We probably don’t need to say this, but the formation of the Dear Author Literary Agency, the closing of Dear Author, and the injunctive suit against the Smart Bitches is all part of our April Foolery. (although, seriously, we do not want the secrets of the ICH to get out. It would shake the foundation of romance should villians get ahold of the secret of impregnating barren women. That plot line would be ruined forever and then what would happen to the baby epilogues?)
To make the Foolery seem more believable, we recruited several people into our scheme and we want to provide public thanks.
To Ron Hogan at beatrice.com and GalleyCat for writing up a piece entitled “True Love Takes a Detour to the Courtroom.” The comment to that entry was fucking priceless.
To Jill Myles for writing the mock PM blurbs for the above mentioned books. (If you haven’t read them, you must. They are hilarious).
To Laura Bradford for allowing us to “steal” away her client. As if that could ever happen in real life. Truly, all of Bradford’s clients adore her. (Jane plan to stalk her at RWA to learn her secrets in case she does open up a lit agency).
To the legal and communications departments at Simon & Schuster and Touchstone/Fireside for being good sports about the lawsuit. I’m sure the entire time they were thinking, “WTF?” Good thing we didn’t argue that their entire publishing house should be possessed by Lord Mantitte.
To Maili who created the awesome cover art for Jane’s self published book, “The Buckillioniare’s Virgin Lawyer”. If you haven’t clicked on the cover to see the larger version, you are missing some pricless details. “It would take a light year (or two) to find…”
To all the people who thoughtfully and kindly emailed and replied to my faux-anxious Tweets last night. I felt hideously guilty for leading you on. Of course, people who KNEW about the joke emailed me and said, “OMG you ok?!”
To Candy for finding the most excellent heroic representations, particularly Vlad McCulloch. Rwor.
To Jane for not only writing the original letter outlining the ICH’s case against us, but for taking a silly idea and running with it, to the point where her site made me hurt myself laughing. I’m so glad we’re not actually enemies.
And to Esosoft who helped out with our online shenanigans. Both of us host our sites with Esosoft and honestly, there are few web hosts out there that are as responsive and as friendly. Esosoft: the True Heroes of the Internet
And, of course, to the Bitchery and the DA community (you do need a name) for being good sports. See ya next year. Happy April Fools.