Submissions | Midwest Review

Do you have a short piece of fiction or non-fiction (up to 6,500 words), poetry (1-5 poems) or black and white photography (1-5 images) that “examines, interprets, and redefines the full spectrum of life, past and present, in the Midwest” then the new Midwest Review writing contest might be for you. Entry fee is a tolerable $15, with a $500 cash price in each category possible and publication in Midwest Review.

Deadline is December 1.

Thought you might like to know.

Happy Turkey Day!

Wishing you many blessing to be thankful for
(including having fun dancing with your bird :))

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Midwest Review seeks writing and visual art that examines, interprets, and redefines the full spectrum of life, past and present, in the Midwest.

Source: Submissions | Midwest Review

Tips Naming Your Characters 

Ever have trouble figuring out names for your characters? It’s not usually an issue I have, though I have made the mistake of naming 2 characters with the same first name, kind of (Lilly and Lilly Mae). I did it on purpose because one was white and one was black and it was a way to make a point, but it did give me a few issues when both characters were in the same room.

Another good place to look for names – your local obituaries! Helps with matching age and ethnicity with a name choice.

Valerie Biel, on her blog, with Kristin Oakley, discusses naming character and gives us lots of different reference posts on the topic.

Source: Naming Your Characters | Valerie Biel

Memoir Structure: 5 Things to Consider When You’re Writing a Memoir

Cheryl Suchors created this post on memoir writing that I think is very helpful. If you’ve been putting off writing that memoir, check this out for some guidelines.

p.s. There is also some information on story boarding that could help any writer!
p.p.s. This is not an endorsement of WDU. I don’t know anything about their writing programs.

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Memoir structure is as crucial as structure in fiction and no good memoir will be able to stand tall without it. Several ingredients can be used to create a structure that works for your book.

Source: Memoir Structure: 5 Things to Consider When You’re Writing a Memoir

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NetGalley Test – Book Reviews

So I’m dipping my big toe in the NetGalley waters.

NetGalley

What is NetGalley?

This is what they say on their website:

NetGalley is an innovative and easy-to-use online service and connection point for book publishers, reviewers, media, librarians, booksellers, bloggers and educators.

NetGalley delivers digital galleys, often called advance reading copies, or ARCs, to professional readers and helps promote new and upcoming titles. Professional readers–reviewers, media, journalists, bloggers, librarians, booksellers and educators–can join and use NetGalley at no cost.

Their description says they take ARCs, but they accept already published books as well. I’m putting my book “Will the Real Carolyn Keene Please Stand Up” on their site – see the Netgalley page here.

Here is another post I ran about NetGalley in 2017. The link is probably still worth reading but I don’t know if the cost figures would still be accurate for today.

I am using NetGalley through BooksgoSocial (BGS). They currently charge $74 for putting your book in NetGalley for a month, $139 for 2 months and $199 for 3 months. I got a cheaper deal so watch their site for the occasional deal.

Here is a link to a youtube video of BGS telling you what NetGalley is all about.

After a month, BGS will send me the reviews. I’ll let you know how it goes and if the reviews seem to translate into sales.

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