Thursday, April 16, 2015

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Everything Needs A Boost



I was telling my husband about Delilah S. Dawson's post about authors and self-promotion (for another perspective, read S.J. Pajonas' response) and we wound up having a long conversation about marketing. During the conversation, he reminded me that the horror film PARANORMAL ACTIVITY basically sat on a shelf and went without distribution for two years. For a film that became such a monster hit, that is a long time in the film world.
PARANORMAL ACTIVITY has been a runaway success and spawned multiple sequels, but it didn't get instant theatrical distribution upon completion. It almost goes without saying that getting distribution can be very difficult to attain for independent films that lack big stars (and by “big,” I mean A-list). It's mainly because Steven Spielberg saw and pushed PARANORMAL ACTIVITY that it received a green light for its high-profile, multi-screen theatrical release. Here's the path the film took according to its Wikipedia entry: 

The film was screened at 2007's Screamfest Horror Film Festival, where it impressed an assistant at the Creative Artists Agency, Kirill Baru, so much that CAA signed on to represent Peli. Attempting to find a distributor for the film and/or directing work for Peli, the agency sent out DVDs of the movie to as many people in the industry as they could, and it was eventually seen by Miramax Films Senior Executive Jason Blum, who thought it had potential. He worked with Peli to re-edit the film and submitted it to the Sundance Film Festival, but it was rejected. The DVD also impressed DreamWorks executives Adam Goodman, Stacey Snider, and finally Steven Spielberg, who cut a deal with Blum and Peli.

And this article via The Guardian explains that:

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

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SFR News & Links Extra - April 2015



I wrote a post for the RT Book Reviews blog: With Great Spurts Comes Great Goo: Jody Wallace's THE ADVENTURES OF MARI SHU. I recently finished the third installment, FAR GALAXIES, and wound up with a lot of feels about the social commentary Ms. Wallace is packing into the stories. Plus, this series is getting raunchier and weirder than ever and so I just had to share my o_O reaction!


My steampunk romance column this month is about steamysteampunk romances. I touch upon books that aren't quite erotic, but wherein the couple's couplings are a huge focus of the stories.

At Spacefreighters Lounge, Sharon Lynn Fisher (ECHO 8) wants to know: Do you believe in psi?

Smart Girls Love Sci-Fi & Paranormal Romance recently interviewed BREEDER author Cara Bristol about her fantasy romance THE GODDESSES CURSE. You can also read their interview with DEEP DECEPTION author Cathy Pegau. How's that for a two-fer?!


AURORA, a film being described as a sci-fi romance, will be released in the U.S. in July 2015. IMDb describes it thusly:
In 2020 super-computer Kronos concludes that human beings are the biggest threat to the planet. 60 years later, Andrew finds himself lost in a world run by machines when he meets Calia, a girl on the way to a place called Aurora.
Here's the trailer:

Given the description of Calia as a "girl," it's difficult to say if this is YA SF or if the lead couple is 18+. I think the trailer could be better, but I'm willing to check out this film via Blu-ray or streaming. What about you?

Joyfully yours,
Heather

Thursday, April 9, 2015

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A Place To Start: Casual Diversity


At Spacefreighters Lounge, three authors of sci-fi romance discussed diversity in their books:


There's a brief discussion about writing diverse characters in response to Great van der Rol's post. In addition to boosting the signal for these posts, I decided to write this spin-off one. Specifically, I'd like to raise the topic of casual diversity. If you're an author who wants to add diversity to her stories, but isn't sure where to start or fears backlash for attempting to write someone of another race, begin with casual diversity.

What might that look like in a sci-fi romance?

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

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Inkitt Hosts "Echo of Antother World": Free Writing Contest in Honor of Terry Pratchett

Here's a bit o' writing news: Inkitt.com is honoring fantasy author Terry Pratchett with a free April writing contest called "Echo of Another World":
"Echo of another world." In honor of the stupendous Terry Pratchett and his classic Discworld novels, we’re asking writers to take us to different worlds with their stories. Pratchett inspired billions of genre writers to expand their minds and their imaginations, and with this contest we’ll be carrying on this tradition.

Fiction in the sci-fi/fantasy genre, up to 15,000 words. Novel excerpts are encourage; fanfiction is not eligible to win. Entry is free! Authors will collect community votes, and the first, second, and third winners will be chosen by the Inkitt staff from the top 10% of entries. 
They don't say to *not* submit sci-fi romance, so I thought any writers out there might be interested! The deadline is 11:59 PST on May 5, 2015.

Joyfully yours,
Heather

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

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Boo-hoo! ABC's MY LOVE FROM ANOTHER STAR Remake Postponed



I did my periodic search for news about ABC's remake of the K-drama MY LOVE FROM ANOTHER STAR and discovered it's been postponed.


The broadcasting schedule for the American remake of My Love From Another Star has now been postponed until after 2016. When ABC announced their lineup for 2015 -2016, the remake of My Love from Another Star was not included on the list.

I anticipated this happening, but the news is still disappointing. If anything changes, I'll be sure to let you know.

Joyfully yours,
Heather