Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Stand Up For Independent Publishers

Join the effort to stop the proposal from media giant Time Warner that would stifle small and independent publishers in America. The plan unfairly burdens smaller publishers with higher postage rates while locking in special privileges for bigger media companies.

Link via Ephemera Bound Publishing Blog.

Character Interviews

Romance Authors, feel free to complete this character interview (below) and email the responses to Madison Chase so that she can post them to her blog & Interviews Loop. madisonchase@madison-chase.com. You're welcome to send one for each of your main characters for as many books as you've published/contracted.

Name:

Occupation:

Zodiac sign:

Tell us about yourself. Where were you raised? What's your family
like? Where do you live?

What are your short and long term goals? What do you want out of life?

What's your most embarrassing moment?

Biggest regret?

Every been convicted of a crime?

If you could meet anyone in the world, dead or alive, who would it be
and why?

Are you single? Married? Looking?

What's your ideal mate like?

Tell us a secret. What's something others might not know about you?

Do you have a nickname?

Any pet peeves?

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be and why?

Any pets?

How about allergies?

Do you support any charities?

Is the glass half full or half empty?

(This is also a rather cool way to help develop characters.)

Friday, April 20, 2007

Women of the Sahara: Strength in Sexuality

Coloring the World...

The "Women of the Sahara" line is to showcase the women of the eleven countries surrounding/crossing the Sahara desert. They are strong yet beautiful; shy yet stubborn, kind yet smart. Help us in celebrating these wonderful women by submitting your stories!

There are eleven countries crossing the Sahara. They are Egypt, Sudan, Chad, Niger, Mali, Mauritania, Western Sahara, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya and we would like a female character from each of them!

Also the "Women of the Sahara" Line has teamed up with Amira Press' "Simply Erotic" line.

Have a story about a sizzling Egyptian woman or women from any of the other countries crossing the Sahara? We want it! The steamier the better!

All stories MUST contain a plot that flows well from beginning to end. Graphic, hot sex is expected are accepted for this line. Please no m/m, f/f, no stories glorifying rape and illegal acts or sex with minors.

Please submit a short synopsis of your story, a brief statement of your previous writing experience and an outline of your promotional plans in the body of an email to kadian@amirapress.com.

Also, please attach your full manuscript as an RTF or DOC file.
(Please note that Partial/unfinished manuscript will not be accepted.)

Submissions should be double-spaced in Times New Roman or other easily read font, 12pt with one inch margins.

Please edit your submission, checking for misspellings, grammar errors, etc. Remember it is not your editor’s job to rewrite your manuscript for you. Excessive errors could result in rejection.

Be sure to include your name, pen name and contact information on the first page.

Accepted lengths are as follows:
Short Story: 5000-15000
Novella: 15000-40000
Full Length: 40000 - 85000

Submit your stories to kadian@amirapress.com with "Submission – Your Title – Women of the Sahara" in the subject heading. If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to send and email to kadian@amirapress.com.

Editor Position

The EREC's blog has noted that Samhain Publishing is looking for final line editors.

(I've added EREC (Erotic Romance E-Publisher Comparison Site) and their blog to the sidebar.)

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Marketing Help

Because Gracie Passette, aka The Marketing Whore, wants this "plastered all over the Internet," please read how and why a Naked Conversations author refuses interview with her adult business blog because "marketing isn't his target audience."

I recommend all erotica authors do more than read this, but contact the authors -- we all would benefit from the information (not to mention we all would appreciate being treated as legitimate professionals.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Contributors Wanted

I'm looking for tips, quips and anecdotes for an upcoming book. The topic: Sex. The tone: Humor.

Contributors compensation is a "contributor resource" printed in the book - no cash, but you can use the contributor resource to bring traffic to your site, or promote yourself/your work. You will be required to sign a copyright release form.

If you're interested, and would like more details, guidelines, etc. email tina-at-fictionpromotions.com

The Slash Skinny: News and Market Report on Original Slash, Femslash, Yaoi, and Yuri

The Slash Skinny is a news and market report on four genres of professionally published literature and art featuring same-sex attraction. The report, which is edited by Dusk Peterson, takes the
form of a downloadable HTML file that includes dozens of links.

Regular columns: Publishing industry news, news of individuals, interviews, awards and contests, conventions and other events, new issues, new books, older books, new online works, calls for
submission, staff openings, markets and submission guidelines, dead markets, booksellers, professional organizations, publishing cooperatives and subscription Websites, and self-publishing.

Visit here for ordering information and free online archives.

Friday, April 06, 2007

Share Your Writing or Promotion Tip with Others

From Carolyn Howard-Johnson of How To Do It Frugally:

The All-Tips Edition of Sharing with Writers will soon be issued. It will include writing tips, promotion tips, website and blog tips and more! Please let your fellow authors, critiquers, authors' e-groups, etc. know that this great edition of Sharing with Writers is coming so they can subscribe by sending me an e-mail (to HoJoNews at aol.com) with "subscribe" in the subject line.

If you aren't already subscribed, sign up. This is an interactive newsletter where you have a chance to have your name and link to your site published by doing nothing more than lending a hand to your fellow writers!

The All-Tips Edition of Sharing with Writers is coming and you will want to send me your favorite resource or tip. That's Pass It Forward! C'mon. Don't hoard your brilliant ideas. Share!

The New York Round Table Writers' Conference

The New York Round Table Writers' Conference - Learn about the Busniess of Getting Published, April 13 & 14

Don't miss this unique opportunity to meet with top publishing professionals and get all your publishing questions answered! On April 13th and 14th, the Third Annual Round Table Writers' Conference, which takes place in Manhattan, will continue its tradition of helping writers get published!

With agents and editors from Random House, Vintage, Knopf, Simon and Schuster, Crown, Harvey Klinger and Sterling Lord Literistic, this year's Writers' Conference is bound to be an exciting and eye-opening look into the world of publishing! Meet keynote speakers Richard Ford, Colson Whitehead, and Tom McCormack, panelists Lynne Tillman, Natalie Danford, Ben Greenman, Mark McNay, Evan Mandery and many more!

The New York Round Table Writers' Conference is the only conference that covers all aspects of the publishing industry, from self-publishing to independent and small press publishing to publishing with major houses. This is your opportunity to learn the A to Z's of the publishing industry from seasoned experts!!! Time is drawing near, so register now to reserve your spot. To register, visit writersconferencenyc.org, or call the Small Press Center, The General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen at 212.764.7021.

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Trimaxx Publishers

Trimaxx is open to 'all genres' and says they are "pushing the limits in erotica."

They are also offering book reviews in their newsletter. See here for more information.