From Stage Door Shadows Online Schedule

Saturday eMergent Publishing sets their eighth publication free with the launch of Literary Mix Tapes’s 4th anthology From Stage Door Shadows. The collection, built on the lyrics of Elton John and Bernie Taupin’s Tiny Dancer, features 25 spec-fic stories exploring the dark recesses of the entertainment industry. The stories are by turns horrific, hopeful, humourous and heartbreaking.

Beginning Saturday morning at 9am we’ll roll out all 25 stories for free, for 48 hours, as part of our continued commitment to provide stories at multiple price points. If you stop in to read, please leave the authors a comment.

Join us on Facebook to raise a virtual glass of bubbles, plunder the bowl of M&Ms and follow the launch at Smith’s Alternate Bookstore from 7pm Saturday night.

And don’t forget to pick up your paperback copy now. On Saturday the price goes up!

ONLINE SCHEDULE OF STORIES

Saturday 29th September 2012

09:00 INDIGO by Jodi Cleghorn (Blue jean baby)

10:00 MUTED by Jessica Bell (L.A. lady)

11:00 COLOUR OF BLOOD by Cath Barton (Seamstress for the band)

12:00 TINY DANCER by Emma Kerry (Pretty eyed, pirate smile)

13:00 THE MUSIC MAN by Lisamarie Lamb
( You’ll marry a music man)

14:00 LUMINAIRE by Joanne Anderton  (Ballerina, you must have seen her)

15:00 DANCING IN THE SAND by Rebecca L. Dobbie
(Dancing in the sand)

16:00 CANDENTIA by Clive Martyn (And now she’s in me, always with me)

17:00  MUSIC BOX by Laura Eno (And now she’s in me, always with me)

18:00 A LIVING DOLL by Monica Marier 
(Tiny dancer in my hand)

19:00 FEAR IS THE SIN by Alan Baxter

(Jesus freaks out in the street)

20:00 TIME SIGNATURE by Melanie Saward 

(Handing tickets out for God)

21:00 THE GODS ARE JUST by Janette Dalgliesh 

(Turning back she just laughs)

22:00 TORCH SONG by Andrew McKiernan 

(Piano man he makes his stand)

23:00 OPEN AUDITION by Devin Watson (In the auditorium)

 

Sunday 30th September 2012

00:00 MY MOMENT by Theresa Milstein (Looking on she sings the songs)

01:00 HOUSE OF THE CANTOMANCER by Jennifer Muirhead (The words she knows)

02:00 DISCOVERING THE GIFT by Len Lambert (The tune she hums)

03:00 RITE OF SPRING by Graham Storrs 

(But oh how it feels so real)

04:00 WHITE POPPY SERENADE by S.G. Larner 

(Lying here with no one near)

05:00 SING FOR ME by Laura Meyer 

(Only you and you can hear me)

06:00 THE TWILIGHT DREAM by Tom Dullemond 

( When I say softly, slowly)

07:00 VELVET by J.M. Donellan 

(Hold me closer tiny dancer)

08:00 THE LAST OF THE UNDEAD BEATS by Daniel Wynne
(Count the headlights on the highway)

09:00 THE PERFECT EVENING by Sam Adamson  (Lay me down in sheets of linen)

10:00 LAST ILLUSION by Rus VanWestervelt (You had a busy day today)

 

Unveiling From Stage Door Shadows

Original artwork by Blake Byrnes

From Stage Door Shadows will be released Saturday, 29th September at Smiths Alternate Bookstore in Canberra, as well as online.

Twenty-six authors trade Tiny Dancer’s California- blessed lyrics for the shadowed recesses of stages large and small in From Stage Door Shadows, a speculative fiction homage to the darkness just beyond the limelight of the entertainment industry.

The stories re-introduce the women Benny Taupin wrote about and Elton John sang about: blue jean baby, LA lady, the band’s seamstress, the music man’s wife and the girl dancing in the sand, along with a stellar cast of musicians, singers, thespians, fans, managers, dancers, DJs, magicians, talent show contestants, stars and has-beens.

From vaudeville to opera, piano bar and street corner, hotel suite and beauty pageant, From Stage Door Shadows is a backstage pass to where dreams of fame, fortune and fulfillment live and die in a heartbeat.

