News and Announcements

Greetings! I have online events coming up in case you want to participate, awards, giveaways and a recent newsletter to share. Here is a summary:

NEWSLETTER 

Read my latest newsletter for giveaways, book sales, new releases and events. Series should read, The Light-Years Series – http://p0.vresp.com/HpAP5g#vr4smallbiz

GIVEAWAYS

Reach for the Stars Giveaway, Sept. 1 – 14
Enter to win a signed first edition copy of Circle of Light and a polished hematite stone known for its calming influence. https://nancyjcohen.com/contest/

Prize

Booklover’s Bench, Sept. 1 – 18
Enter to win a free book from Booklover’s Bench at https://bookloversbench.com/win-a-free-book-september-2020/

Booklovers Bench

AWARDS

EASTER HAIR HUNT has won the Gold Medal in the Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards. This title is also a Finalist in the Royal Palm Literary Awards and in the American Fiction Awards. https://readersfavorite.com/book-review/easter-hair-hunt

EHH Awards

A BAD HAIR DAY COOKBOOK won a Gold Medal in the FAPA President’s Book Awards and is a Finalist in the Chanticleer International Book Awards. Get your copy with 160+ quick & easy recipes, plus excerpts and anecdotes from the Bad Hair Day Mysteries. https://amzn.to/2N9fanK

REISSUES

Save $6 off regular prices until Sept. 8th for THE LIGHT-YEARS SERIES – tales of galactic adventure, new technologies and love among the stars. Note – These stories will be available on Kindle Unlimited. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08G8N73QW

If you want to get them individually:

99 CENTS Pre-Order SALE! Attorney Sarina Bretton is kidnapped from Earth to become the legendary Great Healer and save the galaxy from a devastating plague in this adventurous science fiction romance. CIRCLE OF LIGHT https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08G8N73QW

Pre-Order SALE $1.99 for a limited time only! Sparks ignite when a diplomat turned spy meets a beautiful slave overseer in this action-packed science-fiction romance. MOONLIGHT RHAPSODY https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08G8Q6RTY

Pre-Order SALE $2.99 Cultural specialist Mara Hendricks and Commander Deke Sage meet on a mission to rescue a kidnapped child in a voyage that takes them across the galaxy and into each other’s arms. STARLIGHT CHILD https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08G8NKKGL

Pre-Order Sale

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Saturday, Sept. 12, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon, “Self-Publishing Made Simple” with Nancy J. Cohen via Zoom for Florida West Coast Writers. Visitors are welcome. No pre-registration required. https://www.fwcwriters.com/september-12-2020-nancy-j-cohen-zoom-meeting/

Saturday, Sept. 26, at 1 p.m., “Plotting Made Perfect” with Nancy J. Cohen via Zoom for the All Write: Jump Start Your Novel virtual event sponsored by The Florida Chapter of Mystery Writers of America (FMWA), in collaboration with Nova Southeastern University. Details TBA.

Saturday, Oct. 17 at 1:00 pm, “Why You Need an Audiobook and How to Make One” with Nancy J. Cohen, Florida Writers Virtual Conference. Register now to attend virtual conference for only $57! https://floridawriters.net/conferences/2020conference/

For more, visit me at https://nancyjcohen.com/appearances/

Aside from managing all the above, I am working diligently to finish proofing through The Drift Lords Series, which will be coming next. These are reissues and were previously published by The Wild Rose Press. I am happy to make all of my prior titles available for you.

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Appearances and Contests

Dear Friends, I have yet to report on Malice Domestic, my visit to Maryland, and the Florida Library Association Convention. First I need to go home, unpack my suitcase, pay bills, do laundry, and then upload photos before I can share my experiences with you.

In the meantime, there’s a lot going on this month.

Personal Appearances

May 18, Sunday, 5:00 pm, “Romance to Mystery: Making the Switch” With Nancy J. Cohen and Alyssa Maxwell. Two authors who have made the switch discuss the advantages and problems of making the move. Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore, 273 NE 2nd Avenue, Delray Beach, FL 33444, 561-279-7790, www.murderonthebeach.com

June 14, Saturday, 8:30 am, “Women of Mystery” with Sandra Balzo, Nancy J. Cohen, Miriam Auerbach and Cara Norton. Moderator: Jerry Healy. Mystery Writers Key West Fest, June 13-14, DoubleTree by Hilton Grand Key Resort, 3990 S. Roosevelt Blvd, Key West, FL 33040, 305- 293-1818, http://mysterywriterskeywestfest.com/

June 24, Tuesday, 1:00 – 3:00 pm, “Writing the Mystery” with Nancy J. Cohen, North Regional/Broward College Library, 1100 Coconut Creek Blvd, Coconut Creek, FL 33066, Phone 954- 201-2600, http://www.broward.org/library/locationshours/branches/pages/nr.aspx

August 2, Saturday, 10:00 am, “Blogging, Posting, and Tweeting your Way to Success,” with Nancy J. Cohen at Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore, 273 NE 2nd Avenue, Delray Beach, FL 33444, 561-279-7790. Advance Reservations Required. Fee for Class. http://www.flauthorsacademy.com/home

Online Blog Tour

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Great Escapes Blog Tour May 13-20,

Enter my Blog Tour Rafflecopter Contest to win a Hanging By A Hair T-shirt and a signed print copy of Killer Knots

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Please visit my tour sites. Comments welcome!

