Tuesday, December 6, 2022
As you all know, National Novel Writing Month 2022 has just ended (if you’re a writer then you likely lovingly know this time of the year as NaNoWriMo). For many, once they’ve completed their 50,000 word novel in 30 days, they have no idea what to do with it or how to get published.
As many of you also know, I firmly believe in NaNoWriMo, so this year, I have rounded up a team of dedicated interns and editors and we have committed to a NaNoWriMo contest for publication at Riverdale Avenue Books.
I think it is amazing that we have a national month devoted to encouraging writing. I see the people who participate in NaNoWriMo as artists and athletes, and I know that the work that is produced becomes some of our cultures' best and brightest. One of my favorite books I’ve published, Untrustworthy by JR Gersen-Siegel, an LGBTQ Handmaid’s Tale, was a NaNoWriMo novel (and winner of our first NaNoWriMo contest).
Submit your 50,000-80,000 word novel in the genres of erotica, erotic romance, horror, science fiction, fantasy, and LGBTQ fiction to Riverdale Avenue Books by midnight of February 1, 2023 for consideration. Riverdale Avenue Books’ team of editors will evaluate the submissions and choose first place winners, as well as honorable mentions, from each genre for publication by Riverdale Avenue Books.
Winners will be notified by email by March 15, 2023. Each book chosen will be eligible for standard contract terms, including publication as both print and ebook. The winning books will be published in 2023.
Please enclose a brief bio, as well as your email address, with each submission. Submit completed novels in a word document format with a brief author bio and book synopsis to email@example.com.
See this article for more information on successful NaNoWriMo projects, https://www.denofgeek.com/us/books/268698/7-books-that-started-as-nanowrimo-novels
Saturday, October 8, 2022
Copper Cat Books is hosting a rock’n’roll book launch party and signing on Friday, October 14th for the publication of Pamela Des Barres new book of essays, Miss Pamela’s Writing School for Electric Ladies.
The book, published by award-winning boutique New York publisher Riverdale Avenue Books, features the work of Pamela Des Barres’ writing students, whom she has taught over the past two decades in 25 cities throughout the world. Twenty-five of her students will be attending the book launch, where they will read their work and sign books.
A classic rock band, 66 Sunset Strip, will be preforming at the bookstore that evening, and light refreshments will be served.
Wendy Marcisofsky, proprietress of Copper Cat Books, shared her excitement about hosting the book launch at her store: “As a child ‘born of the 50's’ growing up in the 60's; I watched it all; from the Beatles on Ed Sullivan to all the ‘bad boys’ who also made the cut on Ed's show. When I learned about the opportunity to host this author; I thought ‘what fun!’ and now, here we are!!”
The event is open to the pubic, and will be held on Friday night, October 14th, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Copper Cat Books, 1570 West Horizon Ridge Pkwy, Suite 170, Henderson, NV (suburban Las Vegas).
About the Author
Pamela Des Barres is a bestselling author, journalist, media personality and writing teacher to hundreds of women across the country and around the world. She is most famous for being a rock’n’roll “groupie” before the word even existed. She started the first-ever girl rock’n’roll band, the GTOs, with the encouragement of Frank Zappa, and dated Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones, Jim Morrison of the Doors, Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin, Keith Moon of the Who, Chris Hillman of the Byrds, and Noel Redding of the Jimi Hendrix Experience, to name a few. Miss Pamela is the author of five books. Her book, I’m With The Band, was a New York Times bestseller. She considers her women’s memoir workshops her raison d'être.
Thursday, September 22, 2022
"Schechter's Princes of Air is filled with hauntingly beautiful prose that shapes a vivid and fantastical world for a set of compelling demi-god brothers. This story contains so much longing, love, and fiery passion, it'll leave you with the sweetest ache."
LaQuette, author of the Queens of Kings Series
Riverdale Avenue Books published a 10th anniversary edition of Elizabeth Schechter’s Princes of Air, a Celtic fantasy series featuring a family of raven shape shifters fighting against those who want to control their power. The novel won the Passionate Plume Award for Erotic Romance in 2012.
The Raven-Goddess Morrigan has nine sons ravens each granted two gifts: the ability to shift to human form, and the recognition of their soulmates. But, even for demi-gods, the path to true love is far from smooth.
The brothers have drawn the attention of a family of powerful mages who will stop at nothing to gain power. Each brother will be forced to make sacrifices to keep their mates alive and protect their land from harm.
The author wanted to share the novella, The Ice Raven, which details the betrothal of a second raven son, with her fans in preparation for the release of her second novel in the series, which Riverdale Books will publish in 2023. An excerpt from The White Raven: Morrigan’s Heir is included in this edition.
“I am overjoyed to be able to return to Princes of Air, and visit some old friends for this novel’s 10th anniversary,” Schechter explained. With this special edition comes two extras that I’m pleased to share with you–a closer look at Oscar, the second-oldest of the Morrigan’s sons, and a peek at the long-awaited sequel to Princes of Air. The White Raven: Morrigan’s Heir introduces us to the next generation of the Morrigan’s blood, and will be coming soon from Riverdale Avenue Books.”
About the Author
Elizabeth Schechter has been called one of the top erotica and alternative sexuality writers in the world. Her writing credits include the award-winning steampunk erotic romance House of Sable Locks, the Celtic fantasy Princes of Air, and 2021 VIVIAN finalist Written in Water, the first book of the Heir to the Firstborn serial She was born in New York at some point in the past. She is officially old enough to know better, but refuses to grow up. She lives in Central Florida with her husband and son.
