Paperbacks are A-Go Go

It’s been a big week for eMergent paperbacks with 100 Stories for Queensland and Nothing But Flowers finding their first home in an Australian book store. Many thanks to Chris, Fiona, Krissy and the rest of the staff at Avid Reader in West End. I’m told info about the books went out in Avid’s newsletter yesterday. It was wonderful to see them on the front counter, and tonight saw them also on the front table pile of books along with the latest James Bond book Carte Blanche, Leslie Cannold’s Book of Rachel and Max Barry’s Machine Man. In very good company.

Tomorrow I have to run the gauntlet to get 100 Stories into the hands of the staff at Riverbend Books and Black Cat Books in Paddington have agreed to stock it as well. Additionally Peter Pal, library suppliers in Shailer Park took stock of 18 copies last Friday and James Bennet in Sydney have requested a copy. Finding the time to keep up with it all is challenging (to say the least). Especially when my awesome office imp, Laura Meyer is located in Victoria!

Buy Online Direct from eP and Save

The online book shop at 100 Stories is up and running, so you can buy the paperback there for $19.99 + P&H (RRP $29.99 here in Australia). Same goes for Nothing But Flowers, $16.99 (including P&H – RRP $19.99) at the revamped bookstore on the brand new Literary Mix Tapes site www.literarymixtapes.com.

Tuesday is… Release Day

Not content to release just one book… I’ll be releasing TWO books this coming Tuesday(17th May) in an Amazon Chart Rush tag-team of epic proportions.

What’s a Chart Rush?

Readers are invited to purchase a book on Amazon, in a nominated 24-hour period, with the intent to capitalise on the volume of sales to move the book up the Amazon best seller list. The higher up the chart it is (we’re aiming for a spot in the top 100) the more visible it becomes to other readers who may go on to purchase it.

It’s all about exposure and helping new readers find the books.

This Tuesday

This coming Tuesday eMergent Publishing will be releasing 100 Stories for Queensland and Nothing But Flowers via an Amazon Chart Rush. We’re inviting readers to purchase one or both books  on that day with the aim of getting them into the top 100 selling books for the day (and beyond!)

By releasing both charity anthologies concurrently we’re hoping people will add one extra book to their cart on the day,  whether that be someone stumbling onto 100 Stories… or Nothing But Flowers for the first time.

If  you can’t buy on the day, you can add it to your wishlist. Every little bit counts to rocket the books up the chart.

You can find both books on Amazon and Amazon UK.

Nothing But Flowers retails at US$17.99 or ₤5.99

100 Stories for Queensland retails at US$19.99 or ₤9.99

What is Nothing But Flowers?

Nothing But Flowers is the second Literary Mix Tapes anthology and the first to make it into paperback. It started on the 6th January (a week before 100 Stories was launch) as a Valentines Day anthology with the brief to create stories exploring the challenges and complexities of love in a post-apocalyptic world.

With the flood disaster already weeks old, I suggested to the authors involved we donate the money generated by the sale of the anthology to a flood related charity. But I had no idea the disaster which was only days away and waiting to travel in the worst apocalyptic sense, down the Lockyer Valley and into Brisbane.

I worked on Nothing But Flowers side by side with 100 Stories for Queensland, in a crazy juggling act which was made possible by the wonderful support of Maureen, David, Trevor, Nick and all the other wonderful literary folk who read, voted and edited the stories of 100 Stories for Queensland in the first six weeks. When Nothing But Flowers was web-released on Valentines Day the hits to the site were the equivalent of selling 60 paperbacks in 48 hours!

The book has been getting rave reviews, so please, if you are dropping into Amazon on Tuesday to buy 100 Stories, consider adding Nothing But Flowers to your shopping cart! All funds collected from the sale of Nothing But Flowers will be donated to the Grantham Flood Support Flood.

Valentines Day Literary Feast

Forget the Hallmark Holiday… the 14th February, 2011 will be remembered not for the feeling of ecstacy or disappointment whenwe are noticed or forgotten by those we love or desire, the chocolates we did or did not get, the flowers we did or did not get, the cards we did or did not get… but the stories we got. This Valenties Day that is the one thing you can rely on.

Nothing But Flowers (Literary Mix Tapes’ Valentines Collection) launches in just over seven hours. The concept was conceived on the road between Ipswich and Brisbane, coming home from our brief holiday break in New South Wales. I”d been racking my brain for almost two weeks to come up with a suitable song (or selection of songs), weighed down the entire time by the prospect of an entire anthology of sappy love stories… which was not what I wanted to create and I’m pretty darn sure, the writers who were keen to be involved, were not interested in writing. As always, I wanted to create something different, left of field!

Several things happened on that 15km stretch of road.

1. Talking Heads Best of CD was and Nothing But Flowers came on (all the sweating on the right love song and I just needed the right ‘concept’)

2. The idea of creating a charity anthology inspired me to create a paperback, not just the online and eBook

3. The charity which first came to mind was a local women’s shelter and the idea of love after a post apocalyptic event was seeded.

4. By the time I pulled into my driveway I knew whatever money came in had to go to the flood victims in Queensland, whose apocalypse was very real.

This was before the flash flooding in Toowoomba. This was before the wall of water went through the Lockyer Valley. This was before Brisbane was flooded. This was before 100 Stories for Queensland.

A week later I looked at the highway at Goodna, around the same place where the idea for Nothing But Flowers came to me. It looked like a war zone… the road cratered from the aerial shot, huge sections ripped away by the sheer force of the water. I went from imagining an apocalpse to seeing it played out just up the road from me. It has been a freaky few weeks – reading and editing these stories, and watching floods and a cyclone ravage my home state. Not to mention having gone from sensible doable deadlines to a collision of three major projects.

The 26 stories which make up the entire collection (24 will be published on the web and 25 will we published in the eBook and paperback, including stories  by Paul Servini and myself)not seen on the web) run the full gamut of post apocalyptic life, both on terra firma and in space. The stories range from dealing with cancer to fleeing a fundamentalist government; there are  floods, earthquakes, viruses, war, disappearing animals and the open road. Love takes the reader from a take-away coffee mug to a gun to the head, from a fortune cookie to a guitar. You’ll never think of love in the same way again.

The 26 writers involved have pushed the barriers of apocalyptic thought and peeled back the layers to the most intimate level, to explore the way people love and allow themselves to be loved. The stories are horrifying and heart warming; they will rip at your soul, tug at your heart strings and make you laugh out loud.

I’m am awed at the stories in this collection and believe the stories are ones readers , reviewers and critics will be talking about for a very long time. There is not one soppy line, nor a single contrived piece of dialogue. And while the stories are littered with references to flowers, the only ones carrying bouquets are the walking dead.

The collection goes live at 9am (AEST) and will be available free on the website until Wednesday 9am. After that the book will be available for download as an eBook  ($4.95). Wednesday you will also be able to place your pre-release orders for the paperback.

How to get the good stuff!

You can like the official facebook page to get hourly updates with links to the stories.

Attend the virtual launch on facebook and go into the running to win one of four eBooks or a signed paperback, mingle with some well known names in fiction and see a bunch of authors behave badly without fear of a virtual hangover.

And of couse you can read and comment on the stories at Literary Mix Tapes.