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Monday, 24 January 2011

SEEN This Week 1/24/11

Here in the US, attentions are now being turned toward the Super Bowl, the biggest game in American football. However, writers and others in the publishing business still remained busy, with lots of good news to report.

The Shorty Awards voting deadline is drawing closer. Have you nominated your favorite writers or literary personalities? For voting information, log on to Shorty Awards website.

Just a little over a week remains until the selection of the first manuscript on Slush Pile Reader. Don't forget to vote for your favorite.

She Writes welcomed its 13,000th member last week (you read that correctly - 13,000 members!).  Be sure to visit the site and welcome 13,000th member Saundra Goldman by leaving a comment on her profile page.

Pennwriters and Catherine McLean are teaming up again this year to bring you the Project Bible, an online writers course, beginning February 1. The Project Bible is a guide and reference resource that enhances creativity, provides essential information for writing short stories and novels, and helps you write more marketable cleaner copy. It’s a godsend because every Project Bible is personalized and customized by you the individual—and how you write and tell a particular story. (NOTE: This course is for those who have a clear understanding of fiction writing terms and who have completed one or more stories ranging from 5,000 to over 100,000 words.) More details are available on the Pennwriters website.

Angel Academy, a children's book written by Dr. Martina Cartwright to help seriously ill children have a view of heaven, has been accepted to the University of Arizona's author's tent with a 30-minute presentation scheduled for March 13. She writes "I have also been nominated to the  Southern Arizona's author pavilion ...only 40 spots are available...but I'm confident I will get selected. This is one of the few children's books that was self published to be accepted." Cartwright donates a portion of the proceeds of Angel Academy to children's charities.

Mat Jackson's apps web site is in talks with a leading band to rewrite a track for his site's homepage. Design logo and graphics all agreed for the upcoming site. Full trials are set to begin next week. Everything is headed in a new and groundbreaking direction. Want a peek at a rough draft of the site? Click here, and try to figure it out!

On Februarty 1, 2011, Lyons Press will publish A Dangerous Woman: The Life Loves and Scandals of Adah isaacs Menken, 1835-68, Americas Original Superstar by Michael and Barbara Foster. Menken was admired by Mark Twain, Walt Whitman and George Sand. As the first Marilyn Monroe, she revolutionized show business with a 21st century flair in addition to publishing confessional poetry which prefigured Sylvia Plath's heartfelt verse.

Dory Adams' creative nonfiction essay Viewing Stories: From Warrior's Mark to Arlington was published at Connotation Press: An Online Artifact. Her short story Red-Winged Blackbirds at 7:35 was published in the December 2010 (Vol. 26, No. 2) issue of Now & Then: The Appalachian Magazine.
A book signing was held for Jessica Degarmo's How to Meet a Guy at the Supermarket on January 21. She will appear at the Horseheads Library in March for a speaking engagement at its women's club. The club will support a reading promotion group that buys children's books.  She'll donate a dollar to the charity for each book she sells during the appearance.

On January 26, Jessica will be interviewed during the WENY-TV Channel 36 morning show at 6:45AM.

Daniel Palmer's thriller, Delirious, is set for release January 25. Preorder now for a chance to win an iPod with audio book!

This comment was left on the book trailer of Spoilt author Jo Ellis: "Just read the book and i loved it. It's great books like this that should be made into movies, not s**** books like Twilight.

O. The Oprah Magazine selected Susan Conley's forthcoming memoir, The Foremost Good Fortune, for its "February Reading Room." It's a memoir about being a Westerner in Beijing contending with different parenting styles, as well as the Mandarin language and then cancer. The publication date is scheduled for February 8.

Spirits writer Kara Newman will host the second Drink Think, a reading series all about beverages, March 1 at Jimmy's 43 (43 E 7th Street at 2nd Avenue in New York City).

Join Mindy Lewis at Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, NYC on Sunday January 30 at 6:00PM for an evening of selected readings by Many Mountains Moving contributors Erik Ipsen, Minter Krotzer, R.C. Ringer, Renato Rosaldo, and Hal Sirowitz, with host/MMM editor Thad Rutkowski. The reading begins promptly at 6:00PM (doors open at 5:45) and will end before 8:00PM. There's also a $7.00 cover. Click here for additional program information.

It's little secret that Stacey Danson is otherwise known as Suzannah Burke, one of our outstanding Authors on Show team members. Under the Stacey Danson pen name,  her harrowing memoir, Empty Chairs, was released on Amazon Kindle by Night Publishing January 20. The paperback format will follow soon.

My news for the week:

I'm happy to report that Kerrigan's Legacy, sequel to my first full-length novel, The Cruiserweight, has been well-received on Authonomy thus far. Kerrigan's Legacy has been rising steadily in rankings since initial posting of sample chapters January 16.

Do you have news that you'd like to see on this column? Either post it on any writing site or email me directly at by the end of the week. Also follow me on Twitter @lacarrington1

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