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Monday, 4 July 2011

SEEN This Week 7/4/11

Happy Fourth of July to my American readers, and a belated Happy Canada Day to our neighbors of the north. I hope everyone is having/had a joyful holiday, including writer friends. This week's column may appear shorter than usual, but as some like to say, it's quality over quantity that counts.

Since its inception in December 2010, the Independent Author Network (IAN) has become an important resource for independent authors who count on the site for effective and affordable book promotion. Members enjoy a supportive writer community where writing, publishing, and promotion advice is readily available.

Speaking of author promotion sites, look for Authors on Show to undergo some shrinkage and changes in the coming weeks. Sticking with the "quality over quantity" concept, both site and blog will be cut down some to focus on the more important areas of author and book promotion. A couple of surprises are also in store!

Anyone who would like Michael Clifford to include an extract of their work on his website, he is more than happy to help. Who knows; you might have luck finding an agent or publisher! Just contact Michael at the email link on Ten Minute Stories.

Lorraine Holloway-White has been asked to write a regular column for the online newspaper The Psychic News.

Tantra Bensko's proposal to the Now Festival of New Writing conference was accepted, so she will be performing from her book, Lucid Membrane. It's the big gathering for Innovative fiction October 13-15 in San Diego. She may also be discussing Lucid Fiction and reading from Lucid Membrane at two bookstores in Berkeley, one calling it a launch.

Gerard Brennan, who has a popular blog about crime writing in Northern Ireland, gave Gerry McCollough a nice plug for Belfast Girls, and she's been invited to do a reading at the fringe of the John Hewitt Summer School July 26. The JHSS is a prestigious local literary event in Ireland.

Michelle Izmaylov recently finished a writer's workshop and she'll be doing another workshop July 9.

Linda Rondeau received her first book contract with Pelican Ventures LLC, White Rose Publishing, Harbourlight Books. The book is an inspirational Romantic Suspense, The Other Side of Darkness. No official release date has been announced.

Meet Melissa Foster, author of Megan’s Way on her virtual book tour. She will be stopping by and guest blogging about how she felt when finding out that her book is being adapted into a film. Join One World Singles Magazine Blog on Monday, July 11, 2011 starting at 12AM.

My news for the week:

I received notification on June 28 that I've been nominated for a Shire Brave Award. Apparently, someone in my neighborhood thought well enough of me to send in a nomination.

With the aforementioned nomination comes recognition and the chance to win $10,000 USD.

For those not familiar (and I had to look it up myself), Shire plc is a global specialty biopharmaceutical company. They currently seek to recognize everyday people who are not healthcare professionals, but reach out as caregivers.

As of this past weekend, The Book Shelf  is now up to 80 followers! I didn't realize this little blog was so fascinating. In any case, thanks to all followers for joining.

Do you have news you'd like to see in a future column? Email or post your news on a related site prior to the following week. Also follow me on Twitter @lacarrington1.

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