Yes, and AOS's very own Nicole has contributed a story.
MCCALL, IDAHO-Words to Music: A Short Story Collection has been unleashed
on the reading world. The year-long effort of 40 authors from 12 countries spanning the
globe is available through Amazon.com and many other online booksellers.
The book contains more than 40 fiction and non-fiction short stories inspired by
songs. The stories were written by authors from Australia, Canada, Finland, Germany,
Ireland, Japan, Lebanon, New Zealand, South Africa, Spain, United Kingdom and United
The anthology’s fiction offerings run the gamut of genres: Crime, Fantasy, Historical
Fiction, Horror, Literary Fiction, Romance, Science Fiction and Westerns. The collection
also includes nonfiction stories.
Writers from every hemisphere on Earth have contributed to this new book.
The authors all met at the Harper Collins website for aspiring authors, http://
www.authonomy.com during the years 2008-2010. In January 2010, Michael Wells, an
author living in McCall, Idaho, presented the authors at the site with an opportunity to
write a short story anthology with stories inspired by randomly generated songs. Many
authors jumped at the chance and 40 authors stayed with the project to the end.
“I am still in awe of the opportunities our modern world presents us, should we
choose to dream,” anthology publisher Michael Wells said. “Reaching across borders and
cultures, our technology now allows us to work together in an open environment with
people we never would have met only a few years ago.”
The 40 authors have also generously donated their royalties from the book to nine
deserving charities worldwide.
After minimal publishing expenses are paid by the early royalties earned from the
book, all the royalties will then go to nine charities on a revolving basis. Those nine
charities are: C.A.R.E. USA, The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, The Global Hunger
Project, Conservation International, Reading is Fundamental, Kiva, Catalyst, Inc.,
Operation USA and Riders for Health.
“It’s a rather diverse group of authors and stories in a book that is going to aid an
eclectic group of charities,” Wells said. “I hope we can make some sort of difference in
the lives of the people these charities help.”
Having 40 authors from 12 countries around the globe seemed like a daunting
challenge to Wells when the project began in January 2010, but the authors all held a
shared vision, he said.
“What I found most interesting with this process was the commonality among our
authors,” Wells said. “Everyone seemed to be operating on the same page throughout the
process, which was surprising considering the mix of people involved.”
Inspiration from the randomly generated songs worked well as most authors never
flinched at their first offering. Some of the authors had stories ready for review within 48
hours, Wells said.
The process of creating a book was helped along by the creation of a website the
authors used to communicate with each other.
Wells set up a website for the project and every author signed up and went to work at
that website. A forum on the website allowed the authors to discuss various aspects of the
process and share drafts of their stories. Then the authors split into several editing teams
to review each other’s work over email, which helped the process along further.
“With any creative collaboration there were differences of opinion, but in the end
we came up with a common denominator that worked,” Wells said. “I received a lot of
feedback on my first story for the anthology (“The Penitent Man”) that I think helped
make it much stronger than it was initially.”
Coming up with a cover for an anthology of this scope was an early problem that was
solved when American author and artist Bradley Wind signed on to the project.
“Bradley’s artwork for the cover and his story are priceless contributions to this short
story collection,” Wells said. “He’s incredibly talented and easy to work with.”
The United Kingdom supplied the most authors in the book with 14, 12 authors came
from the United States, Australia had four authors, Japan two and one each from Finland,
Canada, Ireland, Lebanon, South Africa, Spain, Germany and New Zealand.
“It was a gratifying experience getting to know these authors. Each and everyone
of them have talents for storytelling that needs to be shared and this book hopefully
will expose them to a vast reading public who one day will clamor for more,” Wells
said. “That is my hope for each of the people who were involved in this process.”
The book is available from Amazon for $17.95 US at Amazon, it is also available from CreateSpace at https://www.createspace.com/
3511238. Soon it will be available virtually anywhere good books are sold.
“Give the authors in this book your undivided attention for a short break during your
day, and I promise you will soon want to read more of their work,” Wells said.
For more information about the book and its authors please go to http://www.facebook.com/wordstomusic
Contact: Michael Wells, firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.