Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Promoting your writing

Every professional writer knows that actually writing a story, novel, or poem is only half the battle. If you want people to read or buy what you wrote, you're going to have to promote it. Here are some places online where you can promote your work for free:

- AuthorsDen.com: AuthorsDen lets you set up an author page for free. People can easily find it, and you can post news or blog items, links to buy your books, a bibliography or biography, and any other information you want.

- AnthologyBuilder.com: If you haven't heard of AnthologyBuilder, it's kind of a cool site. As a reader, you can sift through the many stories the site has (including lots of classic ones) and create your own anthology for fifteen bucks. As a writer, this is a good site to drum up interest in your writing, as well as increase name recognition. The site will host your stories for free (if they are accepted) and every time someone chooses one of your stories for an anthology, you get paid a little bit. Plus, they get the chance to sample your writing, and if they like it, hopefully they'll seek out more of it.

Blogs are also a good way to promote your writing. If you don't already have a blog, you can start up a free one with Blogger or WordPress. If you want to host your own online store to sell your books or other merchandise yourself, there are sites like Webs.com that will let you do that.

If you're a member of any writing associations or organizations (which you should be if you're serious about writing professionally) there's a good chance that group can offer you some free promotion as well, either with a link on their website, or maybe by selling your book through their bookstore.

All of these options are free (other than the membership fee for a writing association) and they can help you get your name and your writing in front of more potential readers.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Grandmother Earth writing contest

The Grandmother Earth writing contest has a lot of prizes to offer writers. There are two main categories -- poetry and prose -- with a $150 first prize for each category, as well as second and third place cash prizes (and a fourth place prize, for the poetry contest). The entry fees are only $10 for up to three entries, and $2 for each one after that.

In addition to the two main categories, there are additional awards that will be handed out, including "Best use of humor" and "Best haiku." There's no additional fee to be considered for these awards (just mark it on your entry) and for each one there will be a first, second, and third prize of $50, $25, and $15, respectively.

There are many chances to win with this contest, and you can even enter previously published poetry or prose. The postmark deadline for submissions is August 1st.

Friday, July 2, 2010

The 2010 Hot Tomato Haiku Contest

That's right... there is a contest for haiku about tomatoes. The Hot Tomato Haiku Contest is part of Nashville's Tomato Art Fest. You can enter up to 10 haiku (for free), and winners will be chosen in five different categories -- some serious, some humorous. The winner in each category will get a gift certificate to a Nashville store. One grand prize winner will be chosen for the whole contest, and that person will receive an iPad.

If you've got some tomato haiku laying around (and really, who doesn't?) email them in by July 31st for a shot at the iPad. Winners will also be invited to read their haiku on stage at the festival.