How to Submit Your Book for the MWSA 2019 Award Season

—and How to Optimize Your Chances at Winning a Medal!

The Military Writers Society of America (MWSA) has just opened its 2019 Award Season. This year is extra special to me because, aside from being awarded a silver medal last season for writing the children’s picture book My Dad Got Hurt. What Can I Do? Helping Military Children Cope with a Brain-Injured Parent, I am now on the MWSA board as a reviewer, which means that I will help my colleagues review and score books that are submitted to us. If you’d like to learn more about the MWSA, how to submit your book, and how to optimize your chances at winning an Award, please read on and feel free to reach out to me should you have any questions.

What is the Military Writers Society of America?

As you can read on their website, the MWSA is “a nationwide association of authors, poets, and artists, drawn together by the common bond of military service. Most of our members are active duty military, retirees, or military veterans. A few are lifelong civilians who have chosen to honor our military through their writings or their art. Our only core principle is a love of the men and women who defend this nation, and a deeply personal understanding of their sacrifice and dedication.”

Why Should I Submit My Book to the MWSA 2019 Award Season?

While there are indeed many awards out there for authors, the MWSA award is tailored specifically to authors who have written about the military, in one way or another. By narrowing it down to the military theme, the MWSA assures that our military stories and legacy is not forgotten or lost in history amnesia. Plus, if you were to win, you could add the highly coveted title of Award-winning Author to your résumé, which could open many more doors to you in your writing career.

How Do I Submit My Book to the MWSA?

To make it easier on you, here is a breakdown of all the most important information you need to successfully submit a book for the MWSA 2019 Award Season:

· Timeframe: January 15–June 15

· Cost: $40 per book submitted, plus you need to be a MWSA member in good standing (membership is $75 per year).

· Where: MWSA submission page.

· Formats accepted: eBook and paperback

· Finalists will be announced August 15, 2019 (tentative date)

· Being a Finalist means you were assigned a Medal. However, you will have to wait until September to learn which Medal you won (gold, silver or bronze)

· MWSA Conference and Award Banquet: 12–15 September in Albuquerque, New Mexico. To learn more or register, click here

· Your book will be assigned three reviewers, who will score your book. One reviewer will write a review that—if positive—will be published on the MWSA website and you can use to market your book.

· Reviewers are volunteers. How long it takes for a reviewer to score your book depends on their individual work load, so please be patient and don’t worry, your review is coming!

· Books do NOT compete against each other; they are scored against a rigorous, numeric scoring standard. This means that if five books score high enough to receive a gold medal, all five of them will receive a gold medal.

How to Optimize Your Chances at Winning an MWSA Medal

While we take into account many different topics, from content to overall story, the most important criteria in our scoring board is the quality of EDITING. It is pivotal that the text has been professionally edited and does contain mechanical editing errors (punctuation, syntax, word choice, spelling, typos, grammar, etc.) nor substantive editing errors (story arc, characters development, plot, readability, flow of manuscript, etc.) For example:

· Does the text meet the rules and guidelines of the Chicago Manual of Style, 17th edition?

· Does the author use em dash, en dash, and hyphen properly?

· Does the author know the difference between a hanger and a hangar?

· Does the author use too much vulgarity and sexual content in the story?

Need an Editor to Review Your Book? Contact Me!

Here are a few reasons why you should consider hiring me as your editor:

· I am an expert of the Chicago Manual of Style (I pursued a Certificate in Editing and attended the Graham School of the University of Chicago, thus learning all about the Manual from the very institution that created it).

· I have years of experience working in the publishing industry as Editor and Writer (many of my clients include Award-winning authors, best-selling authors, and I have also collaborated with prominent literary agents and publishing companies).

· I am a reviewer for the Military Writers Society of America (who better than a reviewer to make sure your book meets the necessary requirements?)

· I am an MWSA Award-wining Author.

If you would like to have your manuscript edited, please don’t hesitate to contact me and schedule a FREE consultation call with me.

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