FINALLY [AÐ LOKUM]

12 August 2014 § 2 Comments

on the work-for-hire publication of HOW TO WRITE AN EXCEPTIONAL THESIS OR DISSERTATION for Atlantic Publishing

My tome began three months before
the World Cup 2010.
I had twelve weeks to take their notes
and send a book back in.

Through migraines, travels, and lost sleep
these 67,000 words
turned into cash which I then used
as my earned payment towards

a laptop for The Fold. I thought,
With all Atlantic’s rush
my book should come right out this spring.

(This thought now makes me blush.)

Another World Cup came and went.
I moved cross-country too.
I gave up hope of holding it;
what else was I to do?

But yesterday, the red mail van
arrived with box first sent
to California, then sent here—
its corners awfully bent.

Yet safe and crisp inside the box:
six copies of my tome.
Four years, one month, eleven days…
My book is in my home!

©2014 JS Graustein
Meredith, New Hampshire USA

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In Search of eChapbooks

30 April 2012 § 19 Comments

My family and I usually hide from the heat of California’s summers in the shade of New Hampshire’s maples. This summer will be no exception, but we will be driving instead of flying. I love tasting the landscape as it changes, rather than just instantly appearing in a new place. This will be the second time we’ve driven, but the first time we’ll take a northern route.

Since my children are older now and require less refereeing, I will have time to read along the way. So I got to thinking that it would be fun to read chapbooks written by authors from all the states/provinces we drive through–to not only see and smell the landscape, but to hear it as well. I’d love to hold the paper chapbooks in my hand as we drive, but I need to stick with Kindle versions since packing space will be limited.

In order to do this, though, I need your help. Do you know of authors who have eChapbooks currently for sale from:

a New Hampshire moment

  • Oregon
  • Washington
  • Idaho
  • Montana
  • North Dakota
  • Minnesota
  • Wisconsin
  • Michigan
  • Ontario, Canada
  • Quebec, Canada
  • New Hampshire
  • Massachusetts
  • Rhode Island
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
  • Ohio
  • Indiana
  • Illinois
  • Iowa
  • Nebraska
  • Utah
  • Nevada

I’m open to suggestions from both self published and indie press eChaps, as long as it is possible for me to read a sample before buying. Tweets & Goodreads ratings will be posted for the chapbooks I select. Possibly even a photo or two of me reading while resting in the landscape. Or even reading a video clip in situ?

Would LOVE to hear your suggestions. It’s totally fine to nominate yourself. Please use the comment section below to tell me title, author, state, and possibly a purchase link? Thanks ever so much! You guys are the greatest:-)

Cheers,
J.S.

P.S. Selections will be posted on my Cross-Country Reads page.

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