Sunday, April 26, 2015

An Author/Publisher in the Read-a-thon

As a special thank you (and an apology of sorts, but that's a long story), please enjoy this post from Adria J. Cimino about what it means to be an Author/Publisher in the Readathon! Without publishers, the Readathon would be VERY different and not nearly as much fun! 

Hello readers!

Some of you might know me… but I’m not exactly J.K. Rowling (unfortunately) so for those of you who don’t, here’s a brief introduction. My name is Adria J. Cimino, and I’m a writer of contemporary fiction—and a publisher! Recently, fellow author Vicki Lesage and I started an indie publishing house called Velvet Morning Press.

Although Vicki and I aren’t reading in the Read-a-thon, we are giving all of you a big cheer because the Read-a-thon is pretty important from our perspective too. As writers and publishers of books, it’s rewarding to see so many people who appreciate them enough to stay up around the clock! This renews our ambition to continue writing and continue publishing even along an often difficult road.

So what’s it like to be an author/publisher involved in the Read-a-thon? It’s awesome because we have the opportunity to connect with you—and maybe even present you with your next great read! (We’re offering a paperback copy and several ecopies of each of our books as giveaway prizes. Please check them out!) This is especially important since we are a small publishing operation and one of our only ways of presenting our work to you is through events like the Read-a-thon. So thank you, readers, and thank you, Andi, for this opportunity. We hope that after you read our books, you will be just as delighted as we are.

Besides giving away a few books, how else can I entertain? How about an up-close look (if your eyes aren’t too tired!) at Velvet Morning Press?

The idea for the business bloomed last year as Vicki and I realized that a lot of new, talented writers were being overlooked by bigger publishing houses, reticent about taking the risk on an untried name. We thought it was a shame for these struggling authors—but also sad for readers who probably would enjoy their work. Through experience with our own books, Vicki and I had learned about publishing and marketing in this age of social media. We decided to take the plunge!

Who are our authors? For our multi-author anthologies, we’ve enjoyed pairing well-established best-selling authors with newer talent for you to discover. “Legacy,” a short story collection exploring the idea of all that we leave behind, features Kristopher Jansma, Regina Calcaterra and Paula Young Lee. “That’s Paris,” a short story collection about the City of Light, includes a foreword by Stephen Clarke of “A Year in the Merde” fame.

Our authors of novels and memoirs are new discoveries. This spring, be on the lookout for “Survival of the Ginnest,” by Aimee Horton, a humorous, modern-day diary of a new mom. And set for release this summer, “Entanglement,” by Katie Rose Guest Pryal, is the story of a complicated—and dangerous—friendship between two young women.

And then of course, there are Vicki’s books and my books. We wouldn’t even consider giving up our own writing, no matter how busy we are!

We are offering our own books, as well as copies of “Legacy” and “That’s Paris” in the giveaway. If you really want to make us jump for joy, please sign up for our newsletter at We promise you quality books, author interviews and updates on special promotions!

Happy reading…

Saturday, April 25, 2015

April 2015 Readathon ROCKS!

Hour 12

Mid-Event Survey:

1. What are you reading right now?
10 pages of This is How You Lose Her, and then I'm diving into the most recent issue of Capture Creatures.

2. How many books have you read so far?
Ummm, most of one.

3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?
I think I want to start Last Night at the Lobster by Stewart O'Nan.

4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?
Always. One thing at a time when you're Readathonning!

5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?
The fact that we're not trending as much this time! But there are some strong news stories vying for hashtag attention, I admit. With that in mind, my thoughts and prayers are with those affected by the Nepal earthquake. :(

Hour 10

How the hell is it Hour 10 already? I would say I'm kidding, but I'm really not. The last six hours I've done more co-hosty stuff, helped put out some fires and answer questions. And I also took a nap. I think it might've been my first-ever Readathon NAP! First! Really.

I am happy to report that I also read about 100 pages of This is How You Lose Her. I'm going to finish it off and then pick up some comics.

But for! I've been snacking on and off, but I'm ready for something real. Real good. Hubs made the chicken cordon bleu casserole and roasted asparagus, and I'm off to stick my face in it. I'll be back with pics!

Hour 4

And I'm all like, "How the hell is it Hour 4 already?" Story of my readathon life right there. Coffee has been had, and I've managed to do these things:

  • Commiserate with Heather (a lot, via text and Facebook message)
  • Fix ALL THE LINKS to the Dewey store in the 24 hours worth of posts
  • Emailed the cohosts twice
  • Cheered for my YouTube team - #TEAMDOROTHY
  • Did some Instagram posting and commenting
  • Tried to save one challenge that didn't need saving (false alarm)
  • Lots of love on Twitter to others, and you're sending a lot our way!
  • Answered questions via email and social places
  • Checked in over at Goodreads to see what's shaking in the group
  • Watched my husband do house chores (he's the best!)
Now I'm off to grab a bite and a book. Hell yes. 

Hour 0 - Pre-Readthon! 

Happy Readathon, friends!!!! It was a too-late night last night and it's been a too-busy few weeks, so I'm ready to unfurl with a book today! But first things first...the opening meme! 

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?

Dallas, Texas! Sort of. Actually, northeast of Dallas in a quiet, rural area, perfect for Readathonning. 

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?

Probably This is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz. I started it on a trip to Austin recently, and it's SO DAMN GOOD. 

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

Spicy Nacho Doritos! I would turn into one if I could. As for real food, we're making that Cordon Bleu casserole I mentioned in my previous post along with some roasted veggies, and I salivate just thinking of it. 

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

I'm a Scorpio with a penchant for YouTube beauty videos and I believe, 100%, in the power of short, sassy haircuts. I write here, for Panels, Book Riot, and KETR radio. I don't care for daikon radish. 

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?

Heather and I have been organizing the Readathon for the last three years or so, and it's always changing. We made a concerted (if slightly last minute) effort to make sure we can get away from our computers on Readathon day and actually have some sanity time with books. That's a pretty big step for us! 

Check back here for more updates throughout the event! 

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Readathon On the Horizon!

Y'all, if you follow me on Twitter, you know this was one of the most challenging weeks I've. ever. had. Seriously stinky. But you know what? There's a readathon this weekend, and we are ready!

Actually, we're not totally ready. We're still working out little fingers to the bone, but we're close!

Book possibilities:
  • Two of the Penguin foooood books (little ones on top)
  • Parnassus on Wheels
  • Ethan Frome
  • The President's Hat
  • Away
  • This is How You Lose Her
  • Giovanni's Room
  • Belzhar
  • Y: The Last Man (Deluxe!)
  • Encyclopedia of Early Earth
Not pictured: the second and third volumes of Bone and about eight gazillion digital comics. 

On the actual, foodie menu: 
  • Waffles with Biscoff (cookie butter)
  • Spicy Nacho Doritos
  • A melty, yummy Chicken Cordon Bleu casserole
  • Bits and bobs: popcorn, veggies, dips, chocolate, COFFEE
What do you have up your sleeve for this Readathon? Now, I'm going to bed! See you on THE DAY! Just us...and 1,500 of our closest reader friends. 

For real. 1,500. 

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