Okay, first big news:
The Cloud Roads is the SF/F Kindle Daily Deal for a $1.99, Yay! This is the first time I've been a daily deal, so it's kind of exciting. If you were ever thinking of trying it out, or trying to get someone else to try it out, this is a good cheap opportunity. Also, it helps the chances of me being able to write more in this world, at least novellas.
* We Need Diverse Books Campaign
On May 1st at 1pm (EST), there will be a public call for action that will spread over 3 days. We’re starting with a visual social media campaign using the hashtag #WeNeedDiverseBooks. We want people to tweet, Tumblr, Instagram, Facebook, blog, and post anywhere they can to help make the hashtag go viral.
* Reach Out and Read
Reach Out and Read is an evidence-based nonprofit organization of medical providers who promote early literacy and school readiness in pediatric exam rooms nationwide by giving new books to children and advice to parents about the importance of reading aloud.
* Strange Horizons: The 2013 SF Count
Welcome to the fourth year of Strange Horizons' "SF count" of representation in reviewing. The idea behind the count is straightforward: for the last calendar year, for a range of SF review venues, to calculate the gender balance of books reviewed and of reviewers. The aim is to draw attention to imbalances in literary coverage.
* The Guardian: Nigerian abducted girls' families fast losing hope of rescue
President calls emergency security council meeting over teenagers rounded up at gunpoint despite guard's presence
200 girls are missing in Nigeria – so why doesn't anybody care?
The Cloud Roads as Kindle Daily Deal
April 29th, 2014