So important to Follow GUIDELINES when entering a contest!!

READ THE GUIDELINES FOLKS! This is so sad, less than half of the pitches submitted made it in. 😦

MUSETRACKS

UPDATE:

I’VE HEARD BACK FROM RHONDA AND I’LL BE E-MAILING THE AUTHORS THAT RHONDA MADE REQUESTS FROM THROUGHOUT THE DAY! WE’RE HAVING WEATHER UP IN MY NECK OF THE WOODS, SO IT MAY TAKE ME SOME TIME TO GET EMAILS OUT TO EVERYONE.

SHE EXPRESSED INTEREST IN ELEVEN PITCHES, AND OFFERED TO SEE MORE INFO ON A COUPLE SHE WASN’T CERTAIN WERE ROMANCE.

GOOD JOB EVERYONE!

Good morning everyone and a huge welcome to Rhonda Penders with The Wild Rose Press.

It’s interesting…

I’ll give the stats below, as I usually do, but this time I had a lot of pitches from authors/writers who haven’t been to Agent/Editor Shop before. Many of them didn’t make it in today. It’s too bad too! We didn’t even fill up all the slots because so many of the pitches didn’t follow the rules.

Here’s the thing, and I say this every week. Agent/Editor Shop…

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From @CindiMyers – Publisher opening for unagented YA Fantasy, Spec Fic & PNR. #YALit

For all my friends who write YA Fantasy/Spec Fic/PNR – Spencer Hill open submissions is a great opportunity!

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Spencer Hill Presspublishes urban fantasy, science fiction and paranormal romance for young adults. Beginning December 1 they will open to submissions from unagented authors, so if you have a manuscript you feel is right for them, get ready. They’re interested in young adult, new adult and middle grade stories. Beginning December 1, you may submit the first 10 pages of your manuscript, in the body of an email, to editor Patricia Riley at submissions@spencerhillpress.com. Get the details here.

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Artes Publico Presspublishes contemporary fiction based around U.S. Hispanic cultural issues and themes. Based at the University of Houston, Artes Publico Press accepts unagented submissions. The books they publish are primarily literary fiction, and deal with issues such as political struggles, the search for identity and women’s issues.

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Tu Books, the fantasy, science fiction and mystery imprint of Lee and Low Publishers, is sponsoring the first…

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An Impotence of Communication

(Yes, I chose that word deliberately)

Well, as many may have heard, Noble Romance Publishing is going through a shake up. I am not going to directly talk about my opinions on that, except to say things are still in flux and nothing is resolved.

What I am going to talk about is the communications surrounding the situation. Particularly communications between authors at Noble Romance.

For many, the announcement that the Chief Editor was looking to take over the business was the first they realized that perhaps it wasn’t just their little bit of interaction with Noble which was not working the way they understood publishing companies work. One thing you have to understand is that, from what I’ve seen, for many of Noble Romance authors, it was their first, or only if they stayed with the company, publishing experience. They didn’t have anything to compare how they were being treated.

However, the announcement that someone realized things weren’t going quite the way they should and was seeking to remedy it, while raising awareness, also calmed down some of the concern. See? It’s going to get handled.

Then came the news that, no, there would not be a buyout, in fact the main contact for all of the authors was leaving.

Which lead to a variety of responses. And questions. Questions about who to contact, when royalties, which were already later than they typically are (but not as late as they sometimes have been) would be paid, and what was the plan going forward.

During this time, as authors expressed their dismay and concerns to each other, it became clear that many people were having various level of issues with responses from the company, most via their main contact with the company.

Suddenly all these authors realized that they were not alone in having communications issues with Noble Romance. Suddenly it’s no longer ‘just me’, it’s her, and her, and her, oh and him, and… a significant number. But not all, I don’t want to give that impression. There were definitely people with whom the company had maintained good communications.

It seems, though, that a lack of communications with many of its authors was not the only issue here. The parent company, from the lone email I’ve seen, was also left scrambling due to lack of notification of intent by their employee.

I’m sure both sides are feeling angry and mad and sad about the whole thing. Many authors took their voices and created a group where they could air their grievances, compare notes and discuss possible next steps. Steps which some took right away, while many collected the information and waited to see how the parent company would be handling things before making any kind of decision.

