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Spinetinglers Gives New Authors Shiver of Anticipation


November 02, 2006, Press Dispensary. Online literary specialist Spinetinglers ( is helping new and aspiring writers of horror and dark fiction make a name for themselves by running monthly short story competitions plus a cut-price book review and author promotion service.

Spinetinglers is run by a volunteer committee of writers with first-hand experience of the difficulties frequently faced by authors at the start of their careers. The site aims to help new writers gain the attention of agents and publicists – as well as setting them up with a fan base.

Jo-Anne Dougan of Spinetinglers says: “We can accept submissions from all writers, no matter where they are based – our one condition is that their work must be in English when it is submitted to us."

She adds: “Spinetinglers has been designed and set up by writers from a variety of fields who recognise the need for an organisation such as ours. We know it can be difficult for lesser-known authors with limited marketing funds to make that big breakthrough, and we are determined to help our fellow writers as much as possible.”

The overall winner of Spinetinglers’ monthly short story competition for writers of horror, gothic, supernatural or any other variety of dark fiction will receive a £50 prize. The top five stories will be published on the Spinetinglers website and, in addition, an ezine is sent out to more than 1,000 registered members – some of whom are publishers and agents – to highlight the winners. All five winners will also be entered into the 'Spinetinglers Short Story of the Year' award, and can receive feedback from their readers.

The book review and author promotion service is likely to be of particular benefit to self-published authors who may not be receiving any real marketing assistance. The finished reviews are sent to both author and publisher to use as they wish – provided Spinetinglers is credited for the piece. Meanwhile, Spinetinglers will submit the review to all websites which sell the book, as well as publishing it on its own website, in its members’ ezine and in its US partner’s magazine, Literary Magic.

For accurate niche targeting, Spinetinglers trawls to find genre-specific websites suitable for promoting the book and author. It then writes a press release and distributes it to local, national and international press with a view to increasing sales by raising the profile of the author and book.

The introductory first year cost for the comprehensive book review and author promotion service is just £10 for a package which, according to Spinetinglers, can cost up to £3,000 elsewhere. The £10 fee includes author promotion for one book.

Jo-Anne Dougan says. “The monthly £50 prize in our short story competition is high enough to allow the winner to apply for membership of writing guilds where they will be taken more seriously in looking for an agent or a publishing deal. The book review and author promotion service is specifically tailored towards aspiring writers for whom finance is invariably an issue, and we are confident that the value for money we provide is unrivalled.”

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Notes for editors
Spinetinglers went live on 6/6/06 – an auspicious date for the launch of a website dedicated to dark fiction. It is based in County Down, in Northern Ireland, but accepts English-written work from all locations. Spinetinglers has no employees – its committee members are all volunteers from literary backgrounds.

For further information, please contact:
Jo-Anne Dougan, PR
Tel: 028 9752 1750

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Jo-Anne Dougan, PR
Tel: 028 9752 1750

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