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Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Sweet Bites Contest Reminder


Remember, today is the last day to enter my Sweet Bites contest! The prize is a terrific assortment of paperback books. See my website for details: Contest Page.

posted by Tawny Taylor at 1:20 PM | 2 comments

Writer's Ten Commandments I

So, I was going to get all clever and writerly and make up a list of Ten Commandments for writers. But then, a quick Google revealed it had already been done. By author Barbara Dawson Smith. I have to say Ms. Smith's Ten Commandments (click HERE to read them) are very clever. And so, instead of making up a new list, I'm just posting one at a time and giving my spin on it.

Commandment I

Respect for thy fellow authors is the Lord, thy God, and thou shalt not worship the false gods of fame and fortune.

Okay, this is huge.

I won't get preachy here...

Something to remember: "Fame and fortune" is such a fleeting thing. Our culture is quick to embrace new people/stars/trends and then just as quick to cast it aside for the next big star/trend/thing. Authors who are on top today--with the exception of a very fortunate few--are likely to someday find themselves lost in the pack, their stardom eclipsed by a new and exciting up-and-coming author. That's reality.

False gods of fame and fortune. A very apt description.

Anyone else have any thoughts?

posted by Tawny Taylor at 9:54 AM | 2 comments

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

A Cover Quote from Gena Showalter!

I am thrilled to post the following quote, supplied by one of my favorite authors, Gena Showalter. I could rave about her books all day. Have you read her latest, Nymph King? Hello, the woman's absolutely-flipping-brilliant. If only her talent were contagious!

Anyway (stuffing the geeky fangirl-me back in the closet) this is what Gena had to say about my upcoming Kensington release, Real Vamps Don't Drink O-Neg.
"Absolutely delicious! A fantastic book that will keep you reading all night long. . . "

Happy squee!

Okay, catching my breath...I need a minute more...whew!

Real Vamps is available for preorder from Amazon, although at this point there's no blurb or cover. But I can tell you this: It's a vampire story (duh), with steamy oh-so-wicked vampire sex (surprised?), and a suspenseful plot involving a couple of bad vampires, some evil muses, a few of hounds from hell, and a magic relic. Intrigued? I hope so!

Tawny
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Vampy Erotic Romance
Sassy, Sexy Romance by Sydney

posted by Tawny Taylor at 9:38 AM | 4 comments

Monday, February 26, 2007

Ellora's Cave's Newest Venture

The folks who successfully launched Ellora's Cave are gearing up for the opening of a new website, The Lotus Circle. At the moment, a temporary website is in place. The official site will launch in late April, in conjunction with the Romantic Times Booklovers Convention in Houston.

The Lotus Circle will not only offer both fiction and nonfiction metaphysical books but also services and products like rune stones, daily tarot readings, and free interactive forums.

I expect this venture to be a huge success!

See below for submission guidelines. Further information regarding services and goods can be found on the site.

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Submission Guidelines

We are looking for manuscripts of 50,000 words and up, in which the heroine or female protagonist is, or will become, a member of The Lotus Circle. She must have at least one extrasensory ability or metaphysical skill that is integral to the story and, at some point, she will connect with other members of The Lotus Circle in person or via the website.

Genres we are looking for are romance (sensual is good, but no graphic erotica, please), general fiction, women’s fiction (self-empowerment, personal growth and development), mystery/suspense (no graphic violence, please) or comedies. Historicals will be considered if they are directly connected with The Lotus Circle’s past, as established in the background story provided on this site.

We are not considering submissions in the genres of science fiction, fantasy (including magic) or horror.

Some examples of gifts or talents that we are looking for are clairvoyance, clairaudience, visions of future or past events, telepathy, remote viewing, lucid dreaming, past life regression, reincarnation, meditation, guided imagery, shamanism, healing, empathy, channeling, mediumship, communicating with disembodied spirits (ghosts) and beings or spirit guides on The Other Side, numerology, astrology, and forecasting with tools such as Tarot cards, rune stones, I Ching and so forth.

Rather than present these gifts or talents as mysterious, we want our authors to educate the readers about them within their stories. Show how the main character uses or learns how to develop the gift and, when feasible, the ability should be presented in such a way that suggests the average person might learn to use or develop it as well.

