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Chiaroscuro hits virtual shelves

chiaroscurocover1smallerIn March I announced the upcoming publication of my poetry e-book Chiaroscuro. I am excited to announce that it is now published and available for purchase.

Chiaroscuro is a poetry book about the contrast and balance between light and dark. It’s a journey through a crumbling world that leaves a gritty taste. It shines light on the edge of awareness where dark magic wars with childish innocence.

You can purchase Chiaroscuro directly from SynergEbooks; it’s also available on  Amazon.com and B&N.com.

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Poetry book news

One of my goals for this year was to publish my poetry collection Chiaroscuro. Last year I researched publishers, and compared their sites and stats. I made a list of what I most wanted in a publisher. It wasn’t about the royalty. It was:

  • clear information
  • print options
  • listed response time
  • ease of submitting (email)

I know self-publishing is an option, especially for poetry, but I’d prefer to go through a publisher for the formatting, marketing, cover book, all those things that intimidate me. It’s a process I’d rather not go through alone.

One of my top choice was SynergEbooks. I am very impressed by their website, and how much information they give in the process and what to expect, and what they expect of their authors.

I didn’t have to wait long after querying SynergEbooks to get a response. They were impressed with my sample poems. They were very upfront to answer the few questions I had, and less than a week later I was signing an Author Contract.

I am very happy to be working with SynergEbooks to publish my poetry book. No release date yet. It will be published digitally and available through the publisher website, as well as on Amazon.com and B&N.com. If it does well enough, there is a possibility for a print version.

In preparation for publication, I have created a site dedicated to my Chiaroscuro poetry book. I will be creating individual sites for each of my major projects, where you can learn more, read excerpts, and get news on their status. You can see my new author website here. I also created one for Lifelines.

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Chiaroscuro


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Chiaroscuro: The contrast and balance between light and dark.

Within us resides a tapestry of darkness and light. It is woven into our hopes, fears, dreams, and secrets. To understand the tapestry leads to knowing ourselves. Follow these threads of dark and light. You may be surprised at what is hidden, lost, or wandering.

This is the introduction to my poetry book, Chiaroscuro. I’m working on finding it a publishing home. The image above is a Wordle based off the contents of the book.

The neat thing about Wordle is that the visual is a representation of the content. It’s compiled of the most frequent words used, and the size of the word is proportional to how many times it appears. I was pleasantly surprised to see that heart is bigger than dark. Really, that’s the message of the collection. Heart and light survive, no matter the depth of the darkness.

Here’s a poem that just missed making the collection:

Am I Truly Living ?

I wonder, am I truly living?
I have this awful misgiving
that I’m just a blunder.
Am I truly living? I wonder.

All around me others endeavor
to take charge of their dreams, however
I get worn out just to see
others endeavor all around me.

My thoughts wander like unfocused streams
when I should be chasing my dreams.
All the time I squander,
like unfocused streams; my thoughts wander.

To exist, I need to take control
of my actions, my role
in the world; my doubts dismissed,
I need to take control to exist.

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