PRE-ORDER NOW

Table of Contents

Rites of Spring Graham Storrs

Torch song Andrew J. McKiernan

Fear is the Sin Alan Baxter

Candentia Clive Martyn

Luminaire Joanne Anderton

House of the Cantomancer Jennifer Muirhead

White Poppy Serenade S.G. Larner

Time Signature Melanie Saward

Tiny Dancer Emma Kerry

Sing to Me Laura Meyer

Discovering the Gift Len Lambert

Indigo Jodi Cleghorn

The Last Illusion Rus VanWestervelt

Dancing in the Sand Rebecca L. Dobbie

A Perfect Evening Sam Adamson

My Moment Theresa Milstein

Music Box Laura Eno

Open Audition Devin Watson

A Living Doll Monica Marier

The Last of the Undead Beats Daniel Wynne

The Gods Are Just Janette Dalgliesh

The Music Man Lisamarie Lamb

The Colour of Blood Cath Barton

Velvet J.M. Donellan

The Twilight Dream Tom Dullemond

Muted Jessica Bell

 

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Deck the Halls Online Schedule

Tomorrow we welcome our seventh anthology into the world. This one has a special place in the eMergent Publishing stall of books, because the original Deck the Halls was the inspiration for what has gone on to become the Literary Mix Tapes imprint (and the Nothing But Flowers and Eighty Nine anthologies, as well as the soon-to-be-released fourth LMT Tiny Dancer).

Deck the Halls: festive tales of fear and cheer is a collection 32 stories including 18 of the original stories and 14 brand new ones.

Tomorrow beginning at 9am we’ll roll out 24 stories for free, for 24 hours, as our continued commitment to provide stories at multiple price points.

Join us on Facebook to raise a virtual glass of mulled wine and celebrate the Australian launch of Deck the Halls.

Tuesday 17th July
9am Touched Rowena Specht-Whyte
10am Drench the School Benjamin Solah
11am Coming Home Rebecca L Dobbie
12pm While You Were Out Sam Adamson
1pm Twenty Five Rebecca Emin
2pm A Jolly Pair Christopher Chartrand
3pm Gays and Commies Graham Storrs
4pm A Better Fit Jen Brubacher
5pm Salvation Nicole Murphy
6pm A Troll For Christmas Jo Hart
7pm Modraniht Kate Sherrod
8pm ‘Til Death Do Us Part Emma Kerry
9pm High Holidays Dale Challener Roe
10pm The Headless Shadow Jonathan Crossfield
11pm Not A Whisper Lily Mulholland

Wednesday 18th July
12am Through The Frosted Window Laura Meyer
1am Lords of the Dance Janette Dalgliesh
2am Midsummer’s Eve S.G. Larner
3am Yuletide Treasure Rob Diaz II
4am Broken Angel Jodi Cleghorn
5am Unfolding Alison Wells
6am Hail The New Trevor Belshaw
7am Softly Sing The Stars Steve Cameron
8am Through Wind and Weather David McDonald

Deck the Halls Unveiled

After a very long wait, we have the pleasure of sharing our latest anthology today. Deck the Halls: tales of festive fear and cheer is a collection of twisted non-tradition, non-Christian stories set in the holiday season.

Remastered and extended, Deck the Halls: tales of festive fear and cheer includes eighteen of the original web-released stories from 2010, fourteen brand new offerings from authors such as Nik Perring, Nicole Murphy and Steve Cameron, and original artwork from Andrew McKiernan.

The anthology launches as a paperback and ebook on the 10th July, in an Australian-only release for Christmas in July festivities, with pre-orders accepted from 22nd June onward. The anthology will release internationally in late November. For international readers unable to wait for November, a selection of the 32 stories will go live and free from the 24th-26th July.

DECK THE HALLS traverses the joy and jeopardy of the festive season, from Yule to Mōdraniht, Summer Solstice to Years’ End. The stories journey through consternations and celebrations, past, present and future, which might be or never were.

Along the way you’ll meet troll hunters, consumer dissidents, corset-bound adventurers, a joint-toking spirit, big-hearted gangbangers, an outcast hybrid spaceship, petrol-toting politicians, mythical swingers and a boy who unwittingly controls the weather.

