Congratulations to the Green Bay Packers, Super Bowl XLV Champions. Excellent game, gentlemen!
Now, on to this past week's happenings:
Deadline for voting in the third annual Shorty Awards is Friday, February 11. If you haven't gotten in your voice, you still have a few days! Click here for instructions on how to nominate your favorites. Remember, the top six in every category goes on to be judged in the finals.
Night Reading will be running a new annual competition to determine the Night Reading Book of the Year - currently for 2010. Any books published in any format by any Night Reader are eligible for inclusion to be voted upon. Inclusion is automatic on submission during this month - February 2011 - but must be communicated to me via the Night Reading Ning messaging system not by external e-mail. All books published by Night Publishing during 2010 are automatically included. The voting will start on March 1 and last a month. This will be a closed vote limited to any current Night Reader who must vote via the Night Reading Ning messaging system by the March 31 deadline. Winner will be announced on April 1 and win any three paperbacks published by Night Publishing of their choice to be signed by their authors. There will be an additional surPRIZE too.
Maria Shriver is teaming up with O Magazine to celebrate National Poetry Month in its April 2011 issue.
Genevieve Graham-Sawchyn heard from Penguin this past week that they are "cover conferencing" about her book (designing a book cover in publishing speak)on February 10.
The Words to Music Anthology includes the story Cajun Queen, a story written by Stacey Danson.
Author on Show's fearless leader, Lorraine Holloway-White, released another book, A Sceptical Medium 2, which started selling as soon as she announced it was available.
Congratulations to KJ Kron, author of Saint Peter Killed God. The book was the first chosen by Slush Pile Reader to be published under its imprint. Additional details about the publication announcement can be read on the Slush Pile Reader blog. The manuscript will remain on Slush Pile Reader for those of you who haven’t yet had a chance to read, and/or vote, for it. Once Saint Peter is published, it will removed and available for sale on both Slush Pile Reader and elsewhere.
The anthology Live and Let Love in which Heather Kristin's essay arrived in bookstores February 1 and featured on Good Morning America February 4.
Thomas J. Winton's short story, Movin' On, appears on Random House's Youwriteon.com Top Ten. His book, Beyond Nostalgia, became one of YouWriteOn's Best Sellers in July (finishing in the top five) and now in contention for 2011 Book of the Year.
Vicki Hudson will discuss effective writer critique skills and practice both on the page and as part of a writing group during the San Francisco Writers Conference February 18-20.
Night Reading is pleased to announce that Janice Donnelly won the first poll of 2011 by a clear margin with her book Buying Time. She will become the latest author signed with Night Publishing.
Jessica Degarmo has been offered a publishing contract for her third book, Decisions. She's also started a promotion on her Facebook page. Here's how to enter the drawing for a signed copy of Hooking Up once it's released: Purchase How to Meet a Guy at the Supermarket on Amazon in either paperback or an e-copy, and message her on Facebook or via email to have your name entered into a drawing to be held in March.
A new wrestling romance novel is on the horizon - this one by Scottish author Kristal McKerrington. Although A Different Life is targeted to YA readers, wrestling and contemporary romance novel fans of any age can visit XOXO Publishing for additional information.
My news for the week:
Had a wonderful private book release luncheon late last week for The Cruiserweight. It was for friends and colleagues only, and all but maybe three people showed up. A couple of people who already bought the ebook on Smashwords loved it, though neither were wrestling fans. Go figure! I plan to have a more "public" release party - as well as a online event for those in other parts of the world - sometime this spring.
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