Thursday, August 25, 2022
Friday, April 29, 2022
Americans are not aware of Terri Jean Bedford, but in Canada she is one of their most notorious citizens--but under the name Madame deSade. Terri-Jean Bedford was Canada's most famous leather-clad dominatrix, a well-known public figure appearing on the evening news as she took on the Canadian legal establishment to ultimately change sex worker law throughout the country. Canada's prostitution laws were struck down in 2010.
Terri-Jean Bedford’s autobiography, Dominatrix on Trial, published by Riverdale Avenue Books, chronicles her life born into poverty to her rise as Canada’s most famous dominatrix. As a poor bi-racial girl, she was placed into a foster home at six, where she was abused. She was later moved into various children’s homes and lived there until she was 16, when she left to make it on her own. Terri survived by working numerous unskilled jobs. Her talents and interests helped her move into the elite world of the professional dominatrix, after which life was never the same. Located just outside of Toronto, her elaborate Bondage Bungalow became the target of a spectacular raid. Six highly publicized years of trials and appeals later, she was convicted under bawdy-house laws and paid a small fine. In 1999, she opened a similar facility in downtown Toronto, one that closed without police interference in 2002.
“Terri-Jean Bedford is a feminist icon, a revolutionary who not only fought for what she believed, but for freedom for both women and men.” said Publisher Lori Perkins. “She is a courageous and strong woman who continues to have a lasting impact on Canada and sex work.”
A few years later she was at the center of Bedford vs. Canada, a five-year constitutional challenge to Canada’s sex trade laws. The Supreme Court vindicated her struggles. She remains a vocal advocate for civil rights and the disenfranchised.
Wednesday, March 30, 2022
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
This anthology will explore the sacredness of queer, transgender, and gender-variant identities, experiences, and concerns in relation to faith, worship, liturgy, and theology.
LGBTQIA2S+ authors are invited to share essays, prayers, litanies, poetry, reflections, personal testimonies, and orders or worship.
Transgender, nonbinary, Two-Spirit, and gender-expansive contributors will be prioritized.
We invite LGBTQIA2S+ people from all faith backgrounds to submit.
DEADLINE: April 27th, 2022
Will be published in the anthology this Pride month, 2022
Will receive a $10 stipend and physical copy of the book
Potential Writing Prompts:
- How does your identity as a transgender person relate to that of the divine and/or sacred? How do your beliefs impact the way you feel comfortable with yourself, mind, body, and spirit?
- How has your faith community (church, synagogue, mosque, temple, gurdwara, spiritual circles, etc.) been a home for you (or not)? Have certain scriptures, texts, passages, sermons, etc. led you to this sense/feeling/place of community?
- How might queer and transgender people looking for a spiritual path come to terms with religion/religious trauma? What were the first steps for you? Did you have any mentors, friends, family members? What advice can you give to LGBTQIA2S+ people who are just beginning this process?
- How can queer and transgender people perceive themselves as divine/sacred, even when we’re told so many times that we do not belong?
- Why turn to God/the Divine in the first place? Why turn to religion? Why is it important to you to believe in something greater than yourself?
- Do you have to believe in Jesus and the scripture to be a Christian? Why or why not?
- Are there any central or peripheral exemplars/figures from your faith tradition that inspire you? What about them resonates with you?
- Liturgical prompts:
- Prayers for queer and transgender lives and collective liberation
- Litany or order of worship for a name-changing ceremony, specific to transgender people of faith
- Calls to Worship, hymns, songs, poetry that relate to queer and transgender experience and faith
Send all submissions as a word doc to firstname.lastname@example.org, with a short author bio, with Beyond Worship in the subject line. You may use a pseudonym for publication, but we must know your real identity.
Monday, January 24, 2022
As the world celebrated the life of television legend, Betty White, many viewers young and old are remembering her acting work, especially her role as Rose Nylund in the acclaimed sitcom The Golden Girls. The innovative publisher, Riverdale Avenue Books released their TV companion book, The Binge Watcher’s Guide to The Golden Girls on what would have been Betty White’s 100th birthday.
It’s the classic TV sitcom. Thirty years after it first aired, The Golden Girls is one of the most popular shows in syndication and available to view on multiple streaming services. The show ran for seven seasons, collecting a staggering 58 Emmy nominations and 11 wins along the way, and over the years, this hit comedy about four fierce and sassy 50+ roommates in Miami charmed millions of viewers with its incomparable wit. Above all, The Golden Girls celebrated the strength and depth of the friendship between its four iconic characters - Dorothy, Blanche, Rose, and Sophia- who have been adopted by multiple generations and attracts both gay and straight viewers.
This beloved television show from the 1980s, created by Susan Harris, the iconic creator of the series Soap, and one of the writers of the trailblazing, feminist show Maude, hasn't lost its fanbase over the decades. It seems to be the one thing that all the generations, from baby boomers to millennials, agree on: They love "The Girls," especially Betty White, who proved to be one of the most all-time adored entertainers.
“It’s a comfort food. It’s one of the best shows to have on when you’re sick. And it’s endlessly quotable with your girlfriends. It’s the Steel Magnolias of TV shows,” said author Marissa DeAngelis
About Marissa DeAngelis
Marissa DeAngelis holds a BA in journalism from the University of Maryland with a minor in film and comparative literature. She lived and worked in New York City as a copywriter for over a decade and moved to Los Angeles in 2020 to continue her writing pursuits. While living in New York, she performed standup comedy and would like to start that up again in California. She considers herself a cinephile and would love to write a fictionalized account about old Hollywood one day. If she were a Golden Girl, she would have been Sophia.