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.

TCK Poetry Awards

The TCK Publishing Poetry Awards Contest is an international poetry contest established in 2021. Each year’s prizewinner receives a $1,000 honorarium and publication of his or her poem on the TCK Publishing website.

TCK Publishing is recognizing poetry writers from all countries, backgrounds, and levels of experience and we invite you to join the 2021 TCK Publishing Poetry Contest.

How the Contest Works

Any writer (regardless of who your publisher is or if your work has been previously published) may submit up to five poems totaling no more than 500 words for an entry fee of $5.

Submissions will close on March 31, 2021.

More information here

2020/1 — Irene Smith

 

GCWAGulf Coast Writers Association, Inc
PRESIDENT’S LETTER

For 25 years the Gulf Coast Writers Association has set the standard for writers and aspiring writers. Our monthly meetings provide opportunities to network with people in the various stages of writing, including many well-established authors and publishers. Our guest speakers have been phenomenal.

This past year has been a financial challenge. Only 43 members paid their dues for 2020, creating a deficit of $2,056. In spite of that, until October we held on-site meetings for which we had to pay rent. October and November were conducted via Zoom. We did not charge for these meetings, but we cannot continue along this line for next year.

I expect to find a venue for holding onsite meetings and include Zoom at all of the meetings. However, there will be a charge. Annual dues for 2021 is still only $40. That equals out to $3.60 per month! Members in good standing will not be charged extra. Dues need to be paid before the end of January. You can mail your payment to P. O. Box 60771, Fort Myers, Fl., 33906, or on PayPal, https://gulfwriters.org/join-us/

A fee for guests on Zoom will not be established until we confirm what our costs will be. There is a limit on how many people can tune in to these meetings. Members (paid for 2021) will come first. Registration will be online at www.gulfwriters.org.

Zoom is a wonderful option for people with physical or medical conditions that limit their ability to leave home. In addition, people residing anywhere can attend the Zoom meetings.

If you didn’t tune in to either of our last two meetings this is what you missed:
October: Rebecca Seitz and her cast and crew, specialize in producing professional podcasts. One hundred million people listen to podcasts. She can review your book to see if it could become a money-producing podcast.

November: April O’Leary of O-Leary Productions, and her team provide a one-stop shop for all your book publishing requirements: editing, book design, illustrating, marketing, etc. We ran overtime on this one!

Both of these vibrant and talented professionals are local and have fabulous websites. Check our website for more information. https://gulfwriters.org/home-new/speakers-2/

In my next issue we hope to have information on workshops or seminars. These services will cost extra; they always have. But the events are always worth more than you will ever have to pay for them.

Again, because we will be doing Zoom, it is well worth the cost of membership to make sure you don’t miss out on any opportunity to make you the successful author you deserve to be.

Irene Smith, President
Gulf Coast Writers Association

aesthetica

The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is an international literary prize that is a hotbed for new talent in Poetry and Short Fiction. Now in its 15th year, the Prize supports both emerging and established writers. By entering, writers can showcase their work to key industry figures and organisations including The Poetry Society, Granta, VINTAGE and more.

Shortlisted writers (20 fiction, 40 poetry) are awarded with publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Anthology as well as online listing and inclusion in our press materials.

Two main winners are selected – one for poetry and one for fiction – each awarded with £2,500 as well as publication with the Aesthetica Creative Writing Anthology and further awards with our partner organisations.

Aesthetica is proud to champion new writing talent and supports its writing alumni beyond the Prize, offering print and digital publicity and continued exposure across our channels.

Entry Fee:  Poetry £12 | Short Fiction £18)
Entries open until 31 August 2021.
Submissions are organised through our Submittable Platform.
POETRY SUBMISSION   FICTION SUBMISSION

Writers of short fiction are invited to enter the Anthology Magazine Short Story Competition. Established to recognise and encourage creative writing and provide a platform for publication, it is open to original and previously unpublished short stories in the English language by a writer of any nationality, living anywhere in the world. Stories submitted must be on the theme of ‘Memories’ and not exceed the maximum of 1,500 words. Writers can submit as many entries as they wish.

It is not a requirement, but is advisable to refer to Anthology Magazine or purchase a copy before submitting your work, so that you can see the type of material we publish. Subscriptions and single copies are available to purchase through our online shop.

The winner will receive a €500 cash prize and the chance to see their work published in a future issue of Anthology.
The winner will also receive a one year subscription to Anthology Magazine

Submission Deadline & Entry Fees:
Early Bird: 30 April 2021 – €10 per story
Deadline: 31 July 2021 – €15 per story

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