NON-FICTION

We are looking for non-fiction manuscripts of 25,000 words or more, regarding metaphysical topics. Some examples might be instructional books or guides to using such tools as astrology, numerology, tarot cards, or palmistry; advice on using metaphysical practices such as meditation or aromatherapy to improve the quality of one’s life; or true life experiences related to psychic or extrasensory abilities.

We are not looking for traditional physical fitness, diet, medical, or religion-based books.

PRODUCTS

Our Store is ready and waiting to handle your new-age style products from crystals, cards and incense to scarves, stones and zodiac symbols.

Send an email to Submissions@TheLotusCircle.com describing your product with a picture and your selling price and we’ll send you the details about selling through our Store.

SERVICES

If you are interested in providing services on our site or through our Store, such as psychic readings or astrological charts, please send an email to Submissions@TheLotusCircle.com describing your service and fees, and we’ll send you the details of how to become a part of The Lotus Circle talent.

How to Submit a manuscript

FICTION

Send a brief synopsis (under 5 pages, single-spaced) describing setting, main characters and full plot, including resolution, plus the first three chapters and final chapter, via e-mail, as attached files (.doc or .rtf format) to Submissions@TheLotusCircle.com. A 1-3 sentence pitch summarizing your submission should be included in the body of the e-mail.

NON-FICTION

Send a very brief description of the work (under 250 words), along with a detailed Table of Contents or classroom-style outline of chapters and sections, via e-mail, as an attached file (.doc or .rtf format) to Submissions@TheLotusCircle.com. Identify whether the work is beginner, intermediate or advanced level material.

Notice for previously published authors: We will only consider your out-of-print books if you hold exclusive rights.

Note: The Lotus Circle is a publisher of electronic books (although many of our titles are also issued in print). We do almost all our work electronically; we communicate via e-mail. Editors and authors exchange electronic files of the manuscript at all stages. No paper submissions, no paper edits, no paper galleys.

posted by Tawny Taylor at 10:25 AM | 0 comments

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

ECataRomance Nominations!



I'm thrilled to announce that Animal Urges 1: Mark of the Beast has been nominated for the eCataRomance Reviewers' Choice Awards! Whoooo hooo!

For those who don't know, CataRomance is a site that provides reviews of both print and ebooks. eCataRomance specializes in the ebooks. The eCataRomance Reviewers' Choice Award finalists are nominated by the reviewers, rather than by readers (or authors). I'm always EXTREMELY flattered to learn I've been nominated for these kinds of awards (another one is the Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Awards).

A big whooo hooo for all my fellow nominees! Good luck in the finals!

Tawny
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Vampy Erotic Romance
Sassy, Sexy Romance by Sydney

posted by Tawny Taylor at 3:07 PM | 2 comments

Can Writers Read for Pleasure?

It seems to be a common complaint--once a person begins writing seriously, they lose the ability to read for pleasure. They can't turn off the "inner editor". They find themselves revising sentences, gritting their teeth at head-hopping, and striking out adverbs.

I have come to believe this is a natural process.

When I first started writing, I remember feeling like there was so much to learn. Too much to learn. Plotting. Story Arcs. POV. Active Writing. It was intimidating, overwhelming. I was scared I'd never be "good enough" to be published. Yet, I was also determined to prove to myself I could be successful.

What did I do? I checked out every how-to book I could find at the library. I joined a critique group and posted my first efforts (naturally, those awful chapters were ripped to shreds.) I then did my part by marking up my cp’s chapters--which were so much better than mine, I had to look hard to find things to comment on. I slowly learned “the rules” of romance: Show, Don’t Tell, To-Be is the Bane of the Writer, Head-hopping is for Amateurs, and Any Word Ending in -ly Must be Avoided at All Cost.

