I just wanted you to know how much I appreciate the time, care,
honesty, and thoughtful assessment and advice offered in the two
reviews that I received yesterday. They come at a time when I was
looking for a good motivational kick to get back to work. It’s
obvious the reviewers have an intimate knowledge of the publishing
industry, particularly fiction genres, and that they made good use
of their expertise in its application to my work. Both reviews far
exceed the quality of Kirkus and Clarion reviews that I’ve read.
Gary Sproul, author, "The Length of the Leash"
If you have a book or screenplay you feel has movie potential and
are looking for recognition from Hollywood, I highly recommend
submitting your work to ‘The Hollywood Book Festival'. Winning an
HBF award has openedBurbank and Studio City doors I could not have
opened myself and brought me closer to realizing my movie goals.
Jonathan Womack, Publisher, Charles River
Press and author of the
award winning novel, "A Cry for a Hero"
As a first time self-published author of a book of poems, I found
the process for submitting one’s work clear, uncomplicated,
responsive and open to all writers; as all literary events should
I was thrilled to find a book contest that truly provided
self-published authors submission opportunities that many book
fairs, festivals and contests do not as they strictly adhere to
solely recognizing books published by mainstream publishing houses.
As a result of recognition through “JM” managed book festivals, I
have been eligible to submit to contests that otherwise would not
have accepted my self-published work.“ JM “ has been influential in
- having a national and international voice and exposure
- being invited as a featured poet at national and
international literary events
- work being accepted in Yale University’s Beinecke Rare Book
and Manuscript Library to mention one of the national and
- emerging confidence to enter other book festivals where I
have faired well.
The “JM” staff is amazingly kind, professional and
supportive. They constantly and publicly speak highly of one’s
work. They have been equally nurturing of my career providing me
wonderful added value opportunities to be a panelist alongside
renowned authors and as a featured poet at some of their managed
“ JM ” festivals’ esteemed awards, beautifully adorned award
ceremonies, which bring together national and international
authors with whom you can engage and find inspiration, are among
many of the literary experiences provided that have changed the
course of my life forever. “JM” has been instrumental in helping
to facilitate my founding a voice and in a space in world where
few opportunities exist to either find a voice or a space from
I strongly recommend “ JM “ book festivals to any and every
writer of all genres.
Neal Hall, M.D., Poet
What!? You’ve written or published a book and you haven’t
submitted it for consideration to one of the J.M Northern Book
Fair Competitions? Are you crazy? Or is the content of your book
too delicate to shimmy-shake and hustle its way through the
Take the advice of Marilyn (Monroe), Elizabeth (Taylor), Linda
(Lovelace), Paul (Newman) and Zsa Zsa, Eva, and Magda
(Gabor)—each of whose biographical treatments have already won
some kind of literary recognition during our organization’s
frenzied past: If you’ve written (or independently published)
something of value, and if you HAVEN’T submitted it for
consideration to one of the J.M Northern Group’s Book
Competitions, you’re making a huge, career-breaking mistake.
In a publishing climate packed with other contenders, in an
economic climate where costs are hawkeyed more carefully than
typos in an about-to-be-printed manuscript, an award from the
New York, the Los Angeles, the New England, the San Francisco,
or the Hollywood Book Festival can represent a
make-it-or-break-it rite of passage for your printed baby.
And if the subject of your book is horror or sci-fi, entering it
in one of the specialty showcases (as, for example, the
Halloween Book Festival) and then ratchet your winnings, through
press releases, social media, and the horror-fan subcultures of
the reading world, into greater visibility for your product.
Likewise, if you’ve published a cookbook or a “how-to” guide to
ANYTHING, enter it NOW into one of the Northern Group’s regional
competitions. (They include “The Great Midwestern,” “The Great
Southeast,” “the Do-It-Yourself,” and the “Animals, Animals,
Animals” Book Festivals).
Then, in the aftermath of a win, or placement, of your baby on
the hallowed, carefully-watched list of “award winning titles,”
you’ll be able, like a frenzied banshee, to pump up its
implications (“MY BOOK HAS BEEN PUBLICLY HONORED AND OFFICIALLY
RECOGNIZED”) to anyone who will listen.
Your subsequent P.R. campaigns will then, with pride, testify
that during a few bright and shining moments of your
book-child’s life, there was indeed, a 21-gun salute (or at
least a formal moment of literary recognition) that accompanied
its release to the public at large. Happy Hunting, with
congratulations to the J.M. Northern Group for the potentiality
of some fabulous book-promoting opportunities.
Danforth Prince, President, Blood Moon Productions, Ltd.