My first e-book
Inspired by writers like Chris Noonan who have published their own collections, and reading posts from experts such as augmented man on the benefits of doing so, one of my holiday projects was creating an e-book to celebrate two years of online publishing. In print it would be a chapbook — a little selection of my published poems with some new verse sprinkled in.
This next step would not have been possible without you — the wonderfully supportive and vibrant creative Medium community around the world, motivating me to keep writing and posting through the darkest days.
The spirit of joy and defiance in this book represents what we collectively embody.
In the 17 month that I have active on Medium over the past 2 years, I have reached 199 followers (unconnected to my own networks) published 70 pieces and exceeded 1,000 claps on some of the most popular poems, with 1.6K for On Being & Trying in The Power of Poetry this month.
I want to build on this by paper publishing more work, maybe making some money from it (beyond the few cents from Medium!) but most of all, I want to share it more widely. It would be great to reach readers who might not usually enjoy poetry.
You can enjoy your (free) holiday preview of THE HEART IS A FIERCE BRIDE by simply clicking this link on any device (it is best read in full screen) and scrolling through the pages at your leisure.
Be sure to check out my gratitude in the Acknowledgements — it is a thank you to each and every one of you for following my work, for your thoughtful feedback and kind encouragement.
Let’s democratise poetry!
Please share this little collection with anyone you feel might enjoy it (just copy and paste the address at the top of the first issuu page to forward it, or get in touch and I can send you one) And do let me know what you think - your feedback makes all the difference!
Warmest wishes everyone (particularly those suffering apocalyptic weather conditions) and a very Happy New Year to you all.
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The Light Bulb
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