Being a dutiful wanna-be author who was hungry for my first sale, I followed those rules to the letter. I used Word’s “find” feature to locate every instance of to-be, -ly, and weasel words like “that” in my chapters and reworked sentences to eliminate them. (I won’t tell you what kind of mess I ended up with--but trust me, it was ugly)

At the same time, I found I couldn’t read other people’s work without noticing every instance of rule-breaking. A NYT Bestselling author head-hops? *gasp!* And this bestselling book is littered with adverbs? *groan...* How could this beeeee? Why can they get away with thattttt? It’s so not fairrrrrr...(Am I a whiner or what, lol?)

But slowly, as I learned, improved, and gained a little writerly wisdom, I came to realize good writing isn’t simply about writing-by-the-rules. Good writing comes intuitively (note the -ly? LOL). And most importantly, mechanics is not what makes a great book. Yes, mechanics is important, but it’s the story that will or will not convince an editor to write that offer--or more specifically, the author’s ability to craft characters the reader can connect with emotionally. Love, hate, whatever.

With that writerly wisdom came freedom. I can now enjoy books again, although there are still a few technical issues I can’t get past--like head-hopping. While my taste in reading material was limited early on, I’m learning to enjoy a variety of authors, genres, and writing styles.

Once again, I look forward to curling up with a book.

Any thoughts out there in blog-land? Insight? Comments? Lay them on me.

Tawny
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Vampy Erotic Romance
Sassy, Sexy Romance

posted by Tawny Taylor at 8:28 AM | 0 comments

Monday, February 19, 2007

Twilight's Possession Release Date


Whoo hoooo! It's official! The first book in my new Twilight's Possession series will be releasing Friday, April 20. Nine weeks from now!

For those who haven't read the blurb for Burning Hunger, here 'tis!

Tawny
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Private detective Brea Maguire is on her first case, tracking down a stolen statue—the Sacred Triad—before it’s buried in the black market. Unfortunately, today—Friday the Thirteenth—isn’t her day. Being kidnapped from the mall by a pair of bizarre guys who put the Chippendales to shame, didn’t figure into her new career plans.
But Dayne and Marek have their own problems.

Dayne, forced into a blood-bond by the king with Marek, his sworn enemy, sees his chance to exact vengeance for his family’s slaughter slip away.

For Marek, the blood-bond with Dayne may be too little, too late. His enemies have learned the secret of the relic, which holds the only hope for a cure for his dying brother, the king.

The race to find the Triad is on.

Enter Brea. Marek can help her find the Triad, and use it to save his brother’s life, but only if she, too, enters the blood-bond. The burning hunger that accompanies it is a major complication none of them anticipated.

Two men, one woman—and a driving sexual hunger that none can resist, in a race against time to save one man—or destroy thousands.


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Want to know more about the series and the Cytherean Guards? Check out the Twilight's Possession website: www.twilightspossession.com.

Tawny

posted by Tawny Taylor at 6:29 PM | 1 comments

Friday, February 16, 2007

March is Small Press Month

Today, many authors are published by small/inde presses, whether they're epublishers or print. As one such author--who would have spent many more years struggling to make her first sale if it hadn't been for smaller houses--I'm all for supporting inde presses. They offer growing, viable markets for authors whose work might not fit within larger houses.

Let's hear it for the little guy! Yay!

I'm no publishing pro, but my limited understanding of the business makes it clear publishing is a treacherous world, especially for the smaller companies. Much like the sea, it's either sink, swim...or get gobbled up by one of the bigger fish. So, when I hear of a way to help my small press/inde houses, you bet I'm going to do what I can. Are you with me? Want to know what you as an author can do?

At This Site, I found a list of thirty-one things a publisher can do to help gain exposure for their company. I'm going to copy and paste a handful. I recommend you head to their site for the complete list.

Yes, these are geared toward the publisher, but I can see some potential for authors as well. Hope they help spark some ideas!

1. Contact your local bookstore or library and suggest they put together a special display for National Small Press Month. You can obtain posters from: Small Press Month Coordinator, PMA, Independent Book Publishers Association, 627 Aviation Way, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266; 310.372.2732; lisa@pma-online.org. Orders come in units of five.

2. Suggest that your local bookstore offer a discount off Small Press titles this month. Offer a special discount on all of your titles.

3. Hold a seminar on "How to Get Published" or on a subject related to your books. You might wish to cooperate with other small presses in your area to get this event off to a roaring start. You might wish to charge a nominal fee for the seminar.

