I am very pleased to welcome Helen Ginger here today. Helen is a member of a group I belong to, up here on cyberspace. Over the past three months I have watched a smaller group of fellow members, in fascination, as they decided to write and publish a collection of short stories together. To achieve this they collectively learnt the formatting necessary for Kindle and the shenanigans publishers have to engage in to self publicise their books:) All through e-mail communications. Impressive. Especially as the stories are all original, written specifically for this particular book, the authors had free reign as to subject matter with the proviso they had to connect in some way with The Corner Cafe. The book has turned out to be a great read. So here on the Red Carpet today is
The month of June has been a crazy time. Alberta knows what I’m talking about. We’re both members of a group called Blog Book Tours. I believe there are close to a hundred members. Months back, we began a project to create an anthology of short stories and publish it on Amazon for the Kindle. It went live at the end of May, so this month is filled with promotions and blog posts across the world. Some days the book will cost 99 cents. Some days it will be free. Even if you download it on a non-free day, you won’t feel cheated since all proceeds go to charity.
I’m happy to say I have two stories in The Corner Café. One’s short and one’s a bit longer. Here are the loglines for them:
Neree, who parked her beat-up truck, Gila Monster, in the senior parking lot, hopes to find it still there at the end of school, but what she finds is an unexpected possibility, in Gila Monster by Helen Ginger.
When a couple ski a black diamond run in a blizzard, the truth of what happened is in the blood, in One Last Run by Helen Ginger.
The Blog Book Tour was able to create, edit, publish and promote The Corner Café because we all joined forces.
In addition to promoting the anthology, I’m working to get the word out about my first fiction book. (I have three non-fiction books out with TSTC Publishing.) Angel Sometimes is a women’s fiction book. Writers tend to put a little of themselves in whatever they write. I put more than just a little of myself in Angel Sometimes. Angel’s life is not mine, but her job is. She swims as a mermaid in a bar/restaurant called The Aquarium. For three years, I swam as a mermaid at a resort/park called Aquarena Springs. So, most of what Angel does while in the tank — eating and drinking underwater, blowing air rings, doing backward flips and spinning dervishes, for example — were taken directly from my life.
Angel Sometimes has a plan: Go home to Oklahoma and ask her mother why she loved her one day, then threw her out like garbage the next. Since her mother was never going to come looking for her, she’ll go to her mother. To do that, she needs three things: her high school diploma, a car and a gun.
I wrote Angel Sometimes on my own, but even then, I joined forces. I have a friend who lives in another town about an hour and a half away. Her book, The Dividing Season, came out about two months ago. When I had questions about publishing in print or Karen had questions about marketing, we would meet halfway. One time we even checked into a hotel mid-way and invited another author to join us in the hotel’s boardroom for strategizing. We joined forces and both of us are better off for that.
Have you ever joined forces with other writers?
Helen has written 3 books in TSTC Publishing’s TechCareers series, as well as the above mentioned. You can find two of her short stories in the anthology, The Corner Café. Her free ezine, Doing It Write, now in its thirteenth year of publication, goes out to subscribers around the globe.
You can follow Helen on her blog, Straight From Hel on Twitter or connect with her on Facebook and LinkedIn. She is also Co-Partner and Webmistress for Legends In Our Own Minds® and the Coordinator of Story Circle Network’s Editorial Services.