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And Up Another Hill

Momentum is a funny thing. Predictable on one hand. Unreliable on the other. Pushing a car up a hill is easy if you get a running start and have enough umph to keep it going until it reaches level ground. Not so easy if the person at the wheel accidentally steps on the brake half way there!

Yeah, it’s just me waxing a little poetic as I put nose to grindstone once more to find and entice writers to submit their stories to Romantic Shorts.

Of the authors we’ve published so far, all have reported positive feedback about their Romantic Shorts experience. Sure, no, it’s not a paying gig. But their Author’s Pages are theirs to keep for the duration of their stories’ life at RS. They can notify us of new awards, works, and accomplishments at anytime, and their pages are updated to reflect their current status. As well, they have a permalink to their story that they can use anywhere as a writing sample, free offer, or credit. It’s not a bad deal for 5,000 words.

Absolutely, down the road as we finally initiate an advertising program that works for us, we will offer financial compensation as well. We look forward to hardcopy anthology sales and other projects that will bring revenue to RS and our writers. The hurdle to this, ironically, is building a solid library.

It’s a sweet Catch-33: Find the writers to draw the readers to entice the advertisers to reward the writers.

And so I’m spending my time now focusing on finding writers with strong, entertaining, high-quality stories they’d like to share with our readers – who now average well into the hundreds every week. If everyone pushes the car, we’ll all get to where we’re going a lot sooner.

Check out our guidelines and send us a story.

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Next Steps in Publishing

You know, you can post pages on your website all you want, but if you don’t keep an eye on them, the next thing you know they’re out of date and irrelevant and you’ve got a big embarrassing splotch on your face. You can tell yourself that no one noticed. But, deep down, you know the truth.

And so it was with our FAQ’s page. The ‘frequently given answers’ were a good year old and many either didn’t apply anymore or were now, well, I’ll admit it – wrong.

Reworking the entire page is a fair bit of code, typing, editing, and rechecking, not to mention thought, genuine inspiration, and effort. Personally, I think it ranks right up there with drywall taping.

And just like drywall taping, the finished product is worth every calorie expended in its creation. Our FAQ’s page is now not only up-to-date but crisp and efficient. All of the links work. (Although if someone wanted to shoot me a quick email using the link under “MANUSCRIPT SUBMISSION – How long does it take to receive a reply to a query or submission?” I’d appreciate it, as I don’t use an offline email program for any of my communications and can’t check it myself.) And for the most part, the page includes pretty much every question that’s ever come our way, even if it was a little less-than-frequent.

Heavy sigh. A job well done deserves a cup of coffee.

And then, on to the next challenge. So much to do to get the stories online. It’s a bigger process than I’d imagined and I’m struggling a bit with both the process and the comfort levels. But because I have a goal in mind – I know how I want this to look/work in the end – staying on the right path is a lot easier. Trudging through the snow drifts on the path can be a little tiring at times, however.

Welcome to the life of a new publisher. Ignore any grumpy complaining. Truth is, I’m having the time of my life with this! Who could have ever guessed that my love of reading would lead to a love of writing that would lead to my intense and insane desire to inspire the love of writing in everyone else?

Let’s get some stories published!



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New Submission Process

As with virtually every little detail to do with Romantic Shorts since its inception, what seemed like a good idea at the time turns out to need some tweaking. Or some reconsideration. Or some serious “what-was-I-thinking” back-pedaling…

And so, we now have a newly revamped submission process for manuscripts.

Authors can now find all of the submission information online, without having to leave the site to email their manuscripts. Check out the Submission Guidelines page here at Romantic Shorts H.Q. You’ll find a link at the bottom to access our Submission Terms & Conditions page. There, are listed all of the conditions Romantic Shorts asks of our Authors. In order to be published at Romantic Shorts, you must agree to these terms; following through by submitting your manuscript confirms your acceptance.

Of course, as always, this is a learning process and we are always open to suggestions and corrections. If you have any concerns about any of the terms, or if there’s something you’d like to see added or deleted, please contact us. What is currently posted there is the accumulation of various ideas and needs that particularly suit Romantic Shorts. Much of the page is very similar to any other publishing contract you may have seen in the past. But quite a bit of it is specifically designed to meet the needs – current and projected – of Romantic Shorts and our Authors. (Feel free to replace ‘projected’ with any other uncertain adjective of your choosing….)

Any manuscripts that are already in our files, are subject to existing and proposed contracts relating to each respective situation. Incoming manuscripts, however, will be subject to the new Submission Terms & Conditions.

The bottom line right now is, having tried the contract process for our new and unique format the traditional way, and finding it to be tedious and labour-intensive, this new stream-lined approach seems to be a practical option.

Who knows? There’s no one to ask. No model to copy. It’s a difficult path, this one less-traveled. But oh, the adventure!!


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