E. Wood lives in Eastern Ontario with her husband of fifteen years. She has been moderating BIW for over nine years and works on the Internet. You can learn more about her projects on her official website.

Cynthia Hudson

BIW Member Interview

Cynthia Hudson is a freelance writer and novelist originally from New England. She has completed two fiction novels, dozens of short stories, and several non-fiction articles that can be found on the web. She is also working on an online novella that will be completed this fall.

Moe: When did you know you wanted to be a writer?

Cynthia Hudson: I actually started writing when I was about ten years old. When other young girls were playing with their fashion dolls, I was writing ghost stories and mystery plays that I would con my nieces and nephews to take part in. I’ve never really wanted to be anything else.

Moe: Describe three lessons you have learned about writing?

Cindy Hudson, writerCynthia Hudson: First, that no one can make you sit down and write every day, you have to be self-motivating. Unless you are a famous, published writer no one is waiting with baited breath for your next work.

Second, I treat my writing as a job. When I am working on a book I get up every morning and get ready for the day as if I was expected at work. I try to be at my desk at 9:00 a.m., coffee in hand, ready to go.

Third, that writing is a gift you give yourself. It really doesn’t matter if anyone buys what you have written; although all of us would love a best seller that is not what makes you a “writer”. When you put the words on a page and love what you have written, you are a writer.

Moe: What are you working on now?

Cynthia Hudson: I just finished my second novel and while I am working through my second draft I am writing some short stories for publication on the web.

Moe: Do you have a favourite writing related book?

Cynthia Hudson: I have two but if I can only pick one it would be Stephen King’s On Writing. Practical advice and it makes me smile.

Moe: What is your favourite writing website?

Cynthia Hudson: I love Writer’s Digest. They offer many of their how-to articles from the magazine for free online. There is a free newsletter that you can subscribe to, links, prompts, online conferences, and a bookstore that offers many writing related books at discounted rates. It’s also how I found BIW and NaNoWriMo!

Moe: Do you have an important BIW tip you’d like to pass along?

Cynthia Hudson: I always try to figure out what I need to get done for the week, whatever project I am working on, and then set my goal. I also find it easier for me to set my goal a little low so I am not constantly beating myself up for not getting enough done which is simply wasted energy.

Visit Cynthia’s official website.

About Maureen Wood

M. E. Wood lives in Eastern Ontario with her husband of fifteen years. She has been moderating BIW for over nine years and works on the Internet. You can learn more about her projects on her official website.

Rita B. Fox

BIW Member Interview

Rita B. Fox writes short stories and children stories. She is always surprised other people like them. She is 49 years old, married and has three kids. She likes to be creative with writing, drawing, and poetry. She loves to cuddle with her 11 year old daughter, who is often her pool of ideas.

Moe: When did you know you wanted to be a writer?

Rita B. Fox: When someone invited me to join a writing group, when I was with a poetry group. I said yes. Then I thought “Oh, my gawd!” what did I say. I never wrote a story in Dutch, and never in English. But it turned out very well. I did it for two and a half years (from 2002 until 2005). It improved my English and my writing, as they told me.

Moe: Describe three lessons you have learned about writing?

Rita B. Fox, writerRita B. Fox:

  1. I just write what I like.
  2. I write just for the fun of writing
  3. Writing is a good way too deal with things

Moe: What are you working on now?

Rita B. Fox: I write mainly short stories. I am starting a new kid’s story about a little girl and a horse. My daughter is my model.

Moe: Do you have a favourite writing related book?

Rita B. Fox: No, not really. I am a free writer. I write just what I like with as less rules as possible.

Moe: What is your favourite writing website?

Rita B. Fox: BIW and the sites of Dan Goodwin a creative coach from England.

Moe: Do you have an important BIW tip you’d like to pass along?

Rita B. Fox: Just write because you like to do it, write without thinking about what would others think. If others like what you write, yippee, otherwise too bad, but you had the fun of writing it.

Visit Rita B. Fox’s blog.

About Maureen Wood

M. E. Wood lives in Eastern Ontario with her husband of fifteen years. She has been moderating BIW for over nine years and works on the Internet. You can learn more about her projects on her official website.

Glenys O’Connell

BIW Member Interview

Glenys O’Connell fell in love with the written word when she was four years old. She became a journalist and has been published in everything from hypnotherapy scripts, web content, and a travel guide to Ireland; to children’s fiction, non-fiction and, of course, romantic suspense novels (with Red Rose Publishing). Her two one-act plays have been produced on stage to good reviews. Glenys has recently returned home to Canada after living and traveling in Europe, and now enjoys watching the wildlife from her back porch in very rural Ontario.

