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Seeing Writers Grow Is Worth Everything

I originally set out on my quest to build Romantic Shorts for a slew of good reasons: for me, for my family, to build something from nothing, to help others, writers, their careers, their families, readers, to meet people… You get the idea.

As I’ve been spending more and more time back online, still wading through hundreds of email messages, some as old as three full years now, I’ve been tiptoeing gently, a little wary of the kind of response I’m going to get from people who expected a reply from me a lifetime ago. As it turns out, this is one of the most exciting tasks I’ve ever taken on.

Opting for a humble and honest approach, I’m responding to all of those emails, queries, and manuscript submissions, one by one, and, more often than not, finding myself moved to tears. You guys are amazing people!

Everyone has been so understanding, so supportive, and incredibly friendly. Having to reject a story submission almost three years after its author saw fit to entrust me with it is a daunting prospect. But all have led to short and long conversations about where they are now, what has changed, and how far life has led them. And I am having great fun learning how life has gone on while I hid. I didn’t expect this.

But the one who prompted me to write this post, young Christopher, has me smiling sunshine this morning. At 18, Christopher sent me a story that, while it showed hints of promise in the writing, was not a fit for Romantic Shorts at all. I emailed him yesterday with my reply, hoping to encourage more than not, but had to reject the story on many levels.

I woke this morning to his reply. He has since grown up. Kept writing. And has taken that awkward little story and fleshed it out into what now looks like a promising novel. He sent me the first chapter. His writing has grown far more than I’d think two years should allow. His ideas are fresh and enticing. And his future as a writer looks quite exciting. I found myself reading his update feeling a pride that has nothing to do with me.

It seems that, even in my absence, Romantic Shorts has been working away, out there in cyberspace, plugging along without me, doing good, helping others, and making a bit of a difference.

And after all, isn’t that what we all want from our children?

It’s a good day!

Alex.

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The New Contender in Online Romance Publishing

Romantic Shorts is about to explode. After months of excitement and anticipation, and despite my own recent personal tragedy, it is with an unexpectedly overwhelming energy that I announce the next stage in our venture!

We have momentum. (Loud, extended screams of celebration and one heck of a happy dance!!!!)

A fine looking chart!!

A fine looking chart!!

With growth to over 3,000 views per month, translating into hundreds of readers stopping by to check out our romantic short stories, it’s time to hit the overdrive button. And so, Romantic Shorts is proud to announce that we are now offering our writers a little more than a promotions page, readers, and a leg up.

Our submission guidelines have been updated to reflect these changes and we welcome all writers of romance to consider submitting a romantic short story for online publication at Romantic Shorts. This year brings with it new focus on marketing, advertising, and recruitment. With the drive we’ve created, and clear direction – still and always aimed at the promotion of writers, enjoyment of readers, and commitment to advertisers – the future of Romantic Shorts is brilliant!!

Check out our new guidelines. Consider writing for us. We’re currently shooting for 50 stories per year, with the expectation of being able to offer 200 per year by 2015. There’s room for all of the best quality works – so feel free to share the news with fellow writers!!

Our renewed determination is only limited by the boundaries of our imagination. Let’s see what this baby can really do!!

Alexandra Brown,Founder and Chief Operations Manager.

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Isn’t Romantic Shorts Just Romantic Guest Blogging?

The short answer is, yes.

The long answer is slightly more detailed, but doesn’t really change the short of it.

Romantic Shorts is looking for 4,500-6,000 word romantic short stories (blog post) to publish (post) on our website (blog). In return, the author receives a feature page (guest bio) and links back to all of his or her own works, websites, blogs, etc. Over time, the mutual help network that we create and build together becomes a sort of GO-TO place to learn about writers, their work, and their news, in addition to, before, or because of some relationship the reader already shares with the writer. In other words, Romantic Shorts is a place where writers can be introduced, read, seen, and loved. Readers who enjoy your stories here at Romantic Shorts, will seek out your own websites, other articles you’ll publish, and books you may have for sale.

I bring this up today, because I found this clip this morning that really explains, in four short minutes, how you can use a site like Romantic Shorts to help build a following for your writing. And in the end, that is the goal of every writer: readers!

And in the end, what you do with that following, is up to you…

Check out the video clip. It’s quite interesting.

Alex.

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