Meaning

I always hated having to decide the meaning of a poem when I was in high school. No one but the poet could know what the poet meant, we could only truly decide what the poem meant to us. I was always wrong.

My poetry is very close to my heart. I can tell you what I was thinking, or feeling, or doing, when I wrote each one. Perhaps one day, I’ll release a text-only edition of Echoes, with annotations on each poem, so there can be no questions about my intent.

If you’ve read Echoes, I would love to hear what some or all of my poems mean to you. In what way do my words speak to your heart?

But if you’re trying to tell others what I meant — please don’t speculate on what is very personal to me. Ask! If I didn’t want to hear from you, I wouldn’t have so many ways for people to find and contact me! I’ll even give you a contact box right on this post.

Thank you for understanding.

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Audio Book

Even though I don’t really like the way I sound on spoken recordings (singing = good, spoken. . . not so much!), I’ve been thinking about re-releasing Echoes as an audio book. All the original poems + at least one bonus track.

Please comment and let me know if this is something that you would be interested in buying. I broached the idea awhile ago, and saw some interest, but thought I would check again.

Writing Updates

I thought I’d share a quick update about what I’m working on now that the print edition of “Echoes” is complete (and for sale).

I have wanted to write historical fiction for a long time. After much discussion and plotting out possible ideas and timelines, I have decided to center my first novel around the American Civil War. It will also include time travel.

During my undergraduate years at Ferrum College, I was fortunate to take a semester-long course on the ACW from one of the most amazing men I have ever known, Col. Earl G. “Bud” Skeens. I hope that this will be a book that he would have enjoyed. I only wish I’d been able to bring the idea to fruition before he passed away several years ago. Right now, I’m primarily doing research. Luckily, our local library had a huge book sale, and I was able to purchase quite a number of excellent Civil War books for next to nothing!

I am also considering an audio book version of “Echoes” . This would allow customers to purchase the poetry at a reduced cost, but with the understanding that the artwork which accompanies the poetry would not be included in such a project. A few polls showed that people would love to hear audio excerpts from “Echoes”, leading me to believe that an audio book would be welcomed. I know that for myself, I always treasure the opportunity to hear poets read their own work, because I get so much more out of it when I hear their tone, and hear which words they emphasize, rather than just reading it to myself and wondering.

Echoes is available for purchase!

I am very pleased to announce that Echoes is now available for purchase!

Feel free to check out a sample of my book, or read about pricing for self-publishers and take a look at why I switched publishers and how I picked the retail cost for Echoes.

Remember that you can leave comments on almost all of my blog posts, and I would love to hear from you after you’ve read Echoes. There is also a place on The Book Patch (TBP) store to leave a 1-to-5 star rating and a review as well. Doing this really helps me out. 1. I love hearing what you have to say; feedback means more than you know. 2. The more reviews my book received, the better chance it has of being displayed on TBP’s store front page!

At this time, Echoes is only for sale through the publisher. I don’t know if that will change in the future, but I’ll be sure to let everyone know if it does!

Thanks for reading!

 


How to purchase:

I’ve been asked by several people if I had a stack of <em>Echoes</em> handy so they could buy it from me on the spot and skip the s&amp;h fees. I’ve also received some comments that lead me to believe that a number of people think that this is how this works.

I am sorry to disappoint, but it is not the case! I simply do not have the money available to purchase a box of my books to have on hand. I wish I could; that would be ideal. But I’d have to up the cover price to pay the s&amp;h, so you’d still be paying it, just to me instead of The Book Patch.

At this time, <em>Echoes</em> is only available through The Book Patch’s on-line store. You’ll need to make an account to place your order, but your account is free.  Would I like to sell on Amazon? Sure! The exposure is much greater . . . but I’d lose most, if not all of my $5/book profit, so, at this point in my writing career, selling through Amazon is not in my best interest.

If you click here, you will go directly to the page for Echoes in TBP’s store. Once you’re there, if you look at the top right corner, you’ll see where you can register for an account. Once you register, you can use the search box to find my book. Right now, it’s the only item titled Echoes.

And if you like it, it would make me very happy if you left a rating (1 to 5 stars) and review on their site for my book.

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask!

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ISBNs for Echoes!

As I mentioned on Facebook on April 8, I have purchased my 10 and 13-digit ISBNs for Echoes. I registered them on April 16th, and am told that the registration process can take as long as 14 days. Although the website didn’t specify, I am assuming that they mean 14 business days.

Although it is not required that the registration process is complete before the book becomes available for sale, it is recommended, so when I went through the registration process, I named May 7, 2012, as the date Echoes would be available to the public.

The one condition that may change the date is how Echoes looks as printed by my new publisher. If it looks great, May 7th it is! If it needs some changes, I’ll go from there. So far, I have high hopes.

Also, I don’t know how many people have noticed, but if you’d like to see a small sampling of some of the poems in my book, please check out the “Excerpts” page.

-Amanda