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The BIG big manga news at New York Comic COn is the appearance of Takeshi Obata, creator of Bakuman, Death Note and All You Need is Kill, the manga adaptation of the recent film that had the wrong title.It’s exciting that so many huge manga-ka are coming to America. To celebrate, Viz has a ton of exlcusives and special at the show so get your manga fix at their booth, with Princess Mononoke, Helly Kitty and Death Note.
VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, has detailed a special array of anime, manga and graphic novel products along with several convention exclusives and notable collectables that will stock the VIZ Shop, to be located in VIZ Media booth (#1944) during the 2014 New York Comic Con.
VIZ Media will host an expansive display at the Javits Convention Center between October 9th- 12th for the East Coast’s biggest and most exciting popular culture event that features the latest and greatest in comics, graphic novels, anime, manga, video games, toys, movies, and television. Full details on New York Comic Con are available at:http://www.newyorkcomiccon.com.
Browse the VIZ Shop throughout New York Comic Con for premium manga and anime titles, notable advance and pre-sale items, as well as a variety of collectables, convention specials and other exclusive and limited edition items.
Celebrate Takeshi Obata’s (Artist, DEATH NOTE,BAKUMAN。and ALL YOU NEED IS KILL) New York Comic Con Appearance:
ALL YOU NEED IS KILL Manga Pre-Sale – Grab Takeshi Obata’s stunning manga rendition of the popular Japanese sci-fi novel ahead of its public street date. Price: $15.00
BAKUMAN。 Vol. 1 – Do Moritaka and Akito have what it takes to make it in the manga-publishing world? Find out in this dramatic manga comedy! $10.00
DEATH NOTE: BLACK EDITION Vol.1 – A deluxe oversized edition of the bestselling supernatural crime thriller! Price: $15.00
HIKARU NO GO Vol. 1 – Follow Hikaru Shindo as he learns the ancient game of “Go” with the spirit of master player Sai in this classic manga! Price: $10.00
RAL Ω GRAD Vol. 1 – Read to see if Ral and Grad win the fight against the Shadows in this award winning manga! Price:$8.00
DEATH NOTE T-Shirt – Get this exclusive DEATH NOTE shirt based on the anime before it’s available anywhere else! Price: $20.00
Special VIZ Media Manga & Publishing Items:
PRINCESS MONONOKE: THE FIRST STORY (Pre-Street) – Get the inspiration for the award-winning animated film in this oversized, lavishly illustrated storybook featuring original watercolor art by legendary filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki! Price:$35.00
KISS OF THE ROSE PRINCESS Vol. 1 (Pre-Street) – Check out this supernatural romance from the Shojo Beat imprint before its available anywhere else! Price: $10.00
RESIDENT EVIL Vol.1 (Pre-Street) – Join the Bioterrorism Security Assessment Alliance in this action-packed manga prequel to the hit Resident Evil 6 game! Price: $13.00
Perfect Square Books & Manga:
VOLTRON DEFENDER OF THE UNIVERSE: FROM DAYS OF LONG AGO – Celebrate 30 years of awesome giant robots with this special edition collectable book! Price: $50.00
HELLO KITTY, HELLO 40 – Celebrate Hello Kitty’s 40th Anniversary with this hand-numbered, limited special edition collectable story and art book! Price: $50.00
BRAVEST WARRIORS: THE SEARCH FOR CATBUG – A one-of-a-kind art book presented in the style of a classic seek & find. Get the exclusive hand-numbered, limited special edition! Price: $30.00
BRAVEST WARRIORS: THIS WAY OR THAT – THE GREAT CORE CAPER – Be a part of the action and help decide just how the galaxy-traveling heroes and Catbug will save a planet in peril with this new release! Price: $8.00
Special Gift with Purchase!BRAVEST WARRIORS PRESENTS: CATBUG’S TREASURE BOOK – This look into Catbug’s musings comes with a poster featuring Catbug and the teen heroes! Price: $13.00
POKEMON ADVENTURES RED AND BLUE MANGA BOX SET – Capture the excitement of the POKEMON ADVENTURES manga series with volumes 1-7 along with a collectible poster. Price: $50.00
THE LEGEND OF ZELDA MANGA BOX SET – Action and adventure based on the bestselling Nintendo video game franchise. Set contains all 10 volumes of the manga series and a collectible poster! Price: $80.00
WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP Exclusives & Specials:
Masashi Kishimoto Reproduction NARUTO Artwork from Japan (Exclusive!) – hand numbered, full-color and limited quantity. Price: $15.00
Eiichiro Oda Reproduction ONE PIECE Artwork From Japan (Limited Edition!) – hand numbered, full-color and limited quantity. Price: $15.00
WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP’S JUMP PACK 3 – Newest Jump Pack Edition comes with a limited edition “Black Luster Soldier – Envoy of the Evening Twilight” Yu-Gi-Oh! Collector Card and 3 months free to the world’s bestselling weekly digital manga anthology. Special Convention Discounted Price: $8.00
WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP Annual Subscription – Purchase an annual subscription and receive the limited edition Yu-Gi-Oh! Card “Ebon Illusion Magician” Collectable Trading Card and a special gift with purchase Game Mat featuring your favorite WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP characters (While supplies last!) along with 52 weekly issues of the online anthology! Special Convention Discounted Price: $20.00
VIZ Media Anime:
