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"Author Voices": A New Digital Initiative Coming From Tor Books

The press release for this bit of interesting news hit my inbox yesterday. Therefore, I wanted to pass it along:

Tor/Forge Books Announces Digital Download Initiative
Author Voices to debut at RWA, featuring co-promotions with
Tor.com and Heroes and Heartbreakers

New York, NY – Friday, June 24, 2011Tor/Forge Books is pleased to announce Tor/Forge Author Voices Digital Downloads, a three-volume digital initiative whereby consumers will download free exclusive content via company social networking sites, website and newsletter. Said content will be available via mobile as well as online at http://us.macmillan.com/ and Tor.com. The exclusives will be promoted at conferences this summer beginning with Romance Writers of America (RWA) next week and San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) in July.

Tor/Forge Author Voices Vol #1 will release at RWA via a QR code at the Tor table and will take fans to a landing page allowing them to download roughly 400 pages in a pdf or epub file. The volume will contain excerpts from upcoming books by section: Urban Fantasy/Horror/Paranormal; Science Fiction/Fantasy; and Thriller/Mystery/Women’s Fiction and Historicals; author articles previously published in the newsletter throughout the previous year; and an original short story by RITA nominated Deborah Coonts, (Lucky Stiff, Forge 2011). An essay titled “5 Tor/Forge Editors talk about Writing, Publishing and Falling in Love” will round out Vol #1. The landing page will also have a newsletter signup, info about the Tor panel at the show, and a reminder to stop by the Tor/Forge table for those accessing the page online. There will also be a note to visit HeroesandHeartbreakers.com, the Macmillan owned community website for romance readers. The file will become available for download on all ebook retailer sites on July 5th, and information can already be found on Amazon.

For more information about Tor/Forge Author Voices Vol #1, or about the following two volumes, please contact either Patty Garcia (patty.garcia@tor.com), the Director of Publicity for Tor/Forge Books, or Cassandra Ammerman (cassandra.ammerman@tor.com), Publicist. For an exclusive early copy of either the pdf or epub file, please contact Cassandra Ammerman.

About Tor and Forge Books
Tor Books, an imprint of Tom Doherty Associates, LLC, is a New York-based publisher of hardcover and softcover books, founded in 1980 and committed (although not limited) to arguably the largest and most diverse line of science fiction and fantasy ever produced by a single English-language publisher. Tom Doherty Associates, LLC, is also the home of award-winning Forge Books, founded in 1993 and committed (although not limited) to thrillers, mysteries, historical fiction and general fiction. Forge includes books by bestselling and critically acclaimed authors such as Douglas Preston, Eric Lustbader, W. Bruce Cameron and Former Secretary of Defense, William S. Cohen. Together, the imprints garnered 20 New York Times bestsellers in 2010.