Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Publish Your Writing in our Newsletter

Come on and Network with Us! Writers in the Sky offers you an opportunity to connect with writers, readers, publishers, and publicist through our newsletter. All you need to do is subscribe to the newsletter and send us your article, announcement, poem, book review, or other material about writing, publishing, or book marketing. Add your announcement or brag about your writing accomplishment. Tell us about your book or business.

Here are the networking items from WITS writing community for July 2008.

Be in the “Author Spotlight” without the paying high advertising costs! For a limited time, A Book Inside online is offering FREE home page positioning for all authors wishing to promote their Web sites and books. This is a great opportunity to show off your talent and gain more exposure for your books. There is absolutely no monetary cost for your listing but a small link from your Web site is required. If you would like to request the “Author Spotlight,” e-mail your request to We will promptly e-mail you instructions.
A Book Inside is an online blog offering advice and guidance to new and seasoned authors. To view the blog, visit

The Morning Nudge

When your pen won't budge, read The Morning Nudge. Sign up for free daily inspiration and motivation for your writing. Go to:
New Radio Show for Authors

Authors Read is a new radio show where authors, storytellers, and poets read from their published work. Radio show host, Lillian Brummet, is welcoming applications from authors, poets, and storytellers who would like to appear as guests. Lillian is the co-author of the popular book promotion guide Purple Snowflake Marketing, How to Make Your Book Stand Out in a Crowd. See or for guidelines on how to appear on this radio show.
GEMS has been a labor of love for editor and long-time friend, Erwin A. Thompson. Each of the 274 poems in this book was carefully selected and typed by Mr. Thompson as a tribute to a man he thought of as a kindred spirit and mentor. The poems span a period of close to four decades and cover a rare glimpse of a bygone era. The subject matter ranges from the personal to the philosophical, from dialect to description.

Available on Amazon at
All proceeds donated directly to the Godfrey Congregational Church.

The Earth Vision nature writing contest 2008

short fiction, creative non-fiction, poetic prose, or poetry
Deadline: October 15, 2008

Entries are now invited for the 2008 Earth Vision (EV) nature writing contest. The deadline for receipt of entries is October 15, 2008. The EV nature writing contest is held to support the cause of expression on the subject of nature and deep ecology. Any outstanding proceeds will support the EV project. Two honorable mentions. First Prize $500. Two Second Prizes of $100 each.

This contest is open to any writer in English producing an original short piece of fiction, creative non-fiction, poetic prose, or poetry on a theme of nature, deep ecology, spiritual ecology, or any work that has some element of nature woven into it. Submissions can be published or unpublished material, length to range between 500 and 2500 words per entry. One title per entry, you can enter as many times as you like, new entry fee to accompany each entry. Winners will retain all rights, and will be invited to post their entries on the Earth Vision Web site.

Entry fee: $12 (U.S.). You can either donate $12, or purchase two or more E-books from the Earth Vision site (at $6 each). See
How to Escape an Abusive Relationship

If you have ever been in an abusive relationship you know you can't leave, you must escape. An abusive relationship is not just a relationship where hitting is involved. Emotional wounds take longer to heal than bruises. What do you do when you have found yourself in this kind of situation? You won't tell anyone because: you are embarrassed and ashamed, you don't think anyone will believe you, you don't want anyone to worry about you, and you don't want anyone giving you grief about it.

How to Escape an Abusive Relationship is the story of a smart, funny, intelligent woman who found herself in an abusive relationship. Learn of her escape plan and empowering information that can assist you should you find yourself in an abusive relationship.
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Show Me the Funny
The Summer 2008 Warren Adler Short Story Contest Deadline: August 15

The theme for the Summer 2008 Warren Adler Short Story Contest is humor. We're looking for humorous stories in all their varied forms. From satire to farce, from the whimsical to the uproarious, all writers looking to get a laugh (in a good way!) should enter. We are looking for the subtle and the pungent, the black and dark, the sporty, the salty, the waggish, or whatever can spark a knowing smile, a sly chuckle, or a hysterical belly laugh. In other words, anything goes, just as long as it falls into this category no matter how one stretches its elastic boundaries.

Entries must not exceed 2,500 words, and there is a minimum length of 1,000 words. As in the previous contests, all stories will be judged on the basis of character authenticity, plotting, narrative drive, and the skillful manipulation of the short story literary form. Authors retain worldwide publishing rights. Submissions will be accepted from May 1st to August 15th. Entry fee up until August 1st is $15. After August 1st, a late entry fee is $20. Five cash prizes will be awarded. The winning story will be awarded the $1,000 grand prize and a personalized first edition of Funny Boys. Remaining finalists receive $150 each. See
MaAnna Stephenson’s new book, The Sage Age—Blending Science with Intuitive Wisdom will be in print soon. The galley copies are scheduled to be available by the end of July and the book will be released later this fall.

With a well-researched approach to its subjects, The Sage Age covers a broad range of material from ancient to modern thought, frontier science and current intuitive practice to deliver a depth and breadth of understanding that culminates in a holistic perspective for our time. Living up to its mantra of "new models for new thought," The Sage Age is certain to be a catalyst for dialogue and is destined to be a major work in its field. Visit for more information on the book and to get a sneak peek by reading the latest articles taken from book excerpts.

I am so excited to announce that people are loving Wai-nani, High Cheifess of Hawaii my historical novel released in May 2008. They tell me it is truly unique, evocative, and a great ride!

From the cauldron of controversy that is Hawaiian history emerges Wai-nani, a reflection of the personage of the great chiefess Ka'ahumanu. Like all Islanders, she is a water baby finding pleasure, sustenance, solace, wisdom, and courage in the grand and vibrant sea. She is born fifteen years prior to the landing of Captain Cook in Kealakekua in 1779 and is the favorite wife of Makaha, a fierce warrior modeled after Kamehameha the Great. An excerpt from her story and reviews await you at
An autographed copy of Wai-nani, High Chiefess of Hawaii Her Epic Journey maybe purchased on my site with free shipping anywhere in the world! If you prefer, you may order at Barnes & or
Meet Austin software developer Charlie Hills, who has been gaining and losing weight for most of his adult life in Why Your Last Diet Failed You and How This Book Won’t Help You on Your Next One. Has Charlie missed his calling? The book makes great stand-up comedy.
Humor/Nonfiction, paper, 210 pages (Lockshire Press, 2007)
Promo 101 Virtual Blog Tours for July 2008

Dyan Garris - Radio Tour to Promote Her Healing Journey Toolbox (Continues). Tour details and schedule

Jill Lublin
Author of Get Noticed… Get Referrals: Build Your Client Base and Your Business by Making a Name for Yourself (Touring July 7 - August 1). Tour, author notes, and schedule details at

Jim Musgrave Author of The President's Parasite. Tour, author info, and schedule details at

Book Promo 101 – a book written by Nikki Leigh to assist authors with book promotion is now available at Learn more about Promo 101 Virtual Blog Tours for authors at

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Just Released

Write, Get Published, and Promote: An Easy e-Guide for New and Aspiring Writers by Joyce Shafer. This e-book has been called user-friendly, concise, and informative. It provides an overview for new writers from getting the first word down on paper to promoting. Includes resources, active links, and a life coaching approach to move users forward. Visit to learn more or go to

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