Happy August, 2020?!
Well, it’s been one full year since my first poetry book, “irregardless,” was published. It’s hard to believe a year has come and gone. But damn, what a year!
To mark this milestone, I’m doing a book revision. This is not a second edition, so no big changes, just some fine tuning, little things. A few details I’d wanted to fix. You know, being the editing stickler and perfectionist that I am. 😉
Also considering switching the cover from glossy to matte. They both look good for different reasons, but I originally went with the glossy because I thought it showed off the cover image better, made the colors pop. I didn’t want to lose the ‘depth’ depicted in the graphic, either. Now, I’m thinking to just go for it. Changing that too. We’ll see what I inevitably choose.
While I’d love to do something special, such as holding a contest or giveaway, that’s gonna have to wait for one of my other upcoming books.
As always … Thank you for reading and following me. 🙂
All the Best,
~ Janine ~
Greetings, my bookish friends!
Today I received an email letting me know about Goodreads “Best Book” Choice Awards 2019!
I think you may be able to tell where I’m going with this. 😉
Right … So, if you happen to have bought and read my book and think it’s pretty awesome, if you would be so kind, please visit *Goodreads’ site via the link above. Once there, search for the ‘Poetry’ category. You will then be directed to a list of nominated poetry books which you can vote for. However … at the very bottom of the page, you should find a little box where you have the option to “write in” a nomination. There, you can put in my book’s title, irregardless, and cast your vote! Then, please also share your nomination via Facebook and Twitter, to further help spread the word.
Truly, you’ll have my undying gratitude! And maybe there’ll be cookies. But I can’t promise anything. 😛
*(you may need to sign-up for, or sign-in to your Goodreads account, in order to be able to see that little ‘write in’ box)
#GoodreadsChoice #poetry #JanineRiker #irregardless #author #selfpub #j9ink #Goodreads #GoodreadsChoiceAwards2019
Something I really enjoy is entering writing competitions. Yesterday, I submitted three poems to, Dogwood: A Journal of Poetry and Prose.
From the site: “The best story, poem, and work of nonfiction will each receive $1,000 and publication in Dogwood’s 2020 issue. All finalists are also offered publication. Submissions close September 5th.”
While it would be awesome to win, in all honesty, it’s just fun for me to participate in these types of opportunities; to challenge myself, and at times, try something new.
Still … fingers crossed. 😉
Achievement unlocked! I’ve reached my writing goal of fifty pages, or rather, 50 poems during the month of April as part of Camp NaNoWriMo.
However, I’m nowhere near finished yet. There are more poems to write, and much work to do, to get this book of poetry organized, edited, and ready to publish.
In the meantime, I’ll just keep on writing, and if more poems happen, then so be it!
This was my first attempt writing a Haiku poem. I found it to be somewhat challenging, yet quite enjoyable, too. Of course, being me, I did a bit of research before just jumping in with both feet and going for it.
The contest runs from April 17th – April 25th, with the winner being announced on April 26th, 2019.
IngramSpark Haiku Poetry Contest
I’ve got a poem in my pocket,
Figuratively speaking that is.
Since I don’t go out much,
I won’t be sharing my words.
Except for here on social media,
Which spreads chat and memes,
To people all over the world.
So enjoy this poem for what it is,
And let your own mind run free.
Inspiration can strike anyone,
So let it.