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John Howard Reid writes both serious verse and humorous poetry. Here's the Amazon link to his most recent e-book: NIBBLES OF NONSENSE

This book will be given away FREE OF CHARGE at Amazon on March 15. Please click the link above

Another anthology from JHR is "Poetry for Lazy Summer Afternoons". This book with be FREE on March 1 and 15, on April 19 and 20, and on May 3, 2014. Can't wait? Normal price is 99 cents.

Another recommended book is "7 Solid Roads to Writing Success". Periodically, Amazon also holds FREE Days in which "7 Solid Roads to Writing Success" can be obtained ENTIRELY FREE OF CHARGE. In fact, this book with be free on March 1 and 13, and again on April 12, 2014. Can't wait? Normal price is 99 cents. 

One of the Chief Judge's newest essential writing guides is "How NOT To Write Short Stories: Seven Errors To Avoid". The next FREE GIVEAWAY DAYS for this book at Amazon will be March 1 and 15, 2014. The normal price is 99 cents. 

And let's not forget "Poetry Pitfalls or What Makes Bad Verse Worse", another essential 99 cents guide which will be available FREE on March 8 and March 22, 2014.  

Another useful little e-booklet, "Correct Writing Formats for Contests and Publishers", will also be available free of charge on March 1 and 22; and April 12, 2014.  

Finally, we have "How Writers Win Favor with Judges and Editors". This will be FREE at Amazon Kindle on March 8, 15, 22 and 29; and April 5, 2014. Normal price: 99 cents.

For the USA, just click the links at the top of this page. All six books, namely "Nibbles of Nonsense Hilarious Comic Verse", "7 Roads to Writing Success", "Poetry Pitfalls", "How NOT To Write Short Stories", "Correct Writing Formats for Contests and Publishers" and "How Writers Win Favor with Judges and Editors" are also available FREE on the days listed in the U.K., Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Brazil, India, Japan, Australia, Mexico and Spain, but you will need to do a search for them at your country's Amazon Kindle stores.  

Visit for a complete list of all JHR's FREE E-BOOKS.

"AMAZING ADVENTURES OF TOBY", will be available at Amazon Kindle FREE OF CHARGE on February 22, March 15, April 19 and 20, and May 3, 2014. In my opinion, TOBY is the world's best short story ever. Even if you don't like detective stories, this one will make you laugh, and it will make you cry. It will bring joy to your heart. It is indeed a really great short story which brilliantly combines a murder mystery with romance, travel, love and healing. Here it is, newly translated from the Greek.

A New, Expanded Edition of JHR's highly acclaimed handbook "WRITE WAYS TO WIN WRITING CONTESTS: How to Join the Winners' Circle for Prose and Poetry Awards" is now available from Amazon. With right-up-to-date information, 20 extra pages, including an extra chapter on "Maximizing Poetry Entries", this book is a must-have item. And the really good news is that, despite all the additional information, the publisher has reduced the price of the paperback to only $12.50. And the Kindle edition sells for only $2.99? Here's the Kindle link: Write Ways to WIN WRITING CONTESTS


Here is another tip for a winning entry from WRITE WAYS TO WIN WRITING CONTESTS: "A catchy but appropriate title. Remember that first impressions count and your title is the first thing the judge sees. In large contests, the chief judge will select the entries he or she wants to read simply by their titles. If the chief judge likes your work, he or she will go to bat for it with the other judges."

So how do you find a striking and effective title? This book not only lists 3,000 movie titles, but can be used to discover how successful or unsuccessful they are. The more times a word is used in a movie title, the more potent it is in inducing sales! I once write a novel titled "Prophet, Priest and King". The book got marvelous reviews but sold only a few hundred copies. On the other hand, "In All His Glory" received so-so reviews, but sold out in two weeks. Ditto four more hardcover printings. Paperback rights were purchased for $25,000. (Both books are now available at Amazon Kindle, so you can check them out for yourself). So why did one sell, and the other not? "Hollywood Classics Title Index..." provides the answer. "Prophet" is a negative word. Not a single one of over 3,000 movie titles employs that word. Surprisingly, "In", on the other hand, is a very attractive, positive word. No less than fifteen classic movie titles begin with the preposition, "In". "All" is also a most attractive word. "Hollywood Classics Title Index..." lists nine classic movie titles that begin with this word, and no less than three of those movies, printed in bold type in the book, were colossal box-office successes! 

So check out your title and put yourself on the winning track! The e-book will set you back only 99 cents. You can buy from Kindle (that's the Amazon link above with no price info), Barnes and Noble, Sony, Apple, etc. This book is also available in the U.K., Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Brazil, India, Japan, Mexico and Spain, but you will need to do a search for it at your country's Amazon Kindle store.  


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