The Book of Fascination is to be a multi-authored, multi-platform initiative.
The central product is a hard copy book. An e-book could also be one of the other platforms of the initiative. The primary product is a hard copy book, consisting of up to 30 authors original content. Each article less than 5,000 words, multiple articles possible and encouraged. It’s envisaged that the book will contain between 100,000 and 150,000 words, plus associated images and links.
Each author’s fascination can be based on their ultimate fascination, which may not be their primary interest as an author. E.g.: a crime novelist might have a fascination for skydiving and may have never written about it. A fantasy writer may have a fascination for baroque statues.
I have three articles on fascination already written:
Fascinating Pâté – The fascination for the overwhelming desire to devour that glorious substance that is pâté, balanced against the horrible, disgusting and cruel production methods of creating pâté. (The force-feeding of geese).
Fascinating People (But from Behind) – A look at the fascination that some artists throughout history have with recording and portraying people from behind, artists from Caspar David Friedrich to the Australian artist Mark Hislop.
Fascinating Alcohol – Alcohol, wrecks, ruins, creates, conceives and destroys lives, art, businesses, relationships, and even countries. Australia’s fascination with alcohol is unique among countries. My fascinating as an artist, sometimes relies on alcohol. Why?
The multi-platform part of the initiative can consist of social networking sites such as Facebook or even Twitter, e.g.: Your fascination in 140 characters or less, collect these and publish the best in the book. We could do a similar thing with Facebook, Bebo, MySpace and the like. Limit it to 500 words. The general public could contribute to this book, meaning we could do many editions of The Book of Fascination. Perhaps even bring them out as individual fascinations, such as a book of fascination on artworks, on books, on music/composers, on dance and dancers.
The Book or Books of Fascination might work better with a general focus, such as articles/responses only on the arts, or other specific subjects. Various possibilities should be assessed and perhaps tested to see what works best for the authors and the market.
I am currently searching for authors for this project and with support will be applying for a New Works Grant from the Australia Council to fund the project.
The owner of Boccalatte has expressed an interest in being involved in this project. Click here to sign up for the project.
Linda Apple is the author of Writing From Your Soul, Writing Life ~ Your Stories Matter, Connect ~ A Simple Guide to Public Speaking for Writers, POW; Promises Kept and Women Of Washington Avenue, her debut novel and the first book in her Moonlight Mississippi series. Her personal experience stories have been published in 16 of the Chicken Soup for the Soul books. Her devotions have been published in numerous devotion magazines and books. She lives in Fayetteville Arkansas with her husband, Neal, their five children, five children-in-love, and ten grandchildren.
Jody Bailey Day writes inspirational fiction from west Texas. Her debut novel, Washout Express, released June 2013 from Harbourlight Books. Her short stories, poems, devotionals, and articles have appeared in Mature Living, Splickety Magazine, The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, Southern Writers Magazine, and Christiandevotions.us, She is a two time Grand Prize Winner at the East Texas Christian Writers Conference, and a Faithwriters.com Best of the Best award winner. She and her pastor husband have six grown children and nine grandchildren.
Deborah Dee Harper writes from Murfreesboro, Tennessee, by way of Michigan, Kentucky, Alaska, Mississippi, and Alaska (again). Deb is a graduate of the Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild classes and writes Christian humorous and inspirational books for both children and adults. Her children’s adventure series, Laramie on the Lam, available in both e-book and print, is being re-published as six individual print books. Her Road’s End series (Misstep, Faux Pas, and Misjudge) for adults is also contracted and should be published soon. She is currently nearing completion on the first book of another series. She is represented by Terry Burns of Hartline Literary Agency.
Lisa Lickel is an award-winning multi-published inspirational novelist, blogger, reviewer, and writing mentor. A freelance editor, Lisa loves all things historical. Her work has appeared in Writer's Digest and Christian Fiction Online.
Liberty Speidel has been a voracious reader since reading her first Nancy Drew book. But she was telling stories long before then with her figurines from Disney's Rescue Rangers. When she's not writing, you may find her gardening, baking, crocheting, or hiking. A lifelong Kansan, she now resides in the Kansas City metro area with her husband, children, and chocolate Labrador, where she could rival Captain Jean Luc Picard in consumption of Earl Grey tea. She is the author of Emergence, Retaliation, and Capitulation, novellas and novels in her series featuring superhuman and police detective Darby Shaw.
Donn Taylor led an Infantry rifle platoon in the Korean War, served with Army aviation in Vietnam, and worked with air reconnaissance in Europe and Asia. Afterwards, he earned a PhD in English literature (Renaissance) and for eighteen years taught literature at two liberal arts colleges. His poetry has appeared in leading journals and is collected in his book Dust and Diamond: Poems of Earth and Beyond.His fiction includes a light-hearted mystery, Rhapsody in Red, and two suspense novels, Deadly Addictive and The Lazarus File, and a historical romance, Lightning on a Quiet Night. He is a frequent speaker at writers’ groups and conferences. He lives near Houston, TX, where he continues to write fiction and poetry, as well as essays on writing, ethical issues, and U.S. foreign policy.
Editor/Author Linda Yezak lives with her husband in a forest in east Texas, where tall tales abound and exaggeration is an art form. She is a speaker/lecturer for various writers' groups and conferences. Her fiction books include Give the Lady a Ride, The Simulacrum, and The Cat Lady's Secret. Her nonfiction books include Writing in Obedience, co-written with Hartline Literary agent Terry Burns.
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