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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 December 24 and 25. Please click the link above

Another anthology from JHR is "Poetry for Lazy Summer Afternoons". This book will also be FREE on December 24 and 25, 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 December 24 and 25, 2014. Can't wait? Normal price is 99 cents. 

One of the former 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 November 8 and 9, 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 November 15 and 16, November 22 and 23, plus November 29, 2014.  

Another useful little e-booklet, "Correct Writing Formats for Contests and Publishers", will be available free of charge on November 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, 2014.  

Finally, we have "How Writers Win Favor with Judges and Editors". This will be FREE at Amazon Kindle on December 27 and 28, plus January 2015 on January 1, 3 and 4. 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, China, Japan, Australia, Mexico and Spain, but you will need to do a search for them at your country's Amazon Kindle stores.  

Visit http://johnreid.exactpages.com 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 December 24 and 25, 2014. JHR didn't write this one, but he did translate it from the Greek for you. 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, as said above, 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 has been used in a movie title, the more potent it is in inducing sales! I once wrote a novel titled "Prophet, Priest and King". The book got marvelous reviews but sold only around 600 copies. That would be bad enough if the publisher had printed only a thousand, but he had in fact printed over five thousand! On the other hand, "In All His Glory" received either so-so or totally negative reviews, but sold 3,000 hard cover copies in two weeks. Ditto four more hardcover printings. In total, over 16,000 hard cover copies were sold. That's not much, I know, but it did lead to a paperback sale. In fact, paperback rights were purchased for $25,000. (The rights have now reverted to me and 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 these movies, printed in bold type in the book, were colossal box-office successes -- DESPITE NEGATIVE OR LUKEWARM REVIEWS! 

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.  

P.S. If you love poetry, check out my anthology, "Anyone for Love"; and if you are a keen writing contest entrant, you're sure to find my guide, "Write Ways To Win Writing Contests", very helpful.