(For some reason someone in that group thinks it’s okay to share the venting people are doing, like this is high school and showing they know what the other group is ‘saying’ is cool and will win them brownie points in some adolescent vision of the world. It’s not high school it’s these people’s livelihoods, however whomever is doing this doesn’t have even have the guts to use their own name, so I can’t see them having the maturity to stop.)

So, for many of us it’s a wait and see situation. Will Noble come out whole on the other side? Will their stable of authors remain with them?

Rumor has it there will be an announcement Monday. While it might not be a crystal ball into the future, at least it’ll be a communication. Hopefully one of many going forward.

And I’ll be staying in touch with my fellow authors. Being out of communication with them has led to ignorance in the past, I’m not willing for that to happen again.

So, along with the majority of authors (or at least that is my impression), I’m waiting.

In the meantime, for those interested, links to some other blogs talking about the situation. I’m sure there will be more:

ETA another:
 Gianna Simone

I’m No Angel

Vacuous Minx
– also talks about posting information from the private authors group.

Brita Addams

Casey Harris
– nice hearing from someone who didn’t have problems.

J.S Wayne’s An Ig-Noble Letter

FIRST REVIEW IS 4 HEARTS!

Zach Sweets over at Hearts on Fire Reviews give Ginny’s Capture 4 stars!

Here’s the start (not sure of the right way to do this so just showing the first couple of lines and linking to the review)

Another Lesbian vs. Zombie short story I’ve enjoyed. Dee found out Ginny is in trouble and she wants to save her from the zombies. She has to go back to the University she once swears she wouldn’t ever go back two years ago.

And here’s the link.

Yes, I can’t stop smiling. 🙂

THREE DAYS and …it’s Cover Reveal time!

Got a lovely, lovely cover from the very talented Fiona Jayde!

And lookey, down there at the bottom. MY NAME. In BLUE. 🙂

Have this up in one window while I work on edits in the other. Can’t seem to stop checking to make sure it’s really there. Hmm, edits might go faster if I closed that window… so not going to happen.

Enjoy. In three days you’ll be able to buy it directly from Noble Romance. (If you’d prefer to buy it on Amazon, there’s a wait  of at least a week for it be formatted and show up).

Chat! Wednesday 9-11 at Coffee Time Romance Erotic E-Loop

I’ve heard rumor the FREE KINDLE they are giving away is a KINDLE TOUCH. Suggest you go and sign up for the yahoo group BEFORE the chat on 2/15 if you want to join us for a chance to win.

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Lesbians vs Zombies from Noble Romance

We want to thank everyone who stopped by Coffee Time Romance’s Erotic E-loop for our chat. It was fun, wild and very, very busy. At last count we had over 500 posts in the two hours we were there.

Congratulations to all the winners!

Head over now and join Coffee Time Romance Erotic E-Loop so you can come the chat for a chance to win some FABULOUS prizes.

One lucky poster from the chat will win a FREE KINDLE courtesy Noble Romance Publishing. (you must be at the chat, comments here will not be considered entries)

YOU MUST JOIN THE GROUP TO PARTICIPATE IN THE CHAT. Here’s the link you’ll need to join:


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Release day for the First LvsZ Book!

From KevaD:

The Zombie with Flowers in Her Hair isn’t what the casual reader expects. Yes, there are lesbians and zombies, but the heart of the story is a purpose lost, and the young dead woman who will be called upon to make a difference in a world she never knew existed. That said, there’s some really funny stuff in this book, if I do say so myself.

Thanks for looking –

David/KevaD

The hardest part of being alone is realizing you are.

1969 was a busy year for the young woman nicknamed Isis. She graduated high school, engaged in a lesbian relationship, died, and rose from the dead as a pot-smoking, flesh-eating zombie in need of a good orgasm. Yet, in death she ended up as alone as she had in life. But when a beautiful zombie with flowers in her hair forgets her sweet butt on a toilet seat, Isis’s undead life will never be the same. Nor will it be one she could ever have envisioned, even on the wildest acid trip. Because for Isis, her true reason for life lies in her death.

David Kentner

http://www.kevad.net/

More of David’s books here.