Neglecting this blog has left me with an uncomfortable feeling,
…like a woman who’s cheats on her man,
… or like a mother who substitutes cake for carrots in her child’s lunch.
I’ve been bad and I feel I owe you, my regular audience who I love dearly, an explanation.
How it Started
Less than a week ago I read an article in the RWR (ie., the Romance Writers of America magazine) about the importance of cross-promotion in the crumbling and evolving publishing world. None of the ideas were new to me, but for some reason they struck my noggin harder than usual and I decided to start a group blog. My plan was simple. I’d gather a few people who write suspense and we’d create a destination blog, a newsletter, and … The list went on.
I mentioned it to four friends and boom, we gathered fifteen like-minded writers in a couple of days.
The group is amazing. I’ve never worked with such energetic, creative and talented people. Everyone jumped in and volunteered to do whatever they could to move our project further. In less than a week we have developed an exceptional, collective blog, Sisters of Suspense , SoS for short, and are on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. A couple posts have been put up, an enormous giveaway is being collected and a newsletter is being developed. Like I said: amazing.
Who are my Sisters?
Pat Amsden, Sister of Romance and Mystery
Sarah Andre, Sister of Riveting Suspense
Vicki Batman, Sister of Sassy Writing
Jacqui Biggar, Sister of Romantic Suspense with Attitude
Sam Bradley, Sister of medical Romantic Suspense
Jo-Ann Carson, Sister of Smart ‘n Sexy Suspense
Veronica Forand, Sister of Heart Stopping Suspense
Joanne Guidoccio, Sister of Reinvention
Jeannie Hall, Sister of Dark, Angsty Suspense
Kathryn Jane, Sister
Melissa Keir, Sister of Small Town Suspense
Marian Lanouette, Sister
Jacqui Nelson, Sister of Wild West Suspense
S.A. Taylor, Sister
Marsha R West, Sister of Second Chances
What’s the Crazy Part?
I hardly slept.
I love the SoS blog format. It’s got really cool features. Working on it is like driving a Cadillac instead of a rusty old scooter, but some of those shiny additions aren’t easy to set up and it has taken me time to figure them out. But it’s up and running. And she’s beautiful.
The same week I was working through theses cyber-kinks, I struggled with formatting issues for the print version of my novella Lovin’ Danger which launches in two weeks, made final tweaks on the ebook version and tried to live a normal life.
Yeah, it wasn’t normal.
But ooooh, it was fun. The only thing more exciting than starting a new venture that you know, you just know in your bones is the-right-thing-at-the-right-time, is doing it with a group of friends. It’s been a rush.
What About This Blog?
I’m back. I’ll be blogging here as usual in my random but regular way. My focus will continue to be about me and my life as a writer, publisher and entrepreneur. Occasionally I will reblog posts from the other blog.