UPDATE: The winners are…Tamara Kasyan, bn100, and ButtonsMom2003!
On June 30th, First Response: A Boys Behaving Badly Anthology releases! And it’s hard for me to convey how excited I am about this book!
First, I LOVE curating short story collections. My stories, not my stories. I love seeing what other writers can craft around a theme!
I began putting anthologies together for Cleis Press, and “graduated” to editing and publishing my own, with the help of my sister, Elle James. Why do I love doing this work? It’s my baby, start to finish. I come up with the concept, I advertise like crazy to entice authors to submit, and then I get to read tons of great stories while sifting around to find “the ones” that fit together best.
If you look at the right-hand column of this blog, you can see all the collections I’ve curated. They are varied, although of late, I’ve been having a blast with the “bad boy” theme. Rogues, Blue Collar, Pirates, Stranded… They’ve been so much fun. And Conquests, while not officially part of the series, started me out on the “bad boys”.
Another part of what I’m trying to do with these collections is to get all my authors read and discovered. I’ve been in this business for a really long time. I love that I’ve helped authors along the way find an audience. By offering all the collections for a pittance, my hope is that readers take a chance and read the books. This isn’t about making money. Seriously. It’s about being read and discovered.
What’s coming? Contests! Excerpts!
Over the next however long it takes, I, along with some of the authors, will be giving you glimpses inside the stories in First Response, as well as sharing a bit about ourselves and our inspirations. And there will be contests with prizes–signed books, gift cards, some free downloads!
We hope you’ll join us, and if you don’t want to miss a thing, subscribe to this blog!
And to start us off right, I’ll give away downloads of a Bad Boys Anthology, winners’ choices, to THREE lucky commenters!