BANGOR, Maine — Epic Saga Publishing announced a portion of the profits from sales of the anthology “A Quiet Blue Wheel,” a collection of 10 short stories by Bangor-area authors, will benefit Literacy Volunteers of Bangor.
The stories in the anthology have one unifying theme — in some way, each has its own interpretation of “a quiet blue wheel.”
The anthology is the product of a class through Bangor Adult Education, “Creative Writing: The Short Story,” taught by instructor David M. Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick began the class in the fall of 2009 with the goal to help interested writers hone their skills and become publishable.
“I believe there are three things you need to be a fiction writer,” Fitzpatrick said. “The first is a basic command of the English language. The second is an imagination. And the third is a love of writing.”
Lack any one of those things, he said, and the writing falters.
Luckily, he said, the first class was up to the challenge. “A Quiet Blue Wheel” is a collection of nine students’ stories, plus one from its editor, initially written during the eight-week class, but edited, rewritten and polished over the next two years.
Three other anthologies from subsequent classes are in the works: “An Odd Red Puzzle” will come next, followed by “The Forgotten White Door” and “That Amazing Green Toy.” And while Fitzpatrick doesn’t expect the books to be runaway blockbusters, he hopes to sell enough copies to pay for the production and the hundreds of hours of editing time, and to donate to Literacy Volunteers of Bangor.
The anthology will be available through any new bookseller, including local bookstores and online. The book will be a print-on-demand title through Lightning Source, owned by Ingram, one of the two major book distributors in North America.
For information, visit EpicSagaPub.com.