Heart-warming and horrifying, the collection is a merry measure of cross-genre, short fiction subverting traditional notions of the holiday season.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Touched Rowena Specht-Whyte
Drench the School Benjamin Solah
Coming Home Rebecca Dobbie
While You Were Out Sam Adamson
Twenty-Five Rebecca Emin
A Jolly Pair Christopher Chartrand
Gays and Commies Graham Storrs
A Better Fit Jen Brubacher
Salvation Nicole R Murphy
A Troll for Christmas Jo Hart
Modraniht Kate Sherrod
Bosch’s Book of Trolls Susan May James
‘Til Death Do Us Part Emma Kerry
High Holidays Dale Challener Roe
The Headless Shadow Jonathan Crossfield
End of a Tradition Paul Servini
Weatherboy Nik Perring
Not a Whisper Lily Mulholland
Lords of the Dance Janette Dalgliesh
Through Frosted Glass Laura Meyer
Midsummer’s Eve Stacey Larner
Yuletide Treasure Rob Diaz II
Broken Angel Jodi Cleghorn
A Golden Treasure Chia Evers
Fast Away Jim Bronyaur
Apprentices to Time Icy Sedgwick
Unfolding Alison Wells
Egg-Ceptional PJ Kaiser
Hail the New Trevor Belshaw
Perfect Light Dan Powell
Softly Sing the Stars Steve Cameron
Through Wind and Weather David McDonald

EIGHTY NINE Free on Amazon for 48 Hours

Following up last week’s super successful Amazon promotion with Nothing But Flowers (yes, we reached the top of the US free Anthology charts), we have EIGHTY NINE on offer via Kindle for free, for 48 hours.

Amazon USA
Amazon UK

Created by award winning editor Jodi Cleghorn, EIGHTY NINE is constructed around a playlist of 26 songs from 1989 (think of everything from Bon Jovi to Bob Dylan!) Each story re-imagines events from 1989 through a speculative fiction lens.

BLURB

1989: a cusp between decades.

The year the Berlin Wall came down and Voyager went up. Ted Bundy and Emperor Hirohito died. The birth of the first Bush administration and computer virus.

In San Francisco and Newcastle the ground shook, in Chernobyl it melted.
Tiananmen Square rocked the world and Tank Man imprinted on the international consciousness. Communism and Thatcherism began their decline, Islamic fundamentalism its rise.

It was the year Batman burst onto the big screen, we went back to the future (again), Indiana Jones made it a trifecta at the box office and Michael Damian told us to rock on.

Eighty Nine re-imagines the social, political, cultural and personal experiences at the end of the decade which gave the world mullets, crimped hair, neon-coloured clothing, acid-wash denim, keytars, the walkman, Live Aid, the first compact disc and MTV.

REVIEWS

EIGHTY NINE is unique and makes for a cracking cross-genre read. But don’t take our word for it.

Alan Baxter says in his Goodreads review:

The interpretation of the theme by the authors is as varied and colourful as the music and events of the time. This book is a truly inspired concept and the writers have all risen well to the challenge.

Zena Shapter says in her Goodreads review:

Journeying into worlds populated by book-burning terrorists and shape-shifting political activists, by ghosts, vampires, devils and a cybernetic freedom crusader with one last trick to play, “Eighty-Nine” is a testament to the imagination.

EIGHTY NINE was also mentioned along side CSFG’s Winds of Change and Kayelle Press’s Hope Anthology in Ben Payne’s (2011 Aurealis Awards judge) review of the year.

A lot of the energy in 2011 came from new publishers… taken as a whole they offer an interesting view of a bunch of new writers who are quietly making progress and no doubt creating their own energy as the next generation to those currently being published by publishers like Twelfth Planet. It’s well worth looking at these venues for a glimpse of the future.

 

Hop to it. The anthology is free for now, but not forever. And if you liked it consider leaving a review on Amazon USA, Amazon UK or Goodreads.

 

Nothing But Flowers Free on Amazon Kindle for 48 Hours

Nothing But Flowers: Tales of Post-Apocalyptic Love is free for 48 hours on Kindle as part of eMergent Publishing 90 Day Amazon Sales Promotion, from midnight USA (Pacific Time), 9:00am (UK time) and 6:00pm (Australian time) Wednesday 23rd through to Friday 25th.

Created by award-winning editor, Jodi Cleghorn, the anthology was spawned in January 2011 after Cleghorn despairing for musical inspiration for a Valentines Day anthology with a difference, had The Best of Talking Heads playing in the car at the end of a six hour drive from country New South Wales to Brisbane in January 2011. Fifteen minutes from home (Nothing But) Flowers came on and she seized on the concept of post-apocalyptic love stories using the song as a starting point.

Always intrigued by the idea of daisies reclaiming Pizza Huts and yearning for a lawn mower, Cleghorn gave authors free reign over how they used the song, rather than assigning lyrics as individual prompts. Readers will find a Pizza Hut and daisies in differing guises, but no lawn mowers as they traverse a broad cross section of post apocalyptic landscapes and a myriad of characters working out how to love and be loved after the end of the world.