GARGANTIA ON THE VERDUROUS PLANET Complete Series DVD/Blu-Ray Combo Pack (Limited Edition!) – A must-watch sci-fi anime series. Find out if Ledo can survive his surprise landing on a seemingly foreign planet! Special Convention Price: $50.00
RANMA ½ Limited Edition Blu-ray Sets 1, 2, & 3 – Rumiko Takahashi’s RANMA ½ anime series is re-mastered and presented on Blu-ray for the first time! Special convention-only price: Special Convention Price: $44.00 each
BLOOD LAD Complete Series DVD/Blu-Ray Combo Pack(Limited Edition!)– Score the complete series in this Blu-ray and DVD combo pack release. Follow the journey of Staz, an otaku vampire who will resurrect the girl of his dreams by any bloody means necessary. Special Convention Price: $50.00
Additional VIZ Media Exclusive Products & Collectables:
SAILOR MOON T-Shirt (Exclusive!) - This New York Comic Con exclusive is sure to go fast. Don’t miss out on fighting for Love & Justice, just like Usagi and her fellow Sailor Guardians! Price: $15.00
BLEACH Sword Umbrellas (Pre-Street) Stay dry with two designs to choose from, the sword hilt of Ichigo or Soul Reaper Rukia! Price: $30.00 each
DORAEMON T-Shirts (Exclusive!) – Available for the first time, choose between two exclusive designs! Price: $20.00 each
DORAEMON Limited Edition Coin Purse– Keep your money safe with this adorable coin purse! Price: $12.00
DORAEMON Limited Edition Figure – Get this figure of everyone’s favorite cat-type robot from the future that comes with plenty of fun gadgets! Price: $35.00
DORAEMON Belt – Need a handy accessory to keep your pants up? Doraemon has just the gadget for that! Get this belt buckle style belt in its debut. Price: $20.00
TIGER & BUNNY Cosplay Alpaca Plush – Choose between five different alpaca plush in TIGER & BUNNY cosplay or collect them all! Price: $25.00 each
TIGER & BUNNY Keychain and Cell Strap Set – Four different character options available! Special Convention-Only Price: $15.00
K Blind Box Mini Figures – Get a random mini-figure featuring the characters from the captivating anime series, K. Special Convention-Only Price: $8.00
K Clear File Set – Use these handy files at school, at work, or as posters! Set features 5 different clear file designs. Special Convention-Only Price: $20.00
K Poster Set – Set of 2 K posters featuring Fushimi and Yata. Special Convention-Only Price: $10.00
This newest book in Enchanted Lion's Stories Without Words series is magical and perfectly suited to being a wordless picture book -- it is the story of a fox who needs a safe place to give birth to her kits.
The snowy nighttime scenes have the silence of secrecy as the fox moves towards a secluded house. She is chased by a woman and a man, but quietly observed by a boy as she finds shelter in the greenhouse. The boy brings her a gift but doesn't interfere. In the end, the fox repays the boy's kindness.
The quote opposite the title page captures the quietness of the story:
I work in a school that embraces technology. Many of our students have devices, either as part of our one to one program, or they have their own personal devices. The library in the morning has shifted as a result of the omnipresent tech.
Don’t get me wrong…we do not expect a quiet library, especially in the morning. But now the groups of students are huddled around, eyes on screens, raucously commenting and enjoying their selfies/videos/games/instagrams/apps etc etc etc.
So. How to harness this? How to direct it? I have a couple of ideas brewing, but I thought I would put it out to the great brain. Any and all ideas appreciated.
Okay, that is probably an exaggeration, but I would venture that there is a sizable percentage of teachers ranging from kindergarten teachers working on picture books to high school English teachers working on YA novels. Some may be writing as a hobby while others might already have a literary agent and publishing deal.
The reasons a teacher might choose to write a book vary as well. Those of us in the teaching profession most likely have a love of the written word and want to try our hands at contributing something meaningful. Of course, there is also the allure of money. It is hard to ignore the fact that it seems like every successful picture book or YA novel is being turned into a big budget movie. Writing the next Hunger Games could mean spending your vacation charting a yacht with Jay-Z and Beyoncé on the Mediterranean Sea as opposed to taking the Blue Line train to Revere Beach. This leads us to the meat of this post: sometimes you encounter a new book and think to yourself, “Darn, I wish I wrote that.”
I remember a few years back first coming across the picture book Shark vs. Train by Chris Barton while looking through the stacks at my local library. In this book, a shark and a train battle it out for supremacy in a variety of tasks in different settings such as burping, basketball, playing video games, and skydiving.
When reading the book, two thoughts popped into my mind. First, that the children in my Pre-K class would love this. I was soon proven correct when the book became a favorite and resulted in often-intense debate between the children who rooted for the train and the children who rooted for the shark. My second thought was, “damn it, I should have come up with this.” As a Pre-K teacher, I knew that many children love sharks and trains. Why didn’t I think of combining the two into a funny story? I even had the nefarious thought of ripping off Barton and writing a book called Dinosaur vs. Spaceship or something like that.
