Make 2019 Your Year to Write a Great Novel – OWA Winter Classes

Receive the guidance and support you need to complete a novel manuscript. The Ohio Writers’ Association will provide a 4-week intensive class, coupled with a 12-month support system for first-time novelists.  Log into your account and navigate to “Register for Classes” to register now.

Don’t have an account? Use this class registration form instead.

The month of November is almost over, which means that a significant portion of your writing community is hitting the NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) wall.  No disrespect to NaNo, but writing a novel in a month is a serious challenge.  We have nothing but love and respect for those who pull it off, but for many of us, it may not be reasonable to crank out a novel that quickly, at least not with any expectation that the thing will be worth reading.

What if instead of writing a novel in a month, you make 2019 your novel writing year? (“NaNoWriYe” if you will?) We are offering a 4-week novel writing course in January, followed by a monthly support group check-in for the remaining 11 months. In December, we’ll celebrate all of the complete novels.  We think this is a more realistic goal, and with some guidance and support you can draft a great novel that’s worth writing.

Brad Pauquette, OWA President and Course Instructor

This course will be taught by OWA President Brad Pauquette.  Brad is an experienced developmental editor, with a client list that includes New York Times bestselling authors and professional athletes. He’s been working with new authors to develop award-winning books since 2009.

Over the 4-week course we’ll cover the fundamentals of crafting an effective novel, practical tools for organizing and executing your project, methods for time management and writing discipline, and narrative technique.  You’ll be equipped with the tools to proceed into your project with confidence.

For the support sessions, February through November, we’ll check in once per month to evaluate progress, tackle questions that might arise, and you’ll find solidarity with your classmates.  In December, we’ll meet to celebrate our finished manuscripts.

Class participants will also receive two one-on-one support sessions with the course instructor over the course of the program.

This is a picture of you, hard at work for 3-4 hours per week.

In order to complete this class and draft a novel, you’ll need to be prepared to devote 3-4 hours per week to writing independently, in addition to the classroom instruction time.

Writing a novel is difficult.  Regardless of your writing skill, it takes an exceptional amount of perseverance and forbearance.  This class will give you the tools, motivation, and accountability to complete the project.

This class will be offered in Zanesville, Ohio and in Columbus, Ohio, as well as online.

The price of the class is $499.  OWA Writer and Patron members save $30.  Register by December 15th to save an additional $20.  Class space is limited. We’re committed to small classes, even for the online group, so don’t wait to register.

To register: 

If you are a member: Log into your account From the “Member’s Home” screen, click “Register for Classes.” Select the class you’d like to take, and follow the prompts to complete payment.

If you are not yet an OWA member: Click here to go to our simple class registration.

*Note: Due to a scheduling conflict with our classroom facility, these dates have been updated.
In Columbus – Wednesday evening, 6:30pm-9:30pm, January 9, 16, 23 and 30 – at the Ohio University Pickerington Center, 12933 Stonecreek Dr, Pickerington, OH 43147
In Zanesville – Saturday afternoons, 1pm-4pm, January 12, 19, 26 and February 2 – Columbus Publishing Lab Headquarters, 47 N. 4th St., Zanesville, OH 43701
Online (Live in Zanesville/Interactive on Saturday afternoons. Recorded classes can be watched for 7 days. Provided via Zoom, which is compatible with all computers, tablets, and phones.)

In Columbus (Wednesday evenings, 4th Wednesday of each month)
Zanesville & Web Participants (Saturday afternoons, 4th Saturday of each month)

Writers' Workshop


I can’t make all of the support groups, what should I do?
You’re welcome to take the classes, and come to the support groups as you’re able. We recognize that a year is a long time to schedule out, and you may take a vacation, change work schedules, etc. over the course of the year.  These support sessions are for your benefit, so just do your best.

Can I switch support sessions?
If you need to come sometimes to the Zanesville and other times to the Columbus support session, or join via the web, that’s OK.  Just let us know ahead of time.

