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Salem Author Publishes Stories in New Anthology

By Will Doolin, WJBD News

A Salem author has recently published stories as part of a new anthology that was launched this year.  Author Barbara Carpenter accepted a new position as co-creator for two titles in Publishing Syndicate's Not Your Mother's Book series.  About 25-books in the series will be released over the next few years.

The first book, NYMB… on Women, was released last month.  The second book, NYMB… on Being a Stupid Kid was released last week.  The third book, NYMB… on Dogs, will be released later this month.  Carpenter says she has stories in all three books, and says she was excited to do this because it was outside her comfort zone.  "It's out of my comfort zone because I like to write fiction.  But with writing the memoirs for Dr. Rubio who passed away a couple weeks ago and for Bryan Davidson who passed away in September, that kind of broke the ice for me for writing non-fiction", said Carpenter.

Carpenter says as part of her job, she is in charge of collecting stories for two NYMB books, On Special Occasions and On Dieting.  She has to collect about 75-stories for each title, edit the stories and send them off to the publisher who will have final approval.  She says that doing this is sort of a way to give back to those writers who are struggling to get published.

"My goal is to get as many would-be writers or people who just have a story to tell to connect with this series.  You're not going to get rich writing a story for this publication, but it's a chance to become a published writer.  There are a lot of people out there who write who think they can never be published, but here they can be", said Carpenter.  

Carpenter says this is an interesting series, but does give a disclaimer to readers everywhere.  "They are for adults.  They are not for children.  Some of the subject matter is described as edgy.  The situations are a PG-13 or TV-14 rating, and that's not really the goal of the stories, but they are about real people and real situations, but they're funny.  It's just an interesting publication that I'm really excited about", said Carpenter.  

Carpenter says she is working on other novels as well, but is concentrating more on the NYMB series at this time.  The first two NYMB books are available in all book stores and on amazon.com.  She says she has twenty-copies left of the first book that she is selling at a discount.  For more information, you can contact Carpenter at 548-0177.  For more information on the NYMB series, visit www.pubishingsyndicate.com.  

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