Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Wednesday Promo- Rogue's Angels
I'm pleased today to introduce you to three women I met twelve years ago when I joined Romance Writers of America. Their warmth, willingness to mentor, and openness drew me into the Mid-Willamette Valley RWA chapter. Welcome Genene Valleau, Christine Young, and CL Kraemer.
IF YOU LEAVE A COMMENT YOUR NAME WILL BE PLACED IN THE DRAWING TO WIN A PRINT COPY OF THIS ANTHOLOGY.
COLLABORATING ON AN ANTHOLOGY: A COLLECTION OF "FIRSTS"
I was delighted when Christine Young asked me to contribute a story for an anthology. Her new e-publishing venture was just getting off the ground and I was honored to help make it soar!
This was my first novella, first anthology and first romantic comedy. As we moved through the process of publishing the anthology, I garnered a few more "firsts."
A friend at the local animal shelter asked if we would donate "write-in" parts in our stories--similar to cameo appearances on TV--for a benefit auction. I had recently worked at the shelter and adopted a number of dogs from there. This would be the first time to try something like this, but how could I say no?
This was the first time I had collaborated with other authors and planned promotion with others. Ironically, this was also my first published story that did not have a pet in it.
Our launch party for A VALENTINE'S ANTHOLOGY--my first one that wasn't online--was held at the local shelter. A dog who belonged to one of the staff drew names for our door prizes. The winner of the write-in parts attended with two of the three daughters who purchased it as a gift for their mother. (The other daughter is a veterinarian who was on call and had to perform an emergency surgery.) I saw friends I hadn't seen for awhile. Both of my adult sons were able to attend to support me. We sold books and I went home exhausted but pleased.
This first time was special for me and I guess Christine and C.L. had a great time also, because we've decided to do it again next year for St. Patrick's Day. Seconds, anyone?
Have you written a story for an anthology? What did you think of the process? How about books in your to-be-read stack or on your e-reader? Do those books include anthologies? Do you have a preference for shorter stories or full-length novels?
To checkout the Anthology visit Rouge Phoenix Press.