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2 writing contest winners share tips for aspiring writers who want to get published.

Completing a manuscript can be a lonely journey filled with self-doubt, but these two videos from the winners of two writing contests serve as an inspiration to all writers that persevering to complete the work is worth the effort.  Laurie Norlander entered the Women of Faith writing contest last year and is now a published author. Her book, Mirrored Images and her story is featured in this video.

Another first time author, Stacey Navarro, shares her story in this video.  As a stay-at-home mom,  she wanted to write a book that was something her daughters  would want to read. That motivation was enough to get her to finish her manuscript and enter the Crossbooks writing contest. Her description of what happened when she learned she won is worth watching the video. As with Laurie, her words will be an encouragement to any one working on a book.

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2nd Annual Inspiring Voices Publishing Contest now accepting entries

BookContestOne of my favorite author stories from last year is the journey of Susan Call. She entered and won the first Inspiring Voices Publishing contest.  As a first time author, she went through all the self-doubt and challenge of finding time to write.  In the end though, she took the step to complete her manuscript because she believed her story could help others. She entered the contest, won the grand prize and then was actually picked up by Guideposts who is the sponsor of the contest. The video below will let you hear Susan tell her story in her words. I think you will be inspired (pun intended.) Do you have manuscript that you think might inspire others. Details on how to enter this year’s publishing contest are available by clicking here or on the logo to the left. I don’t know how many people you will impact with your writing if you enter and get published, but I know how many you will if you don’t.

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Carl Reiner started the novel. You finish it and you could get published.

Reiner ContestCarl Reiner, the highly respected comic genius has launched a unique writing contest in conjunction with the release of his new book, I Remember Me.  Reiner has started a novel, but doesn’t know if  he will have time to finish it because of so many other projects he has in the works. So he did something really cool. He is giving other writers an opportunity to finish the story and get published.  Here are the details on the contest:

Distinguished actor, film director, producer, writer, and comedian Carl Reiner has written the beginning of an intriguing story. How it ends will be up to you.

He, together with AuthorHouse Publishing, is giving aspiring writers the opportunity to become a published author. If you write the best story to his Adolf Meistermann beginning, you stand to win a publishing package from AuthorHouse. Reiner will handpick the winning manuscript and write the foreword to your new book.

To read the start of the story and get the full contest rules, visit the Novel Beginnings Writing Contest site.

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New book publishing contest from Inspiring Voices, a service of Guideposts Magazine

Yesterday  marked the beginning of the Inspiring Voices Book Publishing contest.  Inspiring Voices is the self publishing service of Guideposts and a partner of Author Solutions. To announce the contest, they have enlisted the services of Kitty Slattery. Kitty is a traditionally published author and contributing editor for Guideposts and her video is quite interesting. She has been traditionally published, but is now pursuing self publishing, which gives her an unique perspective. She also describes the joy and thrill of holding the first copy of a book which never gets old no matter how many books you publish. Perhaps most importantly, she really is quite inspirational in her attempt to compel authors to enter.

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Another reason why I like Indie Publishing: Contest winner gets published

I had the honor of announcing the winner of the Indie Publishing Writing Contest which was conducted in conjunction with the San Francisco Writers Conference. Novelist Michael J. Cooper of Lafayette, Calif., was the Grand Prize winner for his submission, “Foxes in the Vineyard.”

L to R. Moi, Indie Publishing Contest Winner, Michael Cooper and Laurie McClean, SFWC chairperson

“Since winning the SFWC Indie Publishing Contest, I’ve hovered between euphoria and disbelief,” Cooper said. “This truly is a lesson in perseverance-after years of writing and rewriting, and after more rejections than I care to remember, winning the contest has opened up a portal to FINALLY being published. I can’t thank the organizers and judges enough.”

His words really capture why indie publishing is such a valuable development for authors. I don’t know how many books Michael will sell. What I do know is he did not write his manuscript to keep it in a drawer. He wrote to get published. Now he will be.

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Author Solutions to Sponsor San Francisco Writers Conference Writing Contest

We made a very exciting announcement Thursday. Author Solutions is partnering with the San Francisco Writers Conference for the inaugural Indie Publishing Contest for Writers. The SFWC is one of the nation’s most respected writers conferences; and through this partnership a group of talented writers will become published authors.

The SFWC is accepting entries through Jan. 5, 2011; and the winners will be announced during the annual conference Feb. 18-20, 2011 in San Francisco.

Get your best writing  in now and you  could be the next writer to join the indie book publishing revolution!