Nothing But Flowers digital edition is available at:

Amazon USA

Amazon UK

All stories were donated by authors and proceeds from all sales prior to June, 2012 are donated to the Grantham Flood Support Fund.

The Movie Project Launched

We are ecstatic to announce our newest cross platform collaboration… Literary Mix Tapes: The Movie Project, co-managed by Jodi Cleghorn and Devin Watson.

The Movie Project is an ambitious project marrying short stories and short films. From April 1st a selection of LMT authors will be up-skilled for screen adaptations of stories and scriptwriting. Over the Northern Summer, nine film crews on three continents will have three weeks to plan, shoot and produce a short film based on the scripts provided. A tenth script will be available as a wild card entry to film makers across the world.

The core objectives of the project are:

  • To foster greater collaboration between fiction writers, screenwriters, and filmmakers.
  • To provide emerging writers with an opportunity to extend their skills into screenwriting.
  • To provide emerging filmmakers with an opportunity to work with established, published fiction adapted for the screen.
  • To provide emerging filmmakers with an opportunity to have their work distributed globally.

You can read more about the genesis of the project at Moving Images.

The stories selected for adaptation come from Nothing But Flowers and are listed with author and script writer in original anthology order:

SCARECROW MAN (Jodi Cleghorn) adapted by Joanne Anderton
GREY, LIKE STONE (Lily Mulholland) adapted by Jodi Cleghorn
THE GIFT (Emma Newman) adapted by Chris Chartrand
DIANA THE PHOENIX (Christopher Chartrand) adapted by Devin Watson
SOPHIE SOLITAIRE (Maria Kelly) adapted by Janette Dalgliesh
ON THE CORNER OF CLERK STREET (Rebecca Emin) adapted by Paul Servini
DAISY’S CAFE (Sam Adamson) adapted by Paul Anderson
GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY (P.J. Kaiser) adapted by Emma Kerry
THE ROSE GARDEN (Jim Bronyaur) adapted by Dale Challener Roe
DRIVER & THE BEAUTIFUL HIGHWAY (Dan Powell) adapted by Laura Meyer

We will bring you regular updates throughout bootcamp: the good, bad and ugly as our posse of short story writers traverse the unfamiliar terrain of adaptations and script writing.

Are you a film maker? The call for audition tapes will be early to mid May.

Official Launch Party

This coming Tuesday promises to be the biggest, brashest and most memorable virtual book launch you have ever attended, when Literary Mix Tapes launches its third anthology EIGHTY NINE.

Read The Stories Online

Twenty-four of the twenty-six EIGHTY NINE stories will go live – and free – starting 9am AEST (GMT/UCT +10) on the 25th – one story every hour for 24 hours. Each story will be available for 48 hours before disappearing into the aether.The comment section will be open on each story.

For those wanting to participate in the trivia section of the launch (more on that shortly) we highly recommend you take the time to read the stories as they go live!

Amazon Chart Rush

We encourage everyone to buy a copy of EIGHTY NINE via Amazon on the 25th October. The Chart Rush begins 5pm AEST (GMT/UCT +10). Nothing But Flowers went to #1 in the UK and Canada with a bullet and peaked at #13 in the USA, staying in the Top 100 for a month along with all the 99c downloads.

Amazon UK
Amazon US
Amazon CA

Facebook Launch Party & ’80s Hijinks

Facebook is the host location for the official launch party and general eighties inspired hijinks.There will be trivia, photos, awards, music videos, discussions and fly-by interviews with our authors. Your host, Literary Mix Tapes Editor-In-Chief, Jodi Cleghorn will try very hard not to be booted out of her own event this time round!

You can join the party in a number of different ways:

  • RSVP your attendance (this puts you in the running to win free books). We’ll be randomly drawing names from the RSVP list every few hours during the launch.
  • On the day change your profile pic to one taken in ’89 and tell everyone why you have.
  • Stop in on the event page on the day: say hello on the wall and spend some time mingling (just like a real party without the fear of being a wall-flowers, dancing on a table in your bra or nursing an aching head the next day).
  • Dress up and post your photo to the FB wall – we will have prizes for the best dressed.
  • Play our version of trivia (via the FB wall). It will go live from 6pm AEST through to 8am the next morning (yes 26 hours, 104 questions). The person with the most points at the end will win an eMergent Publishing back catalogue (currently sitting at six paperbacks)
  • Share your bests and worsts of the Eighties (we’ll be looking at fashion, fads, music, TV, movies and personal stories)

 

Pre-Order EIGHTY NINE

EIGHTY NINE is set for release Tuesday, 25th October in paper, digital and online formats*. Pre-order your paperback now and have it shipped to you in time for launch day. We will give away a back catalogue of eMergent titles to the 50th pre-order customer.

