Wednesday, April 19, 2006
  Last Chance
The Islamic Writers Alliance Anthology, One Faith, Many Voices, is going to be moving into a new phase... we are going to be discontinuing the hardback edition as there have been some issues with the publishing house we chose. If you'd like a hardcover copy of it, May 5th is the last day to order one. (You can order them at any bookstore, but I wouldn't wait until the last second just in case they don't place their orders immediately.)



We will still have inventory of the softback edition available for a while, and we will be selling it as an ebook from our website, God willing. If sales continue, then we may reissue it later, or we may not, if sales don't warrant it. We'll see how it goes. As always, the proceeds of the book go to support the IWA's operating expenses and to fund charitable donations of novels and children's books to Islamic schools.

On a slightly different, but related matter, if you have ordered a hard copy of this anthology in the past year, or do order one in the next couple weeks, I would love to know it, since we are having difficultlies getting sales reports and royalities from the publisher. Please email me at director@islamicwritersalliance.net. Any concrete information we can gather will only help us in getting what is due to the IWA.
 
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English Language Islamic Fiction. We need more of it. Lots more.
Pay a Teacher's Salary in Afghanistan. The Hunger site actually has a lot of worthwhile programs. You can find them all here .
Muslims for Progressive Values. My organization. We can always use donations, of time or money!
Human Rights Campaign for the glbt community
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Wanda Campbell also known as Nochipa A very gifted poet and a gentle, compassionate soul. Nochipa and I are on the same page on sooooo many things
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Ethnically Incorrect With a name like that, isn't a given I'm going to enjoy this writer?
Freedom from the Mundane Colin Galbraith, another excellent writer, from Scotland.
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Ramblings of a Suburban Soccer Mom Lara, another gentle soul, very thoughtful.
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