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It Was the Butler with the Candlestick in the Library

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. Smart Bitches do have a book coming out on April 17 called Beyond Heaving Bosoms. (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 and GalleyCat for writing up a piece entitled “True Love Takes a Detour to the Courtroom.” I particularly loved the comment to that piece.

To Malle Vallik, Digital Director at Harlequin for buying the novellas of Ann Aguirre and Gyna Colewater. Weredeer and the Millionaire Muffin Man are stories that can’t be missed.

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 Ann Aguirre for pretending to leave her awesome agent, Laura Bradford, and signing with DA Lit Agency.

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. (I plan to stalk her at RWA to learn her secrets in case I do open up a lit agency).

To Gena Showalter and Kresley Cole for allowing me to borrow their nom de plume: Gyna Colewater. If Gyna ever writes something, I know Malle will buy it.

To Simon & Schuster and Touchstone/Fireside for being good sports about the lawsuit.

To Maili who created the awesome cover art for my 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…” Cataromance wrote a fabulous review for it.

And to Esosoft who helped out with our online shenanigans.

And, of course, to the Bitchery and the DA community (we need a name) for being good sports. See ya next year.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Totally Suggesting Tye-Dyed Locks
    Apr 01, 2009 @ 12:43:15

    The DAvilry

    The Littites

    Meanies Ink aka The Jackals

    The J’s

    The Dumb Asses (jackass for short with the J consideration)

    The Creamery (the dreamiest place of them all. Come one, come all!)



    The Jussive Jezebels

    The Jiggery

    The Jittery or The Jitters

    The Jabbery

    The Jacquerie

    Jaded Dippers



    or one of my personal favorites The Spinning Jenny(s)

    Or Better yet why don’t you run a contest with prizes and stuff since I don’t know how to write sentences. sniff sniff Can’t find that damn Amazon link


  2. Robin
    Apr 01, 2009 @ 13:12:38

    the DA community (we need a name)

    I’m sure some would suggest “coven” bwahhahhahaaa

  3. Jia
    Apr 01, 2009 @ 14:26:06

    @Robin: LOL! I like The Coven!

  4. Janine
    Apr 01, 2009 @ 14:55:39

    Would that make us smart witches? Maybe we can be the witchery.

  5. Totally Suggesting Tye-Dyed Locks
    Apr 01, 2009 @ 15:50:39

    Oh, you old crones, you.


  6. rebyj
    Apr 01, 2009 @ 15:58:08

    or since so many are on twitter now ‘twitchery’ lol

  7. Janine
    Apr 01, 2009 @ 16:04:20

    I’m not on twitter. Am I missing out on a lot?

  8. Gennita Low
    Apr 01, 2009 @ 16:23:06

    //hand face
    But I just sent in my ENTIRE manuscript of Wicked Wereducks of WollyGolly! By your favorite medium, e-book style! SEND IT BACK! NOW!!!!!

  9. theo
    Apr 01, 2009 @ 16:31:04

    Jane, I posted this at SBTB too, but thanks for one of the best April Fool’s. You two are full of awesome!

    I like rebyj’s Twitchrey, btw. :) The DA Twitchery.

  10. library addict
    Apr 01, 2009 @ 21:37:30

    The ICH site was my fave. And the requests for non fiction fiction LOL.

    But I am left wondering if anyone actually purchased any of the 110lb Crane stationary…

  11. SandyW
    Apr 02, 2009 @ 06:49:00

    I took a look at the cover for ‘The Buckillioniare's Virgin Lawyer’ and was really impressed. Incredible detail. The ISBN was a nice touch. Being a library technician, I had to check to see if it was formatted correctly so I looked the number up. Wow. I mean, WOW. Now that's detail!

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