Just a note to let you know we’ve set up a new website for reviews of StoneThread titles. You can see it by visiting StoneThread Publishing and clicking the new Reviews link in the menu. I had an extra website lying around, so I decided to dust it off and put it to use.
Over the next few days we’ll be adding all the reviews we’ve already gleaned from Amazon, Smashwords and other sources. Of course we’ll search those same venues for new reviews regularly now that we have a place to compile them. We’re hoping this new feature will provide at least two benefits:
First, in the past, readers had to visit Amazon or Barnes & Noble or Smashwords to read reviews, and then they saw only the reviews that were published there. Also, chances are they wouldn’t see reviews that were published in magazines and journals or on reviewers’ websites. Now they can see all the reviews of all our titles in one convenient place.
Second, this provides a venue if you’d like to write a review and have it published without jumping through the various hoops at Amazon et al. If you borrow a StoneThread title from a friend, you can’t leave a review on Amazon or most of the other sales venues, but you can leave it with us. We’d love to hear from you, and we’ll post your comments on the appropriate review page. In fact, if you see a title in which you’re interested and for which you would like to write a review, email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll send you the title in Kindle, Nook/Apple or PDF format free of charge. Again, we would request that you write a review for us.
If you’re a StoneThread author, no matter the source of any new reviews you receive any new reviews, please send those along so we can add them to our site. You can email those directly to email@example.com.
Also, on a personal note, I’m taking this opportunity to issue a personal invitation to all of you to join me in what should be an interesting endeavor. Some time ago I wrote a series of vignettes that, when combined, comprised a complete short story. Before that, I compiled a collection of my short fiction—thirteen stories, actually—and added one seemingly unrelated vignette between each two stories (after Papa Hemingway’s Finca Vigia edition). Again, when the reader finished the thirteen vignettes, they comprised another short story. Well, awhile back I thought Why can’t I write a series of short stories that, when combined, form a novel? And that’s what I’m going to do.
Each story will be self-contained, yet each story also will be interconnected with the one that preceded it and the one that follows it. Combined, those stories will comprise a novel. A magic realism novel. A speculative fiction novel. A novel of around 80,000 words.
I hope you will come along on this journey with me. If you visit http://CantinaTales.com you’ll see the introduction to the novel/collection. Be sure to click the Get all the tales first hand! link to subscribe. You’ll receive a new blog post from the cantina in Agua Rocosa each time we add a short story or a self-contained segment of a short story (a sub-story). Occasionally we might toss in a tidbit or two about Agua Rocosa, Aguafuertes, Bahia Rio and some of the more colorful local characters who live there. If you subscribe and read each post that comes from Cantina Tales, when it’s finished you will have read the entire novel. And that’s part of the magic as well, isn’t it? You will have read twenty or twenty-one or twenty-two short stories plus a whole novel.
The point is, there won’t be any “how-to” blog posts on Cantina Tales. Those will continue to come from my HarveyStanbrough.com blog, probably every ten days or so. And there won’t be any “contest news” or “publishing news” or any of that. Those will continue to come from this blog.
You will have noticed that I wrote “we” would add a story or sub-story. I have to say “we” because, after all, I’m speaking not only for myself but on behalf of Juan Carlos Salazár (the keeper of the cantina) and Gervasio Arrancado (the teller of the tales). A few other characters might drop by as well to provide a guest post from time to time. The site itself also will contain pages dedicated to the various characters, both human and non-human, animate and inanimate. I’ve already started some of those, so feel free to look around. And if there are characters who appeal to you and you want to know more about them, feel free to let me know… well, me or Juan Carlos or Gervasio.
I believe you will enjoy the folks who live in and around Agua Rocosa as well as those who are simply passing through. I know for a fact they will enjoy you. Especially if you are planning to join me in Green Valley on April 1 for my talk on Speculative Fiction, you should subscribe to Cantina Tales and get a leg up, yes?
I hope to see you there, in Agua Rocosa. There’s always an open place at the bar, and if enough of you come perhaps we can push together a few tables and make a party of it.
By the way, this one time a similar note is going out via my HarveyStanbrough.com blog, and I’m aware that some who are signed up for my blog posts also are on my WTW lists, so if you hear this more than once, please forgive.
Thanks for allowing me this bit of personal indulgence. I hope you will enjoy the new Reviews site, and I do hope you’ll swing by the Cantina at Agua Rocosa.
All my best,