4. Contact the Book Review editor at your local daily newspaper about any events that you plan. Also speak to the Features Editor. The Business Editor is usually interested in a successful publishing story.

5. Send PMA a list of participating bookstores and libraries. PMA can send them publicity and display material.

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March 1st is just under two weeks away. That gives us all some time for planning. What am I going to do to help keep the little fish afloat?

*I've done number four.
*I just scheduled an event today to take place at my local library in May.
*I'm looking for a venue to offer a seminar on writing romance, and intend to include a lengthy list of small/inde publishers in the material I will hand out.

That's just the beginning. I want to do more, and I will.

What about you? Anyone want to share their thoughts, plans, ideas?

posted by Tawny Taylor at 3:13 PM | 1 comments

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Celebrating the Small Victories

Despite the hundreds of online groups that offer support to aspiring authors, the world of writing, submitting, collecting rejections and (if you're lucky) eventually publishing can be a lonely and frustrating one. Unless you're extremely fortunate and snag a huge deal with your first submission (has that ever happened?!), you're going to experience firsthand the frustration, disappointment, and defeat that most writers struggle with.

Maybe you've heard this: The ones who succeed are the ones who persevere.

That's fine and dandy, but how does a writer keep going when she's getting beat down--by critique partners, editors, agents, reviewers, booksellers, fellow authors, the list goes on? Criticism is never easy to take, no matter where it comes from, but it's expecially painful when it's coming from the editor or agent you were hoping to impress.

For most writers, the negatives they hear will far outweigh the positive. This is why it's so important to concentrate on the smallest positives, the little victories. I credit the fact that I'm still writing and (most of the time) weathering the rejection-blues fairly well. I still have my times, when I wonder if certain things will ever happen for me. But, for the most part, the frustation hasn't hit me so hard I'm ready to quit.

What kinds of things can a writer celebrate?

*The completion of each new chapter, first draft (typing "The End"), edits, final draft. Each step in the writin process is worthy of a mini-party. Party on!

*The receipt of a request for a partial or full--even if they eventually lead to a rejection.

*An offer from an agent.

*An offer from a small press or epublisher.

*The publishing of an article on wikipedia, in the RWR, RT magazines, wherever.

*Someone "famous" like Mrs. Giggles posting a link to your blog or citing an article you've written.

*A redesign of your website and/or blog.

*A new banner or book video.

*A little spike in Amazon sales ranking.

*A new interview for a blog, review site or newspaper.

*A review, good, bad or otherwise.

*Discovering your name in a google search.

I'm going to stop now, but there are others. Anyone want to add to the list? Post them in the comments.

So, what am I celebrating today? I'm starting the third Carpe Nocturne novella, If Looks Could Kill. Whooo hoooo!

What about you? Post your victory, small, big, whatever in the comments and we'll celebrate together.

Tawny
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Fangy Erotic Romance
Sassy, Sexy Romance by Sydney

posted by Tawny Taylor at 9:11 AM | 3 comments

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Happy Valentines Day!


For some laughs, I thought I'd hunt down a few funny VD sayings.

Found this one on a page called Rejected Valentine Card Sayings.

I admire your strength, I admire your spunk
But the thing I like best, is getting you drunk.
(Groannnnnnn...is that bad or what?)

And this one from Funny Valentine Quotes (Make sure your popup blocker is on if you click this link!)

I don't understand why Cupid was chosen to represent Valentine's Day. When I think about romance, the last thing on my mind is a short, chubby toddler coming at me with a weapon.
(Uh...good point!)

How about this one? From Funny Valentine Day Quotes

If love is blind, why is lingerie so popular?
(Makes you wonder.)

One last quote from Funny Love Sayings

An archeologist is the best husband any woman can have; the older she gets, the more interested he is in her. Agatha Christie
(This woman is brilliant)

Wishing all my online friends love and laughter this Valentine's Day! And please, share your fave VD saying/quote in the comments. Funny, serious, romantic, silly, anything goes!

