Nine Book Awards You or Your Publisher Should Submit to this Year!

Looking to submit your book to awards this coming year. Take a look at this list that we created for you (at the bottom you can download a sheet that has all the info in a nice, tidy spreadsheet.

  • International Latino Book Awards
  • Binghamton Book Awards
  • Anisfield-Wolf Book Award
  • Eric Hoffer Book Award
  • 87th California Book Awards
  • American Book Awards
  • Balcones Poetry Prize
  • Levis Reading Prize

Download the Spreadsheet: Bookawards2018


Bullet Journaling Your Way To Writing

I just recently discovered that bullet journaling is a thing, an amazing thing! It is the ultimate organizer of your life while also being an outlet for your creativity. You use it to set goals, keep yourself inspired, establish To-Do lists, and even a daily log. Recently though, I’ve been wondering how I could kick it up a notch and use it to keep me writing.


First, you need to know the basics of bullet journaling. Check out Carrie Crista’s Youtube video, Beginner’s Guide To Bullet Journaling to help you get your bearings as to what the hell a bullet journal is. I do have a couple of suggestions on my part though. She uses a lined notebook, but, personally, I find that dotted grid or graph paper is much more useful and makes penning ideas and designs easier. Also, my current journal is a Midori A5 with graph paper. Love, love, love it! And it’s super cheap compared to the Leuchtturm1917 (though this journal is also awesome) while also having wonderful paper quality that is super resistant to bleed through by pens and markers. Finally, Tombow markers are high-quality and fun if you feel like getting creative with your journal.


For more examples, just go to Pinterest and type in “Bullet Journal” and you’ll see tons of ideas!


Now, how to incorporate writing?


For me, I use my journal in a few different ways. One is to incorporate a writing tracker. It’s simple, fun, and inspires me to try to write. I’ve included a picture of what my writing tracker looks like below, which the format was copied from here.  


Another page that every writer should have is a book tracker, which you can see an image below and was inspired by this pinterest idea.


Because I’m no expert and I’m just beginning myself, I thought I would let the pros speak about how to best use a bullet journal for writing.


  • Victoria from Something Delicious has a lot of wonderful ideas on how to use your journal both for writing and as a planner.
  • Page Flutter also has some great lists you can incorporate into your bullet journal that you can refer back to when writing.
  • Finally, a few more ideas from Boho Berry who really gets into the nitty gritty of using a bullet journal for writing.


So, now you’re as caught up as I am when it comes to bullet journaling. Remember, your journal can be structured however you want it to be and it doesn’t have to be perfect, as you can tell from mine. It’s meant to keep you on track, so whatever works for you is great! Good luck and have fun!


Book Tracker Writing Tracker

We Are Looking for Brilliant Writers and Editors

Writer’s PhD is on the hunt for writers and editors. Here is what we need:


  • Writers and bloggers to contribute weekly posts to our site. You are free to choose any topic you want to write about. In the start-up phase, we cannot pay you for your writing, but you will get full credit for the book with backlinks to your profile/site. You will be eligible for a cut of the ad revenue generated too.
  • Freelance writers who have extensive experience can apply to be added to our database of writers. To be eligible for this, you must craft a solid blog post every week. When a client reaches out to us, we will assign the client to the best writer for the job. You must apply to with a resume and portfolio. Email us at with “Writer App” in the subject line.
  • Freelance editors will have the same opportunity. If you are an editor, new or experienced, please apply.
  • Are you or do you have the ability to coach other writers? Do you think that you could build courses and videos that educate others about writing, editing, journalism, etc? Email us with a resume and a cover letter telling us what makes you different from the rest.


Once we get rolling, we will create a “Writers and Editors Database” where you will be able to create a mini profile. All editors, writers, bloggers, and writing educators will be listed.

The best thing about our model is that everybody will bring potential clients to the site through social media and networking connections. This is a group effort and if we are successful, there is potential to earn a full-time income.

Apply today and you will hear back from us within 48 hours.