Information, updates, changes, and forms for RLFblog guest authors.
The email address for submitting material to the RLFblog has changed as of Feb 1, 2017. Please send all material to kayelle.allen @ yahoo.com (no spaces). Thank you!
Romance Lives Forever is geared toward readers like you. RLF readers are open-minded, desire a variety of material, and are generally interested in all genres of Romance. Many authors read this blog, and are open to writing and marketing tips, how-to articles, success stories, and reviews of author services. The blog readers are an eclectic mix of people from various backgrounds, and include many not in the publishing field.
I do. I’m Kayelle Allen. I write Science Fiction, Science Fiction Romance, Contemporary Romance, Gay Romance, and Non-fiction. I have a personal blog, and I guest blog on many sites. Romance Lives Forever is my gift to readers and authors alike. I want it to be a fun place to find new books and discover authors.
I want to be a guest on Romance Lives Forever. What should I send? Where do I send it?
You will need a cover no smaller than 200×300 pixels (I will resize), your author bio, book blurb, buy links for the book, and links to your social media. Enter all that into one of the following interview formats and email everything to kayelle.allen @ yahoo.com (no spaces). Be sure to include the cover as an attachment, not embedded in the document or email.
Author and Character Interviews
Below are links to interviews. These are in rtf format, readable by any word processor. All require a book cover, blurb, buy links, and social media contacts for the author. The purpose for these posts is to make readers aware of your book, and to help you make sales. You’ll find full instructions inside each document. Click the titles to download the documents. The interviews open and download in a new window.
Sci Fi Story World Download Sci Fi Story World
This interview is for writers of science fiction and science fiction romance. It focuses on the creation of your story world, its language(s), culture, setting, characters, and ends with a chance to share your expertise and experience.
Is It True? Download Is It True?
This is a game in which authors answer 13 yes or no questions such as whether you have a pet, love sushi, or you lost sleep while writing this book. You can elaborate on answers as much or as little as you choose. It includes the cover, blurb, and buy links for your book, as well as your bio and social media.
Cover Love Download Cover Love
Cover Love is the easiest post. It’s also used as fill ins for unscheduled days. Feel free to send in your previous books to be used as space permits. Please use a new form for each book, and rename the form for the book.
Book Release Download Book Release
A book release includes a brief questionnaire about the reason for writing the book, favorite genres, etc., and then segues into an introduction for the story.
5 Easy Questions Download 5 Easy Questions
Five easy questions includes a mini-interview, book cover, blurb, buy links, and social media contacts for the author. Fast and easy.
Quick and Fun Download Quick and Fun
Quick and fun questions. A fast way to get your name out there and talk about your book.
Character Interviews (Let Your Characters Talk)
About Your Hero(ine) Download About Your Hero(ine)
About Your Hero/Heroine: The Character Sketch feature includes a book cover, blurb, buy links, character information, and social media contacts for the author. Make it as detailed or simple as you like.
Hero(ine) Bucket List Download Hero(ine) Bucket List
This post includes a character interview about things they’d like to do before they die, plus a short interview with the author. It includes book cover, blurb, buy links, and social media contacts for the author.
What is your character like when upset? These interviews let you explore that. Choose from hero or heroine.
Introducing Your Character Download Introducing Your Character
A thorough look at your character’s life and psyche. Lots of questions from which to choose.
Double Feature Download Double Feature
This special is available for $10. Similar to a “Cover Love” feature, it includes more info about the author and comes with extra perks such as a featured spot on the blog and being the cover pin on the blog’s Pinterest board. Contact me for more info. Only one (1) is available per month.
Write an Article Download form for Article
You may write an article if you prefer. Clicking this link downloads the Cover Love interview so you know what material to send with your post.
Do you take self-published books?
Yes. I am self-pubbed myself. RLF is open to all books.
Can I post covers of my books?
Yes, you can post one, in jpg format (no gifs). Don’t worry about size, but please add your name or the book’s title to the images so I can find them when downloaded. If everyone sent “mybook.jpg” it would be a nightmare to find the right one. Please attach the cover to your email when you send me your post. I cannot use embedded images. For boxed sets, please send a flat (non 3d) cover. I will resize if needed, but minimum size must be no smaller than 200×300 px.
Do you accept same-sex books and stories (M/M, F/F, LGBTQ)?
Yes. As above, no excerpts are permitted for any book.
What genres do you accept?
