Monday, July 21, 2008

Author #1 - Valinora Troy

Valinora Troy started writing before she could read, and even now that she can read, she still writes. Her love of fantasy fiction was born when her sister told her about the Chronicles of Narnia by C.S Lewis. Her short fiction has appeared in numerous places, including Alienskin Magazine, and she is currently looking for a publisher for her book 'The Lucky Diamond', the first in a series of fantasy novels for children. She is very pleased to be part of the inaugural International Day of Books. For more information about her, visit her website at

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Book #1: The Other Side of the Mirror by Valinora Troy

Alisya doesn’t like the carnival, but she is drawn to it anyway.

The hall of mirrors seems to be deserted when Alisya enters. She is alone with her reflections until she notices the face of an old woman looking back at her from one of the looking glasses. Unable to overcome her curiosity, Alisya reaches out to the old woman and finds herself trapped – on the other side of the mirror.

Now Alisya must find a way to get her body back from the creature who has taken it before she dissolves and becomes one with the voices that dwell there.

It is going to take all her strength, ingenuity and resolve to escape from the other side of the mirror.

Friday, June 13, 2008

44 Days to Go!

Just over a month left to International Day of Books! If you are still pondering over your novella, you should set a deadline for the end of the month to have it finished in order to have enough time for setting it up on lulu and ordering copies in time for the 27th July. You need to have your books to have a book launch!
I'll post soon on the authors who have signed up and on their novels. Look out for cover art coming soon as well!

Friday, June 6, 2008


A BIG THANK YOU to Erica Hanson who has been fantastic and supported International Day of Books on her Blog. Check it out here.


Have you done your bit to spread the word?

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Looking for Inspiration?

It can be hard to decide what to write your book about. Will it be a sweeping space opera or a historical romance? Perhaps it will feature characters or settings from other books and stories you have written or maybe you will branch out and tackle something new. You can use your book to introduce your existing work or to challenge yourself and write a new genre and style. Either way it is up to you. If you are looking for some inspiration, why not read these excellent chapbooks:-

The Creature in the Case by Garth Nix

Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman

Saturday, May 17, 2008

International Day of Books - 27th July 2008

Are you a Not Yet Famous, Unpublished Author? Would you like 2008 to be the year that your name gets into print? Are you slightly mad and want to commit to doing something that will take up lots of time and effort? Then INTERNATIONAL DAY OF BOOKS is perfect for you! What you need to know -

1. Write a complete short book/novella of no less than 12,000 words and no more than 15,000 words. It can be in any style or genre but has to be in English (I have nothing against other languages, but if you want me to help you publish it then I have to be able to read it!)

2. Finish your book by July 1st at the latest

3. Publicise INTERNATIONAL DAY OF BOOKS in your area/country by doing as little as telling your friends and family about it or as much as contacting local press and media agencies.

4. Organise a book launch for ALL the INTERNATIONAL DAY OF BOOKS books on JULY 27th 2008. Your book launch can take place in your own home or in as fancy a venue as you can find (or afford). The aim is to bring as much attention to the hardworking authors and their precious works as possible. After the book launch it is up to you whether you approach book shops, libraries, schools etc in your area for retail potential and/or book signings, etc.

5. Bask in the glory of your publication success