Archive for July, 2010

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Voices From The Herd gets a comprehensive write-up in The Buffalo News’ Artsbeat Blog

July 25, 2010

     In what we hope is the first of many critiques on the anthology, R.D. Pohl (the News’ Poetry Editor) gave Voices From The Herd an extensive review on the anthology in The Buffalo News’ Artsbeat blog along with praise for individual pieces from the book, relief over the lack of long-winded introduction, it’s status among other recent Buffalo releases and anthologies, and a quizzical look at the nature of the project itself.

     In response to the lack of African American or Latino voices in the book, unfortunately, the three of us didn’t receive any black or hispanic submissions. While they would have been welcome (and certainly would have added to the well-rounded melting pot of backgrounds and history of Buffalo), we chose to move forward with publishing the book after posting a call for submissions multiple times on numerous web sites as well as in most of Buffalo’s print publications. A sincere thanks goes out to Mr. Pohl for taking the time to give notice and mostly positive praise for Voices From The Herd. To read the July 24th review, just follow the link: http://blogs.buffalonews.com/artsbeat/2010/07/is-there-a-herd-mentality-in-the-new-buffalo-anthology.html

Cheers, Tom Waters

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Voices From The Herd: An Anthology For Buffalo, NY and 12 Priests and 3 Gnomes by David Waters from Doubt It Publishing

July 10, 2010

 

Hey all,
    While I’ve been enjoying some time off from promoting, writing and broadcasting, I haven’t exactly been sitting on my thumbs.  Much of the last six months has been spent finishing up two long-term projects for Doubt It Publishing that mean a lot to me for different reasons.
    A few days ago, Cindy Mantai, Alycia Ripley and myself released Voices From The Herd: An Anthology For Buffalo, NY.  The book is a ‘compilation of flash fiction and nonfiction, as well as poetry. Topics include modern day Buffalo life, Buffalo landmarks, and Buffalonians in general. All royalties will go towards the betterment and continued success of the Just Buffalo Literary Center.’
    Due to the nature of the project, I won’t be selling any copies by hand.  We set up the account on lulu so that 100% of the proceeds are sent directly to the Just Buffalo Literary Center.  With over 30 of the most talented writers in Buffalo, the book covers a wide range of interesting Buffalonian lore from the history of the Memorial Auditorium to growing up with the Bills to the October surprise storm.  This project took three years to complete, and I’m proud to see that it’s finally arrived.  To order a copy directly ($13 for the paperback and $5 for the download), click on over to:
http://www.lulu.com/product/paperback/voices-from-the-herd-an-anthology-for-buffalo-ny/11707455?productTrackingContext=search_results/search_shelf/center/2
    Cindy Mantai (one of the three editors) will be handling the promotions and marketing for Voices From The Herd while author and co-editor Alycia Ripley will be fielding press interviews.  After three continuous years of promoting three separate books, I’ll be sitting this one out and leaving the publicity in the capable hands of Cindy, Alycia and the rest of the contributors.   
    And a few months ago, my brother David and I released 12 Priests and 3 Gnomes, his first collection of poetry in a series of six.  It’s an interesting read full of introspective, experimental poetry with an extremely surreal wraparound cover design.  To order a copy of David’s book ($13 for paperback and $5 for the download), click your way over to:
http://www.lulu.com/product/paperback/12-priests-and-3-gnomes/10637045?productTrackingContext=search_results/search_shelf/center/1
    David’s only intention for the book was to release it, not to promote it.  Unlike his older brother, you won’t find him plugging his book relentlessly around town and beyond.  Once we finished 12 Priests and 3 Gnomes, we immediately starting working on the next book in the series. 
    So that’s two interesting new additions to the Doubt It Publishing roster.  And if you haven’t picked them up yet, Slapstick & Superego and Breathing Room volumes I and II are still available as well at:
http://stores.lulu.com/store.php?fAcctID=977457 . 
    I’d like to thank everyone involved with Voices From The Herd for donating their time and talents to such an impressive body of work.  It’s a great book for a great cause, so please pick up a copy.  
Thanks,
Tom Waters 

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