Saturday, March 28, 2009

Seekerville Weekend Edition

A little reminder from those of us left on Unpubbed Island. It's almost April. We are moving into the second quarter of 2009. Are you still moving in the right/write direction with your writing career?

Stay tuned to Seekerville for more opportunities to keep yourself on track.

This week in Seekerville:

Monday: Zondervan and Steeple Hill Suspense author, Camy Tang, on Writing Goals

Tuesday: Sandra Leesmith will be interviewing Shef House author and Christian Fiction Online editor, Michelle Sutton.

Wednesday: The Writer's Guide to Insomnia by Tina Russo

Thursday: Audra Harders (Just in Time) shares in Seekerville today.

Friday: April Contest Update.

Special Dates in Seekerville:

April 14, 2009 : 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.

April 30, 2009: 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.

Your Seekerville Weekend News:

From The New York Times:

Unusual Sleuth, Unusual Setting, by Gina Bellafante.

“The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency,” HBO’s serial adaptation of Alexander McCall Smith’s books, begins on Sunday."

From Publisher's Weekly:

New Site Hosts 1.8 Million Author Web Pages

By Jim Milliot
"A new Web site that features 1.8 million author Web pages has been launched by Filedby, Inc., a new company founded by former Ingram executive Peter Clifton and industry analyst Mike Shatzkin. host Web pages that provides a brief biography and a list of works for all American and Canadian authors. Users can login and write reviews or make comments about authors. Authors, or their publishers, can update or link to the page."

The Knight Agency is holding a Book in a Nutshell Contest Submit three compelling sentences (150 words max) about your completed, unpublished manuscript to
submissions @ knight agency . net (delete spaces).
Write BOOK IN A NUTSHELL in the subject line or it will not be deemed eligible. One submission per project, please. Twenty of the best submissions will be chosen and requested by various agents who will then give feedback on your work...and it may even lead to possible representation. Hurry, the deadline is April 20, 2009. Winners will be notified by May 1, 2009. For more info, go to

From Publishers Lunch:

Stacia Decker and Danielle Chiotti have joined Firebrand Literary as agents. Decker was previously an editor at Harcourt; Chiotti was formerly a senior editor at Kensington.

Got Kids? Specifically of the girl variety. Check out the Scholastic site for a chance to win furniture from the set of the Meg Cabot webcast of her book, Allie Finkle's Super Sleepover.

Have you checked out the Harlequin Romance Report 2009?

From Publishers Weekly:

Harvest House has launched, an interactive website for fans of Amish-themed fiction. The site promotes titles and also offers a “question of the week” featuring reader-submitted questions about the Amish or Amish fiction titles or authors. Yes, there will also be recipes.

Seeker Sightings:

Christy Award Finalist, Mary Connealy is on tour in Michigan this week. Check here for her complete schedule.


  1. Tina,

    What a great collection of information.

    Thanks for putting this together, from new agents coming on board and a little background, to upcoming Seekerville events. This is great!


  2. Good morning, Cathy.

    Thanks for the nice comment.

    Happy Weekend to you!!

  3. Tina, this is great info. I especially loved reading the Harlequin Romance Report...

    The figures in there, both from surveys and stats were amazing. Great stuff to weave into books that stay with today's trends. And all at our fingertips, right here.

    And I am NOT letting Dave see what guys fantasize about.

    I'm tired enough as it is.

    Thanks so much for putting this together. I brought weekend coffee... Long on flavor and not a worry about calories with extra creamers and flavor shots.

    Also a tray of stuffed strudels, a nice-sized strudel pastry just right for the coffee set up. Some are cheese, some are apple, and there's a smattering of cherry too. Tell me what's your favorite!


  4. Notice I'm still using the snowbound house picture to commiserate with Tina and Audra's Colorado plight.



  5. Oh man, tons of good stuff, as usual! Thanks. :-)
    I saw the Knight contest. What a challenge!

  6. Ruth, time to change your this is Colorado we are expecting temps of 54 today.

  7. Thanks for the news, Tina!

    Ruthy, I could comment about your tiredness comment, but I won't. I'm much too sweet and shy and innocent. Maybe Mary will have a chance to check in while she's on her whirlwind tour of Michigan book stores.


  8. I totally missed her sexual innuendo. HA!

  9. Tina.

    Obviously if a smart girl like you missed it, I need to practice.

    The innuendo,that is.

    Changing my picture after this post. If I can find one I like...


  10. Ruthy,
    They say practice makes perfect...