This is one of those duel posts I often do when I’m in a hurry. Today I have to go through 200 e-mails on my yahoo account, write back cover copy for a new novel submission, come up with a few new title suggestions, and give the artist at Ravenousromance.com a few coherent cover suggestions.
So I’ll start with the new Cleis Press anthology. Over the years I’ve been in more than a few m/m fiction anthologies with Cleis Press. And a lot of those have been with editor, Richard Labonte.
And this spring I’ll be in another anthology by Richard titled, HOT JOCKS. The book will be a collection of m/m erotic short stories with a theme revolving around sports. And the story I submitted will be about a young college guy and his football coach. I haven’t submitted as many stories to publishers like Cleis Press in the past three years because I’ve been working on contracted novels for e-publishers like ravenousromance.com. But I’ve missed working with them. As a reader I’m a huge fan of the Cleis Press book list in general, and I love the way they support the lgbt community. So I’m looking forward to this new release, and I’ll be posting more about it in the future.
As for being honest on social networks. Well, here’s the thing. If you don’t keep it honest, sooner or later you’re going to slip up, especially on a social network like facebook where readers and other authors are free to leave comments. I’ve been following one author’s facebook posts for a while and I’ve always had my doubts about whether or not the posts are sincere. In other words, are the things this author says he/she is doing real, or is this author just jerking the facebook readers and fans around. Either way it doesn’t really matter. All that matters in the end is whether or not the author’s books are any good. But I recently noticed a facebook post this particular author made that had a large slip-up. Most people didn’t notice the slip-up. They just replied to the post with more cute comments. But a few did notice, and they commented about it.
The bottom line is this: you can bullshit the troops for as long as you want. There are, in fact, people…politicians…who have built entire careers based on bullshit. But if you’re posting cute, heartwarming posts on facebook, with happy faces and too many exclamation points, in order to brand yourself as an author, you’d better make sure the facts you are posting about are accurate. If they aren’t accurate, people are going to doubt your sincerity and they’ll stop taking you seriously. Most won’t say anything (like me), but the doubts will linger with them forever. And nothing you post or say will ever ring true again.