Saturday, January 26, 2008

Author Opportunities

The Marketing Whore has started High-Five Fridays, which, I'm finding, is not only an excellent way to clean up those links that you meant to post all week but just didn't get to, but a nice way to meet some new folks. Check out High-Five Fridays here.

In this week's High-Five Friday post, Marketing Whore had these gems which writers are likely to be interested in:
#1 High-Fives for The Sexies for The Sex-Positive Journalism Awards, which recognizes writers "who stick to high journalistic standards in a climate of repression and misinformation around human sexuality." Found via Libido Films' blog (NWS), which is run by one of the judges, and friend, Jack Hafferkamp.

And in an Oh The Irony way, #2 Jezebel nabs "Edgy" New New York Press Sex Columnist Stole Incest Question From Dan Savage. Don't worry, the columnist's resignation was accepted, leaving an opportunity for a sex columnist.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

On The Erotica Market

Roxanne Rhoads has written The Growing Genre of Er*otica at Funds For Writers. Here's a snippet:
Women and men are discovering a new breed of 21st century romance novels that are sexier and more erotic. This new genre is erotica. It has evolved from the romance novels your mom read, but these are not mom’s sappy love stories. The sex scenes are hotter and steamier and much more graphic. It’s a whole new genre of writing mainly for the woman who isn’t afraid of her sexuality. In the past several years erotica has found a home with many mainstream book publishers, in anthologies and on many web sites.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Franklin Furnace Announces Open Call for Artists

Franklin Furnace Archive Inc.'s mission is "to present, preserve, interpret, proselytize, and advocate on behalf of avant-garde art, especially forms that may be vulnerable due to institutional neglect, their ephemeral nature, or politically unpopular content."

Visit the Franklin Furnace Web site for complete program information and examples of previously funded projects.

Request For Proposal - Deadline: April 1, 2008

Info via Chloe Jo's newsletter (which you can find more about here).

Female Characters Which Are Too Stupid To Live

Ann Bruce on TSTL Heroines, a.k.a. Darwin Awards’ Newest Category:
Romancelandia is plagued with characters, usually the heroines, who are too stupid to live (or TSTL for short; you know there’s a rampant problem when there’s an acronym involved). These women, usually described as feisty or naive [to the point idiocy], rush headlong into dark alleys after they’re told not to, thereby endangering themselves and the people, usually the heroes, forced to go in to try and save them.

Authors, please stop the madness. If your characters are TSTL, then maybe the villains should push them off a cliff or beat them with the flashlight they forgot to bring for the trek down into the basement where they heard those strange noises. That would be A LOT more satisfying for the readers (i.e. me, myself, and I). Really.
Click the link to read thirteen examples (they'd be even funnier if they weren't actually employed in stories).

Thanks to Gracie for emailing the link.

Marketing Tips For Authors

Via Marketing Whore's Thirteen Tips For Better Marketing:
4 Get & read one non-industry publication per month. (Ditto details of #2.)

Example One: If you're an author or a product manufacturer, consider books on retailing so you can understand their point of view; you can really sell them on carrying your book/product when you know their concerns.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Re: Cassie Edwards & Plagiarism

Romance novelist Cassie Edwards has been accused of lifting work from other texts. Via Yahoo & the AP:
One example compares a description of black-footed ferrets in "Shadow Bear," which came out last year, with text from a 2005 article in Defenders Magazine, a quarterly published by Defenders of Wildlife, a conservation organization.

From "Shadow Bear":

"While alone in my father's study one day, after seeing a family of ferrets from afar in the nearby woods, I took one of my father's books from his library and read up on them. They were an interesting study. I discovered they are related to minks and otters. It is said that their closest relations are European ferrets and Siberian polecats. Researchers theorize that polecats crossed the land bridge that once linked Siberia and Alaska, to establish the New World population."

From Defenders Magazine:

"Related to mink and otters, they are North America's only native ferret (and a different species than the ferrets kept as pets). Their closest relatives are European ferrets and Siberian polecats. Researchers theorize polecats crossed the land bridge that once linked Siberia and Alaska to establish the New World population."

A prolific author, Edwards has written more than 100 novels in the last 25 years and has won several awards, including the Romantic Times Lifetime Achievement prize.

Friday, January 04, 2008

"Most Captivating LGBT Couple"

Tell us why you and your partner are one of America's most captivating couples and you'll be featured in the February Issue of GO Magazine! Be sure to include a high-resolution photo (300 dpi at 3x3 inches) and tell us: Who's who · Ages · Occupations · Borough/Town/Neighborhood · Hobbies & Interests · How you met · Your secret for a successful relationship · Why you should be profiled in our February 2007 Valentine's issue! Please include appropriate contact info, email and phone for each of you. Email couplesearch@gomag.com!

Via Chloe Jo.