Saturday 16 May 2020

Publishing The Power of Love


 How we came to publish this one

We’re now only considering short story collections or children’s books by authors we already know. This was an exception as it came to us before we imposed that restriction. However, Phyllis has become one of our more regular writers as she is now on CaféLit.      

The title

Yes, this is a collection of love stories. There is romantic love, familial love, even the love of pets for their owners.   

The cover

That old clock at Waterloo station features a few times in the stories so it seemed a good idea to feature it on the cover. In any case, using a station implies going on a journey and entering new relationships or confirming the depth of them is always a type of journey.

Some notes about style

There is a lot of inner monologue in these stories. For the main part we’ve used that sort of indirect form, e.g. “Would he turn up? What if she didn’t recognise him? Was this a sensible thing to have done?” It’s always important at this point to do this in the voice of the character whose point of view we’re reading. We’ve mixed this with some quoted words and even characters talking out loud – both just to stop the style; becoming too monotonous.  

Who we think the reader is

These stories are ideal for a holiday read. They are for the most part heart-warming and life-affirming.   

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