Pay the Writer Part 2—Blood Diamonds & Fair Trade Fiction

January 5, 2016 I posted Kristen Lamb’s blog post “Pay The Writer”. This is the second part. I think it is so much worth reading it. Thank you for your great work, Kristen Lamb.

Kristen Lamb's Blog

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You aren’t famous until someone famous calls you an idiot 😛 . As I was finishing up Monday’s post about how to support writers with reviews, I found out I’d hit the big time. Thus I went over and checked out the counter to my scandalous assertion that writers should be paid.

Aaaand, yeah. Still not wavering in my opinion.

Also think my critics have missed the point. Instead of protecting the old ways that well, for lack of a better term… suck and don’t benefit writers (or readers, publishers or even bookstores)—how about we start doing things differently?

GASP!

So long as we protect sacred cows because that’s what we have always done? Nothing changes. But agents and editors and authors and pundits will all have fun blogging that I hate used bookstores (untrue) and how all of us should be grateful…

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The Top 50 Sites for Indie and Self-Published Authors

Jennifer Owenby shared an amazing and enormously useful list for self-published and Indie authors. Thank you so much for your support, help and efforts, Jen! You’re great!

Jens Thoughts

I stumbled across this fantastic resource and wanted to share with you. I’d love to hear any feedback.

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January/February 2016 Writing Contests

I found this amazing blog post about upcoming writing contests scheduled in January and February 2016. Thank you so much Rachel Poli for all your efforts to collect this information for us! You’re a doll!

Rachel Poli

January February Writing Contests 2016January 2016

Type: Narrative Travel Writing
Hosted by: Transitions Abroad
Deadline: January 15, 2016
Entry Fee: None

Type: Fiction
Hosted by: Literal Latte
Deadline: January 15, 2016
Entry Fee: $10

Type: Power of Gratitude
Hosted by: Chicken Soup for the Soul
Deadline: January 15, 2016
Entry Fee: None

Type: Short Short Story
Hosted By: Writer’s Digest
Deadline: January 15, 2016
Entry Fee: $25

Type: Fiction or Poetry
Hosted by: Dream Quest One
Deadline: January 24, 2016
Entry Fee: $10

Type: Spirit of America
Hosted by: Chicken Soup for the Soul
Deadline: January 30, 2016
Entry Fee: None

Type: Fiction
Hosted by: Chicago Tribune
Deadline: January 31, 2016
Entry Fee: None

Type: Short Memoir
Hosted by: Fish Publishing
Deadline: January 31, 2016
Entry Fee: $16

February 2016

Type: Poetry and/or Short Story
Hosted by: Westmoreland
Deadline: February 16, 2016
Entry Fee: $10

Type: Flash Fiction
Hosted By: Fish Publishing
Deadline: February…

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