Book Updates

Palpable Imaginings (an anthology of Fiction short stories) and Heart Whispers (an anthology of poetry) are on track for publishing next month.

Despite having about one-third more stories than Palpable Imaginings, Slices of Life (an anthology of non-fiction short stories) is about one-third shorter due to the average length of the stories being much shorter. I’ve been debating what to do about it; whether to publish a thin Slices or open it up for more stories. While I ponder the situation, you are welcome to send more non-fiction stories to me for consideration for possible inclusion in the book.

I’ve decide to add a fourth book to be published this year, titled Twists. It will be an anthology of flash fiction and short stories. Currently, all of the creations were written by me. I may at some point open it up to work from other writers but I want to see how the finances work out on the first three anthologies before I do. If I find I’m eating too much of the expense through poor estimating on my part, I may need to make an adjustment for future multi-writer anthologies or discontinue using the experimental model altogether. My biggest concern at this point regarding the current model for the first three anthologies is that calculating, sorting by title, prorating, and paying royalties applicable to each of the 40-or so writers on an on-going basis is likely to prove to be a quite time-consuming project. I’ve taken it on and will follow through, but I want to see how it goes before adding to my commitments with additional multi-writer anthologies.

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About russtowne

My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 4 young grandsons. I manage a wealth management firm I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of 23 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children. In addition to my family, friends, investing, and writing, my passions include reading, watching classic movies, experiencing waves crashing on rocky shores, hiking in ancient redwood forests, and enjoying our small redwood grove and fern garden.
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15 Responses to Book Updates

  1. mimijk says:

    You’ve taken on a Herculean task Russ and I know many people appreciate your effort and enthusiasm – and plain hard work!!

  2. ksbeth says:

    yay and i hope it does not become too cumbersome –

  3. Things have a way of working themselves out Russ. I’m sure this endeavor will be a great blessing for you and all the other writers you generously reached out to! πŸ˜€
    Diana xo

  4. bulldog says:

    I thought you might just find this more work than you thought originally…

    • russtowne says:

      Hi, bulldog. I actually thought it would be a ton of work from the get-go. At least the front-end creation of the books has mostly been a LOT of fun. It is the back-end record-keeping for prorated royalties for about 40 writers–I’ve never enjoyed bookkeeping–which has mostly concerned me. Even while compiling the books there were days when I seriously considered scrapping the projects. It was no fun telling writers that their work wouldn’t be included, and sometimes days went by before I found creations that resonated with me. There were even some writers and poets who appeared to think that somehow this was all a scam or that the terms were too good to be true so I must be up to something nefarious. Still, I’m proud of what is being created and hope the nearly forty other writers who’ve contributed to the three anthologies will feel the same way when they hold the anthologies in their hands.
      Russ

  5. Mrs. P says:

    Russ, what ever works best for you is good for me. You have extended yourself to others and have been most gracious in helping to encourage others in their goals as writers. Mrs. P would love to contribute to slices. Does your time table extend through the weekend?

  6. I had hoped the most trying time is behind in just the organizational aspect. I am sure it will all come together fine once you find the rythm. It is an experiment and a fun one πŸ™‚ Besides, if you need a helping hand…. πŸ˜‰

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