Last year, one of our authors came up with an idea that quickly became The Christmas Tree Treasure Hunt - a novella written by several authors. Eight of our own authors climbed aboard: Joan Campbell, Jennifer Fromke, J.A. Marx, Ruth O'Neil, Debbie Roome, Deanna Klingel, Fay Lamb, and Sheryl Holmes all braved the unknown and poured their hearts into this project.
Then, to ramp up the excitement even more, I suggested we have a contest and invite writers to submit a chapter for possible inclusion in the book. And God sent us Marji Laine!
The project was such a success in so many ways (and the authors are still speaking to me and to each other!), the story so beautiful, and the response so fabulous, we've decided to do it again!
And this time, we're starting early!
We don't want to give away all the details at this point, but we need to provide you with a few of them so you'll know if want to participate.
A Ruby Christmas will be published in digital format in December. Details are still being worked out on how it will be released, but probably very similar to The Christmas Tree Treasure Hunt. Each participating author, and one guest author (potentially two guest authors this year), will each write one chapter of the novella. Each chapter will be 2000-2500 words in length.
Authors of A Ruby Christmas are: J.A. Marx, Jennifer Fromke, Marji Laine, Sheryl Holmes, Ruth O'Neil, Lynda Schab, Dianne E. Butts, Fay Lamb, Debbie Roome, Jerusha Agen, and possibly YOU!
If you wish to participate, we'll send you the details, and then you write a chapter that matches our theme. Deadlines for chapters will be April 30th. The participating authors and I will choose one, or possibly two, winner(s) out of all submissions to be included with the project. The winner(s) will be chosen and notified later this year.
The author(s) of the winning chapter(s) should have a blog, and be willing and able to use it during the promotional period.
Oh - and one particular change this year. We're specifically seeking INTERNATIONAL destinations this year, so if you're intimately familiar with an international location, please send Ruby to that location!
If you're interested in participating in this project, please send me an e-mail - editor [at] writeintegrity [dot] com with A RUBY CHRISTMAS INFO REQUEST in the subject line - and I'll send you more details. Serious inquiries only, please. Requests for information will be taken ONLY through March 30th, midnight (eastern time zone), so if this is something you think you'd like to do send me an e-mail now! (I'm headed to conference tomorrow, so you may not hear from me until early next week - I'll send out the information as soon as I can.)