Tawny
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Vampy Erotic Romance
Sassy, Sexy Romance by Sydney

posted by Tawny Taylor at 8:54 AM | 2 comments

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Submission Call--Romance Divas

For those who aren't familiar with the Romance Divas, this is a free writer's community that offers no-cost monthly writing workshops, writing contests, mentoring programs, and LOTS of other free services. I highly recommend the Divas to anyone who is interested in writing romance novels.

Unfortunately, due to the popularity of the site, they've struggled to maintain the site and forum, which receives thousands of hits per day. Because they'd like to continue to remain a free forum for writers, they've been searching for alternate ways to generate the money needed to pay for hosting and other services. I see this option--publishing a limited number of anthologies--as a creative way to address the issue. I wish them success!

And now the specifics:

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Be a Debut Author of Romance Divas….

FOUR E-book anthologies
FOUR genres
TWENTY slots
One special HOLIDAY 2007 Release!

§ Contemporary (romantic comedy, suspense, etc.)
§ Historical
§ Paranormal / Sci-Fi
§ Erotica

MISSION

Four exclusive e-book anthologies will be released and available for purchase on Romance Divas exclusive site. Each e-book will be a $5.00 download contribution and will contain five stories per book by our very own debut authors of Romance Divas! Each entry will go through a rigorous round of judging and a panel of final round judges will select the 20 winners.

All winners will be featured on our special Romance Divas Debut Authors page. Here's your chance to give back to the online writing community while receiving a publishing credit for your efforts. All entries must be received no later than October 31, 2007. All questions can be directed to the email address provided below.

These four e-book anthologies will be released just in time for the Christmas holiday!

DISCLAIMER

All submissions are voluntary and are considered contributions. All proceeds of these exclusive e-book publications will go to Romance Divas for purpose of upkeep and maintenance of the site, in order to keep this online community free for all our members. Release forms will be sent to those lucky twenty winners who will have a chance to have their stories exclusively published through Romance Divas Publishing.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

1. Provide a cover page with:

§ Real Name
§ Pseudonym (if applicable)
§ Genre
§ Title
§ Word Count
§ Mailing address
§ E-mail address (if available)
§ Web address (if available)

2. Provide a two to five page synopsis of the story

3. Standard Manuscript Format

§ Word document or RTF format
§ 1” all around, paragraph formatting 25 lines exactly
§ Twelve point – Times New Roman or Courier New font
§ Double spaced
§ Header on every page containing title, author name and page number.

4. Novellas must be no more than 10,000 words with no exceptions

5. Email all submissions to romancedivas@gmail.com

6. Deadline is midnight PST Wednesday, October 31, 2007

posted by Tawny Taylor at 11:36 AM | 0 comments

Monday, February 12, 2007

Anyone Else Ready for Spring?

I am suffering from one HUGE case of the winter blues.

For those of you who don’t know, I’m up here in arctic Michigan. It’s been like twenty-bazillion below zero for weeks. The air is so cold, your face freezes within minutes, the kids can’t go to school, and water-mains are busting, turning city streets into ice rinks.

Bbbrrrrrrrrrr!

February 2, Bob (I think that was his name, but I could be wrong) the Michigan Groundhog (Phil is in Pennsylvania) said spring was on its way. Yay!

Unfortunately, he lied, the little meanie. The forecast: more snow. More cold. More winter. ACK! Give a girl some hope and then laugh as it’s completely devastated. Who knew a rodent could be so cruel? Pffffttttt to Bob.

So, where’s that leave me? An impromptu trip to the Bahamas would most certainly help me get over my winter blues. Sun. Sea. Sand. Happy sigh...

But alas, a trip to the Bahamas is not in the cards for this frozen northerner. Heck, I’d gladly settle for a quick jaunt to Florida. But that’s not going to happen either. Anyone have any other suggestions? How’s a girl trapped in the frigid north to find a little warmth? I need to thaw!

How about some hot books? I welcome any/all suggestions on some HOT, steamy books--the sexier the better! Heat. I want heat!

And for anyone else suffering from the winter blues, I welcome you to enter my Sweet Bites contest. Details are posted on my website. The prize is sure to help you keep warm on frigid winter nights.

Good luck, stay warm, and TIA for the book recommendations!

