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Are you a newly published author seeking to gain a readership, but are uncertain of the best way to market yourself?

We offer several ways the writer can gain exposure through Virtual Writers.

Whether it’s publicizing a book release, facilitating the marketing of your book online, or simply increasing your presence on the web, Virtual Writers can help you.

Virtual Writers is a free online writers’ community committed to showcasing established and emerging writers in a range of interactive and immersive environments.

We are pleased to offer the following free author services:

In a Nutshell

Our In a Nutshell feature is presented in a simple Q&A format that comprises a book blurb, quick fire questions aimed at giving the reader a broad view of the book, a picture of the book cover and links to your online retailer. In a Nutshell spotlights the book rather than the author.

In a Nutshell Questions

  • What are the main themes of your book?
  • Who or what inspired your story?
  • What do you like best about your primary characters?
  • What are their worst peculiarities?
  • How does your main character evolve?
  • What’s the principal message you want to send to your audience?
  • What’s the nicest thing anyone has said about your book? (include a link to the review)
  • Where can we purchase it?

Guest Author Post

This is a feature written by a guest author.  The article includes an author bio, head shot and links to the author’s website, social media feeds and fan pages.

Topics we are interested in publishing:

  • The art of writing
  • Avoiding writer’s block
  • Tips for using role-play to stimulate your writing
  • Writing for children (picture books, middle grade and YA)
  • How to write a cover letter
  • Giving the elevator pitch
  • Your writer’s space
  • Plotter or pantser?
  • Writing competitions – are they worth all the effort?
  • Independent or traditional publishing?
  • Agent or go it alone?
  • How to pitch your book or movie script to prospective agents
  • What to expect in a publisher’s contract
  • Your Influences
  • How to create believable characters
  • On being a debut author
  • How to write a synopsis
  • Dealing with rejection
  • Using social media to promote your work

There is an option for guest authors to have their book showcased in our Amazon store and website sidebar.

Submission Guidelines

Guest Author Post: 1000 word limit

In a Nutshell: 500 word limit (including book blurb)

­­­­­­­­­­­Submit only unpublished work. We do not accept simultaneous submissions. Work that has been previously published or is being offered for publication at a journal or blog elsewhere is not eligible for publication at Virtual Writers.

Send your submissions in .doc or .rtf format, as an email attachment to with the following information in the subject area of the email: (Type of work, for example “Guest Author Post”) Submission: (Your Name). Please also include a 100-word bio written in third person in the body of the email.

Include links to your author sites and social media feeds in the body of your email. Do not embed photos in the email but send your headshot (JPG file) as an attachment.

Virtual Writers acquires first-time electronic rights with exclusive rights for 30 days from publication. Rights will revert to the author after publication. Authors are free to republish their work in either electronic or print as long as Virtual Writers is recognized as the original publisher and you provide a link to us. We also reserve the right to republish your work, whole or in part, in future electronic and/or print editions or anthologies. By submitting to us you guarantee that you are the owner of the copyright to that work.

Expect to hear from us within 6 weeks if we are interested. Unfortunately, we cannot offer reasons for rejection.

We reserve the right to reject any part of the material submitted if it is deemed unsuitable for our target audience.

Virtual Writers is unable to offer payment.

Specific Requirements: We ask that you have an average Amazon rating of 3+ stars with a minimum of 5 reviews. Your book must be priced between $0.00 – $19.99.

If you are interested in our In a Nutshell feature, Guest Author Post or Second Life® promotion please query first by sending us a link to your book via your online retailer and indicating how you would like to participate. This is to gauge whether it is something we would like to promote.

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Virtual Writers is a popular online writers' community committed to showcasing established and emerging writers in a range of interactive and immersive environments. We handle all aspects of online promotion and welcome traditionally and independently published authors.
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