Thing the first: Diana Rowland interviewed me for Magic District. She wanted to examine the issues facing romance, science fiction, and fantasy novels – and I apparently wanted to use the word “element” about sixteen times too many. It’s like an elemental drinking game at this point. Thank you for the interview, Diana!
While I was traveling in scenic, windy, and unquestionably awesome Iowa, a segment I taped for Better.tv aired in a whole mess of places across the US. Host Audra Lowe interviewed me about the Bosoms, the power of romance in a recession, and what to do about those who put down the genre.
Hey! Lookee there—Beyond Heaving Bosoms is the featured book in the editorial spotlight in the Sony eBookstore – how cool!
And finally, I have to find where I hid my BEA pass, because next weekend it is all BEA, all the time. BEA, which actually stands for “Bring Extra Alcohol,” is going to be extra more gooder this year because not only are cool people like Kassia Krozser and @DonLinn going to be there, but NetGalley and Firebrand decided to host a “blogger signing” at their booth (#4077).
As Firebrand founder Fran Toolan said,
“Blogger Signings” is a bit tongue-in-cheek, as it is meant as a parody to the many “Author Signings” that are hosted either by BEA directly, or by individual publishers in their booths each year.
People that review books and blog about them are enjoying a significantly growing voice in influencing book buyers. And those that blog about the industry in general are having a strong influence on the rate of change our industry is undergoing. Many book bloggers enjoy a very strong following for their work, while others are not as well known.
The complete schedule is online, and I’ll be at the booth on Saturday 30 May at noon, alongside Jessica Kennedy from Book Reviews by Jess. I hope if you’re at BEA, you’ll stop by to say hello. I will be the one trying to refrain from openly stalking and squeeing at Kat Meyer and Charlotte Abbott.