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The Great Big Showcase Open Blog Weekend… With Prizes!

Open Blog

It’s been a little over 14 months since we launched. Yes, we know you’ve all been counting! We are trying our best to keep all rates as low as possible (Authors and Resources!) but, we are aware that we still have a moral obligation to be as helpful as we can to everyone, whether they haven chosen to join us thus far, or not.

So, it is with that in mind that we have decided to run our inaugural OPEN BLOG WEEKEND. Essentially, if you are an author or provide a service to authors we’d love to host a blog post of yours. We are not going to over-complicate things, so here are our most basic of outlines:

The weekend in question is Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th of October 2014.

You don’t need to be a member to send us a post.

We have 2 blogs. You can either write a self-promotional piece telling us about your resource for authors for our Resources Blog (your editing, publishing, cover designing business etc.) or any authors out there can write a blog piece giving either a taste of your experiences (my top ten rules before publishing, five things I know now that I wish I’d known then, etc.) or a short story/poem for our Blog.

Try to avoid simple ‘check out my books’ posts – we’re looking for a little more substance (helpful to others) whether reader or writer. We’ll then post as many as we can over the weekend mentioned above.

Word Limit – 4000 words. We’ll be counting!

To avoid paid advertising type posts you are allowed to include one link in your blog entry – This needs to be back to your own website or blog. This avoids us having to turn down numerous posts for spam. Our judgement in this is final. Self promotion as the author of your post is fine. Promoting other companies or individuals in this case is a no.

If you have a topic and are unsure if it fits the bill, email us! We don’t bite and we’ll be as helpful as possible in getting you involved.

If your piece is deemed to promote anything inappropriate we’ll carefully file it away under T for Trash. But, we’re sure none of you would do anything like that. So don’t panic 🙂

We’re hoping as many of you as possible get involved. It’s free exposure after all.


Oh, hang on… There’s More! WE HAVE PRIZES!!!!


We will be choosing 2 authors and 2 resources to receive 3 years FULL membership each. Worth $147 and $105, respectively. The first of those two (Author and Resource) will be the post with the most individual (authentic) comments on the blog and Resources blog by the following Sunday. The other Author and Resource will be our personal selection for the post on each blog we consider to be the best in terms of originality. Our word is final. No moaning. You know the drill.

So… Get scribbling! Get planning! If you have something ready to go email it now.

If you have any questions do feel free to use the comments section below. We truly mean it when we say we want as many of you to get involved as possible. So don’t be shy!

The email address for submissions is OpenBlog[at]Selfpublishersshowcase.com. We’ll be waiting!

Paul and The Team

  1. Lizzie ParkerLizzie Parker09-24-2014

    What a fantastic idea! I look forward to reading them all 🙂

  2. Nicholas RossisNicholas Rossis09-25-2014

    Paul, I’m so thrilled about how much you and the team have accomplished in such a short time! 14 months – that has to be the shortest time for what’s grown to be my daily source of information, inspiration and entertainment.

    Congratulations and many, many happy returns! 🙂

  3. Faith CotterFaith Cotter09-28-2014

    great idea–this is very exciting! When is the absolute latest that they need to be in by?

  4. PaulPaul09-28-2014

    Hi, Faith. As long as your post is with us by the end of Saturday (4th) we’ll happily accept it.

  5. Faitth CotterFaitth Cotter09-28-2014

    Great, thanks!

  6. A J Walters (@AJWaltersAuthor)A J Walters (@AJWaltersAuthor)09-28-2014

    This is an awesome idea Paul 🙂

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