An interview with Peter Bunzl about his stories in Tales From the Blue Room

TFTBR Peter reading Foyles
Peter giving a reading from Tales from The Blue Room

I wanted to reblog this from the Blue Room Writers website, but wordpress wouldn’t let me, so I’ve had to copy and paste the article instead. The questions were originally from the Indie Review Website.

What is the book ‘Tales From the Blue Room’ about?

The book is an anthology of short stories by eight writers. A mix of contemporary characters and settings, magic realism, humour, LGTB stories, and literary fiction. We each wrote about what interested us most and did not try and impose an overarching theme on the collection.

What are your short stories in the book about?

‘The Little Bother’ is about the sibling rivalry between two young brothers who move to Italy with their parents. Away from everyone they once knew, Ryan the older of the two, takes his resentment out on his little brother.

‘Whisky Chasers’ is about Samir who has a crush on Joe, a boy in his class at school. One weekend Joe takes Samir out binge drinking with his friends, and it doesn’t end particularly well.

When did you start writing the book?

Our writers group has been meeting for three years now to review each other’s work and share our writing experiences. About eighteen months ago we decided to create an anthology of short stories as a way of learning about self-publishing. So far it’s been an enjoyable and educational enterprise. The advantage of being a collective is we can split the costs and tasks of self-publishing between us according to our time and skills.

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Tales from the Blue Room Book launch


Thursday the 23rd of October 2014 – We had the book launch for Tales from the Blue Room,  an anthology of new short fiction in which I have two short stories, at Foyles, Southbank, Royal Festival Hall. Thanks to everyone who showed up, it was a fantastic event, and we had lots of great responses to the book, especially after people had had a few glasses of wine! Thanks to Annette and Paul for organising things, and thanks to Foyles for hosting us and being so helpful with everything in the run up, and on the night.

Tales From the Blue Room – An Anthology of New Short Fiction is now available to buy in Foyles Southbank, and Waterloo, and on Amazon Kindle here…

See more pictures of the event below…

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Looking at Print on Demand for Tales from the Blue Room

Tales From The Blue Room my Cover Design
Tales From The Blue Room – Rough Cover Design

Looking at Print on Demand for Tales from the Blue Room

In the process of putting our book together I have had a look at some of the print on demand websites out there. There’s a lot to consider but I thought I would share some of the options and the prices I discovered… (an Amazon owned company that prints books) you’re looking at a cost of $4.09 for every copy you buy.
Selling the books through them on their sites (Amazon etc) you can set the retail price to whatever you like, and Amazon then take a cut of that. (another US company) 100 paperbacks cost estimate: £382.50, so cost per unit: £3.83 This doesn’t include delivery. They can sell through Amazon Kobo ibooks etc and I think their commission is 20% seems more for professional publishers who don’t need help with distribution/online sales. 100 paperbacks cost: £351.27 so cost per unit: £3.51. Delivery estimate: £15.00 – Matador seems like a good option if you want someone to take charge of all the elements. However they do have a selection process and reject some manuscripts…
Pre-press: the work required to turn a 180 page MS Word novel manuscript into print ready files (includes typesetting, design, ISBN, bar code, cover… everything to make the manuscript ready for printing): approx. £680.00

Printing is on top:
Printing 1 copy “on demand”: £3.48
Printing 100 copies: £340.00
Printing 500 copies: £1080.00
Printing 1000 copies: £1540.00

And here are 20 other print on demand services:

20 Top Print On Demand Services

Tales from the Blue Room

Tales From The Blue Room my Cover Design
Tales From The Blue Room – Rough Cover Design

I designed this book cover for an upcoming self-published anthology of new short fiction. I have a couple of short stories featuring in the anthology.

I will post a link to the collection when it becomes available. But meanwhile here’s the cover blurb…

A man and woman on a date, behind their masks neither is what they seem.

Sarkovski builds a tower in his garden as a monument to his lost love.

Samir has a crush on his new friend. He joins him on a drunken weekend spree.

Coming out to his lover’s family at Christmas pushes Cosmo over the edge.

A couple’s romantic holiday turns sour when the wife is left to take care of the goat.

Marian loves committees and has a special way of dealing with those who disagree.

An East Midlands family christening, names are called and secrets revealed.

Travelling in time, a man revisits his past and meets his childhood sweetheart.

All these stories & more feature in this eclectic mix of short fiction. Coming soon from 8 writers who meet fortnightly in the Blue Bar at the Royal Festival Hall.