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Charity Auction Sells Professional Writing Services To Highest Bidders

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, DECEMBER 01, 2011 | PERMALINK

During the holiday season it’s always lovely to get into the giving — and receiving — spirit a little bit early. Charity auctions are the perfect way to both give to those less fortunate and get a little something for yourself. That “little something” doesn’t always have to be an exotic vacation or a snazzy piece of jewelry (although, we wouldn’t be complaining if we won either of those things ... ), there are many organizations that auction off professional writing services and opportunities for new and aspiring authors. One such charity auction is run by the talented literary agent Irene Goodman.

Goodman has been part of the publishing industry for years, representing many popular authors such as Keri Arthur, Jamie Freveletti, Sophie Littlefield and Larissa Ione. But bestselling authors aren’t the only writers who benefit from Goodman’s talents. In addition to running her own literary agency, Goodman also heads Publishing for Vision and Hearing, a charity auction that sells the professional services of agents, authors and editors to the highest bidder. The auction’s proceeds are then donated to organizations such as Foundation Fighting Blindness, the Deafness Research Foundation and others that aid in the research of cures for blindness and deafness-related conditions, one of which Goodman’s son suffers from.


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Adventures In Self-Publishing: Masters of Seduction Paranormal Anthology

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, DECEMBER 01, 2011 | PERMALINK

With our new column Adventures in Self-Publishing, we bring you at look at this ever-expanding market: going in-depth to see what types of titles readers can find, sharing special extended reviews and getting the how-to of self-publishing, straight from authors who are doing it on their own.

Today, Marsha Canham tells us how she and five other fan-favorite authors who have traditionally been print published, decided to release their own e-anthology, Masters of Seduction. Learn how this group of writers came together for the project, why they believe it makes e-book history and how you can get your hands on this new anthology!


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Smashwords Helps Literary Agents Adapt To Digital Publishing

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, NOVEMBER 30, 2011 | PERMALINK

Today marks the last day of NANOWRIMO, and many writers who have worked hard all month long to complete manuscripts are now thinking about their next step: publication. E-book publication continues to be a popular option for both new and established authors, using either digital-only publishers or self-publishing platforms. With the success of this new method of publishing changing the industry quickly, many wonder what will happen to the one of the most important roles in print publishing: the literary agent.

Traditionally, literary agents have acted as the gatekeepers of the publishing industry, ensuring that publishers receive only the best manuscripts from the most talented authors. The “big six” publishers — Random House, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Hachette, Penguin and Simon & Schuster — have relied on literary agents to provide them with quality writing fit for print publication.

But is there room for literary agents in this new e-book era of publishing? Smashwords certainly thinks so. Smashwords, the world’s largest independent e-book publisher, has recently revised their policy in regards to literary agents and has even introduced new services for literary agents, making their role of publishing gatekeeper just as significant in the digital world as it is in the print world.


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Tags: Aspiring Authors, Publishing Industry News, E-Book
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Lori Copeland On The Secular Vs. Christian Book Market

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, NOVEMBER 14, 2011 | PERMALINK

Penning an assortment of titles from historical to contemporary romance, Lori Copeland is an established author in both the secular and inspirational markets. Today, she shares how writers can decide which market best suits their work, and how you know when crafting Christian fiction is right for you.


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Seven Publishers Now Accepting Manuscripts

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, NOVEMBER 10, 2011 | 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 seven 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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Participate In National Novel Writing Month - And Get Support At These 5 Sites!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, OCTOBER 31, 2011 | PERMALINK

Tomorrow kicks off National Novel Writing Month, which many know better as NaNoWriMo. During November thousands of authors (both published an aspiring) set their pens to paper — or fingers to keyboards — to write 50,000 words, which equals approximately 175 pages worth of story. When you aren’t busy writing, you can surf over to the NaNoWriMo website for tips about planning your novel, to make connections with local writers and get encouragment from published authors. But what are some other (free) Internet spots to check out if you’re suffering from writers block or simply craving some NaNoWriMo encouragement? Check out some of our favorites:


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Ten Places You Should Consider Submitting Your Manuscript

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, OCTOBER 03, 2011 | 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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Banned Books Week: Mary Burton's Thoughts On How To Get Involved

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, SEPTEMBER 30, 2011 | PERMALINK

Today marks the final day of Banned Books Week, when booklovers celebrate intellectual freedom, the ability to read whatever their hearts desires and the protections granted by the First Amendment. But what does Banned Book Week actually mean and how can authors keep the spirit of the week's cultural impact going all year round? We asked author Mary Burton to share some insight and suggestions of ways authors can get involved.

 The American Library Association’s Banned Book Week runs from September 24, 2011 - September 29, 2011. This awareness campaign, held annually since 1982, celebrates our freedom to read. I encourage all of you to get involved and take a bit of your time to bring awareness to this important event and topic. So what can you do?


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RWA's 2012 RITA and Golden Hearts Contest Now Open!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, SEPTEMBER 28, 2011 | PERMALINK

Romance Writers of America’s 2012 RITA and Golden Heart contests are now accepting entries. These awards for published and unpublished authors, respectively, honor the best works of fiction created over the last year. These are some of the most prestigious fiction awards and are always coveted. The contest is open to all authors, both aspiring and published, as long as they meet the guidelines. Both the RITA and Golden Heart contests are held in two rounds, a preliminary round and a final round. Each contest is open to the first 1,200 entrants who are eligible and submit their entries and fees on time. To help you figure out if entering in the contest is right for you, we’ve broken the information down by how to enter into either contest.

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Are you a published author? If so, your novel or novella may be eligible to win this year’s RITA contest. 


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Writes And Wrongs: Shiloh Walker Gives A Blog Tour How-To

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, SEPTEMBER 14, 2011 | PERMALINK

Best-selling author Shiloh Walker pens this column of online advice for writers. Walker is a full-time author who is published in both e-book and traditional print formats. Now she shares her experience and advice to help aspiring and published authors figure out the "Writes and Wrongs" of the writing world. Today, Shiloh gives writers a lesson on blog tours.

Blog tours are an easy way to get the word out about your book. They can be time-consuming, but if you’re tight on funds and you need to push your latest release, a blog tour might work for you.

A blog tour doesn’t have to cost you any money, although if you want to throw a few contests in, it’s a good way to get readers interacting on the various blogs.

Not sure how to set up a blog tour?

Figure out what kind of bloggers you want to visit…and make sure it’s a match.  

If you’re writing erotic romance, you may want to keep that in mind…and not contact a blogger who is most comfortable reviewing inspirational romances. And vice versa.


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