Its small potatoes (no pun intended) but I just recieved the inviitation to my first book launch:
Aside from reading to a captive audience, the scariest thing is that, in this case (with a short story in a limited edition anthology), there is no preview for the authors. We don't know how our work has been edited for publication. Surely they have made improvements, but still...
It is an honor to be included in this unique book. A similar volume is produced every year and the quality of work is usually excellent. Although quite different from being a sole author, it remains gratifying and rewarding to be part of this since I will be encouraged, supported, and surrounded by incredible peers. I am honored to be in their company.
As already mentioned, this book is published as a limited edition. It is available in trade paperback print format only and when they sell out (which they usually do), there will be no reprints.
I can't say that mine is a noteworthy story, but it is dear to my heart: a true tale of events from a few months in the life of a remarkable, feisty, funny woman who was strong and relentlessly independent before women were allowed to vote. It is a vignette taken from often unbelievable events that involved - or we're caused by - my Irish grandmother. (This brief glimpse at her character is enough to prove to that my temperament is more than a little genetic!) To put it mildly, she was a "piece of work" memorable enough that the Amprosia judges chose to include her with the winners of this year's prose competition. In fact, they were surprised to learn that at least one scene they initially thought superfluous to the story was, indeed, an actual event and merely another few hours in the life of my subject. There is a book waiting to be written in her story. Someone once told me that, had he known her, she would surely have been a character in Frank McCourt's bestselling novels.
As one of the anthology authors, I am able to pre-purchase copies of the book at less than retail cost. If by chance anyone is interested in reading some great short stories by (and supporting) new authors, let me know via PM and I'll give you the details. Please
do not feel obligated in any way. I am making the offer only because I've received inquiries. "Amprosia" is a fairly small book (I'm sorry that I don't know the page count but previous anthologies are 100 to 200 pages). It will sell for $18 after the launch. Pre-orders through me are $12 USD, plus about $5 for shipping. Have a signed copy and you can say that "you knew me when", plus this may be my one and only published prose which makes it a collector's item. The order must be placed by midnight EST on Friday, May 17th.
Since it is excruciating for me to sell anything, I can't believe I typed that.
Now waiting for the sky to fall,
Chicken Little, Author
(aka Scrubs) This post has been edited by oldjedinurse on May 9 2013, 05:01 AM