I believe in a future where I
will be able to write full-time, a picture I already hold vividly in my
mind. It all starts with my debut young adult novel, Provex City. I love
Harry Potter & The Marbury Lens, Tool & Elliott Smith, Dexter
& Donnie Darko, bold coffee & amber ale. I also love dabbling
with writing music and recording, with no illusions of ever making it a
career. I am ecstatically married and the lucky father to a beautiful
I learned about this competition from an email I received a week or so ago and thought it would be fun to enter. It is sponsored by Writer's Digest and Book Marketing Works, LLC, and open to bound self-published novels published/republished between 2009 and 2014. There are cash awards, national exposure, reviews, consultations to help get your book in front of major publishers, and numerous other prizes. Take a look at the official completion page for all the information and submission rules HERE.
The Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI) had a similar self-published completion (their first) last fall, but it had to be a self-published book released that year. And for that reason I didn't enter because I would have had to enter SUSY Asylum and I didn't know how well received submitting a 2nd book in a series would be or how that would be judged. With Writer's Digest's completion, I can submit Provex City, which I think is a much better plan.
So if you too are interested in entering one or more of your self-published books, the early bird entry deadline is April 1st ($99 first entry, $75 each additional entry) and the regular entry deadline is May 1st ($110 first entry, $85 each additional entry). The other nice thing about this competition is that "all entrants will receive a brief commentary from one of the judges." I welcome all feedback, but I'm especially interested in professional feedback. I want to know what the agents and editors think, but it isn't easy to get their feedback. As frustrating as it is, form letter responses are the norm. Well, if you decide to enter, I wish you the best of luck. Now it's time to get back to work. :)