TIBE Follow-up: Ebooks! (Part 1)

Hi everyone! A number of people who came to visit us at the Taiwan International Book Exhibition (TIBE) over the last week asked about the ebook versions of the books we were selling. For the benefit of those who love reading but are forced by spacial constraints to limit the numbers of physical books they own, here is a run-down of all the writers’ group anthologies we were selling:

Writers’ Group Anthologies

Taiwan Tales was published in 2014, and is a multi-genre anthology of short stories from eight authors. All the stories are about Taiwan, but from different perspectives, including elements of fantasy, science-fiction, personal experiences, and more.

 

Night Market, published in July 2015, is a multi-genre anthology of short stories by ten different authors. All of the stories involve night markets and are mostly set in Taiwan. The stories are historical fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, ghost stories, and more.

 

Peak Heat, published in January 2016, is an anthology of dystopian short stories by nine different authors. Inspired by J.J. Green’s story “The Collector” in Taiwan Tales, the stories examine the Earth after global warming has gotten out of control. Each tale takes place in a different part of the world and focuses on how people’s lives were affected by the disaster.

 

Twisted Fairy Tales, published in September 2016, is an anthology of short stories by nine authors. The stories are twisted (dark / humorous / dirty) retellings of classic fairy tales from around the world, along with some original stories.

 

In a follow-up blog, I’ll cover the ebooks written by individual authors from the group, including all those that appeared at TIBE.

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Taipei Writers’ Group: TIBE 2017

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This year at the Taipei International Book Exhibition, TWG Press can be found at booth A721 in the international section of the exhibition. Come meet some of the authors of TWG Press’s four anthologies and learn more about TWG Press, Taipei Writers’ Group, and the publications of half a dozen independent authors. Doors will be open to the public from 3pm on February 8th, and the exhibition will last through February 13th. This year the cost is only NT$100/$50 concession/free for under-18 Taiwanese students for one day, or NT$200/$150 for multiple days.

台北國際書展將從下周開始起跑,這是我們 TWG Press 首度參展,將在A721展位。從下周三2月8日下午3點起,一般大眾就可以購票入場,單日門票只有100元 (18歲以下半價50元),多日通行證只有200元 (18歲以下150元),本次書展將至2月13日星期一為止。

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TWG Press will be hosting two events during the exhibition / 我們在展期有2場活動: 

02/08, Wednesday/星期三, 17:15-18:15
Topic: English Literature in Taiwan: TWG Experience / 英文文學在台灣: TWG的經驗分享
Location: Literature Salon (文學沙龍)
Content: Join TWG Press and its writers for an in-depth discussion on their literary journey in Taiwan. 歡迎來聽我們 TWG 作家們在台灣發展寫作生涯的經驗談,以及台灣發展英文文學的潛力。

02/12, Sunday, 19:45-20:45
Topic: TWG Anthology Reading Party / 從台灣傳奇到變調成人童話,TWG 朗讀會
Location: Yellow Salon (黃沙龍)
Content: Join TWG Press and its writers for a fun reading party about their anthology series: Taiwan Tales, Night Market, Peak Heat, and Twisted Fairy Tales for Adults / 來聽我們的作家們,盡情朗讀這4本書。

All four of TWG Press’ anthologies will be available for purchase:

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Taiwan Tales: NT$300 台灣傳奇只要新台幣 300元
Night Market / Peak Heat / Twisted Fairy Tales for Adults: NT$400 each
夜市人生 / 亂世榮景 / 變調成人童話 每本400元

Pick any 2 and get NT$100 off 任選2本折價100元!
Any 3 for NT $200 off  任選3本折價200元!
Or buy all 4 for only NT$1200! 全套4本總價1200元!

Also available will be books by Taipei Writers’ Group authors Emily Brooks, J.J. Green, L.L. Phelps, Bradley Verdell, Brian Q. Webb, and Mark Will

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We hope to see you soon! 我們希望有機會跟大家交流喔! 

-TWG Press and Taipei Writers’ Group
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Taipei Writer’s Group launches new anthology; Critics call it, “The most important book of our time.”

by Laurel Bucholz

        Voodoo doughnuts was hopping on the evening of Saturday, October 1st, as the Taipei Writer’s Group launched their newest creation, Twisted Fairy Tales, an anthology for adults. Lines wrapped around the block as fans of TWG waited with bated breath to get their hands on the book one critic proclaimed as, “the most important work of fiction since Kafka’s Metamorphosis.”

