GCWA January 2021 Meeting

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

Eric Simmons

Speaker: Eric Simmons
Subject: How to get your book into libraries

Eric’s third book, “Getting Your Book Into Libraries,” which he will be discussing today, evolved from his well-received article, “How To Get Your Book Into Libraries”  The article is currently the top Google search result, excluding Ads, out of over 2 billion, on the subject of “getting your book into libraries.” In his book,which opened at #1 on Amazon’s “Hot New Releases” in the Library & Information Science Category,  Eric breaks down his strategy and methodology for contacting Libraries.  “Getting Your Book Into Libraries” is believed to be the first book ever written on how self published Authors can get their books into libraries.

Since Eric began introducing his books to Librarians two and a half years ago, 117 Libraries, including 7 of the Nation’s largest, have ordered 157 copies of his books. Using email as his primary means of communication, 114 Libraries or 97% of his customers purchased after receipt of, on average, 3.7 emails.
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Submit your novel to Inkitt’s monthly Writing Contest for the chance to win cash prizes and exclusive winner’s badges for your books!

Inkitt’s Writing Contest awards a $300 cash prize each month!
Winners are determined each month by Inkitt, based on reader engagement
The contest is not genre specific; however, we don’t accept fan-fiction or poetry
Multiple entries are accepted
All submissions must be in English
So what are you waiting for? Not only will you be in with a chance of winning but you could also be one of our future best sellers! Submit your story now!

Entry fee — FREE

Critique Groups

A critique group can give support and constructive feedback for your writing. It can also keep you writing when you know someone is going to review your work on a certain date. GCWA will try to match you to a group with similar interests. Below is a list of current groups connected with GCWA and some links to online resources. Interested in joining a new critique or reading group? Looking for new members for your critique group? Contact website@gulfwriters.org.

GCWA Affiliated Critique Groups

  • A critique group for creative non-fiction writing is open for a new member. email: Hunter Leake hleake3@gmail.com or Bob McCarthy theb2bwriter@gmail.com.
  • CC Writers Critique Group in Cape Coral is looking for two or three new members. Contact Patty Westbrook: patriciawestbrook@comcast.net.
  • Hurricanes critique group: Genre is fiction and nonfiction—no poetry or script-writing. Meets monthly at the Fairfield Inn and not looking for members at this time.
  • Jeannie Greider’s critique group, The Word Clinic, is looking for one or two more serious writers in fiction/suspense/mystery/action adventure. Contact Jeannie Greider – jagfiction@aol.com.

Pine Island Writers — Pine Island Writers are holding Zoom meetings every Monday at 7 pm. If anyone would like to join us, please have them contact me for the Zoom sign-in. We meet weekly to share our writing with each other and get feedback.
Chai Voris
Chaidylady@gmail.com

Writers Helping Writers (Writers Read) — Punta Gorda critique and support group

MI Writers Critique Group – Marco Island Library – 210 S. Heathwood Dr. – 10 a.m. to noon – The second and fourth Friday of the month 3-6 copies of 4 pages of prose or 1-2 poems.

Links for Critique Groups

Find the Right ONLINE CRITIQUE GROUP For You!
How to Find the Right Critique Group or Partner for You
40 Places to Find a Critique Partner
A Presentation on Critique Groups by Denise Holbrook and Richard Georgian
Florida Region Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators

The Southwest Florida Branch of National League of American Pen Women would like to invite published writers to consider joining. Contact Lorraine Walker Williams for more details.

Kaleidoscope — The Year 2020

The year 2020Historians and others make sense of great events through the words of those who lived during those times. During other eras, correspondence via letters to family and loved ones put a human face on otherwise monumental, overwhelming periods.

We are looking to collect women’s voices to chronicle these unprecedented times. We will keep this project open for the next 4 months. Periodically we will put out a prompt that refers to some aspect of what has been occurring and you can use them to stimulate your thinking. You can of course take whatever slant you feel is a significant reflection of what has been occurring and how you, friends, family and others have found ways to cope.

This is a global event so we are hoping to hear from writers around the world.

Submission Deadline: 04/30/21
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WOW flash fiction

WINTER 2021 FLASH FICTION CONTEST

Deadline: 2/28/2021

OVERVIEW:

WOW! hosts a (quarterly) writing contest every three months, and has done so since 2006. The mission of this contest is to inspire creativity, great writing, and provide well-rewarded recognition to contestants. The contest is open globally; age is of no matter; and entries must be in English. We are open to all styles and genres of flash fiction, although we do encourage you to take a close look at our guest judge for the season (upper right hand corner) if you are serious about winning. Please make sure you download our Contest Terms & Conditions PDF below for complete guidelines. Get creative, and let’s have some fun! Remember, we only allow for 300 entries, so enter early to ensure your spot. We look forward to reading your work!

WORD COUNT:

Maximum: 750
Minimum: 250

OPEN PROMPT!

That’s right, this is your chance to shine, and get creative. You can write about anything, as long as it’s within the word count and fiction. If you’re feeling inspired, write something new, or dig out those stories you started way back when and tailor them to the word count.

We’re open to any style and genre. So, get creative, and most of all, have fun.

Click to Download the WINTER 2021 FLASH FICTION Contest Terms & Conditions PDF

https://www.wow-womenonwriting.com/contest.php#FlashFictionContest