Wicked plants story grows from crowdfunding

STORIES FROM THE HUNTER: Book editor Morgan Bell at her Salamander Bay home. Picture: Stephen Wark
STORIES FROM THE HUNTER: Book editor Morgan Bell at her Salamander Bay home. Picture: Stephen Wark

A PORT book editor has used crowdfunding to help fund the first print run of a new publication on the theme of wicked plants.

A Hunter Anthologies project, the paperback is edited by Salamander Bay's Morgan Bell, a 34-year-old qualified technical writer with a certificate in technical communications and a certificate in news media.

The book Sproutlings: A Compendium of Little Fictions is an anthology containing short stories about carnivorous creepers, poisonous plants and vengeful vegetation.

"We had 40 authors contribute to the publication and through the Kickstarter funding campaign we managed to raise the required $2000 for the first 100 print copies," Ms Bell said.

"It's been a fun project which I have enjoyed very much being involved in."

Ms Bell said that submissions for flash fiction and poems, between 150 and 2000 words, closed in May.

Rewards for Sproutlings Kickstarter pledges include free editing, free blog copy, free video creation, audiobooks, ebooks, paperbacks of Sproutlings, a six word story published, and an entire book dedication.

Ms Bell published her debut collection of short fiction, Sniggerless Boundulations, in January 2014.

She is a resident film and book reviewer at Salty Popcorn, and regular volunteer with literary events such as Newcastle Writers' Festival, Hunter Writers' Centre Travel Prize and the National Young Writers.

"I am currently working on a novel as part of November's National Novel Writing Month," she said.