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For the Love of Romance

Barbara Vey -- September 18th, 2013

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Yesterday was the official launch of the Romance webcasts.  While there were a few bugs, it was an exciting hour.  I was honored to be asked to host the event and was beyond thrilled to be chatting with three very knowledgeable women in publishing, Esi Sogah, Senior Editor, Kensington Books, Deb Werksman, Acquiring Editor and Editorial Manager, Sourcebooks Casablanca and Diane Moggy, Vice-President of Series Editorial, Harlequin Books.

Dianne Moggy

Dianne Moggy

 

Esi Sogah

Esi Sogah

Deb Werksman

Deb Werksman

 

 

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I wish I could have been taking notes while moderating because it was a fabulous discussion.  Here are some of the questions we discussed:

1.Romance Readers are very loyal. In your experience why do you think that is? How are Romance Readers different from other readers you market to?
2. Editors are always asking for fresh and new ideas. What makes something fresh for
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3. How are publishers attracting new authors in this digital age? (Competing with selfpublishing. Barbara has example from last RomCon about the shift from publisher to self-publishing.)
4. What has digital allowed publishers to do that they couldn’t before? (I’m thinking novellas, e-serials, faster access, etc.)
5. There are so many different subgenres to romance. Why do you think that is? What are the signs that a subgenre is going to be a hit, have staying power? Or a subgenre that surprised you?
6. What are your favorites?

In addition, we took questions from the listeners and got the usual question about romance dumbing down readers.  Listen to what the editors say about that.

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Unfortunately, there was a little technical glitch when audio was lost, but PW is working on it and as soon as it’s available, I’ll let you all know.

My favorite part?  Even though there we lost audio part way through, hundreds of romance readers stayed tuned and watched the slides.  That’s the kind of loyalty that abounds in the romance community.

Did you listen?  Did you enjoy what you did get to hear?  What would you like to see/hear in future webcasts?

Another one of my dreams has come true and I’m very appreciative to all of you who Tweeted, Facebooked, Google+’d and blogged about the webcast.  Your support is overwhelming and I’m eternally grateful.

Winners of the publishers gifts from the Webcast will be announced soon.  In the meantime, the winner of yesterday’s gift basket from Random House is Pamela Gardner.  Congratulations!  Please email suegrimshaw @ randomhouse.com for your prize.

Bottom Line:  Tomorrow is Talk Like a Pirate Day…so start practicing…Arrr!

For The Love of Romance

Barbara Vey -- August 12th, 2013

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I am beyond thrilled to announce that I will be hosting the first PW romance webcast.  For The Love of Romance will be an hour long chat on September 17th at 1 p.m. EST and include editors from Harlequin, Sourcebooks and Kensington.

Some of the topics we will discuss are what makes for a good hero or heroine, editors are always asking for fresh and new ideas so what makes something fresh for you, how are publishers attracting new authors in this digital age and what’s hot right now?  But I’m always looking for new ideas, so if you have burning questions, let me know.

While the show is live, you will be able to type in questions that I’ll ask the panelists.  Not only that but knowing these publishers, there will be amazing giveaways and you will be entered just for registering.

Register here and I’ll be looking forward to your feedback.  On Twitter, we will be using the hashtag #RomanceReads.

Bottom Line:  We all love romance, now let’s prove it.

TIME Videos a Romance Cover Shoot

Barbara Vey -- December 2nd, 2011

Ever wonder what really goes on during a cover model photo shoot?  Just what exactly are they saying to that cover model to get those smolder looks, those glistening abs, that seductive pose (wait, I have to fan myself).

 

Well, wait no more.  Vida Engstrand from Kensington Publishing was kind enough to share a link to Time Magazine’s video of a photo shoot.  It accompanied a piece that TIME Magazine did on contemporary romance novels involving real-life heroes (military, police, firefighters, etc.).  For the article, TIME sent a journalist and a photographer to document the recent photo shoot for the cover of BURNING UP by Anne Marsh.

 

Bottom Line:  Why didn’t I go to film school?

BEA: Welcome to New York

Barbara Vey -- May 26th, 2011

It’s always a whirlwind when I come to New York and BEA is no exception.  While it’s mostly for buyers and sellers to get together, I found myself immediately absorbed into the frenzy.

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The first day, Dan Blank of We Grow Media, (and my buddy) acted as tour guide.  He showed me around and explained so much I didn’t understand.  I’m so visual that I’m easily attracted to all the sparklies and sometimes miss the plain but important stuff.  It was really fun to walk around the huge convention center and run into so many people I knew. We lunched with aspiring authors who are taking Dan’s class and I was thrilled to know that we follow each other on Twitter (another perk of social media).  You can find them here, @Porter_Anderson, @friendgrief, @virtualDavis . Can’t wait till they’re published so I can say I knew them when.

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While waiting in line to get a book signed by actress Julianne Moore, I found author Michelle Willingham waiting in front of me.  We took each other’s picture with Julianne.  She’s teeney, tiny and lovely in person.  Then I was off to catch Tyra Banks and managed to stick my head behind her because her line was way too long to stand in. 

