And so the torch has been passed.
Whether you’re remembering that famous line from JFK’s stirring speech or from the Olympics, it deserves a moment of reflection, a moment of respect.
In taking up the reins of the mighty powerhorse that is Romance University, Jen, Becke, Robin and I want you, our followers to know we do not take this moment lightly. We are thrilled and honored – yes, honored – to have worked with Kelsey, Adrienne and Tracey. The guests we’ve had on board the past three years have been stellar, the posts outstanding.
And we intend to keep it that way. =)
And now – a little mushiness from the new RU crew –
Carrie – A little over two years ago, Romance University put up a “Help Wanted” ad, looking for someone to join their little staff. I hemmed and hawed for all of three minutes, then dove in head first. I WANTED that job! A short time later it was mine, and not only could I read these great posts by even greater authors, but I could be a part of the team that lured these people to post here.
Even before my first official post on May 15, 2010, celebrating RU’s first anniversary, I’d followed the blog. When respected authors, editors and agents offer FREE tidbits to me? A budding author? You bet, I’m jumping in again.
My deepest gratitude to Tracey, Kelsey and Adrienne for starting this wonderful resource. My love goes with you always, and I know we’ll be BFF’s if ever we shall meet face-to-face. Thank you for letting me be a part of your lives.
Jen- There are lots of writer-centric websites on the Internet. But I’ve always liked RU because of its varied content and sense of community. When I was asked to join the faculty two years ago, I was flattered.
And then I went into full panic mode.
I’d been blogging for a few months, but I was still learning the ins and outs of WordPress. I had enough trouble coming up with topics for my own blog so naturally I freaked out thinking I wouldn’t be able to offer any worthwhile content.
But during my indoctrination, I learned a few things about myself. I’m not a techie person. I worried that I’d crash the site while I put up my first post. Yes, it took me a few tries, but I managed (with a lot of help) to get it right. Being tech-savvy is a huge plus. If it weren’t for RU, I’d still be muddling through.
I also discovered that romance authors are a generous bunch. The authors I invited to blog with us graciously accepted and were incredibly generous with their time and wisdom. We’ve had several posts on the same topic, but I love that each author offers a unique point of view.
I’m grateful that Kelsey, Adrienne and Tracey started RU. It’s a wonderful place where writers (and not just romance writers) can learn and exchange ideas. I’ve had the opportunity to meet other writers and follow their journey to publication. I was lucky to share the excitement when Adrienne and Tracey sold their first book.
I hope our readers will continue to support RU and use it as a resource. Most of all, I give my heartfelt thanks to Kelsey, Tracey and Adrienne for making it possible.
Becke – It’s been 1 1/2 years since I was invited to join Romance University—the time has flown! At first I worried I was going to fail RU boot camp, also known as behind-the-scenes training. I didn’t realize what a slow learner I was until faced with the technical aspects of RU. I’m sure I drove everyone nuts with my constant questions, but I did eventually figure it out. (Mostly.)
From Day One I was hugely impressed with the professionalism of the site and the dedication of everyone on the team. Tracey, Adrienne and Kelsey deserve major credit for coming up with the idea for Romance University, for implementing their ideas and for sustaining a high level of quality information for writers over several years. During this same period, Tracey and Adrienne were writing, submitting and ultimately selling their first (and second, and more…) books, and Kelsey was writing and moving not just cross-country, but halfway across the world. I am in awe of their accomplishments and wish them all great success.
I’ve had a great time hanging out here – not just with Tracey, Adrienne and Kelsey, but also Carrie, Jennifer and Robin. The RU team ROCKS! I’ve bookmarked more blogs by our Visiting Professors than I can count. Each of our guests brings something unique, and I always come away with newly gained knowledge. I know I’ve said it before, but it would really help if there was a way to instantly download every new RU post to my brain so I could access all that information on demand.
I’m still plodding away, writing and revising. I wish I’d entered the world of fiction fifteen years ago instead of only five—did I mention I’m a slow learner? Good thing I’m also stubborn as all get-out. I’m not giving up! 2012 is a milestone year for me: I’m going to become a grandmother this summer and, in a related event, I’m moving back to Chicago. It’s a year of new beginnings for me, and also for RU. In the words of Jenny Crusie, “nothing but blue skies ahead!”
Robin – I’m the newbie here at RU but I was a long-time follower of the blog. I was impressed by the caliber of the guests and the professionalism of the site and checking in every Monday-Wednesday-Friday became a necessity. Imagine my surprise when I received an email on Friday, May 13th 2011 asking me to join as a faculty member. (Some lucky things do happen on that day!) I’ll be a big girl and admit that I was daunted by the request and worried that I couldn’t live up to the RU standard.
I quickly got over myself and jumped at the chance to be part of something so awesome.
Once again I proved to myself that the best things happen when you just say yes.
I cannot express my gratitude for the amazing opportunities RU has given to me or for the gift of friendship with all of the RU crew. These women are truly the real deal. I am humbled that Tracy, Adrienne, and Kelsey trust us with their baby. We will not let them down and won’t let you – the reader- down either.
The New RU
There will be a few changes, we’d like to announce them now. First, we’re bringing in two new faculty members – a husband and wife team, Dave and MJ Thome. Dave and MJ, we’re happy to have you aboard!
We’ve added to our regular list of fantabulous contributors – Theresa Stevens, Sara Megibow and Laurie Schnebly Campbell – with Handsome Hansel, Ruth Harris and Adam Firestone. Toni McGee Causey will join us several times a year to teach writing workshops.
On the sidebar, we’ve included a link to Feedburner, so you can receive excerpts of our posts via email if you so desire.
We’ll be adding new features to our Facebook page, including writing links we think you’d like to know about.
But even with the changing of the guard and the passing of the flame, the most important thing we want you to know is that RU will always strive to provide the best – for you, our readers.
You deserve it.
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