New York Book Festival

new york book festivalThe 2021 New York Book Festival has issued a call for entries to its annual program celebrating books that deserve greater recognition from the world’s publishing capital.

The 2021 New York Book Festival will consider published, self-published and independent publisher non-fiction, fiction, children’s books, young adult, how-to, poetry, wild card (anything goes!), unpublished stories, science fiction/horror, photography/art, spiritual, business, romance, cookbooks,, compilations/anthologies and biography/autobiography works.

A panel of judges will determine the winners based on the following criteria:

  1. The story-telling ability of the author.
  2. The potential of the work to win wider recognition.

Entries can be in English, Spanish, French or Italian and must be published on or after January 1, 2017. Our grand prize for the 2021 New York Book Festival Author of the Year is a $1,500 appearance fee for our annual awards program.

Deadline: June 25, 2021

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Hindsight — Stories About 2020

hindsightWhat’s your 2020 story?

Hindsight is a collection of stories about 2020, written by people just like you. We’re seeking nonfiction stories from around the world that capture what it was like to wake up every day to a new normal — whether that means navigating emergencies as a first responder or tying the knot over Zoom. We’re particularly interested in material that gets up close and personal with the struggles of 2020, rather than headlines or commentary on current events.

Hindsight is an independent, one-time publication. Content will be made available in two forms: Some stories will be shared on our website; the very best submissions will be compiled into a print anthology, which will be published in 2021.

Submission fee: None

Length: Up to 2,000 words

Deadline: Rolling

Compensation: Writers whose work is selected for the print anthology will receive a complimentary hard copy of the book, as well as a digital file.

To learn more, please visit our website: www.hindsightbook2020.com.

The Little Dusties: The Roar of the Silver Dragon
by Bridges DelPonte

little dustiesSnore. Tutu. Lefty. Mouse. Woof. The Little Dusties. These teeny little dust buddies live everywhere in a home, but no one knows they are there—except Ocho, the family’s sheep dog. In The Roar of the Silver Dragon, these tiny dust balls play all day and night, except for one day a week—Cleaning Day! On Saturday, the Little Dusties hide in Tutu’s closet to avoid the dreaded Silver Dragon that roars and scoops up all of the household dust. When the Silver Dragon makes a surprising appearance on a gray Thursday, the Little Dusties must work as a team to save Snore who got vacuumed up while napping. With Ocho’s help, the Little Dusties rally together and rescue Snore from the next morning’s trash pickup. This lovely picture book, aimed at ages 4-8, presents themes of friendship, teamwork and concern for others. Each teeny little dust ball has its own special qualities and whimsical illustrations to delight children of all backgrounds.

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DelPonte — Bridles of Poseidon

Bridles of Poseidon
by Bridges DelPonte

The last descendant of a dying race of deep ocean shape-shifters. A renegade Key West dive boat captain with a sketchy past. A reclusive billionaire with dark ties to undersea rebel forces. The imminent threat of another cataclysmic Great Flood. Aquan, a fearless Triton, uses her unique power to transform into real and mythical sea creatures to police the boundaries of land and sea from rebel forces. When her fellow Tritons are savagely massacred on the eve of her first mating season, Aquan reluctantly teams up with Key West dive boat captain, Dave Cutter and marine biologist, Jen Ortiz, in a world-wide adventure across the lost sister cities of Atlantis. In Bridles of Poseidon, Aquan must not only unlock her true power, but confront disturbing revelations about the deaths of her parents and dangerous political intrigue in her once-peaceful society at Rapture’s End. Ultimately, this young Triton faces a terrible choice between preventing another Great Deluge or destroying the future survival of her own underwater community, now torn apart by discord and treachery. This contemporary action fantasy is set in exotic locales as the first installment in a Last Emissary series of books. Bridles of Poseidon was also a 2012 finalist for the Royal Palm Literary Award (unpublished fantasy) of the Florida Writers Association. Rebooting standard myths about shape-shifters, this modern adventure fantasy will attract readers who enjoy strong heroines and who will be intrigued by her shifting identities, genders, races, and species—real and mythical.

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Deadly Sacrifices: A Marguerite Montez Mystery
by Bridges DelPonte

You always remember your first time….Monty’s first happened in St. Stephen’s church, directly beneath a statue of the Virgin Mary, right after morning mass. A local soccer mom is bludgeoned to death in her suburban parish chapel outside of Boston. In her first homicide case, prosecutor Marguerite “Monty” Montez endangers her life digging up evidence that shows police nabbed the wrong man. Moonlighting as a Portuguese fados (blues) singer, Monty’s investigation also uncovers disturbing memories and fresh leads in an unsolved murder of her childhood friend in her close-knit Portuguese community.  Her dauntless search for the real killer is a wild thrill ride into a dangerous world of lethal secrets. Action, humor and romance collide in this first book in a new Marguerite Montez mystery series.

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Bridges Delpointe

Bridges DelPonte has published a wide range of fiction and nonfiction works. Her legal mystery, Deadly Sacrifices won a Royal Palm Literary Award (2d place – unpublished mystery) from the Florida Writers Association (FWA). She has also published an underwater fantasy novel, Bridles of Poseidon, a children’s book, The Little Dusties – The Roar of the Silver Dragon (with illustrator, Michelle Bakay), and numerous short stories in mystery and scifi/fantasy anthologies. Currently, she is working on a sequel to Deadly Sacrifices and a women’s fiction novel about three women friends, without children, facing life’s challenges in their forties. Aside from the GCWA, she is also a member of the FWA, Sisters in Crime, Inc., and Citrus Crime Writers (Central Florida chapter of SinC). Bridges is represented by Kelli Martin, Wendy Sherman Associates, Inc., a NYC literary management firm.

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GCWA February 2021 Meeting

February Zoom Meeting 

 

author panel

Bob McCarthy, Rick Pullen, Marty Ambrose, Carol Kennedy, Judy Loose

Subject:
A panel of authors will discuss the pitfalls of publishing (the good, the bad, and the ugly).

February 20, 2021, 10:00 a.m. to noon
Zoom meeting

Bob McCarthy: All publishers are not created equal. Some homework tips before you sign a contract.

Rick Pullen: The ups and downs of the writing life. You’re on top one minute and plunge to the depths the next thanks to the vagaries of the book publishing business.

Marty Ambrose: Dodging the Pitfalls of Publishing Today:Finding an agent, Working with an editor, and Marketing a book.

Carol Kennedy: Don’t Forget Who Your Readers Are And Don’t Forget Who Will Actually Be Purchasing Your Book

Judy Loose: Lessons learned while working with an agent. Do your research before signing any contracts.

Handout from Eric Simmons January 2021 Presentation–
Getting Your Book Into Libraries

Past Speakers