"No matter how terrified you may be, own your fear and take that leap anyway because whether you land on your feet or on your butt, the journey is well worth it."
-- Laurie Laliberte
"If your dreams do not scare you, they are not big enough."
-- Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage."
-- Anais Nin

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Knock Knock

Sometimes opportunities come along we'd be insane to pass up. So we take them. We hold on with all our might. We allow them to lead us wherever they go because blind faith is the wisest choice. Sometimes it's the only choice. But until we are fully involved in the events brought about by grasping those opportunities we don't understand the impact they have, and will continue to have, on our lives.

Resistance Front is currently available
on Amazon for 99 cents
Five months ago this week I submitted a short story to an author who had decided to edit an anthology for charity. Within a few weeks I became a driving force in promoting all aspects of the organization being formed around the project. Now I'm co-editing our second anthology dubbed KAS 1.5.

Why 1.5 and not 2? Because this wasn't supposed to happen. Bernard, my editor, co-editor, client (I'll get to that part later), friend, somehow ended up in a twitter conversation with a representative from the Worldreader organization. Worldreader's main objective is to distribute Kindle devices to students in developing countries. Talks happened because opportunity knocked.

Bernard and I were in the earliest of planning stages for the super-secret KAS 2 and pretty much convinced each other that connecting with Worldreader was a good idea. After having learned many lessons from building and producing our first anthology, Resistance Front, we were confident enough in ourselves and our organization that we could put together a second anthology on a much smaller scale. With proper planning, we could get KAS 1.5 into the hands of readers before Memorial Day, just in time for summer reading.

Like its predecessor KAS 1.5 will be sold online. But even more exciting, it will be distributed for free to those same students who receive Kindle devices from Worldreader. Hundreds, even thousands of copies. The possibilities, for our organization and our authors and editors, are endless.

Superbia is currently live
on Amazon for $2.99
But this hydra continues to sprout arms. You see, somewhere in the midst of all this, Bernard found himself in need of a new editor for his own work. I had already done some editing work for him. I had become familiar with his writing and his writing style. I had proofread and given somewhat detailed feedback on the novel (Guns of Seneca 6) he released while we were assembling Resistance Front. Another opportunity answered.

This week Bernard released, on Amazon, his second book of the year, Superbia. To say I'm proud of his work, and mine, is a profound understatement. But every step of the way, the support from fellow Kindle All-Stars* cannot be ignored. Every book is a team effort. And this team will continue to produce quality books for you, our readers, so long as you continue to support our efforts by buying them.

Show us an opportunity and stand back to watch what we can do with it.
*Many thanks specifically to my friends and colleagues, Keri Knutson, David Hulegaard, and William Vitka.


  1. You've earned all your newfound attention and success! Go get it!

  2. Congrats, B and LL both. Y'all are cramazing. : )

  3. Quick update kids: Bernard is a smart, smart man. (Anyone who dares tell him I said that will be in a heap of trouble.) He takes every advantage of Amazon's KDP program. Therefore, for the next two days, Superbia is FREE on Kindle. As I write this, it is also the #13 e-book in the Kindle free category as well as the #1 police procedural in Kindle. I'm crossing my fingers for #1 in both.

    So glad I answered that knock.

  4. wow how wonderful to be an editor, good luck to you...

    1. Thank you so much. And thank you for stopping in. My latest edit is actually my own book of crochet patterns which (I hope) will be available in March.