Book Fairs or Writers’ Conferences?

Which is better for an Indie Author?

I have been thinking about attending and participating in book fairs and writers’ conferences/conventions.  For the most part it seems most book fairs are geared towards traditionally published authors, and/or authors that are from the hosting state. The welcome mat isn’t exactly rolled out for Indies. I started to do a little research and  discovered there are some Indie fairs out there in this big old world.  The glitch is that it appears attendance numbers aren’t that great and the costs may not justify attending. Now if the numbers were high and an author could network I think the money spent would be well worth it. 

Conferences and conventions can empty your pocketbook (at least it could mine) and the additional expenses such as airfare, food etc.  could equal a nice little vacation. So what’s a newbie to do?  

I would like to open a forum on these two topics. If you as an author  or anyone you know has had current experiences with either of these venues, the feedback would be welcomed. In the meantime, I am going to dig deeper and post any stats or information related to each subject.

Please feel free to reply, and maybe together we can open up some new doors.  It would be nice to keep this going. Although I am a fantasy writer, all genres are encouraged to share.

 

Athena Brady reviews

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 ♦ NOVEMBER 24, 2012 ♦ LEAVE A COMMENT

Thoughts on life by Athena Brady.

A while ago, in another post, I said I was going to do some book reviewing. I have read some really great books lately and I thought to myself, I need to tell other people about them. Sometimes we all get so caught up with all our own busy lives, we forget to be of service to others. Whether you are religious, spiritual or an atheist it doesn’t matter; we should always try to think of other people along the way. Why, simply put, because it is the right thing to do. Sharing our journey in life makes our own journey, so much better.

When we do something good for another person, it makes us feel good too. We feel we have contributed something useful. We have touched someone’s life in a positive way. We  make a difference and sometimes, what is minor to ourselves is major to the person, on the receiving end. I enjoy to giving to others and have to stop myself sometimes because in the past, I have given too much. There needs to be, as with all things in life, a balance. We need to respect and love others but also to take care of our own needs too. The latter one, being the one I, struggled with the most.

Additionally, we need to give with the right spirit in our hearts. We should give with no thought of return. A great way to practice this is to give anonymously. I have in the past put on envelope through a friend’s door. Afterwards, it gave me so much pleasure, to see the delight on her face; When my friend told me how touched she was that someone had cared enough about her to do this. She laughed as she said; she couldn’t give it back even if she wanted to because she didn’t know where it came from. This is the true spirit of giving, to give unconditionally. However, it will also give us an idea of how attached to the reward we are.  If we are itching to tell the person it was us, we are addicted to the payoff, the gratitude.

As a writer and published author, who is evolving and still developing her craft; I know what we put into our work; and I realize what it means when someone recognizes and supports us on our journey. It can lift our hearts to the greatest heights when we touch somebody’s soul with the words we have written. In an effort to balance my writing life out I have begun to review how I am doing. I do make an effort by re-tweeting people’s books and reading as many posts as I can. However, l wanted to do more. So I have decided that I will at least once a month, review a book. At the rate I read it will probably be more but I don’t want to over commit myself and let people down. As I have to concentrate on my work too (remember love yourself, as much as you love others)
If anyone out there would like a free review, please contact me at athenabrady1@gmail.com  it may take a while but I will get around it. I will give an honest review and if find I do not enjoy your book, please do not take it personally. It may just be it is not for me and lots of other people will love it. I can promise you, if it is not for me. I will not write a review and will contact you to let you know; and I will respect your privacy and not discuss it with anyone else. I will do this as I understand how crushing it can be to receive a negative review. However, I need the people who receive good reviews to know they are truthful and that I am not just people pleasing. Thank you for taking the time to read this post, from your busy day. Now, come on you authors out there, send me your books, so I can get to work.
Take care,

Athena

athenabrady.co.uk

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Indies Revolution

Last night I was contemplating everything that has been transpiring in the Indie movement, Amazon and where it is all going.  I was never a cheerleader in school; I was the artsy one , the brunt of jokes.  However today, I want to cheer for my fellow authors who are striving to present their works and have the courage to continue to move forward. I thought we need a song to further inspire us, and lo and behold what came to mind but “Revolution” by the Beatles.  Some of you may be too young to remember the fab four. We of the (ahem) more mature generation will recall all too well their impact.  Following is the first chorus from Revolution, I think it’s appropriate, share your thoughts.

