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The Press Release Writing Competition: Write A Press Release for 'In Case There's a Fox' & 'When Sword Met Bow'

Updated on June 30, 2011

I need a press a release for each book that I publish. I have published two in the past two months on CreateSpace, and I plan to publish seven more this year. For reasons that I will elaborate below, I feel that you are a better candidate to write these press releases than I am. Why? I know my book really well, but you have a wider context. You are objective. And you can find an angle that will interest the news outlets, whereas I cannot.

Why should you do it? What's in it for you? Traffic. Free Backlinks. The chance to get more people to visit your hubs. And, if you want to help Project Bow without spending any money, this is a really good way.

What are the rules?

  • Each contestant may submit one and only one press release for each of my two already published books, When Sword Met Bow, and In Case There's a Fox.
  • The press release submitted will be entered as a link in the appropriate comment box to a hub that contains the press release. (There is a separate comment box for each book.)
  • Along with a link to your press release hub, you should also submit the name, email address, and a link to a sample book review by a book reviewer that you believe would enjoy reading the book in question. (This is required. Failure to do this will disqualify your entry.)
  • The press release should follow the formal parameters for press release writing outlined by Lynda Martin's hub on how to write a press release
  • You may submit your entries any time between today and March 15, 2011. The contest closes on the Ides of March.
  • The winner will be announced on April 15, 2011. The winner's press release hub will be emailed to all the reviewers that each contestant submitted. This means a lot of traffic for that hub. I will also link to that hub in other promotional materials for the book in question.

The Two Books in Need of a Press Release

My Publication Schedule and Why I Need Your Help

I published two books in 2010, and I plan to publish seven more in 2011. Why? Why not spread them out, and wait to learn from the mistakes of publishing one of the books, before going on to publish the next one? Most people wait years to see their first book published. Why not take the time to do it well and do it right? What's the rush?

The rush is that I am running out of time. Yes, I know, I have all of eternity to hope for posthumous success, but still, there are practical considerations. Project Bow needs an income stream now, and even posthumous success requires the expenditure of effort during our lifetime. Unless the books are available somewhere prior to my death, people are unlikely ever to discover them. Besides which, I have waited for years before I decided to move forward. My first novel, The Few Who Count, was finished when I was twenty-three. It was self published twenty-five years ago, and if it were a child, it would have given me grandchildren by now. And yet hardly anyone has ever read it. Re-publishing it in 2011 as a CreateSpace book is hardly a rash act. It's pretty much the best I can do for it. The same goes for my second novel, Vacuum County. I finished writing it in 1993, and if it were a child, it would be old enough to vote. It would be on its way to college now! And yet, because it was never published at all, it feels as if it was stillborn all these years. I want to give it a chance to live.

I'm planning on publishing those two novels at the end of this year. There will also be a short story anthology, a collection of essays, and a book of poetry, a children's chapter book, and one book that is hard to classify: smaller like a children's book, but with content meant for adults. Because I realize there's a learning curve to every process, I'm starting with the small stuff and working my way up. Less ambitious than my adult novels, but every bit as valuable, are my children's books.

The first to be published was In Case There's a Fox. It is in verse with painted illustrations. The second was When Sword Met Bow, written in 2002, so that it would be almost a nine year old now, just a little younger than Bow, had it come out the year it was written. It is in prose and in a little smaller type with lots of photo illustrations.

If you are going to help me, you need to have some idea what these books are about and what they are like. You can read about them here:


If you would like to read a copy of one of these books but cannot afford to purchase it, email me and I will send you an electronic copy or a link to a place where you can download it. (Please write "Press Release Contest" in the subject line of your email.)

The cover of "In Case There's a Fox"
The cover of "In Case There's a Fox" | Source

The Place to Submit a Press Release for 'In Case There's a Fox'

If you would like to submit a press release for In Case There's a Fox, do so in the comment box below. You entry should consist of the following:

  1. A link to your press release hub about In Case There's a Fox
  2. The name, email address, and writing sample link to a review by an established reviewer of children's books that you think would enjoy In Case There's a Fox.

When Sword Met Bow

The Cover of "When Sword Met Bow"
The Cover of "When Sword Met Bow" | Source

The Place To Submit Entries for 'When Sword Met Bow'

If you would like to submit a press release for When Sword Met Bow, do so in the comment box below. Your entry should consist of the following:

  1. A link to your press release hub about When Sword Met Bow.
  2. The name, email address, and writing sample link to a review by an established reviewer of children's books that you think would enjoy When Sword Met Bow.

The Place to Vote on Entries

If you are not a contestant, but would like to help me judge entries, the following comment box is for you. Tell me why you liked a particular entry and why you think it is an especially well written press release. Let's dwell on the positive points of the entries you liked, rather than criticizing other entries.

I'd like to thank all of you, contestants and reviewers of entries, for helping me out with this. Every little effort counts. Thanks for your help!

(c) Aya Katz 2011

Entries for 'In Case There's a Fox'

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    • Aya Katz profile imageAUTHOR

      Aya Katz 

      7 years ago from The Ozarks

      Viverespondo, I'm sorry you didn't know about it at the time. The contest did not exactly go as planned, so there was no winner. But, if you are interested, here are a couple of reviews of my books that recently came out on Hubpages that I think are very good:


    • viveresperando profile image


      7 years ago from A Place Where Nothing Is Real

      I see I missed the deadline. Looking forward to read the one's that won!

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      7 years ago

      Unfortunately for me, I have just discovered your very interesting proposal. I too would love to have an income stream so have started writing for a newspaper, in between my writing books (nine of them).

      I would not have timet to read, think about, and then write what I would consider an inteligently written press release that be of value, so will not enter at this time.

      Perhaps at a later date...

    • Aya Katz profile imageAUTHOR

      Aya Katz 

      7 years ago from The Ozarks

      Lynda, thanks! Actually, nobody has to buy the book, as they can email me and request access to an electronic file. But, if they do buy the book, it makes me even happier! I would be truly honored if you did enter!

    • lmmartin profile image


      7 years ago from Alberta and Florida

      Nice imaginative idea. Not only do you get someone to write your press release, they need to buy your book to do so. Damn! You're smart. I may enter. Lynda


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