This article is written by guest writer Stewart Storrar on behalf of Voquent, a UK-based voice-over agency. You can find the author’s bio at the end of this article. Originally published on our Resource Centre on April 30, 2021, we share it with you on Medium to commemorate June as the National Audiobook Appreciation Month.

The publishing market is changing dramatically. In the past, the eBook came along to revolutionise the publishing industry driven by the worldwide adoption of innovative mobile technology and tablets. …


Any writer worth their salt knows what it’s like to participate in a writing contest. These contests are the sure way to maintain writing practice, and the added drive to win a prize only helps! It’s a unique community experience that puts you in touch with the larger writing circles and helps you find your place in them.

So, we at PaperTrue have decided to supply you with a month-long dose of motivation with this list of writing competitions happening next month! Check out these contests and start working on that draft right away!

A race where contestants run with their manuscripts in their hands.

Poetry Competitions

Writer’s Digest Poetry Awards

The 16th Annual Writer’s Digest Poetry…


Social media has more influence on our lives than ever before, and no writer can afford to ignore its immense advertising potential. Goodreads is a social media site that caters specifically to book lovers around the world. It is an online community of readers and writers over 90 million strong, which is a large potential audience, should you choose to join the website.

Why make an author profile?

Marketing via Goodreads is beneficial to all writers, but especially so to the self-published writer who lacks the marketing resources of a big publishing house. The site helps you find more readers, maintain a stable readership, and…


How many times have you stared at a blank document, unable to pour out the words inside you? It’s common to struggle with consistency in your practice of writing. After all, writing is a difficult task, and especially so when you do it in a vacuum. Luckily, there’s a way out: writing contests.

Writing contests can connect you with a larger writing community and show you the various ways in which those around you are writing. These contests also provide the three things you need to write regularly: inspiration, motivation and dedication.

These competitions challenge you to think in newer…


What is independent publishing and what is self-publishing?

The terms self-publishing and independent publishing are often used interchangeably. They are similar in some ways but they are not the same. This can make it very confusing for authors who are trying to get by in the independent and self-publishing landscape.

An Independent Publishing company publishes the works of other authors. They help guide authors through the process of publishing — from development of their manuscript, proofreading, production to sales and marketing. A good independent publisher should be there to support you during the entire process.

Self Publishing means that an author publishes their own book independently and handles…


Before the fame, wealth, book signings and fans that accompany the success of your first novel, there is the grueling process of actually penning the whole thing down that needs to be done. How you translate your plot outline on paper is of utmost importance.

However, no matter how well thought and organized the story is in your head — you could often find yourself a victim of writer’s block or unable to flesh out a narrative fit for a novel. …


One of the many things a writer does to create realism within their setting is to give the fictional location its own language. Elvish, Dothraki, and Klingon are some examples of writers constructing their own language. In this article, we do a small survey on how you can do just that!

Step 1: Words

The first thing you’ll want to figure out is what words you want to use. This will be determined by the type of conversation your characters will engage in. Think about them in terms of topics, and come up with vocabulary that they’ll be using. …


When you open that Pandora’s box of fiction, you will find so many genres you didn’t know even existed! There are genres and sub genres, the list could go on! We found these genres fascinating!

  • Bangsian: The Bangsian genre in fiction is named after John Kendrick Bangs, who is a popular writer of this fantasy genre, in which popular historical figures interact with the afterlife. Bangs is not the first writer who wrote this, but his writings were what gave it a concrete shape. There are three main categories that Bangsian stories fall into: ghosts stuck in the living world…

When you finish writing a book, you can’t just send it off to the publisher without editing it or getting some feedback on it. But proper editing and just getting feedback and two very different things. Editing is done by a trained editor who checks for grammar and punctuation errors and gives you feedback on the technicalities of your novel. A beta reader is someone who reads your book and gives you feedback purely from a reader-centric perspective. They don’t edit your book, but give your feedback on your story, whether it’s appealing or not, how is the pace, and…


One year into the COVID-19 pandemic, our world has completely changed. The workforce has become predominantly digitized and students from across the world still attend online classes as if they’ve been the norm for years. For better or worse, so many of us have become netizens. The internet is at the centre of our lives, more than ever.

The internet has become a place of many boons and banes. We have access to resources at the click of a button, but to contend with the vastness of the net has also become increasingly overwhelmed. …

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