Welcome to Day 4 of the WordCrafter “Once Upon an Ever After” Book Blog Tour featuring an interview with compiler and editor, Kaye Lynne Booth.
Monday – August 22 – Opening Day Post – Writing to be Read – Intro. & Guest Post – Sarah Lyn Eaton
Tuesday – August 23 – Patty’s World – Review & Guest Post – Robbie Cheadle
Wednesday – August 24 – The Showers of Blessings – Guest Post – Olivia Merchiston
Thursday – August 25 –Roberta Writes – Interview w/ Kaye Lynne Booth
Friday – August 26 – Zigler’s News – Review & Guest Post – Lyndsay Elizabeth Gilbert
Saturday – August 27 – Closing Post – Writing to be Read – Guest Post – A.E. Lanier
For a chance to win a free digital copy of Once Upon an Ever After, just leave a comment to show you were here. Follow the tour and comment at each stop for more chances to win. Three copies will be given away in a random drawing. (Yep. I literally draw the names out of a hat.)
Interview with compiler and editor, Kaye Lynne Booth
Please tell us a bit about yourself and your background in writing, editing, and publishing
I’ve been writing since 1996, when I sold my first poem, but I didn’t get really serious about it until after the introduction of the internet in 2008. I started out as the Southern Colorado Literature Examiner for Examiner.com, and from there moved into blogging on Writing to be Read. I was able to get my first book, a western novel, published through Dusty Saddle Publishing, and I even taught a semester of English Composition, before founding Write it Right Editing & WordCrafter Press. I currently hold both an M.F.A. in Creative Writing with a dual emphasis in genre fiction and screenwriting, and an M.A. in Publishing, which I was just awarded last month.
Tell us a bit about your new anthology, Once Upon an Ever After: Modern Fairy Tales & Folklore
While earning my M.A. in Publishing at Western Colorado University, I studied under Kevin J. Anderson, and Draft2Digital offers them a grant each year, which is used to offer professional rates for story submissions so the students can get the hands-on editorial experience of working to compile the annual anthology. My cohort’s anthology attracted over 600 submissions, and not all of them were great, but they did receive enough exceptional stories to make the selection process very difficult. We couldn’t accept them all. My solution was to collect the contact information for the stories I liked that didn’t make it and create my own “By invitation only” anthology.
The only catch was that there were enough to fill three anthologies, so that’s what I did. Once Upon an Ever After: Modern Fairy Tales & Folklore includes stories which carried heavy fairy tale or folklore appeal on my list. While not all of the authors who I reached out to accepted my proposal, which offers royalty split instead of professional rates, I did end up with ten skilled and talented authors, and of course I included a story of my own. It’s available at many book distributors, including Amazon, through the Books2Read UBL link: https://books2read.com/u/mKdWGV
What do you think the benefits to writers are of having short stories included in anthologies?
Anthologies are a great way to add to your book catalog and offer additional projects to add to your resume, but they are more than that. All contributing authors benefit when the book sells, so it is in their best interest to pull together promotional efforts and extend their author reach through their co-author’s audiences. From the publisher’s point of view, I get to meet and work with some terrific authors will I increase the WordCrafter Press catalog of titles. They can be a win-win for all concerned.
Can you tell us a bit about the services WordCrafter Press offers writers and authors?
WordCrafter Press offers publishing services for authors who have a book they want published, (including editing services through Write it Right Editing Services), publication, and book promotion services, (through WordCrafter Book Blog Tours). I also compile and edit an annual writing contest and short fiction anthology, and an annual poetry anthology. WordCrafter Press can assist authors with their publishing needs at every stage.
What are your plans for WordCrafter Press going forward?
For the remainder of this year, WordCrafter Press has two more short fiction anthologies planned for release: Refracted
Reflections next month, and Visions in October. Each anthology will have a book blog tour during the week of release and I’m planning a big Facebook book event to celebrate all three launches for Halloween the end of October.
In the more distant future , I plan to add more of my own titles to the WordCrafter Press catalog, including a western series, which includes the re-release of my first western novel; a science fantasy series; a time travel romance; and continue with the annual anthologies, but I also hope to include more works by other authors as well.
About Once Upon an Ever After
This unique and imaginative collection of eleven thought provoking fantasy stories will delight readers who enjoy stories of wishes gone awry.
What happens when…
A woman desires to carry on her family’s legacy, uncovering a long-buried curse?
A not so perfect witch casts a spell to defy age and preserve her relationship with her handsome shapeshifting familiar?
A time traveler longs to be the savior of knowledge lost?
An incompetent delivery boy becomes an unlikely savior of forgotten artifacts?
A magic mirror yearns for a different question?
A tiny story witch desires to share her stories with the world?
Spells are cast, unlikely alliances made, and wishes granted, sometimes with surprising outcomes. You’ll love this anthology of modern myths, lore, and fairy tales. Once you read these twisted tales, you’ll be sure to be careful what you wish for….
If you liked Gilded Glass, you’ll enjoy Once Upon an Ever After: Modern Myths & Fairy Tales, short stories with thought provoking themes, captivating characters and diverse cultures, from humorous to horrifying, from the legendary past to possible futures and back to the here and now.