It's time for Spring Break on Unpubbed Island!!
You're invited to join us for a little Beach Blanket Bingo
and maybe some Gidget and Moondoggie.
Oh and by the way, Camy's heading up the volleyball teams to the north of the island, Sandra has a biking trip scheduled for noon and Ruthy is making virgin margaritas at the bar.
I'm using the island's natural resource, coconut to make a great Coca Casa Cake.
and Our Exciting Schedule of Events.
Remember, TBL is the only RWA contest where inspirationals are broken up in three different categories. This year they are all electronic and you get your scoresheet back! There are cash prizes too!!
Here's What's Happening in Seekerville This Week:
Monday: Multi-Golden Heart Finalist, Pam Hillman is your host.
Tuesday: Avon Inspire Editor, Cynthia DiTiberio is in Seekerville today!
Wednesday: Steeple Hill, Love Inspired author, Merrillee Whren will be sharing.
Thursday: Beacon Award Winner, Cara Slaughter posts today.
Friday: Golden Heart and RITA Tribute Day
Guess Who's Coming To Seekerville in April?
April 30, Agent Natasha Kern, of Natasha Kern Literary Agency will be in Seekerville. Natasha has 24 years of experience in the publishing industry. Before founding her own agency in 1986, she worked as an editor and publicist for New York publishers (Simon & Schuster, Bantam and Ballantine). Natasha has personally sold more than 850 books as an agent and worked on close to 1,000 books during her career in publishing.
Date TBA: Jeff Gerke, author, editor and now publisher of Marcher Lord Press is going to drop by in April as well. Jeff recognized Christian fiction’s reluctance to publish fantasy/science fiction and/or speculative fiction, and jumped into the chasm to fill a niche.
Date TBA: Jeane Wynn, President, Wynn-Wynn Media, LLC will be in Seekerville to answer your PR questions. Jeane and husband, Tyson, founded Wynn-Wynn Media in 2001. Jeane began in publishing in 1989. Clients include The WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group, Thomas Nelson, DC Cook, and Hachette, serving authors such as Max Lucado, Karen Kingsbury, Robin Jones Gunn, Melody Carlson, Liz Curtis Higgs, Lisa Samson, Tina Ann Forkner and many others.
What better way to enjoy Spring Break than a RITA nod or a Golden Heart nom. If you are a friend of Seekerville, and you final, be sure to stop by and let us know when we celebrate on Friday, March 27.
Countdown is 5 days until announcements!
More News From Seekerville:
We have winners!!
The four winners from Cheryl Wyatt's Scene Index Example : Ready-made Family and Giveaway are,
If you were in Seekerville on Wednesday you read Debby Guisti's post, Up the Ante To Build Suspense. The winner of Protecting Her Child, the second book in her Magnolia Medical series on sale May 12th is Barbara Early
Debby will be contacting you. Congratulations!
Ruthy has just launched her new webpage. Go say hi and be sure to bring food.
Mary Connealy has a loaded book tour coming up:
- Family Christian Stores-March 30-Battle Creek MI
- Family Christian Stores-March 31-Holland MI
- Baker Book House-March 31-Grand Rapids MI
- Family Christian Store-Apr 1-Grandville MI
- Apr 2nd-Holland MI-location TBA
- Family Christian Stores-Apr 3-Lansing MI
- Family Christian Stores-Apr 3-Kalamazoo MI
- Family Christian Stores-Apr 4-Walker MI
Be sure to take a look at the Christian Book Expo: Mary Connealy is there right now along with several friends of Seekerville.
Kudos and many thanks to Kathy Bacus over at Killer Fiction for the I Your Blog Award. Thanks, killers!!
Industry and Professional News:
From the RWA March Board Meeting notes:
RWA accepted an amended contract from the New York Marriott Marquis to modify the dates of the 2011 RWA Annual Conference from July 27-31, 2011 to June 29-July 3, 2011 due to renovations scheduled during the original conference dates.
ACFW Conference 2009 Denver , September 17 to 20th, 2009. Highlights include Debbie Macomber and Donald Maass.
The online publishing site Scribd.com announced a growing list of partnerships today, including arrangements with Random House, Simon & Schuster, Workman Publishing, Berrett-Koehler, Thomas Nelson, and Manning Publications. According to TechCrunch, the company has raised $12.8 million in funding. Read the article here.
What is Scribd?
"Scribd began with a simple observation – that there’s a writer in all of us. And that even more fundamental than our desire for self-expression is our need to learn and be inspired.
Today, Scribd is the place where you publish, discover and discuss original writings and documents. More than 50 million people each month are finding or sharing fun, functional or fantastical writings and documents on Scribd.com and tens of thousands of other websites that have embedded Scribd’s document reader."
An A - Z Guide to Publishing
"It's a natural impulse. You want to write a book.
How hard can it be? Rockheaded jocks write books. TV talk show hosts write books. Dogs write books. Why not you?"
The Mercantile Library Center for Fiction is pleased to announce that submissions are now being accepted for our fourth annual First Novel Prize. Established in 2005 as the Sargent Prize, the award was created by the Center as part of its mission to promote the art of fiction in the United States. The award continues to include a $10,000 prize. The shortlist for the award will be announced in September 2009 and the prize will be given at the Mercantile Library Center for Fiction’s Annual Benefit and Awards Dinner on November 9, 2009.
From Publisher's Lunch:
Jenny Bent has left Trident Media Group to form The Bent Agency.
Platinum-selling country recording artist Sara Evans' debut novel, the first in a series, written with author Rachel Hauck, an "emotional, Southern-flavored, multi-generational tale, featuring a compelling love story," to Thomas Nelson, in a four-book deal. Congratulations, Rachel!
By Sally Lodge -- Publishers Weekly, 3/19/2009
Harlequin is set to broaden its presence in the young adult market. Harlequin Teen, a fiction line, debuts in August... The imprint will initially consist of trade paperbacks, hardcovers and digital publications, and it will encompass a spectrum of genres including fantasy, contemporary, historical, science fiction and—no surprise—romance. Read the story here.