June 3, 2014

Blog to Book and Book Expo America

By Liz Everly

I was thrilled to attend Kensington’s BEA party again this year. It was wonderful to see some of the people the behind the scenes who work so hard for the books I write. And you never know what other writer you’ll get a chance to met—and that always a good thing. This year, among others, I met the fabulous New York Times bestselling author, Rebecca Zanetti, author of the Dark Protector Series from Kensington, the Sin Brother Series from Grand Central, and The Maverick Montana Series from Entangled. (Yep, three series, with three different publishers. A-mazing.)

The next day, as I wandered around the Javitts Center where Book Expo was held, several booths stood out. Ellora’s Cave had a huge presence, with all of its cheesecake cavemen, who actually made me blush as Isabelle Drake (Ellora’s Cave author) and I were trying to have a conversation and they distracted me. Quite.

Harlequin had a huge booth, of course, and I stopped by and scooped up two signed books. I’ll check these books out and get back to you about them. Full confession: I’ve never read a Harlequin book. But I will read these: “A Not–So-Innocent Seduction” by Joyce Maynard and “My Secret Fantasies” by Joanne Rock. Both seem right up my alley. Grin.

I ran into bestselling mystery author Tonya Kappes and bestselling romance author Nancy Naigle, who had a fabulous booth full of colorful giveaways.


Tonya Kappes and Nancy Naigle.
Tonya Kappes and Nancy Naigle.

Tonya has just sold her self-published series to HarperCollins—we were pleased to realize that we will be stable mates, after years of knowing one another online. HarperCollins, of course, had a huge booth.

The crowded entrance to HarperCollins vast booth.


I talked a little with several of the authors there who were all interested in Lady Smut and the fact that we are publishing an anthology. They all wanted to know: How did that happen? Even though we are not the first blog to have an anthology published, it’s certainly not the norm for most group blogs.

Lady Smut is unique among blogs. I can say that here, can’t I? We are not a review blog, though we offer them from time to time. We are not all about promoting our work, either. I mean we do promote our work, but we are more than that. We truly try to stay on-message and deliver fun, incisive commentary. All of the LS bloggers bring to the table years of writing experience, blogging experience, and a variety of different publishing backgrounds. But more than that, we all love to write. It’s what brings us here. So it suits our blog and our brand to offer our writing in as many formats as we can,  and more than that, the writing is why we are here.

So, one day, Madeline and I were talking about stories we wanted to write. I had this idea for a vampire story that kept gnawing at me. She had an idea for s sexsomniac story. I said to Madeline, “We should do an anthology” and she said “Great idea. How do we do that?”

We put it to the other bloggers. We came up with a paranormal theme, and asked who had the time and who was interested. All were interested, but some didn’t have the time. Four of us went forward with the idea. (Myself, Madeline, Elizabeth, and Margery). We are hoping that the others will join us as we move forward. Since I have tons of experience putting together book proposals, I was elected to pull it together; Madeline helped. And I was pleased that my agent, Sharon Bowers, decided to represent us.

Within a few months, several publishers expressed interest and two offers were made. We decided on Harper Impulse because they very actively engaged with readers and writers online, which we all feel is very important—more , now than ever before. We also love their covers, their website, their vibe—not the least of which we love being part of HarperCollins.

Speaking of Harper Impulse, you know by now that there will be an online romance festival this coming weekend. I’m looking forward to catching as much of it as I can. It’s going to be great. I LOVE the fact that I can stay home and be a part of it, don’t you? Hope to “see” you there.



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  • Post authorC. Margery Kempe

    It’s an exciting project with a wide appeal 🙂 I think we’ll please a lot of readers.

    Reply to C. Margery Kempe
  • Post authorMadeline Iva

    I think YOU’LL please lots of readers, CMK. Your goblin story is to die.

    Reply to Madeline Iva
  • Post authorKel

    Yay, BEA.

    I’m really looking forward to the LadySmut Anthology. I like your writing individually, and I love the blog, so I think the anthology will be great. And while some blogs might have a particular stated focus, I think you all bring your love of writing – the process bits, the creative experience, the fun of reading, the whole thing – into a great experience and share a wonderful space on the web.

    So thanks. I don’t know if I’ve said that before. I really like the blog. (I never read blogs almost daily. Never. Well, except you. 🙂 )

    • Post authorLiz Everly

      Thanks so much! And we LOVE your comments. 😉

      Reply to Liz Everly
    • Post authorElizabeth Shore

      Thanks, Kel! We love the fact that you’ve become part of the group. 🙂

      Reply to Elizabeth Shore
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  • Post authorLiz Everly

    Reblogged this on Liz Everly and commented:

    Blog to Book and Book Expo America

    Reply to Liz Everly
  • Post authorTonya Kappes

    Thanks so much for mentioning me! I’m beyond thrilled to be sharing the same publishing house <3

    Reply to Tonya Kappes
    • Post authorMadeline Iva

      It’s exciting to be a part of a new publishing imprint –so far it seems like it’s going to be a great success!

      Reply to Madeline Iva
  • Post authorDonna Harms

    Great article! Tonya Kappes is awesome! Love her books <3

    Reply to Donna Harms
  • Post authorheathercm2001

    Looks like it was a lot of fun! I would imagine the cavemen were a tad bit distracting. 😉

    Reply to heathercm2001
    • Post authorLiz Everly

      Yep. Really. I mean, yeah. Ummmm….

      Reply to Liz Everly
  • Post authorsue lopp

    Sounds like a blast.. wish i could have been there..

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  • Post authorCandace Fox

    Way to go Tonya and Nancy…

    Reply to Candace Fox
  • Post authorStormy Briddick

    I love meeting new people at the author get togethers. Tonya Kappes and Nancy Neigle are both great authors as well as women. They were awesome in Wisconsin.

    Reply to Stormy Briddick
    • Post authorLiz Everly

      They are awesome and their booth was one of the prettiest!

      Reply to Liz Everly
  • Post authorLynne Ernst

    Exciting times. I wish I lived closer.

    Reply to Lynne Ernst
  • Post authorMadison W F

    Never read a Harlequin? How is that possible with so many great authors writing them? Hope you enjoy. Looking forward the the anthology.

    Reply to Madison W F
    • Post authorLiz Everly

      I know! I don’t know why. Well, I’m definitely going to read these two. Grin.

      Reply to Liz Everly

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