It's been a long time since I've updated this blog. In the writing and publishing realm, my biggest news is that together with a few other people, I formed a small press in 2014 called Thinking Ink Press. It has been a wonderful experience.
We're getting ready to publish our first Thinking Ink Press book The Parents' Guide to Perthes, which I co-wrote with Dr. Charles T. Price. (Perthes is a rare childhood hip disorder.) Last fall I ran a successful preordering and crowdfunding event through Pubslush for this book. Because perthes is a rare disease, the number of readers will be small, but there is a real need for perthes resources. Though the event is over, you can still see the crowdfunding page if you're interested.
I want to thank all the contributors who helped make it possible to publish The Parents' Guide to Perthes and the bloggers who helped me spread the word about the crowdfunding event, Child Life Mommy and Emma and 3.
Now I'm back to working on my first novel, Dance, Interrupted and a children's picture book about a bunny with clubfoot.
I’ll be reading my flash fiction story "Fractions," at the next Flash Fiction Forum event in San Jose.
When: Wednesday, May 14, 7:00 pm-8:45 pm.
Where: WORKS Gallery 365 South Market St., San Jose, CA
The gallery is inconspicuous from the street but there should be a signboard out. WORKS offers wine and beer for sale as well as water. Street parking is hard to find, but free after 6 pm. The closest parking is in the Convention Center on Market, literally in the same building as WORKS; that costs $3/hour.
I'll have copies of Doorways to Extra Time, which includes my short story "The Now" with me for anyone who'd like to buy a book. Hope to see you there!
I got started on this project after a conversation with Dr. Charles T. Price. I know Dr. Price through the International Hip Dysplasia Institute. He heads up the medical board, and I’m on the advisory board so we keep in touch, though he’s in Florida and I’m in California.
Anyway, he was telling me about medical journal articles about Legg-Calvé Perthes disease (also called Perthes disease) to be published as a volume through Orthopedic Clinics of North America. Perthes is a rare childhood disease that affects bone in the ball at the top of the thigh bone.
Like many rare diseases, there weren’t any books available for parents. I’d collaborated with Dr. Price before to write some topics on the International Hip Dysplasia website. We work well together, so I asked him if he’d be interested in co-authoring a book about Perthes with me. I’d already written The Parents’ Guide to Hip Dysplasia and The Parents’ Guide to Clubfoot, so I had a similar style of book in mind.
He said yes, and we began working on the book, fitting it into evenings and weekends. We corresponded through email, sending the manuscript back and forth until it reached its final stages. I’m currently working on the desktop publishing, and very happy with how it looks. The release date when this book will be available will be in the fall. I’ll post again when I have the specific date.
Kobo has a coupon code 50DEC for 50% off e-books through December 31, 2013. You can use it for all titles including The Parents' Guide to Clubfoot and The Parents' Guide to Hip Dysplasia. If you like fiction, a couple of my short stories are available in the anthologies Doorways to Extra Time and Year's End: 14 Tales of Holiday Horror. Happy shopping!
I’m happy to announce an e-book giveaway of my book The Parents’ Guide to Hip Dysplasia. I have been wanting to do something to support the One Hip World group, so I reached out to my publisher Hunter House to see what we could come up with. We put our heads together and decided to give away 50 e-book editions of The Parents’ Guide to Hip Dysplasia. The e-book has all of the same information as the print edition including all the illustrations, plus it has live links to online resources.
I love being a part of the online hip dysplasia community. It’s inspiring the way parents help each other out though what can be a very difficult time. I’m very excited about this event and can’t wait to find out who the winners will be.
Here's the link to Rafflecopter where you can enter to win. Good luck!
Visit Long and Short Reviews to check out my guest blog post. Leave a comment for a chance to win a free e-book--Year's End: 14 Tales of Holiday Horror, which includes my short story "Mixology."
What if you could get an extra hour in the day?
Come to Books, Inc. in Mountain View to hear Anthony Francis, Betsy Miller, Gayle Schultz, Susan Mittman, and Brenda Moguez read from their stories about extra time from the anthology ... DOORWAYS TO EXTRA TIME! This event is Thursday, September 26, at 7:00 pm.
Kobo e-books are 50% off this month with the coupon code Sept50.
For my nonfiction readers, this means that you can get great deals on the e-book editions of The Parent's Guide to Clubfoot and The Parents' Guide to Hip Dysplasia.
For my fiction readers, this means you can get great deals these anthologies:
I'll be at Books Inc in Mountain View on Thursday, September 26th at 7:00 pm together with four other Bay Area authors featured in DOORWAYS. We'll all be reading our stories. Books, Inc. is a great venue with good coffee and books and this is a terrific anthology, so it will be a fun event! I'll be reading with Anthony Francis, Susan Mittmann, Brenda Moguez and Gayle Schultz.
Here's the link to the event on the calendar at Books, Inc.
Betsy Miller writes children's health resources.