Monday, October 30, 2006
Let's Get Wet
Good morning! I'm taking over the blog today to shout about Phaze's digital release of the Special Hurricane Relief Edition of Coming Together.
First, though, let me share a little bit of history about Coming Together.
A couple years ago, some writer friends & I were tossing around ideas for bundling our short stories and poetry into a self-published print anthology. At the time, none of us were professionally published. We hammered out the details of a vetting system to screen the stories. Submissions had to receive a certain number of endorsements before being accepted for inclusion. We got bogged down, however, when the discussion turned to money and how to handle the distribution of the proceeds. Would it be an even split, or would longer stories get proportionally more? What about poetry and illustrations?
That's when the suggestion was made to donate the proceeds to charity. We realized that the sales income, once divided 15 or 20 ways, was never going to amount to much. But, if we came together, we could do some good AND get a wider audience for our work.
We chose our primary charity. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is a nonprofit group of passionate people-lawyers, technologists, volunteers, and visionaries-working to protect your digital rights.
The first volume of Coming Together hit the cyber-shelves of CafePress in June of 2005. (Incidentally, that was the same month I joined the Phaze family with a contract for fine flickering hungers, my single-author anthology.)
Three months later, a second volume followed. Then, Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast, and we decided that we needed to come together for another cause!
To be continued ...