The bright publicity spotlight that has been shining on members of a local Women’s Institute writing group following the inclusion of an erotic short story in their 72 page anthology shows no sign of dimming.
Just this week a book-signing in Coffee＃1 added £130 to sales already well over £1,000 and the group’s leader, Bridget Hodges, is the guest on the 10Radio. The story has also featured on BBC Somerset Radio.
Bridget said, “It‘s not been a bad week for local publicity! Books are selling well at Nurtured By Nature and our sales on Amazon are also going well. We’re creeping ever closer to our target of raising £1,500 for Musgrove Park’s Beacon Centre.”
The group, Monumental Writers’ Ink, included the 2 page “tongue-in-cheek” story entitled ‘The Conquering Gibraltarian Adonis’ – the outcome of a workshop on erotica – in a book containing examples of other literary genres, but have deliberately kept the name of the author under wraps.
The interest in the story has gathered momentum, prompting a range of responses from the public, particularly online, and attracting attention from the local and national media. Sales of the book have increased dramatically and far exceeded the group’s own expectations.
Asked about future events to promote the book Bridget said, “We don’t have any further events planned as yet. We’re thinking on our feet with this at the moment as it’s all happened so fast!”
The book can be purchased from Nurtured By Nature in South Street, Wellington or through our Monumental Women’s Ink Facebook page. It costs £4.00.