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“The Picture Book” by Ev Bishop

You may have read my moving note here. Well, disregard it. I’m baaaa-acck.

My lovely website (Let me praise it, please. I need to in memorial) got hacked and as I’m the middle of Nanowrimo, I don’t have time or mental energy to spend hours fixing it right now. But I have exciting news I want to share, so what better place than here?

I’ve talked about Every Day Fiction Magazine before, and I’m thrilled to announce that they have published another one of my stories: “The Picture Book.”

If you, like me, love short stories, please hop over and read it—and comment, rate it, and share it if so inclined. Enjoy. :)

Happy writing and reading to you this week—and if you have a website, go and make sure it’s safer than mine was!


100 Stories for Queensland

As I may have happily blurted before, having a new story go to print never grows old, and today I’m thrilled to announce that 100 Stories For Queensland has hit the shelves. It contains my story, “Riddles”—about a boy and his Grandfather and questions that arise during tough times.

The anthology is chocked full of more than a hundred uplifting, heart-warming stories of every genre. In a year where there has been so much global bad news, it’s extra lovely to be a part of it. Plus, all of its proceeds got to the Queensland Premier’s Flood Appeal. )—and while the floods in Australia may feel far away in time and place to us in other parts of the world, for people still rebuilding, continuing help, support, and encouragement are crucial.

And on a similar note (great reads and great causes like charities and emerging writers!), I’d also like to mention another charity anthology, also from Emergent Publishing: Nothing But Flowers—a collection of 24 quirky short stories (including “I Dream of Cherry Pies” by my good friend and fellow writing fiend, Jen Brubacher) that in some way or another all celebrate and laud love—in the time of apocalypse. A little bit strange, a little bit odd, and definitely great fun.

Click on the covers to buy the books on Amazon—or, if you don’t want to splurge right now, add them to your wish list to help boost the books’ chart standing.

Happy reading and writing,
:) Ev


Ev Bishop on Ether Books

As some of you know, three of my short stories (“HVS,” “Wishful,” and “Red Bird”) are available through Ether Books, a fantastic forward-thinking publishing company that I can’t say enough good things about. Not only have they published my work, they supply me with an inexhaustible source of new short fiction!

I’ve been playing with the idea of promoting some of my work with video and since Maureen Scott, one of the gurus behind Ether, put a call out for Ether authors to share their sentiments about Ether Books in 30 seconds or less and post them on youtube, I’d thought I’d start there. So all that said, here’s me, Ev Bishop, on Ether Books. Enjoy!



When I have my office back under control, I may do short blip on each of the stories they’ve published. Stay tuned.

And hey, if you haven’t read “Wishful,” or “Red Bird,” or “HVS”—you don’t need to wait ’til there’s a video promo! Grab your iPhone, iPod, or iPad, download Ether Books’ free app here and check me out. :) I hope you enjoy them.


E-reading + Ether Books + short stories by me!

So how many of you found an iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch or some other e-reader wrapped in pretty packaging this year? I sort of did. My mother-in-law spoiled my hubby and me with a very generous gift and I decided to dedicate my half to my craft: an online writing class and an iPhone (Yay! I knew there was a reason I was still using my old flip-talk even though Bell has been telling me for almost five years that I’m “entitled” to a new phone). I’m completely excited, primarily because of the phone’s e-reading possibilities.

As a reader and a writer, I have always adored the short story form, but it’s become harder and harder to find short stories to read (and short story markets to submit to).

The boom of e-zines has been good for us short story lovers, however (especially the story-a-day sites like Every Day Fiction Magazine and Daily Science Fiction, but perhaps the saviour of the short story will be electronic readers, including the new generations of phones with their lovely do-everything-but-the-dishes apps and gorgeous screens. Perfect for packing lightly in your bag or pocket, you have a variety of reads available wherever you go. And what better read could a person have in transit or when waiting for a meeting than a short story?

Ether Books, a UK publisher, agrees with me so much that its whole focus is publishing “the very best short stories and essays from today’s literary stars and up-and-coming writers directly to your own phone.”

And, I’m ecstatic to say, Ether Books has acquired three of my short stories–all speculative in some way or another–for your reading pleasure (er, well, I hope it’s pleasure!): “HVS,” “Red Bird,” and “Wishful.”

I’d love for you to read them and share the word with any one you know who likes a weird little story–and don’t stop with my works. Ether’s “shelves” are full with a great collection of short stories and essays in every genre you can imagine.

Ether Books’ app is available for free here or by searching for Ether Books with your iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad.

