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Date: 2015-05-29 14:26
Subject: We Need Diverse Books! Panel discussion recap BEA15
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I was so glad I got to catch one of the We Need Diverse Books panels at this year’s BookExpo America. I am a fast typist so I am able to capture a lot of what was said, but nowhere close to everything, so please do no take this as a “transcript.” It isn’t. It’s a selection of the comments made and may contain errors because I can’t type perfectly and listen at the same time! But I wanted to capture as much as I could so that people who couldn’t be here could still hear this conversation. Because it is such an important conversation no matter what genre you write or publish in.

The panel included:
Ellen Oh, author of The Prophecy Series, co-founder
Lamar Giles, author of Fake ID and Endangered
Linda Sue Park, Newbery Award-winning, NY Times bestselling author
Matt de la Peña, NY Times bestselling author of multiple books
Tim Federle, author of Better Nate Than Ever and Tequila Mockingbird

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Date: 2015-05-29 11:57
Subject: Digital Branding for Authors at BEA15
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Fauzia Burke of FSB Associates and Kristen Frantz of Berrett-Koehler Publishers

Fauzia Burke of FSB Associates and Kristen Frantz of Berrett-Koehler Publishers

One of the cool things about BookExpo America is that there are seminars aimed at authors, publishers, and so on. For the past few years there has been a whole track of programming about the digital space and using digital tools for marketing and commerce.

Fauzia Burke (of FSB Associates) opened by explaining that agent Amy Hughes caught the flu and so didn’t make it, so it was just her and Kristen Frantz (VP of sales and marketing at Berrett-Koehler Publishers).

Fauzia began by answering the question, What is digital branding? “Think about what comes up when you do a Google search for a person. Your website, your social assets, etc.”

“I know the authors in this room are thinking I wrote the book, now I have to be a marketing expert, too? But yes, you have to think about why it’s important. The people who do digital branding get more speaking gigs and they spell more books. If you had a one tweet equals one book sale ratio we would all do it, right? It isn’t so obvious, unfortunately, and it’s not just a sales tool.”

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Date: 2015-05-28 10:00
Subject: Timelines by Joe
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Mirrored from the latest entry in Daron's Guitar Chronicles.

 

Joe has created timelines sliced and diced so that no matter how you want to view all the events in Daron’s Guitar Chronicles Volumes 1 & 2, there’s a timeline for you.

To view, just click on the image and watch it expand in your browser!

 

All the Events!

All-Events-II

 

All the Events! By volume number

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Volume 1 and just volume 1

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Volume 2 and just volume 2

DGC2

 

All the Events! By decade.

Global

 

The historical context to All the Events!

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Date: 2015-05-26 10:00
Subject: Sonic Youth
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Mirrored from the latest entry in Daron's Guitar Chronicles.

Bart drove me back to Worcester in time to meet the bus to Hartford, and then tagged along on the bus on the way there. We had a lot of downtime that afternoon before they were actually ready for us to check sound, so me and Bart and Charlie worked on a rendition of “For No One” since his birthday was at the end of April. We actually decided it would go over better in New Orleans than St. Louis, though, and the song was so short it was almost more of an interlude if we didn’t put a bunch of solos into it. It was too early to tell what exactly we were going to do with it, but for now he and I had to get our parts together or it wasn’t going anywhere.

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Date: 2015-05-21 10:00
Subject: Alternate universe fic!
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Mirrored from the latest entry in Daron's Guitar Chronicles.

Today we’ve got an “alternate universe” fanfic from Mel, inspired by the many times Daron has mentioned his recurring dreams about being a busboy (viz: a comment in 2013, chapter 546, and chapter 579).

This one has some graphic sex, so please only read it if you are legally able (i.e. of age) to read such material in your location.

If you are legally able to read this material, click here to go to the password protected post.

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Also, please note we’ve still got slots open for more fanworks! It doesn’t have to be fanfic or art, it can be anything you think might be of interest to DGC fans, including your recs for books or bands? your dream cast you’d put into a DGC movie? favorite GLBT musicians list? fake album art? If you’d like to contribute, then simply contact Cecilia.

