RT Wrap Up
At the end of the blog, I’ll post some pics taken last week at the RT conference. I’m still in recovery mode, but there were a few interesting things happening in the real world while I was gone.
First, Stephanie Meyer appears to have been ejected from the Deseret Book store chain.Deseret Book…has decided that Meyer's best-selling vampire romance books will no longer see the light of day -- at least on the shelves of its chain stores. Customers may instead request Meyer's 2005 novel Twilight -- or its three companion volumes, New Moon , Eclipse and Breaking Dawn -- by special order for either store pick-up or delivery by mail."We're never really given a reason for these things," said Steve Hartvigsen, manager of the Deseret Book store at Valley Fair Mall. "We just get a return sheet and send books back."
Deseret Books is owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and Meyer is a member.
Full article here.
Some Dr. Horrible stuff:
: Joss Whedon, who directed and was a co-creator, recently told reporters at the Paley Festival in Hollywood that (a Dr. Horrible) sequel could take any number of formats, including an online series or possibly a feature film.
"We’ve talked about doing an actual studio film, and we’ve talked about doing an independent tiny little thing," Whedon was quoted as saying. "We’ve talked about everything in between, the bumper sticker, whatever format."
And more here
from an article in the Chicago Tribune.
My fave (and yours) James Marsters talking
comics:“I thought that if I wrote a comic, I’d have ultimate power over everything,” said Marsters. “It was a rude awakening to find out how little power writers have.”
The real bone of contention was with Dark Horse’s choice of artist Keith Barnett, who drew everything in a dark, gothic style that, while he liked the art, Marsters insists just wasn’t right for his story.
“[He] drew it in a real Goth style that made [Spike and Dru] both look feral and ugly,” explained Marsters. “I thought that was kind of cool for me, but Juliette Landau didn’t write this and didn’t want her character drawn like a hideous beast… This is a twisted romance. This is not a gothic thing. And in romance, the leads have to be romantic. They have to be characters that the audience wants to kiss.”
Anybody seen the comic? I haven’t so I can’t comment.
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Appropos to nothing but interesting--Bowker PubTrack's consumer survey data about demographic preferences for Kindle
We extracted about 75 percent of the responses on age (representing about 700 responses, taking equally from the earliest and most recent postings, which show very similar age distributions). Per John Makinson's quip at an LBF panel, over half of reporting Kindle owners are 50 or older, and 70 percent are 40 or older. Here is the full age bracket distribution:
0 - 19: 5%
20 - 29: 10%
30 - 39: 15%
40 - 49: 19.5%
50 - 59: 23%
60 - 69: 19.5%
70 - 79: 6%
Full article is on the Amazon site. So much for the new technology attracting only the young.
Remember when I mentioned Mario and I have a basket in the Brenda Novak auction. Here’s the direct link
—look at all the goodies!
Before we head to RT, a pic from Horrorfest—friend Dawn Anderson is the zombie!
Off to breakfast at the world's biggest McDonalds! No joke, btw.
Waiting in line to order: Richelle Mead, Diana Rowland, Jackie Kessler (back to camera)
After the gluttony:
Blake, whose last name I can't remember (profuse apologies), Diana Rowland, Jackie Kessler and Richelle Mead, Lucienne Diver and he who shall be nameless
Michelle Rowen, Michele Bardsley, Jaye Wells
The super delicious Dakota Cassidy
Fearless leader of the League of Reluctant Adults: Mark Henry standing in front of the stash we offered as a raffle prize in Club RT
Reviewer extraordinaire Jill Smith, Richelle Mead,
Stacia Kane, Caitlin Kittredge
J ill Smith giving Jackie Kessler the good news—she loved her new book Black and White co-authored with Caitlin Kittredge.
Michele Bardsley on stage accepting her Reviewer’s Choice Award for Best Vampire Romance, Because Your Vampire Said So
And last, me accepting my award for Best Urban Fantasy Protagonist, Anna Strong from Legacy. What a rush!!!
And if the pics aren't enough, RT interviewed me here
and Jackie Kessler put together a charming little ditty to commemorate the festivities here
Now, two down, one to go. This weekend is the Colorado Romance Writers Romancing the Rockies Con--panels and signing. Then just maybe next month I can do some writing.