Download a sample of stories to get a taste of what Eighty Nine is about.


Australia – $14.99 + $2.00 P&H

UK- ₤7.99 + ₤2.00 P&H

USA – $14.99 + $3.00 P&H

Elsewhere – A$14.99 + $7.00 P&H

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*Stories are available online ( for free)  for 48 hours.

Eighty Nine ToC & Blurb

1989: a cusp between decades.

The year the Berlin Wall came down and Voyager went up. Ted Bundy and Emperor Hirohito died. The birth of the first Bush administration and computer virus.

In San Francisco and Newcastle the ground shook, in Chernobyl it melted. Tiananmen Square rocked the world and Tank Man imprinted on the international consciousness. Communism and Thatcherism began their decline, Islamic fundamentalism its rise.

It was the year Batman burst onto the big screen, we went back to the future (again) Indiana Jones made it a trifecta at the box office and Michael Damian told us to rock on.

Based on a play list of 26 songs released in 1989, Eighty Nine re-imagines the social, political, cultural and personal experiences at the end of the decade which gave the world mullets, crimped hair, neon-coloured clothing, acid-wash denim, keytars, the walkman, Live Aid, the first compact disc and MTV.

Ashes to Ashes – Adam Byatt
Shrödinger’s Cat – Dale Challener Roe
Diavol – Devin Watson
Nowhere Land – Maria Kelly
Chronicle Child – Lily Mulholland
Angelgate – Tanya Bell
All I Wanted – Rob Diaz
Drilling Oil – Kaolin Imago Fire
30 Years in the Bathroom – Icy Sedgwick
Amir – Benjamin Solah
Over the Wall in a Bubble – Susan May James
Disintegration – Stacey Larner
Choices – Laura Eno
Divided – Emma Newman
Blueprints in the Dark – Rebecca Dobbie
Eighteen for Life – Jo Hart
New Year, Old Love – Jim Bronyaur
Solider Out of Time – Laura Meyer
The Story Bridge – Josh Donellan
If I Could Turn Back Time – Alison Wells
An Exquisite Addition – Paul Anderson
Maggie’s Rat – Cath Barton
The Banging on the Door – Jonathan Crossfield
Now Voyager II – Monica Marier
Cocaine, My Sweetheart – Jodi Cleghorn
Paragon – Jason Coggins

Tiny Dancer Welcomes….

In fourteen minutes the ten crowd-sourced places disappeared. Congratulations to the following writers who have secured a place in Literary Mix Tapes Tiny Dancer. It is amazing to see 14 Aussies in the group.

We specially welcome our newest writers:
Joanne Anderton, Tomara Armstrong, Alan Baxter, Jessica Bell, Tom Dullemond, Wenke Gillner, LisaMarie Lamb, Len Lambert, Clive Martyn, Andrew McKiernan (who is also the anthology’s cover artist), Theresa Milstein, Jennifer Muirhead, Melanie Saward and Daniel Wynne.

Without further ado in alphabetical order (along with their song prompts) the cast and their lines for Tiny Dancer:

Sam Adamson  (UK) Lay me down in sheets of linen
Joanne Anderton (AUS) Ballerina, you must have seen her
Tomara Armstrong (USA) The boulevard is not that bad
Cath Barton (UK) Seamstress for the band
Alan Baxter (AUS) Jesus freaks, out in the street
Jessica Bell (GRC) LA Lady
Janette Dalgliesh (AUS) Turning back, she laughs
Rebecca Dobbie (AUS) Dancing in the sand
Josh Donellan (AUS) Hold me closer tiny dancer
Tom Dullemond (AUS) When I say, softly slowly
Laura Eno (USA) And now she’s in me, always with me
Wenke Gillner (GER) You’ve had a busy day today
Emma Kerry (UK) Pretty eyed, pirate smile
LisaMarie Lamb (UK) You’ll marry the music man
Len Lambert (UK) The tune she hums
Stacey Larner (AUS) Lying here with no one near
Monica Marier (USA) Tiny Dancer in my hand
Clive Martyn (UK) And now she’s in me, always with me
Andrew McKiernan (AUS) Piano man, he makes his stand
Laura Meyer (AUS) Only you and you can hear me
Theresa Milstein (USA) Looking on, she sings the songs
Jennifer Muirhead (AUS) The words she knows
Melanie Saward (AUS) Handing tickets ouf for God
Graham Storrs (AUS) But oh, how it feels real
Devin Watson (USA) In the auditorium
Daniel Wynne (AUS) Count the headlights on the highway

Editors
Tanya Bell (AUS) and Jodi Cleghorn (AUS)  Blue jean baby

… writing begins NOW!

