As part of my marketing strategy, I sent THWARTED to every prize I could think of once it was published. My source for prizes were Poets & Writer’s database of contests (and grants) and a newsletter put out by C. Hope Clark called Funds for Writers.
On the one occasion when I surfed the internet to find a contest, boy did I get a nasty surprise. I signed up for International Book Awards, paying $69 via Paypal. Then I tried to send my work. Over the course of the next week, I tried around 5 different email addresses. I discovered that the company who’d taken my money was called JPX media with an address in LA. Naturally, they didn’t have a phone number. After initiating a dispute with Paypal, I got my money back. But I never did receive an explanation or apology.
This is another way of saying that C. Hope Clark’s newsletter and Poet & Writer’s database are solid gold. I’ve never had a problem with them, and I don’t think you would too.
Just had to share this news. I learned last night that THWARTED QUEEN placed as a finalist in the Global E-book Awards. So I immediately reserved my place for the Awards Ceremony that takes place in Santa Barbara on August 18.
I am thrilled that TQ continues to garner notice in various awards. As a complete unknown, my biggest problem right now is making myself visible to my potential audience. So I’m hoping to make some friends, and maybe even meet someone who might be interested in helping me. Stay tuned!
Just wanted to let you know that THWARTED QUEEN has been nominated for the Global e-book awards in the Historical Fiction Medieval Novels category. This means that it advances to the next round where the finalists are judged. Finalists will be announced on July 9. Winners will be announced on August 18 at the Global e-book awards ceremony in Santa Barbara CA. Stay tuned!
Here are a couple of things that might interest you:
Global e-book awards needs judges. If you have a little extra time and would like to get some exciting new e-books to read for free, then please contact Dan Poynter and his team at http://globalebookawards.com/judging/
Poets and Writers has a great database of contests for every kind of medium, from poetry and short stories to novels. To sign up for free e-mail alerts, go to http://www.pw.org/
Have a wonderful week!