By Nicole J. Simms
After years of hard work, our World War Two anthology titled From Sunrise to Sunset will be released on 10th April 2017. We will then launch our book on 22nd April 2017 at the Oldbury Library, see our Book Launch page for more details. And following the book launch, we will be going on a book tour across the West Midlands, see our Book Tour page for further details.
This is an exciting time for our group. While it won’t be the first time that we have done book readings from our book, for many of us, it will be the first time we have taken part in a book launch and book tour. So while nerve-wracking, it’s a great opportunity for the writers in our group.
The main goal of the book is to help raise money for our Oldbury Writing Group fund. This fund allows everyone to have the same opportunities to go to events and trips, such as the Pow Wow Festival, and Dudley Library’s Writers Networking Morning. So we hope that if this book sells well, then we will be able to continue helping those who need the help.
As well as raising money for the OWG fund, our book launch and tour will help encourage our members to step outside of their comfort zone. Reading out your work in public can be terrifying for most writers, but it’s something we all must get used to if we want people to read our work. Also, this book has allowed us to learn how to market and promote a book, which is a useful skill for any writer to have. This side of publishing isn’t easy, but it’s necessary.
The one thing I’ve learnt from contributing to this book is that you never know what you’ll capable of until you try.
I’m so proud of the book, and I hope that everyone who reads it will love it too.