Sunday, February 19, 2012

Announcement- I've Written A Book!



About a year after I started blogging some of you began suggesting that I write a book. At first I didn't give it much consideration, I wasn't sure how to tell my story without also getting into the personal lives of people who are closest to me. I decided to go back through my writing and soon realized I had enough to put together something that reveals my personal experiences, so this is what I've done.

I'm very happy to announce that my first book, The Glass Wall, will be available soon. It's a 90-page softcover compilation of my writing which contains poems, one-line quotations, a couple of short stories, narratives and lyrics for three songs I've written over the years. Most of the content was written since 2009 but I've also included a couple pieces I wrote in my early twenties.



I began working on this project in November 2010 and it's been an on-going process ever since. In the preface I explain the history of how Life In Quotations came to be after my car accident four years ago, and the baby steps along the way that brought me here. It's proof to me that some of the most traumatic events in our lives happen for a reason and can bring about some very positive changes.






The pages here are loose but the book is bound and fastened with Chicago Screws, a method used to finish books since the 1870's. This is a private venture through a local printer I've been working with and so far it's all been out of my pocket. I haven't worked out pricing or distribution yet, although the owner of the cafe where I read my poetry has offered to sell it through her shop and I've provided her with a few copies. I've also signed up for a publishing workshop in early March to get some direction since this is a first for me, and I'll keep all of you posted as things progress.

Thanks to all of you who have inspired me along the way, this wouldn't have happened without you!



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17 comments:

  1. Congrats ~ Happy to hear the news ~

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  2. Congratulations! Very inspiring.

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  3. That's so great! Congratulations Barry!

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  4. oh my, that sounds exciting.
    i see what you mean by staying busy.

    catching up. sounds serious O.o
    but we do have a bit of catching up to do.

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  5. Barry Congratulations! I know the dedication, and hard work involved in turning one's thoughts/experiences into words and writing them down! You are an inspiration to me to keep writing, no matter how long the journey to completion may ends up being.

    There are some great self-publishing options that offer print to order (= no need to pre-print = no out of pocket $$ and you can sell it through Amazon). Also there are E-reader options.

    When I'm back to full blogging ... I will do a post on your book!!

    I'm not an expert at blog layouts ... but am happy to help with anything I can. To add the separate index under header - just go posts - select pages ... the title you give the page will appear on under the header. ~ changing to 3 columns - just go to template and choose a 3 column layout .. apply it to your blog ...you may need to move some things around in the layout .. but thats just dragging boxes to where you want them. There is also and options in template that allows you to enlarge or decrease the width of each column.

    Good luck with the blog changes ... also I know a couple of gals that have helped me with my blog and they are very budget friendly. Let me know if you would like their contact info! Hugs t o you and Sandy!!! xo Celia (HHL)

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  6. Thanks for your kind words everyone, it means a lot. Celia I appreciate the advice, I'll give it a shot!

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  7. Celia as always I appreciate your kind words, and I'd LOVE to see you post about my book when you're ready!

    xoxo

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  8. Barry, I am so proud of you!! I'm so honored that I get to watch this wonderful process unfold. Keep us all updated on your progress!

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  9. How awesome! I'm sure that was hard work to compile, edit, decide what to include. You must be proud! Can't wait to see the results. Congratulations, Barry!

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  10. Fantastic! I just think this is absolutely wonderful! Congratulations to you! AND I'm enjoying your new layout. :)

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  11. Congratulations Barry!!! I am so proud of you! Seeing the cover, descriptions and teasers of the chapters - I wish I had a copy right now so I could curl up before bead and read your words :) Please work on a way for your blog readers to purchase a copy! I would absolutely love that. Keep me posted! It must feel so amazing to hold your book in your hands and see all your hard work and dedication come together :) Enjoy that feeling!

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  12. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! THAT IS SO AMAZING. You must be so proud. Great for you!!!! I can't wait to hear more as it is released, etc. That's inspiring to me.

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  13. I am so very proud of you! I know it took a long time to get finalized ... but it was so worth it! Just keep writing :)

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  14. so proud of you kuya barry! i'll wait for it to come out and will surely get a copy for me and sis! hugs!

    xoxo

    joy

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