Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Sweet William Book Launch

Sweet William by Martie Odell Ingebretsen launches today, March 12th, the first book in our Emerging Voices imprint.
 All of the advance reviews have been stellar. Below are just a few, and at the end is a special note from us to our readers that outlines how you can read this wonderful book AND help the homeless at the same time.

Robert Lee Haycock:
"Sweet William" is beautiful. My only difficulty with it was reading it through the tears that kept coming. Thank you so very much for allowing me to read this. I am truly honored."


Daria DiGiovanni:
"It’s hard to describe just how moved I was in reading Martie Odell Ingebretsen’s wonderful novella, Sweet William. Perhaps heightened by the reality of current economic hardships throughout our country (as evidenced by the many friends and acquaintances who are struggling daily to support their families), Ingebretsen’s eloquent tale of a once-successful owner of a chain of thriving gas stations and loving family man who’s fallen from grace in the aftermath of tragedy is a stirring wake-up call to embrace and appreciate life, with all of its imperfections and disappointments. It’s also a stark reminder that in the blink of an eye, everything can come crashing down around you. One day, you might wake up to count yourself among the homeless after years of enjoying the fruits of your labor, surrounded by the ones you love."

Mariam Kobras:
"I want to call Ingebretsen’s writing voice formidable, overwhelming, literary in a way that many authors won’t allow themselves to be. She must be a fearless, clear-eyed woman to write the way she does, and yes, she makes me jealous at times, when I wish I had thought of that phrase, and not she."

Jeff Feezle:
"It’s easy to forget what we take for granted, the simple things, like keys, are freedom—they open houses, they indicate ownership fresh food, with the inviting smells and crispness of taste.
Yet, for over a million homeless folks, doing without is a daily part of their existence.  Martie Odell Ingebretsen recognized this pain, and the injustice toward those without a home. Her book, Sweet William, is a poignant glimpse behind the curtain that is seldom revealed. It details in quite poetic terms, the fall and rise of William Biggs: the struggles of a man desperate to embrace the old memories of comfort, love, and understanding that comes from a good home and family. It’s a tale of coming full circle with what is possible, what a dream is, and what is unattainable. There are those along the way, who distrust William, simply because of his place in life, and push him into paths and unexpected alternatives that are both good and bad."

Ned Johnson:
"There are many "laws" of writing style. Among the few that stand out as preeminent are, "Write what you know about," and "You can't write about what you don't see in your mind." In her novella Sweet William, Martie Odell Ingebretsen violates the first and proves the latter, both with brilliance. Those are two of several keys to her unique and powerful style."

Nancy Ness, M.Ed:
"Worldly experiences, whether successes or failures, are life’s appointed means of growth, and Martie Odell Ingebretsen brilliantly depicts the story of William’s journey through his most challenging days. Ms. Ingebretsen delights her readers throughout, portraying her characters’ lives as hauntingly palpable to their own. This is a truly insightful story for readers from all walks of life."

Karilea Rilling Jungel:
"Martie is the kind of writer that sees the world through a raindrop – images are magnified and words are profoundly plumped with sensations and imagery that make us slow down to read her words yet again, so perfumed are they with the scent of life. Yet, such imagery can take a dark and shattering turn by a flick of her pen as she thrusts the reality of unmerciful pain, and makes the reader take a step back, perhaps in memory of their own anguish, before picking up the story again.
Like a good author, she does leave us with the embrace of hope, the idea that although as we step into the shoes of any of her characters, like they, we might rise again like a Phoenix to find that quite often, we are the shapers of our own destiny, good or bad, as you will find in the story of Sweet William." 


A Note from the Publisher of Sweet William:
Sweet William is one of those amazing books that reaches out and grabs you. Cloaked in the structure of words and sentences, it tangles itself around your heart and shows you how much the simplest act can affect the lives of others.

Long after we had first read it and decided to publish it, I found myself wondering how we could build on that idea of simple acts. I hope you’ll approve of our decision.

Because William, the protagonist, a guy who might be your neighbor, cousin, or friend, shows so clearly how we are all just one crisis away from homelessness, Buddhapuss Ink will donate 10% of the profits from the first year’s sales of Sweet William to the Coalition for the Homeless. The Coalition works with homeless men, women, and families—including those affected by the recent Superstorm Sandy which devastated our area in October.

We’d like to think it’s our way of being their Nell.
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