Today marks the end of a long journey for myself and a slurry of fellow sci-fi and fantasy authors who became friends on the soon-to-be-defunct Authonomy website run by Harper-Collins. Back in 2010, the Alliance of Worldbuilders thread began to take off and became *the* go-to site for fantasy/sci-fi writers to share ideas, critique each other, offer tips, and (most importantly) encourage one another in our writing and publishing journeys! We broke the forum so much we had to start creating new threads because the old ones would lag and not load anymore.
In 2011, we began to discuss the idea of an anthology to be published in 2012, collecting short stories and flash fiction from our members and putting it together. As we have all been on our own individual journeys in the last few years (many of us are now published authors at this point), it took quite a while to finally put together and bring a real finalized product to the world. Today, A World of Their Own has been released, featuring stories and illustrations by many talented writers and artists who have been a part of the Alliance of Worldbuilders.
This anthology has become doubly special for those of us who have worked on it. First and foremost, it is compiled in honor of our dear friend and one of the original members of our Alliance, Lindsey Parsons, who passed away suddenly in January of 2014. Lindsey was always the most encouraging and supportive member of our Alliance and would always have time to read something new and offer her critique and support to any of us.
Secondly, 100% of proceeds of this book will be donated (again, in honor of Lindsey) to the World Literacy Foundation by our publisher, Kristell Ink. So please support us and support literacy by picking up your copy and sharing it with friends!
In order to encourage you, I am offering two (2) signed paperback copies of my first novel Toonopolis: Gemini through a Rafflecopter giveaway below. I do have two Toonopolis-related stories in the anthology (one short story and one flash fiction), so if you want more Toonopolis, that is an extra incentive to pick up your copy! Don’t forget to earn bonus entries by commenting on this blog post below and answer a simple question in honor of literacy: What was the first book that you read that truly made you fall in love with reading? Aaand. GO!