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Does anyone on the list happen to review for VOYA or for any other library review source? Or know someone who does? Once the files are finalized, I can give a reading copy in epub or mobi of NIGHT CALLS. Print versions will be a little bit later.

No requirements to review. But if you don't have a copy, or your friend who reviews for them doesn't have a copy, there can never be a review. So, there will be review copies.
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You have less than 72 hours to get in on the free books that twelve authors are offering in EPUB format. Like my cat Merlyn, you can be shifty and submit any reader that prefers or uses EPUB format.

Take advantage of this rare, probably never to be repeated offer! We're talking free books by a variety of authors in different genres. You read across genres? This is your promotion! And remember -- you're photographing your Reader, you can set it up with a cup of coffee and a cigarette, or show me your cat reading his favorite Midnight Louie mystery. You don't HAVE to appear (fingers and hands count!)

(Creativity makes me laugh.)

Show Us Your NOOK!
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Just a reminder to check the auto-renew status on your domains. I thought I'd set one to Manual, and turns out it was on auto-renew for two years. My decision to drop that one was recent, so I just got dinged by GoDaddy.com for two years on a domain I don't want.

I will be moving everything I can from them in the next two weeks, and the two that I can't move will transfer as soon as possible after their renew. So this just confirms leaving a group that has insulted me with their advertising for several years now. Have been too busy to bother with it.

No longer too busy.
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You are the most awesome folk! Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I do not know if they are going to sell more books, but we have tried. Nuala fans, if the books start selling well enough, I have an idea for a sequel to Hidden Fires. It could happen. But I still would like to make a living at this, so:

1) Finish Allie #3 and submit to NYC, with backlist
2) Lay out outlines for Urban Fantasy/curse book, submit to agent
3) Tweak BLIND TIGER and bring it out for the public (yes, Mary, with a map!) as an ebook from Book View Cafe
4) Release a couple of short stories as e-shorts

But first -- I'm going to put up the soup recipe, having had some requests.
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TA-DA!

Announcing, as requested, real, stamped-by-B&N-with-approval NOOK files of the Nuala series! You can follow these links to admire them, "Like" them, or cheer them on from the sidelines. Or add them to your Nook library on-line.

Yes, the DRM-Free Book View Cafe books that work just fine on NOOK still exist and are available at BVC, among other places. But these are for people who want that B&N new ebook smell.

http://bit.ly/soQMe6
http://bit.ly/vTqjPu
http://bit.ly/voxwkk

May they sell well at their new home away from home.

We now return you to your regular station.
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If I was to put the first chapter or two of a Nuala book into a free Book View Cafe SF Sampler, which book do you think I should choose?

This won't happen until January at the earliest, so if you notice this post, make yourself known!
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Another scene from Fires of Nuala has gone up this week. And we are about ready to call the copy edit of Hidden Fires finished. I've finished the genealogies and map of the mine, for people who must have maps! Hidden Fires will be coming out around December 1st, so start saving quarters now!

http://www.bookviewcafe.com/index.php/Katharine-Eliska-Kimbriel/Novels/Fires-of-Nuala-1

Reminders that Alfreda will be less in a panic about finding a job with more book sales. If you have purchased and enjoyed, blessings upon your head. If you can go put a few lines at Amazon.com for a review, it does help. Think how often you go on word of mouth looking for books. Well, for people who are more isolated from other book readers, reviews are all they have. (Putting my money where my mouth is, I recently did reviews for Carousel Tides and On the Edge, books I was happy to review.)

And if you are one of those isolated readers? Think about joining GoodReads.com. It will give you access to tons of new ideas for reading, and also allow you to talk about books with like-minded people (or at least open up the possibility of finding a few of those folks!)

As always, silent reviewers who like my blog and don't like my books, blessings also upon your heads!

I think I actually get to write today. Cheers!
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I have written the first back cover blurb for the e-book HIDDEN FIRES. Now I have to go get ready for a birthday party. When I come back, I can decide if I'm going in the right direction. I need this by the end of the week, max, so I can get the ISBN from the appropriate BVC person, and get that info to our Library Thing connector.

Tomorrow, some writing must happen!
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Writer Mindy Klasky did a nice post on what you can actually do to help writers and books you like. If you think being asked to do anything is an imposition, then stop reading and don't click that link!

Something to add: Word of mouth is always good. You like the book? Tell your friends verbally, on Facebook and/or Twitter and Live Journal, etc. while you are thinking about it. Word of mouth is gradual, but it does build and can be effective. In a world where the Internet problem now is not being buried under all the stuff out there, pointing out stuff you liked is a help to friends.

