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Monday, 13 December 2010

SEEN This Week 12/13/10

Twas the week before Christmas, and all over the world, news from many authors and other literary professionals was unfurled.

Authors on Show would like to express its condolences to family and friends of fellow author Colin Theakston, who passed away recently.

Authors on Show also continues its rise to the top of literary sites. Not only is the main site number one on Google searches, but also the AOS blog was named one of one of the Top 20 Finalists in Write to Done's Top 10 Blogs for Writers Contest. The top 10 will be announced before Christmas.

The gang at Night Publishing have been working liked crazed lunatics (Tim Roux's words, not mine) to get out several new books, with three more remaining this month In addition to The Cruiserweight, other titles such as You've Gone Too Far This Time, Sir by Danny Bent, and The Really Dreadful Crime Company penned by Robert Adams are also set to be released this month.

New York Times bestselling author and one of my top Twitter followers Lisa Scottoline's audio book Why My Third Husband Will be a Dog was chosen as one of the Best Voices of 2010 by AudioFile Magazine.

Austin, Texas horror queen Gabrielle Faust is nominated for a 2010 Texas Social Media Award. Please take a moment to visit this link and leave a comment on the page. Each comment counts as a vote.

Mat Jackson's debut novel, So Shall Ye Reap, continues to receive five-star reviews on both the USA and UK sites on Amazon.

Blood Tears by Raven Dane is now available on Kindle in both the United States ($0.99) and United Kingdom (£0.72).

Jim Nisbet's book, Windward Passage, made the cut as one of the Best Books of 2010 on the National Public Radio show On Point.

Thomas J. Winton found an article in the December 6 Los Angeles Times stating that Google announced their expansion into the ebook business.  They'll sell ebooks that can be read on both their own and competitors' electronic reading devices, and also able to read e-books put out by their competitors. Within the next year or two, 25,000,000 adults (in America alone) will have e-reading devices.  Google expects a 40 percent sales increase in 2011.

Pfoxmoor Publishing will form a new imprint for romance/erotica, PfoxChase.

Vivienne Diane Neal is featured on the Author Spotlight on A Book Inside.

The Bravo Dome, a 55-word story by Jane Hammons, was published by Pulp Metal Magazine.

Amy Yelin'sessay Once Upon a Penis is included in the anthology, Mamas and Papas: On the Sublime Art of Parenting (Cityworks Press and now available on Another essay, Crooked was accepted for the forthcoming anthology Tarnished: True Tales of Innocence Lost (Pinchback Press).

Heather Kristin'sessay about visiting her mother in Middletown after a childhood traveling the city streets homeless and home-schooled is featured in Narrative Magazine.

Till the Break of Dawn, the latest paranormal romance by Tracey H. Kitts is being published with New Concepts Publishing. She also just signed a new contract with Ellora's Cave for a story called Fate's Embrace.

Shannon Kelley's first book, Undecided (Seal Press), is available for pre-sale at Amazon.

Elizabeth Westmark's short piece, Detritus is in Junk: A Literary Fix.

The Cry of a Gloomy Pond and other poems by Priyanka Bhowmick is now released and available on Amazon.

Diane Lockward is the subject of an interview in the December issue of Pif Magazine. Derek Alger asks Diane questions about her new poetry book, Temptation by Water, and about her early experiences as a poet and her years as a high school English teacher.

Pamela DuMond's debut novel Cupcakes, Lies, and Dead Guys was published by Krill Press in November. The book is available in trade paperback, Kindle and Nook.

Jennifer Lynn Knox recently won the 2010 Bananafish Magazine Competition.

My news for the week:

Christmas came early in a sense when I received notification Thursday morning (December 9) that after months of submitting The Cruiserweight's first three chapters, I obtained a literary agent. Not giving out any additional details until I've officially signed on the dotted line, but let's just say it's one of the top agents who visited Authors On Show website in the recent past and found my profile (and own website) "original and impressive."

A note from Authonomy informed me that I will have an author profile printed on their blog on or around January 24, 2011.

Paperback release of The Cruiserweight is drawing closer. Editing is finished, a minor change has been made to the book cover, and the back cover blurb is completed. Retail price for the paperback is set at $12.99 USD.

I would also love to give a special mention to Model and Talent National, who unveiled their new site Project Evolution website this past weekend.

Do you have news you'd like to share? Email or send a link where you post regular news by the end of each week to have it included in Monday's column.

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1 comment:

  1. I know it's Christmas and everyone is busy, but as usual, you take time to work as hard as ever to keep us all updated. this is one of my favourites each week. Brilliant as usual.