You can find “HVS,” “Red Bird,” and “Wishful” by selecting New Releases (green button) or New Authors (orange button).

Just for fun, see if you can spot me in Ether Books’ “Our Authors” page. ;)

If you read my stories, let me know what you think. I’d love feedback.

Happy reading and readying yourself for the new year!

p.s. If you’d like a more detailed description of Ether Books, visit this post at BubbleCow (a great blog that you should be visiting regularly, anyway!).


From the Heart –

I’m always excited whenever I receive a new book or magazine that has something I’ve written in it–and receiving this wonderful anthology was no different. When I unwrapped the package of copies that arrived in the post today I actually gasped a little bit — From the Heart – A Collection of Stories and Poems from the Front Lines of Parenting is a simply beautiful book and photos of its cover don’t do it justice.

More important than the cover, of course, is the content. It’s packed full of short essays, poems, and personal vignettes about people’s personal parenting experiences–and from what I’ve read so far, I’m excited to read more. Its editor, Beth N. Davis, did a great job . . . . So yes, a very fun day for me. I’m looking forward to adding From the Heart to my rainy-stormy-crazy-weather to-read pile (Bring it on, Northcoast October, bring it on!).

The piece I have in From the Heart is “Simple Things” — a short essay about, if you can believe it, cud. Yes, you read that correctly: cud, “the stuff, like grass and stuff, that a cow chews and swallows and then regurgitates–that’s barfs up–and chews again for a long, long time . . .” Of course it might not just be about cud. You’ll have to die curious or buy the book! ;-)

If you’d like to read more about the anthology, its authors, or the great cause its profits go to support, click on the cover picture within this post and explore the From the Heart website. There’s a buy-it-now link should you be interested in adding the collection to your collection.

Happy writing and reading, everyone.

Cheers,
Ev

p.s. I’ll be drawing for kc dyer’s books, FACING FIRE and THROUGH THE WINDOW on Friday, October 15, so if you haven’t already, comment in the post just prior to this one and get entered in the draw!


From The Heart . . .

Dear All:

A few months ago I came across a call for submissions from Write for Charity and their anthology, From the Heart. I was happy to have the essay I sent accepted–it’s great to be part of a good cause. If you’re looking for some great summer reading–from a book that will help kids get the medical care they need–maybe consider purchasing a copy. :) And now, without further ado, I’ll let them explain a little more about the book.

Q: Tell me a little bit about this project.

A: From the Heart is the brainchild of the ladies at Write for Charity. After finding out that her youngest daughter needed surgery, our chief editor, Beth Davis, felt a driving urge to make a difference in the lives of children, particularly sick children. The idea of writing a book for charity had been thrown around our office for some time, but she jumped in with both feet to get it moving.

Understanding that writing a book in a short period of time would be an unrealistic task, the ladies went full steam ahead in search of collaborators. They searched magazines, the blogosphere and writers groups from around the country for the best and brightest writing talent they could find, extending invitations as they went. After sorting through over 300 submissions over the course of several months, From the Heart was born. The book is a creative collaboration of nearly 100 different stories and poems from all aspects of parenting. July 1st was the kickoff to our 90 Day Challenge and we’ve been moving ahead with book sales ever since!

Q. What is the 90 Day Challenge?

A: The 90 Day Challenge is a book sales drive that represents a goal that we set for ourselves and the collaborative authors who are choosing to participate. The goal is to jumpstart sales of From the Heart in the first 90 days by selling 10,000 copies of the book and raising a large lump sum of money for charity immediately.

The book is currently only available for sale on our website at http://www.writeforcharity.com, but it will be available at many other retail locations following the 90 Day Challenge.

Q: Why not make it available through a national distribution channel during your 90 Day Challenge?

A: We elected to sell the book at http://www.writeforcharity.com during 90 Day Challenge and wait to distribute the book into bookstores like Barnes and Noble and Borders and on website like Amazon.com due to the costs associated with a distributor. By selling the book on our website, we are able to control in house costs, raise profit margins and, in turn, donate more money to our selected charities.

Q. Who will benefit from this project?

A: The desire to contribute to children’s charities has driven this project from the very beginning. Since the minute we decided to publish this book, we knew that children’s hospitals and juvenile disease research foundations would be the beneficiaries when it came to fruition. All of the profits from this book will be split between various Children’s Hospitals and St. Jude’s Children’s Research Center.

Q: So, 100% of proceeds from this project go to charity?

