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Countdown to Princess Alethea’s Traveling Sideshow

Hello, everyone! We’re exactly a week away from this year’s Sideshow at Dragon Con and I’m SO EXCITED!  We have a fabulous line-up of authors participating, awesome gift bags sponsored by Sherrilyn Kenyon for the first 40 attendees, and MORE! But first, let me tell you about our amazing authors!

Leanna Renee Hieber – Actress, playwright and author Leanna is the award-winning, bestselling author of Gothic Victorian Fantasy novels for adults and teens. A 4 time Prism Award winner for excellence in the genre of Fantasy Romance, Leanna’s books have been selected for national book club editions and translated into languages such as Complex Chinese, German and Polish. She is a proud member of performer unions Actors Equity and SAG-AFTRA, and lives in New York City where she is a licensed ghost tour guide and has been featured in film and television on shows like Boardwalk Empire. Find out more about Leanna and check out her amazing books at www.leannareneehieber.com

Gray Rinehart – Growing up in Georgetown, South Carolina, Gray started writing in middle school, but “outgrew” it after college (excluding some professional publications) as he started his career in the United States Air Force. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 2006. Near the middle of Gray’s militarycareer, he became more serious about writing. In 2004 he attended Orson Scott Card’s “Literary Boot Camp” and proceeded to publish his first short story in 2007. He logged his first “professional” sale in 2011 and continues working toward the goal of supporting his family as a full-time independent writer. Find out more about Gray, his books, and his music at graymanwrites.com

Mari Mancusi – Mari Mancusi always wanted a dragon as a pet. Unfortunately the fire insurance premiums proved a bit too large and her house a bit too small–so she chose to write about them instead. Today she works as an award-winning young adult author and freelance television producer, for which she has won two Emmys.When not writing about fanciful creatures of myth and legend, Mari enjoys traveling, cosplay, snowboarding, watching cheesy (and scary) horror movies, and her favorite guilty pleasure—playing videogames. A graduate of Boston University, she lives in Austin, Texas with her husband Jacob, daughter Avalon, and their two dogs. Learn more about Mari and check out her gorgeous books at marimancusi.com

Diana Peterfreund – Diana Peterfreund has published ten novels for adults, teens, and kids, including the four-book Secret Society Girl series (Bantam Dell), the “killer unicorn novels” Rampant and Ascendant (Harper Teen), For Darkness Shows the Stars (a post-apocalyptic retelling of Jane Austen’s Persuasion), and Across a Star-Swept Sea (inspired by the classic series The Scarlet Pimpernel). Her newest novel, OMEGA CITY, is a contemporary adventure novel for younger readers set in a secret bunker city somewhere under modern Maryland.
Her works have been named to the New York Public Library’s Books for the Teen Age list, the Capitol Choices (metro DC-area) reading list, and the Texas Lonestar List, as well as having been named to Amazon’s Best Books of the Year. In addition, she’s written several critically acclaimed short stories and a variety of non-fiction essays about popular children’s literature. Diana lives outside Washington D.C., with her family. 
Learn more about Diana and her novels at dianapeterfreund.com

Zoraida Cordova – Zoraida Córdova is the author of The Vicious Deep trilogy, the On the Verge series, and the Brooklyn Brujas series. She loves black coffee, snark, and still believes in magic. She is a New Yorker at heart and is currently working on her next novel.  To check out her beautiful books and learn more about Zoraida, stop by zoraidacordova.com

I am so happy to have so many veterans returning, and thrilled to welcome Zoraida to the Sideshow family! In the meantime, get in the spirit with our Exclusive printable Sideshow Coloring Sheet, and watch “The Little Mermaid” performance from last year’s Princess Alethea’s Traveling Sideshow (below)!!  And don’t forget to show your support for the Sideshow by purchasing one of our limited edition t-shirts (they WILL NOT be available at Dragon Con, so get yours NOW!)!!

xox

Princess Alethea

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Alethea’s 2016 DragonCon Schedule

Leanna & Lee, from many DragonCons PastHere it is, folks! Technically, it’s still tentative, so be sure to double check these on the app and in the program booklet.

Convention Dates are Fri(9/2/16), Sat(9/3/16), Sun(9/4/16), and Mon(9/5/16).

I will be arriving on Wednesday with Bianca Roman-Stumpff so that I can help her set up in Pop Art Alley on Thursday. Bianca has kindly offered to squirrel some of my books away behind her table–so if I’m not on a panel and Pop Art Alley is open, that’s where I’ll be! Come find us!

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Title: The Online YA Community
Description: From Twitter, to YouTube (booktube!), Reddit, podcasting, Goodreads, PATREON – the online YA community is vibrant.
Time: Fri 10:00 am Location: A707 – Marriott (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Lindsay Cummings, S. Usher Evans, Alethea Kontis)

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Traveling Side ShowTitle: Princess Alethea’s Traveling Sideshow
Description: Join this motley band of talented (and costumed) authors for an entertaining hour of rants, rap battles, zombie haiku, musical numbers, and more. Swag for the first 40 audience members!
Time: Fri 07:00 pm Location: A707 – Marriott (Length: 1 Hour)
Moderator / MC for panel
(Tentative Panelists: Alethea Kontis, Leanna Renee Hieber, E.C. Myers, Gray Rinehart, Mari Mancusi, special musical guest S.J. Tucker)

Stay after the show for an autographing and meet & greet!