The truth is, there is a reason that I did not come up with Shark vs. Train first. Writing a good and/or popular book is ridiculously hard, and getting it published takes tenacity and luck. But I think I will keep trying because it’s fun to write and the miniscule chance of hitting it big and having Jennifer Lawrence star in the movie adaptation of something I wrote is always a motivator.
I end with a question to the readers of Lolly’s Classroom. What books have you read that you wished you had written?
I absolutely adored Ironskin by Tina Connolly, found Copperhead a mite disturbing, with its inhabited faces and blindly privileged ladies, and wasn't sure where I'd stand with this last book in the trilogy, which, though a conclusions of sorts,... Read the rest of this post
When you open a book to sweeping, fiery endpapers, it’s almost as if you can hear the symphony begin. The author, Misty Copeland, is a principal dancer with the American Ballet Theater. The illustrator, Christopher Myers, is a Caldecott Honoree for Harlem and the son of the legendary Walter Dean Myers.
Christopher Myers’s art captures the lines and shapes of a dancer’s movement. Intricate, suspended, and dizzying.
Misty Copeland’s words are fire and poetry to a timid youngster’s soul.
I adore the anticipation in this spread, the dancer waiting for the curtain to rise, and I imagine a lump in her throat and a belly full of as many swoops as the folds in the curtain.
Each page turn reveals a composition that is even more striking than the last. This is a pairing of musicality, movement, and a jaw-dropping array of colors and feelings. The way her words and his pictures create an animated harmony is exactly how music and movement do the same in the ballerina’s world.
A perfect pas de deux.
For more on Misty Copeland, take a look at this. She is a lovely storyteller, both in her books and with her body.
Attention: All authors in northern Florida, southern Alabama and southern Georgia with traditional or self-published books in any genre are invited to participate in the Destin International Book Fair-Fall 2014, scheduled for November 15 & 16, 2014, at the Emerald Grande Resort, 10 Harbor Blvd, Destin, Florida. Hours will be from 9:00am to 5:00pm each day. Cost is $120 for the 2 days.
This BOOK FAIR is intended for the sole purpose of presenting authors the opportunity to sell their books to the public and is not organized as a literary conference, writer’s workshop, lecture series or a venue to meet agents and publishers.
To apply go tohttp://www.destinintlbookfair.com/application.html and submit the electronic application form. Space is limited and will sell out quickly, so apply early. Application DEADLINE is November 1, 2014. Submissions will close when applications for all available spaces have been filled.
If you know of anyone that might be interested in applying to the Destin International Book Fair-Fall 2014, please feel free to pass this message on.
If you have any questions, please feel free contact me at the email address listed on the web site.
Nelson O. Ottenhausen
Best wishes, Donna M. McDine Multi Award-winning Children's Author
A Sandy Grave ~ January 2014 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2014 Purple Dragonfly 1st Place Picture Books 6+, Story Monster Approved, Beach Book Festival Honorable Mention 2014, Reader's Favorite Five Star Review
Powder Monkey ~ May 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ Story Monster Approved and Reader's Favorite Five Star Review
Hockey Agony ~ January 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ Story Monster Approved and Reader's Farvorite Five Star Review
The Golden Pathway ~ August 2010 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ Literary Classics Silver Award and Seal of Approval, Readers Favorite 2012 International Book Awards Honorable Mention and Dan Poynter's Global e-Book Awards Finalist
Edgar Allan Poe died 165 years ago today in the early morning of 7 October 1849. Only a few details of the illness that extinguished his “bright but unsteady light” are known because his physician, Dr. John Joseph Moran, used the illness to promote his own celebrity and in the process denied posterity an accurate clinical description. One of his later accounts, one summarized by Charles Scarlett, Jr. in the Maryland Historical Magazine (1978; 73: 360-75) came to my attention shortly after returning to Baltimore after 14 years at the Dallas VA Hospital in 1988. I was so taken by Moran’s fascinating and detailed description of Poe’s final days, I decided to use it as the subject of a clinical conference that has long been my favorite – the Clinical Pathologic Case Conference (CPC) Conference. This would prove to be the first of an ongoing series of historical CPCs devoted to the likes of Alexander, Columbus, Mozart and Lenin, stretching over two decades and spawning too-numerous-to-count articles in the international press, scores of manuscripts published in medical journals, and two books.
The clinicopathological conference is a standard medical conference designed to teach physicians and physicians-in-training basic medical concepts and clinical problem-solving techniques. It is a case-based exercise, in which the featured speaker and the audience struggle together to diagnose a particularly challenging illness of some patient using only the information included in a clinical summary prepared especially for the conference. That clinical summary, distributed well in advance of the conference, typically contains all of the medical information pertaining to the case in question, except for the definitive, diagnostic test result. That result, known only to the conference organizers, is revealed at the very end of the conference as a validation or repudiation of the presenter’s conclusions. To my knowledge, our “Poe Historical CPC” was the first to use an historical, rather than a current, patient as the subject of the conference.
In 1995, during this first Historical CPC at the University of Maryland, Dr. R. Michael Benitez concluded that Poe died of rabies resulting from an unrecorded and most likely unrecognized animal exposure prior to his hospitalization in Baltimore. His diagnosis became a media sensation covered in venues as diverse as Science magazine and the answer to the final Jeopardy question of the TV show of the same name. Benitez based his diagnosis on evidence of autonomic instability (dilating and contracting pupils and an irregular pulse which alternated between rapid and slow), fluctuating delirium, and hydrophobia (suggested by Poe’s adamant refusal of alcohol and difficulty swallowing water) included in Moran’s later descriptions of the terminal illness.
