Join the IYWM team!

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Do love throwing parties? We’re looking for a new team member to chair the IYWM ball starting in 2016. If you’re interested in becoming a member of our growing volunteer team please email Deanna Lepsch.

It’s ALIVE!

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The IYWM website is celebrating a grand re-opening! The site has undergone a major transformation. With a brand new navigation menu, updated workshop information, a living blog, and the feature that was most asked for.. that’s right, we now have forums.

Head over and check out the brand new IYWM site!

Industry News

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Don’t Diss Dystopias (Slate)

Elegy for a Dead World: A Game About Writing Fiction (Kickstarter)

New YA-Only Imprints Seek to Make Their Mark (PublishersWeekly)

“Why Are They Sabotaging Us?” Famous Authors on Amazon vs. Hachette (Flavorwire)

Amazon Publishing Goes ‘American Idol’ After Terrible Week (Flavorwire)

Breaking News

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Ellora’s Cave Sues Dear Author: Hello Streisand Effect (SmartBitchesTrashyBooks)

Is Amazon responsible for the Ellora’s Cave fiasco? (Melville House)

For more information on this breaking story, scroll down to the Featured Blog Post or head over to the IYWM Blog where our correspondent Kerri-Leigh Grady is reporting.

Recommended Books

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* No Plot? No Problem! Revised and Expanded Edition: A Low-stress, High-velocity Guide to Writing a Novel in 30 Days 
* Word Painting: A Guide to Writing More Descriptively
* The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide To Character Expression
* The Art of Time in Fiction: As Long as It Takes

New and Upcoming Publications

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Symantha Reagor, Fog and TRAPS
Young Adult Fantasy writer Symantha Reagor’s two poems, Fog andTRAPS have been accepted by the Science Fiction Poetry Association for the 2014 Halloween Poetry Reading.

Stephanie Wytovich, An Exorcism of Angels

Horror writer Stephanie Wytovich is happy to announce her third sale to RawDogPress. This latest poetry book is titled An Exorcism of Angels and is due out in early 2015.

Book Smugglers Publishing: Open For Submissions (Spring 2015)

Craft Tips and Tricks

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“Don’t be offended if you encounter some good-natured ribbing; the idea of writing a novel in a month deserves to be laughed at.”
― Chris Baty

Preparing for NaNoWriMo (The Writing Cafe)
Getting Ready for NaNoWriMo (Nanowrimo Young Writers Program)
How To Prepare For Nanowrimo: To Outline Or Not To Outline (WritersDigest)
And for a bit of humor… 17 Struggles Of Getting Ready For NaNoWriMo (BuzzFeed)

On Thursday, October 16 at 3:00 PM PDT, The Office of Letters and Lights (@Nanowrimo) will be hosting a #NaNoPrep tweet-chat with author Scott Westerfeld.

The IYWM Ball Needs You!

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This is Deanna Lepsch’s last year running the IYWM ball. She would really like to find a new volunteer to shadow her so they know what’s involved with planning the future balls (and how easy it is). This is an important volunteer position. The ball chair picks the theme, decides on the prizes and categories of prizes (if any), has a big say in decorations (though Donna usually rocks that out) and is in charge of either building a Spotify play list or finding a DJ for music. Not too bad, right? If you’re interested in becoming a member of the growing IYWM volunteer team please email Deanna Lepsch at fundraising.iywm@gmail.com.

Featured Blog Post

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In Your Write Mind Blog

“A Tale of a Fateful Blog Post”
by Kerri-Leigh Grady

Just sit right back, and you’ll hear a tale. A tale of a fateful blog post.

The online romance community is abuzz with news that Ellora’s Cave, purveyor of erotica, Romantica®, and…somehow…tawdry baubles , is suing Dear Author and Jane Litte for libel. News of the lawsuit might not have generated quite as much furor were it not for the online antics of Ellora’s Cave owner Jaid Black, and every new twist has only turned what could have been merely an alarming attempt to silence criticism into an expensive trainwreck, trolling, threats, and an amazing show of solidarity from romance lovers ’round the Web….Click here to read the rest! 

