Friday Midday News: Joy and Tragedy in the romance community
Fatin, aka mad4rmbks, has been a long time member of the romance community. On Tuesday morning, some horrible coward shot her husband in their store. Fatin’s husband was the kind of guy, as his customers said, to give you the shirt off his back and the change in his pocket. His senseless death leaves Fatin to raise their four children alone.
If you want to help, you can donate something to the auction being held to benefit Fatin and her daughters or you can bid on the auction items. Or you can pray or send positive waves of thought her way. Read more about the effort to assist Fatin here.
Our celebratory news involves Wendy, Super Librarian. Wendy received the news on Tuesday that she had been voted Librarian of the Year by RWA. Congratulations Wendy.
Reader PZ sent me a heads up about the release of a recent Mills & Boon documentary. I would really like to see this as it sounds like a pretty even handed look into a handful of readers and writers pertaining to the genre with a very broad worldwide scope. The filmmaker says her favorites are Penny Jordan, Kate Walker, and Gil Sanderson’s medicals.
This is what I hope to see more of in the self publishing market: great books that can’t be published because they don’t fit into any predetermined slots. Miracle Jones received a response from an agent rejecting his work:
To cut right to the chase, this is quite literally like nothing I've ever read before, both for better and for worse. Which is to say, it was a refreshing change from the predictable stuff that usually comes across my desk. But it's also just not really my kind of book. I don't think it even is a "kind' of book (or if it is, I've never read those kinds of books). I admire your talent and most of all your imagination, but I quite literally have no idea who would publish this. Which is not to say someone won't-‘only that it's far enough outside of the kind of fiction I tend to represent that I wouldn't know what to do with it
So Miracle Jones self published his book on smashwords.
I found this tidbit interesting. Last week marked the first time that a J.D. Robb title was on #1 on the USA Today list. Treachery in Death is a pretty good entry into the Eve Dallas series. And you had better start calling it the Eve Dallas series because beginning with the nex book, “In Death” will no longer be in the title. Speaking of Nora, Chasing Fire is calling my name. Have a great weekend folks. Don’t forget to SPRING forward with your clocks. Stay safe.