How do I connect to the online courses?
Online courses will be provided via Zoom.  Learn more at  It’s easy to connect and participate.  Specific instructions will be sent to individuals who register for the class.  You can connect to a Zoom class with virtually any computer, phone, or tablet device.

Can I ask questions if I take the course online?
Yes! Taking the class online is just like taking the class in-person, just so you’re watching live.  If you watch the recordings of the classes instead of the live class, you of course won’t be able to ask questions and interact.

Have a different question? Contact us today.

Blog Writing Class This Saturday – Registration Open

Blogging is like making chili. Do it well and you’re a hero, the stuff of legend. Do it poorly, and it’s just another pot of beans your friends have to pretend to enjoy.

Our blog writing class will be this Saturday at 9:30am in Zanesville, Ohio.  We have a few spots left. Login to sign up for classes today. Don’t have an account? It’s free and easy to create one. Register here.

Do you dream of influencing others on your own blog, or as a guest blogger? Do you plan to promote a book or product now or in the future?

Or perhaps you’re already blogging, but you’re just not seeing the response you anticipated.

Blogging is a unique craft. Just like there’s a difference between novels and advertising copy and short stories, blogging is a unique format with a different set of audience expectations. Understanding the blogging industry and the way that readers interact with your words is a critical step to writing effectively on the web.

Brad Pauquette will teach this class. Brad is an experienced web marketing professional with a decade of experience in publishing. He’s worked with hundreds of authors to produce and market their books, and to help them create effective content for the web. This class will provide practical instruction, real-life scenarios, and practice exercises.

Your class fee includes this Saturday’s class, as well as the writing for blogging workshop on November 3rd.

If you can blog effectively, there is so much to be gained–changed hearts and minds, viral publicity, advertising and affiliate income. But blogging poorly is simply a waste of time (yours and the readers).

OSU doesn’t play until 7:30pm Saturday night. Let’s put your morning to good use.

Login to register today, and navigate to “Register for Fall Classes.”

Blogging Class

Guest Post — Hannah Douglas: The Great Novel Contest Deadline is Near!

Hannah Douglas– freelance writer/journalist, CCC volunteer for The Great Novel The Great Novel Contest 2015Contest— wrote this guest post on defeating deadlines, and the importance of the The Great Novel Contest 2015 deadline. Visit Hannah’s website for the original post: here

Let me just be straight. I don’t like deadlines. What kind of person likes them, really?

When I’m on deadline, I’d much rather make a sandwich. And then do the dishes after eating said sandwich. And then clean the entire house because if the dishes are done, then everything else must be clean, right? Then maybe I’ll call a friend to see if they need their dishes done or their house cleaned. OK. Enough.

Deadlines can put a lot of pressure on the creative process, placing a time stamp on a thought, an idea for a book, can seem so wrong! I’m writing. Don’t rush me.

Regardless of my strong disdain for deadlines, they exist to help move us forward. When it comes to The Great Novel Contest, maybe the deadline is in your favor! Deadlines could just be that inspiration you need to achieve your goals. You can finally polish off that manuscript and turn in a completed work that you love.

Learn more about The Great Novel Contest here.

Sometimes I’ll make my own self-imposed deadlines, and include a twisted rewards system to go along with it, just to make sure I finish a project. I’ll think of an angle for this story by 5p.m. No more coffee until I get this paragraph right. I can have these emails sent by tonight. Those 500 words will be done by Friday, and then I’ll have a big fancy dinner at a big fancy restaurant. And so on. You can judge me, but that’s my own process. You have your own.

I had to make a deadline for myself in order to finish writing this blog post. If not for that fake deadline, you probably wouldn’t be reading this.

It’s also really great when you turn your work in early! Beating the deadline can be a tremendous feeling. And The Great Novel Contest is no exception!

When I really wanted to get something done, I’ve also asked friends or editors to create deadlines for me, so that I can complete the work they’re wanting in time. I hated doing it, and I felt a little weird, but in the end, the story ran on time, and we all lived happily ever after!

But remember, deadlines are only effective if you actually meet them.

