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Self-Publish or Perish
Deadline: Sun 17 Jun 2012
A Self-Publishing Competition from ShortbreadStories
Self-publishing through ebooks has become quite the rage, but there is more to it than just
slapping a word document on to Amazon. To stand out from the myriad of other titles on
Amazon, you'll need a good editor, a fabulous layout artist, a professional illustrator for your
cover, and a web presence that will bring in the readers. Oh, and your book needs to be well written, interesting, and quite the page turner.

Still thinking about self-publishing?

If so, then you'll want to enter our ‘Self-Publish or Perish Competition’.

The winner receives a self-publishing package worth over £3,000, which includes:
• A professional copyedit of the manuscript
• Layout and design of the book
• Bespoke cover art
• A custom designed webpage
• A professionally shot book trailer
• Practical advice on how to sell your book online

The winner will also have their book featured on ShortbreadStories.

Submission Guidelines

What can be Submitted:
• Entries can take the form of a novel, a short story collection, or a novella and
accompanying stories. (Sorry no poetry collections accepted.)
• All entries must be completely unpublished. Exceptions include work published on

To Enter:
• Send your COMPLETED manuscript
• 500 word synopsis for novels OR table of contents for short story collections
• A cover page including your name, email address and title of the manuscript.

Submissions accepted from 9 April to 17 June 2012

How to Submit:
We will accept email submissions only (please DO NOT submit through your ShortbreadStories Writing Desk)
Your manuscript and synopsis must be in a Word Document (save your manuscript as a .doc NOT as a .docx)


The public will vote on a sample from each manuscript.
The manuscript sample will consist of the first 3500 words of each submission (to the
end of the nearest sentence) and the synopsis or table of contents. The sample will be
uploaded to the ShortbreadStories website by the ShortbreadStories team.
Public voting starts on 18 June and will close on 20 July 2012.
The final winner will be chosen from those with the top five public votes.
The judging panel for the top winner will consist of those donating to the ‘Self-
Publish or Perish’ Competition prize. (Birdwing Editing Services, Red Lava Design,
digitalmyway, Kirby Ink, August Pictures Film Co) [LINKS WILL BE ADDED TO

The winner will be announced on 1 October.

Responsibility of the Winner:
ISBN, URL, and registration on Amazon will not be part of the package, and must be
arranged and paid for by the winner. However, ShortbreadStories will be on hand to guide
you through that process.

The winner of the ‘Self-Publish or Perish’ Competition will retain all rights to their own

Additional Information:

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