To the editor/administrator who thinks she is such hot sh!†...DILAIIGAF?
OH good she's gone and has taken her b*o*v*i*n*e*
d*e*f*e*c*a*t*i*o*n* with her! OH OH! Just when you thought
it was safe to go back into the pasture....She's Baaaaack!
Here's another writeup some pea brained editor keeps removing:
I’ve been self publishing since I was in the 3rd grade. I used to make hand-crafted little books with stories in them to give as gifts for birthdays and Christmas.
Early on I sewed the pages together at the spine, on my nanny’s sewing machine. They were very well received, those little books. Family members were delighted to find them in their Christmas stockings.
Later on I began to purchase blank books anytime I saw one that caught my eye. Some were covered with cotton cloth, some corduroy. Some just had pretty paper bindings. I made several of these books for my boyfriends over the years and for my then future husband.
After my daughter compiled a selection of my poetry for her 5th grade school project, I eventually bought a spiral binder and discovered the world of real self publishing. The only problem with the spiral bound books, was, libraries prefer books with actual spines.
Hence, I published my first two titles with a short run company here in Los Angeles using a perfect bind machine. The books caught the eye of a Canadian publisher and I now have 4 poetry collections in print as well as some on Kindle.
In April my small press published an anthology of poems on motherhood, which has been a great success, it has over 250 pages and includes 122 poets. I have a fifth collection of poetry at the editor ere I type.
This summer I found a delightful book published by Jacqueline Bouvier and her sister Lee Bouvier which began as a gift for their mother outlining their first trip together abroad when they were young women. Years later, Jaqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, when she was an editor at Doubleday, said: If you produce one book in your lifetime you have done a great thing.
Here is a list of other writers and poets who have self published their work:
FAMOUS SELF-PUBLISHED BOOKS:
Ulysses by James Joyce
Remembrance of Things Past by Marcel Proust
Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman,
The Adventures of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
A Time to Kill, by John Grisham
The Wealthy Barber, by David Chilton
The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller
What Color is Your Parachute? by Richard Nelson Bolles
In Search of Excellence by Tom Peters
Dianetics by L. Ron Hubbard,
The Joy of Cooking by Irma Rombauer,
Life’s Little Instruction Book by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
Robert’s Rules of Order by Henry M. Robert
Chicken Soup for the Soul by Jack Canfield and Mark Hensen,
OTHER FAMOUS AUTHORS (and poets) WHO SELF-PUBLISHED:
REJECTED BY PUBLISHERS:
Pearl S. Buck
Jack Canfield and Mark Hensen
first short story - 40 times
774 rejections before selling his first story.
He went on to write 600 novels, using twenty-eight pseudonyms.
His first work, The Enormous Room was rejected by 15 publishers.
He eventually self-published the book and it went on to become considered a masterpiece of modern poetry.
The kicker? He dedicated the book to the 15 publishers who rejected him. Ouch.
Diary of Anne Frank
15 publishers and 30 agents
He ended up publishing it himself, it launched his career as a best-selling author.
One publisher exclaimed in the rejection letter for Mr. Faulkner's book, Sanctuary:
"Good God, I can’t publish this!"
22 times (!)
received dozens of rejections for his first novel,
he kept them tidily nailed to a spike under a timber in his bedroom.
13 agents and 14 publishers rejected his best-selling novel
when he submitted it under a different name, including Random House,
which had originally published it.
The Spy Who Came in From the Cold
The Left Hand of Darkness
600 before his first story
The Naked and the Dead
Gone With the Wind 38 times
(Gee maybe that’s why she stuck her head in the oven!)
According to one publisher, Ms. Plath's ability as a poet was nothing special:
“There certainly isn't enough genuine talent for us to take notice.”
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s (later Sorceror’s) Stone
Lust for Life was rejected 16 times, once with this helpful synopsis:
“A long, dull novel about an artist.”
The book went on to sell over 25 million copies.
During his entire lifetime, the timeless classic, Moby Dick, sold only 3,715 copies.Do read this article!
30 famous authors whose works were rejected (repeatedly, and sometimes rudely) by publishers, an article by Michelle Kerns, books' columnist for The Examiner.
My Canadian Publisher has made my third collection of poetry into an eBook. Do you Kindle? CONTINGENCIES Check it out!
Future Publishing: My poem As Long As the River Flows will be published in The Book of Villanelles edited by Marie-Elizabeth Mali. Published by Random House, UK Due out March 6. 2012.
My poem Long Dusty Memories to be published in Lilipoh Magazine September/October 2011 issue. Editor: Ellaraine Lockie.
My poem La Kalima won a prize at the 86th Annual Poets' Dinner Berkeley
My poem Lorca published in the San Diego Poetry Anual 2011/2012
My poem Desert Nights for George Harrison has been accepted for an anthology of poetry after the Beatles. I didn't submit it, it was requested.
The Song of Sparrows~ A Fifth Collection of Poetry Scheduled for publishing in the winter 2012. WynterBlue Publishing Canada, Inc. & Quill and Parchment Press, USA.
The Brown Hackle Lodge Cook Book (at the editors now) to be published in the Winter of 2012
LIVING the DREAM
My Itinerary for the Book Signing Tour Beginning Late Spring 2012 for:
Cradle Songs: An Anthology of Poems on Motherhood
A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and sings it back to you when you have forgotten how it goes.
Here's the Node they hid and tried to nuke and every other bad thing you can do when you have too much power:
HAPPY THANKSGIVING! Maybe someday it will be recognized as the time when the Natives of this land showed tremendous compassion and generosity toward strangers who would surely have perished without them.
There was another one they wouldn't permit, so after several days of arguing I nuked it myself then found the loophole and reposted it!
Hey Oolong...If I agreed with you we'd both be wrong! ┌∩┐(◣..◢)┌∩┐
My hope is that i will remain calm when they come to get me
The The Impotence of Proofreading