Whether you’re imposing your own fake deadlines or asking your friends to give you fake deadlines, let me assure you, the deadline of January 31, 2015 for The Great Novel Contest is very real. So real it’s almost here. So, what are you waiting for? It feels really good when you meet your deadlines! And receiving prizes for the contest feels really good too- just in case you need more of an incentive to make the deadline.

For more details on contest prizes and rules, visit Or check out the Facebook page, here.

Publisher Spotlight: Raw Dog Screaming Press Author Matt Betts

The Great Novel Contest 2015We recently corresponded with Matt Betts, author of Odd Men Out to learn about his experience working with Raw Dog Screaming Press. As one of the four publishers collaborating on The Great Novel Contest, we were excited to hear more about this independent press from an author’s perspective.

Find the instructions for submitting your manuscript here.

Tell me about your experience working with Raw Dog Screaming Press. Why would you recommend RDSP to other authors?

The editors and owners of Raw Dog Screaming Press and Dog Star Books have a great eye for stories and how to improve them. They have a pretty wide array of genres that can fit well into their various lines, so they can really pick and choose what stories they want to take on. I think I would recommend them to other authors because they are big enough and experienced enough to really be able to get books out there in front of readers, but they’re still small enough to really be able to get to know and support each of their authors. They’re constantly out there at cons and events, selling books, meeting readers and getting their name out there. RDSP’s John Edward Lawson and Jennifer Barnes have been enormously kind to me and amazingly supportive of my work.

What’s your favorite part about working with RDSP?

RDSP can be a lot of fun to work with. They started a reader’s poll, where readers voted on their favorite titles from the publisher. After that, voting moved on to other rounds, and for 2013, Odd Men Out won the poll. It was really exciting. Part of the award was a nice trophy to put on my desk, but the other part was a belt. This was a real WWF-style humongous belt with a dog picture on the front and my name on the side. The belt gets shared each year with the new winner. I don’t always take it with me when I go to cons or events, but it’s really a conversation-starter when I do.

MattBettsRDSP really supports their authors and does whatever they can to get the word out on their releases. I feel like they have confidence in my work and I never feel lost in the shuffle of their catalog. I also think the authors themselves are very supportive and go out of their way to help promote each other. I’ve always felt like I could approach RDSP authors with questions, or ask them for advice. It’s a great group of talented and generous people.

Why did you choose to submit to RDSP?

It’s extremely important to do your research to find the right publisher when submitting your work, but it’s also important to make contacts and get your name out there. In fact, that’s how Odd Men Out found RDSP. I was slowly making my way through my list of agents and publishers I felt were right for the book. I wasn’t getting accepted, but I was getting notes from agents and publishers about what they liked and didn’t like. While I was working on some of their edits and suggestions, I heard from Heidi Ruby Miller.

I had met Heidi at a conference many years before. She and a number of other attendees at that conference really got me excited about writing, and also introduced me to writing speculative poetry. I stayed in touch with Heidi for years, but we hadn’t actually run into each other in person again. So, she knew I had a book and asked if she could take a look for RDSP’s new science fiction line, Dog Star Books. Since I knew and trusted Heidi, and I was already familiar with a number of RDSP authors, it was a no-brainer to send Odd Men Out to her. She read it, had great things to say about it, and they took it on as one of the titles that would launch Dog Star Books. It was a great honor to be one of their first titles.

How does it feel to be a Hoffer Award finalist? What words of encouragement do you have for other authors submitting to contests or awards like this?

It was a great surprise. I really was thrilled with the reviews Odd Men Out was getting, but I really didn’t think too much about the possibility of awards. It’s very exciting to be on that list of excellent books, and having that gold seal on the front of the book is wonderful. I certainly recommend that authors and their publishers look into awards. There are a number of them out there, and many are very specific and might fit a particular author’s situation. There are awards specifically for science fiction, for self-published books, for first-time authors, for residents of a particular state or area. The competition is pretty tough, but winners and finalists get a lot of extra attention and publicity. Check out their guidelines and see if they are free or require an entry fee, then weigh whether the return is worth it for your situation.

