Thursday, April 30, 2009

Shine That Violet Light!

As you may have noticed, we have a new batch of books in our Violet Showcase Sidebar. First up is Alisa Libby, author of The King's Rose. Alisa, a self confessed fellow introvert, also has a terrific blog entry up on how she tackled her first big speaking engagement.

Cindy Pon’s new book Silver Phoenix is just out. She also has a great viral marketing contest going on on her blog. Pop on over and check it out, and don’t forget to enter! (Hint: There some very cool prizes!)

Michael Grant has a newest book in his GONE series, Hunger. Michael just received a glowing endorsement from Stephen King! How cool is that? I would faint dead away should that ever happen to me. Luckily, Michael is made of much sterner stuff. (And just for the record, I have misspelled Michael every single time I've typed it today! What is up with that??)

And wrapping up this month’s showcase is Roscoe Riley Rules #5: Don't Tap Dance On Your Teacher, Katherine Applegate’s newest in her ongoing chapter book series. However, since she is an extreme introvert, I have no other news to report on her. ;-]

Violets, do keep us posted on your good news! We love to show it off when we can.

The new Shrinking Violets yahoo group is up and running! Here’s the link to join:

Shrinking Violets Yahoo Group

Come on over and join up, if you're so inclined! Like Mary said in Monday’s post, the group will be for brainstorming, looking for critique partners, moral support, whatever. A Violet collective where we can wrestle privately with some of the nuts and bolts of being a promoting writer.

(For maximum safety and comfort levels for shy violets, we’d like to keep it restricted to SVP readers, so when you click to join, let us know how you came to hear about us. In fact, maybe we should come up with a secret code word...ya think?)

And lastly, I’d like to give a big shout out to Indie Bound’s May 1st is Buy Indie Day! (Dare we hope that SVP's two previous National Indie Bookseller Months may have inspired them?)

We can’t think of a better way to launch SVP's Third Annual Indie Bookseller Month than to participate in this terrific event. Speaking of which, more on our own Indie Bookseller Celebration tomorrow.


cindy said...

thank you robin! my local launch is at yellow book road, a childrens book store which is awesome. buy indie!! =D

Mary Hershey said...

Thanks so much for setting this up, Robin! See you over there. Looking forward to this new outpost.


Thomma Lyn said...

Another Shrinking Violet with good news to report: my debut novel Mirror Blue was released by Black Lyon Publishing yesterday. YIPPEE! I'm talking about it on my blog, and I'm still pinching myself. ;-D

Thanks for this great blog. It's such a help to me -- and reassuring, too, to know that there are so many authors out there like me, who love the writing part but get nervous and stomach-churny with the self-promotion part. Hugs to all you Sister Violets!

Robin L said...

Congratulations, Thomma Lynn! That's wonderful news! I'll have to pop over to your blog and check it out!

Mary Hershey said...

Ditto on the happy congrats, Thomma!

So happy for you and I'm headed over your blog to look, too! Yipeee!

Mary Hershey

Celise said...

So, how do SVP readers get their books listed on the sidebar?

Robin L said...

Celise, we put out a call a couple of months ago asking for people who were interested in letting us feature their books. Once we've run through those, we'll put out another call...

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