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Don’t you just love hanging out with other booklovers and unleashing your inner fangirl and fanboy over your favorite authors? We sure do, which is why we’re pretty stoked about tomorrow’s Authors in the City event here in New York City at the New York Marriott Downtown! Organized and hosted by Stephanie from Stephanie’s Book Reports, this all day event is not to be missed.
But what exactly is Authors in the City? Well, it’s an all day event aimed at bringing readers and authors together for one giant book party. There are over 80 romance authors attending, including Jay Crownover, Shayla Black and Emma Chase. The main event is the four hour book signing from 1 to 6 PM, which will provide ample time for the close to 400 attendees to geek out and meet their literary idols. Following the signing, there’ll be a meet and greet, including food and an awards ceremony.
But that’s not all! A few of the authors are bringing their hunky cover models! Don’t worry, we’ll be taking lots of photos for those who can’t make it.
The Internet is full of hilarious gems and memorable words of wisdom from the masses. Authors, readers and publishers on Twitter are no exception and continuously put smiles on the faces of Twitter users daily in 140 characters or less. We've started compiling our favorite Tweets.
This week we dedicate Tweethearts to everyone who says that authors are 'just like everyone else'.
Self-publishing is a brave new world, and we're here to help you navigate it with our monthly column, Self-Pub Like a Pro. This month we're tackling the ever-important cover design. Covers are such a big deal we're bringing you the insight of not one, but two, accomplished cover artists. Today with us is Frauke Spanuth, owner and creative director for Croco Designs. We hope you enjoy all Frauke has to say, and come back next week for part two!
What should a self-published author keep in mind when working with a cover artist?
As a self-published author you are also in charge of all tasks a publisher usually takes care of. You have to keep a publication schedule as well as a budget in mind, so availability and pricing may be most important for you. But please keep in mind that if a cover is poorly executed, people may also think your book is of poor quality. It’s said that one should not judge a book by its cover, but very often people still do.
That's it, we're calling it. 2014 is the year of New Orleans in book publishing. There are so many sexy, spooky, spectacular NOLA-set books being put out this year, we'd be planning a trip — if we weren't already going for this year's RT Convention! Today two New Orleans-inspired authors, Mur Lafferty and Kristen Painter, share what makes the Big Easy such a ripe setting for fiction and their recent releases, Lafferty's Ghost Train to New Orleans and Painter's House of the Rising Sun.
New Orleans has a special connection with vampires — how did you tackle that particular creature in your book?
Mur Lafferty: I actually didn't, for the most part. My main vampire characters were the ones who came from New York City, and NOLA vampires were bit parts. But my vampires are pretty standard — drink blood, powerful ones can fly, they're faster than people, can mesmerize. I did cover more vampires in the travel guide sections in the book, telling some of the local history from the POVs of various monsters.
What do you do when the growing number of new reads causes your wallet to shrink uncomfortably? Shop the e-book deals, of course! In this column we highlight some of our favorite book buys that will cost you less than a medium-sized coffee. All prices listed are accurate at the time of this blog's posting.
Booze, sunshine, skimpy clothes and, of course, hook ups with hot guys! What could be better? The four authors of Avon's latest erotic new adult anthology, Spring Fling, agree, as they've each contributed a story young women spending their spring breaks in New Orleans — we couldn't think of a better setting — and finding true love — or just some hot, hot loving. With the upcoming RT Booklovers Convention in New Orleans this May, we asked each author to share their favorite New Orleans hot spots. Because who knows, maybe we'll relive a spring break moment or two. (We behaved, Mom, we swear.)
Julia Kent: The allure of Maison Bourbon, New Orleans’ notorious jazz club, isn’t the music. What draws me in is the sense of timelessness, of enormity. Those first hesitant steps across the threshold of a jazz bar in the wee hours of the night make me feel like I'm crossing over into world unknown. The music turns into my own pulse as my senses take over. The air is redolent of a part of myself I know I possess, but that is too buried to be known just yet.
Besides the fantastic food and rich history, New Orleans is most famous for Mardi Gras. And although this year’s festivities are now sadly over, RT Convention attendees can still experience the celebrations by joining us on Wednesday, May 14 at 7:15pm** for Mardi Gras World Carnivále! This all-night extravaganza is co-sponsored by a host of today’s leading publishers, and you will not want to miss it. Trust us.
Attendees will get an intimate look at the floats used in the Mardi Gras parade.
Ah, classic literary fiction. It can be so wonderful, but at times dense, leaving us wishing for a guide to lead us through the venerable prose. Enter: Italian artist and writer Francesco D'Isa, who reviews the classics in a candid, tongue-in-cheek (and very short) way. We're happy to bring his column, "Very Short Reviews of Difficult Books," to English language readers! Check back here every Wednesday for three new reviews from Francesco.
Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
A world just a bit more extreme than ours created by a talented writer who will hold your attention for many pages — but not all of them. Tons of footnotes in a book with so many pages made me stop reading at page six hundred-and-something.
Plot: In an allegorical world where everyone’s on drugs, some allegorical (and addicted) characters are looking for the ultimate drug.
Rating: 73 out of 100.
The Myth of Sisyphus by Albert Camus