         Tensions were high as fans understood that there were only a limited number of books available, and some were even desperate enough to attempt violence to obtain a copy.

         CK Hugo Chung was the diva host of the evening, rivaling the likes of Angelina Jolie for top diva status as he modeled his fairy tale costume designed by Vera Wang.

         As the audience took their seats, Jenny, ‘J.J.’ Green was called to read an excerpt from her Carrie Hatchett novels, which prompted every audience member to get on their phones and order the series. Some even fainted as if she were a member of the Beatles. Thankfully no one was hurt.

          Unfortunately, anthology participant Laurel Bucholz tripped on her princess dress while approaching the stage and fellow writer L.L. Phelps was forced to cover her ass and read two story excerpts. The crowd was at their feet cheering at Ms. Phelps’ public speaking capabilities. She was certainly the hero of the evening.

          Hugo McGlinchey, Patrick Whalen, Brian Quentin Webb, and Emily Brooks’ readings were so successful, some fans had to be removed for trying to touch the writers, in hopes that some of their essence would rub off on them.

         Up next was writer Whitney Zahar who brought a special guest to accompany her story – a version of Sleepy Hollow. The audience gasped as Edgar Allan Poe walked in to do the sound effects on her reading. Literary members were more confused as to why Poe was there instead of Washington Irving, than they were seeing a ghost act as a foley artist.

          As the confusion settled, Brad Williams – who was the most beautiful woman in the room that night – walked up to the stage and gave a rousing sermon about the falsity of free will, to which the audience was confused and angered as they came for a book launch…


There was a moment when the audience became sad as CK Hugo announced that TWG anthology contributing writers Pat Woods, Erisa Apantaku, and Nick Vaky weren’t going to be able to make it. Short lived sadness was changed into elation as the trio of authors managed to be the first humans ever to use a teleportation device they had jointly invented together just to be at the event. The light from the floor beamed almost as bright as their personalities as each of them read their excepts from the anthology that another critic proclaimed, “Stephen King’s writing seems like a tenth grader’s compared to TWG’s  Twisted Fairy Tales – though he is only one man, and they had nine brilliant brains. Maybe that’s an unfair comparison? Nah, screw that – it’s fair.”

           Finally, as the excitement was winding down, it was time to give out TWG’s raffle prizes. Third prize was a box of calorie-free doughnuts that still tasted like the real thing – won by the talking squirrel named ‘Mr. Squeakers’, who also purchased four copies of the book.  Second prize was a beer – which was mistakenly drunk by an audience member when the establishment ran out of alcohol. First prize was a million NT dollars and a copy of the anthology. It was given to the Buddha, who showed up to the event disguised as a homeless man. He promptly donated the money to saving trees, and urged the crowd to support the anthology on Kindle. He was quoted as saying, “This book will certainly make all of humanity more compassionate and kind – it is a must read.”

If you weren’t able to make it to the event of the year, you can go to these sites to purchase our new anthology:

Create Space: https://www.createspace.com/6609957

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Twisted-Fairy-Tales-Adults-Anthology-ebook/dp/B01LZ67LVK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1475456687&sr=8-1&keywords=twisted+fairy+tales+for+adults

If you’re interested in joining TWG for their next meeting, check out the details at:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/414415571918140/

PLEASE DON’T FORGET TO REVIEW OUR BOOK!! 😉


***Disclaimer: Nothing written in this article is true except for the part about there being an awesome book you can get from Amazon or create space called Twisted Fairy Tales, an anthology written for adults, and that there was a launch of the book at Voodoo Doughnuts on October 1st. TWG takes no responsibility for the accuracy or content contained in this article. Brad being the most beautiful woman in the room that night is subject to interpretation.

Respect The Reviewer 2: How to Find, Contact and Stay on the Good Side of Reviewers

A great post on soliciting reviews in a polite and respectful manner, from happymeerkatreviews.

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Here’s the second Respect the Reviewer article I’ve written (the first can be read here).  This is for all authors out there.  While some tips might be obvious others you may not have thought of, either way I hope some of these tips will help you find a reviewer and go about contacting them the right way.  🙂

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All authors know the importance of getting book reviews. Not only can a good book review encourage others to buy your book but if you get enough of them your book will be listed higher on amazon (or so the rumour goes). But how can authors go about contacting reviewers? And what’s the right or wrong thing to say and do when asking and waiting for a review?

I’ve been reviewing books for some time now and take this ‘job’ very seriously. I recognise the need to give an informative and honest…

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