My book of poetry, including some photos, was published about two months ago, but I kept it under wraps until the publisher dropped the price of the printed copy as promised. It is now available in Xlibris Bookstore at $US20.16, and hopefully Amazon and Barnes & Noble will soon update their price to reflect the change.
It took me two and a half months to prepare the manuscript for submission, as I was doing this for the first time and found formatting to be quite a tricky business since I wanted my poem and the photo to appear on the same page. There was some toing and froing the following two weeks regarding the formatting and minor corrections, but Xlibris representatives were at all times co-operative and willing to make the necessary changes according to my wishes.
It was a very intensive learning process, not without occasional swearing at my computer or the program that didn’t allow me to do things in a simpler way. Big sigh.
But Xlibris designers have done a great job! When the sample copy arrived, I was pleasantly surprised and thrilled to bits to be holding in my hands the first book of my poetry, accompanied by a photo here and there – a book in full colour on glossy paper! ’Yippee!’ I exclaimed. ‘It’s beautiful’, my husband said. ‘I’m very proud of you.’ My late mother would have been proud too.
This book is very much a tribute to my Facebook and Gather friends, who inspired me to write poetry on a regular basis, providing challenges and mentoring. The title of the book is the title of the poem on Page 28, which was written as a response to a challenge ‘write a poem about winter’. But in the hot Sydney summer I could only dream of winter, remembering my childhood white winters in the Northern Hemisphere.
When Gather.com crashed at the end of April last year, I started blogging on WordPress. Many of my Gather friends regrouped on Facebook and some joined WordPress. So I’ve dedicated my book not only to my family, but also to both my friends in the flesh and my cyber friends. I’ve met many talented bloggers on WordPress and I’m so happy to be able to interact with you, dear bloggers from all over the world, and to continue to learn through your interesting posts.
“Dreams On My Pillow” is also available in e-book format. If you look it up online, you’ll learn more about the content. And if you decide to buy it, I hope you’ll enjoy it. Many of the poems can be read to your kids or grandkids.
Cheers 🙂 Irina
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