61 Writing Contests in December 2017 – NO ENTRY FEEs…

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

Extract from Published to Death site:

The end of the year is always marked by a substantial number of writing contests.

This December there are dozens of poetry, short story, essay, and full manuscript contests for every genre and style.

Some of the prizes are substantial. None of these contests charge entry fees.

Some of these contests have age and regional restrictions, so be sure to check submission guidelines before submitting.

Many contests are annual, so if you miss your ideal contest this year,  you can always enter next year.

For the list of 61 free contests see:

December 2017 Writing Contests

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Increase Engagement in Your Marketing with Visuals…

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

By Frances Caballo  On The Book Designer site:

You know the saying that a picture is worth 1,000 words? It may be true but what’s proven is that a photo is better than text when it comes to social media engagement.

As much as you may think that you prefer text over visuals, perhaps because you’re a writer, your brain can process images 60,000 times faster than text.

Yeah, your brain prefers visuals.

This helps to explain why images are so important in our marketing, whether we put them on Twitter or add them to our blog posts. And it accounts for the rapid growth of social media platforms such as Pinterest, Snapchat, and Instagram.

Think about Tumblr. It began as a blogging platform. Go to Tumblr these days, and you’ll be amazed by the images there.

Do you include images with your blog posts? It’s now known that blog…

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Editing Hacks: How To Read Your Work With Fresh Eyes

K.M. Allan

While being able to pick up typos and Google the answer to any grammatical question is a modern godsend for writers, the one technological advance I’d like to have is the ability to see my work with fresh eyes.

Short of a future app that makes it possible, or a clichéd amnesic related accident, I’ll never be able to unread something that I’ve read (what feels like) a million times. This greatly limits my ability to edit without mercy. But where there is a will, there is a way, and here are some hacks that at least try to fake fresh eyes.

Change The Font

Simple yet effective, changing the font for your manuscript mixes it up in your brain. Different colors can’t hurt either, just don’t spend all day switching between Helvetica and Comic Sans and forget to actually do some editing. A totally different font to the one…

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This entry was posted on December 2, 2017. 2 Comments

How To: Access the (BETTER) OLD WordPress Admin (and Media)…

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

Following on from the previous two media storage (and money) saving tips – I forgot to mention that it’s better to use the OLD admin media – NOT the NEW admin media.

Here are the first three steps to get into it:

I’ve given an explanation on top of each image below – hope it helps.

When you see your media, ensure you select the hatch Dixon as marked.

Then select the image you want to resize:

On the right you will see the dimensions and file size (weight)

Press the Edit Image button indicated

Now double click inside either box and type in the new size you want.

Then, either, use the little arrow (top right) to go to the next image, or, click on the x (top right) which will take you back to Step 4.

At any time, you can click the x to finish – the…

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This entry was posted on November 25, 2017. 1 Comment

12 Surprises I Found Marketing My Debut Novel

A Writer's Path

by Jacqui Murray

Marketing To Hunt a Sub, my debut novel, is a whole lot different from my non-fiction pieces. In those, I could rely on my background, my expertise in the subject, and my network of professional friends to spread the word and sell my books. Fiction–not so much. For one thing, I don’t have prior fiction novels to buttress my reputation. So I did what I have always done when preparing for the unknown: I researched. I read everything I could find on how to market a novel, collected ideas, made my plan, and jumped in without a backward glance (see two of the books I devoured here).

Well, now that much of the marketing is done, there are a few pieces I wish I’d done differently:

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