(Just a note: I know it’s April Fool’s Day but so far as I’m aware all of the info below is legit. HATE April Fool’s Day and I would not do that to you.)
There are a few special calls open right now for spec fiction writers:
Samhain is looking for Superhero Romance “It’s up, up and away we go, to a world of superheroes and supervillains, where heroes and/or heroines with special abilities and crime-fighting prowess protect the public…and fall in love.”
Carina Press is looking for "steampunk novellas with a winter or winter holiday theme" for a Steampunk Holiday collection.
Avon introduced a new digital imprint, Avon Impulse.
Also, Connie Brockway announced she’s “…going rogue” and self-publishing her next two historical romance novels.
What I think is interesting is that they’re weighing the same factors—time, money, creative control—and coming to different decisions. As a writer I can understand why an author might decide to self-publish one project and contract another with a publishing house. I think as self-publishing goes more mainstream it's just going to be one more thing in a writer's bag o' tricks. I know as a reader, I’m far more open to buying a self-pub book today than I was even a year ago. Any thoughts?
In entertainment news…
Stop. 'S Hammertime.
The movie Thor releases on May 6.
I love Norse mythology (have a book on submission right now based on it). Looking forward to this movie and not just because of that picture. Alright, maybe a lil' bit because of that picture.
Fringe got picked up for another season (Yay!) Love that quirky show. The writers are so unpredictable and it has the best mad scientist I've ever seen on TV. (Sorry, Dr. Doofenschmirtz.)
Game of Thrones premieres on HBO April 17th. I've only read the first book of this series, really liked it but decided to hold off on the rest until it was finished. That said, I like what HBO has done with TrueBlood and I’ve been looking forward to seeing what they do with this one.
That's the news that registered in my brain. So what did I miss?