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SATURDAY 10:00AM — PARADE
Alethea and costumed members of her Brute Squad will be walking in the YA section this year — look for Alethea’s patchwork skirt and her trademark Blue Alphabet Umbrella!

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Title: Short Fiction for Fun (and Profit?)
Description: Short stories: equal parts art, science, and kung-fu. How does writing a short story differ from writing a novel? Should every author write short fiction?
Time: Sat 01:00 pm Location: Embassy EF – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Jody Lynn Nye, Delilah S. Dawson, Mercedes Lackey, Patricia Briggs, Alethea Kontis)

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Title: Reading: Alethea Kontis
Time: Sat 02:30 pm Location: Edgewood – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Alethea Kontis)

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Title: Origins: Gods and Monsters in Myth & Folklore
Description: Many of the supernatural beings and magical creatures appearing in Urban Fantasy have their roots in myth and folklore. Our panelists discuss those they feel most influenced by and others they have discovered in their research.
Time: Sat 04:00 pm Location: Chastain DE – Westin (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Alethea Kontis, Kevin Hearne, James R. Tuck, Samantha Sommersby, Valerie Hampton, Kathryn Hinds)

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Title: Novelizing the Media
Description: Media tie-ins are very popular. Our panelists discuss how this works and their participation in a new superhero anthology.
Time: Sun 11:30 am Location: Embassy AB – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Delilah S. Dawson, Clay and Susan Griffith, Alethea Kontis, Steve Saffel)

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Vote for TFQ!Title: Autograph Session:
Time: Sun 02:30 pm Location: International Hall South – Marriott (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Alethea Kontis)

NOTE: This autograph session will be held at the same time as The Dragon Awards, for which Trix and the Faerie Queen has been nominated for Best MG/YA Novel. (haven’t voted yet? Go to http://awards.dragoncon.org/ and register right now! No membership needed)

This is the only event on my schedule that MAY change, so keep an eye on my Twitter Feed for any last-minute changes. If you miss me, come see me at Bianca’s table in Pop Art Alley!

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Choreographing the BEST SURPRISE EVER

Today on the Waterworld Mermaids, I tell the whole story of how a podcast with my 11-year-old Fairy Goddaughter turned into the surprise of a lifetime!

Click here to find out!

Congrats, Princess Allie!!! We love you! xox

WPA 5-30-16

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Princess Alethea, Skype Guinea Pig

Skyping with the Princess!I had the singular honor of being the very first Skype Interview for Fast Forward Contemporary Science Fiction yesterday…and we’re already live!

Please note, I am SUPER ADORABLE in this interview, and I only say “absolutely” once (on purpose).

Also, there is a SUPER SECRET SNEAK PREVIEW of the cover for Trixter…check it out, because you won’t be seeing the final version until the book is released!

And let me tell you….it’s my favorite cover of the series. Hands down.

Thanks again, Mike, and Fast Forward!

#SFWAPro

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Princess Alethea Rants “How the Wicked Tanuki was Punished”

Episode 54: In which Princess Alethea rants about the Japanese fairy tale “How the Wicked Tanuki was published.” (Andrew Lang, Crimson Fairy Book)

Only one more episode left before the Season Finale of Fairy Tale Rants!

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New Fairy Tale Rant: “The Language of Beasts”

Have you been watching Princess Alethea’s Fairy Tale Rants? We’re up to Episode 52…can you believe it?

In this episode, Alethea eats ice cream for dinner. (It’s ridiculously fun, I promise you.)

With special guest star: Princess K. Tempest Bradford!

Enjoy…

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Princess Alethea Rants “The Goose Girl”

1. “The Goose Girl” is my very favorite fairy tale.

2. Episode 42 was always meant to be a special episode, because I’m a geek.

3. Make sure you have tissues handy.

4. Happy New Year, everyone. I love you all. xox

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Princess Alethea Rants “The Gnome”

Curses, blood red apples, glass slippers, magic flutes, lousy brothers, fainting princesses, romance, betrayal, death, and gnomes.

WHAT’S NOT TO LOVE?!?

Give as little as $1 per episode — CLICK HERE TO SUPPORT FAIRY TALE RANTS ON PATREON!

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Princess Alethea Rants “The Singing, Springing Lark”

As promised, a fairy tale that’s a little less melancholy than “The Death of the Hen.”

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YouTube Owes Me $68

Seriously...I uploaded my first video onto YouTube on April 17, 2008.

I had buried my ten-year-old nephew Caleb in the sand and I recorded his amusing diatribe as he tried to escape. It’s had a little over 400 views, life to date.