This could be your time to shine!

Submit your blog or become a guest blogger on the IYWM blog.
Just email socialmedia.IYWM@gmail.com

Featured Flash Fiction

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Rules for submission:

1) 500 – 800 Words
2) MS word doc (Calibri, size 12 font)
4) Include your name and/or pseudonym, email, and title of submission at the top
5) Include a short 2-3 sentence author bio and a link to your blog or author site

Work previously posted elsewhere is fine. You retain all rights to your work.Submission deadlines are the first of every month.

Suggested Monthly Themes
November 2014 – Mystery and/or Turkey
December 2014 – Fantasy and/or Winter
January 2015 – Science Fiction and/or Ice

** Please submit your flash fiction to socialmedia.IYWM@gmail.com

Just sit right back, and you’ll hear a tale. A tale of a fateful blog post.

The online romance community is abuzz with news that Ellora’s Cave, purveyor of erotica, Romantica®, and…somehow…tawdry baubles, is suing Dear Author and Jane Litte for libel. News of the lawsuit might not have generated quite as much furor were it not for the online antics of Ellora’s Cave owner Jaid Black, and every new twist has only turned what could have been merely an alarming attempt to silence criticism into an expensive trainwreck, trolling, threats, and an amazing show of solidarity from romance lovers ’round the Web.

The conflict began when, according to some authors, Ellora’s Cave (sued in 2008 by former Ellora’s Cave COO and founder of Samhain Books Christine Brashear for non-payment on shares still owned by Brashear) suddenly began paying royalties late or not at all. Cover artists claim they had been let go and were not paid for art the publisher continued to use on new releases. Amid the crazy in September, the managing editor and the current COO both resigned from Ellora’s Cave.

Jane Litte, attorney by day and long-time romance lover and blogger by whenever she manages spare time what with her day job being lawyering, often reports on industry news at her Dear Author blog. When numerous anonymous sources alleged they had experienced late royalties, missing royalties, and breaches of contract regarding “out of print” designations and reversion of rights, she gathered the information and posted to the Dear Author blog. Several anonymous users left comments claiming similar experiences.

The allegations from authors included screencaps from Jaid’s social media accounts, where she boasted of spending sprees on Rodeo Drive…and meanwhile, say the anonymous (and some not so anonymous) authors, her company claims Amazon sales are shrinking at an alarming rate. Worse, an email sent to authors from Jaid claim EC has no idea why the sales are suffering. Also in this email, Ellora’s Cave announced they had laid-off all freelance editors, including new hires that had been brought in the week before the decision. EC’s editorial is now operating with only three content editors.

When Dear Author posted about EC authors’ claims, Jaid Black strapped on her wackypants and decided to sue, claiming defamation and demanding the names of the anonymous commenters on the post. Because she filed in the state of Ohio, which has no SLAPP statute to prevent frivolous lawsuits, Litte has no choice but to engage in the lawsuit. She set aside $20,000 of her own money to fight, but the romance community came together to ensure she wouldn’t need more. Sarah Wendell of Smart Bitches Who Read Trashy Books began a GoFundMe campaign, and within four days—four days, people—the Dear Author Legal Defense Fund had over $50,000. The campaign is still open, and any money Jane doesn’t spend on the lawyering and the court costs will go to another defense fund.

A not-at-all-sockpuppet Twitter account popped up. Pub Net @pubnt claim to be “scouts” interested in publisher protection. To ensure we are all aware they are in no way a sockpuppet account, they declare they are not affiliated with Ellora’s Cave in their Twitter bio. So now we know – they’re not affiliated with EC at all and clearly not sockpuppets. Got it? Good.

Of course, @pubnt immediately went about protecting publishers everywhere by tweeting to individual New York romance publishers the names of authors who contributed to the Dear Author Legal Defense Fund.

