A year is a long time. Well a good three hundred and sixty-four days. If you don’t believe me multiply the seven days we have in a week with the fifty-two weeks in the year. Anyhow, I mention the year as that is the time that has passed since our first ‘Post’ was published. I wonder if Jenny Morton Potts realises that she is now part of our history?
We have had a ball. It hasn’t always been easy. To be truthful the submission numbers have at times been a bit of a disappointment and sometimes a struggle. We have always kept true to our initial ideals. We have only published what we thought was either interesting, unique or edgy. If we got all three of those, we were delighted. The writing always had to reach the standard that we insisted on.
So to all who we have published, to all the friends that we have made and to everyone who has submitted, we can’t thank you enough!!! It has been a pure privilege. We hope that you have enjoyed this past year and being a part of the site.
Now to The Anthology!
We are delighted to be associated with this. This book is a representation of the versatility of the stories from the site.
I think all of us who have worked on this must thank Diane especially. She has worked like a wee Trojan Beaver Bee. Her knowledge and input has been invaluable. She has grafted away for days on this and as I say, we must all thank her for her patience, skill and professionalism.
We have posted a page on the dynamics of the charity and would like to thank ‘The Book Bus’ for it’s acceptance of our proceeds. Believe it or not, it is sometimes difficult to give money away!! We wish them every success and hope we raise some awareness and funds for them. Please help with a few purchases. The links and information regarding how to buy a copy is at the end of this post.
Now onto our stories. Myself and Diane have put ourselves out there again. Fred Foote and Des Kelly have contributed. Please check out their stories this week and their back catalogue as they are two very versatile and skilled writers. We have a newbie to the site. Karl McDermott is a master of the short sentence. His witty story is worth a look and we are sure that he will also have a back catalogue soon.
I hope that on the 17th you all join me and my fellow editors and take a moment to pour out a huge drink of your choosing, look to the sky and toast the site that is Literally Stories. We will then look to the heavens and toast each and every one of you!!! Our respective Ambulance Services are on standby.
THE ANTHOLOGY: OPPORTUNITY TO PURCHASE:
So, yes it’s been hard work and time-consuming because we wanted it to be as good as we could make it. Out of respect for our wonderful authors and to ensure that anyone who buys this will feel that they have bought a well presented collection of short fiction. We hope that you approve. For those of you who have pre-ordered — thank you and for anyone else this will be available for purchase from all Amazon marketplaces on our Anniversary 15th November. Get it for your Kindle, your phone, your computer, your cat — oh your cat doesn’t have an iPhone — No problem. In response to several requests we decided to take the extra step and publish the book in Paperback and so you can also have a copy to hold in your hand. As with the e-book the proceeds from sales go directly to The Book Bus. So, if you want a happy cat order your copy either from Amazon or directly from Createspace it’s your choice . We do hope you like it.
Huge thanks are due to Angela at studioanjou for making us a beautiful all round genuine cover.
A final note — the book is also enrolled in the matchbook programme on Amazon so if you buy both you get a “deal” one for reading and one to brighten up your coffee table!!
What’s not to like?