La Boqueria market, Barcelona, Spain

So you want to participate in Sweet Saturday Samples, huh? Here’s how.

Every Wednesday at 10:30 AM Central U.S. time, the new weekly inLinkz tool sign-up post goes live. It will accept new entries until midnight Friday, two days later. Visit this blog during that time span, look for the latest “Sign-up link” blog post, and click on the cute little blue smiley face. I try to keep each week’s blog post the same as the week before, for the convenience of writers who are already too busy.

Please enter your sample book’s genre beside your name on the inLinkz tool, as well as a direct link to your blog. This is for the convenience of readers, who are generally looking for their favorite genres rather than books in general.

Your blog post should go live late Friday night or early Saturday morning; how early is your choice. The post should include a selected sample of your writing, either from a published masterpiece, a work in progress, or a finished story currently making the rounds of editors, agents, etc. This next is a suggestion, not a requirement, but please enable comments on the sample, so readers can converse with you, as well.

Note that Sweet Saturday Samples is open to all genres and writers. It’s not necessary to have a published work, because it’s never too early to attract a following. Your book doesn’t have to a) be romance, b) be any related genre, c) include romantic elements, nor d) completely exclude graphic sex or violence. All are welcome. The only links I’ll delete are those where writers are deliberately flaunting the guidelines or clearly haven’t read the instructions.

We do ask that your sample be rated PG-13, at the strongest. I can’t repeat this part too many times nor too strongly–Your book doesn’t have to be sweet, just the sample posted. This includes images. This weekly mini blog hop is intended to attract readers and introduce them to you and your writing. But some readers who don’t enjoy graphic violence or sex have quit attending blog hops, because they never know what they’ll click on next. By not including blogs with graphic sex or violence on the front page, in words or images, we’re hoping to create a haven to attract readers who prefer it this way.

If your blog has sexy images or gory pictures on the front page, consider opening a page dedicated to #SweetSat and remove the images from that page.

You can offer a prize on your blog if you like. It’s not required. It’s your blog, so manage it as you please.

Just after 10:00 PM Friday night, I’ll trawl through the submitted links, ensuring all’s copasetic. Once that’s done, I’ll post the “Sweet List” for the week, opening the blog hop to readers. (And that includes me, by the way. I’m a voracious reader with wide-ranging tastes, as well as a writer.)

If you have questions, feel free to ask. I’m trying to pull together an FAQ section, as well.



P.S. Hat tip to Bernard Gagnon as the taker of the tempting photo from the Barcelona market, above.


15 Responses to Instructions

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  2. mirriamsmyth says:

    I’ve been encouraged to participate by a fellow writer, and I’ve read the sweets from various authors, but I did have a question: can my sweet be a short story instead of a WIP or something I’ve already written/published?

    • the1940mysterywriter says:

      Sure, Mirriam. It can be anything you want to share with potential readers. And we’d love to have you join us.

      • mirriamsmyth says:

        Sweet (no pun intended), lol. I’ll join next week. The sweets the authors offer are incredible to read. Thanks for having a PG13 place for writers to share. :)

  3. Carrie-Anne says:

    If I’m understanding correctly, participants add a link to their blog during the sign-up time and then make a post with the sample on Saturday morning? Would it be possible to make the blog with the excerpt later on Friday or on Saturday evening/night? I ask because I’m religiously observant and wouldn’t be able to use my computer on Saturday morning.

  4. Guilie says:

    Just found you and I’ll be signing up next week. Thanks for the great idea!

  5. Thank you for the explanation. I look forward to joining next week.

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  7. I look forward to joining up next week! I write romantic sci fi and am always looking to share my romance with others :) So excited! Happy “sweet” writing!!

    M.J. Wille, romantic sci fi author

  8. Keta Diablo says:

    Hi Gunnar, do you have a #hashtag you use for your sweet saturday sample? i.e., #SweetSaturdaySample? so we can search on Twitter and retweet everyone’s post? THANKS!

  9. Keta Diablo says:

    Gracias! Nice meeting you too. I’ve marked the event on my calendar. Hope to see you soon. Keta

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