Rabies, in fact, has much in common with Moran’s later description of Poe’s final illness. It is a viral encephalitis (i.e., an infection of the brain) marked by acute onset of confusion, hallucinations, combativeness, muscle spasms and seizures, all of which tend to wax and wane during the course of the illness. Autonomic instability marked by alternating tachycardia (racing pulse) and bradycardia (slow pulse), profuse sweating, lacrymation, and salivation are also characteristic. The infection is virtually always fatal, with a median survival time after the onset of symptoms of four days. Poe died four days after being admitted to the hospital.
Moran gave no such indication of autonomic instability or hydrophobia in the letter he wrote to Mrs. Clemm a month after her son-in-law’s death. Only decades later, most likely relying on memory alone, does he mention a “very low pulse” and that his famous patient’s “pulse which had been as low as fifty was rising rapidly, though still feeble and variable.”
Many diagnoses have since been offered to explain Poe’s death. The earliest and most persistent has been that of alcohol-induced delirium tremens. Moran’s later case summary, one almost certainly written to satisfy his public’s appetite for ever more moving and ironic details of his patient’s final hours, has generated several more. These include homicide, carbon monoxide poisoning, suicide, syphilis, and mercury intoxication, reflecting more an unwillingness on the part of the proposers to accept an ordinary disease as the cause of Poe’s death than any convincing clinical evidence of such disorders.
Given numerous well-documented instances of Poe’s refractory alcohol abuse and its adverse effects on his physical and mental health prior to his departure from Richmond in late September of 1849, and the nature of the illness described by Moran in his letter of 15 November 1849 to Poe’s mother-in-law, one need look no further than delirium tremens as an explanation for his death. Whether his last bout with alcohol was the result of “cooping,” his own inability to control the craving that had for so many years driven him to drink, or a second (successful) attempt at suicide will never be known. However, if one ignores Moran’s later expanded description of Poe’s final illness, which deviates so spectacularly from his initial description in his letter to Maria Clemm a month after his patient’s death, neither rabies, homicide, mercury intoxication, nor, for that matter, any of the myriad other explanations proposed in the century and a half since Poe’s death, offers a better fit than delirium tremens.
Headline image credit: A photograph (taken by C.T. Tatman in 1904) of a daguerreotype (taken by Edwin H. Manchester in 1848) of Edgar Allan Poe. Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.
It has been a few years since we last heard from the incomparably talented Sarah Addison Allen. I absolutely adore her tales of magical realism and can’t wait to dive into First Frost! Sarah has a way of making you fall in love, head-over-heels in love, with stories and books. Her novels seem to capture that feeling you felt when you first connected with a book in a way that was truly magical. Perhaps it’s because she writes fairytales for adults, because she can distill specific emotions into just the right words at just the right time. I am really looking forward to First Frost and was delighted to see that it is a continuation from her debut novel, Garden Spells.
A magical new novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Lost Lake, featuring characters from her beloved novel Garden Spells.
Featuring characters from her beloved novel, Garden Spells, Sarah Addison Allen’s new novel picks up ten years after that eventful summer when Claire Waverly’s wild half-sister Sydney returned to Bascom and Claire met her now-husband Tyler. Things have settled down and Claire finds she has slipped back into a place of tightly sequestered sameness. It’s comfortable. She likes it. But when her father Russell shows up he brings with him information that Claire doesn’t want to hear and that will challenge everything she thought she knew about herself. Filled with Sarah Addison Allen’s characteristic magic and warmth, this novel will reveal how the people who come into your life may not be the ones you expect, but they’re there for a reason. And they don’t change your one true voice, they make it louder.
Today, I have the great pleasure of chatting with Dori Hillestad Butler, author of the new series The Haunted Library. Read on below, but also check out this great video on Open Road Media. It will give you a sense of the joy that Dori brings to writing for kids.
Kids new to chapter books will have fun with The Haunted Library, with its blend of mystery, humor and kid-powered detective work.
MAS: How did you come up with the idea of a haunted library?
DHB: I just combined two of my favorite things...ghosts and libraries! The idea for the series came while I was writing book 6 in my Buddy Files series. My husband thought I was putting too much emphasis on the ghost in that story and not enough emphasis on the dog. He said, "If you want to write a ghost series, write a ghost series. This one is your dog series. It needs to be more about the dog." He was right. So I streamlined that story a little more and then started on the Haunted Library.
The "Wohleter Mansion" is the house I see in my head when I picture the Haunted Library. This was also a house in my hometown. I LOVED that house as a kid. Not that I was ever inside it. But I used to ride my bike past it all the time just because I liked to look at it. Now it's probably good that I was never inside because I can imagine the inside however I want. I imagine the "library" on the entire first floor. Claire and her family live on the second floor. And the third floor is storage.
The Wohleter Mansion
MAS: That's such a great image -- no wonder it inspired you to write a terrific story! My student Maddy wants to know: “Have you ever been in a haunted library?”
DHB: Not that I know of. But I'd sure like to visit one! Assuming the ghosts are friendly, that is.
