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Newsletter Dated: 10/17/2010 8:32:56 AM
Subject: [SharingwithWriters-SpecialEdition]Holidays Blooming Red
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October 16, 2010
Sharing with Writers
A newsletter that is also a community. Share your ideas. Learn from theirs! Associated with the multi award - winning series of HowToDoItFrugally series of books for writers, www.howtodoitfrugally.com
From the Desks of
Carolyn Howard - Johnson
and Sharing with Writers Subscribers
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This is a special edition of your Sharing with Writers newsletter. It is really just a note from me and a couple postscript updates. Iím leaving soon for the writers retreat in Rome Iím sponsoring with Eve Caram and wanted to get this information out to you to give you time to respond. ( - :
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Note from Carolyn
Little Known Poetry History: Chapbooks, a tradition in the poetry world since Elizabethan times, are named after the itinerant chapmen who travelled from village to village selling their goods.
My poetry partner and Magdalena Ball and I figure there is no holiday greeting more meaningful than poemóa real poem, not sing - songy impersonal verse from the shelves of card shops. With that in mind, we have created the Celebration Series of chapbooks and have released TaDa! Just in time for the holiday season! a chapbook titled Blooming Red: Christmas Poetry for the Rational.
Now, hereís the exciting part. Literature lovers everywhere can order these chapbooks with full - color covers by prize - winning water colorist Vicki Thomas for only $3. each. Thatís only $75 for 25 of the most memorable holiday greetings youíve ever sent to your friends and relatives. Each booklet is a card and gift in one.
Blooming Red includes Maggieís science - inspired and Carolynís nostalgic poetry. It also includes some humorous poems for fair measure.
Here is one of the lighter - spirited ones from me:
Cruising Santa Clause©
After the season of pinescent
and candlewax, here is Santa
of the Seas, a ringer for the real guy.
Jolly round bearded face, sans a pipe
clenched tight in his teeth, wearing
his off - duty uniform, candy - cane - colored
running shoes, green gabardines, cranberry
worsted blazer, rhinestone - studded
lapel pin, and always with the Mrs, she as gray
as a Midwest winter day, beside his hollyberry
splendor. I peek discreetly. There walking
among Etruscan tombs, perched on remnants
of a Corinthian capitol at Ephesus
as if it were a stool, bright red and green
against the sand at Giza, wandering
through the shipís casino, poking a placard
high to bid on a Kincaid canvas replica
(Ahhhh! The colored lights illuminating
the snow embellished by the master
himself). Best of all, night of nights! Santa
seated front row in the Stardust
Theater, other upfront guests volunteer
him to saw the gammy woman in red fringe
and sequins in half. He hesitates not a moment,
but went straight to his work.
The chapbooks in the Celebration Series include Cherished Pulse (for anyone you love), also with artwork from California artist Vicki Thomas (www.budurl.com/CherishedPulse); She Wore Emerald Then (for mothers on your gift list) with photographs by May Lattanzio (www.budurl.com/MotherChapbook); Imagining the Future: For Fathers and Other Masculine Apparitions (for the men in your life). (www.budurl.com/Imagining). And now Blooming Red for the special folks on your holiday list! (www.budurl.com/BloomingRed). All are available individually at only $6.95 on Amazon but are only $3. each when ordered in quantities of 25 or more directly from the poets. Put HOLIDAY ORDER in the subject line and send an e - mail to me at HoJoNews@aol.com. I will make payment arrangements with you and give you the small shipping cost for the number you order.
Magdalena Ball runs the highly respected CompulsiveReader.com review site. She is the author of the poetry book Repulsion Thrust, which was published to unanimous five - star reviews. Her novel Sleep Before Evening, was a Next Generation Indie Book Awards Finalist.
Carolyn Howard - Johnson's poetry appears frequently in review journals. She is listed in Poets & Writers and her chapbook of poetry, Tracings (http://budurl.com/CarolynsTracings), was given the Award of Excellence by the Military Writers Society of America and She Wore Emerald Then won its highest honor of gold. One of her poems recently won the Franklin Christoph Poetry Prize. She is also an award - winning novelist and short story writer and instructor for UCLA Extension Writers' Program.
For more information on any of the chapbooks in this poetry series, contact either of the authors or visit media rooms at www.howtodoitfrugally.com or www.magdalenaball.com. To learn more about artist Vicki Thomas and to see her work, go to www.vickithomasartist.com
Happy Writing, Editing and Promoting,
PS: Iím leaving soon for a writers retreat and some vacation time so please donít think Iím ignoring you if I donít get back to you immediately.
PPS: Your next regular issue of Sharing with Writers with all its usual features like tips and articles will be in your mailbox about mid November.
PPPS: Just one tip in case you are thinking of doing a holiday promotion. Check my blog for a recommendation: http://sharingwithwriters.blogspot.com/2010/10/holiday - video - resource - for - writers.html
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Something to Make Writers Smile
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(Fun with language from The Washington and other publications. For this one the Post asked readers to take any word, alter it by changing one letter and supply a new definition.)
Cashtration (n.): The act of buying a house, which renders the subject financially impotent for an indefinite period.
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Frugal Book Promoter: How to Do What Your Publisher Won't http://budurl.com/FrugalBkPromo
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The Frugal Editor: Put Your Best Book Forward to Avoid Humiliation and Ensure Success
The Great First Impression Book Proposal: Everything You Need To Know About Selling Your Book in 20 Minutes or Less,
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A Retailerís Guide to Frugal In - Store Promotions: How To Increase Profits and Spit in the Eyes of Economic Downturns with Thrifty Events and Sales Techniques http://budurl.com/RetailersGuide
To learn more about This Is the Place,
Harkening: A Collection of Stories Remembered, Tracings, and She Wore Emerald Then: www.carolynhoward - johnson.com.
She Wore Emerald Then: Reflections on Motherhood, a chapbook of poetry coauthored with Magdalena Ball. http://budurl.com/MotherChapbook
Tracings, a chapbook of poetry (Finishing Line Press)
http://carolynhoward - Johnson.com (literary)
http://HowToDoItFrugally.com (all things about writing)
http://www.SharingwithWriters.blogspot.com, a blog on all things publishing
http://www.TheFrugalEditor.blogspot.com, all things grammatical and ungrammatical
http://www.TheNewBookReview.blogspot.com, a blog focused on YOUR reviews
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http://www.WarPeaceTolerance.blogspot.com War. Peace. Tolerance. And Our Soldiers.
http://www.sizzlingbookfairbooths.blogspot.com, a blog where you can learn to get some mojo behind your own booth by learning from the successes and mistakes of others.