Find the resonance in your characters – Thea Atkinson

Author Thea Atkinson

I hate running. I really do. Some runners anticipate a good run with eager legs. Not me. I hate every step, each landing of foot on the pavement, every breath I drag in and expel in quick, uncoordinated bursts.

I’m not a good runner either, but two years ago something happened that sent me out into a frigid March morning in Nova Scotia, wearing cheap sneakers and raggedy sweatpants.

My husband had his first real and frightening MS event then. You need to understand: the 23 years I’ve known this man, he’s been a hearty and hale, strapping, no-holds-barred, forearms-like-Popeye’s fisherman. In Nova Scotia, no less — that means he fishes for lobster in the dead of winter. Think Deadliest Catch on a smaller scale but no less dangerous. Continue reading “Find the resonance in your characters – Thea Atkinson”

Southwestern Law School’s Legal Fiction Contest

Southwestern Law SchoolSouthwestern Law School is accepting submissions of original short works of fiction, and winning entries will be published in a future issue of the Journal of Legal Education.

The contest is open to lawyers and non-lawyers, academics and non-academics – anyone setting a fictitious story in a legal setting (law school, law firm, courtroom, legislature, judge’s chambers, etc.) or focusing on a law-related character (lawyer, law professor, judicial clerk, etc.).  All submissions must be original and previously unpublished works of short fiction related to law school or the practice of law. Submissions must be no more than 5,000 words (approximately 20 double-spaced pages).

There is no entry fee and no monetary prize; the winning stories will be published in the Journal of Legal Education: The Fiction Issue in early 2013. Additionally, the winning entries and ten runner-up entries will be posted on the JLE website. Authors will retain copyright ownership.

Submissions must be received by 6:00 p.m., Pacific Daylight Time, Thursday, March 15, 2012.

For more information, go to http://www.swlaw.edu/jleweb/fictioncontestrules

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Press Releases – Free Publicity

Mr. Pish Press ReleaseThere’s always discussion amongst authors about ways to promote their books.  People get caught up in blogs, facebook author pages, twitter posts, forums, etc., etc.

Long before those methods, there were press releases.  Although the technology has changed to make disseminating press releases easier and faster, it’s still a valid way to promote your work.  And most writers/authors overlook it.

Got a new book coming out?  Press release.  Win an award?  Press release.  Doing a book event?  Press release.  Just like in the days of yore.

Only you can determine who should get your press release depending on your demographic, subject matter, location, etc.  That can be a lot of work, toiling over your laptop, emailing incessantly – as you should send these emails individually and not in a group blast.  Nonetheless, it’s necessary. Continue reading “Press Releases – Free Publicity”

Kingston University London’s Short Biography Competition

Kingston University in London is pleased to announce a new competition for short innovative biographical writing designed to lead to publication by Kingston University Press Ltd.

Closing Date: Post-marked by midnight Friday 10 February 2012

Entry Fee: £20 per item

Each entry to be a maximum 35,000 words (judges will favour those under 30,000 words)

You may submit multiple entries, provided the £20 entry fee is paid for each

The author of winning manuscript or manuscripts will be published by Kingston University Press *

For more information, please visit their website.

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