January 13, 2014

In a Land Far Away -- Doing Good While Reading Marvelous New Fairy Tales, By Teresa Robeson



Editor's note: Teresa Robeson, a talented writer and true friend of Enchanted Conversation, has written a guest post promoting a wonderful collection of fairy tales, In a Land Far Away, that not only will entertain you, but do great good: One hundred percent of the book's profit goes to Doctors Without Borders. And there's a sale on the Kindle version this week. (See below.) I have already read Teresa's story in the collection, and several others, thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Please do check it out! Oh, just buy it! You won't be sorry.

Once upon a time, six writers from all over North America had a yen to pen speculative fiction ranging from fairy tales to fantasy to hard core science fiction. So, they took a class from Gotham Writers’ Workshop to hone their skills, where, oh happy day, they discovered kindred spirits in each other. After the class was over, the six decided to continue to keep company on the road to the publication and formed the Minnows Literary Group.

Led by the indomitable horror author, Russell R. James, we not only blazed our own writing paths, but we also sought to do collective good with our writing. Thus the idea of putting together anthologies with different speculative fiction themes and selling them to benefit a charity was born.

The first anthology we published was Out of Time, a time travel themed set of stories, released in late February, 2013. In just ten short months, over 3,500 copies of this inaugural volume was sold to countries as far away as India, Brazil, and Great Britain, netting over $1,000 (100% of the profits) for our chosen charity, Doctors Without Borders.

For our second anthology, also with 100% of the profits going to Doctors Without Borders, we decided to write fairy tales! In a Land Far Away features twelve tales, two from each of the six authors. Some of the stories are brand new fairy tales, while others are riffs on the old ones that fans of Enchanted Conversation are very familiar with. There’s something in this volume for every fairy tale enthusiast!

The Kindle version sells for $2.99, and the paper version is $6.29. Between January 14 and January 20, the Kindle version will be on sale for $0.99. That’s a smaller profit for Doctors Without Borders, but a great bargain for readers. We hope that all those who take advantage of the price can pay it forward by spreading the word and adding reviews at Goodreads and at Amazon.

Books that entertain while alleviating medical crises around the world prove that the pen is mightier than the sword!

13 comments

  1. Thank you so much for featuring us on your blog, Kate! It seems that Doctors Without Borders need funding now more than ever, sadly. But I sincerely hope that everyone who buys a copy will also get personal enjoyment out of our labor of love! :)

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  2. I loved the first anthology so I will definitely get this one. So nice that you are giving your profits to charity. You should do another anthology for profit...you all deserve it.

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    1. Thanks so much for your kind words and continued support, Sylvia! You are so sweet. :)

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  3. The first anthology was wonderful and I'm sure this one will be even better. And I agree with Sylvia, you guys should do one for yourselves.

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    1. Thanks, hon! The royalties would be too difficult to figure out across country line. :) MSF needs the money more than we do anyway.

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  4. I liked the first book, but I'm loving this one. I keep thinking that I've read my favorite story only to read the next and like it just as much. Great work!

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    1. Meg, thanks very much! My group will be delighted to hear this. :)

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  5. What a wonderful thing to do, Teresa! Kudos to you and your dastardly writing crew!

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    1. Renee, even your comments are poetic while being funny and complimentary! <3

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  6. I loved this anthology, It was fun and entertaining and I am so happy that I heard about it on EC. Congratulations Teresa and thank you for supporting a worthy cause.

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    1. Laura, thank you so much for buying a copy to help out Doctors Without Borders! I'm really glad you enjoyed it. :)

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  7. I'm looking forward to reading it!

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