March 20, 2014

An Amazonian Force to be Reckoned With

by Madeline Iva

You’re coming to Love Fest at Virginia Festival of the Book on Saturday, right?

Okay, glad we got that settled.

I realize that we’re going to be like a bunch of Amazonian warriors on the stage.  I’m very tall, Jane Friedman is pretty tall, and I think Laura Kaye is tall too.  In my imagination we’re going to look like this:

by Howard David Johnson
by Howard David Johnson

You probably want to know what we’re going to be talking about.  I’m so glad you asked.  The panel is called PUBLISHING ALCHEMY: HOW ROMANCE AUTHORS QUICKLY MASTER NEW PUBLISHING TRENDS.  Now, some people on the panel, like Paige Wheeler and Jane Friedman don’t write romance at all, but they’ve got front row seats to this new age of publishing and will offer insights into what they observe going on in the industry.   I’ll give you a hint: what they’re witnessing is romance writers kicking ass and taking numbers.amacent

An alternative title for the panel could have been WHY ARE ROMANCE WRITERS SUCH SMARTY-PANTS? We work hard, we network hard, and we’ve got the love, shoveling it out to our readers who can’t get enough and who can’t return it fast enough themselves.  It’s a whole lot of positivity in this profession.

Art by Nikolai Kalmakov
Art by Nikolai Kalmakov

Romance authors deserve respect from the publishing industry and here’s a radio interview I did where I explain a bit more about the romance author’s edge and how she can have an advantage over other writers to a (guy) interviewer who knows very little about romance.artwork_images_143276_182892_johnsteuart-curry

Check it out–and come check out our panel…Alma Katzu may be a little vertically challenged for an Amazon, but she was in a freakin’ cool D.C. think tank about social media.  If she can’t give us some wisdom on the subject and how the very social romance authors have used this new tool to master the universe, well then, I don’t know who can.

madeline memeMe? Oh, I’m there to tell the story of how a few romance writin’ women got together with the idea for a little ole’ blog called LadySmut.com.  Just one year later they had a publishing contract for an anthology and over 10,000 followers. (Sniff.) It’s a love story and dear readers, we couldn’t have done it without you!

Meanwhile, if you enjoy checking us out, but up til now have been afraid to commit–just amble your fingers over an inch or so to the right and follow our blog.   See now, doesn’t that feel good?

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  • Post authorElizabeth Shore

    Love our readers and so proud and happy that we passed the 10,000 followers mark! Have fun at the VA Festival of the Books. Soooo wish I could be there, but I’m there in spirit for sure.

    In the meantime, I’m not all that tall, but I love wearing high heels so people think I’m pretty tall and that’s cool. Nothing wrong with being a kick-ass Amazonian woman.

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