May 13, Tuesday, Socrates’ Book Reviews – Guest Post “Plotter, Pantser, or Prepper?”
May 14, Wednesday,
Melissa’s Eclectic Bookshelf – Interview
May 15, Thursday,
Thoughts in Progress – Review, Interview
May 16, Friday,
Author Expressions – Interview
May 16, Friday,
Read Your Writes Book Reviews – Review
May 17, Saturday,
Chloe Gets A Clue – Interview
May 19, Monday,
Queen of All She Reads – Guest Post “The Mystique of Bones”
May 20, Tuesday,
Books-n-Kisses – Review
May 21, Wednesday, The Kill Zone – Post on “Discovering Story”
June 3, Tuesday,
Cats, Books…and More Cats!Interview

Contests

Brenda Novak’s Diabetes Auction May 1-31
Win a signed print copy Writing the Cozy Mystery by Nancy J. Cohen
http://brendanovak.auctionanything.com/Bidding.taf?_function=detail&Auction_uid1=3319691

Win a synopsis critique by Nancy J. Cohen
http://brendanovak.auctionanything.com/Bidding.taf?_function=detail&Auction_uid1=3319692

Booklover’s Bench May 4-18
Win a $25 Amazon/BN Gift card or 1/6 books from Booklovers Bench authors,
http://bookloversbench.com/contest/

 

Have you checked out this magazine? See if you can find the ad I have inside.

April Contest Winners

Here are the recent winners from my April contests.

You still have one more chance to win!!! Enter at FreshFiction.com by April 30 to win a Hanging By A Hair T-shirt & door hanger, plus a signed copy of Shear Murder http://freshfiction.com/contest.php?id=6389

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Watch for more contests in May.

April 15-22 Spring Blog Hop sponsored by Florida Chapter of MWA

The grand prize winner of a Kindle Paperwhite is K. Wong

On my blog, “Characters Too Weird to be True,” http://wp.me/pHSwk-1wF, Deannad414 has won her choice of an ebook copy of Shear Murder or Writing the Cozy Mystery.

April 18 Book Launch Party  Nancy J. Cohen and Maggie Toussaint at https://www.facebook.com/NewReleaseParty

These are my winners

S. Allen, E-book copy of Died Blonde
L. Hale, $10 gift card
M. Edwards, E-book copy of Writing the Cozy Mystery
D. Sharp, E-book copy of Shear Murder
D. Frazier, Signed copy of Killer Knots
M. Hayes, A signed copy of Killer Knots
A. Connolley, tropical grocery shopping bag
S. York, Hanging By A Hair T-shirt
D. Esperson, Hanging By A Hair T-shirt

Booklover’s Bench April 4-18, http://bit.ly/13qZ4oF
S. Baker won an ebook copy of Writing the Cozy Mystery and another lucky winner won a $25 gift card.
Watch for our new contest May 4-18

What’s your favorite prize? A book–ebook or signed copy? Swag like a tee shirt? Or a gift card to an online store?

 

 

Contests for Published Authors

Is it worthwhile for published authors to enter writing contests? Yes, it is. Here are the pros and cons for you to consider before entering your book in a contest.

PROS
Gain exposure for your work to new readers
Have a chance at calling yourself an Award-Winning Author
Adds prestige to your credentials if you win
Ego boost and sense of validation if you at least final in a contest

CONS
It’s expensive when you add up the contest fees, cost of books, and postage
Entering contests can be time-consuming
Winning awards won’t help you sell books to either fans or your publisher
Low scores can be demoralizing

Why would you want to enter a contest at all? In the mystery/thriller field, we have MWA’s Edgars® and the International Thriller Writers contest, the Thriller Awards Competition. These you can enter yourself. Mystery conferences like Left Coast Crime and Malice Domestic have contests, but your book has to be nominated and voted on by attendees. Those don’t count in our discussion since you can’t enter them yourself and the books are not evaluated by objective judges.

States have writing awards you can enter, and so do smaller regional or chapter conferences. For example, I entered Shear Murder, my tenth Bad Hair Day mystery, in the Florida Book Awards competition. This applies to all fiction genres, as does the Florida Publishers Association contest. Why didn’t I enter that one? The cost was too high. Both require four print books, but the Florida Book Awards costs $50 to enter and the latter one costs $60. That’s too expensive, in my opinion, despite the exposure my book would get.

And this brings up another matter. How do you decide which contests to enter? Consider these factors:

CRITERIA

Sponsoring Organization: Will anyone besides other genre authors recognize this award?
Judges: Are they readers, booksellers, librarians, or other authors?
Prize: Is it worth the entry fee and effort merely to get a certificate if you win? What types of publicity come along with the award? Will you get a plaque, medallion, lapel pin, website logo, or trophy?
Cost in Entry Fee and Number of Books

If you write in the romance genre, you have a much broader range of contests to enter. True, most readers have probably never heard of them. But winning may gain you publicity, new fans, and the chance to call yourself an award-winning author. Use the criteria above to determine if the contest is worthwhile for you to enter. RWA’s Romance Writers Report lists contests, plus you’ll find mention of them on many chapter listserves.

