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On the Hunt for Interns
Have you ever wondered what an editor’s slush pile looks like? Or maybe you want to break into the world of publishing, but don’t know how? Do you love books? (That’s the most important part.) If you don’t mind hard work or working for free, I may have the job for you. I’m hiring four new interns. Your job will be reading the books in our slush pile and filing reports on them. You’re key to finding those writers with real talent, who have written amazing books.
There is a chance for advance. Two of my interns are now my editorial assistants, and one of my former interns is a copy editor. I suggest reading books from our Covet, Select and Edge imprints so you know what kind of books we want. And of course, we’ll have guidelines for you when you join the team. It’s okay if you don’t have any experience, we will help you target what is most important when reporting on the books.
If interested, please email your resume to:
I love pens
I’m addicted to office supplies. It’s so bad that I don’t trust myself to go to Office Depot or Staples alone. Even at the bookstore I’ve been known to buy a journal or 10, or smancy file folders I don’t really need. Sigh. But I love pens and paper. I always have. My parents didn’t have a lot of money when I was growing up, but I always begged for the coolest binder we could find for school. And pens. I covet them. Even in college, those folders and binders were my splurges.
I’m getting ready to start three new projects and I like have new journals and pens when I begin. At some point this weekend I’m going to drag my husband to Office Depot to pick up some new pens. So I’m asking you, my awesome research team, what is your favorite pen and why? I’m fond of anything gel. But I’m willing to try anything. Nothing too expensive, I break and lose things often.
Tell me, I really want to know.
TCA Award Winners
The Television Critics Association Announces 2013 TCA Awards Winners
AMC’s “Breaking Bad” Named Program of the Year
FX’s “The Americans” Wins Outstanding New Program
“Game of Thrones,” “The Big Bang Theory,” “Shark Tank,” ‘Behind the Candelabra,” “Bunheads,” “Parks and Recreation” and “The Central Park Five” are honored along with favorites “All in the Family” and Barbara Walters
BEVERLY HILLS, CA (Saturday, August 3, 2013) – The Television Critics Association (TCA) tonight recognized the top programs and actors of the 2012-2013 television season at its 29th Annual TCA Awards presentation. Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, stars of Comedy Central’s hit series “Key & Peele,” hosted the annual invitation-only event, held at the Beverly Hilton hotel in conjunction with the TCA’s summer press tour. The non-televised ceremony bestowed awards in 12 categories to recipients in comedy, drama, reality, miniseries, news and youth programming.
Members of the TCA, a media organization of more than 220 professional TV critics and journalists from the United States and Canada, voted AMC’s celebrated “Breaking Bad” this season’s Program of the Year and honored FX’s freshman drama, “The Americans,” with the award for Outstanding New Program.
“These were not easy choices for our membership because there were so many deserving nominees,” said TCA president Candace Havens. “In a year that saw a lot of great television, the TCA Awards winners represent the best of the best.”
HBO’s “Game of Thrones” received the award for Outstanding Achievement in Drama, having previously won for Program of the Year in 2012, and BBC America’s “Orphan Black” star Tatiana Maslany was honored with Individual Achievement in Drama for her portrayal of Sarah Manning.
CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory” and NBC’s “Parks and Recreation” both were award-winners, tying for Outstanding Achievement in Comedy. And Louis C.K., star of FX’s “Louie,” nabbed the top trophy in the Individual Achievement in Comedy category for the second consecutive year.
HBO’s “Behind the Candelabra” emerged victorious in the category of Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and Specials, while ABC’s “Shark Tank” took home the award for Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming.
Additionally, the TCA also recognized ABC Family’s “Bunheads” with an award for Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming, and PBS’ documentary “The Central Park Five” received top honors for Outstanding Achievement in News & Information.
The TCA not only recognized the year’s finest programming, but it also bestowed a Heritage Award upon CBS’ classic sitcom “All in the Family” (1971-1979), for the cultural and social impact the program has had on society.
The non-profit organization also presented Barbara Walters (“The Barbara Walters Specials,” “The View,” ABC News) with a Career Achievement Award for her influence in covering news and information.
Photographs from the TCA Awards are available at http://bit.ly/137T2bD.
2013 TCA Award recipients are as follows:
- Individual Achievement in Drama: Tatiana Maslany (“Orphan Black,” BBC America)
- Individual Achievement in Comedy: Louis C.K. (“Louie,” FX)
- Outstanding Achievement in News and Information: “The Central Park Five” (PBS)
- Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming: “Shark Tank” (ABC)
- Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming: “Bunheads” (ABC Family)
- Outstanding New Program: “The Americans” (FX)
- Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and Specials: “Behind the Candelabra” (HBO)
- Outstanding Achievement in Drama: “Game of Thrones” (HBO)
- Outstanding Achievement in Comedy: (Tie) “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS) and “Parks and Recreation” (NBC).
