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Happy Labor Day – Save Some Labor

First of all, happy Labor Day!

This is a quick post about a new service I’m offering: proofreading writers’ manuscripts. For only $10 per 1,000 words (so, for example, $250 for a 25,000 word short story collection), you can get your self-published (or attempting to be traditionally published, your call) manuscript completely free of errors in spelling, grammar, syntax, punctuation, formatting, and consistency. If you’re a student or active or retired U.S. military, I’ll offer you a 25% discount on the total price. If you’re interested, just let me know with an email by clicking here. Thanks for spreading the word!

The Literary Game’s Publishing Contest

Would you like to publish your manuscript? Do you know that you’re a talented writer, and just need an opportunity to prove it?

Talent deserves to shine. Submit the first chapter of your manuscript to The Literary Game’s Publishing Contest, and then sit back and watch your literary career get jumpstarted.

The three aspiring authors whose work I judge to have the most promise will win the following:

1. A complete round of editing for your manuscript, free of charge.

2. A complete round of publishing consultancy, free of charge.

There will be three winners, so please make sure to spread the word widely by sharing this post on social media and with your friends, your college, at your local literary gatherings, etc.

The Rules:

1. All submissions must be sent to theliterarygame at gmail dot com with the subject of the email being [LAST NAME – CONTEST].

2. Submissions must be received by September 9th, 2014.

3. Submissions are limited to one chapter.

4. One entry per individual.

5. Eligibility is limited to writers who have not published with a press (small or large). If you have self-published a book or eBook, you are eligible.

6. The contest is limited to fiction and creative nonfiction. Nonfiction, plays, screenplays, poetry, short stories, or any other form are not eligible for this contest.

7. Your work does not have to be complete by the date the winners are announced (10/1/14). The prize can be deferred until completion of your manuscript.

8. Eligibility is limited to individuals who have never personally interacted with Alfonso Colasuonno (the judge of this contest). Discussions via the Internet are okay. Having had a phone conversation with or having met Alfonso in person is automatic grounds for disqualification.

9. Winners will be announced on October 1st, 2014.

Writing Beyond Novels

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To all the writers currently at work on a novel, or who have already written a novel (or two, or three, etc.), I applaud you.

Writing a novel is a war of attrition. It’s you versus every test of your patience. If you’ve completed a novel, again, congratulations.

I’m certainly not against writers who choose to write a novel. I just want to remind them that there are many ways to present their ideas.

Call it a gut feeling, but I imagine that many aspiring writers (perhaps subconsciously) believe a novel to be a mark of validation offering the status of a “real writer.” I don’t believe this to be the case.

There are many literary forms that can capture an idea. A novel is certainly the longest form. When you get a great idea, it may be perfect for a novel. If so, go right ahead and write a novel. However, your idea may work much better as short fiction, a play, or a screenplay, perhaps even a poem. You can take the fictional aspects out and turn it into creative nonfiction. You can even take the creative aspects out and turn it into pure nonfiction.

But it’s not just that. Aspiring writers should be aware of the fact that writing is all around, and goes beyond novels, beyond all traditional forms. Writing is everywhere. Writing includes the cover letters that you write when applying for jobs (or for publication in literary journals, for that matter). Writing includes the comedy routine that you perform at a local open mic. Writing includes the blog posts that you share with our community on WordPress.

Yes, go ahead and write your novel. It’s a wonderful undertaking. I have the highest respect for all writers who work in the form. Just please, don’t think that novels are the only form that you should work in.

Do you agree or disagree? I’d love to hear from readers with dissenting opinions. Do you believe novels have more value than other forms of writing? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Perhaps we can even start a conversation about this on our new Facebook group. See you there!