‘Revolution’ by the Beatles 

You say you want a revolution

Well, you know

We all want to change the world

You tell me that it’s evolution

Well, you know

We all want to change the world

But when you talk about destruction

Don’t you know you can count me out

Don’t you know it’s going to be all right all right, all right

Writers’ Contests late November/December deadlines

Here is an extensive lists of upcoming contests. Since the holidays are fast approaching this will give you time to submit. This will be the last Contest post until January 2013. As always this Blog does not assume any responsibility for offers, or errors connected with these contests. Please review each carefully before entering.

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The Richard Wilbur Poetry Award
The Richard Wilbur Poetry Award is a national competition for book-length poetry collections. The author of the winning manuscript receives $1,000, and the manuscript is published by the University of Evansville Press … (more)
DEADLINE: 12-01-2012
PRIZES: $1,000.00
ENTRY FEE: $25.00
Added: 02-November-2012

2013 UNT Rainer Maria Rilke Prize
An annual award of a $10,000 award recognizing a book that demonstrates exceptional artistry and vision written by a mid-career poet and published in the preceding year … (more)
DEADLINE: 11-30-2012
PRIZES: $10,000.00
ENTRY FEE: $0.00
Added: 02-November-2012

The Kenneth and Geraldine Gell Poetry Prize
The Kenneth and Geraldine Gell Poetry Prize is awarded annually by Writers & Books for an outstanding unpublished book-length collection of poetry. The poet will receive an honorarium of $1000 … (more)
DEADLINE: 11-30-2012
PRIZES: $1,000.00
ENTRY FEE: $25.00
Added: 02-November-2012

Bright Hill Press Full-Length Poetry Book Competition
The first place winner of Bright Hill’s 18th Annual Full-Length Poetry Book Competition, chosen from finalists by a nationally-known poet, receives a publication contract with Bright Hill Press and $1000, publication in print format … (more)
DEADLINE: 11-30-2012
PRIZES: $1,000.00
ENTRY FEE: $25.00
Added: 02-November-2012

12th Annual A. Poulin Jr. Poetry Prize
The A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize is awarded to honor a poet’s first book, while also honoring the late founder of BOA Editions, Ltd., a not-for-profit publishing house of poetry and poetry in translation. Winner receives a $1,500 Honorarium and book publication … (more)
DEADLINE: 11-30-2012
PRIZES: $1,500.00
ENTRY FEE: $25.00
Added: 02-November-2012

Dorothy Brunsman Poetry Prize
Each year Bear Star Press awards the Dorothy Brunsman Poetry Prize ($1,000 and publication) to a writer living west of the central time zone. The contest also serves as our best pool for finding new voices … (more)
DEADLINE: 11-30-2012
PRIZES: $1,000.00
ENTRY FEE: $20.00
Added: 02-November-2012

The Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest
This contest is open to anyone who loves expressing innermost thoughts and feelings into the beautiful literary art of poetry and/or writing a story that is worth telling everyone. First-place winner receives $500 … (more)
DEADLINE: 01-13-2013
PRIZES: $500.00
ENTRY FEE: $10.00
Added: 19-October-2012

Kore Press Short Fiction Chapbook Award
Kore Press will award a prize of $1,000 plus publication of a chapbook publication for a short story written in English. This competition is open to any female-identified individual writing in English … (more)
DEADLINE: 11-30-2012
PRIZES: $1,000.00
ENTRY FEE: $15.00
Added: 19-October-2012

Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Open Competition Awards
Two volumes of poems will be selected from an open competition of manuscripts. The winners will each receive a publication contract and will be awarded a $2000 prize and $1500 honorarium … (more)
DEADLINE: 11-17-2012
PRIZES: $3,500.00
ENTRY FEE: $25.00
Added: 19-October-2012

