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Initial post: 31 Dec 2010 12:27:51 GMT
I am considering putting together a collection of short stories written by new, undiscovered authors. My idea is to put around 10 or so stories together in a kindle release. Any revenue would be shared equally. I am able to get the cover designed for free through my contacts. I think this will be a lot of fun. If anyone is interested, then please send your manuscripts to ianpaulyn att btinternet dott com (written like this to stop spammers). I cannot guarantee that your story will be included, as only the best will be chosen. With our collective efforts, it may be easier to get the book the exposure it will need for sales. By sending your manuscript to my e-mail (in whichever format is easier for you), you are confirming that you do own the copyright of the work. I will get the winning manuscripts proofread and edited, although I will keep the edits down to a bare minimum - I want the author to feel that what they have written will stay in the form they envisaged. Look forward to receiving your texts.


Posted on 31 Dec 2010 17:01:00 GMT
Iwan says:
what sort of size would you be looking for? how many pagesish

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Dec 2010 17:11:59 GMT
I have left the genre and size of manuscripts deliberately open. Being unsure as to how many authors might want to join me on this venture, I decided it prudent to see what selection of manuscripts I received before any final decision.

Posted on 1 Jan 2011 12:01:55 GMT
A big thank-you to all who have contributed so far. There is still room if anyone else would like to contribute.

Posted on 1 Jan 2011 12:33:44 GMT
Robin Red says:
Do you want only fictional short stories or will you be including a section for brief personal stories? For example, an account of a WW2 London evacuee's effect on a country school in the East Midlands.

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Jan 2011 12:44:13 GMT
By all means send it in. I see the book more of a showcase for new authors, so I do not feel it needs to be solely fiction. Depending on the amount of material I receive, I might do 2 or 3 different volumes. Perhaps adult fiction, children's stories, factual accounts etc. I won't make this decision until I have sieved through all the manuscripts.

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Jan 2011 13:23:02 GMT
See our website, we have just started publishing last September. There are stories about a cat, some general ones with tearful stories included and some historical fiction. Ignore the philososphy
Roger P

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Jan 2011 14:51:50 GMT
DCS says:

I have just published a collection of short stories about life in the deep South of the United States as experienced by widows, retired public school teachers and women who have found the meaning for their lives in church work. I am told short story collections don't sell very well, but the 19 of the stories had been published independently, and I wanted to see them available as a group. Also, the novel featuring the main character Mildred Budge and her Berean friends--CLOVERDALE-- has been accepted for publication by Comfort Publishing next October and I thought this early assemblage of stories might help to introduce my characters. Like others, I am looking about for tips on how to introduce my book to readers--not just other writers who are talking mainly to each other rather than the readers who will more likely be interested in the storylines. Anyone have any suggestions for someone like me? The collection is called Miss Budge In Love, and is available on Kindle and in paperback.Miss Budge In Love The Short Adventures of Mildred Budge

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Jan 2011 15:14:09 GMT
Last edited by the author on 1 Jan 2011 21:22:05 GMT
willioz says:
Ian who are you and what are you about.
Your asking for short stories to be sent you. for maybe publication, without telling anyone about yourself.
I would certainly want know a little bit more about who you are contacting with what one has written.

Posted on 1 Jan 2011 15:22:32 GMT
Apologies, but I should have said a little about myself. I currently work for an independent publishers, although this project is my pet idea to do in my own time. During my time there, I have worked as a project manager on many different series. I have had experience in the production, sales and reprographics departments. I have also edited, proofread and designed many different titles. To get an idea of the number of titles I have worked on, if you search for my name in quotes, "Ian Paulyn", in you will see a good selection. The eagle-eyed amongst you will notice that the majority of these books are children's books, but I feel the skills I have acquired over the last 15 years will enable me to handle this project successfully.

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Jan 2011 15:35:47 GMT
willioz says:
Dear Ian. I thank you for your quick responce.
My short stories are not for childrens books and they maybe complete rubish. I am not very good with english and not very computer literate but I do like to sit and right.
I have five short stories written, plus a 2 books in progress at this present time. one about a mistical dog, and second about a series of murders. I have recently been looking on the internet to get them edited, with the thought of trying to pulish.

Posted on 1 Jan 2011 17:24:08 GMT
I might be interested. I have a ton of short stories depending on the genre: some already published and some unpubbed. feel free to email with any questions/concerns


In reply to an earlier post on 1 Jan 2011 18:25:48 GMT
I would be happy to look at one and consider it for publication. If you e-mail it to me on ianpaulyn att btinternet dott com.

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Jan 2011 18:26:45 GMT
I have replied to your e-mail. I might advise editing your post to remove your e-mail address, as it may be subject to spam attacks.

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Jan 2011 21:33:54 GMT
willioz says:
Hi It appears that the email address that you gave me is not deliverable.
bad destination, Invalid domain.

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Jan 2011 21:43:38 GMT
It is

Posted on 2 Jan 2011 10:54:56 GMT
Roy Brookes says:
I am a published author of articles and short stories and one novel, but am still relatively unknown. I would like to contribute and will try to put together something suitable in the near future. Meanwhile you can check out my novel here on Amazon by searching on "A Man like Me" by Roy Brookes. I wish you well with the project.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Jan 2011 14:03:49 GMT
Happy New year to all! I've only just noticed this forum and I too am looking for short stories to expand an existing printed book Kids We Were. The difference being that they are all true stories from childhood so Robin Red's would be ideal.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Jan 2011 19:38:27 GMT
willioz says:
Roy thanks for the input.
I have read the reveiw{ A Man Like Me } on Amazon sounds like a winner to me.
Bill Johnson

Posted on 3 Jan 2011 14:16:40 GMT
Last edited by the author on 3 Jan 2011 14:17:16 GMT
Robin Red says:
Hello Helen Bennett
Re evacuee story: can you please contact me at bv dot meresfeld at talktalk dot net.
Email address written as above to avoid spam, please replace "dot" and "at" as appropriate.

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Jan 2011 15:36:51 GMT
Youu may be interested in some short stories I have published in an ebook called The girl on the bus. The stories Elizabeth and Paradise Cove may be of interest i can email them to youif you are interested.
Roger Penney

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Jan 2011 13:10:32 GMT
Roy Brookes says:
Hi Ian, as a result of your opening post I have written a short story (ca 5,700 words) which I shall send to your email address for your kind attention. Feedback will be appreciated. Kind Regards, Roy Brookes

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Jan 2011 13:16:33 GMT
I look forward to it.

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Jan 2011 13:37:57 GMT
Roy Brookes says:
Hi Willioz, you say "I am not very good with english and not very computer literate but I do like to sit and right." Well I am very good with English and am computer literate (my full-time profession is in IT consulting). If you would like me to have a look at your short stories and/or books and do a sort of "ghost write" of them, improve the English etc., I would be willing to do so, at no cost to you. Then we can maybe get you included in Ian's collection of short stories. What do you think? If you like the idea, email stuff to me at Roy dot Brookes (at) RoyBrookes dot com. Kind Regards, Roy

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Jan 2011 13:48:11 GMT
willioz says:
Hi Roy I have just last week, like you, sent one of my short stories to Ian and am awaiting a reply.
I would like to get something published in the near future and am open to all suggestions and yours sounds very good I thank you for taking an interest. I know that it needs proof reading and editing and I have been looking into getting this sorted
Thanks willioz
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