Table 4 Writer’s Foundation

From now until October 15th you can submit a short story for the Table 4 Writer’s Foundation Writing Competition. Five winners will win $2500 grants in honor of restaurant owner Elaine Kaufman who welcomed writers into her restaurant daily.

Download the application at mediabistro.com/galleycat/writing-contest-in-honor-of-elaine-kaufman then send it with a $10 fee. Good luck!

Peace and luv!

Posted from none other than your favorite writer’s favorite writer Ms Talia

Booksmash Challenge

HarperCollins have decided to host a challenge where people can create the best book/reading app for consumers and find a way for them to discover authors. The participants will be functioning software using OpenBook API. Register at booksmash.challengepost.com for full details about the contest. Let me give you a little bit of info.

Submissions will be accepted between now and September 5th. Judging and public voting will start September 23rd thru October 4th and the winners will be announced around October 10th. There will be 4 prizes awarded: grand prize, runner up, popular choice and HarperCollins Recognition Award. A total of $25,000 in cash prizes will be given away. Good luck!

Peace and luv!

Posted from none other than your favorite writer’s favorite writer Ms Talia

Literary Monday Mashup

How are you? I hope all my mamas had a great Mother’s day and got some time to write. Speaking of writing lets get it in with the Monday Mashup!

Literary agents looking for clients

Rachel Dugas of Talcott Notch Literary. Is seeking fiction (YA, women’s, romance, paranormal and mysteries) and nonfiction.

Danielle Smith of Foreward Literary. Is seeking picture books, early readers and chapter books with characters that embody the true essence of what it means to be a child.

J. L. Stermer of N. S. Bienstock. Is seeking 2 categories – YA and women’s fiction. (No paranormal romance, sci-fi or fantasy). Luvs dark, edgy stories.

Jamie Booner Drowley of Inklings Literary. Is seeking fantasy, mystery, romance, paranormal, historical, contemporary, horror, light sci-fi, thrillers.

Kimiko Nakamura of Dee Mura Literary. Is seeking contemporary fiction, women’s lit, YA, fantasy, paranormal romance, mystery, satire, memoir, spirituality and health.

Innovations in reading

This year’s Innovations In Reading prize went to Uni Project. This is pretty unique way to get books to the ones who can’t access them for whatever reason. It is a portable reading room in NYC created by Leslie and Sam Davol. What they do is have cubes for shelves to contain the books. There are benches which are used for seating and they recruit volunteers to be the hosts. This gives kids the ability to learn and read because well reading is fun*damental.

For getting first place Uni Project received $2,500, a certificate and a free trip to the NYC to share their invention. The other four winners were:

City National Bank: Reading Is the Way Up

The Little Free Library

Uprise Books Project for underprivileged teens

Worldreader

Play and donate at the same time

I just get that warm fuzzy feeling when I help someone. How about you?

Well Out of Print has figured out a way for you to take it back to the ol skool in a video game version of The Great Gastby. They want people to get geeked about reading again and get people like the previous story to get books to everyone.

So here’s the deal, every time you play The Great Gatsby and score 25,000+ Out of Print will donate one book to people that need them.

Visit their site too. I checked it out and it was awesome! They take book titles that are no longer in print and put them on tshirts. Any product bought on the site also gets Out of Print to donate a book to organizations such as Books for Africa. Already almost 300 books have been donated. So support the cause and have fun playing video games.

Visit http://outofprintclothing.com/greatgatsbygame to play and buy products.

There’s your mash up Monday, enjoy the rest of your day! Get some writing done!

Peace and luv!

Check me out on http://urbanimagemagazine.com too.

Posted from none other than your favorite writer’s favorite writer Ms Talia

Great american fiction contest

Do you have an all American novel?

Saturday Evening Post is hosting the Great American Fiction contest. Winner receives $500 and publication in their Jan/Feb 2014 issue. Five other winners will get $100.

