Flash Fiction Forum

Ruth Littmann-Ashkenazi will be reading her story “Wild Hair,” and Betsy Miller will be reading her story “Fractions” at the next Flash Fiction Forum event in San Jose.

When: Wednesday, May 14, 2014, 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.

Betsy will have copies of the Doorways to Extra Time anthology with her for anyone who’d like to buy a book. Doorways to Extra Time includes “The Now” by Betsy, “The Doorway to Extra Time” by Anthony Francis, “Perfection” by Gayle Schultz, and many other interesting stories.

Ruth and Betsy hope to see you there!

One Hip World Event

I’m happy to announce that as part of the One Hip World Event, from June 15 through June 30, 2012 all sales of my book The Parents’ Guide to Hip Dysplasia and sales of my short stories in ebook format at the Untreed Reads Store will benefit the International Hip Dysplasia Institute (IDHI).

To participate in this fundraiser:

  • Purchase a copy of my book The Parents’ Guide to Hip Dysplasia, and I will donate $1.00 to the IHDI. (It is available through online booksellers or you can order it at bookstores.)
  • Buy my short stories in ebook format at the Untreed Reads Store, and for each story that is sold, I will donate 25 cents to the IHDI.

If you’re new to ebooks and don’t have a reader, don’t worry. You can choose the format that you prefer—PDF, Kindle, or epub, and then read the story on your computer, e-reader, or tablet.

Three stories are available:

  • Equilibrium, a sweet romance in the Candlelight Romance Line.
  • Half and Half, a short work of crime in the Fingerprints Line.
  • Negative Space, a story about loss in the Nibs Literary Line.

My Author Copies of The Parents’ Guide to Clubfoot Are Here

The Parents' Guide to Clubfoot, box of books

As many of you know, my book The Parents’ Guide to Clubfoot was originally published as a print-on-demand (POD) book through a small publisher last year. Then Hunter House Publishers acquired my book. Hunter House specializes in health information, and they are better able to deal with international orders, translation rights, ebooks, and so on in addition to the print edition.

Long story short, the new edition is finally done! They sent me my author copies and even included a nice note signed by the Hunter House editors and production staff. The books look great! I’m really happy, and wanted to share the news.

What Are You Working On?

Paper cutter with toolsTell us about your current writing projects!

Note: Please don’t post more than a few sentences of any given piece (or paragraphs if it’s book-length) because that could cause your piece to be considered “published.” (Many publishers only want new content and will not consider something that has already been made available to the public. Since this site can be viewed by anyone, it counts. For a more detailed discussion, see this Writer’s Relief article. For bunches of links to even more articles about this topic, see this Write It Sideways post.)

Also, please remember that this site is not meant as a place to get or give critique.

Writing Nonfiction

Hi, I’m Betsy Miller.

I write both nonfiction and fiction. I recently wrote a nonfiction piece for the International Hip Dysplasia Institute (IHDI). You can read it at the following link:

Some parents wanted to share their experiences with their young daughter Isabelle’s hip dysplasia treatments. This sort of content can be tremendously helpful to other parents, but it can be confusing, especially in this case since several surgeries were involved.

To make this piece easier to navigate and less confusing, this is what I did.

  1. Wrote a hopeful title for the piece.
  2. Edited the parents’ comments for length, conciseness, and sequence being careful to maintain their meaning and focus.
  3. Recommended where to put images to support the text.
  4. Put in headings for the different treatments.
  5. Wrote text explaining what the surgeries entailed, revising content from the surgeon into everyday language as much as possible. I asked that this content be formatted differently from the personal experience text. The IHDI decided to set off the explanatory text with a different color background.

I’m really pleased with how it turned out. This is a work for hire piece. That is a common arrangement for website content. The finished piece belongs to the IHDI, which paid me when the work was done. There’s no byline, which is also common in work for hire arrangements with businesses or organizations.

FROST MOON at Georgia Tech

Hi, this is Anthony Francis, a regular at the Mission City Coffee Write to the End group and a contributor here at the Write to the End website. I’m the author of the Dakota Frost, Skindancer series, which was written in part at Write to the End sessions and in part during National Novel Writing Month.

Just prior to this year’s Dragon*Con, I gave a talk about the Dakota Frost series at Georgia Tech, my alma mater. During my talk, I read from FROST MOON, the *cough* shameless self promotion EPIC award winning first book in the Skindancer series, and talked about it and the second book, BLOOD ROCK, which features Georgia Tech prominently in the early chapters.

For writers, the interesting thing about the talk may be the discussions of how I came up with the series, how I research it, and what I’m hoping to achieve. The Skindancer series was in part a reaction against some trends in urban fantasy, but like much urban fantasy it’s extensively researched and tied to a specific time and place. The FROST MOON book talk is online at the Georgia Tech Library Website; I hope it is useful to you!

-the Centaur

Equilibrium is now available in ebook format

I just got the news that my short story Equilibrium is available at the Untreed Reads store, and also in a number of other ebook venues.

I can get my author’s copy in an ebook format of my choice. I don’t actually have an ebook reader, but if anyone in the group wants a freebie, let me know and I can request your preferred format. The first person who asks me will get the freebie.