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The resources below provide information on organizations providing financial assistance for authors, active digital series and promotions for authors, and ideas to help you begin your own virtual promotion journey in a creative way.
Financial Relief for Authors
Below are funds and/or grants for authors who are financially impacted by COVID-19.
The Authors Guild lists opportunities for financial relief as well as webinars dedicated to literary marketing strategies, self-promotion, and the book publishing process. They also have writing competition and grants.
Pen America expanded its Writers’ Emergency Fund to get cash to published writers who face acute financial need.
Artist Relief is an initiative organized by national arts grantmakers that are distributing grants to artists financially impacted by COVID-19.
Carnegie Fund for Authors provides funds for published authors who are in need of emergency financial assistance.
Virtual Literary Events and Promotions For New Releases
Below are organizations and resources for promoting new books through virtual channels.
Our Network Conference is now moving to a virtual platform, where authors pitch their books in real-time and engage in workshops.
We recently launched JBC Authors at the Table, where we sit down with an author each week to chat about their latest work. If interested in participating, please email email@example.com.
Literary Hub launched The Virtual Book Channel, which provides a series of original programming geared to spotlight authors’ latest/upcoming books through interviews and conversation.
A Mighty Blaze is a social media initiative founded by authors Caroline Leavitt and Jenna Blum, helping authors whose book tours were cancelled due to COVID-19 reach their audience via Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. They introduce a new book every Tuesday on Facebook along with the author.
Bookcon is hosting a Virtual Author Tour Series where they livestream weekly virtual events with authors and publishers about new books.
Virtual Literary Content
Below are platforms and resources for exposure to new literary content and authors, as well as a way to support fellow authors and share their virtual activities. Please contact the sponsoring organization or person for information about your own participation, if it’s of interest.
For poetry month, follow along with JBC’s virtual poetry reading series to our Instagram and Facebook stories. These include one poem read each day by a writer. For consideration in the series, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are interested in contributing to JBC’s PB Daily, please contact email@example.com. We also are accepting submissions to JBC’s literary magazine Paper Brigade. Guidelines for submission can be found here.
We have moved our Unpacking the Book series to a virtual platform, where two authors engage in conversation about their latest books.
Coffee House Press has launched a new initiative called Coffee House Writers Project, which supports those in the literary community whose livelihoods are impacted due to COVID-19. They commission original, short, digital-only literary works including poetry and prose.
Shelter in Poems from Academy of American Poets asks readers to share poems that give them “courage, solace, and actionable energy” that they post on their website.
Symphony Space Literature has actors read fiction short stories on the Symphony Space “selected shorts” podcast, which is also posted on their website.
Children’s author and illustrator Grace Lin hosts a podcast called “Kids ask Authors” where she asks guest authors questions from child readers.
Words Without Borders launched “Voices from the Pandemic,” accepting literary pieces from contributors responding to the pandemic.
Scholastic is providing a “Learn at Home” program for kids whose schools closed due to COVID-19. It provides different ways to keep kids interacting and learning through books.
Virtual Book Clubs
Zibby Owens hosts a podcast called “Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books” where she engages in conversation with authors about their latest books. She recently released a new book club that meets every Tuesday, and hosts an Instagram live channel called “ZTV” where she interviews multiple authors daily.
WNYC and the New York Public Library partnered to produce Get Lit With All of It, a monthly, social media, live-stream book club hosted by WNYC’s Alison Stewart.
Quarantine Book Club allows you to join in on daily zooms to hear authors talk about their work and ask questions.
Other General Resources:
The Metropolitan Opera is streaming “Nightly Met Opera Streams” on their website.
Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems provides weekly videos of live drawing and teaching.
Brave Writer has made some of their paid resources free until the end of April that provides tips and activities to enhance writing skills.
Bookshop is an online bookstore that supports independent bookstores, which also has an affiliate program that “allows anyone to earn a commission from selling books, while giving back to bookstores.”
Kitchn has a free 20-episode video series called “The Kitchn Cooking School” that gives a crash course on the basics and essentials of cooking.
Jewish Food Society launched a new project called Tradish that shares family recipes with ingredients from the pantry. Along with the recipes, they’re sharing three-step cooking demos of these dishes on their Instagram.
Epicurious came up with an all pantry 14-day meal plan for “corona and other perilous times” and has other articles related to cooking under quarantine.
America’s Test Kitchen is posting articles, videos, and how-to’s for cooking during the coronavirus.