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Two Poems Published by Cerise Press

Two poems of mine were accepted by Cerise Press a few months ago and now have appeared in their Summer issue. The poems are Incrimination and The Madmen Among Us. Cerise Press has a great looking magazine and I'm honored to appear with distinguished poets such as Dorianne Laux, Patricia Fargnoli, and  Vénus Khoury-Ghata.

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Tags: Poetry

Subprimal Poetry Art

The web site of Subprimal Poetry Art is now up and running - and submissions are open for the inaugural issue. This has been a personal dream of mine for a long time and I'm excited to finally launch. I'm enthusiastic about the idea of reaching out to unusual, thought-provoking poets and artists from various corners of the universe! Take a look:

Subprimal Poetry Art

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39 Boys on Ground is now available

39 Boys on Ground is now available

39 Boys on Ground is now available on Smashwords as an ebook. There's several formats to choose from including paperback (on Amazon), Kindle, EPUB (for Apple devices, Nook and others) or just regular PDF file for reading on just about any computer. You can also get it at many other retailers (partial list below)

From the description:

Enter the darkly humorous, insightful, surreal and brutally honest worlds of boys as they climb from the hollows of their youth into the world of men. On their way to an imperfect redemption, and with a determined spirit of compassion, these 39 boys and those who at times narrate their stories for them must pass through the formidable shadows of deprivation and war with only an intensely lyrical and allegorical lamp to light the way.

Find it here:

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Preparing 39 Boys for Ebook

Lately, I’ve been studying up on ebook publishing as I prepare my manuscript 39 Boys on Ground for ebook distribution. Among other things, I’ve been reading titles offered by Mark Coker, the founder of Smashwords. These include:

Smashwords Style Guide

The Secrets to Ebook Publishing Success

Smashwords Book Marketing Guide

These titles are well-written, illuminating and fun to read. If you’re looking for some good ebook information, check them out. One of the things that really stuck with me was how Mark mentions that in the traditional publishing world, if a book arrives at the store and doesn’t start selling well, they have to remove it to make room for something that (hopefully) does sell well. With ebooks, that’s not a factor. The shelf space in not limited - and some books go slow at first but later get discovered and start selling.

When 39 Boys on Ground is ready (January 2013), I’m going to offer it for free, at least at first. One of the great things about the ebook route is that I can change the price later if I decide to. In fact, many authors experiment over time with the price to find the sweet spot.

Another thing: I’ve rather given up on the idea of line breaks. It’s just too much trouble with a very shaky guarantee that the breaks will appear correctly on all (or even most) devices. For me, that’s okay. Most of my work is written using paragraphs anyway. Those that aren’t, I can change. One of the key guidelines for ebook formatting is: Keep It Simple.

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