Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Can you guess what these photos all have in common?

Well, unless you've read my Casablanca Group blog post from a few weeks ago, I think you might have a hard time believing what these photos have in common. I took them at the Phoenix Art Museum, hoping to have some royalty-free pictures to use for marketing (you are welcome to copy these and use them as well).

Got it? Well, I was surprised myself when I saw the photos and realized you couldn't tell they were all...miniatures. That's right. Even the chandelier and painting...both are about the size of my thumb. The Phoenix Art Museum has a miniatures exhibit, where each room is a replica of what you would see in that particular era/country. The pictures above are all around the 1800's, a few are French, but most are American/English (whose drawing rooms did not display a whole lot of difference, since Americans tried very hard to copy the English.) Since every item in the rooms are accurate to the Victorian era, you're welcome to use these to decorate your blog or whatever (I'm thinking I may use a few for my next video.)
Hope you enjoyed them as much as I did!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Support the Romance Genre: Sign up for B. Vey's Publisher's Weekly Webcast

The following is a letter I received from one of the greatest ladies in support of the romance genre. Please read on, and register for the webcast! It took me only a couple of seconds to do so...and I'll be there on the 17th with bells on, as my own publisher is part of the line-up.

Dear Friends in Publishing,
Over the past 6 1/2 years, I have listened carefully to what you've had to say. The one thing I heard over and over again was how romance never received any respect.  Many of you were thrilled when I started writing my blog because it seemed to make your genre more credible in PW's eyes.
Well, I finally have managed to get a PW Romance Webcast off the ground.  In the past, PW has done every other genre and even webcasts on Faith and Yarn that were highly successful. 
The time has come for everyone to help support the romance genre.  I really need everybody to sign up for the webcast (Sept. 17th Noon EST).  Signing up does not obligate you to listen to the webcast.  You can either listen live or later on iTunes if you'd like.  It is absolutely free and listeners have a chance to win giveaways (because Romance is best at that!).
As you all know, everything is a numbers game, so we need the numbers.  I'm attaching the logo with all the information in case anyone wants to use it on their websites, blogs or social media.
Here's the link:  http://bit.ly/13M3XeT
Please help me show everyone why romance is number one by registering for webcast and feel free to forward this email.  It's kind of like an election.  Every single registration counts.
Thanks so much for your support over the years and please let me know if you have any questions.

Barbara Vey
Contributing Editor, Publishers Weekly 
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PO Box 438, South Milwaukee, WI 53172
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