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Author Q&A: Keary Taylor and Her Cybernetic World

BY DJ DeSmyter, JULY 10, 2013 | PERMALINK

Last week, we shared some of our favorite self-published authors in our article on the rise of self-publishing. One of the authors we spotlighted was Keary Taylor, the inventive writer behind the Fall of Angels series and, most recently, the Eden Trilogy, a Young Adult dystopian series. Set in a world where a cybernetic technology has taken over the human race, the series started earlier this year with The Bane and continues with The Human. Taylor’s journey to publication hasn’t been easy, but it has most definitely been rewarding. Today, the author discusses her writing experiences, the inspiration behind her bestselling Eden Trilogy and provides insightful advice for writers looking to self-publish.

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Can you describe how your experience in self-publishing has been so far? Have there been any particular challenges and what's the most important thing you've learned?


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Where To Submit Your Manuscript: June 2013

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JUNE 24, 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. 

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Goodreads 201: How Authors Can Get The Most Out Of Goodreads

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JUNE 12, 2013 | PERMALINK

Sure, you have a Goodreads account and maybe you've reviewed a book or fifty, but if you're an author (or publisher), you may be wondering if you're using Goodreads to its fullest capacity to promote your own books. At BookExpo America this year, Goodreads' community manager Patrick Brown gave an in-depth talk on how authors and publishers can get the most out of using all that Goodreads — a reader-oriented book community that boasts 18 million members and 24 million book reviews — has to offer to promote their titles. You can view Brown's full slideshow here, and read on for more detailed information on how authors can master Goodreads.

During his BEA panel, Brown emphasized 5 key points to utilize Goodreads when promoting books:

1. Start promoting titles early.


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Goodreads 201: How Authors Can Get The Most Out Of Goodreads

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JUNE 12, 2013 | PERMALINK

It was bizarre and inexplicable, but after it happened no one spoke of it and Ingrid Waverly was forced to leave her life in London behind. She had to trade a world full of fancy dresses and society events for Paris with her mother and younger sister, Gabby.
In Paris there are no grand balls or glittering parties, and, disturbingly, the house her twin brother Grayson found for them isn't a house at all. It's an abbey. A creepy, old abbey with a roof lined in stone gargoyles that one could almost mistake for living, breathing creatures.
And Grayson is missing.
Yet no one seems to be concerned about Grayson's whereabouts save for Luc, a devastatingly handsome servant who has some secrets of his own.
There's one secret about the city that he can't keep hidden, though. There's a murderer on the loose. And every day Grayson is missing means that there's less of a chance he's alive.
Ingrid is sure her twin isn't dead—she can feel it deep in her soul—but she knows he's in grave danger, and that it's up to her and Gabby to find him before all hope is lost.
Only the path to him is more than she could ever imagine.


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Where To Submit Your Manuscript: May 2013

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MAY 29, 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. 

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RT Booklovers Convention 2013: Digital DIY - The Pros And Cons Of Digital Self-Publishing

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MAY 01, 2013 | PERMALINK

You've read the debates online, you've gone back and forth, and you may have even seen some of the numbers self-published authors have shared. But the question still remains, is self-publishing more profitable than traditional publishing? This is a loaded question that sparks debate among authors, and today we heard from some of self-publishing's experts about what authors need to know before jumping into the oh-so-tempting world of self-publishing.

(left to right) Sylvia Day, Mark Coker, Jordan Summers, Shayla Black, Lindsey Faber and Karin Tabke

Lead by bestselling author Sylvia Day, the panel consisted of Smashwords founder Mark Coker, bestselling author Shayla Black, Lindsey Faber, publisher at Samhain, and authors Jordan Summers and Karin Tabke. The balance of authors and publishers allowed attendees to get a diverse view of how self-publishing works and what some of the benefits and restrictions are.


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Where To Submit Your Manuscript: April 2013

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, APRIL 24, 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. 

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Harlequin: If you’ve ever dreamed of writing for Harlequin’s sexy Blaze line, here’s your chance! Harlequin is currently running a writing challenge asking aspiring authors to submit their "blazing" work. The first place winner will receive a month-long mentorship from a Harlequin Blaze editor which could be the start of a beautiful friendship (and possibly some published stories). The second place prize is a one-time editorial consultation and third prize is a six month subscription to the Blaze line of books. The challenge is open until June 1 and winners will be announced at this year’s RWA Nationals in Atlanta. For details on how to enter, click here.


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2013 RT Convention Guide: Authors Find Success At Pitch-A-Palooza

BY Elissa Petruzzi, APRIL 17, 2013 | PERMALINK

For aspiring authors, attending a writer’s convention can be nerve wracking. You’ve spent your hard-earned money to attend, and you need to make the most of these few days. If you’re brave enough, you’re going to post up at the bar and chat up that agent you’ve been stalking — er, following — on Twitter. You’ve scored an appointment with an editor you have your eye on, and your elevator pitch is all ready to go in case someone asks you — you know, in an elevator — what your book is about.

But at RT’s upcoming convention in Kansas City, we have another way to help you stack the deck. On Friday, May 3 from 12:15 - 1:15 p.m., we’ll be hosting Pitch-A-Palooza!

Writers pitching their stories at RT's 2012 Pitch-A-Palooza

What’s Pitch-A-Palooza, you ask? Pitch-A-Palooza is the fun, fast way to pitch a whole host of editors and agents, in three-minute intervals.

That’s right, three minutes. Sit in front of the agent or editor you’ve got your eye on, introduce yourself, sell your elevator pitch and, blammo! Done. All that’s left to do is move to your next target and line up again to wow them with your awesomeness.


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Where To Submit Your Manuscript: March 2013

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MARCH 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 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. 

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Where To Submit Your Manuscript: February 2013

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, FEBRUARY 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 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. 

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