I’m pleased with the final product of The UnValentine Anthology. The response of the public to the work of the authors and the cause of the charity to whom the proceeds go has been trememdous. PEERS Victoria is an amazing group of staff and volunteers who work hard to help sex trade workers find safe housing and empower them to pursue their goals. It is a wonderful cause that I’m pleased to help support. Many of the authors in this anthology have not been previously published and the impact on them and their friends/family is the best part of all of this. You can purchase it and other of our books via filidhbooks.com or lulu.com.
This spring we have also published a new and upcoming author,Kristoffer Law, in his first novel The Jagged Tree. The response of his friends, family and blogging fan base has been overwhelming. Never mind its a good book and I’m sure they will find as i have, that their investment in this young man is well placed – the support of a local author is not easy to get. I’m impressed with his ability to garner the support of so many this early in his career. Well done! Some authors really excel at marketing themselves and others are too “aw shucks” about tooting their horns. I tend to be the later, myself, and so understand it but prod and poke to get my authors to be more assertive about their talents and work.
I’m looking forward to celebrating the work of my first author client, Monique Jacob, who is about to launch her third novel called Bright Light. It is fascinating to listen to her talk about her process for producing novels. She’s amazing and it is very exciting to assist her in bringing her work to you. Her book launch is May 8th (7pm) at Solstice Cafe on Pandora St in Victoria, BC.
Getting published and having your work and your role as an author taken seriously by the world in general and the people in your life in particular is an onerous task with barriers and challenges at every turn. Much like job hunting, success as an author does not come knocking at your door. You must get out there and get your work heard/read. How do you do that? We have events called Double Dog Dare author readings. These are open mic events where you can read for five minutes and be heard by the publisher that hosts the event but also by your peers, friends and family. Applause is addictive. You want to hear more appreciation. You want to write more. The next one is April 1st – The Ink Slingers’ Shenanigans also at Solstice Cafe (7pm). We will have five minute prepared readings and an improv segment where we will write for ten minutes to a writing prompt. Best reading from the prepared and the improv segments will each receive a prize. The theme is Kissing the Blarney Stone. We want to hear your best load of blarney – no fooling!
Another way to get published is to submit to writing contests. We publish and anthology every year with proceeds to a charity. Authors get credit, a bio page and a bio listing on our website (filidhbooks.com) as well as one free copy of the finished product. This year’s anthology is Blood Moon Rising Anthology – short stories minimum of 3000 words with a theme of resurrection, reawakening, rebirth, resurgence, revival. Submissions to email@example.com by June 1, 2015. The charity chosen for this anthology is AVI (AIDS Vancouver Island).
We will be launching filidhbooks4kids.com later this year along with two new children’s books written by myself. Emerson’s Flight and Kaida are coming soon. We also will have a first children’s anthology called Village of Superheros Illustrated Anthology – short stories minimum of 1000 words with a theme of a hero/heroine who inspires or makes a difference in the life of a child/children. We will also be looking for original artwork and photography. Submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org by August 1, 2015. The charity chosen for proceeds of this anthology is SOS Village BC.
There is nothing like having someone say that they can’t wait for this new anthology because they enjoyed your work so much in the last one. There is also nothing quite like holding a book in your hand that has your name on it and your story in it. Of course, the best is being able to say “we’ve sold some of your books online and have some revenue for you”.
I absolutely love that I can help make dreams come true and that I can challenge some very talented authors to step outside their favoured genre and write a love story or a quirky funny bit. I love the look on their faces when they realize that they are damn good at what they do. I personally like when someone says, “when are you writing the sequel?”
but that’s another blog entry.
Back to work.