Members of the Commercial Short Story group launch an anthology of 16 short stories today: 'Child in Me', edited by me, with all royalties going to support the work of The Grandparents Association
(GPA). Eleven writers, including scriptwriter and site expert Julie Balloo (Jubbly), alongside published writers Gem, Samantha, Eve26, and Katerina, have all contributed stories; around half the stories have been previously published in magazines, or elsewhere. The anthology also gives new writers on CSS a chance to see their work in print. All the stories were subject to the critical scrutiny of CSS members before acceptance in the anthology.
The stories, written for adults, are on the theme of childhood and the writer and broadcaster, Gloria Hunniford
, has written a foreword. Gloria is a keen supporter of the work of the GPA and has written and broadcasted on grandparenting topics in the past.
It is available in paperback from FeedaRead, via Amazon, from independent bookshops, quoting the title and the ISBN number 9781782999638, or you can read it in on Kindle.
The royalties to the GPA depends on the supplier, as above, and if the book is purchased direct from Feedaread, the royalty payment per book is just over £2.00; £1.63, if purchased from Amazon or independent bookstores, and 50 pence per Kindle download.
I will extend the number of e-book outlets after 90 days, once the KDP Select period is over.
There are 14 million grandparents in the UK, with nine out of ten of them over 50 years of age. It is estimated that grandparents undertake unpaid the equivalent of £3886 million pound of childcare per year in Britain.
The GPA is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year and supports grandparents and their grandchildren in a variety of ways, but particularly in welfare advice and emotional support to the 200,000 UK grandparents who care for their grandchildren in the absence of one or both of the natural parents. It receives around 800 telephone calls a month and around 2 million visitors visit the website each year. http://www.grandparents-association.org.uk/
I am currently liaising with them to look at ways of publicising the book, but if there are any ways WW members can give this a tweet, boost, bump, bounce - or even buy a copy - that would be great.