What advice do you have for writers?

You know, I’ve been giving the same advice to writers for a long time. Read. Read whatever you can get your hands on. Read outside your genre, or outside your comfort zone to see how/why a certain novel works. Maybe there’s a book out there that is wildly popular, but doesn’t sound that great to you. Read it. Find out why it’s on the bestseller list. That author must be doing something right, even if they aren’t your cup of tea. Better yet, figure out why a book doesn’t work. Is there a novel that’s getting killed in reviews? See if you can determine where they went wrong. What don’t you like about it? Read all you can in your genre to know the tropes and clichés so you can avoid and subvert them. Read. Read. Read.

I think my other advice for writers is to get involved in the writing community when you can. I was a member of a critique group for years and attended every week. That can be a big time commitment, and I had to scale it back eventually, but the things I learned from those critiques really helped my writing. Going to those meetings helped me learn to meet deadlines with my writing, among other things. Nearly everyone in that group was at the same sort of level with their writing, that is, we were all beginners. We learned the ins and outs of writing, as well as the business of publishing, together. It was a tremendous help.

Tell me about your novel, Odd Men Out. Where did the idea for a steampunk, zombie-filled, post-Civil War story stem from?

You know, there were a lot of things that contributed to Odd Men Out. It was really an homage to a number of my favorite things, and ultimately an effort to write a book mashing those things into one fun story. I’m a pop culture junkie, so that really contributed to the book. I was a big fan of watching old horror movies on television on the weekends when I was a kid. I watched Godzilla and other giant monsters that way. I loved the action and adventure of Star Wars and Indiana Jones. I enjoy zombie movies like Night of the Living Dead and TV shows like Firefly or Alias. My job, basically, was to put all of those together somehow. Simple enough, right? I just wanted to get the feel of the excitement of those shows. I wanted a good plot, good characters to root for and a fun setting. All of that eventually gelled into Odd Men Out.

This is your first published novel, do you plan to continue writing novels? What’s the next project you’re working on?

I have a few things coming up. This summer my next book, an Urban Fantasy called Indelible Ink, comes out. It’s also from Dog Star Books/RDSP. I’m excited about it, because it was so much fun to write. It’s a little scifi, action, UF, and horror mixed together. We’re looking at the edits and I know the cover is underway, so that one is pretty much done, at least as far as my involvement in the manuscript. I’ll get back to it closer to the release date to get the promotions going.

I’m writing a sequel to Odd Men Out, which should be published in 2016. It’s a continuation with the same characters pretty close to where Odd Men Out left off. It’s been fun to brainstorm where their story could and should go next, and the first several chapters have gone pretty well. There’s an outline for another Odd Men Out novel after that one that’s taking shape. I also have a few short stories I’m working on, with at least one of them featuring characters from Odd Men Out as well.

Interested in working with Raw Dog Screaming Press? Submit your manuscript to The Great Novel Contest before January 31, 2015. The grand prize winner and the runner-up will both receive priority consideration from RDSP, in addition to three other publishers. 

Find rules and instructions for entering The Great Novel Contest here.

Good luck! 

Great Novel Contest 2015: Don’t Quit, Submit

DeadlineSomeone once asked the cartoonist Richard Thompson what inspired his work. Instead of the expected response about beauty in the details of life and so on, he spoke honestly: deadlines. Maybe you wouldn’t call them inspiring, but deadlines certainly have a way of kicking you out of your seat and getting you to the task at hand — even if it’s only days before the due date.

Many believe that the word “deadline” originated during the Civil War in prison camps. Prisoners had to stay within a line surrounding the inner face of the stockade or else a prison guard would shoot them. Cheery, no? Another phrase that’s meant to motivate you: “Put your nose to the grindstone.” When sharpening blades, knife grinders would put their face up close to the grindstone to hold the blade against the stone.

Every writer procrastinates, but you can steer clear of all this blood and gore by submitting your manuscript to The Great Novel Contest 2015 right now. Here are some quick techniques to stop procrastinating.

