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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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Tags: Paranormal, Aspiring Authors, RT Daily Blog, Young Adult
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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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Tags: Aspiring Authors, RT Daily Blog, E-Book
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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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RWA 2013: BDSM 101 With Tiffany Reisz And Roni Loren

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 25, 2013 | PERMALINK

While they both started out writing erotica “accidentally,” Tiffany Reisz (who first plotted her books while in seminary) and Roni Loren (a former Young Adult author) have quickly gained loyal fan followings for their sizzling stories. At the RWA National Conference last week, these ladies gave a workshop titled "BDSM: 101" and cleared up misconceptions about erotica as well as shared down-and-dirty instructions on some of the ways aspiring authors can write about domination, submission and more!

Authors Tiffany Reisz and Roni Loren discuss kink and how to write BDSM fiction

Tiffany and Roni started the discussion by explaining that there are endless types of erotica, but two main distinctions are 'erotica' and 'erotic romance.' Roni writes erotic romance which means her stories end with a happily every after, or at least a happily for now. While erotica (which RT labels erotic fiction) is about a sexual journey. Tiffany says she enjoys writing erotica because it allows her to break a lot of rules and explore taboo subjects.


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Tags: Aspiring Authors, RT Daily Blog, Erotica
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Wanna Self-Publish An Erotic Romance? Read This First!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 25, 2013 | PERMALINK

If you're an aspiring author or a traditionally published writer looking for more options in the publishing world, self-publishing has proved to be lucrative for many authors. But with many factors to consider, taking on the duties of a publishing house — not to mention writing an excellent story — can feel overwhelming. Today two stars of erotic romance self-publishing, the writing team known as Kit Rocha, are here to share 5 essential tips for jumping into the world of self-publishing with a steamy tale.

The single biggest piece of advice we could offer to writers looking to self-publish is that it’s fast, but not easy — especially not if you do it right. You’re not only responsible for the creative work, but also for every aspect of production. That said…

1. You don’t have to do it all yourself. Play to your strengths, but don’t be afraid to hire out tasks or barter for services to supplement areas of weakness — say you’re great at editing but not art, and you have a friend who can design awesome covers. Don’t be afraid to ask!

2. That means you’ll have to invest in your work. Time or money — make sure you spend enough to make your book the best it can be.


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RWA 2013: Discussing Self-Publishing With Bella Andre And Barbara Freethy

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 23, 2013 | PERMALINK

The biggest news in the publishing industry today is the success of self published authors. From becoming bestsellers, to selling to NYC houses and winning over millions of readers, there has never been a better (or more lucrative) time to be an indie author. At the 2013 RWA National Conference, self-published authors Barbara Freethy and Bella Andre held several workshops on how to become a self-pub success and why you might want to consider being your own boss. In the panel "Self-Publishing Chat with Barbara Freethy and Bella Andre" these authors answered audience questions on the nitty gritty that goes into self-publishing. Here is an overview on what was discussed.

Authors Barbara Freethy and Bella Andre

Beginning the workshop, Bella gave some bullet points of what authors ready to self publish should do. These included:

1) Write your next book!

2) Get a content editor and copy editor

3) Don’t price your work too low

But out of all of these tips, Bella says that the first is the absolute most important because there is no better way to market yourself than to publish that next book. And for her, this means continuing to write her popular Sullivans series. She describes the process:


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Tags: Aspiring Authors, E-Book
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RWA 2013: Contemporary Romance Chat With Shalvis, Carr and Higgins

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 19, 2013 | PERMALINK

Yesterday at the 2013 Romance Writers of America Conference, bestselling authors Jill Shalvis, Robyn Carr and Kristan Higgins held an interactive workshop where they gave their best advice on how to write great contemporary romances. These publishing superstars answered questions from the audience about being full time writers. Today we are bringing you highlights from the chat that will hopefully help inspire a new wave of contemp writers!


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