A large part of blogging is having fun while doing it. I’ve met some really wonderful people in the world of blogging and I’ve kept in touch with most of them. And when a personal blogger is nice enough to publish the cover of one of my books, I’m going to do everything I can to help promote and network his or her blog, too.
The blogger I’m talking about today is here, and I found him through my friend, Ryan, here. He’s a huge fan of ravenousromance.com And he was nice enough to post the cover of AMERICAN STAR on his blog.
So if anyone gets a chance to go over to his blog and comment, that would be nice. I promise you one thing, the music is really excellent. I actually liked one of his songs so much I went to music notes and downloaded it this morning.
Ryan has been blogging for a while now. And I’ve been following his blog for many reasons. The most important is that I knew when I first read his blog he knew what he was doing. Blogging can be used a promotional tool, an outlet to rant, and a nice place to record the ups and downs of daily living. But the best blogs are always real, and he does this so naturally I became an instant fan.
So if you get a chance to stop by and read some of his posts, I think you’ll be surprised at what you find.
After the post about all the great submissions for the Lasting Love anthology, I had to follow up with this short post. As I said, all the submissions were good, and I have a feeling that the one I didn’t actually get a chance to read was good, too.
I’ll explain. Last Friday afternoon I received a last minute e-mail from a writer who wanted to submit for the anthology, but didn’t see the call for submission until that week. The deadline was Saturday, and the writer wanted to know if they could submit early the following week. They couldn’t submit on Saturday because of religious reasons, and apologized a thousand times. So I replied and said they could submit on Monday or Tuesday. I wasn’t sure if I’d be working on Sunday (I did anyway) so there would still be time early in the week to read the short story. I don’t know how other editors feel, but when someone contacts me at the last minute with a well written e-mail and a good voice, I’m curious and I want to know more about them.
As it turned out, this writer didn’t get a chance to submit anything because of the time factor. And I understood that; I’ve been there myself. The writer e-mailed me after reading the Lasting Love post I wrote, and explained this in another well written, professional e-mail.
So if this writer is reading this post, I’m hoping they continue to follow the ravenous romance calls for submissions, because now I’m really curious.
The Lasting Love anthology is coming along well. So well, I’ll be able to submit it earlier than I’d originally planned. And I have to admit that everyone who submitted did an excellent job. The writers worked hard and they produced some sexy, romantic short stories that I’ll never forget. I’ll post about some of the stories later, but in this post I wanted to thank everyone who submitted. Each and every submission was fantastic!!
I only wish I’d been able to include more submissions, because so many people took the time and effort to produce such great work. But the problem with any anthology or collection is that there’s a word count, and some things have to be rejected. That’s the part I hate; having to tell a writer I couldn’t include something because too many people submitted stories and I had to decide which fit best with the title.
So when I write back, and I will write each and every writer who submitted to Lasting Love, and say that the rejection was based on a subjective, unbiased opinion, I hope they understand. Rejections like these are not personal; if an editor could include all the stories submitted, he or she would; but that’s not possible or practical. As a writer, I’ve had many of these rejections myself in the past so I know the feeling.
But I wanted to thank everyone who did submit. There’s a lot of talent out there and I hope these wonderful writers from all over the world continue to submit more work to ravenous romance in the future.