The Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Prize

malahat reviewThe Malahat Review, Canada’s premier literary magazine, invites entries from Canadian, American, and overseas authors for its Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Prize.The prize is awarded to the best work submitted to the magazine’s annual contest for a genre that embraces, but is not limited to, the personal essay, memoir, narrative nonfiction, social commentary, travel writing, historical accounts, and biography, all enhanced by such elements as description, dramatic scenes, dialogue, and characterization.

Prizes: One award of $1,000 CAD is given.

Entry fee:  $35 CAD for Canadian entries; $40 US for American entries; $45 US for entries from Mexico and outside North America.

Deadline: August 1, 2014

For more information, please visit their website.

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An Intro to Cold Coffee Café

Charlie RayGuest post
by Charlie Ray

As hard as it is to write a book, it’s even harder to market it once it’s written. Advertising your book is time consuming, and can be expensive. There are, however, a number of ways to promote your work without having to spend too much time or money.

In fact, I recently discovered a site that allows you to promote your work widely, and, while there are promotional packages for a fee, you can also promote your work for free. Cold Coffee Café, Cold Coffee Press Site, allows you to set up a blog site where you can put links to purchase your books, book trailers, excerpts of works in progress, or just about anything else you’d like. Go here to sign up. Getting up and running is easy, and in the end you’ll have a personal page on the Cold Coffee Café site as well as links to other authors and author services. Continue reading “An Intro to Cold Coffee Café”

Featured Book: Hoodoo Money

Hoodoo MoneyHoodoo Money (The Stolen Nickel Series Book 1)
by Sharon Cupp Pennington
Genre: mystery, thriller, suspense
Available at Amazon.

A cursed nickel? Not likely. Well, maybe. There was the mugging outside the New Orleans cemetery, a deadly accident, the break-in and now murder. Multiple murders! Braeden felt someone watching, following. The confounded nickel was lifted from the grave of a hoodoo woman. A black gypsy. Could it be? Naw…

One Author’s Approach to Reader Reviews

Fast typingI have a goal of commenting in a positive manner on each and every review a reader leaves on Amazon about one of my books, whether their comments are negative or positive.

Why? Not only is it a courtesy, it says something about me as an author and a person. My father brought me up to look at him when he was talking and to acknowledge what he said. I didn’t have to like what he said, but I had to respect it. I know now he was saying things for my own good. He’s gone now, but the value he instilled in me is still there. I thanked him for how he brought me up before he passed away. I’m glad I did, as he deserved that feedback.

That brings me back to feedback in the form of reviews. Readers, who supply reviews whether negative or positive, invested their time reading one of my books. They had choices, but I was lucky enough that they chose one of mine. The fact that they felt compelled to provide others with feedback is a bonus. Continue reading “One Author’s Approach to Reader Reviews”