A big part of why I wanted Welcome Home to happen was the lack of adoption stories floating around for kids. I wanted teenagers to see themselves in the stories they're reading. In all ways. Happy stories, sad stories, stories that'll make them angry.
And I also wanted to encourage them to tell stories themselves.
So, as a part of Welcome Home, I'm launching Your Story Is Welcome.
What is it?
So, Your Story Is Welcome is a microsite tied into the book. And yes. I know. I did book marketing for years. I know microsites for books are generally a bad idea. But this isn't just about the book.
It's about the kids the book is written for.
Here, I'm encouraging young writers and guest authors to pen their own adoption-centered short stories, and send them on over to be published on the website.
How Will it Work?
Writers can send over their short stories, and if the story is accepted (I can't take everything!), I'll commission a piece of artwork for the story. I'll also be tapping guest editors for each short. You might get an editor at a big publishing house, you might get an author you love, you might get a literary agent. It'll be a fun surprise.
I have some wonderful volunteers lined up and ready to play along, including Adi Alsaid, Sangu Mandanna, Nic Stone, and Dave Connis. Want to be a guest editor? Let me know.
The stories will be published on the microsite, and hopefully, they'll get shared around a bit due to the joys of Tumblr. If you're wondering who owns the story after it's published on the website... the answer is you. Do whatever you want with the story after. Please. I don't want the rights to anything.
Guidelines & How to Submit
Short stories should be around 2,000 words or less, and centered around adoption. They can be entirely fictional or based on personal experience. You can send your story in right to me at ericsmithrocks at gmail dot com, and tell me a little about yourself. Simple as that. You'll hear back pretty quickly.
Are you a teacher, foster parent, librarian, adoptive parent, youth center worker, etc. who knows someone that might want to participate? Do you want some flyers and postcards to share? Please email me (ericsmithrocks at gmail dot com) with your address, and I will send you a bundle of free postcards in the mail to giveaway to students and colleagues.
The postcards are lovely with gorgeous quotes on the front, and the flyers are short one-sheets that will explain how to send in a story. Thanks to Ashley Poston for designing these. Please buy all her books, past and future.
How to Download Flyers & Postcards
You can download the flyer here, and save the images from the postcards below, if you just want to print them out yourself to hang around or pass out. That's fine too, of course!
Note, that these files are BIG, so these are going to load up pretty giant on your screen when you open them.
I'm here to answer them. Email away. Thank you!