Finalists Announced for the 2013 Inspiring Voices Book Publishing Contest, Presented by Guideposts

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Twenty-three authors have been selected as finalists; winner announced on Dec. 20.

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Inspiring Voices, a spiritual self-publishing service from Guideposts announced 23 finalists for the 2013 Inspiring Voices Book Publishing Contest. The contest was open to any author with an unpublished manuscript of at least 10,000 words in length. The grand-prize, first-place and second-place winners will be chosen by an editorial team from Guideposts and will be announced on Dec. 20, 2013.

The 2013 finalists, along with their manuscript titles are:

  •     Katrina Black – Abbey's Fate
  •     Donna F. Waters – Makua: From Cursed to Christ
  •     Jordan Blickenstaff – Stories within The Story
  •     Leona N. Loller – Misguided Journey
  •     Chuck Thomas – The “Why Not?” Factor
  •     Diane J Kramer – Coffee Soup
  •     Nicole Starbuck – Calling it Quits
  •     Susan Briggs Parris – Utterly Amazing
  •     Joanie Taylor Hess and Annie Taylor Jornlin – Molly Takes the Cake
  •     Sally W. Burbank – Patients I Will Never Forget
  •     Sharon F. Norton – The Prodigal’s Brother
  •     Deborah J. Marcussen – There Will Be Birds
  •     Sue Montgomery – Final Moment
  •     Donna Joan Nobles – Fourteenth and Central
  •     Linda Jane Bordner – Ten Good Years
  •     James M. Cooley – Cody's Story
  •     Melinda Perry – Frank, Ed, and the Other Me
  •     Katelyn Dover – Expectations
  •     Lorene Masters-Ness – Hungry Heart
  •     Mae Ronan – Anna von Wessen
  •     Carolyn A. Spangler – Joy Comes in the Morning
  •     Walter J. Courtney – Just Doing It Right
  •     Avion Blackman Mohr – Third World Girl

The grand-prize winner will receive an Inspiring Voices Uplift Publishing Package and other promotional benefits, including mentions in an upcoming issue of Guideposts magazine. One first-place winner will be rewarded with a free Inspiring Voices Uplift Publishing Package, and one second-place winner will receive a free Inspiring Voices Encourage Publishing Package. These winners will be chosen from the group of finalists. The remaining 20 finalists receive 20% off any Inspiring Voices Publishing Package.

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About Inspiring Voices
Inspiring Voices, a service of Guideposts, is dedicated to helping you share your words of hope, faith and inspiration with the world. As a self-publishing service, we are here to guide you through the process of getting your book in print. We offer our professional advice, outline the necessary logistics, and then step back and let you take charge of the final decisions related to your published book. Log on today to for more information on publishing your book with Inspiring Voices. “Like” us on at and follow us on Twitter @IVPublishing for the latest Inspiring Voices news, features and publishing promotions.

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