Friday, June 17, 2011

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

...and another winner!

Sheree,
Thanks for commenting on my post, "Swag Happy." You're the winner of the bag of goodies from the Lori Foster/Duffy Brown/Linda Keller Reader Author Get-Together.

Please send me your shipping address to Keri@KeriStevens.com.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Winners! Winners! (And win more!)

Big thanks to all of you who visited on Carina Press's anniversary bash! Executive Editor Angela James has posted the winners of the 19 blogs + Kobo winner here: http://carinapress.com/blog/2011/06/thank-you-and-winners/

But MY winner is R.K. Charron! Thanks for playing, R.K.!

If you weren't R.K. or one of the other big winners, there's still hope for you...until Sunday at midnight, I'm still offering up a huge bag of conference swag for grabs on this post.

So swing by, watch the video and see what goodies romance authors like to share.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Celebrating Carina Press's 1st Anniversary with Harlequin's Amy Wilkins

I'm proud to share my blog today with Angela James, Executive Editor of Carina Press (MY publisher!) and Amy Wilkins of Carina Press/Harlequin. My blog (along with 18 others) is celebrating the first anniversary of the place where "no great story goes untold." Please enjoy Amy's post and comment at the end before 9A eastern on Wednesday because this party has great prizes--including a Kobo eReader.

And now...here's Angela!

In celebration of our one year anniversary, I asked as many of our Harlequin team members and Carina Press freelance editors as possible to write a short blog post, talking about what the past year or so has been like for them, working on Carina Press. I deliberately didn't provide any direction other than that, because I wanted to see what people came up with, in the spirit of Carina's 1st anniversary. I was so pleased when I saw what they'd all come up with, and had to say (and some of these posts made me just a little teary)! I hope you enjoy the post, and look for your opportunity to win a Carina Press book at the bottom of this post. ~Angela James

Amy Wilkins is Assistant Manager of Digital Content and Social Media at Harlequin and a member of the Carina Press Acquisition Team. When not making sure our ebooks get made, Amy manages two Harlequin blogs and the @HarlequinBooks Twitter account, and builds her eReader collection (3 so far!) in her spare time. You can follow her on Twitter.

Glutton for Punishment, Carina Press-Style
By Amy Wilkins, Harlequin Digital and Carina Press Acquisition Team

It’s been one year since Carina Press launched on June 7, 2010. Of course, for most of us here at Carina Press and Harlequin, it feels a lot longer. Months before that date, we were reading submissions, reviewing covers, formatting files, building websites and thousands of other tasks to build a new business.

I could say that since then things have calmed down. That would be a total lie. Personally, I’m as busy as ever… I like to call my job on Harlequin’s ebook program my “full-time job.” Everything else – managing some of Harlequin’s social media properties and working on the Carina Press acquisition team, for example – is extra.

But you know what? I wouldn’t change a thing.

Last week, my department faced a HUGE deadline for a project. Cue panic and string of crises. In the midst of this deadline, we had a Carina cover copy review meeting. Jenny Bullough (my boss :) ) said I could skip to work on the other project….

My response: “But…I like our cover copy meetings!”

It’s no secret I looooove writing cover copy; it’s my favorite part of my job. And I love the Carina meetings where we talk about our books and have so much fun that we’ve joked about live tweeting one. I know you’re curious about how many times we say “sexytimes” per meeting (hint: a LOT). How many people can say they have a job where meetings are fun?

So I wasn’t going to miss that meeting. I worked late the day before so just I could attend.
I think that’s one reason Carina Press is so special. Everyone on the team from freelance staff, the writers, to us here at Carina/Harlequin will give that extra time, take on brand-new tasks and yes, sometimes be gluttons for punishment, because we love what we do.

So Happy Birthday, Carina Press. Here’s to many more years!
(BTW, we did meet that deadline. :) )

To celebrate Carina's one year anniversary of publishing books, we're giving away some prizes. Today, on each of the nineteen blogs our team members are featured on, we're giving away a download of a Carina Press book to one random winner (that's nineteen total winners!) All you need to do to be entered to win is comment on this post. You can enter to win on all nineteen posts. In addition, on the Carina Press blog, we're giving away a grand prize of a Kobo ereader and 12 Carina Press books of the winner's choice. Visit the Carina Press blog to enter to win, and to see links to all 19 of today's blog posts.

And a sincere thank you from all of us, to our readers and authors, for making Carina Press's first year a success!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Swag Happy

Circle of Seven Productions guru, Sheila English, reviewed the swag bags from the Lori Foster Reader Author Get Together this weekend on her blog. She discusses my contribution to what amounts to Trick-Or-Treating for grownups at about the 10:00 minute mark...

I love that slightly disbelieving giggle you hear when she talks about my personalizing the envelopes.

Here's why I did it: I've been to four conferences now, and I know how overwhelming and nervewracking it can be. Introverted writers meet excited readers, and we're struck dumb that (a) you read our books and (b) you liked them. Or aspiring authors spend the weekend with dry mouths and cramping stomach contemplating their pitch to the agents and editors walking around, daring to look much like normal people.

I knew I wouldn't get to meet everyone. I knew I wouldn't get to connect with many of the people I hoped to see. So in the days before the conference, I had a little fun imagining who would open the envelopes. Who was The Superb One? Who was the Enchanting One? Would I get to eat with the Witty One? (In fact, I did.) My facebook fans helped me out, sending me lists of great words to put on the envelopes (and thank you for all of your help).

So if I didn't get to shake your hand and say "thank you" to you this weekend, I know it's my loss. But know that I was thinking of you, just the same.

Comment on this post - and one random commenter will get some of the swag (but fair warning: The candy is all gone :( )