 

Let that one soak in for a sec. Got it? Good.

 

The entire experience has prompted the creation of a new hashtag (I know, grab your smellin’ salts) — #notchilled, referring to authors and bloggers who refuse to be intimidated by an attempt to silence criticism. Even @pubnt enjoys using it. All the time. See above.

Authors are voicing support all over the webs, and some are publicly detailing their experiences with late and unexpectedly low royalties. The truth is coming though, as discovery will reveal the financial details and authors will offer testimony and emails to back their claims. In the meantime, pop some popcorn and sit back with your computer. This is bound to get crazier.

Side note: Several authors have come forward to state they have had no bad experiences and were completely unaware of issues with Ellora’s Cave. Many authors are also begging the critics to stop talking and making things worse for everyone else.

 Join the IYWM team!

Do love throwing parties? We’re looking for a new team member to chair the IYWM ball starting in 2016. If your interested in becoming a member of our growing volunteer team, please email Deanna Lepsch.


Industry News

Penguin Publishing Group Takes Shape (Publishers Weekly)
100 Books Facebook Users Love (The Atlantic)
John Green, Veronica Roth, George R.R. Martin among top literary earners (Entertainment Weekly)
Sherlock Holmes is really, really in the public domain — really (Los Angeles Times)


New and Upcoming Publications

Jennifer Loring, “Conduits”

Horror writer Jennifer Loring’s novella, Conduits, will be released with DarkFuse in September 2014. Join the main character, Mara, as she is forced to confront the truth about her older sister’s death and the reason the ghosts have chosen her as their conduit.

Nicole Taft as Nick Trevano, “Advanae”

Science-fiction writer Nick Trevano’s novel, Advanae, was released in paperback and ebook this September. All humanity hoped to do was explore – now they’re a part of a war they never knew existed.

Joann Crosier as Rachell Nichole, “To Sir”

Romance writer Rachell Nichole’s, newest novel, To Sir, was published by Loose Id on August 26, 2014. When Liz agrees to be his, Chase can’t resist having something under his control when his life falls apart. She only wants to submit part-time, but he doesn’t know if he can accept her limits.

Sherry Peters, “Mabel the Lovelorn Dwarf”

Fantasy writer Sherry Peters’s debut novel, Mabel the Lovelorn Dwarf, was released in August 2014. Join Mabel as she maneuvers through deep family secrets, jealous friends, and her forbidden desire of an elf.


Craft Tips and Tricks

“The first draft of everything is shit.”

-Ernest Hemingway

What Is a Developmental Editor and What Can You Expect? (janefriedman.com)

And for a bit of humor… Book Sniffing by EpicReads.com


Featured Blog Post

KristinaElyseButke.com

I write fantasy and I’m worried white privilege will infiltrate my books. Part 1

“…At its core, I am “writing what I know.” But there are issues even with this. You see, I don’t want to contribute to the line of fantasy authors who also wrote what they knew, which ended up being worlds with predominantly white characters based on European, feudalistic history. I don’t want a world where non-white characters are packaged as stereotypes, or thrown in to add an “exotic” flavor to the otherwise same-old, same-old. But it’s been like this in fantasy for a long time, even when there are exceptions to this rule.

I have to be honest and acknowledge this: I come from white privilege…”
Click to read the entire post! 

This could be your time to shine!
Submit your blog to socialmedia.IYWM@gmail.com


Featured Flash Fiction

Rules for submission:

1) 500 – 800 Words
2) MS word doc (Calibri, size 12 font)
4) Include your name and/or pseudonym, email, and title of submission at the top
5) Include a short 2-3 sentence author bio and a link to your blog or author site

Work previously posted elsewhere is fine. You retain all rights to your work.Submission deadlines are the first of every month.

Suggested 2014 Monthly Themes
October – Horror and/or Halloween
November –Mystery and/or Turkey
December – Fantasy and/or Winter

Please submit your flash fiction to socialmedia.IYWM@gmail.com


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