MAS: I really enjoy the way you make ghosts friendly. Our teachers want to know: Do you keep a writer's notebook? What do you put in it? They ask their 2nd graders to keep writer's notebooks.
Dori Butler's writer's notebooks
DHB: I do! Several of them, actually. One is really just a journal where I make to-do lists and keep track of progress made on various projects. I also record writing related events/phone calls as they happen. The others are notebooks for each of my projects. I brainstorm ideas in those notebooks.
MAS: Are there any other images that inspired you as you wrote the series?
DHB: Definitely! The "Fairmont School" is the school I saw in my head when I wrote about the "old schoolhouse" where Kaz lived with his ghost family. Except I remember the school looking a lot more rundown! That was the first elementary school in the town I grew up in. But it's clearly been restored, which I think is really cool!
This is library in my hometown. I worked there all through high school. I loved that job! I loved it so much that I didn't want to go home after the library closed. I used to stay in the library after closing, by myself, and write stories. Until I got caught! You can read more about that here on my agent's blog: http://acrowesnest.blogspot.com/2014/09/why-haunted-library.html(MAS: It's a wonderful post!)
Dori's hometown library -- her refuge as a young writer
I've always loved libraries. And I've always loved writing in libraries. Much of the first three Haunted Library books were written in the Coralville Public Library (see the CPL picture) in Coralville, Iowa. I don't live in Iowa anymore...now I live in the Seattle area. But I went back to Coralville to launch this series...at the library! It was the best place to launch this particular series!
MAS: What are some other mysteries you like to recommend for 2nd and 3rd graders?
DHB: Well...my Buddy Files series is also aimed at 2nd and 3rd graders. It's about a school therapy dog who solves mysteries and the books are told from the dog's point of view. There's also David Adler's Cam Jansen series...Encyclopedia Brown...and the Boxcar Children.
MAS: Thanks so much for taking the time to chat, Dori. It really means a lot to my students to think of real authors work hard at writing stories, just like they do.
DHB: Thank you, Mary Ann! One of the most important things to me is inspiring kids to read.
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It’s National Bullying Prevention Awareness month and the best way to bring awareness to this very big problem is to provide a booklist to get everyone started. Let’s take active steps to banish bullying for good.
National Bullying Prevention Month is a campaign in the United States founded in 2006 by PACER’s National Center for Bullying Prevention. The campaign is held during the month of October and unites communities nationwide to educate and raise awareness of bullying prevention. Traditionally held the first week in October, the event was expanded in 2010 to include activities, education, and awareness building for the entire month.
PACER developed the initial campaign National Bullying Prevention and Awareness Week in response to the need to raise awareness of bullying, as it was historically viewed “a childhood rite of passage” and believed that bullying “made kids tougher”, when the reality is that bullying has devastating effects such as school avoidance, loss of self-esteem, increased anxiety, and depression. PACER reached out to the community through partnerships with education based organizations such as National PTA, American Federation of Teachers and National Education Association to provide schools, parents and students with resources to respond to bullying behavior and to begin the shift of societal acceptance of bullying to social change of addressing the issue through education and support.
Don't email your mailing list with "hey read my column tomorrow"Send the email ONLY when your column is actually available to be read.Sending a link to something people can't see is frustrating to your readers and a complete waste of time.
2. Linking your contests and promotions to the number of followers you have or want.
No one but you cares how many followers you have.Link to something your fans care about. Or just have a contest for no reason.
3. Putting too much information in your signature line.
Promote ONE book or have ONE blurb, no more. Rotate often.
4. Retweeting the nice things people say about you.
If you want people to notice, thank the original tweeter. Your fans will be able to track the conversation if they're interested.
5. Failure to build dialogue.
One of the best ways to attract followers and get "liked" is to ask questions. Then engage those readers by answering. The point of social media is interaction. If you're the only one talking, you're missing the "inter" part of the action.
6. Talking only about yourself.
One of the most effective ways to promote yourself is to talk about someone else.
7. Send ALL.
The only email that is appropriate to send to everyone in your address book is news of your death. You will not be the one to do that.Personalized promotional emails are ideal.At the very least divide your address book into Friends (NOT the Facebook idea of friends either), Family, Business colleagues, writers and other writing friends.Each category gets a DIFFERENT email announcing your book.(It's rare you will have "agents I've queried and from whom I've received a form rejection" on any of those lists.)
8. Apologize for promoting your book, or calling your promo emails spam.
Would you buy from someone who says her product isn't really worthy of your attention?Pay particular attention to this if you are female. I see this from female authors ten times more often than men. You don't have to laud yourself, and self-deprecation can be hilarious in MODERATION, but "oh I hate to bother you with this" is just plain bad promotion.
9. Starting too late.
Promotion is a long, slow process. You'll build friends/likes/followers in slow increments.You can NOT start the month before publication and expect any serious traction.
10. Long periods of silence or non-posting on Twitter/Facebook et al.
You're better off doing five minutes a day rather than 50 minutes once a week, or worse, three hours once a month. Social media is about presence, and it's better to be present daily even if briefly than weekly or worse monthly.
I got a couple messages asking if I'd seen the "BIG news" that after Avengers 2 "old Shell Head" (Iron Man) was going to lead a new team -perhaps splitting into two Avengers franchises?
