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Book Deal News (!!!)

 And now it can be told: Strange Chemistry are thrilled to announce a two book deal with Gwenda Bond, concluded between Amanda Rutter and Jennifer Laughran, of the Andrea Brown Literary Agency, Inc. The first book, Blackwood, will be one of the imprint’s September 2012 launch titles, with the second following in 2013.   More …

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Clean Living

I wrote the category feature on health for this week's PW. There were some very interesting books in the crop, especially Melanie Thernstrom's The Pain Chronicles, a big literary mix of history, personal narrative, and research, and Harriet Brown's Brave Girl Eating, a mother's memoir about employing a somewhat controversial new approach to treating her …

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Crafty

My latest PW feature is in this week's issue, all about what's going on in the category of craft and hobby books. This was a fun one to do — the main piece explores the influence the extremely active online crafting community (knitters, sewers, cross-stitchers, beautiful paper doll makers of the world unite!) is exerting …

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Bonnet Rippers!

That just may be my favorite subhead I've ever come up with, just so you know, referencing–of course–the Amish romance trend. My latest feature for Publishers Weekly, "Romancing the Recession," explores the health and diversity the romance category continues to enjoy during what are tough times for much of the rest of publishing.

Some Like It…

I wrote a piece on what's happening in the realm of erotica and erotic romance (paranormal doing well, just like in everything else) for this week's Publishers Weekly. More importantly, I think I may have hit a personal best with the sidebar headline "Some Like It Historical," especially since I always struggle with headlines. (See …

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