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Sunday, February 21, 2021

W. Terry Whalin's "Publishing Myths" Essential for Publishing Newbies

I rarely run reviews of books in this column. It is often in conflict with my book How to Get Great Book Reviews Frugally and Ethically. It would be impossible for me to choose books to review from all the queries I after authors read how important review are--and it somehow feels unfair to my readers. It seems however that I would be remiss not to let my readers know about this book--especially the newbies.


10 Publishing Myths
Subtitle: Insights Every author Needs to Succeed
By W. Terry Whalin
Foreword by Jerry B. Jenkins, The New York Times Bestselling Author
Morgan James Publishing 2020
ISBN: 9781642794526
Genre: Nonfiction: Authors/Publishing
Contact Reviewer: hojoreviews@aol.com

A Read-First Introduction Every Author Needs

A Slim Book for Newbies Who Don’t Want to Get Snared by
Publishing Scams

Reviewed by Carolyn Howard-Johnson, multi award-winning poet and novelist
and author of the HowToDoItFrugally series of books for writers

Disclaimer: I met the author Terry W. Whalin when we were both presenters at a writers’ conference--probably a decade ago—and I received a review copy of this book from the publisher at no charge. Such disclaimers may discourage a reader from taking my review at face value, but the truth of is I have known Whalin’s work—both his books and his other industry presence--so long that I am in the enviable position of knowing of his expertise and experience—yes, honestly and fairly. 

First, a little story. I have often wished that many of my clients had come to me before they had jumped headlong into publishing.  That is true of many who are self-published and just as many who are traditionally published. The reason, of course, is that a solid book or a solid hour of consultation could have saved them hundreds—and sometimes thousands—of dollars. 

Another story: I use a little list of publishing industry myths as a four-page handout at many of the writers’ conferences I speak at. It is by necessity brief, and I have often wished I could recommend a book on this topic to read before they read my multi award-winning The Frugal Book Promoter (now in its third edition published by Modern History Press) which gives them what they need to act as their own publicist or work more effectively with a publicist assigned them by their publisher. First things, first, after all! And I often thought of writing this book. It is good I didn’t. No one could do this better than Whalin. He indeed has the expertise and the experience (all those authors he has encountered struggling with the fibs and misunderstandings many feel compelled to repeat on the web and elsewhere!).  

A mere 140 pages, this book is The book for an author with dreams of a bestseller dancing in their heads. I often tell my clients (and readers!) that one book on any aspect of publishing is never enough to cover an industry as large and varied of an industry that includes editing, formatting, indexing, cover design, interior book design, marketing and even new writing techniques for every genre an author should tackle. That’s why each of my books in the HowToDoItFrugally Series of books for writers includes a suggested reading list in the appendix of each edition. Terry Whalin’s 10 Publishing Myths will be included in that list in the very next editionI publish or the next book I write. That’s a promise. 

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(Carolyn Howard-Johnson is an English and accent reduction tutor, an editor, a multi award-winning writer of fiction, and a marketer of books.  She was also an instructor for UCLA Extension’s renowned Writers’ Program for nearly a decade and holds an instructors’ certificate from that same school. Learn more about her own books and chapbooks of poetry with Amazon’s list of her published books at http://bit.ly/CarolynsAmznProfile .)



MORE ABOUT THE BLOGGER

 Howard-Johnson is the multi award-wining author of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. She is also a marketing consultant, editor, and author of the multi award-winning HowToDoItFrugally Series of books for writers including the multi award-winning The Frugal Book Promoter (http://bit.ly/FrugalBookPromoIII), now offered by Modern History Press in its third edition.
Carolyn's latest is in the #HowToDoItFrugally Series of books for writers is How to Get Great Book Reviews Frugally and Ethically. Learn more on her Amazon profile page (http://bit.ly/CarolynsAmznProfile). Great Little Last Minute Editing Tips for Writers (http://bit.ly/Last-MinuteEditing) is one of her booklets--perfect for inexpensive gift giving--and, another booklet, The Great First Impression Book Proposal (http://bit.ly/BookProposalsII) helps writers who want to be traditionally published. The Frugal Editor (http://bit.ly/FrugalEditor), now in its second edition, is the winningest book in the series. Carolyn also has three frugal books for retailers including one she encourages authors to read because it will help them convince retailers to host their workshops, presentations, and signings. It is A Retailer’s Guide to Frugal In-Store Promotions: How To Increase Profits and Spit in the Eyes of Economic Downturns with Thrifty Events and Sales Techniques (http://bit.ly/RetailersGuide). In addition to this blog, Carolyn helps writers extend the exposure of their favorite reviews at TheNewBookReview.blogspot.com. She also blogs at all things editing--grammar, formatting and more--at The Frugal, Smart, and Tuned-In Editor (http://TheFrugalEditor.blogspot.com)

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Winning Writers Winners. Is the Next One You?

Subscribers and visitors to this #SharingwithWriters blog (or who have read my how-to books for writers) probably know that I am avid about using contest awards to set our books from the many hundreds of thousands of new books published each year. The #NorthStreetBookPrize is one of my favorites based on the reputation of its sponsor (WinningWriters.com) and the value-added benefits offered to both entrants and winners, some of which are listed in the media list below. Winning Writers just announced their winners for 2020 and they are accepting new entries until June 30 for 2021.  So, today's media-release post from Cision is about finding new, great reading, lauding the success of winners, and encouraging qualifying authors to enter this year's contest! Scroll down for more on the contest itself and then tool on by to Winning Writers' website for more details on this prestigious contest. 