Something bad: Never, ever take books from the back of the store and move them to end-caps or flat tables in front. (Whoever thought this up? Bad idea.) I know that end-caps are now paid for by publishers -- they pay extra for that rack space, folks. Yes, more of helping a book attract attention. This is a book a publisher wants to be big, so they are laying out extra bucks. If a field rep catches the wrong books on that end-cap, the bookstore could be in trouble. Maybe even money penalty trouble. This may also be true for the flat tables -- I don't know the details on those. The books moved might be stripped and sent back.

On the other hand, if you can turn a favorite book face out without messing up a regular shelf display, that's nice. Just realize it may only last a day or so -- restocking may take up all that empty space. Too little rack space anymore, too many books.
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If you send me a friend request, it will happen faster when I have some idea why I got the request. So drop me a note saying "Fan!" "Fellow SF/Fantasy writer!" or something else so I know what list to put you on!
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In the last week or so, an essay from The New Yorker has made the rounds of various writers’ lists. Entitled Subject: Our Marketing Plan by Ellis Weiner, it is meant to be humorous, and indeed, there is a lot to laugh about in the body of the “Letter”, written from the last of the promotion department (a new intern) to one of several writers on the publishing house’s current promo list. The intern assures the writer that she has some excellent ideas for promotion, and then asks the writer: “Do you blog?”

http://blog.bookviewcafe.com/2009/10/30/about-that-marketing-plan/
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C.F. Bentley Twitter Fic Contest at BookViewCafe.com

To celebrate the release of C.F. Bentley’s book Enigma, BookViewCafe.com (BVC) will be holding its fourth twitter fic contest August 11 through 13. BVC members Phyllis Irene Radford, Jennifer Stevenson, and Sarah Zettel will be judging the contest. First place will win a signed hardcover copy of Enigma. Second place winner will receive a paperback copy of Harmony, the first book in the series.

The theme of the contest is: "Spiders and Space Stations."

Rules are online at http://www.bookviewcafe.com/index.php/BVC-Twitter-Fic-Contest-4-Enigma

The contest will be held at BVC's Twitter site: http://twitter.com/bookviewcafe/

BVC's wildly successful first three twitter fic contests were held earlier this year in celebration of member Pati Nagle's release of “The Betrayal,” P.R. Frost’s release of “Faery Moon,” and Maya Kaathryn Bohnhof’s release of “Laldasa: Beloved Slave.”

Enigma continues the story of Jake and Sissy seeking a peaceful way to bring Harmony back into galactic society.

C.F. Bentley is the pen name of BVC member Phyllis Irene Radford. Visit Radford’s bookshelf at: http://www.bookviewcafe.com/index.php/Phyllis-Irene-Radford/

Twits

May. 23rd, 2009 03:12 pm
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So...I may have to change themes, I haven't found a way to insert Twitter into the home page.




    follow me on Twitter




    This is the html. Clearly, I need food so I can think.
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    It's one of those nights where I would cheerfully damage someone to get my hands on a low-carb pumpkin pie. The odd people at HEB tell me it's a seasonal product only. Is this why they are always out of canned pumpkin? I must stock up. A low-carb pumpkin pie is at least half a vegetable serving, isn't it? I may make sweet potato pie instead.

    And as I floated past LinkedIn, I noticed that a cupcake weekend threatens. I would cheerfully avoid various foods tomorrow/today and Thursday to be able to help dispose of cupcakes on Friday. But I cannot remember RZ's handle. It is amazing that I recognize as many handles as I do, looking through them, but that one went south on me.

    **Sigh** I decided "Alfreda89" was a good compromise between da writer and the private person hiding behind the writer. But as I gear up for more actual fiction, I realize I may need another journal with my name. (What a concept -- allowing myself to be found!)
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    http://www.publishersweekly.com/article/CA6621521.html?nid=4599&rid=reg_visitor_id&source=link

    The latest cookbook is in a third printing.
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    Via [livejournal.com profile] jacardie comes this delightful list from the blog site Alien Romances:

    This is a link to suggested activities.

    If you were wondering what to give your favorite authors, whether currently in print or not, take a look at this list. I'll be doing a lot of these things for my favorites, too -- and you never know what might sell the next author book. I know that [livejournal.com profile] bevhale's printing out tons of fan mail for CJ Cherryh's first Atevi trio and mailing them to the publisher helped get CJ the second book contract. (Yes -- even big names can have the rug pulled out from under them if the most recent numbers aren't as happy as the publisher expects.)

    So if you feel too broke for gifting this season -- au contraire! When everyone is too full to move, that's the time to fire up the laptop, pick one or two things to start with, and hit six favorite authors (especially new authors, or older ones you haven't seen in a while.) We thank you all for your efforts.

    Heck -- I'll even see if Amazon will let me do a Comments section.... ;^)

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