Hello, lovely peeps, Doris here with some somber Tuesday Thoughts. As you no doubt know I live in the UK which has been hit by three acts of terror in as many months.
I can’t even begin to describe that sinking feeling in my stomach when the TV gets interrupted for breaking news.
The latest attack was, of course on Saturday evening in London. You’ll all know the details by now, so I shan’t rehash the gruesome details.
I will only say this.
To those cowards who think they bring down the UK with their random killing spree of the innocents. Fuck you! and think again.
We are stronger than that. Hate will never win!
With that in mind, I would like to draw the attention of all you authors out there to this submission call for a charity anthology made by the awesome Lucy Felthouse!
As well as having been completely horrified and distraught by the recent terror attacks in the UK, I’ve also felt quite helpless. The latest attack at London Bridge spurred me into action—I might not be in a position where I can physically help victims, but I can do something. I can put together an anthology where all proceeds go to a charity that will help those affected. So that’s what I’m doing. Please consider writing something for this collection, and do share the call for submissions with anyone you think might be interested. Thank you.
United in Love (tentative title).
I want love stories about unity in the UK. About pulling together in the face of hardship and adversity. About solidarity. About positivity. I want heart-warming tales with a heat level of 3+—so hot romance to erotic romance. No closed-door sex or sweet romance. I’d like stories with a British flavour—so set in Britain. Authors do not have to be British or living in the UK, as long as the story has a British flavour.
I’m not looking for pure erotica, or BDSM/kink/similar. The emphasis is on love stories, and I’m looking to appeal to a wide variety of romance readers in order to maximise sales and therefore monies raised.
Stories should be between 3—6k (there’s a tiny bit of wiggle room, especially if your story is exceptional, but not much), with double quote marks around dialogue, double spaced, indents not tabs, UK spellings, and have been edited to the best of your ability. If you can get someone else to go through it once you’re done, all the better. I will be editing/proof-reading stories that are accepted, but the less work I have to do on that front, the more quickly the anthology can hit digital shelves and start earning money for charity. Stories do not have to be brand new, but they must adhere to the theme, and if they are previously published, please ensure you hold the rights to re-publish.
Which brings me on to the chosen charity. I’ve selected the British Red Cross. They’ve just set up a UK Solidarity Fund to help victims of terror anywhere in the UK—assisting with immediate issues and ensuring that victims and their families do not face short-term financial difficulties. All money raised from sales of the anthology will go directly to them.
I want to move fairly quickly on this, so the deadline is quite short, I’m afraid. Stories should reach me no later than 14th July 2017. Ideally, I would like to publish the collection sometime during August. Please send your story to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject: United in Love submission. Please refer any questions to the above email address.
Thank you so much for considering this, and please do share widely!
So there, you have it. I will try my best to come up with something for this anthology.
That’s all from me today.
Do stay naughty, folks.