So I checked. One site says "check out the big news at....." I followed the link to get "....has reported that..." and then you get to the source which is spouting absolute unfounded speculation and from no particular source.
Now, according to Robert Downey Jr, himself:"There are no plans for Iron Man 4" and if he DID sign a contract for such a film he would only do so if Mel Gibson directed.
Just how feckin difficult is it for a "very well informed site" to find that out? Iron Man leading a new team in Avengers 3? A couple people have said -shouted- that "It's going to be the West Coast Avengers!!"
We call this people desperate to get site hits and making all sorts of BS statements as facts when they are not and there is no basis for them. And the fans just go "Wow!"
Let's look at this properly. Downey does not want to do Iron Man 4 unless Gibson directs. Would Hollywood allow that? Oh, like film execs are going to stop signing a deal like that because it might upset some people. Yeah, forget the millions any such movie would make. Someone even speculated that the studio could replace Downey's Tony Stark character with James Rhodes. Hmm. Right.
After Avengers Assemble they came up with all the blurby "This is an Avengers World"...which, when you look at it, in the context that the Avengers are on Earth and nowhere else...well, that's a dumb statement. But in the comics and even the animated series Avengers: Earths Mightiest Heroes the Avengers met up with a currently over-hyped money spinning movie team called The Guardians Of The Galaxy. Iron Man even joined up.
All this after the messy 'Star Wars' meets Avengers story when "This is an Avengers World" made sense.
Could it be that Avengers 3 sees a little cross-over with the Guardians leading to their next movie (and there WILL be one) and Iron Man, or Tony Stark on the team? Someone at Disney thinking about the money from Iron Man and Guardians combining has been taking to hospital as he's been orgasming ever since.
Speculation but based on the comics, the movies and the money....and whether Gibson directs IM 4.
Please welcome Laura Simcox and trendy Virginia to the virtual offices this morning! They have some fashion tips for clubbing, so please see what they have to say.
First Daughter Fashion: The Big Fat NO List
by Laura Simcox
Thanks for having me as a guest today! I’m excited to share my latest release—VARIOUS STATES OF UNDRESS: VIRGINIA, book two of my VARIOUS STATES OF UNDRESS series from Avon Impulse. My heroine, Virginia, is an exuberant fashionista…not a snobby one, but she certainly appreciates quality. I dragged her away from a shoe display at Macy’s in Herald Square to come chat with us for a little while.
Virginia: Hey everybody! (waves)
Laura: I’m going to give you a little intro, okay? Here goes. (clearing throat) When you’re a high profile Manhattan party girl and your dad is the president of the United States, you’re careful about what you wear when you go out to the clubs.
Virginia: Or…not? Some people are too careful.
Laura (giving her side eye) Despite her reputation for being wild, Virginia Fulton always gets props for her unique, carefree fashion choices.
Laura: So, I created you…but you have certainly taken on a life of your own. Cute beaded tank top, by the way.
Virginia: Thanks. Your faded T-shirt and cat-themed pajama bottoms are….cute, too.
Laura: Shhh! I wanted to ask about your style. When you’re getting dressed, what runs through your head?
Virginia: I ask myself a few questions. Like—Can I walk up a flight of steps in this skirt and not flash anyone? Or…Is this necklace a likely choice for this top? If it is, then I switch it out for something totally unexpected.
Laura: Interesting. So what are your fashion no-no’s? What wouldn’t you be caught dead wearing when you go out for the evening?
Virginia: OMG. There are soooo many.
Laura: Can you narrow them down to five?
Virginia: (laughs) I guess so. Let me think….okay. Big fat NO number one: Perfectly matching shoes and bag. Like…same fabric, same color, same trim.
Laura: What’s wrong with that?
Virginia: (sighs) I thought you were a costume designer for twenty years. That look is fine if you’re going to someone’s wedding or an inaugural ball or something, but not for the clubs!
Laura: I was just testing you! But the message is: be unique.
Virginia: Exactly. Express yourself. Okay, I thought of NO number two: Earrings that are so long they get caught in your purse strap and then you’re lurching around sideways, in pain, while the paparazzi snaps photos.
Laura (hiding smile) Did that ever happen to you?
Virginia: Moving on. Big Fat NO number three: Taking a studded purse the size of a sofa cushion into a club, and then trying to weave through the crowds. Ow. Why do women do that?
Laura: No clue. Maybe you should ask sometime?
Virginia: I’m too busy. I have an entire department store to revamp. It’s stuck somewhere between Nineteen-seventy yuck and Nineteen-ninety ouch. You should see the elastic waist double-knit pants section. There’s a whole section! Horrors.
Laura: Right. Lilah’s. I hear you’re turning that place around. So…what’s it like working for Dexter Cameron?
Virginia: (hiding smile) Oh…all right I guess.
Laura: Just all right?
Virginia: (whispering) Why did you have to make him so amazingly hot? I can barely concentrate, and when he grins at me, my insides melt. Are you trying to torture me?
Laura: Maybe. He thinks you’re beautiful, by the way.
Virginia: Really? (blushes)
Laura: Yeah. You’re welcome.
Virginia: Um…how about Big Fat NO number four?
Virginia: Okay. I would never be caught dead at a club in flat shoes. NEVER.
Laura: Isn’t it hard to dance in heels?
