Hi Everyone –
First off, I’m happy to announce that the winner from last week’s blog (selected by random.org) is Terri Dion!!!! Congratulations!!! Please email me at LdyDisney at aol.com J
I’m so excited to finally be able to announce that Forgotten Treasures: 25 Short Fiction Tales is finally available everywhere… I think? LOL
How can you be sure when you’re busy being the author, publisher, publicist, distributor, art department, etc.?
Then once the book is out in the world, you try so hard to make an impression, like making angels in the snow and wondering if anyone other than you will ever admire the winged beauty you just created.
And since this is my first indie publishing short story anthology, I also wonder about the best way to market it. Are there good pick up lines for Anthologies?
“My new book is just in… Justincredible!!” Ba-dum-dum
“My book is like a broom… It’ll sweep you off your feet!!” LOL
Okay so those were lame, but you get the idea, right? J
With the publishing world changing so rapidly, how do you stand out? Some writers go the traditional route with an agent, some are trying eBook publishers, and some are self-publishing with crazy low pricing or even offering their work for free. There no longer seem to be rules, or maybe the old rules are meant to be broken?
I’m going to try sharing a little of what’s inside the cover and hoping you’ll be enticed enough to take a chance on me and the stories lurking inside the cover.
Forgotten Treasures was a labor of love that came about after I completed a challenge issued to me by Ray Bradbury. It’s available as a 242 page eBook for $2.99 (That’s just about 10 cents per story! Such a DEAL! LOL) or in trade paperback for $10.00.
And here are a few handy links! J
ß Createspace (Trade Paperback)
ß Amazon (Trade Paperback)
At this point, I want to send out a huge grateful thank you to my blogging family who helped cheer me on to write many of these stories… Blogophilia gave me writing prompts that really helped me during weeks when I felt uninspired, and they always encouraged me every step of my publishing journey! I feel very blessed to have found such a nurturing online group of writers. You’ll find them in my Acknowledgments at the end of the book, and if you’re curious, you can find the group on MySpace and Facebook now too…
So here’s a sneak peek inside the cover…
Short stories were my first love in school. I remember reading The Lottery and The Most Dangerous Game for the first time, and being shocked at the emotions they inspired. Later I moved on to Edgar Allen Poe, Ray Bradbury and Stephen King and marveled at the ability they had to make characters come alive in so few words.
I was lucky enough to meet Ray Bradbury a few years ago, and I was struck by his passion for his craft. He actually made me cry when he talked about how deeply he loved writing.
Love. Fall in love and stay in love.
Write only what you love, and love what you write.
The key word is love.
You have to get up in the morning and write something you love,
something to live for. – Ray Bradbury
He gave me some amazing advice. He challenged me to write 52 short stories in 52 weeks. At first, I ignored his advice. I’d sold short stories before, and there wasn’t much money in it.
Then I realized that money couldn’t be the motivator. It was love. Pure love.
And every week I wrote.
As the year went by and I looked over the mass of stories, I realized what a gift he’d given me. Story after story, filled with new characters and places. His challenge helped make magic for me as a writer.
More importantly, he reminded me why I write.
The answer is simple…
Table of Contents:
Afraid of the Dark
The Curse of Hamelin
The Chariot Race
Demons and More
A Demon on the Drums
Internet Dating Secrets
In the Dead of Winter
Unemployed Muses Anonymous
Love and Loss
A Pirate’s Treasure
1530 Archibald Street
The Third King
The Business Trip
The Demon’s Christmas
I hope you’ll take a chance on a little indie-pubbed short story anthology! J And thanks SO much for all your support!!! You all fill this publishing journey with magic!
For Marvin Martian aka Blogophilia’s fearless leader…
I included “Angels in the Snow”, I also included not one but two pick up lines (LOL) and “rules are meant to be broken”.