Friday, November 14, 2014
Why I'm Writing in Anthologies/Boxed Sets
I haven't been writing romance stories for a few years; took off time to write two nonfiction books. When I was ready to write romance books again, my muse disappeared. I had no motivation to write. Getting to 40,000 words or more no longer seemed an option.
When a group of authors decided to write a short story winter anthology, Naughty List, I joined. I had a short story that just needed some revisions. This I could do...and in a short time. Since we wanted this anthology to release 1 December...and we only formed the group in October...everyone had to work quickly.
I welcomed this challenge as a way to revitalize my romance writing career.
Our group, The Naughty Literati, plans of 4 or 5 anthologies a year...Naughty List will be our first! I can do this. I can write short stories, without wondering if I can create longer novels.
Longer novels are what some can only write, and I applaud their efforts. I've done this.
But my career is taking a different path. I'm busy with the Romance Books '4' Us website, this blog, and the Romance Books '4' Us Yahoo group. I enjoy all three ventures. So, writing short stories will give me time to write AND continue to be active in all three RB4U sites.
I plan to be in another anthology group that will start organizing soon for a Spring release...with a slightly longer novellas of 15,000 words. I can do this. I can see my way clear to create a romance story with this word count.
I'm thinking that writing anywhere from 5,000 to 15,000 words, for any anthology/boxed set, will now be my goal.
Picking a good group to do an anthology/boxed set with is important. Everyone helps, in some way. The Naughty Literati group has 14 members, and we all pitch in. That's what is vital; no one just writes and let's the others do all the work to get the book out/do promo. Not everyone will be in each anthology...it's up to each author. 13 of us are in Naughty List.
BLURB: Naughty List
The Naughty Literati are a group of authors who’ve come together to show off their epic talents in short stories filled with powerful eroticism and satisfying romance. Our tales range from heartwarming and sweet to scorching hot erotic, medieval to futuristic, humans to aliens and shape-shifters, vanilla committed couples to kinky menage fun. Our first boxed set anthology will be available for your reading pleasure on December 1st.
My story: Dear Santa...I Want a MAN for Christmas
Frustrated with untrustworthy men, Melissa orders a man doll. When delivery guy, Nick, shows up, she has second thoughts about how to satisfy her needs.
Pre-order information coming soon. Visit our sites for more information. Website has blurbs and excerpts for all 13 stories.
What do you think? Readers, do you like anthologies/boxed sets? Authors, do you like being in an anthology/boxed set?