Virginia: I’m not auditioning to be a prima donna! Besides, if you wear platform sandals, you hardly notice. You strap those on, and voila!—you’re five inches taller.
Laura: Yeah. I know. How do you think I managed to wander all over the RT Booklover’s Convention for eight hours straight, pain free…and be 5’6” at the same time?
Virginia (raises eyebrows) I’m impressed.
Laura: You should be. How about Big Fat NO number five?
Virginia: Okay, this is not about fashion, but it’s my biggest NO of all. I would never walk into a club with a guy who’s only there to be seen with me. I’m a hell of a lot more than just a First Daughter, you know what I mean?
Laura: Absolutely. And I know the perfect guy for you to take dancing.
Virginia: Don’t say Dex.
Laura: I didn’t have to…you just did.
Virginia: But he’s my boss!
Laura: Right. He’s your sexy, funny, smart boss. Who wants you just as bad as you want him.
Virginia: OMG. How do you know?
Laura: (sighs) Um…
Virginia: Oh, yeah. So…are we finished chatting? I need to go choose an outfit that says I’m-not-trying-to-be-gorgeous-but-I-definitely-am.
Laura: Sure, you go do that. I’ll bet I can guess who it’s for.
Laura and Virginia: (dreamy sighs) Sexy Dexy!
Various States of Undress: Virginia
Various States of Undress # 2
By: Laura Simcox
Releasing October 7th, 2014
When the president’s daughter risks everything with her sexy new boss, they’re bound to find themselves in Various States of Undress! If she had it her way, Virginia Fulton—daughter of the President of the United States—would spend more time dancing in Manhattan’s nightclubs than working in its skyscrapers. Tired of dodging paparazzi, she needs a change. And a real chance. So when she finds herself in the arms of sexy, persuasive Dexter Cameron, who presents her with the opportunity of a lifetime, Virginia sees it as a sign … but can she take it without losing her heart? CEO-to-be Dexter Cameron knows he’s taking a risk by hiring a stylish party girl to jumpstart his family’s legacy department store. But the president’s gorgeous daughter has her thumb on the pulse of Manhattan, and the partnership seems like a win-win … until Dex discovers that his goals now include more than securing the corner office—they include Virginia herself. Dex must decide: does he make a move up the ladder? Or on the girl of his dreams?
After spending years in professional theater as a costume designer, Laura Simcox eased out of the hectic whirlwind of opening nights and settled in a comfy desk chair to write romance. She believes that life is too short not to appreciate heartwarming, quirky humor and her novels are lighthearted journeys into the happily-ever-after. She lives in North Carolina with her true love and adorable little son.
“You’re early,” Dex said. “Couldn’t wait to get started?”
Couldn’t wait to stare at your mouth is more like it.
“Yeah, I was up early, so I thought—why wait until this afternoon, you know? I brought my plans.” Virginia patted the laptop bag slung over her shoulder and willed herself to calm down.
Dex touched the small of her back. “I have a proposal for you. Let’s go to your office.”
If the proposal involved him laying her down on the top of the gigantic desk and… “Stop,” she mouthed to herself and allowed him to guide her through the doorway.
She set her bag on the edge of the desk, sat on the sofa and crossed her legs. “What do you have in mind?” Dex sat on the coffee table, facing her. “I want you to be the face of Lilah’s.”
Virginia chewed her lower lip and thought. Appearing in the ads to promote her own work? Kind of genius. Plus, it would be a kick to see her smiling face plastered on the side of a bus instead of her plastered face in the pages of the Post. “I am flattered.”
“Is that a yes?”
“As long as you don’t expect me to wear something from our Lilah’s sales floor as is.”
He grinned. “No support hose for you?”
“What do you think?”
“Hmm.” He touched her bare knee lightly, and her skin started tingling. “No. We can skip the hose.” He ran a hand down her calf and traced a pattern on her ankle with a fingertip. “Oh, goose bumps. Maybe you need a house coat? We’ve got some lovely floral samples downstairs. They have snaps.” He tried to keep a straight face, but the corners of his lips began to twitch, emphasizing the dimples in his lean cheeks.
Oh, God, she loved those dimples. She wanted to give them little licks. “Maybe you need to stop with the fashion suggestions and . . . uh . . .”
“And?” he prompted, his fingers tracing over her toes.
“Dex, you’re distracting me.”
“I hope so.” He chuckled. “What were you going to say? Was it about clothes?”
She had no clue. But she did have an idea—it came to her suddenly.
“Spend a day shopping with me.” She peered at him, waiting for his reaction, and she wasn’t disappointed. His eyes widened for a second; then a deep groan came out of his mouth.
“I’m a CEO in training, not a personal shopper. You’ll load me down like a pack mule.”
“Yes I will, but that’s not the point. First thing tomorrow, you need to learn how and why women shop.”
“And we’ll go until . . . ?” A fearful look crossed his face.
She giggled again and reached out to pat his knee. “Until I’m satisfied.” Dex raised an eyebrow, and she snatched her hand back. “I mean . . . oh, get out of here. Go back to your office.”
“Can’t I at least attempt a bad joke first?” He grinned but stood up.
“Ah, well, I’ll go then.” He stretched. “But I do want you to know that I’m only interested in your complete and total satisfaction,” he said in a low voice.
