The premise is straightforward - it's 100 stories of no more than 100 words, all inspired by a different song. There are loads of talented writers - and me - with stories in there. The book will be available for a limited period for just 99p (actually, it's showing for £1.02 - something to do with VAT? - but what's 3p between friends?), so don't hang around - go and get yourself a copy, pronto!
If you need further encouragement, the proceeds are going to the charity One In Four, an organisation helping children who've been victims of violence and sexual abuse. One in four, incidentally, is the proportion of children estimated to have encountered sexual abuse before they are eighteen; a sobering thought.
Amazon take a cut, but all the writers donated their work for free, as has Caroline Smailes - somehow finding time between launching 99 Reasons Why and co-launching (?) Freaks! to organise and edit this collection. So it really is a great example of creative writing being a force for good.
There will be lots of activity online to raise the profile of the book, and you can keep up-to-date via its Facebook page, or the Twitter hashtag, #100RPM.
My story, which I think is number 19 in the book, is called "The Boy with the Dragon Tattoo". It's a silly little tale inspired by the Fountains of Wayne song, "Red Dragon Tattoo"... and if you don't know what that sounds like, point your ears at this:
Will you stop pretending I've never been born,
Now I look a little more like that guy from KorN?
I've had a sneak preview of the book (I've been sent a Word proof, but I'm going to buy a Kindle version to keep on my phone), and have only skimmed through it, but already I've spotted some real gems in there. Don't delay! Click HERE to grab your copy.
congrats Dan!! I'm so excited to have my story sit there with yours..
Awesome, Dan - I'll be getting a copy v.soon.
Thanks, Annie and Teresa. I've now got my copy for the Kindle app on my phone. I think little stories like this are ideal for mobile reading - I'm looking forward to getting stuck in.
I bought the ebook yesterday and it's fab. Your story is excellent, Dan. I wonder what's on his back..? I have an idea.
I have an olde phone which doesn't know what an app is so I've been reading a few stories at a time on my laptop - I think this book would be a great physical thing, like one of those olde books. Any chance, you rec?
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