First, WE MADE THE PAPERS!
Why yes, that IS our very own Carrie Butler grinning slyly back at you from your morning copy of USA Today. Why is she there? Did she abscond with a famous jewel? Marry a prince? Circumnavigate the globe in soapbox-car/hang glider?
HINT: It's WAY more exciting than all those things!
Yesterday, USA Today ran THIS LITTLE FEATURE on the hotness that is New Adult literature, and they asked the NA Alley for our thoughts. So we drew
Actually, she did a rocking job. So rocking, she got her mugshot included, AND managed to get this little "soundbite" snuck into the piece:
"Interest in the category has generated a New Adult website (www.nalley.com) for both readers and writers called "NA Alley: Bridging the Gap Between Young Adult and Adult Fiction." One of the founders, Carrie Butler, 26, is an Ohio writer whose New Adult novel Strength (Sapphire Star) was published last month.
Butler credits technology with propelling the New Adult trend: "The e-book revolution pushed (New Adult) into the readers' hands," she says." ~ USA Today
How sweet is that? You may notice that we were incorrectly cited. We've requested a correction to the article, but we also took an additional step: To help clear up any current or future confusion, the NA Alley Blog is now a .COM If you cast your peepers to the top of your browser, you'll see www.naalley.com instead of the typical 'blogspot' addy.
You shouldn't notice any change if you have the old address stuck in your bookmarks, etc. as it will automatically re-direct you to the NAAB you know and love. But we're proud of having officially purchased our own little homestead on the Internet prairie nonetheless. And we were thrilled to be asked to give our take on the NA scene by such a renowned news source.
See, we don't lie: NA IS happening. :)
Second, we cordially (okay, it's more like *shoves drink in your hand and pushes you onto the dance floor*) invite you take part in the first ever NA Super-Chat. Here's the Wx4:
Who: NA Alley Blog; New Adult Authors Google+ group; #NALitChat on the Twitter; You?
When: Thursday, April 18, 9 PM EST
Where: Google+ & Twitter
What: In an effort to bring the various online NA communities together, and perhaps work on world peace, the folks at the New Adult Authors have invited NA Alley and NA Lit Chat to join them in a Super-Chat conducted via G+ Hangout.
If you're unfamiliar with what a 'Hangout' is, basically it's an audio/video chat (like Skype) service that's hosted on Google+. The cool thing about it is that an audience can watch--live--while people chat away. That's where you come in.
The Alley's Lynn Rush and Carrie Butler will be joining David Arney of G+ and Amy Evans of NA Lit Chat for the Hangout. Meanwhile, I'll (EJ) will be hosting our regular #NALitChat on Twitter. You can follow along with one or both, but if you're tweeting with us, I'll be forwarding questions and comments from our chat to the Hangout panel. They'll then answer/respond live on air. (So I'd recommend being at a computer where you can both tweet AND watch the Hangout. :)
Sounds fun, right? And you know you'd love to know what Carrie and Lynn sound like. (No pressure, ladies!)
How: At roughly 9 PM EST tomorrow night, log into Twitter and start following the #NALitChat tag. (I recommend using a Twitter application like TweetChat or TweetDeck to do this efficiently.) THEN click THIS LINK to go to the Google+ page where the Hangout will appear. (You'll probably need to click 'join', 'watch', or something. Don't worry, you won't appear on air--just the panel will be visible and able to talk.)
From there, simply follow the conversations and let us know what's on your brain. Or pick ours. The topic will be general NA, and largely guided by you, the audience.
Hope to chat with you all then!