Tiny Dancer Author Nominations

Writers are invited to nominate for one of the ten places available for the 4th Literary Mix Tapes anthology TINY DANCER by leaving a comment below.

The anthology, edited by Jodi Cleghorn and Tanya Bell, is slated for free web release 1st October 2011 (available for sale as an eBook and paperback on the 3rd October).

Tiny Dancer: Shadows at the Stage Door will explore the darker side of stepping into the limelight, using Elton John’s song “Tiny Dancer” to traverse the entertainment industry: past, present and future. Through the speculative-fiction lens the reader will be given front row seats to the stories of a cast, not exclusive to, ballerinas, concert pianists, street preachers, opera singers, performance poets, comedians, rock bands, bards, vaudeville acts, groupies and any other entertainment professionals our twenty-six writers invite to take centre stage.

The Specifics

  • All stories must be in one of the genres, or sub-genres collected under the broader speculative fiction grouping.
  • Stories must be inspired, influenced or shaped by the nominated song lyric.
  • Stories to be 1500 words +/- 5%
  • Writing begins 17th July for three weeks (18/07 – 07/08)
  • Editing begins 8th August for three weeks (08/08 – 28/08)
  • Nominations for song lyrics must be turned in within 24 hours of official notification of a place in the anthology. (Each writer may nominate in order of preference three lyrics).
  • remuneration is a flat $15.00 payment & contributor copy (or paperback copies in lieu of cash payment)

The Song Lyrics

  1. Blue jean baby
  2. L.A. lady
  3. Seamstress for the band
  4. Pretty eyed, pirate smile,
  5. you’ll marry a music man
  6. Ballerina, you must have seen her
  7. Dancing in the sand
  8. And now she’s in me, always with me,
  9. Tiny dancer in my hand
  10. Jesus freaks out in the street
  11. Handing tickets out for God
  12. Turning back she just laughs
  13. The boulevard is not that bad
  14. Piano man he makes his stand
  15. In the auditorium
  16. Looking on she sings the songs
  17. The words she knows
  18. The tune she hums
  19. But oh how it feels so real
  20. Lying here with no one near
  21. Only you and you can hear me
  22. When I say, softly slowly
  23. Hold me closer tiny dancer
  24. Count the headlights on the highway
  25. Lay me down in sheets of linen
  26. You had a busy day today

Welcoming Tanya Bell

We welcome Tanya Bell to Literary Mix Tapes as our first Associate Editor.

Tanya’s ‘no stone left unturned’ approach to editing, coupled with her skills as a story teller and empathy for the writing process made her the logical choice for the position of Associate Editor.

A self-professed ‘book addict’, Tanya is a graduate of Literature Composition at Griffith University and has worked as a freelance manuscript appraiser. In January this year she was one of the twenty strong team of volunteer readers for 100 Stories for Queensland.

Deck the Halls is Tanya’s first editing brief, preparing the original Literary Mix Tapes’ stories for publication in paperback. Tanya will be joint editor with Jodi Cleghorn on Tiny Dancer, Deck the Halls II and Hotel California (2012).

Tiny Dancer is Coming…

Literary Mix Tapes’ third anthology for 2011 Tiny Dancer will open its doors next week for the crowd-sourced portion of the writer line up. Ten places are available for writers near and far. The nomination post will go live Tuesday 12th July 9am (AEST) and the first ten writers to leave a comment expressing their interest in being involved will be welcomed into the fold.

Tiny Dancer: Shadows at the Stage Door will explore the darker side of stepping into the limelight, using Elton John’s song “Tiny Dancer” to traverse the entertainment industry: past, present and future. Through the speculative-fiction lens the reader will be given front row seats to the stories of a cast, not exclusive to, ballerinas, concert pianists, street preachers, opera singers, performance poets, comedians, rock bands, bards, vaudeville acts, groupies and any other entertainment professionals  our  twenty-six writers invite to take centre stage.

Writers will be given a three week period to write a 1500 word story in (beginning Monday 17th July), with an additional three week editing period.

Tiny Dancer: Shadows at the Stage Door is slated for release on the 1st October and will feature a front cover by Australian writer and illustrator Andrew McKiernan.

