When Jami Davenport, Cristal Ryder and me decided to do an anthology together, I wondered what it would be like. Our stories didn’t interrelate, but they did all spring off
one of my stories, so they all had to make sense for that. Then we each had to do edits, approve the cover, write the blurbs, and set up the promotion. That’s a lot of things for three very busy authors to coordinate.
Yes, a lot of things to coordinate and still like each other at the end of the process.
Here’s how you do it: communicate, communicate, communicate. And then communicate. And communicate some more.
Oh, and pick a great publisher (aka Sybarite Seductions) and great editors (Michele Jensen and Lori T. Peaks). Those help too.
How did we communicate? Well, since Jami lives in Washington State, I live in New York State and Cristal lives in Ontario, Canada, we communicated through e-mail. Your mileage may vary, but it worked for us.
What did we do if we had a difference of opinion. Well, being erotic romance authors, had we been in the same area we would’ve simply stripped down, gotten in the mud, and settled the problem. But we’re not in the same area, so we had discussions. Lots of them. And we usually took the advice of the person who had the most interest in the decision or the most at stake. That made things easier too.
In the end, we did what was best for the anthology. And now that it’s releasing, we’re totally excited about how it came out, and we hope you guys take a chance on it! You won’t be sorry (we hope).
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Sybarite Seductions: http://www.sybariteseductions.com
Cassandra Carr: http://www.booksbycassandracarr.com
Jami Davenport: http://www.jamidavenport.com
Cristal Ryder: http://www.cristalryder.com