Moe: When did you know you wanted to be a writer?

Glenys O’Connell: I’ve always loved the patterns words made on paper, even before I could write. I think I was four when I fell in love with words, five when I wrote my first non-fiction piece!

Moe: Describe three lessons you have learned about writing?

Glenys O'Connell, writerGlenys O’Connell: Gosh, I have to keep it down to three? I’m always learning. Let’s see:

  • DO keep writing, even when it seems futile, keep believing in yourself. If you’re really a writer, nothing can stop you writing. If you stop, you’ll be miserable.
  • DO believe in yourself, share with and enjoy the generous community of writers on groups like BIW.
  • DON’T have a hissy fit because an editor who wants to buy your baby suggests a few changes. A little humility can improve even the most literary piece of work.
  • DO have a plan for your writing career if you want it to be more than a hobby (okay, I know, that’s four).

Moe: What are you working on now?

Glenys O’Connell: I’m starting a new romantic suspense with the working title Dark Revenge, while waiting for an editor’s decision on a previous one, Resort to Murder. In non-fiction, I’m working on an information book on depression, and hoping that a proposal for a ghostwritten autobiography will go ahead. Oh, and my first three-act play is nearing completion.

Moe: Do you have a favourite writing related book?

Glenys O’Connell: Oh, they change, all the time. Current one I think is probably Donald Maas’ Writing the Breakout Novel.

Moe: What is your favourite writing website?

Glenys O’Connell: There are so many… probably Charlotte Dillon’s site for romance writers…that’s CharlotteDillon.com. She has lots of articles, links, etc. that are aimed at romance writers but are useful for all writers.

Moe: Do you have an important BIW tip you’d like to pass along?

Glenys O’Connell: Prepare ahead of time, even if it’s only a brief outline. If you can sit down at the keyboard already knowing what the next scene is going to be about, it’s easier to get back into a writing frame of mind. Even if you don’t generally use an outline, I’d strongly recommend drawing up even a one page list of critical events/scenes before starting BIW.

Learn more about Glenys O’Connell.

About Maureen Wood

M. E. Wood lives in Eastern Ontario with her husband of fifteen years. She has been moderating BIW for over nine years and works on the Internet. You can learn more about her projects on her official website.

Andrea Buginsky

BIW Member Interview

Andrea Buginsky is a 33-year-old freelance writer. She graduated from the University of S. Florida in May 2007 with a BA in Mass Communications-Journalism. She is disabled, and enjoys writing articles and short stories from the comfort of home.

Moe: When did you know you wanted to be a writer?

Andrea Buginsky: During college. I suddenly realized I wasn’t going to be able to enter the field of study I intended on going into. I was at a loss of what to do until my sister said “you like writing, why don’t you do that?”

Moe: Describe three lessons you have learned about writing?

Andrea Buginsky, writerAndrea Buginsky: It’s hard, it’s tedious, and it’s rewarding.

Moe: What are you working on now?

Andrea Buginsky: I’m working on several articles, children’s short stories and an autobiography.

Moe: Do you have a favourite writing related book?

Andrea Buginsky: I am interested in writing children’s books, and How to Write a Children’s Book and Get it Published by Barbara Seuling is helping me learn the craft.

Moe: What is your favourite writing website?

Andrea Buginsky: I enjoy the Writer’s Digest website.

Moe: Do you have an important BIW tip you’d like to pass along?

Andrea Buginsky: Don’t quit. Even if you can’t reach your goal, keep trying, and never give up.

Visit Andrea Buginsky online.

About Maureen Wood

M. E. Wood lives in Eastern Ontario with her husband of fifteen years. She has been moderating BIW for over nine years and works on the Internet. You can learn more about her projects on her official website.

Writer’s Digest Mention

Thank you Elaine for pointing out that Writer’s Digest gave BIW a mention in their creativity section of the June Issue of 101 Best Sites. Here’s the blurb if you didn’t see it:

This site’s motto is “butt in chair, hands on keyboard, typing away madly” – and you’ll need to adhere to it if you want to live up to the challenge. You have one week to put all excuses in your sock drawer and write as much as you possibly can. It’s definitely fun – and rewarding.” They also included the symbols for blog, contests, critiques, forums, markets, and e-newsletters next to the website.

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About Maureen Wood

M. E. Wood lives in Eastern Ontario with her husband of fifteen years. She has been moderating BIW for over nine years and works on the Internet. You can learn more about her projects on her official website.