The Low Down on Nothing But Flowers

It’s been a BIG month for Nothing But Flowers. Within hours of being released online the anthology went to #1 in all four categories it was listed in on Amazon UK (Sci-Fi Anthology, Sci-Fi Short Stories, Fantasy Anthology, Fantasy Short Stories) and reached #13 in the general anthology charts there. It also reached #1 in Canada’s Amazon store (in its given categories) and as high as #13 in the US Amazon store.

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Nothing But Flowers Chart Rush Recall

This is one of the things every producer must dread… a recall!

I only discovered several hours ago that there is a major formatting error between the third and fourth stories in Nothing But Flowers. All the text is there… its just leaped from one story into the next (the kind of collaboration I’m not so keen on).

I had hoped the books hadn’t printed yet – but it appears LSI (our awesome printer) was right off the mark in the US and the books ordered on Tuesday have printed and shipped already. I’m unsure about those ordered through the UK. It will definitely involve any purchases made BEFORE the chart rush on Tuesday.

The upshot is… I will replace, free of charge all the books with the defect in them, for any of the purchasers who wish to have a replacement copy. I have no idea how many books this affects.

To obtain the replacement copy you will need to:

a) produce proof of purchase (you are welcome to take a scan or photo of your shipping invoice)

b) provide me with a shipping address for your replacement copy

You can email me your details directly on editor[at]emergent-publishing[dot]com

*update*

Other alternatives are:

You may cancel your order (if possible) until the new books are available

Or

I can email a PDF of the two pages in question.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

For the next couple of days the book won’t be available for ordering as the revised file is reviewed and processed at LSI.

Paperback Release

Tomorrow is the day… the long awaited day to purchase the paperback! We’re releasing Nothing But Flowers in conjunction with 100 Stories for Queensland as an Amazon Chart Rush.

What’s a Chart Rush?

Readers are invited to purchase a book on Amazon, in a nominated 24-hour period, with the intent to capitalise on the volume of sales to move the book up the Amazon best seller list. The higher up the chart it is (we’re aiming for a spot in the top 100) the more visible it becomes to other readers who may go on to purchase it. It’s all about exposure and helping new readers find our books.

Tomorrow (Tuesday)

Tuesday eMergent Publishing (the parent publishing compay of Literary Mix Tapes) will release 100 Stories for Queensland and Nothing But Flowers via an Amazon Chart Rush. We’re inviting readers to purchase one or both books  on that day with the aim of getting them into the top 100 selling books for the day (and beyond!)

By releasing both charity anthologies concurrently we’re hoping people will add one extra book to their cart on the day,  whether that be someone stumbling onto 100 Stories… or Nothing But Flowers for the first time.

If  you can’t buy on the day, you can add it to your wishlist. Every little bit counts to rocket the books up the chart.

You can find both books on Amazon, Amazon UK and Amazon Canada.

Nothing But Flowers retails at US$17.99 or ₤5.99 (US links)

100 Stories for Queensland retails at US$19.99 or ₤9.99 (US Links)

What’s 100 Stories for Queensland

Literary Mix Tapes’ founder Jodi Cleghorn headed up the team of volunteers at 100 Stories and was working on the two projects concurrently through January, February and March. Many of the names you see published in LMT anthologies were involved behind the scenes including Trevor Belshaw – who started it all off with a simple status update, Jen Brubacher, Annie Evett, Chia Evers, Rebecca Emin, Rebecca Dobbie, Susan May James, P.J Kaiser, Dan Powell, Tanya Bell and Jason Coggins read and voted; Stacey Larner and Paul Servini were on the editing team, and authors, such as Sam Adamson, Jo Hart,  Devin Watson, Josh Donellan, Monica Marier and Cath Barton, who had stories which made the final cut.

100 Stories for Queensland is a charity anthology of flash fiction from authors across the globe. Proceeds donated to The Queensland Premier’s Flood Appeal.

From the back cover:

“One hundred beautiful stories. Our stories. When so much was lost or destroyed, this was created. That’s something that can never recede or wash away.”

Kate Eltham – CEO of The Queensland Writers Centre

100 STORIES FOR QUEENSLAND has something for everyone, from slice of life to science fiction, fantasy to romance, paranormal to literary fiction. Heart-warming, quirky, inspiring and funny, the stories between these covers will lift readers to higher ground.

Please consider adding both to your shopping cart tomorrow… and as always, share with a friend or two. All money from both anthologies is donated to charity (sales of Nothing But Flowers donated to the Grantham Flood Support Fund).

LoveSong… and more '89 Music

It was inevitable, playing with music and words, that from words would come music.

