Archive | November 2012

Launch Day!

Well… that was quick. I thought it would take longer to get my new poetry anthology Hearts & Minds up and running! But here it is…

 

 

Blurb

The most important human experiences of love and death are beautifully explored in this anthology. With carefully selected and themed sections: Loss; Love; Lyrical; and Life, the emotions invoked by the words as they flow over the page will touch your heart.

 

With a handy pocket-sized paperback, this would be perfect for slipping into someone’s stocking!

Buy the paperback at Lulu here: http://bit.ly/Wvyztr

Buy the Amazon UK Kindle here: http://amzn.to/Tw6Pnl

Buy the Amazon US Kindle here: http://amzn.to/TwynfU

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Review

This is beautiful poetry! Maria touches the soul with her beautiful words. She shows heart and emotion with every verse. I must say I found another great poet. Hearts & Minds is nicely spaced for easy understanding. I felt her pain and sadness in her words. Don’t miss this amazing book. Thank you Maria for sharing your soul with us. I totally recommend this poetry book, even if you don’t read poetry this book could change your mind.

by Kim Stapf, 29/Nov/12

 

Keep your eyes peeled for a competition coming your way, very soon!

Hearts and Minds

I’m a professional editor. Give me a raw manuscript and I know exactly what to do with it. But when it comes to actually publishing a book, I’m as green as the newest recruit – as I’ve discovered the hard way this past month.

I have been writing a poetry anthology for the past couple of months. When I deemed it ready, I sent it off to be edited by my good friend Shaun Allan. (Yes, even though I’m an editor, I still had to get someone else to edit my work – author’s blindness extends even to us!) I got my work back covered in red pen, and I made the necessary changes. So far everything went to schedule. Being an editor, I could see what he meant, and could take it for what it was – an opinion of how it could be improved, rather than the personal attack some immature and unprofessional writers assume.

This is where it changed though. The only other times I’ve been published was in a poetry anthology during my Uni years, and my writing group’s anthology, The Other Way is Essex, and I wasn’t involved in the publication stage. That was all handled by Carlie M. A .Cullen, who heads the group. It was a novel experience, having to create the copyright page and format the document. I had to find someone to produce the cover design, had to build an Amazon author page. The list of things to do still goes on.

I’ve recently submitted to join a publishing cooperative, Myrddin Publishing Group, and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I will be accepted. I’ve been impressed by the professional manner in which they conduct themselves and how supportive they are of their members’ publishing endeavours.

Keep your eyes peeled as I’m hoping to get it published before Christmas. The paperback will be a handy pocket size, great for slipping into a stocking!

 

This is a work in progress and may not be the final cover.

 

Blurb

The most important human experiences of love and death are beautifully explored in this anthology. With carefully selected and themed sections: Loss; Love; Lyrical; and Life, the emotions invoked by the words as they flow over the page will touch your heart.