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Plans For 2012 – You’re Invited!

Happy New Year!!

Oh, so much up and coming in 2012…

We’re currently reworking our writer contracting process. E-mailing and mailing signed contract back and forth all over the world just isn’t working for us… With one or two writers, it’s do-able. But getting up into dozens and we’re tripping over paperwork everywhere. This is supposed to all be paperless…

So, we’re writing the content to be able to accept submissions online with an agreement to Terms and Conditions required to enable the submit to work. Oh, so obvious. But once again, the learning curve is flexing its solid steel muscle…

As well, we’ve got plenty of new stories coming up. Very exciting. The quality and variation in plot, setting, and character is so enthralling. I had hoped. But this is exceeding expectations.

I am also very excited to be putting together a presentation by author Reid Lance Rosenthal. I read the first book of his An American Saga, entitled Threads West and can’t wait for the next in the series, Maps of Fate, due out this March/April*. I asked Reid to write a guest post for Romantic Shorts and was stunned by what I got back.

He had asked me what I would like him to write about. I simply left him with, “How about writing romance from a man’s point of view?”

He said, “Sure thing,” and went to work…

The result is not what I had expected to present to Romantic Shorts writers as inspiration and support. Though it certainly qualifies as such.

What he gave me is probably one of the most romantic pieces of writing I’ve ever read. While Reid is explaining the components and styles of romance – what constitutes romance, and how would one go about writing one’s thoughts down, I was reading something every woman wants to hear. Something every man should know. And something that was as moving and emotional as it was educational and supportive. Got to admit, I came away from this ‘lesson in romance writing’ more than a little flushed.

And so I decided to use it as a Romantic Short instead of an HQ post. You’re gonna love it!

Watch for it here and at Romantic Shorts’ Reading Room at the beginning of March/April*, to coincide with the release of Maps of Fate.

And that pretty much takes care of January.

I am so looking forward to the next year of growth and adventure with Romantic Shorts!

Feel free to join us – and bring some friends!

Alex.

(January 13th, 2012 – I’ve just heard from Reid and learned that what I originally thought to be a February 2012 release date for Maps of Fate, has now been pushed back a bit to late March/early April. Ah well. Naught to do but wait. But there’s nothing that says I have to wait patiently…)

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Back Up And Running!

Woohooooo!

Have my computer system up and running again!! I had NO idea how attached I was to all of this. It’s been a cruel week and half of panic, frustration, boredom, and pestering as I’ve been trying to do everything from the laptops of the husband and children. I spent the weekend transferring files from their laptops back to my files, and they’re not impressed. The decision to blow the budget to repair and upgrade Mom’s system was met with wholehearted encouragement!!

(Only the most skilled mothers can pull that off so cleanly…)

And so, I have no time to chat. So much to do. Stories to read. Emails to answer/file/explore/ponder… Contracts to finalize. Contracts to offer – my absolute favourite new pastime!! Connections to reconnect. Time to catch up!!

Gotta run! I love this!

Alex.

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How To Start Your Own Company

OR

Challenges?
We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Challenges!

So here I am once again at some ungodly hour with my brain spinning at break-neck speed, spewing countless ideas and plans for Romantic Shorts. What to do next. A new curve on an old plan. A tweak in the grand plan. A new goal. A new and improved goal. The next post for Romantic Shorts HQ.

Which brings me to the point.

I started this venture – can I call it a company if I’m working from my dining room (having recently lost my office)? ; I’m still hesitant at throwing around the ‘Publisher’ title; it’s not really a business until it’s making money. So I like the word ‘venture.’ It hints at adventure, challenge, excitement, fulfillment. I like it….

Right. So I started this venture, seriously and with conviction, about a year and a half ago.

One of the biggest incentives of diving into this, was pure and simple distraction it provided to one of – okay, the most difficult personal challenges I’ve ever faced: my oldest child began making really bad decisions, forcing me to make decisions as a parent that drew on a strength I didn’t yet know I possessed. Watching him struggle beyond hope has been the most unbearable experience I could imagine. How many times I wished him dead – both for his own sake and ours – I can’t begin to count – immediately thereafter being knocked over by a wave of guilt, remorse, worry and pure, cold, fear.

I’ve heard about challenges. I grew up with a dad who was a dreamer. He never really accomplished anything he set out to do. But he was always doing something. And we were constantly bombarded with one inspirational speaker/book/movie/idea after another. As a result, I, too, am a dreamer. But thanks to Mom and an incredibly supportive husband, I am also a do-er.

And so I know about challenges.

“Nothing’s worth doing if it’s easy,” “Bumps in the road,” “Sticks in spokes,” and all that.

What I didn’t realize 18 months ago when I committed to Romantic Shorts, was the variety of form and severity of those challenges. I had no idea what was truly in store for me.

And frankly, if some of the things I’ve muddled through recently are typical of your average business start-up, it’s no wonder so many don’t make it. I get why, if building your own successful business is the (North) American dream, not everyone manages to accomplish that. Nor do they even want to.

A slight stroke of luck led me to my hometown Hamilton’s new McMaster University Innovation Park the other day. We have an entrepreneurs support centre called Innovation Factory and I snagged a meeting with a couple young fresh minds the other day. Amidst all of the ideas and advice (and kudos!!) they shared, was a reminder that the Internet can be a big barren wasteland of connections. And that success will at some point require a more personal touch.

In my vast wanderings and wonderings of late, I had lost sight of that.

All of my most successful posts and ‘reaching-out’ campaigns have come from my heart. Straight from the person who’s doing all the work. I had forgotten that.

And now I share with you this post. And warn that it will be followed up with more about the day to day challenges I’m facing and sometimes even overcoming. That’s both therapeutic for me, and insightful for you, a reader whom I invite to return to enjoy our stories, or to write a romantic short story for us, or to contribute in a way that you feel might benefit all.

I’ll probably return in a bit to lament on the various challenges I do face. Not the least of which is the current crash of my beloved MacBook Pro, who has been with me every step of the way and whom I miss terribly right now as I type this on my husband’s laptop. (Again, an unbelievably supportive man.)

Now, if you’ll excuse me. I have to run. I have the incredibly overwhelming task of leaving the house at this still-ungodly hour to pick up said son from work. And I do not have the time right now, or the strength to hold back such forceful tears of joy at the pride and love I feel for this young man, knowing where he’s been, and seeing where he is now – back home with the love and support of his family, working and going to school.

Challenges are meant to challenge us. We don’t have to like it. We just have to do it.

Dream Big,
Alex Brown.

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