My photos from my BookExpo America are compiled below the cut. Yes, I met the actual Grumpy Cat (aka Tardar Sauce) and R2D2, and got a Smaug “The Hobbit” tote bag (because Harcourt/Houghton is on Tumblr and they had pre-announced what times they’d be giving them out!), and got a signed print of new Harry Potter art by Kazu Kibuishi. Yes, all the fannish things, because my professional obligations this BEA were small, so when I wasn’t in sessions on digital marketing or having meetings, I let my inner fangirl take over. :-)
Speaking of fangirling, I also met Sylvia Day, who is awesome, not just for writing BARED TO YOU but also the great work she does with RWA.
I went to some BEA parties, too, including a reading at Happy Endings Lounge where Laura Antoniou, Molly Weatherfield, and DL King all read BDSM fiction and there were very delicious cocktails, a Kobo party where there were glowing things galore and an open bar(! classy!), and the BenBella Books 10th anniversary party at a bowling alley in Brooklyn. (I did not bowl—I don’t think my RSI would appreciate it.)
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Okay, so, BookExpo America, in all its grandeur complete with internal capitalization, is taking place in New York City right now. Why am I going, you might wonder?
At the moment my latest “big book” is only in “e” — the print version doesn’t come out until August and as far as I can tell my publisher, Hachette, doesn’t actually plan to have me do anything other than show up and shake the hands of a few publicists who work on the book. (If you’re new to following me, the book is Slow Surrender, the first in a “BDSM billionaire” romance trilogy, and if you’re REALLY new, yes, that’s a genre now.)
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Here is a test of my BookExpo America mobile reporting system. In case I want to post stuff from the show floor. Of course, if its like the last few years, aT&T won’t come close to handling the load and most of the time I won’t even be able to get a text out. But I’m an optimist! #BEA13 seems to be the official twitter hashtag.
Fans of my BDSM romance Slow Surrender have been spreading the word to help the book find new readers! Right now SS is only out in ebook but the paperback comes out in August from Hachette (one of the “big six” publishers). I’m not waiting for that, though! I’ll trade a special bonus scene from James’s point of view to any reader who recommends the book to friends/followers/family/fans on the Internet and sends me a screencap of the recommendation. That includes Amazon and Goodreads reviews, tweets about the book, Tumblr or LJ or blog posts about it, Facebook updates/statuses, Yahoo mailing list recs, and so on! Check out some of the recs people have made, including email, starting “buddy reads”, Twitter, Tumblr, etc…!
If you want the scene, email a screencap of your rec to ctan.writer AT gmail DOT com (or photo reply here!) and I’ll email the bonus James scene right back to you!
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By the time you read this I will probably be on my way to Balticon for the weekend, but I just got the news that WOW! YES! not only are the first annual awards for bisexual writers and books happening NEXT week (Sunday June 2, 6:30 pm at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, NYC) but I have two nominations! One of my books is a finalist, and I’m a finalist myself!
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Oh dear. Turns out I don’t have a room at Balticon after all. Anyone out there have crash space for a non-smoking, non-snoring night owl? (Most of my programming is late at night so I’ll be coming and going after midnight every night.)
Related but separate question: anyone have a room to lend for a Circlet Press party on Friday evening?
My schedule as it currently stands:
10 pm Saturday The History of Circlet Press Multimedia Extravaganza Lecture and Bingo Game
–A reprise of the talk I gave at Worldcon, which recaps 21 years of Circlet Press, the evolution of small press and erotic science fiction over that time period, and so on. Since history is boring, it is also an option Bingo Game, and those who get a complete bingo will win a free book on the spot! (Or the ebook of their choice if no longer collecting paper books.)
11 pm Saturday The Patented Cecilia Tan Erotic Sf/Fantasy Reading
–As I do at Arisia and other cons, my goal will be to read enticing examples of my erotic sf/fantasy short stories with the goal of getting everyone in the audience hot and bothered, and hopefully even laid. (I consider the reading a failure if at least one person doesn’t come up to me later to thank me for what mind-blowing sex they had afterward.)
I may yet be added to an editing panel and another adult topics panel, but we shall see.
So, Maureen Johnson had a fun idea, what if folks took their book covers and redesigned them as if the author were the opposite gender? (Her original post on the subject is here.) As she writes:
1. Take a well-known book. (It’s up to you to define well-known.)
2. Imagine that book was written by an author of the OPPOSITE GENDER. Or a genderqueer author. Imagine all the things you think of when you think GIRL book or BOY book or GENDERLESS book (do they EXIST?). And I’m not saying that these categorizations are RIGHT—but make no mistake, they’re there.
So I did a coverflip on my own recent book cover, SLOW SURRENDER.
Of course, SLOW SURRENDER is already a kind of “flip” because I’m fairly sure the designer wanted to invoke the infamous 50 Shades of Grey “manly tie” cover, while subtly saying “this book is like that, but NOT.” (I haven’t actually gotten to talk to the designer myself–authors of my ilk rarely have contact with the art department at a Big Six publisher like Hachette…)
How do you like my male pseudonym? I figured Cecil Tanner must be writing either hard-boiled noir or true crime. And so, voila, here’s the coverflip (below the cut): Continue reading →
Yeahhh!! A terrific rave review of Slow Surrender! From Romance Novel News:
“I’ve read a whole bunch of erotic romances featuring dominant billionaire heroes and young heroines whose submissive sides are unawakened – many of which are told over multiple books… This one struck a deep chord with me and has quickly become my favorite of the Billionaire Dom novels.”
Also: “One of my favorite aspects of this book is the care with which Tan details the BDSM aspects of James and Karina’s developing relationship, especially the psychological aspects. In several of the sex scenes, James pushes Karina’s boundaries, but in a way that worked.”
So, yesterday I launched a campaign asking readers to help me get Slow Surrender to climb the Kindle erotic bestsellers list, and the book hit its highest rank yet, #48! Can we get all the way to #40? (Details on how: http://blog.ceciliatan.com/?p=1233)
Help Slow Surrender make it into the top 40 on the Kindle erotica bestseller list and I’ll reward you with an exclusive erotic scene between Karina and James!
Slow Seduction, the next book in the series, is slated for release in January 2014. I know that feels like a long time to wait, so I have been kicking around the idea of writing some special scenes to tide people over until then. But I didn’t just want to post them for anyone to read. I want them to be for the folks who will really love the characters.
Here’s how it works. I’ll email the special scene to ANYONE* who emails me a screen capture/photo of yourself recommending Slow Surrender to your friends by linking to either the Amazon page (http://amzn.com/B00B73T1YU) or the sample chapter on my site (http://blog.ceciliatan.com/?page_id=1173) on any of the following sites: Continue reading →