It’s winter and it’s Friday. I figured we could all use a laugh.
Historically Authentic Sexism in Fantasy. Let’s Unpack That. – We in the romance community have heard the “It’s historically accurate” justification plenty of times as it relates to rape and misogyny. Tansyrr suggests that fantasy writers stop trotting out that old canard because a) fantasy isn’t history and b) history was written by men and c) why not write better? tansyrr.com
At Random House, Employees Will Enjoy 5,000 Shades of Green – Readers may not love EL James, but everyone at Random House does. Markus Dohle, the chief executive of Random House, promised employees — from top editors to warehouse workers — a $5,000 annual bonus to celebrate a profitable year. RH had not only the monster bestseller trilogy by James (selling over 35 million copies in the US), it also published Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn and Wild by Cheryl Strayed. NYTimes.com
Social Media for Social Good Romance Community Charity Fundraiser – Limecello is raising money for a charitable good cause. Last year she choose “Save the Children” and this year she is asking people to be aware and participate in the bringing clean water to impoverished places. You can read more about Lime’s chosen charity here and the challenges and prizes page is here.
Drug Rape Prevention: DrinkSavvy Color Changing Drinkware | Indiegogo – You all know how fond I am of kickstarter and indiegogo ventures right? (not very much for those who aren’t aware) But this indiegogo program would be awesome if adopted. Cups and straws turn color if the date rape drug is added to a drink.
UK literary agency partners exclusively with Amazon to break authors into US – I’m not sure why a literary agency would go exclusive with Amazon because a) it rejects about 1/3 of the ebook market and b) gives more power to Amazon, but that’s exactly what UK literary agency Curtis Brown is doing. They are partnering, exclusively, with Amazon to bring around 200 titles that are licensed in the UK into the US market. Paid Content