First, from many folks, Bianca D’Arc & Zoe Archer’s Half Past Dead is free for Kindle right now, just for this weekend until 1 November. Archer’s story is a prequel to the Blades of the Rose series, one of which, Scoundrel was the October Sizzling Book Club Pick.
Harlequin is launching an online search for new writing talent called So You Think You Can Write. From Nov 1-5, Harlequin editors and authors will be hosting outreach and educational events on various social media platforms designed to both seek out new writers and instruct folks on what goes into writing a quality romance. Submitted manuscripts from unpublished writers will receive an examination from Harlequin editors, and you can follow the week of events on the Harlequin blog, and on Twitter at hostage #sytycw. Very cool!
Scholastic has launched a book lover’s social networking site for adults, with “bookprinting” that allows others to view the “list of books that left a mark on your life.
My first reaction: cool, but do we need another social networking site? Really? And how many people are going to list “Eat Pray Love” and “The Secret?” (Thanks to Kathryn for the link.)
And finally, from Sharon, a link to make you feel a bit better about needing that super spiffy editor: evidence suggests that Jane Austen had a very savvy editor who corrected her punctuation and spelling, among other things. You can both read and listen to the interview with Oxford professor Kathryn Sutherland who has studied handwritten pages of Austen’s work and discusses the differences in the edits.