  • Use a timer. The Pomodoro Technique uses a timer to divide a chunk of work time into 25 minute intervals with short breaks in between. After a few 25 minute intervals, give yourself longer breaks to look forward to.
  • Schedule your task. Take “submit novel to Great Novel Contest” off of your To-Do List and put it on your calendar. There will always be groceries to buy, friends to visit, pencils to sharpen, facial hair to manage, and pet rocks to care for. Your novel deserves the same attention. Pencil it in.
  • Divide a big job into small tasks. 1. Edit the last page. 2. Format manuscript correctly. 3. Create a free account with CCC. 4. Submit final manuscript. Now that wasn’t so bad, was it?
  • Change your environment. Maybe your memory foam bed is not the best spot to focus on finishing your manuscript. Where are you most productive? Write down a detailed description of that place and go there. Anyway, it will at least get you writing.
  • No distractions. Put ‘em away. Admit it, you work best in a quiet setting with no windows or Internet. Think of it as a simple mechanical motion, walking to the outlet and disconnecting the wifi. Ahhh, now watch the productivity flow freely.
  • Tell someone about your goal. “Just don’t ask about it, Mom, I didn’t submit my manuscript to The Great Novel Contest on time.” Don’t be that guy.

Don’t let better be the enemy of good enough. Submit your manuscript to our contest and then take care of those “urgent” tasks you had to get to while writing your novel. That way, when you hear someone quote writer Douglas Adams, who said, “I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by,” you can laugh in pity instead of cry in sympathy.

Read the rules and guidelines for the contest. And find updates on Facebook.

Great Novel Contest 2015: Prizes for the Runner-Up

The Great Novel Contest 2015Last week we shared 10 Ways to Spend Your Prize Money for the winner of the Great Novel Contest 2015. But don’t forget that the prizes for the runner-up are also pretty awesome! Aside from the pride and glory that comes from being one of two authors picked from tons of submissions, the runner-up will go home with $500 cash, public recognition for their achievement, and priority consideration from four independent publishers. Let’s break that down.

Review the rules and guidelines for submitting here.

$500 = fine artwork for your professional writer’s home, a guitar, 2,500 McNuggets, a retired racehorse, a four-day weekend at Mesa Verde, a puppy. A never-ending list, really.

Public recognition. We will share your novel’s achievement with the world on our blog and social media. Check out past finalists and winners on this blog. Your novel will be known as the “Runner-up of The Great Novel Contest 2015,” another reason for publishers and readers to take your book seriously.

Priority consideration from four publishers. Ahh, the best for last. Your manuscript will go straight into the hands of the decision-makers at four independent presses. That means skipping over the pile of daily submissions and increasing your chances of getting published at Columbus Press, Elephant Rock Books, PageSpring Publishing, or Raw Dog Screaming Press. As author R.K. Blessing said, this contest allows writers to get ahead in the publishing world. “Writing is difficult. It takes time and dedication, and for those of us who get past those two humps, we then have to deal with the process of publication.” He wrote, “For those who are sitting at home, staring blindly at the Internet and wondering what to do next, this contest offers a great opportunity to get yourself out there.”

Take this opportunity to put your novel in the spotlight. Best of luck.

Submit your manuscript here, and keep updated on our Facebook page.

Great Novel Contest 2015: Halfway There


“Whoaaaaaa, we’re halfway there.
Oh oh livin’ on a prayer!”

CCC headquarters is blasting Bon Jovi today. In skin-tight leather and silk, they’re here to announce the halfway mark in The Great Novel Contest submission period.

Find contest rules and guidelines for submitting here.

In the next two weeks, we expect a whirlwind of submissions. But don’t let the temptation of living life on the edge, keep you from submitting early. Instead of livin’ on a prayer, take the time to submit your manuscript before the final days approach. Then ride the high of emotional stability, free from the stress of getting your manuscript in on time.

