As many of you know, I’ve been editing stories now for Sizzler Intoxications, the new Erotic Romance line Sizzler Editions. It’s been fun and a learning experience when it comes to dealing with authors both old and new.
For starters, the newer authors don’t always need guidance and hand holding. Thank GODS! The ones that do, usually just need a well placed kick and some more sound advice so being flexible in communication helps here.
Having to corral authors into getting you information such as “where do you live” should be done up front for contract purposes. Also, it’s important to make yourself reasonably available during business hours, and if needbe, outside of those normal hours since most of us don’t work a regular 9-5 in our author schedule. But set boundaries. Or try to 😉
New authors and old ones are REALLY excited when you send them the contract. That’s a good feeling all around. As an editor, anyone I okay for publication gets just that, a chance to make an impact both financially and emotionally towards their readers and themselves. I’m encouraging new talent, guiding instead of being guided, meeting some really neat people and bringing something to the table that was needed.
For starters, my first published anthology has no story in it from me but rather, four talented authors, two new, two old hat, of erotic romance centered around Valentine’s Day.
In this anthology we have:
Daisy Harris. You’ll have to read the editing blog to get info about their stories but they’ll gladly share if you catch them on twitter or other social media outlets.
In other news, I updated my RomanceWiki page with some new information and background. This is an important part of an author platform. I’m half tempted to move part of it to the regular wikipedia but we’ll see.
And for those who remember “Forced Pleasure” my two bdsm novellas about women needing to submit to loving dominants, I’m almost done with the second story. I’ll post an excerpt later next week 🙂
Thank you for the shout Sascha, It was a joy working on this and I look forward to working on more anthologies with you in the very near future.
Congrats on the antho…Love the cover and can’t wait to read it.
I was wondering if you got around to reading our anthology “My Sexy Valentine”? based on your blog comment to Sascha?
As your new author who probably usually needed most of those loving kicks (g) I also have to thank you for th hand holding – those phone calls when you realized I was heading for a meltdown. Fortunately, my living in New York meant that my craziness hit while you were casually smoking a cigar, etc. relaxing.
But I must complain: they may not be as slick as Em’s and Daisy’s, but “Michael” and I have websites, too! (g) Come to think of it – better forget it – mine is still too much of a work in progress.
Thanks for trusting me for my first published piece – my stuff on NIFTY doesn’t count. Lots of fans, but no money.
Hand holding no… but something else maybe. *flirty smile*
You’ve been a godsend to this newbie for sure. Just turned in a piece for you, we’ll see how that works out and can’t wait for the Gay Sci-fi Antho to come out.
I try my best for authors I believe in.
It’s going to be a solid anthology 🙂
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