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Great Advice for Every Writer on How to Get Published

The Adventurous Writer is a link I’ve included on the Romantic Shorts sites because Quips and Tips founder Laurie Pawlik-Kienlin, always has useful, straightforward information for her readers. Not all of her visitors are writers; Laurie posts Quips and Tips on a variety of subjects. Her site is worth a look.
Her post about why freelance writers can’t get much farther than a query to the editor applies to every writer out there – just substitute magazine for book, screenplay, newspaper, or whatever else you’re working on, and follow her tips. And while her explanations can be worth a chuckle or two, it’s a safe bet that behind the humour lies a frustrated editor who wonders why these mistakes are still being made.

Visit her site and check out this post.
It could be the most productive 5 minutes you spend today…


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Growth Spurt with Fingers Crossed

We have a goal – a vision, more or less – as to how we want the Romantic Shorts site to look as we approach our Grand Opening, in addition to how we’d like the enterprise to work in the long run.

As we grow into our next phase, the learning curve seems to be a hairpin turn with a very short safety rail. We are plugging away, step by step. And the first of our renovation stages is now underway. The site will, hopefully, appear to be somewhat layered, with many pages doubled here and there. This is preferable to losing them altogether. Please bear with us.

The biggest visible change is in preparation for this summer’s publishing premier. Here’s a summary of the changes so far:

Our landing page at RomanticShorts.com will become just that. As a landing page, or ‘storefront,’ visitors – readers, subscribers, writers, advertisers, customers – will be directed to the area in which they are most interested. The storefront will act as our Main Entrance, and will also house the commercial and business sides of our House.

The RomanticShorts.WordPress.com area that has been the main base of operations to date will be spruced up to receive our guests – our readers. This blog format will become our book cover, within which our publications and authors will be featured. This is the area that will require the most attention. We want our House looking its best, reflecting the quality of the experience within. Suggestion and comments will be most welcome – we absolutely must put our best foot forward!

Our writers will now click through to our Headquarters at RomanticShortsHQ.WordPress.com  There you will find everything you need to begin and maintain a positive, rewarding, and exciting relationship with Romantic Shorts. Having now had a taste of this floor of our House, I can assure you that it is very quickly becoming that fast-paced, engrossing, center of attraction that I had hoped. This is a terrific place to spend a lot of time for me; my goal is to engage our writers to the same extent!

So we now have some crossover as these changes take place. We will be moving to a new Website Host shortly. And the duplications will be cleaned up as they become stable.

And in the meantime, we are reading carefully through our submissions – competition entries and unsolicited manuscripts. We are doing a little legal housekeeping as well – firming up our contract offers to publish, hammering out a privacy policy. As soon as that’s done, we will be able to start responding to our authors with requests to publish their works. (And, this is a feeling of anticipation that I am embarrassed to say, as a writer, that I cannot seem to put into proper words. I’m still trying to feel the feeling! Kind of like trying to describe the taste of a brand new food, while you’ve still got a mouthful!)

Keep in touch. Stay tuned.

And if you think you’re hearing some crazy woman screaming like she invented the first roller coaster, no worries. It’s just me.

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Writer Beware the New Publisher

I’ve been reading a lot of advice for new writers lately – trying to better understand their needs. After all, if our writers aren’t happy, none of us will enjoy any success at all. And what I’ve been learning is becoming quite distressing.

The number one comment I’m finding from seasoned authors to the new and inexperienced, where any type of epublishing is involved, is to STAY AWAY!!! The reasons are numerous. They are threatening. They are discouraging. And most of them are, quite often, absolutely genuine.

So where does that leave Romantic Shorts?

Yes, we are ‘brand-new.’ Yes, we are inexperienced in publishing. Yes, the ‘we’ refers to myself and two colleagues. Yes, to this point, I am also the webmaster.

And, according to everything I’ve read so far about new writers/new publishers/epublishing, we are the classic ‘bad risk.’ Our description is on every ‘BEWARE’ list I’ve come across. At best, the pros are advising you to wait and watch – see how we’re doing in a year, and to decide whether you think we’re worth the risk then. See how we’ve survived at least a year; let someone else be our guinea pig.

Wow. That doesn’t bode well for us.

But in reality, it seems more like a bit of a self-fulfilling prophecy to me. If no one is ever willing to take a chance on a new company, how, then, does our society survive? At some point, someone has to have a little faith and jump in with someone on a wing and a prayer.

Check out this TED talk about innovation and leadership.

What Romantic Shorts is asking for at this stage in our development does indeed outweigh what we’re offering in return. But we sincerely do not expect that to last long. We expect that, within a year, we will be able to offer our writers at least a nominal fee for their efforts. We hope that we will shortly be able to offer both our writers and our readers a professional, high-quality, and enjoyable literary experience.

We are now putting the finishing touches on a working philosophy for ourselves – a guide that describes a set of beliefs, goals, and standards to which we will hold ourselves, and those with whom we work. Our expectations of ourselves will equal or exceed those of our writers, consultants, and staff. Our reputation will become our collateral. And the only way we can build your trust is to start now, with openness, honesty, and integrity. You’ll be able to learn more about our philosophy shortly as it will be published here on our blog.

We invite you to investigate Romantic Shorts fully before deciding to entrust your work to us. Feel confident with what you find – we are opting for transparency and accountability over exaggeration and insinuation. We have a vision, a plan, a purpose. But the details are – and will always be – flexible according to the needs of our associates, the changing times, and the evolving landscape of the publishing world.

Our best resource is you. Whether you write for Romantic Shorts or not, your input and suggestions are invaluable to us. If at any time you find anything that doesn’t sit well, we urge you to take a moment to communicate your concerns to us. In this way, we will grow – in ability and effectiveness – helping others realize their dreams along the way.

Alexandra Brown,
Founder and Chief Operations Manager

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