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Friday, March 5, 2010

Publishing Pulse 3/5/10

PhotobucketCelebrations!!
We want to shout out a huge congrats to our own Mary Lindsey who signed with Philomel/Penguin this week!! Here's her Publisher's Marketplace announcement:

Mary Lindsey's debut Shattered Souls, a dark and dangerous forbidden love story about a Speaker who helps lingering ghosts pass to the spirit world and the Protector who has pledged to serve her, to Jill Santopolo at Philomel, by Ammi-Joan Paquette of Erin Murphy Literary Agency (World).

CONGRATS MARY!!

Cool Stuff:

Recently Mark McVeigh conducted 15-minute skype interviews with authors. Kelly Polark and Sharon Mayhew shared their experiences. It's sort of fun to hear what Mark had to say.

Chuck Sambuchino, blog author over at Guide to Literary Agents, has agreed to answer your questions about agents. He's being hosted at Lisa Amowitz's blog (who was a runner-up in the last Lucky Agent contest! Congrats, Lisa!), so head over there to leave your questions for him.

Also, he's hosting another Dear Lucky Agent contest on his blog. This time the genres include paranormal romance and urban fantasy. And hey! The agent judge? The fabulous Joanna Volpe.

I love getting the inside scoop anywhere I can. Author Kiersten White posted some cool stuff about her editor Erica Sussman at Harper Teen. There's info about trends, editing, what she wishes authors knew, and more. Check it out!

Contests:

There seems to be a plethora of blog contests going on all the time. There's no way I could highlight every one of them here. But Weronika Janczuk has one going on right now that is priceless. She's a slush reader for a literary agent, so she knows her stuff. Check this post for full details. And follow her blog, because I bet she's going to have a few more tricks up her sleeve. Oh! And it ends in only a few hours, so enter quick!

Carolina Valdez Miller has put up some links to more cool contests. VR Barkowski has quite the list going on in her sidebar. I highly recommend skipping over there!

Book bloggers are also a great place to win free books and connect with the writing/reading community.

And well, I've got a giveaway for autographed books coming up (Monday) on my blog and Suzy's joining me this time around with an amazing prize package of her own. So come over to our blogs next week (or now) to join in the fun!

Have a fabulous weekend! Catcha on the flip side.

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11 comments:

Stina Lindenblatt said...

Woo hoo, Mary! So that's the big happy Shelli alluded to on Twitter. I can't wait to read the book.

Thanks, Elana, for all the great links! I don't know where you find the time to do all of this. :D

Mary Lindsey said...

Thanks, Stina. No, I think Shelli has another big happy in mind. Mine was announced on PM on March 1st. Cat's been out of the bag since then. Thanks for the congrats, again. I'm thrilled.

Kristi said...

Congrats Mary - that's awesome! Elana - thanks for the links and Happy Friday to all! :)

Suzette Saxton said...

Yay, Mary!!!!! Thanks for all the great links, Elana. You are one busy lady!

Tess said...

Congrats to Mary! How will she be celebrating? Oh, fun! fun!

ChristaCarol said...

Congrats Mary!!!

Silke said...

At first I was jubilant when I read about the "Lucky Agent" contest.
I ran over, and I added and blogged... and then I saw "The Rules" half way down the comment page.

"OFFERED ONLY TO LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE 50 UNITED STATES AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA (“ U.S. ”)."

So now I'm miffed.
I'm in the UK, I have a paranormal sitting here, ready, looking for an agent (it's out with a few)... and because of geography... I can't even enter.
That exclusion should be on the main page, because if I hadn't read the comments, I'd be none the wiser.
And I wonder how many others didn't read it either.
So... what happens if someone submits, and wins... and doesn't live in the US?
Sorry, I know it's not up to you, but I figures many won't read the comments and see it, so hopefully those outside the US will see it here.

ali said...

Fun stuff! Thanks Elana! ♥

Natalie Aguirre said...

That's such great news Mary. Good luck with your book.

Jemi Fraser said...

Congrats to Mary!!! Wow! :)

Thanks for all the links.

Mary Lindsey said...

Aw! Thanks everyone. And thanks, Elana, for the public congrats. I'm so excited about working with this particular editor and house. Still celebrating. I appreciate all the well wishes and personal emails you guys have sent.