101 Best Websites for Writers

I picked up the February 2008 edition of the Writer’s Yearbook by Writer’s Digest and I’m happy to say that Book-in-a-week is listed for yet another year as one of 101 Best Websites for Writers. That is three years in a row!

Under the “Challenges/Creativity” section it says this:

“Forget about outlining. Forget about editing. Just sit down and write.” That’s the motto of this site. You get one week (usually the first week of the month) to write as much as you can. Of course, to finish in seven days, you’ll need a strong will — and lots of caffeine.”

Or chocolate. :)

Thank you Writer’s Digest!

And thank you to all our wonderful members who make this group so great.

About Maureen Wood

M. E. Wood lives in Eastern Ontario with her husband of fifteen years. She has been moderating BIW for over nine years and works on the Internet. You can learn more about her projects on her official website.

Gifts for Writers

Have you thought about what you want for Christmas this year? Here are a few suggestions to send along to the present buyer in your house. Or perhaps you know a writer you want to spoil. Writing Dog

Godiva Chocolates – What’s a writing space without some chocolate. Godiva chocolate has some of the most decadent chocolate in the world. Show the writer in your life some real loving with Godiva. Get your own Godiva Chocolates.

Jane Austen Action Figure – Being a writer and a fan of Jane Austen seems to go hand and hand for a majority of writers. If you’re a true fan then you want to have your very own Jane Austen Action Figure (if not, feel free to send me one) to sit on your desk or shelf for inspiration. Perhaps you two can chat about the perfect novel. Achie McPhee also has Shakespeare if you’re more into that. Get your own writer figurine.

Portable Desk – Brookstone has this wonderful portable desk that sits comfortably on your lap with its own lamp and secret storage compartment. This would make sitting in your favorite chair more productive as well as give you a change of scenery from your desk. I could also see it making it easier for those who like to work in bed. Get your own portable desk.

Lenovo Laptop – I fell in love with the concept of Lenovo’s Thinkpad last year when I learned it has a monitor that spins around so you can write on it. How cool is that? For the writer who loves to type and write their novels by hand. Talk about making life easier. Get your own Lenovo Laptop.

Writer’s Digest subscription – We’ve been listed as one of the best websites for writer’s two years in a row but that’s not why I’m mentioning Writer’s Digest. They are the longest running writer’s magazines that provides articles and commentary on the writing business as well as providing some of the best technical information available to writers. Get your subscription to Writer’s Digest.

BIC HOK TAM inspiration – Want to add some BIW reminders around the house? Magnets, T-shirts, Mousepads and more are available to help keep your inspiration up or at the very least remind you that you should be writing instead of painting of your toenails. Get your own BIC HOK TAM goodies.

Alphasmart – This is probably one of the most used pieces of tech equipment by BIW writers next to a regular computer. It’s a lightweight word processing device that seems to encourage love and devotion. Get your own Alphasmart (now called Neo or Dana).

Books, Books and More Books – We have a more than enough writing related books to inspired and teach writers listed in our bookstore. Get your won writing books.

What are you asking for or getting for the writer in your life? Do tell!

About Maureen Wood

M. E. Wood lives in Eastern Ontario with her husband of fifteen years. She has been moderating BIW for over nine years and works on the Internet. You can learn more about her projects on her official website.

Websites for Writers – Writers Digest

Being listed in Writer’s Digest 101 best sites for writers for a second year in a row is simply wonderful. They certainly brought us some eager writers over the last two years. I think it has also brought us a different range of writers. For instance, we have more men than we have ever had and the genre differences come from computers all over the world. We were worldly before but now we have an even greater array. It makes for a unique group.

The first Writer’s Digest magazine was published in the 1920s. Writers new to the profession may be surprised by this but those of us who read it know it as an excellent source for technical and professional information both in writing and publishing. Writer’s Digest has become the idol of the writing world, publishing a family of magazines and writing books to fill every niche of the business. They also have an online “university” teaching basic to advanced skills.

The WD website is designed for many fields: non-fiction, poetry, children’s, personal writing, script writing and of course fiction. There are author interviews, loads of articles and a huge array of resources. You could spend days getting to know the information offered at their website. If you are looking for places to submit your work be sure to check out the Writer’s Market which is the grand daddy of them all listing for writers. They even come specialized.

Writer’s Digest has been one of my favorite websites since I hit the internet and I don’t see my attitude changing any time soon. Go have a gander.

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About Maureen Wood

M. E. Wood lives in Eastern Ontario with her husband of fifteen years. She has been moderating BIW for over nine years and works on the Internet. You can learn more about her projects on her official website.