Here’s the schedule of upcoming posts and the slots still open!

 May 28: Joe (timeline graphics)

June 4: Sanders 

June 11: Stef’s (memes)

June 18

June 25: Lenalena (book review)

July 2

July 9

July 16

July 23

July 30

August 6

August 13

August 20 Chris (fic)

August 27

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Date: 2015-05-19 10:00
Subject: Personal Jesus
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Tags:allston, colin, party party party uh

Mirrored from the latest entry in Daron's Guitar Chronicles.

Then we had another day off. This time we went to Boston, where Carynne had cozied up to the Lyons brothers, so we were given the VIP treatment, by which I mean we had access to the VIP room at the Citi Club. I hadn’t quite realized it, but I guess Citi was trying to be like Limelight or Danceteria. I had never thought of Boston as having that kind of celebrity culture, or maybe it was just that I had never been treated like one there.

A whole bunch of our friends showed up and after carousing at the club until they kicked us out we ended up back at the Allston house, where a fairly epic party took place.

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Date: 2015-05-17 02:08
Subject: RT Award Recap: Cecilia Tan Pioneer & Career Achievement Award speeches
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Tags:appearances, writing talk

I’m sitting here in bed on the last night of RT Booklovers, with my knee up on pillows with an ice pack. Ouch. You see, at Heather Graham’s Vampire Ball, they had a charity fundraiser for a pediatric AIDS organization, where for five bucks you could dance with the cover model of your choice. So I danced with the delectable DeLonn Donovan, which was lovely. But then the next time I tried to stand up, my left knee was so swollen I could barely limp back to my room.

Great thanks to Sarah Frantz Lyons and L.A. Witt (aka Lauren Gallagher) who retrieved me a bag of ice. I did myself a mischief, it would seem!

I figure to recap the convention I should note a couple of things. Like how about my awards speeches? That’s a good thing to blog!

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Date: 2015-05-14 14:41
Subject: More from RT Booklovers: Day 2! GLBT “Post-Gay”? Marketing Series, and Bonus Content
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Here are my recaps of a few more panels: Post-Gay, Marketing Series, and Bonus/Free Content.

POST-GAY: When Characters Just Happen to be Gay
This was a powerhouse panel of fantastic queerfolk including:
HelenKay Dimon, filmmaker JC Calciano, Radclyffe, JA Rock, LA Witt, and Reesa Herberth, and moderated by Sarah Frantz Lyons.

The discussion had depth and pith, and I can’t really recapture the whole ebb and flow of it since I only wrote down a few notes and choice quotes, but the essential internal conflict the community as a whole seems to be struggling with is how to continue to represent queer characters and queer lives within this mainstream literary form without necessarily hewing to either the expected stereotypes and well-trod coming-out and/or tragic arcs, or making their queerness the central aspect of their story. Is it possible to have stories and novels where the characters just “happen to be queer”?

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Date: 2015-05-13 08:55
Subject: Cover reveal! Taking The Lead – rockstar romance
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Tags:general blather, romance

Cover reveal, and I do mean “reveal”! My next romance from Hachette/Forever is slated to release on January 26, 2015 in both paperback and ebook, and I have not one but TWO amazing cover designs to show you!

As you might expect given my track record, my books have a lot of sex in them. They’re very steamy. TAKING THE LEAD is no exception. It’s a rockstar romance and a BDSM “billionaire” book except this time SHE is the billionaire.

The brilliant thing my publisher has done is create two versions of the cover, a “tame” version (which is still pretty suggestive if you ask me), and a “wild” version. Feast your eyes below the fold:

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Date: 2015-05-12 10:00
Subject: Joy Division
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Mirrored from the latest entry in Daron's Guitar Chronicles.

The next night we played the Centrum again. Clarice and Fran smuggled me into their dressing room so we could do vocal warmups in the immense sports-team sized shower they had. Because, yes, everyone sounds better in the shower.

“M.D. got some range,” Clarice said when we were done. My range wasn’t especially good: my upper notes were weak and my lower notes were hard to keep in tune. I think they said things like that so I wouldn’t feel like chopped liver singing with them. These two had serious vocal firepower.

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