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Monday, 20 September 2010

SEEN This Week 9/20/10

Can you believe it’s officially the final week of summer in the United States? Fall officially arrives here on Wednesday, September 22, and many personalities in the writing world are already getting head starts on their own fall campaigns.

Authorship with a Presidential twist: Barack Obama publishes a 40-page children's book, Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters. More details on the current book may be found at this link.

Media personality Dan Abrams landed a new book deal with his latest work, Man Down: Proof Beyond a Reasonable Doubt That Women Are Better Cops, Drivers, Gamblers, Spies, World Leaders, Beer Tasters, Hedge Fund Managers, and Just About Everything Else. The book is scheduled for a 2011 release, in time for Mother’s Day. Click here for more information.

Lisa Scottoline‘s publicist stated to me in an email response for an Authors on Show website interview request that Lisa is under a tight writing deadline for her next book, and, unfortunately, is not able to add anything else to her schedule at this time. The good news is that there’s a new book coming for her fans to enjoy in the near future.

Lisa also posted her latest “Chick Wit” column here

Anne Rice posted on her Facebook page last week that she was still under the weather, “with the virus that never quits“, but is feeling a little better each day. She appreciates all good wishes and links from fans.

Gabrielle Faust participated in a live Q&A session on Bitten by Books September 16. The site posted a review of her Overall Beauty eye shadow line. Visit Bitten by Books at

Gabrielle will be speaking at the United Nations Girl Up “Bites & Beats” event at The Dogwood in Austin, TX on September 30. Want to attend? RSVP here

Authors on Show would like to thank Penguin Books for stopping by and viewing the website. They are welcome to contact team members or featured authors of interest at any time, and of course, invited to return to the site (and AOS blog).

A top literary agent also visited the Authors on Show website, and it was confirmed that all six profiled authors were studied at length.

Congratulations to Sheena Ignatia, who finished in 11th place in the “Search for a Simple Star” contest out of thousands of entries. Check out her blog for more fun happenings.

Claire Power appeared on Bluewater Radio’s Healthwise September 13. To learn more about Bluewater Radio and its programming, log on to

Gary Ponzo and his book, A Touch of Deceit, were among the front page features on BookBuzzr this past week.

Drew Stepek’s book, Knuckle Supper, can now be pre-ordered on Amazon at this link.

Joanne Ellis’ acclaimed novel, Spoilt, has had over 900 downloads on Smashwords! Have you downloaded your copy ?

The Truth About Whales, written by SueAnn Jackson Land, is now published and available for sale.

Numbers Elementary: Rounding author Mike Shuck appeared at the Robinson Autumn Festival and Fireworks (in the Pittsburgh area) September 18 at his own “Numbers Elementary” booth, a delightful time for both parents and children alike on a beautiful Saturday afternoon.

Endaxi Press hosted the book launch of Raven Dane’s new fantasy comedy novel, The Unwise Woman of Fuggis Mire at the Britannia Hotel in Nottingham, England, as one of the events that kicked off the weekend-long British Fantasy Society Convention (or as it is known to Fantasy fans, FantasyCon 2010). During the event, Raven signed a five-book contract with Endaxi.Her next book, steampunk novel Cyrus Darian and the Technomicron, is planned for a 2011 release.

Fashionistas and fashion writers alike: This is the final week to get ready for Pittsburgh Fashion Week. If you’re planning to attend and/or cover this inaugural event, now is the time to claim your spaces! For details, log on to the official website at

My own news this past week:

I was notified early last week that I was nominated for a USA Characters Unite Award, part of the USA cable television channel. Nominations are open until October 8, and judging will take place in the following weeks. More details can be found on the USA Characters Unite website.

BookBuzzr’s Official Blog posted an article September 13, An Example of a Good Book Trailer. Intrigued, I clicked on the link, expecting to find some good advice (since I was in the market for a new trailer), only to discover that The Cruiserweight‘s book trailer was chosen as their “example.” Since I always considered my own trailer to be generic in comparison to others I’ve viewed over the last several months, to say I was surprised and flattered would be an understatement.

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