I accept all genres, but RLF readers primarily like Romance and its many subgenres. In addition, Regency, Historical, Suspense, Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Paranormal are big hits here. With apologies, I do not accept Children’s books. I will take older YA, so long as it is not geared toward children.
Do you have a heat limit or rating requirement?
Yes. Romance Lives Forever does not accept excerpts of any type. The blurb and other information should be rated at no higher than PG13. I limit #hashtags to mainstream material (#erotic vs #erotica, for example) and while I host BDSM books, I do not use #BDSM hashtags. I’m far from a prude, but I do want to extend the reach of the blog to a wide audience of readers.
Any other “no-nos”?
I don’t take political posts, religious posts, and I don’t use covers that have nudity (including male behinds), incest, age play, and because my parents both died from smoking-related diseases, no covers that depict tobacco use. Romance Lives Forever is privately owned, and if a cover or story pushes an envelope that makes me personally uncomfortable, I will ask you to submit something else. Generally, that limit only includes nude covers, incest, and satanic material (including books about Lucifer). My decision is final. Ask me about anything. I won’t bite you, ever. I promise.
What should I send?
Send one cover along with an article or one of the interviews as attachments. Info embedded in email changes format and with 360 posts per year, that is a lot of work to fix. The RSS feed to Triberr (which drives promotion) carries size limitations. You may list previous books but not links to them. I regret having to limit your post, but without doing this, the feed could be interrupted, and the promotion this blog provides might stop working.
What about contests? Can I hold one?
Contests and giveaways are not required. I don’t discourage giveaways, but I don’t permit Rafflecopter. The Federal Trade Commission defines giveaways specifically as things that are given away for simply entering a contest. Anything else (“liking” something, following someone, etc.) could be considered a raffle (paying for, or providing a service in response for a chance) and therefore might be taxable or prohibited by law. Authors who use them and want to provide a link may include one line referencing a separate contest available on another site. To enter a contest on Romance Lives Forever, readers may leave their name and email. No other requirements may be asked. I don’t encourage or require contests but I’m not opposed to them, so no space is given for one on the interview forms. If you would like to add a link to a contest on another site, place the information at the bottom of the form. Again – contests and giveaways are not required.
Do you review books?
No, I do not.
Is your blog SEO friendly?
I use keywords in every post, and label images. Every post is labeled with the author name, the book title, and genre.
Do you track page views on this blog? How many readers do you have?
I won’t share the exact numbers, but the blog’s reach via Triberr is 3.5 million, plus Romance Lives Forever can be followed via G+, RSS, email, and be read on Kindle.
On the first of each month, I present the top five bloggers with a beautiful graphic award. The top blogger of the month wins a free month of advertising on the site. The year’s top blogger wins a free year of advertising.
Because the person who gets the most comments in a month is not always the person who gets the most page views per month, I instituted the Top Chatter Award. This is the award for the person who receives the most comments. It goes to the top three people in that category. To win, a guest must have five or more comments (not counting the guest author’s).
Romance Lives Forever uses Signup Genius to schedule guests. The system also reminds authors of their visit. One post is available each day. If you choose a date, no one else will be able to take it, so please make a note of it in your own calendar as well. I will confirm personally. If you don’t hear from me within two or three days, feel free to follow up. The system will send an automated reminder three days ahead of your visit. You can sign up for more than one; however, each must be in a different month.
Reserve a date between March – June
Reserve a date between July – September
Reserve a date between October – December
Yes. If you own a blog tour service, feel free to sign up your client. Personal Assistants and Promoters please note: I spend a great deal of time promoting your authors, and to do that in a fair manner, I require their social media links as well as email. I will copy you on all correspendence, but I reserve the right to refuse anyone who does not provide this information. Romance Lives Forever is all about networking. Those who are not interested in helping their authors network should apply elsewhere.
What about mutiple author events?
A number of these have visited the blog. Contact me if you want more detailed info.
Like and share my Facebook post to your Facebook page. Shared posts are ranked higher on Facebook.
While you’re there, please like my page. I will be returning the favor for you.
Retweet the mentions on Twitter. You can also reply, or follow those who mention you. You’ll get an average of 40-50 mentions per visit to the blog.
Follow me on Twitter! Mutual promotion is always a good idea.
Use the blog’s hashtag #RLFblog for your own promotions. Retweet the hashtag when you see others use it.
I look forward to seeing your material on my blog. Please contact me if you need assistance or have questions.
This page was updated on 6/14/17