Tawny
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Vampy Erotic Romance with Sassitude
Sassy, Sexy Romance

posted by Tawny Taylor at 2:19 PM | 0 comments

Friday, February 09, 2007

Michigan Residents!

We're having a book signing at Paperbacks N Things this weekend!

Who: Lora Leigh and Patricia Rasey

Where: Paperbacks N Things, Wayne Rd. Westland (North of Central City Parkway in the strip mall between Wendy's and Arby's)

When: Sat. Feb. 10 from 1-4

Hope to see you there!

posted by Tawny Taylor at 8:59 AM | 0 comments

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Thursday Thirteen



Thirteen Vampilicious Novels by Tawny Taylor





I recently opened a bookstore on my site to sell my books, along with a few other goodies. The name of the store is "Vampilicious". My newly-coined term was the inspiration for today's Thursday Thirteen: Thirteen Vampilicious Novels (vampire romance)

Undead and Unwed (MaryJanice Davidson)
Real Vampires Don't Drink O-Neg (Tawny Taylor--I had to sneak one of mine in)
Bitten and Smitten Michelle Rowan
Lover Eternal J.R.Ward
A Hunger Like No Other Kresley Cole
Even Vampires Get the Blues Katie MacAlister
Vamps and the City Kerrelyn Sparks
Master of Darkness Susan Sizemore
Dark Need: A Novel of the Darkyn Lynn Viehl
The Rest Falls Away: The Gardella Vampire Chronicles Colleen Gleason
Fangs for the Memories Kathy Love
The Forever Kiss Angela Knight
A Quick Bite Lynsay Sands

Enjoy!

Tawny
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Vampy Erotic Romance with Sassitude
Sydney's Sassy, Sexy Romance


Links to other Thursday Thirteens!

1. Elisa Adams
2. Jen
3. MiladyInsanity

(leave your link in comments, I’ll add you here!)


Get the Thursday Thirteen code here!


The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others comments. It’s easy, and fun! Be sure to update your Thirteen with links that are left for you, as well! I will link to everyone who participates and leaves a link to their 13 things. Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!




posted by Tawny Taylor at 8:53 AM | 5 comments

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Is a Pretty Face the Magic Bullet?

Once again, it seems that the old question "Do looks matter in publishing" is popping up on authors' blogs. The responses vary, from "maybe" to "most definitely" to "paranoid, much?"

My take (which happens to be worth nothing, since I have absolutely NO INSIDE information here):

It might, to a certain extent, to some publishers.

Keep in mind, publishing is a business. Publishers select books based upon their ideas of what is marketable--what might create a stir in the ever-changing market. Each publisher has its own notion of what that might be, and makes determinations on submissions based upon their definition of marketability. It's all very unscientific.

Also, publishers have conflicting ideas on what kinds of marketing/advertising are effective in pushing a book into the realm of bestseller-dom. Some do very little advertising. Some a lot. For those publishers who do a lot, the appearance of an author might very well make a difference to them. It's all about finding ways to get the author and his/her book in the media. Like it or not, the media is attracted to extremes in our society--the very beautiful people/stories/events and the very ugly. The mediocre isn't newsworthy.

Okay, so what's my answer to the headline question? Is a pretty face the magic bullet? (No.) Will it influence a publisher's decision to contract a book? (Not if it sucks) Could it influence a publisher's level of financial investment in a book (it very well could, depending upon the publisher's attitude toward advertising and the media).

Don't care for my opinion? I welcome you to share your own. Or read this blog entry on Murder She Writes. Plenty of thought provoking comments there on the subject.

posted by Tawny Taylor at 10:04 AM | 2 comments

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

I have a release date!

Finally, I have a confirmed date for a 2007 ebook release. Yay!

My first ebook release of the year will be Wild Nights, published by Changeling Press on April 6th. It's a hot shapeshifter menage novella about a lucky reader who is kidnapped by her two fave romance novel heroes.

Look for further updates on my site--more release dates, cover art, new contracts. I post news the minute I receive it.

Passion Unbound: Wild Nights

And thus it was from the beginning of time. Two knights. One bride. They whispered their story to The Chosen, a human endowed with the gift of Hearing... The Chosen wrote the story and released it into the human world.

