charlie_cochrane: (bergamascos)
We had an event for I Do Two. So much to say about it, so incoherent...
  • Thanks to Bruin Fisher for organising it.
  • Thanks to Richard at the Old Market Tavern for being such a great host.
  • Thanks to [ profile] rigby22 for being such a star doing the financial transactions and enjoying all the attention, hugs and kisses from gay men. (Oh the bears were lovely and a particular Frenchman (he says he's the only gay Frenchman in Bristol) was lovelier still. 
  • Thanks to all who came along and talked, supported and bought (including [ profile] josephine_myles - always a pleasure to meet people in real life!)
  • We sold some books (always a good thing) and there's now a stock behind the bar so more still will sell.
  • Promo is easier with two - Bruin kept talking up my books and I talked up his story. So much easier than trying to find a way of saying 'Aren't my books great?' without cringing.

charlie_cochrane: (I Do Two)
This Wednesday evening, at The Old Market Tavern, Bristol. I'll be there and so will Bruin Fisher, who organised the whole shebang. We'll have books to sell/sign, goodies to distribute and ourselves to chat to/with/up.
charlie_cochrane: (I Do Two)
The lovely [ profile] n8an has been reviewing all the stories in I Do Two. Except his own, of course. So, to complete the set, here's what my guest reviewer Bruin Fisher had to say about it:

One of my favourites among all the great stories in the anthology, this lovely tale of domesticity and the modern family really got to me. Charles and Neil are a couple. Charles runs a business baking and decorating cakes, Neil's work takes him away and has awkward hours. Neil has a daughter who lives with her mother, and the day arrives when young Anna's regular visit to her father goes awry because her father can't get home from work. So the story tells us how Anna and Charles tentatively forge a working relationship. The little intricacies that make up family interactions are beautifully portrayed for us. Anna begins to find she likes Charles despite his outlandish hair, and the first time she gangs up with him against her father in play is a molecular triumph. A truly delightful, heart-warming tale that I will be returning to again and again. Highly recommended.
charlie_cochrane: (I Do Two)
Whoo hoo. Thank you.

Really positive write up over at Three dollar bill reviews

"Slightly more whimsical and humorous are the engaging and entertaining stories of Charlie Cochrane’s “The Uneven Chance” about a man that takes fate into his own hands with a slight bit of trickery. However when the man of your dreams is at stake, all bets are suspect."
charlie_cochrane: (banner 2)
[ profile] mylodon has been fanficcing the St Bride's boys again. Bad mylodon, no jelly babies for you.

Both Encore Encore and I DO Two are now available in print.
charlie_cochrane: (I Do Two)
I Do Two is out in e-book, with the print version to come in a couple of weeks.

There's so much I want to say, but will leave it at this for the mo':
- thanks to the rest of the acquisitions team, Alex, Lee and Sophia, for being both sensible and sensitive
- thanks to Kris and the gals at MLR for turning the project around at a speed Usain Bolt would have envied
- thanks to all the authors for contributing their time and talent

The Cochrane contribution the book is another modern day story, The Uneven Chance.
Read more... )
charlie_cochrane: (I Do Two)
We had a hard time of it this year; so many great stories, no room at the inn for them all. Here's the list of what we chose in the end - a great mix of big names with lots of books under their belt and newcomers (some of whom must be destined for greatness given the standard of their offerings).

Aim Higher by JL Merrow
Cakewalk by Nathan Burgoine
Elephants In Her Tea by Julia Rios
Even Guys Cry by D.C. Juris
Ganymede by Lenore Black
Hitched by Michael Gouda
Home Cooking by Brian Holliday
Honolulu Hula by Neil S. Plakcy
Inner Truth by Alex Beecroft
Mallory’s Gift by L-J Baker
Mister Right by Rob Rosen
Morbidly Obese by Rick Reed
Mountain Ash by Ruth Sims
No Queens on Pickett Street by Martha Miller
Ships that Pass by Jamie Freeman
Stripes by Nigel Puerasch
The Song Inside by Nexis Pas
The Uneven Chance by Charlie Cochrane
Touche by James Buchanan
Turnabout by Lee Rowan
Two Men: A Fugue by Sophia Deri-Bowen
Under the Shadow of Your Wings by Jill Palmer
Work Experience by Bruin Fisher


Sep. 15th, 2009 11:39 am
charlie_cochrane: (I Do)

After the huge success of I DO, an anthology in support of Marriage Equality, we’re delighted to announce that there’ll be a second volume, I DO TWO, with a planned publication date of 14th February 2010.

The project has an editorial team – Alex Beecroft, Charlie Cochrane, Sophia Deri-Bowen, Lee Rowan – and not forgetting Kris Jacen at MLR who have kindly agreed to be the publishers again.

What we now need are stories; heart warming, thought provoking, life affirming, most importantly top quality stories. The deadline for submissions is December 1st 2009, with decisions announced on 1st January 2010. (Please adhere to the submissions guidelines given below.)

Feel free to pass this on.

The I DO TWO Team.

Submissions guidelines:

The anthology, titled "I DO, TWO", is a sequel to the January 2009 charity anthology "I DO!" All authors donate their stories to benefit the Lambda Legal Fund. The collection covers a range of times, places and people, and illustrates the universality of love and commitment.

To date, I DO has raised over $1500 for the cause of equal rights in marriage.

I DO TWO will be a similar, companion volume, published by MLR Press. (Contracts will be in line with their standard contract.)

We're looking for stories between 1,000 words and 10,000 words long. M/M, F/F, Bi and transgender stories are welcome. There is no strict theme, but we have certain things we do *not* want to see, for example stories which undermine the purpose of the anthology – that is, no stories which are about how gay people do not want to get married or do not deserve to get married. We do not want anything that reinforces negative stereotypes – no snuff fiction, scat, golden showers, necrophilia or underage sex. Because of the potential copyright issues, we cannot accept fanfiction, either.

If you possess the copyright for your story and it isn’t currently under exclusive contract to anyone else, we are happy to consider stories which have been published before. Please make a note in the covering e-mail.

As long as your story follows these guidelines and comes within the word-count, please send it to lee(dot)rowan(at) Your story does not need to have an explicit marriage-related plot or even a happy ending! Any story that celebrates the theme of love as valid, no matter the genders of the players, is welcome.

This is for a charity anthology, so you will not get paid. All profits will go straight to the Lamdba Legal fund. Through education, litigation and public policy work, Lambda Legal works to achieve full recognition of the civil rights of gay, lesbian and transgender people, and persons with HIV. Since their founding in 1973, Lambda Legal has become an active and vital part of the GLBT civil rights movement instrumental in the fight for same-sex marriage rights both nationally and, most notably, in the fight to strike down California's Proposition 8.

Deadline for submissions is 1st December 2009.

Thank you!

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