Ravenous Romance Author Blog
|Short Stories and Longer Works|
I've been incredibly fortunate to have the opportunity to write short stories for Ravenous Romance's anthologies. One of the things I love about short stories and the ebook market in general is the quick turn around time from turning in the story to when it goes into electronic print. As I reflect that I began writing shorts for publication in November of 2008 and I already have stories in Power Plays, Experimental, Ambrosia, and Sweaty Sex and have received acceptance into the upcoming Rekindled, DILF, and Women of the Bite anthologies, I can't help but have warm fuzzies. RR was the first publisher to which I submitted.
I'm still plugging away at some longer works.
All of my reflection has caused me to realize how important studying the craft of writing is to success. As writers, we're all told that writing is only one piece of the puzzle to success. There are marketing, blogging, freebies, queries, proposals, building a fan base, social networking, commenting on other people's blogs, building a platform, and endless other tasks to complete.
I agree that all those things are important, but experimentation, writing, rewriting, and paying attention to my mistakes couldn't be more important. Sure, I write a dud every now and again. Nobody receives acceptances 100% of the time. My duds are fermenting into other pieces altogether. Dud wine can be perfectly sweet after the pieces morph into something else altogether!
On a side note, I recently searched google blog search (www.blogsearch.google.com) using the world "erotica." My personal blog today showed up on the first page as the 8th result out of 766,414 hits for the word erotica. I'm thrilled that jenbluekissederotica.blogspot.com is doing well. You all must be googling me!
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