Thursday, June 21, 2012

THE CORNER CAFE -- Another Kind of Fast Food

About four months ago, Dani Greer, the fearless leader and Drill Sergeant of the Blog Book Tours, and den mother of the Yahoo! group BBTCafe said, "Hey, kids! Let's do the show right here in the barn!"

Er, I mean, she suggested we all learn the self-publishing business by publishing an anthology. So we did.

We wrote stories, Dani and Helen Ginger edited them, Bodie Parkhurst of Magic Dog Press did the cover, Bob Sanchez taught us how to format for Kindle and Dani made it so.

The result is called THE CORNER CAFE.

Now it's available for Kindle for $0.99. Ain't it purty? We enrolled it in Amazon's KDP Select program for 90 days. That means it can't be published electronically anywhere else, it's free to borrow for KDP Select subscribers, and we can make it free for everybody for 5 days during the 90-day enrollment. We could continue the enrollment for unlimited numbers of 90-day stretches, with 5 free days each 90 days, but we won't.

Next month, I'm going to walk us through formatting for Smashwords, and then we'll put it up there, formatted for multiple e-readers. It'll be free at Smashwords, and we want it to be free at Amazon, as well; we aren't doing this for the money, but for the experience.

Nobody wants the headache of doing bookkeeping for distributing the income, so any money the anthology earns will be given to charity.

My story, by the way, is "The Catfish Enchantment". If you've read my story collection THE KING OF CHEROKEE CREEK, you'll know the characters in "The Catfish Enchantment".

Now we're three-fourths of the way through a month-long Blog Book Tour for the anthology. From spark of inspiration to promo burn-out in a few short months. That's fast.

The tour stop today is at Straight from Hel. Hop on over and see what's on the menu!

Marian Allen
Fantasies, mysteries, comedies, recipes


Maryannwrites said...

This sure was a fun project. Not the techie stuff, but sharing space with so many writers and then this tour which has kept us connected and connected us with so many others. What a blast.

Marian Allen said...

There's nothing like a project to unify a group! That's why the Southern Indiana Writers started doing an annual anthology. :)

Unknown said...

This sounds so amazing. I would love to be part of something like that. It must have been such fun. I will definitely download it. Thank you

Marian Allen said...

Gwynneth, if you do download and read it, a review on Amazon would be most heartily appreciated. :) Doesn't have to be long, and it doesn't have to be positive if it happens not to be your cup of ... coffee. lol