Yes, I worked as the acquisitions and content editor of this anthology.
Yes, I have three short stories included in Tales from the Bully Box (which werYes, I worked as the acquisitions and content editor of this anthology.
Yes, I have three short stories included in Tales from the Bully Box (which were acquired and edited the old-fashioned way via my publisher, not me).
No, I'm not biased because of my participation in bringing this great book to readers. If anything I'm biased because of the quality and poignancy of the stories told by both seasoned and debut authors.
I truly love the stories featured in this equally heart-warming and heart-rending anthology. Some stories made me laugh. Others had me in tears (thanks, Eden Grey and Precy Larkins!) Yet, all of them spoke to the everyday landscape that kids across the world endure on a regular basis.
When this project began, I assumed I would receive very similar submissions with all the same moral lessons. I feared preachy tales written by bitter parents who had watched their children suffer ridicule at the hand of the big, bad bully.
In Tales from the Bully Box, you will get none of that. The stories are unique in voice, even as they are everyday occurrences to the kids who will read them--with the exception of a few magical moments. Like bullying, these tales take place on playgrounds, at sporting events, in the hallway at school and even in the home. True to life, there are no heroes, nor are there any real villains. There are simply children trying to navigate the nuanced landscape of human relationships.
In these short stories, you will find a mix of bullies, the bullied and the bystanders. You will also find the opportunity to engage in honest communication with the children in your life via the included discussion questions. These questions probe deeper than the typical content questions and will help readers examine the context of each story and how the characters and situations apply to their lives.
In short, Tales from the Bully Box is an entertaining read for youngsters, as well as a great tool for anyone who has a kid, knows a kid, loves a kid or works with kids.
As an aside, all the submissions were vetted by my ten-year-old. Throughout the months of acquiring and editing that led up to the November release, he would periodically ask about the status of his favorite characters. Ultimately, this book collects them all in one place.
Personally, I think he had crushes on several of the girl characters--specifically Rosemary and Hailey :)
I hope you enjoy reading this as much as I did working on it!
I'm in love. Plain and simple. Victoria Scott is a master story teller as far as I'm concerned. Her characters are fantastic and heartwarming in all tI'm in love. Plain and simple. Victoria Scott is a master story teller as far as I'm concerned. Her characters are fantastic and heartwarming in all their imperfections. For a quick, entertaining read nab the first two in this series, settle in with some hot chocolate and enjoy....more
While I contributed a handful of words to this anthology, I happily admit that my favorite story is not by me. I love, love, love "Winter Birds" by RiWhile I contributed a handful of words to this anthology, I happily admit that my favorite story is not by me. I love, love, love "Winter Birds" by Rick Pieters.
It might be that I am very passionate about the freedom to love unabashedly, or it might be his beautiful prose and heart-strings characters. Regardless, his story was the perfect way to end this anthology.
As with all of Elephant's Bookshelf Press anthologies, the diversity of theme, genre and style are delightful. It keeps me humbled as a writer to see so much unique talent displayed in such a small space. As a reader, I enjoy the sampling of things I would never otherwise read.
My old psych professor always instructed us students to read everything from cover to cover. Magazines, newspapers, etc. His famous words: "If you only read the things you like you will never grow as a person."
After partaking in four anthologies--and reading them cover to cover--I finally get it. I now have a much deeper appreciation of the different experiences we bring to the table of life. Writers and readers alike.
Incidentally, I also adored the anchor story by MarcyKate Connolly. It sucked me back to my childhood and my insatiable love of ghost stories.
I'm not a romance reader by trade, but I loved how Ms. Oram pegged small town living and the trials and tribulations that enter relationships becauseI'm not a romance reader by trade, but I loved how Ms. Oram pegged small town living and the trials and tribulations that enter relationships because of it.