- Career Achievement Award: Barbara Walters (ABC)
- Heritage Award: “All in the Family” (CBS)
- Program of the Year: “Breaking Bad” (AMC)
ABOUT THE TELEVISION CRITICS ASSOCIATION
The Television Critics Association represents more than 220 journalists writing about television for print and online outlets in the United States and Canada. For 29 years the TCA has honored outstanding achievement in television and enduring contributions to the medium’s heritage through the TCA Awards. Membership in the Television Critics Association is open to full-time TV writers at newspapers, magazines, trade publications, news wire services, news syndicates, and text-based Internet news organizations. For additional information on the TCA, please visit http://www.tvcritics.org. The TCA is also represented on Facebook and Twitter. Follow the TCA on Twitter this Summer @TCAOfficial, using hashtag #TCAs13.
And so it begins…
Everyone keeps asking about my vacation. And I just sort of laugh and say, well, it was more an adventure than a vacation. I worked most of the time I was there. And it wasn’t quite what we’d expected. Billed as a mansion by the sea — that part was true. Except the mansion didn’t have screens on the windows or air conditioning. Still, who complains when they look out and see the most beautiful water and beaches — ever?
A Diva like me. Don’t get me wrong. Every morning I woke up excited about the new day. I sat out on the back veranda facing the sea with my lap top and wrote and edited. Inspirational? Absolutely. I swam every day in the infinity pool that looked out over the ocean. You heard me right. I exercised.
I hung out with amazing people and ate great food cooked by a chef. No complaints there.
But it was the nights that were terrifying. I never knew when a spider, the size of my hand, or crab, frog or other critter might show up in my second story room. I even tried closing the shutters and they still got in. And it was really, really hot. I’m a girl from Texas. I like my air conditioning. The mosquito netting was so tight, necessary with all the bugs, that the air from the ceiling fan couldn’t get thru. The last few days I sprayed myself with Deet and slept crosswise at the end of the bed, so I could feel the air moving.
I call it character building.
The best part? I went down there to do research on a book and it practically wrote itself with all the crazy things that happen. And the people I was hanging with, well, we will forever be bonded together. We fought the elements and we won. Did I mention a tropical storm hit the day we arrived? I loved the Dominican Republic. The people there are amazing. They love Americans. And they are just lovely human beings. That said, I’ll need to do some forgetting before I go back. :)
I’m back in the U.S. at the Television Critics’ press tour. People are already cranky about last minute changes, and as president of the association I get to hear it all. But I don’t care. I’m in a high-rise hotel, with air conditioning, far, far, far away from nature in Beverly Hills.
It took me 23 years to take that vacation. I think I’m done with those for awhile. :)
The Glam Life of an Author
So… I came downstairs early this morning and my family room looked as though a murder (maybe two) had occurred there. Giant red/brown spots on the couch, and several large spots (more than two feet long) on the carpet. We have three dogs, one is 130 lbs and still growing. My mind instantly went there. Ugh. But there was no smell and it was kind of weird looking. More like blood.
I’d just bought that streamcleaning stuff for pets. Assuming the worst, I used two whole cans. It worked pretty well on the couch. The carpet, well I never liked that carpet anyway. BUT flash forward eight hours. None of the dogs seemed to be ill or dying. No one in the house seemed to know what happened, except I deduced it happened between 7:30 and 8:00 in the morning.
But I couldn’t let it go. I had to know. By putting together the snippets that each person in the house had heard or seen, I put the puzzle together. Turned out, Harley the giant dog from hell, had seen our visitor, Buttons (MIL’s Shih-Tzu) get her eye medicine this morning. It’s brown and powdery. Harley gets very jealous if she doesn’t get some of what other pooches are getting… The entire bottle, which was probably full, had been destroyed. Harley will have very clean eyes, for a very long time. But the vet says she’ll be okay.
This, my friends, is the glam life of an author/tv and film critic/editorial director/entrepreneur/almost former TCA president (THank YOU JESUS!). People always ask how I do everything. Well, the truth is, I never know what the day might hold. One day I may be cleaning up a murder scene in my living room for hours. And then off to see my Hollywood stylists who gives me the evil eye if I don’t wear makeup to get my hair done. The next I might be interviewing a celeb with a summer TV show, and then taking the guys to a preview of The Lone Ranger.
Oh, then I’ll have two columns and a cover story to write, and a book to edit when I get home at midnight. People think my life is so glamorous. It’s interesting, but glam — not so much. :) My house is never as clean as I would like it to be. There is a stack of laundry in my laundry room that is actually taller than me. (I’m kind of afraid of it.) My dogs are spoiled rotten (so are my children, but in a good way, at least that is what I tell myself).
Every day is different. I sit in front of my computer a lot. I write a lot. But I also have so much paper work between Covet, Columns and editor chick that it can swallow me for hours. There’s reader an listener email. I get upwards of 1500 emails a day on one business account and I have five. There are publicist pitching things. There are my own publicists telling me to do “stuff.” There are books to write and revise. There are bosses, yes I do have them, yelling at me. Just like everyone else in the world.
It never stops. Ever. Really. There isn’t a day I wake up when I don’t have something pending/urgent that needs to be done.
And that’s the way I like it. I took exception a few months ago when someone says, “You get to be just an author.” I’m proud to be an author. If I’m being honest, it’s my favorite part of everything that’s going on right now. BUT I’m not “just anything.” I’m a lot of things.
There are some people who think I’m a complete bitch, others call me Goddess (of course I like them best). My life isn’t always so glam, but it is mine and I’m grateful. Even when I come downstairs and find a murder has been committed in my living room.