The bait was set. The spell was cast. And then they waited...(An excerpt from the Ierd Kimeno, the sacred text of the Twelfth Knight Brotherhood)


Secretary Maggie Dunning loves her romance novels. Her favorite--Conquered by the Knight, the story of two dominant, sexy shapeshifters, Xander and Bastien. To be possessed by two powerful Masters? Heavy, happy, lust-filled sigh!

But that’s just fantasy. It could never happen in real life...right?

Little did she know that a paper cut and a few muttered words would make all her fantasies come to life, including the hunky Xander and Bastien. One minute she’s cozy in bed sleeping, the next she’s dragged into a world she’d thought only existed in her imagination, to face her most secret desires...and her worst fears.

Bastien and Xander have their own challenges to face--a crime to investigate and a dangerous threat to the Twelfth Night Brotherhood to uncover. But they won't let that stop them from seizing their fascinating new bride and introducing her to the ecstasy of complete surrender.

Tawny
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Vampy Erotic Romance with Sassitude
Sydney's Sassy, Sexy Romance

posted by Tawny Taylor at 5:17 PM | 0 comments

Monday, February 05, 2007

New Epub Opening its Doors

www.calderwoodbooks.com

A friend of mine has launched a new epublishing company, Calderwood Books.

From the site:

Every year there are many more enjoyable books written than published, and the public deserves a chance to read them. The ebook world has a near-infinite capacity that print publishing lacks. We have no limits on the number of publications per year, except those placed by our human strength. Calderwood Books chooses its books because they are enjoyable reads, not because they fit marketing profiles. We welcome cross-genre books and those that don’t fit into whatever is the current print-publishing fashion. Don’t form expectations about what you will find here. There is bound to be something unexpected. What we do guarantee is that our books deserve to be read.

About the company:

Calderwood Books was born from Joy Calderwood's passion for reading good books, and from a conviction that there are far more good books being written than are actually being published.
The publishing world being what it is, we at Calderwood Books wanted to form a flexible, interesting company that would actively seek out new and established authors.
We hope that soon people will come to Calderwood Books when they want to find a book that both stir passions and are entertaining. We think that if you're not passionate about what you're reading or writing, you're doing something wrong. We're here to make it right! Sounds like a tall job? Let's work together to make it happen!

We're an approachable, reader and author friendly company. Joy is a reviewer and an editor, Jennifer is an author herself, and Christopher is an artist and a numbers man. We all love books and reading, and we're looking forward to offering what is 'weird and wonderful', as Joy puts it, because good readers deserve good books.

Submissions:

Calderwood Books is currently accepting submission in all genres of fiction and non-fiction.However, we do not publish poetry, children's picture books, erotica, or screenplays.We have no preferred wordcount but 50,000 is considered standard for e-books. We are interested short story anthologies and novellas as well. If you have a question, you may e-mail us.

Contract terms:

40% royalties on sales
e-book contract only
2 years with a reasonable buy-back clause in case the book gets sold for
paperback rights somewhere else.

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Friday, February 02, 2007

A Couple of Must-Read Blogs

Today, desperate to find a topic for my blog, I did some blog hopping. What did I find? A couple of fabulous blogs chock-full of helpful information for writers.

The first Therese Fowler's Blog (subtitle: insights and opinions from the novel-writing-and-publishing trenches). Therese is a contracted author who happens to have an MFA in Creative writing--and a killer view out her office window (I'm green with envy!). Her posts in the latter part of January are particularly informative. They cover such subjects as story structure, common writing mistakes, and grammar and style.

The second blog belongs to J.A. Konrath (subtitle: A Newbie's Guide to Publishing). Mr. Konrath, author of the Lt. Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels thriller series, tackles topics like advertising, marketing, etc. In particular, I found the discussion about his "Unreproduceable Phenomenon" post (Jan. 29) interesting. What elements go into the making of a bestseller? What can an author do to influence sales? Fascinating stuff! Oh, and check out his other blog, Anonymous Vent Club, for even more insight into the dark and mysterious world of publishing.

Hope you enjoy! And TGIF!

Tawny

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