Keep track of which contests you enter, because the costs will add up. I entered a lot with Warrior Prince because this is the first book in my Drift Lords series, and I’m aiming to gain exposure. Judges are readers, too, even if they’re booksellers and librarians. But I’ve spent close to $164 on entry fees and nearly $200 in the cost of books alone. I can’t afford to do this for the second book in my series.

Following is a listing of writing contests for published authors that I have gathered. These are specifically ones you can enter yourself, minus the contests particular to Florida. If you spot one that needs correction, please let me know. Also share with us contests in the SciFi/Fantasy or YA genres as those are not included here. And good luck! Even if it’s an obscure contest, being a finalist or winning still means the judges liked your work, and that alone brings a warm glow of satisfaction. It’s hard to win, so consider it a well-earned reward if you do place in the top tier.

CONTESTS FOR PUBLISHED AUTHORS

ASPEN GOLD (Heart of Denver Romance Writers)
AWARD OF EXCELLENCE (Colorado Romance Writers)
BEACON (First Coast Romance Writers)–Discontinued; see comment below.
BOOK BUYERS BEST (Orange County RWA)
BOOKSELLERS BEST (Greater Detroit RWA)
DAPHNE DU MAURIER (Kiss of Death chapter RWA—Romantic Mysteries, Romantic Suspense)
DUEL ON THE DELTA
EDGAR® AWARDS (Mystery Writers of America—Mysteries)
ENCHANTED WORDS
EPIC (Ebooks)
GAYLE WILSON AWARD OF EXCELLENCE
GREAT EXPECTATIONS
GOLDEN GATEWAY
HOLT Medallion (Virginia Romance Writers)
IDA (Ebooks only, All genres; Oklahoma Romance Writers)
IPPY PUBLISHER BOOK AWARDS (Indie books)
LAUNCHING A STAR
LAUREL WREATH (Volusia County Romance Writers)
LINDA HOWARD AWARD OF EXCELLENCE
LORIES BEST PUBLISHED (The Heart RWA Online)
MAGGIE AWARDS (Georgia Romance Writers
)
NATIONAL EXCELLENCE IN ROMANCE FICTION (First Coast Romance Writers)
NATIONAL READERS CHOICE (Oklahoma Romance Writers)
PRISM (FF&P chapter of RWA—Fantasy/ Futuristic/Paranormal Romance)
READERS CROWN (RomConInc)
RITA® (Romance Writers of America®)
THRILLER AWARDS COMPETITION (ITW—Mysteries/Thrillers)
WINTER ROSE (Yellow Rose RWA, TX)

Nancy J. Cohen News Update

Warrior Prince: Book One in the Drift Lords Series is nearing its release date of Sept. 21, 2012. That means all sorts of exciting things are happening this month. I talk about my new book in The Big Thrill and have giveaways at Coffee Time Romance and Night Owl Reviews.

Author Interview in The Big Thrill: http://bit.ly/NFmsvJ

Coffee Time Romance: Enter to win a Warrior Prince T-shirt and magnet, a deck of tropical drink playing cards, and a pdf copy of Warrior Prince: http://bit.ly/bGEqXD

Night Owl Reviews Halloween Hunt: My prize is a $15 gift card to The Wild Rose Press. Go to http://bit.ly/PXn9MQ

On Sept. 5th, mystery author Joanna Campbell Slan guest blogs here. She discusses correct word choices. Do you as a reader get annoyed when the same phrase keeps popping up in someone’s book? Or do you as a writer often not realize you’re using a word repetitively? If so, this article is for you. I hope you’ll visit and leave a comment.

Between Sept. 6-19, I will be posting short excerpts from Warrior Prince. Leave a comment and be entered into a drawing for your ebook choice from my romance backlist titles. Two winners!

When these excerpts are finished, it’s time for my Release Party and Blog Tour.

I hope you’ll bear with me through all this news. I’ll resume my regular blog posts sometime next month. Meanwhile, I am working on edits for Warrior Rogue: Book Two in the Drift Lords Series, which is already in production.

On a personal note, I took a break before all this frenzy and went to Disney World. We visited Magic Kingdom where we glimpsed the new attractions coming to Fantasyland. We bought fresh produce at the Farmer’s Market in Winter Garden and ate dinner at Le Coq Au Vin, a recommended French restaurant in downtown Orlando. I had the onion tart (heavenly!), beef tournedo (tender!) with mashed potatoes and apple tart (just right; not too sweet).

Farmers Market

Onion Tart  Beef Tournedo
September is Magical Dining Month in the Orlando area and many expensive restaurants participate. You can get a fixed three course meal for $30. Another favorite dining spot was Thai Blossom in the historic Edgewater Hotel in Winter Garden. Tasty choices and reasonable prices year round.

See you tomorrow for Joanna Slan’s post!