The C.P. Cavafy Poetry Prize
The purpose of the C.P. Cavafy Poetry Prize is to honor a great poet of the 20th century by publishing the best possible poem we can find on annual basis. The winner will receive $1,000 and publication … (more)
DEADLINE: 11-16-2012
PRIZES: $1,000.00
ENTRY FEE: $15.00
Added: 19-October-2012

Perugia Press Prize for a First or Second Book by a Woman
Poet must have no more than one previously published book. Chapbooks and books in other genres do not count. First-place winner receives $1000 and publication … (more)
DEADLINE: 11-15-2012
PRIZES: $1,000.00
ENTRY FEE: $25.00
Added: 19-October-2012

19th Annual Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award
Sonnets must be original and unpublished. No translations. Writers may enter as many sonnets as they wish. Sonnet sequences are acceptable, but each sonnet will be considered individually … (more)
DEADLINE: 11-15-2012
PRIZES: $1,000.00
ENTRY FEE: $3.00
Added: 19-October-2012

The Walt Whitman Award
The Walt Whitman Award brings first-book publication, a cash prize of $5,000, and a one-month residency at the Vermont Studio Center to an American who has never before published a book of poetry … (more)
DEADLINE: 11-15-2012
PRIZES: $5,000.00
ENTRY FEE: $30.00
Added: 19-October-2012

The Story Prize
The Story Prize is an annual book award honoring the author of an outstanding collection of short fiction with a $20,000 cash award. Each of two runners-up will receive $5,000. Eligible books must be written in English … (more)
DEADLINE: 11-15-2012
PRIZES: $20,000.00
ENTRY FEE: $75.00
Added: 19-October-2012

The 6th Annual Micro Award
The Micro Award is presented annually for a work of prose fiction written in English, of any genre, not above 1000 words in length. The author of the winning story will receive $500 US … (more)
DEADLINE: 12-31-2012
PRIZES: $500.00
ENTRY FEE: $0.00
Added: 04-October-2012

The Willow Books Literature Awards
The Willow Books Literature Awards recognize literary excellence in prose and poetry by writers from culturally diverse backgrounds. The winner of prose will receive a cash prize of $2,000 and the winner of poetry will receive $1,000 … (more)
DEADLINE: 12-15-2012
PRIZES: $2,000.00
ENTRY FEE: $30.00
Added: 04-October-2012

2013 Sunken Garden Poetry Prize
An award of $1,000, plus publication of a chapbook by Hill-Stead Museum, and an introductory reading at the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival preceding one of the featured poets during the 2013 season … (more)
DEADLINE: 12-01-2012
PRIZES: $1,000.00
ENTRY FEE: $30.00
Added: 24-Aug-2012

The New Issues Poetry Prize
Eligibility: Poets writing in English who have not previously published or self-published a full-length collection (48+ pages) of poems. Prize is $2,000 and publication for a first book of poems … (more)
DEADLINE: 11-30-2012
PRIZES: $2,000.00
ENTRY FEE: $20.00
Added: 17-Aug-2012

White Pine Press Poetry Prize
The award consists of a $1,000 cash award and publication by White Pine Press. Manuscripts must be between 60 and 80 pages in length. Poems must be original … (more)
DEADLINE: 11-30-2012
PRIZES: $1,000.00
ENTRY FEE: $20.00
Added: 17-Aug-2012

Ruth Stone Poetry Prize
An annual poetry contest. First place winner receives $1000 and publication on Hunger Mountain online. Two honorable mentions receive $100 and publication … (more)
DEADLINE: 12-10-2012
PRIZES: $1,000.00
ENTRY FEE: $20.00
Added: 17-Aug-2012

The Tampa Review Prize for Poetry
Manuscripts must be previously unpublished. Some or all of the poems in the collection may have appeared in periodicals, chapbooks, or anthologies, but these must be identified. First-place prize is $2,000 … (more)
DEADLINE: 12-31-2012
PRIZES: $2,000.00
ENTRY FEE: $25.00
Added: 17-Aug-2012