NORTHAMPTON, Mass.Feb. 15, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Winning Writers is pleased to announce the results from its sixth annual North Street Book Prize for Self-Published Books, co-sponsored by BookBaby and Carolyn Howard-Johnson, author of The Frugal Book Promoter. 1,915 entries were received from around the world. Christine Mulvey of Grass Valley, California won this year's Grand Prize across all genres for her memoir Mine to Carry, about her unplanned pregnancy as an unmarried Irish Catholic girl in 1981 and the forces that coerced her into surrendering her newborn son for adoption. She received $5,000, a marketing analysis and one-hour phone consultation with Carolyn Howard-Johnson, a $300credit at BookBaby, and 3 free ads in the Winning Writers newsletter (a $525 value).

Jerald Pope of Swannanoa, North Carolina won First Prize in Children's Picture Book for Fetch, a touching, wordless narrative of an old man and his shaggy dog chasing a ball for the last time. Ingrid Pierre of Roslindale, Massachusetts won First Prize in Graphic Novel & Memoir for Do Not Resuscitate, a horror story that is also a love story, about a young widow whose grief and guilt about her husband's death inadvertently reanimates him as a zombie. Caleb "The Negro Artist" Rainey of Iowa City, Iowawon First Prize in Poetry for Look, Black Boy, an outspoken and animated collection about the joys and perils of Black childhood in America.

Alicia Doyle of Ventura, California won First Prize in Creative Nonfiction & Memoir for Fighting Chance, a journalist's memoir of her unexpected and psychologically transformative career as an amateur boxing champ. Rachael A.Z. Mutabingwa of Kampala, Uganda won First Prize in Genre Fiction for Kunda, an ambitious, spiritually uplifting tale of time travel and family destiny in a fictitious African island nation. Jolie Hoang of Fonthill, Ontario won First Prize in Mainstream/Literary Fiction for Anchorless, an autobiographical novella about her Vietnamese refugee family, told in the voice of her father's ghost, who describes how he drowned while escaping their war-torn country. 

The category winners each received $1,000, a marketing analysis and one-hour phone consultation with Carolyn Howard-Johnson, a $300credit at BookBaby, and one free ad in the Winning Writers newsletter (a $175 value).

Eight Honorable Mentions of $250 each went to Zarle WilliamsEmma SondergaardRashid DardenOmaha PerezMarian PierceYing QianDennis Reed, and Toni Thomas$13,000 was awarded in all, making this one of the world's most generous contests for self-published books.

Final judges Jendi Reiter and Ellen LaFleche were assisted by Jim DuBois and Annie Mydla. Excerpts from the winning entries and the judges' remarks are published online.

The seventh annual contest is open now through June 30, 2021. One Grand Prize winner across all genres will receive $5,000 plus marketing support, with runner-up prizes of $1,000 and $250 in each genre. The fee is $65 per book. This year's categories are Mainstream/Literary Fiction, Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction & Memoir, Poetry, Children's Picture Book, Graphic Novel & Memoir, and (new this year) Art Book.

Winning Writers is a Partner Member of the Alliance of Independent Authors. In addition to the North Street Book Prize, Winning Writers sponsors the Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest, the Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest, and the Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest (no fee). All these contests are recommended by Reedsy. Learn more on the Winning Writers website.

More Ways to Learn More About North Street Book Prize

Contact: Winning Writers' Adam Cohen:   291496@email4pr.com

413-320-1847

SOURCE Winning Writers

MORE ABOUT THE SHARING WITH WRITERS BLOGGER 

 Howard-Johnson is the multi award-wining author of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. She is also a marketing consultant, editor, and author of the multi award-winning HowToDoItFrugally Series of books for writers including the multi award-winning The Frugal Book Promoter (http://bit.ly/FrugalBookPromoIII), now offered by Modern History Press in its third edition. Carolyn's latest is in the #HowToDoItFrugally Series of books for writers is How to Get Great Book Reviews Frugally and Ethically. She has two booklets in the #HowToDoItFrugally Series, both in their second editions from Modern History Press. Great Little Last Minute Editing Tips for Writers (http://bit.ly/LastMinuteEditsII) and The Great First Impression Book Proposal (http://bit.ly/BookProposalsII) are career boosters in mini doses and both make ideal thank you gifts for authors. The Frugal Editor (http://bit.ly/FrugalEditor), now in its second edition, is the winningest book in the series. Carolyn also has three frugal books for retailers including one she encourages authors to read because it helps them convince retailers to host their workshops, presentations, and signings. It is A Retailer’s Guide to Frugal In-Store Promotions: How To Increase Profits and Spit in the Eyes of Economic Downturns with Thrifty Events and Sales Techniques (http://bit.ly/RetailersGuide). 

 In addition to this blog, Carolyn helps writers extend the exposure of their favorite reviews at TheNewBookReview.blogspot.com. She also blogs at all things editing--grammar, formatting and more--at The Frugal, Smart, and Tuned-In Editor (http://TheFrugalEditor.blogspot.com). Learn more and follow for news on her new releases direct from Amazon: http://bit.ly/CarolynsAmznProfile.