Friday, February 01, 2013

I'm a Blog Killer

You probably already know that the Killer Fiction ladies are all making our final curtain calls. But just from blogging.

We'll still be around in all our own hideouts (mine are and Facebook), as well as at the Killer Fiction Facebook page. And really, that seems to be the way things are going these days -- interaction moving to social media rather than the blogosphere.

So don't be sad. You can't get rid of us that easily. (Besides, where would you hide the bodies?)

Plus, we're working on a sooper sekrit project that I think you'll LOVE. It's very excited. So stay tuned!

Anyway, as part of my own swan song, I wanted to take a moment to thank Gemma for making the initial suggestion that resulted in inviting me to hang out with y'all. I was just a baby in the world of publishing (still am!) and had just had a baby (and then had another), and it was such a thrill to get to play with the Big Girls.

But like I seem to do, I killed this blog.

No really! I'm a blog killer.

I used to blog with the Fictionistas, a fantastic group of (then) YA authors, consisting of me, Kristen Painter, Gwen Hayes, Melissa Francis, and Rhonda Stapleton. But as time went on, our writing habits diverged (not everyone was writing YA anymore) and eventually we decided we'd rather, well, you know, write our books than a blog, so now we continue to have an email loop for friendship rather than cross-promotion.

Then last spring I joined YA Indie, which was a vibrant community of indie-published YA authors, blogging about writing and publishing. Two weeks ago, the YA Indie blog founder Dalya Moon decided to restructure the focus since she was no longer focusing on YA and should spend more time writing books than blogging about books, so instead of a daily blog about self-publishing, it  became Heck YA! Indie, which is a twice-a-month-ish blog put out by Dalya herself.

And now the Killers have decided to suspend the blog.

What's the common theme here? I'd like to say it isn't me, but well, would that be entirely true? Sure, I doubt I myself killed any of these blogs, but I did happen to be a contributor to each of them and now they're gone.


Right about now, my blogmated at the Ruby-Slippered Sisterhood should probably be worried.

Anyway, thank you to the Killers for letting me come play, and also for the friendship. And thank you to my readers for loving my books. Come join us on Facebook!

And if you're in the DC area, come join me on Sunday, February 17 at the Arlington Rooftop Bar & Grill for the first Romance Lovers Get Together. You'll enjoy complimentary drinks and appetizers -- including a specialty cocktail named by Washington Loves Romance readers -- in a fun, casual atmosphere. Prizes, including a huge gift basket stuffed with all kinds of book goodies and a $50 Amazon gift card, will be given away.

And not only will it be fun, but you'll be raising money for an excellent cause. All profits generated during the event will go to the Washington Literacy Center.

See ya!

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