The Great Novel Contest Winner will receive $1000, priority consideration from four publishers, and public recognition of their achievement. The runner-up will receive $500, priority consideration from the same four publishers, and public recognition of their achievement.

Submit your manuscript here. Then reward yourself with this mulleted melody.

After January 31st, when the submission period closes, we’ll begin the mad reading process. We will announce the top ten finalists within 8 weeks of the close of the contest, and we will announce the winner and runner-up within 12-24 weeks of the contest close. Happy submitting! And may the best manuscript win.

Find the rules and guidelines here. Keep updated on Facebook.

The Great Novel Contest 2015: Let’s Review

The Great Novel Contest 2015

It’s rainy, slushy, nasty and cold. Jack Frost is nipping at our noses, or rather, chomping at our faces. There’s no better time to snuggle in your warm, bright home for some one-on-one time with your manuscript. Best to submit it to The Great Novel Contest now before January 31st comes creeping up. Here are some facts and figures to keep in mind.

Genre: Original novel or nonfiction manuscript (memoir) for adult readers.
The original bit is a no-brainer. Let’s just say that we’ll stop reading if your manuscript begins with the line, “I am Ishmael” or “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…” But to clarify on genre – no graphic novels, children’s books, erotica or YA novels will be accepted.

Unpublished: Has your novel been up for sale anywhere? In any format? At any time? Sorry, kid. This is not the right contest for you. Self-published work is considered previously published. Turn in your next work instead!

Word length: 50,000 – 125,000 words. Write a word every time you take a step and before you know it, you’ll have written a novel and walked 25 miles! Writing a book is that easy, right? We will not accept manuscripts that exceed the 125,00 word limit, but submissions can fall below the suggested minimum 50,000.

Language: English. Excusez moi, mes amis. Lo siento, amigos.

Format: Submit your manuscript electronically in doc, docx, or pdf format. We don’t want any old-school, hard copies. But if you could get it delivered by a passenger pigeon or a snowy owl, we could make an exception.

Anonymous: Number each page with the title in the footer and no other information about the author. No names, please. Embrace the freedom of the anonymous submission and we’ll embrace the mystery. Not to worry though, we’ll have your contact information through your free online account.

How to submit your manuscript electronically:
1. Create an account with CCC for free using this form. You do NOT need to sign up for a paid account to submit your manuscript to the contest.
2. Confirm your account via email, then log in at
3. Click “Submit a Manuscript to the Great Novel Contest” on the member’s homepage and fill out the form to upload your manuscript.
4. Pay your $25 submission fee to ensure your spot. Your manuscript will not be included in the group of submissions until you pay the fee.

Double check the rules and guidelines here. And keep with us on Facebook.

Best of luck with your submission. And may the odds be ever in your favor.

PageSpring Publishing from an Author’s Perspective

One week of The Great Novel Contest submission period down, three more to go! As the The Great Novel Contest 2015submissions keep rolling in, we’re thinking ahead to the prizes and awards. The winner goes home with $1,000 cash, the runner-up gets $500, and both receive public recognition for their accomplishment. The best part, however, is that both authors get priority consideration from four publishers.

Submit to The Great Novel Contest here!

One of these publishers is PageSpring Publishing, an independent press from Columbus which specializes in “high-quality novels for adults and young readers.” For a behind-the-scenes look at this publisher, we sat down with one of their authors. Suzanne Goldsmith, author of the novel Washashore, gave us the low-down on what it’s like to be a PageSpring author.

“It was an extremely good experience,” Goldsmith said. “The main thing that I really loved about working with PageSpring was working with my editor, Kathy Matthews, who gave incredibly detailed, close attention to my work.” She contrasted this experience with her experience publishing with a traditional press. “I remember the editorial process was basically my editor sending back my manuscript saying ‘cut it by 30% and you need to change it to the present tense.’ With PageSpring it was really different. Now, they didn’t make any of the changes for me. I had to do all that work myself. But I had long conversations with my editor about what’s working and what’s not.”

