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 out favorite Tweets. Here are some of the standouts of the week:
Last week, while we were hanging out at the RT Convention in New Orleans, The 100 provided yet another exhilarating episode. Clarke and the others tried to make peace with the Grounders, but things quickly went south and sketchy Diana stole the ship and went to Earth with her gang of followers and Abby as her sort of. When the ship reached Earth, however, it crashed. The launch caused the entire Ark to effectively collapse.
Now onto last night’s action…
We open up on Clarke, Raven, Finn and Bellamy examining the crash. Clarke is desperate for answers as to whether or not her mom was indeed on the ship. All they find, though, are charred bodies and the remnants of the ship.
The gang search the wreckage.
Back at camp, Octavia spots a white flower, a signal from Lincoln, who was last shot with an arrow by his fellow Grounders. Meanwhile, Jasper’s trying to impress his fellow delinquents with his story of how he saved everyone from the ambush – Octavia gives him some serious eye roll action. Suddenly, the camp’s makeshift alarm system goes off and they find a bloodied and beaten Murphy (Bellamy’s original minion) at their doorstep.
Okay, so you’ve written a book and now all you have to do is find a home for your shiny manuscript! Everything about this process can be a bit tricky and confusing, trust us, we know. So, to help you out, we’ve gathered another batch of publishers who are open to submissions. Take a look and submit away!
Tor - Do you write short stories? Are you looking to have your work professionally edited and published online? Then Tor.com may be your new favorite place! Open to a wide range of speculative fiction, Tor is seeking engaging and diverse stories, particularly by authors from underrepresented populations. To learn more about their guidelines and mission, click here!
Riptide Publishing - Riptide Publishing, one of the leading LGBT fiction publishers, is currently seeking stories for their “Sweet Romance” open call. These stories should be between 25,000 to 110,000 words and should not contain any explicit sex scenes. Their website says, “We want teen appropriate stories, even if the stories themselves are not actually YA or NA.” To learn more, visit their site here!
The audience of the Up Close With Sylvia Day chat at the 2014 RT Convention was a rapt one. As attendees waited for the event to begin, all eyes were on the empty red chair at the front of the room.
Photo credit: Ian Spanier Photography 2014
The energy skyrocketed when Sylvia Day entered with a loud hoot and a question for her fans: "How is everyone doing?"
Immediately everyone started shouting out their questions. One of the first topics that came up was the TV adaptation of the Crossfire erotic romance series from Lionsgate.
“It’s quiet on that front,” Day told the audience. The last update she heard was in January when she learned that the first season of the show will follow the plot of Bared to You.
“I’m an inner 13-year-old at an ‘N Sync concert!” confessed Smart Bitches, Trashy Books’ Sarah Wendell as she settled in for a chat with beloved historical and contemporary romance author Lisa Kleypas at the RT Convention in NOLA. And she wasn’t the only one squeeing over Kleypas: Those attending on that bright and busy Thursday morning were just as excited to hear from their favorite scribe!
Sarah squeeing as Lisa laughs
Lisa told us that the first romance she read was The Flame and the Flower, and the thrill of Kathleen Woodiwiss’s dark hero Brandon was not so much his meanness but how he grew to love his heroine, Heather.
“Here’s this mean guy doing nice things for her — that’s hot!” she said. Unsurprisingly, the first novel she wrote, at the age of 21, was “very imitative of Kathleen Woodiwiss.” But, to many — including romance pioneer Jude Deveraux — it’s Kleypas who’s worth imitating. Her handling of love scenes is legendary across Romancelandia.
So what’s her secret?
Last week at the RT Book Lovers Convention in New Orleans, paranormal romance fans were treated to panels, socials and nighttime parties featuring creatures that go bump in the night. And one of the favorite monsters of the moment? Why, shapeshifters, of course! To create a memorable shifter, authors must convincingly combine human habits with the character's 'animal' side, which takes a lot of research and attention to detail. Yet despite the time that goes into crafting these hybrid characters, authors rarely stick to writing about just one animal. We went to the masters of shapeshifting, Thea Harrison, Terry Spear, Sara Humphreys and Nalini Singh — with bonus Jeaniene Frost cameo! — for the scoop.
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 are accurate at the time of this posting.
Self-publishing is a brave new world, which can at times seem difficult to navigate. We're here to help you get your bearings with our monthly column, Self-Pub Like a Pro. Last week at the RT Convention in NOLA, self-publishing powerhouse Kristen Ashley sat down for a frank discussion with Smashwords founder Mark Coker to discuss the nuts and bolts of self-publishing, from formatting to pricing and more. Here are just a few of the tidbits RT editor Tricia Carr picked up.
Mark Coker and Kristen Ashley
If you’re a romance reader, you know the name Kristen Ashley. But that wasn’t always the case. Her journey from selling nearly no copies to seeing her books on The New York Times bestseller list wasn’t easy. When Coker asked Ashley what gave her the confidence to quit her job and self-publish, she quickly assured him that she generally does not recommend doing so — and then admitted to ignoring these rational thoughts.
We love reading high-stakes action scenes — as well as smoking hot sexy ones. But how to conjure up that creative atmosphere, as an author, to write a scene that really takes us there? Why, music, of course! Last week at the RT Convention in New Orleans, Jackie Kessler, Mark Henry, Nicole Peeler, Diana Rowland, Jeanne C. Stein and Jaye Wells shared their blood-thirsty playlists: one for sexytimes and one for when it's time to kick some butt! So fire up your Spotify and get writing! (Some of these are explicit, so use discretion/head phones when necessary!)
Wouldn't you love to go on a date with your book boyfriend? We don't blame you, and neither do the creators of your favorite fictional heartthrobs. During Thursday's Contemporary Author Chat, RT reviewer Audrey Goodson Kingo sat down with Susan Mallery, Kristen Ashley and Rachel Gibson and talked romance and writing.
Audrey Kingo, far right, leads contemporary authors in a discussion
Naturally, authors and panel attendees alike were eager to discuss all things romance, be it a steamy scene oozing with passion, or even an off day when the authors can't exactly figure out how the hero and heroine's lips should meet. The workshop dug into the minds of these successful women, whose careers focus on love and passion, exposing fans to the layers of their creative processes.
For Kristen Ashley, her writing took off when she penned letters to loved ones in lieu of buying Christmas presents during her post-college years, when she was "living on beer and tortilla chips."