Tyra Banks and Barbara Vey

Tyra Banks and Barbara Vey

Barbara Vey and Julianne Moore

Barbara Vey and Julianne Moore

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Harlequin author signing

Harlequin author signing

There were lines everywhere for book signings and I wandered in to the Harlequin set up where they had shifts of different authors signing at once.  Lots of happy readers came away with many free books.  While I didn’t take any books, I did manage to get a Dork t-shirt for my granddaughter and some Marvel stuff for my grandson.

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Since I love audiobooks, I stopped by the Brilliance Audio booth and they showed me a QR app you can put on your phone, then when you are at a book store or a library and notice an audio book you are interested in, if it has a QR icon on it you just put your phone in front of it and it down loads an excerpt of the book.  That way you can tell if you like the reader.  I know that the reader can make or break an audio book, so I can’t wait to use my app when I get home.

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Marie Bostwick Linda Winstead Jones at Kensington Party

Marie Bostwick Linda Winstead Jones at Kensington Party

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Kensington Publishing had a fun party with their authors and staff.  It’s always nice to get together in an informal relaxed atmosphere and find out the latest news.  Of course, the drinks and food is a nice perk.  It’s going to be hard to go back home to frozen dinners.

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Day two I had a 10 a.m. meeting with Leah Hultenschmidt at Sourcebooks.  It’s really more of a fun chat session, but if I would have know that Jimmy Fallon was signing at that same time, I may have changed it.  He’s so adorable.  Then I found out that I also just missed Michael Moore.  Boy, my timing was really off.

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Barbara Vey and Harlan Coben

Barbara Vey and Harlan Coben

But I did catch up with Harlan Coben who was signing his audio cds and ran into several authors while just walking around like Leanna Renee Hieber, Eloisa James, Julia Quinn, Nancy Naigle, KT Grant and I’m sure I’m forgetting some.  Just let me know and I’ll add your name here.

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I also checked out the Autography booth.  It’s a brand new company that offers an opportunity for authors to sign e-books.  The author can do it in person or be in another location.  It’s done on an iPad and gets transferred to your e-book.  If you are seeing the author in person, there is the option of getting your picture taken with the author and then attached to the signature page.  You really have to see it done to understand it.  I’m still not sure I do, but it does look pretty cool.  Right now you have to buy the book at the same time the author is signing, but they are working on a way to get the books signed that you may already own.  Stay tuned.

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Reader’s Digest was giving away Toy Story 3 books and I loved the movie so it was the only book I ended up taking, but I’ve got to tell you that a big selling point was the magnetic Woody.  It comes with a cloth Woody that you can attach to whatever page you are reading.  I can’t wait to try it out.  (Feel free to insert Woody joke here.)

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Kevin Sorbo and Barbara Vey

Kevin Sorbo and Barbara Vey

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Ok, here the part you’ve been waiting for, one of my adventures moments.  As I’m walking around I notice this good looking guy and find myself yelling, “Hey Kevin!”  Face to face with Hercules himself, Kevin Sorbo offered a hug and picture with me.  As I posted on Twitter, “Just call me Xena!”  A definite sigh moment.

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Dee Davis and Kathleen O'Reilly

Dee Davis and Kathleen O'Reilly

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Next it was off to High Tea at the St. Regis with authors Kathleen O’Reilly and Dee Davis.  We did this several years ago and I’m glad we had a chance to do it again.  It’s so fancy, but I went with coffee.  They serve a plate of finger sandwiches.  There was cucumber, salmon, duck, egg salad and more.  Almost too pretty to eat.  Then comes the dessert tower with the most decadent teasers like lemon tarts and a variety of chocolate concoctions.  A real treat.

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PW owner George Slowik Jr. and Margaret Atwood

PW owner George Slowik Jr. and Margaret Atwood

I caught up with Anne Elizabeth and helped her celebrate her 3 book deal with Sourcebooks by dining at The Harvard Club.  Really folks, I seriously need some new clothes.  This place was straight out of a movie.  A fish out of water, think Pretty Woman without thinking of me as a prostitute.  I knew better than to order shell fish because we all know what happens.  But being with fun people really makes all the difference.

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The Harlequin party was held on the roof top of the Kimberly Hotel and served as a prelude to their amazing RWA party.  There were sparkling lights hanging all over that made it all seem magical.  While it all was wonderful, the high point for me was meeting the amazing author, Margaret Atwood.  I got goosebumps.  I had to tell her that I read A Handmaid’s Tale years ago and it still haunts me.  If you haven’t read it, give it a try.  It’s so relevant, especially today.  I also caught up with Heather Graham, Carla Neggers, Rick Mofina, Sophie Littlefield, and Brenda Novak (don’t forget about her charity auction ending soon).

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Bottom Line: Yes, I’m pooped, but in a good way and I can’t believe I was too tired to go across the street to see Kiefer Sutherland…maybe tonight.