Today we would like to say thank you to Chantal Bellehumeur, a very talented Canadian writer we have had the honor to work with several times this year. Chantal invited us to participate in a Writing Process Blog Tour. This is our first ever, and we are very excited to take part.

Here are the rules for all of you who would like to participate in this blog tour

Rules:
1. Introduce who referred the blog tour to you.
2. Answer the following four questions:

1) What am I working on?

2) How does my work differ from others in the genre?

3) Why do I write what I do?

4) How does my writing process work?

3. Introduce the people you are passing this on to who will then post on their blogs.

We met Chantal through Facebook. She joined us on our women writer’s anthology Aspiring to Inspire, a collection of works by women writers that stayed at the Smashwords #1 slot in its genre for over two months. She has also worked with us on Words of Fire and Ice, Summer Shorts II: Best Kept Secrets, and our upcoming It’s About Living, our 2014 memoir anthology. Chantal is a very talented mulit-genre author with numerous books available, including her recent memoir My Memoir of Motherhood, her feel-good book Not Alone, and Emily- A Compilation of Short Stories. You can find out more about her by visiting her website: http://author-chantal-bellehumeur.webnode.com/. You can also check her out on our Author Page.

Currently we are working on our memoir collection due out next month. This is turning into a really great collection, and we are really excited to see it come together. Submissions end on August 25, 2014, so there is still time to get a piece in for consideration if anyone is interested.

As far as how our anthologies differ from other anthologies, the best way to think about this would be in our overall approach. We feel that these collections are a group effort and that every writer is vital to the book’s success. We hope to help each writer involved by introducing new readers to new authors. We have a good many authors who write with us, and we are always looking for new authors to help. We offer unlimited e-book editions of the collection to all writers included via Smashwords to share with whomever they would like. This is really different from other places.

We create our anthologies for the express purpose of helping other writers. We have found that when authors team up and work together big things can happen. Five of our seven anthologies have hit #1 on Smashwords, and the other two have made it to the top ten. That is an amazing accomplishment, and each writer involved deserves the credit. Way to go!

When we plan a collection, we think of what we would like to incorporate. We focus on how we can involve and connect the collection without narrowing our focus to one set topic. We also try to find something that speaks to the heart.

 

We’ll be passing this on to April J. Durham at her personal blog: http://bewilderedwriter.blogspot.com. April formats and designs covers for our collections and is a writer with a recent book out.

Second, we will pass this on to Patrick Durham at http://patrickshanedurham.blogspot.com/. Patrick has several projects he is working on as well.

We will also pass this along to Mellissa Black, a writer who has worked with us numerous times–enough to be considered a “house writer.”  http://terminalsunshine.com/

Please feel free to join in by posting a link to our blog and following the rules laid out above. We hope you’ll join us!

Best wishes and God bless,

The Durhams

Writing Process Blog Tour