Book launch of “WordRevo Tales 2020: A World Without Borders”
The project was born in lockdown Italy, at perhaps the toughest moment of a pandemic that continues to ravage the entire world. The chosen theme, “A World Without Borders”, is a reaction to the current phase where, unfortunately, we witness not just the physical shutting down of borders, but also a strengthening of nationalist rhetoric in many countries.
The collection tells of the lives marked, upended, even annihilated of those that seek a better life in a new country, such as those forced to cross the Lybian hellscape or the deadly Mediterranean. There are also stories from the past that remain highly relevant to our times, such as the hopeless land run of a young black man in 1889 Oklahoma, or the fraternization of young English and German soldiers at the front on a Christmas Night, in the middle of World War I.
The collection includes ten impactful short stories that show us the contradictions and the possibilities of our times, that tell us about the suffering of a world fragmented and shaken by crises, wars and nationalisms. Yet, alongside those, there are also stories of brilliant irony and great hope.
These ten stories are the finalists to the “WordRevo Literary Prize 2020 – Italy”, a competition without entry fees launched to showcase Italian-language writers from everywhere, while also taking their writing to a global audience. That is why this collection offers both Italian and English language versions of each story.
This tragic year will enter history books. The hope is that, in such a difficult year, this collection will help keep our horizons broad, unveiling fragments of humanity both present and past. Far, but very much near.
For more details on the book, please click here.
The book is available in both digital and print formats here.
What is WordRevo:
A passion for books, the dream of a united world
WordRevo was born from the vision of writers and publishing industry professionals. To achieve our ambitious objectives, WordRevo utilizes a global network of mother-tongue translators, editors, and designers.
WordRevo was born to answer the question every writer asks: how do I give my book the widest audience?
We live in an interconnected world. The products we use, the movies we watch, the music we listen to, are more and more the end-result of globalization. Yet, this trend has had only a limited impact on the book market.
So far, publishers, agents, and online sales platforms have offered solutions to authors that are partial at best.
Those solutions have often lacked two essential ingredients: imagination and ambition.
Through online platforms such as Amazon’s Kindle Store, it has been easy to find and purchase books published in other countries and other languages. But we believe the full potential of these global platforms has not yet been explored. That is because the translation and publishing of individual books across markets has been limited by different approaches taken by individual publishers, which too often struggle to deliver a coherent strategy beyond their home countries.
At WordRevo, our belief is that a global renaissance for writers has to start from taking a much broader perspective of book publishing.
Let’s go back to the two key ingredients, imagination and ambition.
We asked ourselves what every writer’s greatest desire was. The answer we gave ourselves was as follows: to have the greatest possible audience for his or her story. A global audience. So we started to lay out a system that could offer authors the necessary support to take their books to that worldwide audience.
Here is where ambition comes into play. What does it mean to take your book global?
The answer is WordRevo Passport
WordRevo Passport will help you go global with your book by translating it and helping you self-publish in up to ten languages: Chinese, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian, German, Russian, Japanese, Arabic, and Hindi.
We call it “self-publishing” for a simple reason.
WordRevo will take care of “traditional publishing” tasks, such as editing, book cover, layout, (and some which publishers often forget about, such as a dedicated book website). But more importantly for you, the author, all rights and royalties from book sales will remain with you.
WordRevo Passport is much more than that. Once these initial steps are completed, and the book is available on all major global online bookstores, we will represent you in submitting the translated book to a curated selection of up to 100 traditional publishers in the appropriate markets. We do this because a relationship with those publishers could open doors not just for the book you have already written but also for your future projects.
As we promised, WordRevo does not lack ambition and imagination.
What drives us is the desire to offer you a truly one of a kind service.
Something unique. Like your book.
Find out more at www.wordrevo.com.