“Ha, ha. Complete and total mean the same thing, by the way.” She looked up at him, trying to keep the breathlessness out of her voice.
“Exactly, sweetheart. And I wasn’t really joking because we both want the same thing.” With another grin, he straightened his tie and walked out.
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Suggest A Secret Service Nickname for VSOU: Georgia
Laura Simcox, author of the fabulous VARIOUS STATES OF UNDRESS series, wants your help for the next installment of VSOU: Georgia! Simcox concludes her fun, flirty Various States of Undress series featuring three presidential daughters with the tale of love at the ballgame.
Each sister in the three story series has been given a nickname from her Secret Service agents. VSOU: Carolina was lovingly called Care Bear and VSOU: Virginia was nicknamed Candy Cane.
Laura would love readers to suggest a nickname for the last of the President’s daughters! Help decide what the Secret Service should dub Georgia, the sexy intellectual of the three!
*****If your nickname is chosen for VSOU: Georgia, Laura will include your name in her personal acknowledgments in the book, and you will receive a free copy of the first two books in her series!*****
FUN FACT: Historically, all First Family code names begin with the same letter. The Obama’s are Renegade, Renaissance, Radiance and Rosebud.
Late last night, I remembered that I needed to write a blog post to go up this morning. I sat around for a good thirty minutes, refreshing Twitter and having one of those shouting-across-the-house conversations with my husband, because neither one of us wanted to get up. Finally, I asked a friend what to write about. She said, “Time management.”
So I thought this would be an excellent time to give you an idea of how I get through my day. I keep a very strict schedule that never varies so that I get all of my work done and never have to do anything at the last minute.
8 hours — sleep
2 hours — email
2 hours — Twitter/other social media
1 hour — lunch/TV
1 hour — email (again!)
1 hour — researching something that will affect only one sentence out of the entire novel, like what type of trees grow where
30 minutes — Twitter/other social media
1 hour — trying to find the perfect font
30 minutes — think about sleeping
2 hours — nap
2 hours — try to figure out what that word was that I couldn’t think of earlier
1 hour — dinner/TV
2 hours — realize that no writing will get done today unless I squeak out a few words right now
So there it is, my foolproof time-management plan. This is how I am never behind on anything and my writing is always done weeks before my editor starts asking me about my book. Deadline schmedline. I got this. And if you follow my guidelines, you can, too.*
*It’ll also make your hair shinier!**
**This entire post may be a lie.***
***Or some parts might be true.
Jodi Meadows lives and writes in the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia, with her husband, a Kippy*, and an alarming number of ferrets. She is a confessed book addict, and has wanted to be a writer ever since she decided against becoming an astronaut. She is the author of the INCARNATE Trilogy (HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen). *A Kippy is a cat.
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Jennifer Bernard dropped by the virtual offices to share a Top 5 list about her sexy new fireman hero, Fred, from The Night Belongs to Fireman. Be sure to enter the giveaway below, too!
Fred’s Top Five (tongue-in-cheek) Headaches now that he’s been branded the Bachelor Hero:
His barber has named a haircut after him. When clients ask for “The Fred,” they get it long-ish on top, some razoring on the side. Now he keeps seeing versions of his own head wherever he goes.
His workout socks keep disappearing; turns out Ace, the rookie, has started a profitable little side business selling them to fans.
Every time he walks into a coffee shop, a stream of fellow customers buys him a cup of coffee. Since he’s too polite to turn them down, he’s in a constant state of jittery over-caffeination.
His sister Lizzie has made a life-size “Fred the Bachelor Hero” cardboard cut-out. She takes selfies with it at places like the nail salon and the lingerie store. Several have gone viral on Facebook.
A TV producer keeps pitching a reality show concept – Real Heroes of the Firehouse, starring Fred the Bachelor Hero. He’s even mocked up a sample Fred Action Figure. Just wait until the guys at the firehouse get hold of that one …
The Night Belongs to Firemen
The Bachelor Firemen of San Gabriel # 6 Jennifer Bernard
Releasing September 30th, 2014
Daring . . . Sexy . . . Irresistible . . . They’re the Bachelor Firemen of San Gabriel When fireman Fred Breen rescues a bachelorette party after a construction crane collapses onto their limo, the media labels him the “Bachelor Hero.” But all Fred can think about is the petite brunette with the sexy mane of dark curls who bolted away from him faster than a wildfire after he carried her to safety. And when he discovers she’s none other than Rachel Kessler, the daughter of a tech billionaire, the girl whose kidnapping riveted the nation, he intends to learn every intimate detail about this intriguing woman who sets his pulse on fire. Rachel can’t deny the lean-muscled firefighter is smokin’ hot. But after having one too many drinks at the bar where she first meets him, Rachel knows she’s made a fool of herself. Yet when he rescues her from the limo, she feels safe for the first time since she was held for ransom as a child. Then her overprotective father insists Fred be her bodyguard—and his close presence kindles a burning desire that only he can extinguish.
Jennifer Bernard is a graduate of Harvard and a former news promo producer. The child of academics, she confounded her family by preferring romance novels to … well, any other books. She left big city life for true love in Alaska, where she now lives with her husband and stepdaughters. She’s no stranger to book success, as she also writes erotic novellas under a naughty secret name not to be mentioned at family gatherings.