Mother’s Day – May 14, 2017

There are so many unique women out there! So many of my friends, readers and followers are wonderful, amazing Mom’s!

For May 14, 2017, Mother’s Day, I wish you ALL:

 

 

This is a special day for ALL Moms!!

Seriously… I too occasionally was told by some people: You can’t celebrate Mother’s Day. You’ve never been a Mom. – But of course, I am a Mom! Maybe I never had to change diapers; maybe I never will have to pay for bicycles, car driving, school money and prom clothes.

But I CARE for my babies, as much as every other Mom does. I take them to the doctor to get their vaccines and take them when they’re sick. I make sure they’ve got healthy food, plenty of vitamins, shelter, something to drink and clean whereabouts. I brush them, when it’s necessary and make sure they’ve got good hair and nails. I take them to clean their teeth and keep themselves clean. I LOVE and PROTECT them!! And just because I don’t have to buy them clothes and shoes, and they’ve got tails and four paws, doesn’t mean they’re not my babies.

 

 

 

March/April 2017 Writing Contests

Thank you so much Rachel Poli for the March & April 2017 Writing Contests.

Rachel Poli

march-april-2017-writing-contestsMarch 2017

Genre: Poetry
Theme: Food
Website: Literal Latte
Deadline: March 15, 2017
Entry Fee: $10 for up 6 poems or $15 for up to 12 poems
Prize: First place – $500

Genre: Fiction and Nonfiction
Theme: None
Website: Narrative Magazine
Deadline: March 31, 2017
Entry Fee: $25
Prize: First place – $2,500

Genre: Fiction
Theme: None
Website: Colorado Review
Deadline: March 14, 2017
Entry Fee: $15 – snail mail, $17 – online submission
Prize: First – $2,000

Genre: Fiction
Theme: None
Website: Fabula Press
Deadline: March 31, 2017
Entry Fee: $10
Prize: First – $250

Genre: Nonfiction
Theme: My Kind of America
Website: Chicken Soup for the Soul
Deadline: March 31, 2017
Entry Fee: None
Prize: $200

Genre: Nonfiction
Theme: Step Outside Your Comfort Zone
Website: Chicken Soup for the Soul
Deadline: March 31, 2017
Entry Fee: None
Prize: $200

April 2017

Genre: Fiction or poetry
Theme: None
Website:

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9 Hot Trends In Publishing In 2017

Nicholas Rossis provides us with an interesting blog post about 9 trends in publishing this year. Thank you, Nicholas.

Nicholas C. Rossis

2017 publishing trends | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books Image: Publishing Executive (pubexec.com)

Written World Media, one of my favorite sources of information on publishing, published earlier this month a post on the trends that will define our industry in 2017 (if you don’t subscribe to its newsletter, you should; it’s free, comes out only once or twice a month, and is filled with tips, tricks, and industry news).

So, what can we expect from 2017? Here are the Written World Media’s predictions:

1. The Majority of Fiction Sales will Come from eBooks

70% of adult fiction sales were digital last year. It is likely that ebook readership will continue to grow in 2017. More eBook readers means more eBook sales. This means that, if you’re writing fiction, promoting your eBooks is a good place to focus in the coming year.

2. Indie Authors and Small Presses will Dominate

In the October 2016 author earnings report we…

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Creative Writing Competitions, Contests and Awards for 2017…

The Story Reading Ape has published an extract from an article on the Almond Press Blog where they published a list of contests, competitions and awards in 2017. Check it out. I find it very useful.
Thank you Chris!

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

Extract from an article on Almond Press Site:

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We would like to share with you our curated list of creative writing competitions. Included are details about max word count, associated fees, submission deadlines, and direct links to each event.

We try to keep this list as up-to-date as possible. If you’d like to add a writing competition or if you have any suggestions on how we can improve this directory please feel free to contact us using our writing competition submission form. You can also reach us via email or on social media.

See the list at:

Competitions, Contests & Awards for 2017

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Happy New Year 2017

To all of you who followed this blog through this year and its entire existence. Thank you so much!

I wish you and your family:

May the New Year transform your:
Your tears into joy
Your plans into action
Your dreams into reality
Your savings into assets
Your love into togetherness
And your milestones into destinations!
A very Happy New Year

 

 

A 2016 – Christmas post – by A. J. Alexander

2016 has been a year full of surprises, shocks, fear, but also fantastic meetings with friends, some of whom I’ve known for years and still just met personally for the first time.

And as well it was a year of connecting to many people here online. Followers, friends, writers, supporters, readers and much more.

THANK YOU!

for making this journey a memorable one for me!

Now there’s not much more left to say, except that I wish you and your families:

 

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