Goldsmith said these strong relationships were the most rewarding part of the process. “My editor had really good judgment and she had very close textual attention to the manuscript,” Goldsmith said. “I really enjoyed the relationship we had going back and forth.” She attributed this to the nature of small presses. “The upside of working with a small press is that personal attention and that great relationship with someone who loves your book and wants to help you make it the best that it can possibly be.”

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Suzanne Goldsmith, author of Washashore

Goldsmith’s novel tells the story of a 14-year-old named Clementine, who spends the winter on the small island of Martha’s Vineyard. As an outsider, what locals call a “washashore,” Clem struggles to find her place — until she discovers a fallen bird and young boy named Daniel. Because of her novel’s focus on the conservation of the Vineyard’s osprey, the raptor that nearly went endangered in the 70s, Goldsmith won the Green Earth Book Award. She explained how this recognition affected her writing career. “Receiving the Green Earth Book Award was enormously encouraging to me as a writer, but it also means a lot for my book going forward. With many thousands of books published each year, readers have a lot of options. The award makes Washashore stand out and gives them a reason to choose it over other books that they might be considering. That little gold sticker is hard to argue with!”

But this award didn’t come waltzing through the door. Goldsmith searched for all the possible awards that she thought she had a shot at, gave the list to her publisher, and told them to submit her novel. Her advice to writers seeking recognition? Make your book known. She suggests putting your work out to the public and becoming active in your local writers’ scene. The more connections you make, the more likely you are to find people who share similar interests, who can provide the right venue for your work. As Goldsmith says, “I think the best advice I can give for writers, and what’s been most helpful to me, is to develop a writing community. To get involved in a critique group or to get alpha readers. To somehow find your peeps.” She meets with a writers’ group every week to receive feedback from people “who actually know what we’re going through.”

Amazingly, Goldsmith’s writers’ group led to the publication of her novel through PageSpring. One of the editors contacted her. “She knew the manuscript because she had been part of my writing network. She had looked at an earlier version and loved it.” Her writing community not only provided encouragement and inspiration, but gave her a lead into publishing her novel.

After about a year of editing, Washashore became a reality. “They came to press pretty quickly once it was all finished,” she explained, “That is another benefit of a small press. The editing process isn’t going to be any faster, but they can sometimes bring your book to market a lot more quickly.”

PageSpring proposed the idea of a teacher guide to foster discussion about environmental stewardship and character development. They put together a beautiful guide, which connects young readers to the important messages in her novel. “Their teacher guide was a benefit,” said Goldsmith. “I haven’t seen a lot of publishers put in this kind of care and attention.”

Who will PageSpring publish next? Submit to The Great Novel Contest 2015 and you have a chance at working with this independent press.

Check out the rules and guidelines and our Facebook page for more information on the contest.

Find out more about Suzanne Goldsmith and Washashore here.

Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions! Submit to The Great Novel Contest 2015!

Many of us made a list of 2015 New Year’s resolutions, whether it’s making a change for resolutionsour health, finances, or finally mailing that thing you promised you would months ago. Oh, that’s not yours?

This year, we’d like to extend an invitation to be brave, and be great! Submit your novel to The Great Novel Contest!

Find rules and instructions for entering The Great Novel Contest here.

It’s easy to be afraid, to shy away from the world, even become a hermit. We’ve all had our share of J.D. Salinger days. But this year, you can come out of that dark, stuffy room, and show the world your hard work! Isn’t that one resolution worth keeping?

When you come out of hiding, check out the Facebook event page here.

The winner will receive a $1,000 cash award and public recognition for the achievement. Now, wouldn’t that be an accomplishment for 2015? Also, the runner up will receive a $500 cash award and public recognition for the achievement. Both the winner and the runner up will receive priority consideration from four publishers.

Your manuscript is just sitting there, right? It’s done, and you just haven’t found the inspiration yet to share it with the world. We understand. Take your time to gather your thoughts, but then send it in! You have until January 31, 2015.

So, c’mon. Hiding that magnificent manuscript was so 2014 of you. It’s 2015 now. Be great, you!

For more information, visit