I've been dilatory in communicating my great news here. First, though, the history. In October, 2006, Ginny Greene and I stood in line for lunch at the Abilene Writers Guild annual workshop and luncheon, enthusiastic and eager to stretch ourselves after listening to Dusty Richards and imagining ourselves as prolific and creative as that great gentleman who last year won two Spur Awards from the Western Writers of America, the only person to earn such an honor. Yea, Dusty! Anyway, by the time we got to the serving table, we'd come up with two potential names and the concept of an anthology by and about baby boomers. The titles we thought of were Silver Boomers and Freckles to Wrinkles. Well, when I returned from Spain and Portugal the baby Silver Boomers was here--about three months late in birth, but we'll get to that part of the story. Freckles to Wrinkles right now exists in utero on my computer.
Ginny and I invited a small group of writers with whom we fine tune our poetry to join us, as well as some other people, and after some winnowing, we emerged as a partnership of four people when Kerin Riley-Bishop and Becky Haigler joined us in what we call "The Quartet" but what is legally Silver Boomer Books, a Texas General Partnership.
We put out a call for submissions and were pleased with the variety and quality of submissions. Setting to work to compile the collection, we came up with the idea of a continuous crawl line throughout the book, like the TV news. Streaming across the bottom of each page are words and phrases that capture the essence of the generation. And the pages are filled with essays, memoirs, poems, and reflections by and about baby boomers. It's a powerful book! Look at the comments we're getting on Amazon and Barnes and Noble!
We were proud of our work as editors and ready to turn it over to a publisher, but we ran into a problem, finding not everybody was as excited about the crawl line as we were. After setting out some feelers, we decided to do it ourselves, and that's when we became not only editors but publishers. And besides Freckles to Wrinkles we anticipate a number of other books, including a third collection along the same lines, This Path and other books including Song of County Roads by Ginny Greene, Slender Steps to Sanity by an anonymous author based on the 12-step program Overeaters Anonymous, a series of devotionals based on the steps. We have several others, but I'll not list them since the names may change on them, but we're in this for the long haul. We're not just the publishers of Silver Boomers but we're publishers.
Kerin Riley-Bishop is a our publicity guru, and she's great, but we're all getting our feet wet in areas we're not comfortable, and I'm making here a blatant pitch. It's a neat book, and we'd love to sell you one, either on the Amazon or Barnes & Noble sites above or on our own website. Heck, we'll even autograph it! The four of us individually have copies we'll be glad to put in your hand as well.
And writers, look at our call for submissions! We're ready to talk to you.