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“What Happened in Vegas??” Blog Hop Signups
Huge thanks to Prism for hosting this post on short notice! 🙂
On Friday, when the US Supreme Court announced its decision in Obergefell v Hodges that made marriage equality the law of the land, my Twitter and Facebook feeds exploded in glee. In amongst all the celebration, I posted a silly little tweet:
Hey! Gay couples can actually wake up married in Vegas now! #tropiesttropes
— Shae Connor (@shaeconnor) June 26, 2015
(Yes, yes, I know that same-sex marriage has been legal in Nevada since October. But now those marriages will be legal nationwide!)
Within minutes, I had a bunch of replies, favorites, and retweets. The cross-post Facebook status got a similar response.
Hey, I thought. We should do an anthology!
Problem is, anthologies take a lot of work and time, and I didn’t want to wait that long (and didn’t have the time for that much work). But then I had another idea: what about making it a blog hop?
I talked to William and Lori at IndiGo Marketing & Design to see if they’d be willing coordinate, and they said yes! Yay!
Here are the deets:
“What Happened in Vegas??” Blog Hop
To celebrate marriage equality in the United States, and to benefit LGBTQ+ charities
How it works:
Participating authors will write short stories (preferably under ~5,000 words) that focus on same-sex couples waking up married in Las Vegas. Each author will choose an LGBTQ+-focused charity to highlight. Authors will submit the completed story, charity information, and a brief bio/author pic to a participating blog for posting as part of the Hop.
The Hop period will run August 1–31, 2015. Blog coordination and promotional graphics will be provided through IndiGo Marking & Design.
You’ve got questions? I’ve got answers!
Q. Does the story have to have the characters waking up married on accident?
A. Nope! Your characters can be waking up the day after they elope, or they have a huge ceremony, or whatever you like. The only requirement is that they wake up the morning after getting married in Las Vegas.
Q. Do the characters need to be original?
A. They need to belong to the author of the Hop story (that is, no fanfic). However, characters can be from an existing story or universe. If you want to write a marriage story for characters from one of your previous stories, go for it!
Q. Is it okay if my characters are female?
A. Absolutely! Also, while the Hop was prompted by the decision that made same-sex marriages legal (which means couples who are legally M/M or F/F), we also welcome stories featuring, for example, other genders or polyamorous relationships. Our only request is that story not focus on cisgender male/female couples (though they may certainly be part of the story).
Q. How do I sign up as an author?
A. Go HERE to sign up. You’ll be matched with a blog for your post and contacted directly for posting details.
Q. How do I sign up as a blog host?
A. Go HERE to sign up. You’ll be matched with an author and contacted directly for posting details.
Q: What about copyright and all that?
A. Other than the use stated above (that is, the blog post itself), authors retain all copyright and distribution rights to all stories submitted as part of the Hop. Once the Hop period ends, authors may repost stories freely as they choose. We do ask that authors wait until after the end of the Hop period to post their story elsewhere.
Q. What are the participating authors and blogs?
A. We’re just getting started with signups. A complete list of authors and blogs will be posted in advance of the start of the Hop.
Q. Who do I contact with more questions?
A. Email me, Shae Connor, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hope you can join us in having a little celebratory fun. 🙂
About the Author
Shae Connor lives in Atlanta, where she’s a lackadaisical government worker for a living and writes sweet-hot romance under the cover of night. She’s been making things up for as long as she can remember, but it took her a long time to figure out that maybe she should try writing them down. A member of the Romance Writers of America and the Rainbow Writers chapter, Shae was first published in 2010, and her third novel, Wayward Son, was released May 11, 2015, by Dreamspinner Press. Shae is part Jersey, part Irish, and all Southern, which explains why she never shuts up. When she’s not chained to her laptop, she enjoys cooking, traveling, watching baseball, and reading voraciously.
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
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