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Win Editorial Services From Dark World Books

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, NOVEMBER 25, 2013 | PERMALINK

Today we're offering an extra special holiday treat for authors and writers: the chance to win free edits for one full-length novel, courtesy of the UK-based company Dark World Books. Dark World Books offers customized boutique services for independent and published authors of Urban/Dark Fantasy, Dystopian, Steampunk, YA/NA Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Historical Romance, Dark Erotica, Contemporary Erotica and Erotic Romance.

Having problems with your author business? Their job is to guide you through this sometimes overwhelming process and take care of manuscript edits, covers and marketing material creation, trailers and book tours! Curious what customers have to say? You can read their testimonials here and learn more about their editorial and marketing services here.

To celebrate their first year, DWB is delighted to offer free edits for one full-length novel for the genres mentioned above. Fill out the Rafflecopter form, and make sure to check back on December 9th when we announce the contest winner!

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Good luck everyone!


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Start Yer Engines: Our Guide to Your Successful NaNoWriMo

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, OCTOBER 31, 2013 | PERMALINK

Tomorrow starts National Novel Writing Month, and we at RT are here for you. We want you to succeed, write that bestselling novel — and then invite us to your fancy book party. Deal? We scoured the Internet to find the best and most useful tools to help get you to 50,000 words by November 30.

Getting Ready

Go to the source: The official NaNo website is truly a wealth of awesome information. Some of our particular favorite features include the Word Count Widgets, which allow you to see your progress, as well as the pep talks from established authors. (In particular, we love Neil Gaiman’s: “You write. That’s the hard bit that nobody sees. You write on the good days and you write on the lousy days. Like a shark, you have to keep moving forward or you die.”)

Reading Ahead


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Where To Submit Your Manuscript: October 2013

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, OCTOBER 28, 2013 | PERMALINK

Aspiring authors, we know that it can be disheartening to look out into the abyss of potential publishing houses and only see the same old phrase, “no unsolicited manuscripts accepted.” These days many of the major publishing houses rely on their ties with literary agents and in-house promotions to find new authors. But don’t despair; today we’ve come up with a list of nine places — from off-the-beaten path publishers to special back doors of the big-name houses — that would welcome your query letter, manuscript or submission.

Carina Press - Carina recently announced their Fall 2013 call for submissions, with each editor listing which types of stories they’d love to see land in their inbox. Among the requests are calls for New Adult, LGBTQ romances of many genres, quality erotic romance and stories that blend genres. For all the details on what Carina editors are craving, click here. And you can find their submissions guidelines here


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The Fourth Annual Authors Networking Summit Hits Houston

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, SEPTEMBER 19, 2013 | PERMALINK

Networking is an important aspect of any industry, but maybe even more so when it comes to publishing. Authors not only have to engage with their readers, but also with industry professionals such as reviewers, journalists and event planners.

To help new and aspiring authors develop their networking skills, The Master Communicator’s Writing Services will host the fourth Annual Authors Networking Summit on October 5, 2013, at the TBH Center, located at 333 S. Jensen Dr., Houston, TX 77003. This unique event will provide aspiring authors with sessions and presentations that will help educate and motivate them as they continue navigating their paths to publication. Established authors are also encouraged to attend.

What’s even more exciting is that RT Top Pick! author Reshonda Tate Billingsley will be emcee the summit’s Celebrity Awards Luncheon!

For more information on the Fourth Annual Authors Networking Summit, including registration details, please visit their website here.


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September 2013: Places You Should Consider Submitting Your Manuscript

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, SEPTEMBER 19, 2013 | PERMALINK

Aspiring authors, we know how disheartening it can be to look out into the abyss of potential publishing houses and only see the same old phrase, “no unsolicited manuscripts accepted.” These days many major publishing houses rely on their ties with literary agents and in-house promotions to find new authors. But don’t despair; today we’ve come up with a list of ten places — from off-the-beaten path publishers to special back doors of the big-name houses — that would welcome your query letter, manuscript or submission. So polish that manuscript and get it out there. Good luck! Remember us when you're huge. 

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Belle of the (Kingsborough) Ball: Sophie Barnes Waltzes into Print

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 29, 2013 | PERMALINK

Most authors will tell you, the publishing world is changing at a lightening-fast pace — especially for an industry notoriously slow to shift. And authors are embracing a multi-platform, “hybrid” approach to publishing — utilizing various combinations of digital-first, self-publishing and traditional publishing to get their words out to readers more effectively.

Today we’re talking with Avon Editorial Director Erika Tsang and author Sophie Barnes, who’s moving from Avon’s digital-first imprint, Avon Impulse, to Avon’s print and digital line with September’s The Trouble With Being a Duke. The duo stopped by to tell us more.

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Erika: I’m delighted to introduce everyone to Sophie Barnes, one of Avon’s rising stars. How does it feel, Sophie, to be a multi-platform author?


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Tags: Historical Romance, Aspiring Authors, RT Daily Blog, Romance
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So You Want To Write A YA?: Jennifer Estep Shares Her Tips

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 22, 2013 | PERMALINK

Aspiring authors, this one’s for you! YA continutes to be one of the hottest genres out there. Interested in breaking in? Today we've got bestselling author Jennifer Estep, author of the Mythos Academy series, here to share her tips on writing YA. 

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Greetings! This summer, my fifth Mythos Academy book, Midnight Frost, was released, as well as "Spartan Frost," an e-novella in the series. So as someone who has some experience writing YA, today I'm going to share some tips. Here goes:

Follow your process: Just because you might be writing a YA book for the first time doesn’t mean that you should do things completely differently. If you have a process for writing a book or short story that works for you with adult fiction, consider sticking with that same process for YA.


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August 2013: Places You Should Consider Submitting Your Manuscript

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 21, 2013 | PERMALINK

Aspiring authors, we know how disheartening it can be to look out into the abyss of potential publishing houses and only see the same old phrase, “no unsolicited manuscripts accepted.” These days many major publishing houses rely on their ties with literary agents and in-house promotions to find new authors. But don’t despair; today we’ve come up with a list of ten places — from off-the-beaten path publishers to special back doors of the big-name houses — that would welcome your query letter, manuscript or submission. So polish that manuscript and get it out there. Good luck! Remember us when you're huge. 

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What To Look For When Choosing An E-Publisher

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 13, 2013 | PERMALINK

While e-books have come a long way, oftentimes going digital can still feel like the Wild West of publishing. With so many digital publishers accepting unsolicited manuscripts, how can an author know what to look for and what to avoid? We asked author KT Grant, who has a great deal of experience with various e-publishers, to share her tips for new and established authors when it comes to choosing the perfect digital press.

After three years and 25 books with various e-publishers, there are many things I now know that I wished I'd been aware of when I first signed a publishing contract. As a new author searching for the right e-publisher, there are some important things you should be aware of before you sign on the dotted line. You want to pick an e-publisher who will treat you, and your book, with professionalism and respect. Hopefully some of these tips will help new authors begin a long and successful writing career.

Research, Research, Research


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July 2013: Places You Should Consider Submitting Your Manuscript

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 30, 2013 | PERMALINK

Aspiring authors, we know that it can be disheartening to look out into the abyss of potential publishing houses and only see the same old phrase, “no unsolicited manuscripts accepted.” These days many of the major publishing houses rely on their ties with literary agents and in-house promotions to find new authors. But don’t despair; today we’ve come up with a list of eight places — from off-the-beaten path publishers to special back doors of the big-name houses — that would welcome your query letter, manuscript or submission. 

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