Someone e-mailed me about a review for All About Yves. From what I gather, it was posted a week ago. Don’t shoot me, but I don’t do google alerts, so I rarely ever know what’s being reviewed…or said. When I factor in writing time, editing, social media, and personal life (which usually suffers the most), there isn’t much time left. The good thing is I have a network of good friends and we all tell each other about these things whenever we see them.
I’m linking now because there were never many reviews done for All About Yves. And also because I’d like the thank the reviewer for being so kind.
I love these guys over at All Male Romance. Not just because I’m in their author spotlight of the week and because they posted a huge image of HOT ITALIAN LOVER, but because I’ve watched them work tirelessly to get this web site as good as they can get it. They do it for love, not for money. And there’s never a hidden agenda…other than talking about all male romance.
I wrote about quality last week, well, this web site is what I’d consider top quality information about, literally, All Male Romance.
It’s a great place for readers who love all male romance to check out authors and books. And it’s a great place for authors to display books. I firmly believe that if you’re writing for the digital market and the people who read digital books, you can go to book signings in physical bookstores, you can do author events like readings, and hit every conference in the world…but there’s nothing as effective as online presence from places like all male romance.
Here’s the link to check them out.
And I’d like to send them a huge thanks for giving me the author spotlight. It was a nice, unexpected surprise.
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.
This won’t be a long post. But I wanted to thank a few of my old blogging friends from back when I did interviews with bestgayblogs.com. It was a great gig and I loved and looked forward to the personal, in-depth interviews I did with bloggers from Maine to Africa. I met writers and actors and everyday people who were blogging for all kinds of reasons. I did interviews with celebrities I’m still in touch with to this day. And I liked getting in touch on a personal level, and I miss that feeling of really getting to know someone. But time moves on, and things change.
Since I started this blog and the ravenousromance blog I’ve had e-mails and some comments offering so much support I’m amazed. When I was first interviewing the bloggers back then, I never realized what a tight community this really is. And then I got to know some of them well, from reading their blogs and from listening to them speak about their blogging journey in a very up close and personal way. The interviews were always professional and smart; always on time and ready for the deadlines. I enjoyed that job, and when bestgayblogs was sold to the new company I was sorry to see my journey with them end.
And now I’m feeling as if I’m getting in touch with old friends once again. And that’s a great feeling.
A special thanks to Ryan from here. He’s my all time favorite blogger. I’ve learned a great deal about blogging from watching him.
I promise my next post will be about books and publishing books and writing books. But every now and then you have to take time out to say thank you. And while I will focus on writing with this blog, I’m also going to add a few different things as well.