Friday, August 28, 2009

An urban fantasy book giveaway bonanza!

I think it's time for a book giveaway here at The Swivet, and today I'm giving away a quardruple bundle of urban fantasy/paranormal romance goodness to one lucky winner!
All you have to do to win is leave a comment and recommend one great urban fantasy or paranormal romance book you've read this year. (YA UF or paranormal recommendations are also welcome!) Winner will be chosen randomly by alchemy and math. (U.S. only, please! Sorry!)

Contest closes on Thursday, September 3rd. Winner will be announced on Friday, September 4th. Good luck!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Thank you!

To the mysterious unknown person(s) responsible for nominating The Swivet for Best Publishing/Industry Blog for Book Blogger Appreciation Week, thank you!

But I have my own list of favorite Publishing/Industry Blogs, so if these folks are nominated, I say go vote for one (or all!) of them, because they're invaluable resources to writers and readers, and frankly, they all talk about their cats a whole lot less than I do:
  • Best Agent Blog: A tie between Jessica Faust's Bookends Blog and Rachelle Gardner's Rants & Ramblings. Both are must-reads for me everyday.
  • Best Editor Blog: Hands down, the best insight into how an editor's thought process works and what his or her day is like is to be found in Moonrat's hilarious Editorial Ass blog. I never miss this one!
  • Best Book Review Blog: My favorite place to go for reviews and features on books that aren't your everyday fare is Colleen Mondor's wonderful Chasing Ray.
  • Best New General Publishing-Related Blog: Undoubtedly my favorite new industry blog is Follow the Reader, hosted by Charlotte Abbott and Kat Meyer. Here you'll find in-depth interviews and feature-length pieces about challenges the book and publishing are facing.
Those are just a few at the top of my list. What are some of your favorite book industry-related blogs?