Romance Includes You: No win for me

Hi! Dominique Gibson is back with another post. So, the Harlequin team submitted this letter about a week or two ago announcing the Winner of the Romance Includes You Mentorship program. I had previously entered into the contest for the second time with Harlequin and yet, I did not win for the second time.

What does this mean for me as an author? Nothing. You see, I had originally thought that it would be cool to become a hybrid author after self-publishing the first three books in the Truson S.E.T. Series. I had plans on writing other books in other genres to test the waters when it comes to going back to traditional publishing while self-publishing my books at the same time.

Sadly, that is not the case for me anymore

I will continue to self-publish my books as usual but I just don’t think that being a hybrid author is not possible for me at this time. To me, I think it’s a good thing considering I like the entire process of doing everything myself vs. waiting on a response and having someone else do everything for me.

For the record, I am making a little money on my books, which I am okay with. As long as I am making something out of it and people are actually reading my books, then why would I need approval for anyone else? Although it would be nice to have more editorial reviews when it comes to my work, I will be even happier if the reviews came from readers who liked the book and took the time to review it on Amazon, Ingramspark, etc. because those are the people that matter to me more.

Congratulations to the winner of the Romance Includes You Mentorship and good luck with your endeavors.

Until next time everyone!

Dominique Gibson

Didn’t get shortlisted: Hawthorne Prize

Hi! Dominique Gibson is back with an update that I received from the American Writing Awards for the Hawthorne Prize. Before I begin, I would like to congratulate all of the winners who landed on the 2023 shortlist for the Hawthorne Prize. Good luck to everyone on the list.

Unfortunately for me, my book did not make it on the list for the 2023 Hawthorne Prize but that’s okay. There will be other competitions where I can enter my book in the future. They have sent me a link to where I can purchase a review but we will see.

Congratulations to all of the winners again. This is me signing out for now. Bye.

Dominique Gibson

Entered into The Hawthorne Prize

Hi! Dominique Gibson is back with a new post. I have been having a very good week when it comes to the publishing side of things and just wanted to share it with you. On April 30th, 2023, I decided to enter into the Hawthorne Prize with my first book, An Orman’s Revenge. I am hoping that I win but even if I don’t, I at least had fun entering into the contest based on the hope that I could possibly when a prize I could showcase my writing talents.

It kind of feels the same way like I did when I didn’t win the Reader’s Favorite contest but received a five star review from an editor who loved my book. I was able to post the digital seal on my website in addition to the book themselves. I was just happy that someone liked my work to give it a five star rating. It was awesome.

I am hoping that I will be able to achieve it once again when it comes to this prize but who knows? We shall see. See you soon.

Dominique Gibson

Entering another contest: The Hawthorne Prize

Hi! Dominique Gibson is back with another post. I don’t know if any of you know about this but there is a contest out there for both unpublished and published writers to have the opportunity to win a prize or ‘seal of approval’ for your book. The contest is called The Hawthrone Prize and the final deadline to submit to this contest is Sunday, April 30th, 2023 (I know, I have such bad timing right?). It only costs $54 dollars to include your book in the contest. The only downside to this is that your book has to be published between 2019-2024. Any books that have been published before then will not be able to enter the contest.

For this contest, I decided to pay the $54 dollar fee to enter my first book, An Orman’s Revenge’ into the contest. It made sense to enter it considering it is the first book in the Truson S.E.T. Series. I am hoping that through this contest, I will be able to gain some sort of prize for the work I have done when it comes to the first three books in the series. If you would like more information about the contest, please click on the link here and enter before April 30th!

That’s it for this post. See you soon.

Dominique Gibson

A new editing service that stands out against the rest

Hi! Dominique Gibson is back with another post. So, as a self-published author who has published multiple books over the years, I am always looking to support writers who need a second pair of eyes to make their manuscript shine. So, while I was scrolling through my Facebook page, I had found an ad that promoted editing services.

But what made it unique about this company was that they also offer to translate your book from English to Spanish and vice versa. Translating books from one language to another has been a dream of mine for a long time and I am hoping I will have the opportunity to do so later on this year.

If you want to learn more information about this service, click on the link below for more information.

That’s it for now. See you soon.

Dominique Gibson

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