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The Reader Views Literary Awards Program – Meet Our Sponsors!
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It’s official, the 2021-2022 Reader Views Literary Awards are now open for submissions! Last week we unveiled a number of enhancements to the program and are happy to report these changes have been well received by all. This week we want to introduce you to the folks that help us make this event possible – our sponsors. read more
Taking it to the Next Level – The 2021-2022 Literary Awards Program
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If you’ve ever talked with us you know how passionate we are about working with and promoting Indie authors – you inspire us! Today, we’re excited to share with you some of the ways we are taking the Reader Views Literary Awards program to the next level! read more
“Help a Reporter Out” Can Be a Boon for Your Career
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When I speak at writers’ groups, I am always amazed at how many writers don’t seem to know about Help a Reporter Out, also called HARO. Or they don’t know how to make it work very well for them. I know because the pencils come out and hands go up. read more
Someone’s Story: A Retrospective on an Award-Winning Indie Author Journey
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Today B.A. Bellec reflects on some of the incredible experiences of his indie author journey. What began as a stay-at-home-and-finish-your-novel project during the pandemic turned into an exciting award-winning trip with multiple literary programs, including yours truly, Reader Views, as Someone’s Story won the Reader Views Kids Best YA Book of the Year and the Gold Medal in the Teen/YA category, along with being the Regional Winner for Canada West! read more
A Truly Apt Setting Sets a Story Apart
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Any good writer knows the importance of the right setting for their narrative, of creating the appropriate “world” the reader can inhabit for hours at a time. While this is a common mantra for science fiction writers—world building is a critical part of that genre—it is equally true for all fictional genres including mysteries. Sometimes this “world” can be as familiar as a small resort town or as unusual as a completely different time or place, even one the reader has never experienced. read more
Five Free and Easy Ways for Readers to Lift Authors
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Authors are not just producers of books; they are also consumers of books. Whether for project research, market research, or personal fulfillment, authors need to read. What do you do when you’ve read something you loved? Make a mental note to look for more works by the same author? Look up more material about the author? Both are great for your own information but neither lets the author know you read their book. Here are five ways to support an author whose work you’ve enjoyed plus tips on how to encourage your readers to do the same for you. read more
Keeping Our Spirits Up
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Award winning author Carolyn Howard Johnson’s modus operandi is “no moaning!” Today she shares with Reader Views how to do just that! read more
Finalists Announced in the 2020-2021 Reader Views Literary Awards Competition!
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It is our favorite time of the year again when we get to announce the finalists of our annual awards competition. It’s a bit like Christmas morning finding presents under the tree! And, although we wish everyone could win, it cannot be. So, we wish all the finalists’ good luck, knowing that in our hearts and minds you all are winners. read more
National Women’s History Month and the Women in My History
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March is National Women’s History Month, so I took the time to think of some of the strong women in my family who lived through WWII in Italy and Libya. read more
Getting Published is Just the Start
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Getting published is just the start. Unless you just want to be able to tell your family and friends ‘You got your book published,’ there is a whole lot more to it than seeing your words in print.” read more