Stories has to be between 1500-5000 words and be typed in using Word. Deadline is July 1st. Your name, address, phone number, and email should be on the first page. Ten dollars for entering. Good luck.

Peace and luv!

Posted from none other than your favorite writer’s favorite writer Ms Talia

Smart marketing with Dan Brown

Authors are getting very creative when it comes to marketing. Last week I told you about an author that put a ad in Craigslist for a woman to have a professional love affair with him for 30 days so he can write about it in his next novel. I would not go that deep, maybe having a book signing at a sex shop would be more my league. Mystery? Have a scavenger hunt that relates to the plot. Enticing readers with free stuff is definitely a plus; everyone loves free ish. Or what about a game?

Kobo is running an online game called The Descent which is based off of Dan Brown’s Inferno and nine circles of hell. Download Sins of Temptation and Sins of Violence for free through Kobo. There are clues sprinkled within the ebooks, crack them and play the game. First player to arrive at the final step and complete it will get $5,000 AND an ereader signed by Dan Brown himself. Hurry up though, this promotion ends May 14th!

Peace and luv!

Posted from none other than your favorite writer’s favorite writer Ms Talia

Indie Writer’s Dream Book Deal

What does a publishing package worth over $16,000 look like? Like this:

-eBook publishing package,
-300 printed books, deluxe cover design & interior formatting,
-12 months of web hosting,
-BEA passes, transportation, hotel, and book signing,
indiereader.com interview & review
-book trailer production/distribution from Circle of 7 Productions,
-press release, media blast, publicity consultation with Smith Publicity,
CityStands book stands from bookdisplay.com,
-15 date virtual book tour from JKSCommunications,
-web reach plus release distribution courtesy of PR Newswire,
-social media consultation through PR By the Book

This is any indie writer’s dream! Why am I telling you all this? Because BookBaby is hosting a mega book launch. It’s free to enter and the winner gets everything I listed above. Enter by April 30th for your chance to have your book handled by professionals. Good luck, keep grindin and go to http://bookbaby.com

Peace and luv

Posted from none other than your favorite writer’s favorite writer Ms Talia

Change of heart…maybe

YA or young adult fiction, whatever you want to call it one can’t deny that this genre is getting noticed more. No more Sweet Valley High ish, YA has upgraded. Hell even I got into a few last year and have wondered a little into the young reader services at my local library a couple of times. However I never considered writing YA. That’s a genre I didn’t want to tackle.

To me I assumed it would have too many restrictions and if you have read any of my short stories on Scribd.com you know I love writing steamy, raunchy ass erotica that can make 50 Shades of Whatever pull out a pad and a pen to take notes. I can’t do that in a YA novel. Another reason I didn’t want to touch it is because of all the plots, subjects, etc I conjure up (if only you could be inside of my head, oh wait you can just read my stories). Real shit people (when I say people I am referring to mamas) have become a tad bit sensitive and sue happy. A few days ago there was a news story of a woman who is suing an instructor for the C she received in class! She claims it messed up her chances with a great company! Really?! Well in that case I need to sue the makers of my heels because although I look damn good in them I still have pain in my feet if I strut my stuff a little too long.

Everything sets a mama off these days. Schools are forbidden to offer condoms because it would promote sex! Legendary books written centuries ago are being banned because oh my god two teenagers are kissing! Instead of me taking my chances and pissing off a slew of mamas who have nothing better to do than cluck, cluck about their teenager’s reading material I vowed not to touch YA.

Then last year happened. Like I saud I read some outstanding novels for teens and they may have changed my mind. That and the James Patterson short story writing contest. I figured what the heck, I will give it a try and see what.goes down. Worse that could happen is the judges saying no right? Plus it’s only 500 words I have to come up with.

I need help though. My YA friends.how did you get into the genre? Did you have reservations or am I over doing the panic attacks? I feel like the sensor cops are standing over my shoulders watching me write. Any suggestions?

Peace and luv from yours truly,

Talia

Posted from none other than your favorite writer’s favorite writer Ms Talia