Kindle All StarsA Guest Post from Tony Healy about the upcoming short story anthology, Kindle All-Stars Present: Resistance Front due out before Christmas this year. All proceeds to charity.

I’m a part of the Kindle All-Stars short story anthology ‘Resistance Front.’ It’s a collection of work from 30 writers who couldn’t be any more different. Along the way we’ve even managed to pull in writers Harlan Ellison and Alan Dean Foster too. The stories cover all genres, all writing styles. As our illustrious leader, Bernard Schaffer likes to say, we’re sort of the Punk Rock of Literature. What does that mean? Well it’s not glamming us all up. And it’s not making us out to be something that we’re not.

It means we’re here to stir things up.

Publishing is in a weird place at the moment. The big houses don’t quite know how to react to the fact that people would rather buy a thriller for 99c than spend $15 on a hardback. Either that or they’re just reacting too slowly. They’re being reactive to the curve rather than pro-actively anticipating it… and it shows.

The e-book market is rocking the old-fashioned publishing world in a big way. And the ‘Punk Rock of Literature’ are those writers who are taking full advantage of the ensuing earthquake. They’re deciding upon their own content, working with each other to refine and edit their work. They’re creating their own covers. And what’s more they are publishing their work themselves.

So these writers. These indies. They ARE ALL THE PUNK ROCK OF LITERATURE.

Bernard doesn’t just mean the writers in this anthology, he means every writer who has the courage to put his or her dream down on paper, fold it into a boat and set it sail out into the world.

With this anthology we hope to get to the top of the Kindle Bestseller list. We hope to present a ‘Resistance Front’ to the tired formula of old-world publishing and smash it to pieces with it. And you want to know the best part? Every penny from its sale will go directly to charity, to the Center For Missing And Exploited Children.

I’d like you to visit www.kindleallstars.com to learn about this anthology. I’d like you to follow @kindleallstars on twitter. And when KINDLE ALL-STARS PRESENT: RESISTANCE FRONT comes out just before Christmas, I’d like you to buy it and help us help others.

When we asked Alan Dean Foster if he would willing to contribute a story to the anthology, he replied with “Growing up, I had access to all the books I wanted to read, and they made my life. This is a project to benefit kids who have nothing. I can think of no better cause.”

So there you have it. Stay tuned. And when it comes out, why not help us in creating some punk rock mayhem.

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3 thoughts on “The Punk Rock Of Literature

  • 30/10/2011 at 12:35 am
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    Thanks for posting this for us Derek. It’s been good to Vandalise the Vandal!

    Tony.

  • 31/10/2011 at 1:53 am
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    With reference to the self-publishing aspect of this article, this is an indepth interview with a New York writer who has published three novels using Lulu and Amazon. He touches on a few of the points you have made in this article, self-publishing maybe being he way forward for writers. He gives some good advice throughout about self-publishing as way to reach an audience and about the perceptions of others towards a publishing route that has its fair share of advocates and critics.

    http://garrycrystal.blogspot.com/2011/09/self-publish-or-perish-writers.html

    Thanks

  • 07/11/2011 at 5:59 pm
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    THIS IS ALL SO EXCITING!!!

    And by “this” and “all,” I mean: being a writer in today’s world, being an indie author, reaching audiences that were denied to us only a few short years ago, writing the stories we want instead of the stories we’re told to write, getting to meet cramazing authors from all over the world, being part of the Kindle All-Stars project, and being part of something even “big namers” have their hands in. WOOT!

    Derek, thanks for letting Tony showcase us on your blog. As one of the KAS, I really appreciate it, and I know the others do, too. Tony, thanks for all the promo work you’re doing. Dude. You’re inspiring.

    Join the Resistance Front!

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