We’re incredibly lucky here to have the creative genius and momentum of Jim Bronyaur – who was the second person to throw weight and stories behind Literary Mix Tapes back in December.

Jim’s recorded The Cure’s Lovesong - his story prompt – including a sneak preview of his story in the opening sections of the song.

Willing to put his music where his mouth is – Jim’s willing to record another song.

So we’re turning it over to you folks. What would you like to hear recorded*? Leave a comment below and on Saturday I will tally up the comments and send the winning song over to Jim.

Summerland (King’s X)
What Good Am I? (Bob Dylan)
I Drove All Night (Cindi Lauper)
Lovesong (The Cure)
Lay Your Hands on Me (Bon Jovi)
Don’t Ask Me Why (Eurythmics)
Stand (REM)
Electric Youth (Debbie Gibson)
Love in an Elevator (Aerosmith)
Love Shack (B52s)
Cap in Hand (The Proclaimers)
Funky Cold Medina (Tone Loc)
Read Gone Kid (Deacon Blue)
Rock On (Michael Damian)
18 & Life (Skid Row)
Head On (Jesus and Mary Chain)
Tin Machine (Tin Machine)
Fascination Street (The Cure)
We Didn’t Start the Fire (Billy Joel)
Toy Soldiers (Martika)
Higher Ground (Red Hot Chilli Peppers)
Right Here Waiting For You (Richard Marx)
30 Years in the Bathroom (The Wonderstuff)
Sewing the Seeds of Love (Tears for Fears)
Poison (Alice Cooper)
If I Could Turn Back Time (Cher)

*There’s not formal poll – getting twenty six songs into one would be a nightmare!

89 Playlist & Author Line Up

Paul Anderson Summerland  (King’s X)
Cath Barton What Good Am I? (Bob Dylan)
Tanya Bell I Drove All Night (Cindi Lauper)
Jim Bronyaur Lovesong (The Cure)
Adam Byatt Lay Your Hands on Me (Bon Jovi)
Dale Challener Roe Don’t Ask Me Why (Eurythmics)
Jodi Cleghorn Stand (REM)
JM Donellan Electric Youth (Debbie Gibson)
Jason Coggins Love in an Elevator (Aerosmith)
Jonathan Crossfield Love Shack (B52s)
Laura Eno Cap in Hand (The Proclaimers)
Rob Diaz Funky Cold Medina (Tone Loc)
Rebecca Dobbie Read Gone Kid (Deacon Blue)
Kaolin Fire Rock On (Michael Damian)
Jo Hart 18 & Life (Skid Row)
Susan May James Head On (Jesus and Mary Chain)
Maria Kelly Tin Machine (Tin Machine)
Stacey Larner Fascination Street (The Cure)
Monica Marier We Didn’t Start the Fire (Billy Joel)
Laura Meyer Toy Soldiers (Martika)
Lily Mulholland Higher Ground (Red Hot Chilli Peppers)
Emma Newman Right Here Waiting For You (Richard Marx)
Icy Sedgwick 30 Years in the Bathroom (The Wonderstuff)
Benjamin Solah Sewing the Seeds of Love (Tears for Fears)
Devin Watson Poison (Alice Cooper)
Alison Wells If I Could Turn Back Time (Cher)

Eighty-Nine Author Line Up

Eighty-Nine, our June anthology, will traverse the best (and worst) of pop culture and historical events for the year 1989; stories twisting and turning to a pumping soundtrack sound track ranging from Cher to The Cure, Billy Joel to The B52s and Red Hot Chilli Peppers to REM.

Eighty-Nine features ten shiny new faces: Paul Anderson, Cath Barton, Tanya Bell, Kaolin Fire, Jo Hart, John de Jordy, Monica Mariner, Laura Meyer, Devin Watson and Alison Wells.

The complete line up is as follows…

Paul Anderson
Cath Barton
Tanya Bell
Jim Bronyaur
Adam Byatt
Dale Challener Roe
Jodi Cleghorn
Carrie Clevenger
Jason Coggins
Jonathan Crossfield
John de Jordy
Rob Diaz
Rebecca Dobbie
Kaolin Fire
Jo Hart
Susan May James
Maria Kelly
Stacey Larner
Monica Mariner
Laura Meyer
Lily Mulholland
Emma Newman
Icy Sedgwick
Benjamin Solah
Devin Watson
Alison Wells

Eighty-Nine goes live for 48 hours on June, 21st and will be available for purchase from June 23rd as an eBook and paperback.