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GOOD NEWS! You no longer need a Kindle to read Kindle books. Instead, you can download the FREE APP, available on all Reid's Kindle pages!

Please click on the above links for some useful, budget-priced guides by well-known writing contests' Judge with over 45 years experience, John Howard Reid. We particularly recommend "7 SOLID ROADS TO WRITING SUCCESS", which will be available FREE at Amazon Kindle on February 21, March 21 and April 4, 11 and 18, 2015. We also recommend "POETRY PITFALLS OR WHAT MAKES BAD VERSE WORSE". This essential 99 cents guide will be available from Amazon FREE on FEBRUARY 14, 15 and 16, PLUS MARCH 7 and 14, 2015.  

Another useful little e-booklet, "CORRECT WRITING FORMATS FOR CONTESTS AND PUBLISHERS", will also be available free of charge on February 7, 14, 21 and 28 plus March 7, 2015. 

We also recommend "HOW WRITERS WIN FAVOR WITH JUDGES AND EDITORS". This guide book will be FREE at Amazon Kindle on January 24, PLUS FEBRUARY 7 and 21, PLUS MARCH 7 and 21, 2015.. Normal price: 99 cents.

"Nibbles of Nonsense Hilarious Comic Verse" will be FREE on dates to be posted here around March 15, 2015. JHR's other new anthology is "Poetry for Lazy Summer Afternoons". This book will be FREE at Amazon Kindle on dates to be posted here towards the end of February, 2015.

By way of contrast, John Howard Reid's own latest writing guide is "How NOT To Write Short Stories: Seven Errors To Avoid". The normal price is 99 cents, but this little book will be available from Amazon FREE OF CHARGE on February 14, 15 and 16, 2015.

All the above books including "7 Solid 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 of charge on the same days in the U.K., Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Australia, India, Brazil, China and Spain, but you will need to do a search for them at your local Amazon Kindle online stores.  

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


Also of interest, "AMAZING ADVENTURES OF TOBY", will be available at Amazon Kindle FREE OF CHARGE on January 24 and 25, 2015. Although it has always been misleadingly classed as Wisdom literature, TOBY in this reviewer's opinion is the world's best short story ever written! Even if you don't like detective stories, this one will not only supply thrills but laughter, and it's wonderful conclusion will also make you cry with joy. In the time of Jesus, this tale of mystery, romance and detection was, after the Exodus, the most popular story in the whole Bible. Here it is, newly translated from the Greek.

A New, Expanded Edition of John Howard Reid's acclaimed handbook "WRITE WAYS TO WIN WRITING CONTESTS: How to Join the Winners' Circle for Prose and Poetry Awards" is now available from Amazon. To write this book, Reid entered 80 contests in an 18-month period and came away with three First Prizes, one Second Prize, one Third Prize; and 29 various grades of Most Highly Commended and Commended citations. That's better than a one-in-three success rate! 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. Nook and other stores have the e-book on sale for only $3.99. 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: Winning a prestigious writing contest is NOT a matter of chance. The WINNING ENTRIES are those that most impressed the judges. THIS WOULD SEEM TO BE 100% OBVIOUS but 99% of contestants are unaware that judges are an entirely different breed from publishers, teachers, relatives and friends. Winning entries are NOT usually the ones that YOU were the most happy with, or the ones that most impressed fellow writers or your agent, your publisher or your friends, your spouse or your relatives, your co-workers or your teachers. The GOOD NEWS is that you can make these factors work for you, rather than against you. And that's why you need WRITE WAYS TO WIN WRITING CONTESTS. Of course, the first thing you must seize upon is a catchy but appropriate title. Remember that first impressions count and your title is the first thing the judges see. 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, then he or she will go to bat for it with the other judges. And if the chief judge is the only judge, you're already home and hosed!"

So how do you find a striking and effective title? This book, HOLLYWOOD CLASSICS TITLE INDEX (illustrated above), 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 wrote a novel titled "Prophet, Priest and King". The book died. It sold only a few hundred copies. Five years of work and research down the drain! On the other hand, "All Possible Avenues" sold out in two weeks. Took two months to write. No research necessary. I just slapped it together from my own experiences. As I said, first edition sold out even before all the ecstatic reviews appeared. Sold out! Ditto four more hardcover printings. Paperback rights were purchased for $25,000, a colossal sum back in 1986! So why? "Hollywood Classics Title Index..." provides the answer. "Prophet" is a negative word. Not a single one of over 3,000 listed movie titles employs that word. "All", on the other hand, is a very attractive, positive word. Nine movie titles begin with the word, "All", and no less than three of those movies, printed in bold type in the book, were colossal box-office successes! 

So check out the title you plan to use or COMPILE A NEW TITLE with proven words that hit home, 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.    

ANYONE FOR LOVE?, a beautiful collection of poetry by John Howard Reid (including a number of prize-winning poems) is now on sale at Amazon. The Kindle e-book with its newly designed cover sells for only $2.99. Please click the first link below: