Publishers sometimes request submissions on a particular theme.
I really like that.
Measureably reduces the vast black void of the abyss.
Among several others, both print and e-pub, that I mentioned some days ago, was a call by Freya's Bower - the sister-house of Wild Child Publishing - for a winter magic anthology of love stories.
That call attracted me, partly because WC's magazine saw fit to accept works of mine in the past, but mostly because I admire a pair of WC's editors/writers - Karen and Michelle.
The quality of its writers/editors recommends the quality of a house.
Fine and dandy.
I've been toying with various ideas (reality read: beating myself about the head and ears) for several weeks.
The problem in producing a loverly story is me.
I tend to write romance as a sub-plot.
That will not do.
My efforts so far might make interesting chapters for my WIP - which is very nice and not at all wasteful - but do not satisfy the basic requirements for the anthology.
From what I've seen cruising around, I'm not the only one with this difficulty. It's not enough to suggest a romantic attraction between characters, or add a few scenes with heavy breathing.
Unless the romance between principals is the casus belli/cause celebre of the story, don't call it, consider it, claim it, a romance.
Four weeks remain until the deadline.
I may manage to adjust my focus. I may not.