#RainbowSnippets anniversary & an invitation!

RS5medThe one year anniversary of the Rainbow Snippets Facebook group is (loosely) next week. Yay for a year of queer snippetting!

First, I want to thank everyone for joining, participating, and telling your friends about the group. I didn’t think it would take off like it has and am grateful and a little verklempt by the turnout. You guys rock. ❤

I’ve been thinking about plans and goals for 2017 lately, and how to grow our networks and careers while deepening our feeling of community. Along with that, I’ve been trying to figure out how to use my blogs more (plural because I’m starting the pseudonym Charli Coty to, eventually, replace this one). Over the past couple of weeks I’ve tried to blog something (anything!) other than promo once per week. Even that much has been difficult. Maybe a little friendly motivation will help.

When I started this pen name in 2012 I was fairly active on @MondayBlogs. For those of you not familiar, it’s another no-pressure group that RTs blog links. I dipped a toe back into those waters last week and felt like I was the only queer at the party. It wasn’t a horrible experience, but it made me wish for a similar space for people like me. So, I’m thinking of starting something like that for queer content and contributors.

To that end, I’ve set up the Twitter account @QueerBlogWed and the hashtag #QueerBlogWed


Why Wednesday? Because I’m bisexual and Wednesday is the middle of the week just like my 3 is in the middle of the Kinsey scale. I’m not saying I’m a perfect 3, but I had to choose a day and this felt right. To be honest, no matter what day I chose it would still be a challenge to come up with something to talk about every week.

Every group needs rules, so this is what I came up with: post to your blog on Wednesday and share on Twitter using the #QueerBlogWed hashtag and/or @QueerBlogWed. No promo, just like here in #RainbowSnippets. Your posts don’t have to be long, just a few paragraphs that aren’t BUY MY BOOK. All the social media experts say to engage on a personal level and grow your network through genuine interactions—that’s my vision for @QueerBlogWed, a space that’s by, for, and about everyone under the rainbow.

Just like in the Rainbow Snippets group no sign-up is necessary and we’re all free to participate when it works for us, and take weeks off when it doesn’t.

Who knows, maybe it’ll take off and we can all meet new bloggers and Tweeps, and have a little fun. Maybe queers outside the genres we write in will join us–everyone under the rainbow is welcome, not only authors.

Maybe the best part is you won’t have to wait for me to get started in the morning! Whenever Wednesday starts in your time zone, that’s when you can startblogging and tweeting about queer lit, queer politics, writing, cooking, your vacation, or anything else your heart desires to blog about.

Consider this your invitation to join #QueerBlogWed on November 30th.

What do you think? Any comments, questions, and suggestions are welcome.



Team Taste the Rainbow Blog Hop!

If you’re looking for my snippet, click here or scroll a little. Or, you could read on and then click or scroll. 🙂

Welcome to my Team Taste the Rainbow Hop post!

Draven St. James organized this hop to celebrate one year as a published author. Thanks and congrats Draven!

This hop is all about celebrating the lovefest that is the LGBTQ reading/writing community. It feels like I’ve been looking for this all my life (and no, I won’t be taking numbers here ;)).

Back in the 90s—when all submissions were on paper, and a rejection where the editor/agent didn’t half-destroy your manuscript before cramming it into the SASE was a big deal—I wrote queer fiction. My protags were usually bisexual women, but they had friends and family across the rainbow. With every “the writing is great but I can’t sell this” I felt a little more discouraged.

Fast-forward to 2012. With the encouragement of a lovely friend, I submitted to Dreamspinner. That first sub didn’t fit the anthology call but by February of 2013 DsP had contracted my first novella, and in one month they’ll release my first full-length novel!

Okay, now it’s time for the good part. My hop prize is any of my Dreamspinner stories that are released. Your choice! All you have to do is tell me the last queer book you read and why you chose it. Easy-peasy.

Don’t forget to visit all the other stops and spread the love!

Click here to get to the linky list!

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