~ Information for RLFblog guest authors ~
To request a guest spot on the blog, please visit the Sign Up page. (sign up)
To download an interview or guest blog format, visit the Author Interviews page. (interviews)
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 if larger), your author bio, book blurb, buy links for the book, and links to your social media. All of that goes into one of our author interviews (to keep formatting the same throughout the blog). 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. As of 1/1/18 No images other than the cover are accepted (with the exception of the Fiction Furbaby and Do It Write interviews).
RLF Blog Email
The email address for submitting material to the RLFblog is kayelle.allen @ yahoo.com (no spaces).
Who reads Romance Lives Forever?
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.
Who Owns Romance Lives Forever?
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.
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, you can send a 3d cover. I will resize to 300 px wide. If your 3d image is not legible at that size, please send a flat cover instead.
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. You can share an R rated book, but the material on the blog must not be above PG13. I limit #hashtags to mainstream material and while I host erotic books, I do not use erotic hashtags. I’m far from a prude, but I do want to extend the reach of the blog to a wide audience of readers. These hashtags are sometimes limited on social media.
Any other “no-nos”?
Because RLF is geared to a wide range of readers, I don’t take political posts, religious posts, and I don’t use covers that have nudity (including male behinds), incest (or pseudo-incest), age play, drug use, or vulgar language. My parents both died from smoking-related diseases, therefore, I accept 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). If unsure, feel free to ask. While my decision is final, 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. I use Yoast SEO for WordPress to maximize SEO for each post. Authors have input for this material on each interview.
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 RSS and email.
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 person in that category. To win, a guest must have five or more comments (not counting mine and the guest author’s).
On Google Plus, click the +1 and reply. This pops the share back into public view. https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/0-vpJE
Visit the blog’s Pinterest board. Save your cover to one of your own Pinterest boards. https://www.pinterest.com/kayelleallen/rlfblog-romance-lives-forever/
On my Tumblr page, like and leave a comment. Share to yours. http://kayelleallen.tumblr.com/
Check Twitter for mentions. Click the heart on each tweet to show the other person you’ve seen their share. You can retweet and/or reply with a thank you. https://twitter.com/kayelleallen
To get the most out of Facebook, if you have not liked the page itself, do that first. The more followers a page has, the more it is shown to other people.
1) Like the post on RLF Facebook page. Liked posts are shown to more people.
2) Leave a comment. Posts with comments are shown to more people.
3) Share from the RLF page to your profile and/or author page. Shared posts are shown to more people.
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This page was updated on 10/01/18