Less than a year later, I recorded my friend Mary’s adorable father demonstrating how to play the musical saw. He was still dressed in his tuxedo, having just returned from a night at the symphony with his wife. That video has over 30,000 views.

Thanks to the success of “How to Play the Musical Saw,” YouTube invited me to be a partner in their AdSense program, meaning that I could make money if I decided to run ads on my videos. I figured “what the heck” and gave it a go. I monetized the applicable videos and went so far as encouraging my friends and family to click on them when they saw them.

That’s right. I actually encouraged my watchers to click through and visit the websites of my advertisers. If I was an advertiser, I would want a million of me.

Now, when you sign up for AdSense, you promise not to spend all day watching your own videos and clicking on all your own ads. I made this promise and never did anything to violate it. I don’t have enough time in the day to do my own stuff, never mind waste hours clicking on YouTube just to earn $0.02.

I knew it wouldn’t be a moneymaker–there are plenty of articles about how much creators *don’t* make on YouTube. But in the publishing world (especially these days) every little bit helps.

The minimum you must earn before AdSense will cut you a check is $100. As of yesterday my earnings total was a little over $68.

Next month, Caleb turns 17.

In April of last year, I launched my vlog series “Princess Alethea’s Fairy Tale Rants.” Every Monday, I post a short video of myself summing up one of the original Grimm or Andersen or Lang and then chatting a bit about the ridiculous parts. It’s a labor of love that’s gained me more subscribers than views, but it’s kept me going.

The Rants were awesome to have as my year slowly went to Hell in a Handbasket. If you watch the whole series from the beginning, you know when I was in Baltimore for my sister’s surgery, or when I was in Newport News while Granny was on life support. I pulled in guest stars along the way, including my best friend Casey in Charlotte, NC…where I went after breaking up with my significant other and before moving to Florida.

I took a hiatus on the rants after Jay Lake died this summer. I had just gotten back on the horse–I even wrote an essay about vlogging for the SFWA blog!–when my nephew unexpectedly and inexplicably passed away.

I did not explain my absence, I just didn’t vlog. I received fan letters asking if I would continue the rants and I assured them I would. I just didn’t say when.

It was an inspirational STAR workshop led by Roxanne St. Claire that got me back in the race. I decided that the universe–and NY publishing–had beat me up enough. I was going to start self-publishing in a serious way. I was going to assemble my fans–those lovely people I’ve spent a decade cultivating into dear friends–into a Street Team. I was going to revive my old newsletter. And I was going to start ranting again.

All of these things happened in the same weekend. I posted the newest Fairy Tale Rant. I wrote about it in my newsletter. I shared it on Twitter and G+ and Facebook and everywhere else I could think of. I told the Street Team about it, and mentioned that they should click on the ads when they saw them.

Yesterday, I got an email from YouTube (bolding is mine).

Hello,

With our advertising programs we strive to create an online ecosystem that benefits publishers, advertisers, and users. For this reason we sometimes have to take action against accounts that show behavior towards users or advertisers that may negatively impact how the ecosystem is perceived. In your case, we have detected invalid activity on your AdSense account and as a result it has been disabled.

We are limited in the amount of information we can provide about your specific violation. We understand that you may want more information about your account activity. However, in order to protect our proprietary detection systems, we are unable to provide further details.

Essentially, they cut me off and didn’t have to give a reason.

They also kept my $68.

I was allowed to appeal, however, which I immediately did. The appeal was an online form, in which I was given the chance to explain my actions…even though I had no idea why they disabled my account. My best guess was that the Street Team had gone in and watched all my videos and clicked on all my ads.

That’s right, two weeks before Black Friday, I sent a bunch of dedicated fans to click through to all the advertisers on my videos.

Obviously, I deserve to be punished for that.

Very early this morning, I received an email from YouTube saying that my appeal had been denied, and my account was now officially terminated.

I tried to sum the whole affair up to my mother over coffee, and as I was detailing what I had written in my appeal, she held up a hand. “You don’t even know what you’re appealing, am I right?”

“Yes,” I said. “That’s true.”

“Then let’s face it. It’s a classic Bait-and-Switch. You were getting close to your $100 minimum and they decided to keep your money. Plain and simple.”

Thanks to YouTube being “unable to provide further details,” I don’t know who is right, me or Mom. Part of me doesn’t want to know, because I don’t like thinking that I live in a world where a huge money-making gigantosaur like YouTube is petty enough to yank $68 away from a struggling, glitter-covered vlogger in a tiara three weeks before Christmas.

The silver lining in all of this is that my fans now don’t have to sit through all the advertising that clutters up my videos. Plus, I can now forward all my links to Patreon, where fans of the series can donate as little as $1 per episode if they like the show, instead of having to click on all those links and pop-ups.

But I’m not going to lie…that $68 still bothers me. And if YouTube was a person standing right here in front of me, I’d probably kick him in the shins.

Bully.

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