A: One hundred percent of profits will go to our selected charities. Obviously with a project like this, you have printing costs, but other than that, we have committed all of the funds to our selected charities. Our authors have donated their work, our editors have donated their time and our graphics people have donated their talent. We are very lucky to have such a wonderful group of talented people involved in this project. For a list of contributors, visit http://www.writeforcharity.wordpress.com/the-authors.

Q: Tell us something we don’t know about your project.

A: Well, the biggest thing would definitely have to be the caliber of our contributors. We have several nationally recognized writers in our group of nearly 80 contributors and many of our contributors have been featured in nationally distributed publications, on popular websites or on television. Their willingness to donate their work to our cause is admirable and I know that everyone who reads this volume will enjoy their poems and stories. Together with our contributors, we have begun a grassroots effort to raise funds for our wonderful charities that is growing by the day. Their eagerness to help get the word out about the book is admirable and we appreciate their support.

Q: What’s it in for me to support this project?

A: The charity situation on a national level has taken a severe beating as of late. Many incidents of run ins with unsavory “charities” have appeared in the media in the past several years. Many individuals and companies have completely lost trust in those trying to do good work because of a few “bad eggs.”

Many individuals have contributed time and effort to put this project together. Our authors contributed their work out of the kindness of their hearts and our editor, layout artist and designers all contributed time as well. Because they believe in the mission behind this project, to help children in need, we hope you will take the time to support us and purchase a copy of the book. The book in itself is a fantastic product and by purchasing, you are helping a good cause.

Q: How can I support Write for Charity’s From the Heart?

A: There are a number of different things you can do to support the project. First and foremost, you can click here to buy a book! On our website, we have the ever popular blog buttons which I have starting seeing crop up all over cyberspace. You are welcome to download the “supporter” button for your own website if you are so inclined.

This is the first anthology we have done and with the success we are already seeing with it, we know it won’t be the last. Contact one of our editors at press@writeforcharity.com for more information on how you can contribute to one of our upcoming projects or help to support our current project.


Write


FROM THE HEART – an anthology for a good cause

I’m excited to be able to announce that the public presale of the Writers for Charity anthology From the Heart, edited by Beth Davis, is now open. All the profits from this book will go to children’s charities (specifically, Children’s Hospital and St. Jude’s Children’s Research Foundation).

Don’t feel pressured to buy, of course, but it is a good cause and I’m happy to have a previous column reprinted in within its pages–”Simple Things” an ode to my then little son and his song about, of all things, cud!

Public Pre-Sale Prices:
Single Book: $22.50 + S&H
Carton (six books): $130 + S&H

Books are regularly priced at $25 each.

To take advantage of the reduced prices please email the following information to presale@writeforcharity.com:

* Name
* Shipping Address
* Phone Number
* Number of Books Desired
* Payment Method
* Email (for invoice purposes)

You can also visit www.writeforcharity.com and click on “The Book” for more information.

And whether you’re interested in the anthology or not, I hope this finds you doing very well and enjoying your spring immensely! I will be posting a new entry later today or tomorrow, so come back soon.

Happy writing and reading,
Ev


“On the Wall” will be up at everydayfiction.com tomorrow!

I’ve been writing a fair amount of short stories lately–very short, like under 1000 words. These little tales are fun to write and also beneficial from a craft point-of-view. (I usually write them as a form of exercise, practicing something specific in each one.) Then, as more “exercise,” I’ve been taking the stories a few steps further–through an edit and polish and then submission (when I like what I’ve come up with that is. I don’t rework/submit every one).

Tomorrow (Friday, May 7) one of my short stories will be the story of the day at Every Day Fiction Magazine.Please go and read it and leave a comment: “On the Wall” by Ev Bishop. I’d love to receive responses!

Happy writing and reading this week, everyone!

~Ev


Every Day Fiction

April has been an incredibly hectic month for me. I keep thinking I’ll be able to post all about it–and then something else happens. Oh well, that’s life sometimes. I do have a little something in the works though . . . maybe it’ll get put up Monday?

Happy news for today though–I had a leisurely writing morning, yay! Complete with warm, delicious coffee after coffee, time to play on the Internet and about 800 words in my WIP. 800 words isn’t much to get excited about, I realize, but they were good words and I was excited by how quickly and HARD I fell back into the story.

In other good news: Every Day Fiction accepted a short story I wrote today, which was very fun for me, since I go to their site and read the day’s short story, pretty much every day. If you don’t already, check them out at: http://www.everydayfiction.com

When I know the publication date, I will post it here.

And . . . well, that’s it for today. Have a lovely weekend, everyone. I hope you’re out enjoying sunshine or inside curled up with a good book–or right, you could be writing–that’d be great too! :D

~Ev


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