My books are published under Ember Press, but Ember Press is not your average publisher. It is the brainchild of Mr. Smith and I as we drove thru the Australian countryside last year. I wanted the freedom of publishing as an independent author but for tax purposes we wanted to have a company.
We decided to create our own publishing company for our works only, but right from the beginning we wanted to find a way that our little company could be a benefit to others as well as ourselves. We decided to use Ember Press to promote young and new writers while providing needed fundraising for charities and schools.
I am pleased to announce that Ember Press is launching its first project; an anthology to benefit a local, yet to be disclosed, animal shelter. Artist Robin Wiesneth, whose work has been selected to represent this year’s ArtsQuest, is doing original paintings of rescue animals specifically for this. Our partner, EmberMarketing, will be providing our multi media advertising. I can’t release all the details as some things are still being decided but I can provide answers to some questions.
Q: Who will be providing stories for the anthology?
A: You will! We will be collecting short stories with an animal rescue theme in three categories: Youth, Young Adult and Adult. The short stories will be judged by an independent panel and three winning entries and 3 Runner Up stories will be chosen for publication in the anthology. We are considering adding poetry categories as well.
Q: What kind of art will Robin Wiesneth be providing in this book?
A: To help raise additional funds for the chosen animal shelter there will be a chance for pet owners to immortalize their furry loved one as an illustration within the stories. Robin will be painting each portrait submitted for inclusion in the book. The original artwork will also be available for purchase with part of the proceeds going directly back to the shelter.
Q: Who will benefit from this project?
A: Everyone involved. The animal shelter will obviously benefit by receiving the needed funds to rescue and treat more unwanted pets. The anthology will be available on Amazon.com indefinately providing a permanent stream of income for the shelter. The winning authors will benefit by having the prestige of being published as well as some to be announced prize packages. It is a win-win situation, the best kind.
I hope you will join us as we forge ahead in the next chapter of our lives. I will be updating our progress and how you can participate here on Dandilyon Fluff. We have been given so much support in the community for my books and beyond… now it is our turn to give back. In the words of John F. Kennedy;
“To those whom much is given, much is expected.”