I haven’t been keeping up with the news posts—in my defence, we’ve been doing pretty well with reviews this year…so far—but I have some exciting new projects that I just have to share with you guys. So here they are: the sekrit projects!
The lovely Kate Cuthbert is stepping down as editor of Booktopia’s Romance Buzz, and they have asked me to take on the role. I am so chuffed! This means I get to choose upcoming books to highlight and talk about. I also get to call myself Booktopia’s Queen of Romance, so I may have to go out and buy a pink boa and a sparkly tiara as befits my new station. Our joint issue went up last week. You can read it here.
At ARRC in Brisbane, I’ll be moderating the Romance Hour (concurrent session 1D) with some fabulous authors: Kristan Higgins, Hope Tarr, Keri Arthur and Anne Gracie. If that doesn’t float your boat, Decadence will be moderating Angels and dragons and banshees, oh my! (concurrent session 1A). It kind of sucks that we’re on at the same time, but hopefully the sessions will be recorded, because omg, Rachel Vincent, Shona Husk, Nalini Singh and MJ Scott!
RWA conference panel
This year, I’ll be doing more than just going to the RWA conference parties—I’ll be participating in a panel! Kate Cuthbert, Sarah Wendell (Smart Bitches, Trashy Books) and I will be running a panel called Navigating the Choppy Waters of Online Reviews. Here’s the blurb:
Blogging and social media have enabled readers to do what mainstream media have long refused to—review romance fiction. But online review sites are no longer just about introducing books to new readers. They also provide spaces for readers to discuss books, authors, publishers and a variety of related issues. For authors, it can be tricky to determine where professional and personal boundaries lie, or to keep silent when they feel that they have been unfairly criticised. This workshop will provide authors with a framework for dealing with online reviews.
So if you’re going to Fremantle, I’ll see you there!
The lovely folks at Books+Publishing asked me to write their a romance-themed Shelf Talk for their latest issue (Issue 1, 2013). It’s basically a summary of notable books coming out in the next few months. Paranormal romance is going to awesome, that’s all I can say.