Giving the RWA a second chance: Entering the Vivian Contest

Yes, this post is for all of those romance writers out there who is interested in learning about contests that are available right now. One of those Contests includes the Vivian! Dominique Gibson is back with some info about The Vivian Contest, sponsored by the Romance Writers of America.

Despite the huge controversy surrounding Courtney Milan and the RWA scandal that happened last year (You can check out the link here ), I for one believe in giving people (Or in this case, an entire organization) another chance to fix the mistakes they have made in the past. It is for that reason that I have decided to enter the Vivian contest sponsored by the Romance Writers of America. I have put in my first entry for the contest and they have stated that they will give me a link to submit the PDF version of An Orman’s Revenge to upload to the contest after December 11th.

There have been a couple of new categories they have added to the contest in addition to not charging a fee for entrants who are entering the contest for the first time. However, you must create an account in order to login to the contest. For more information, you can check out their website at

That’s it for now. See you soon.

Dominique Gibson

What does those book terms mean? Dissecting the truth

Hey authors, do you ever wonder what those terms mean every time a literary agent or a publisher talk about a debut author who has landed a “good deal” or talk about how a bestselling author has landed a “major deal” with a book publisher? Have no fear, Dominique Gibson is here to break it down to all of my traditionally published authors (even the ones that are aspiring authors who want to go the traditional publishing route). Are you ready? Let’s do this.

So, here is a general breakdown of what all of that lingo means:

Nice Deal = $1 to $49,000

Very nice deal = $50,000 to $99,000

Good deal = $100,000 to $250,000

Significant deal = $251,000 to $499,000

Major Deal = $500,000+

That’s it in a nutshell. So the next time you hear or read this type of publishing lingo, you will know exactly what it means.

Dominique Gibson

A blog to follow for information about marketing: BookMarketingBuzzBlog

Hi, it’s me Dominique Gibson. I’m coming back with more info for all of my authors out there who might be interested in getting a heads up on what’s going on in the world of book publishing. I recently found this blog on Facebook (I know, I know, I spend way too much time on there but bare with me) and I just so happened to stumble upon this blog.

This blog offered some very good information I was interested in reading about when it came to book sales and how publishers and authors are surviving during the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, they had a post on there about 60 factors on why your books that you are marketing might not selling or selling as much as they should. If you are interested in learning more information about this blog, you can check it out on the link below.

That’s it for this post. Be sure to come back to my website for more information and updates on everything about the publishing world. See you soon.

Dominique Gibson

Another way to promote your work: Booksniffer

Hi! I’m back again with some more information for authors to use as part of their marketing strategy to promote their books. This is something I had found on Facebook the other day and I was dying to use it for my own book promotion considering I’m a little short on cash at the moment.

This website is called Booksniffer. According to their website, Booksniffer is an app that is used by readers to look up the latest books and novels on their phones using the Booksniffer app. For authors, they create an author page that links your own social media channels to their website and have the fans contact you directly to learn more information about you and your work. For more information about this, you can check out their website by clicking here.

That’s it for this post. Please be sure to check back on this website for more information, articles, and more. See you soon.

Dominique Gibson

When you feel awful about missing a deadline.

Hi! Boy do I miss being back on this website with all of you guys! It has been a crazy couple of weeks but I am back with some more news on top of some other stuff I looked up within the last couple of days. I feel like I should vent today because of my plans on what I initially wanted to do a couple of days ago but couldn’t because I missed the deadline. So, I had found a really good website on Facebook where you could submit a 500 word Christmas bedtime story for children. It was basically a contest for writers to submit their story to be featured in a future anthology next year.

The deadline for this contest was November 20th and the contest was held in London. The prize was also having Santa read your story on video and it was going to be posted on Youtube!!!

I hated that I missed the deadline to this contest. I had plans on writing a children’s story based on the inspiration from my paranormal romance series, The Truson S.E.T. Series. But considering I was so busy trying to do my thesis novel for the fourth book of the series, I had totally forgotten about the deadline! Sooo mad right now! The good news is that I was able to finish the 15,000 word requirement for my professor to approve my thesis novel but the bad news is that I missed the deadline for a contest that could have benefited me in the long haul.

If anyone is curious about the contest I missed out on, the link to the website is here. Make sure you go under children’s books to see what the contest was about.

That’s it for this post for right now. I will keep you updated on future posts so be sure to come back to this website for more info. See you soon!

Dominique Gibson