#MashUpMondays

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Mash up Mondays are back! Whatever is trending in the writing scene whether it be a writing competition, conference, tech ish or a celebrity new release I got you covered. If you know of anything delicious enough to dish about put them in the comments pleaz and thank you.

Well here we go!

Husband and Wife Duo Writes a Chikdren’s Book

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Pop diva Mariah Carey and her black version of Ryan Seacrest husband Nick Cannon will be releasing a children’s novel this fall. It will be a remix to the old school version of 12 Days of Christmas with the main characters being their own children Roc and Roe. That’s all their giving out about it but I’m sure more info is around the block.

Writing Contest for Teens

Author Donna Labermeier is hosting a writing contest just for teens to encourage literacy. I love the whole concept of improving literacy. I also love that opportunities like this gives aspiring young writers a chance to perfect their craft early because not many things was available when I was younger. But anywho..

Fight for Teen Literacy will award 6 winners with prize money for themselves as well as their school library. Teenagers must read the author’s book then react to it by writing a song, making a film or any creative way. Go on The Healers Trilogy Facebook page by Feb. 16th to enter. Good luck.

Annual Competition Getting in High Gear

Another legendary contest is getting underway. It’s the Annual Competition from Writers Digest. Genres being accepted are: inspirational writing, memoirs, magazine feature article, genre short story, literacy short story, poetry, stage play, television/movie scripts and children’s/YA fiction.

Enter by either online or print the form out. The early bird deadline is May 5th. A grand prize winner will receive a lot of ish including: $3000, meeting with editors/agents, paid trip to WD conference, a year subscription to WD eBooks and a thirty minute consultation with Chuck Sambuchino.

Did I miss anything?

Peace and luv!

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

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Time is running out!

This is officially the last week to register for the 82nd Annual Writers Digest Writing Competition. I know right…it came quick but serioisly tho get that novel in! You could win $3000 in cash, one on one attention from editors and agents, a paid trip to the NYC for the WD Conference, a thirty minute Platform Strategy Consultation with the infamous Chuck Sambuchino and have a feature about you and your story published in December issue of WD!

Hurry, deadline us Monday June 3 rd. Go to http://app.wizehive.com to sign up!

Peace and luv!

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

6 Reasons Editors Reject Manuscripts According to Chuck Sambuchino

  1. Lame start.
  2. Errors of ignorance (using words with meanings even your ass don’t understand).
  3. Overly long proposals and manuscripts.
  4. Marketing, publicity and sales ideas
  5. The hard sell (don’t tell editors how great your book is).

Ok I know Chuck Sambuchino have been an acquisitions editor for Random House, Workman and HarperCollins publishing houses but some of these reasons I’m not getting. In the past when I would submit manuscripts some publishing houses requested that you send a marketing package especially if they knew the person submitting was a new author; they wanted to make sure if the writer is tough enough to handle this career or are they going to be a one book wonder.

With number two I agree to a certain extent. I think in order to grow you have to always keep your mind open to new styles, words, etc. Use new vocab just in moderation. Don’t reinvent your manuscript with all this scholarly lingo unless you like getting rid of readers. Trust me, readers can smell fakeness from the first sentence. Who wants to read a book that they have to have a dictionary next to them to complete the damn thing anyway?

The Hard Sell. In order to persuade an editor or publisher you have to make them believe your manuscript is going to be the next big thing right? So now you don’t hype the novel up? I don’t get it?

I swear this publishing thing is frustrating, confusing, and a big headache. In order to succeed you definitely need a thick skin and a true passion to get published. Know what to weed out, take what will help you and keep it moving.

Peace and luv!