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Photo: Heading to Italy for the Thanksgiving holidays. Anyone want to carry my tackle box? LOL!

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.

I concur.

Here is a list of other writers and poets who have self published their work:


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

The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield

The Elements of Style by William Strunk, Jr. (and his student E.B. White)

Dianetics by L. Ron Hubbard,

The Joy of Cooking by Irma Rombauer,

When I Am an Old WomanI Shall Wear Purple by Sandra Martz

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,


Margaret Atwood

L.Frank Baum

William Blake

Ken Blanchard

Robert Bly

Elizabeth Barrett-Browning

Edgar Rice Burroughs

Lord Byron

Willa Cather

Pat Conroy

Deepak Chopra

Tom Clancy

Stephen Crane

e.e. cummings

William E.B. DuBois

Alexandre Dumas


Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Benjamin Franklin

Zane Grey

Thomas Hardy

Nathaniel Hawthorne

Ernest Hemingway

Rudyard Kipling

Louis L’Amour

D.H. Lawrence

Anais Nin

Thomas Paine

Edgar Allen Poe

Ezra Pound

Carl Sandburg

George Bernard Shaw

Percy Bysshe Shelley

Upton Sinclair

Gertrude Stein

Alfred Lord Tennyson

Henry David Thoreau

Leo Tolstoi

Walt Whitman

Virginia Wolff


  • Richard Bach

    Jonthan Livingston Seagull

    20 times

  • Pearl S. Buck

    The Good Earth

    14 times

  • Jack Canfield and Mark Hensen

    Chicken Soup for the Soul

    33 times

  • Mary Higgins Clark

    first short story - 40 times

  • John Creasey

    774 rejections before selling his first story. 

    He went on to write 600 novels, using twenty-eight pseudonyms.

  • ee cummings

    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.

  • Patrick Dennis

    Auntie Mame

    15 times

    Diary of Anne Frank

  • William Golding

    Lord of the Flies

  • John Grisham

    A Time to Kill

    15 publishers and 30 agents

    He ended up publishing it himself, it launched his career as a best-selling author.

  • William Faulkner

    One publisher exclaimed in the rejection letter for Mr. Faulkner's book, Sanctuary:

    "Good God, I can’t publish this!"

  • Alex Haley

    before Roots

    200 rejections

  • Joseph Heller


    22  times (!)

  • Tony Hillerman

  • Stephen King

    received dozens of rejections for his first novel,


    he kept them tidily nailed to a spike under a timber in his bedroom.

  • Jerzy Kosinski

    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.

  • Louis L'Amour

    200 rejections 

  • John le Carré 

    The Spy Who Came in From the Cold

  • Ursula K. Le Guin

    The Left Hand of Darkness

  • Jack London

    600 before his first story

  • Norman Mailer

    The Naked and the Dead

    12 times

  • Margaret Mitchell

    Gone With the Wind 38 times

  • Vladimir Nabokov


  • George Orwell

    Animal Farm

  • Robert Pirsig

    Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

    121 times

  • Sylvia Plath

    (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.”

  • J.K. Rowling

    Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s (later Sorceror’s) Stone

  • Dr. Seuss

    24 times

  • Irving 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.

  • Herman Melville

    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


    My Itinerary for the Book Signing Tour Beginning Late Spring 2012 for:

    Cradle Songs: An Anthology of Poems on Motherhood

  • May 6 San Diego Poetry Annual 2011-2012 ~ Poetry Reading (TBA) My poem Lorca is included in the Anthology

  • May 30th Back Porch Grill Grapevine, TX

  • June 1~First Fridays Half Price Bookstore 5803 E.Northwest Highway, Dallas TX 75231 7pm Kickoff for Cradle Songs:An anthology of Poems on Motherhood

  • June 4 Santa Fe New Mexico First Mondays Poetry Group~500 Montezuma Avenue Snata Fe, NM
  • June 8th Taos Public Library ~1:30pm Community Room
  • June 17 ~ Hill Street Church Santa Monica,CA (Feature)

  • June 20 ~ Upstart Crow Bookstore and Coffee House~ Seaport Village ~ 835 W. Harbour Drive, San Diego. Solo feature (Check venue for time)

    Summer 2012

  • July 1 ~ San Diego Poetry Annual reading Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Bl, Venice,CA 90291

  • July 7~Towne Center Books 555 Main Street, Pleasanton, CA 94566 11am. With Guest Poets reading from the Anthology Cradle Songs: Hannah Nguyen, Joyce Kiefer, Fran Demar, Claudette Sigg, Anne Molin.

  • August 6th~ Station Bistrot 110 Second Street SW, Auburn, WA

  • September 14 ~ 7pm ~ Kings Bookstore ~ Tacoma, WA ~ Featured Poet

  • Café Zippy Everett, WA ~ TBA

  • September 8th~ Vashon Island Bookstore Vashon Island WA reading from and signing Cradle Songs: An Anthology of Poems on Motherhood5-6pm

  • September 23rd~ Bolton Hall Museum ~ Tujunga, CA 4:30pm
  • September 27th ~ 7pm~ Abilene Writers Guild~Rose Park Recreation Center~ Room B~2601 South 7th, Abilene, Texas

  • September 30th~ WeHo Book Fair guest of Women's National Book Association 4-6pm promoting Cradle Songs: An Anthology of Poems on Motherhood
  • October 27th ~ Beyond Baroque ~Cradle Songs: An Anthology of Poems on Motherhood 4-6:30pm

  • November 4th, Women's National Book Association Reads Its Own~ (RIO) Mystic Journey Bookstore ~ 1319 Abbot Kinney Boulevard, Venice, CA 90291.

  • November 11th fly to Rome/Tuscany for a little R&R

    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