Thursday, 9 August 2012

Exciting Times




“So, who are you and what do you do?”...

How many times I have been asked this question in life.  Somehow, judgements, whether they are right or wrong in their presumption, are often made on my answer.  

I do many things and have been many things to many people, but, the true description of what I now feel I am, is an artist.  I have always appreciated style and beauty.  For years I have enjoyed making people look pretty, by styling them.  Their hair, makeup, clothing even their homes.  I thrive on a quest for the perfect french chandelier or an art deco evening bag and will spend hours trawling junk shops, attic sales and Ebay, for that perfect something.  In a local gift store, people have been known to rummage through my trolley, mistaking it for display. It has been said that I possess an eye.

There is nothing I love more than enhancing that natural beauty within and unconsciously search for it in daily life.  The way a shadow falls, or the light filtering through boarding on an abandoned building.  There is beauty and emotion everywhere, now I love to capture it either by sketching, photographing, or writing about it.  

After much persuasion, from people who’s opinions I hold with tremendous respect.  I decided to publish a book of my poems. The artist in me wanted to create something a little different.  I thought if I used a few of my images, it would make it more visually appealing and compliment the words.  It was never about the money, it rarely is with me, I am always motivated by the heart first.  

Of course what I hadn’t considered in this quest, was the cost of publishing, so when the publisher gave me the price the completed book would eventually retail at, I nearly wept.  I felt that I had created a very beautiful thing, that would never sell.  Personally I would love to gift you all a copy, but my husband would kill me.  So back to the drawing board. 

Had this book been in black and white, it would be a whole different story, yet so would the book.  I began to experiment with black and white, but after seeing the full colour book, well, it felt disappointing.  So, working closely with the production team, we have reformatted the book reducing the page count, which then reduced the price a little.

I have also made the decision to forgo my royalties.
I repeat, it has never been about the money.

I just want to produce a book that I am proud of, that I would enjoy reading myself and as it is dedicated to my dad, I wanted it to be perfect.  Poetry is never going to set the world on fire, unlike “Fifty Shades,” but sometimes a poem can really touch a part of your soul as you identify with the writer. 

"One of the things a poem can do
Is remind us of what
We forgot we knew"
Brian Patten

So many people have been so supportive and lovely about wanting to buy my book and I am delighted and humbled by their support.  I know it will be a lovely “Coffee Table Book” containing, I hope, a poem and images for everyone. It will be available to order online at £17.99 SB and £24.99 HB from Amazon, Xlibris and Barnes and Noble. I am not yet sure of which UK stores will be stocking it.

What I intend to do for all my followers and Facebook page friends, who wish to purchase my book, is to take pre orders.  Where I can buy the book using my author discount and be able to provide everyone copy at a more reasonable price of £12.99 for the soft cover and £17.99 for hard back.  I will even sign it for you if you like ... Giggle.  

So please if you would like a copy please email me at wildernesschic@gmail.com  I do not want any money now,  I only wish to know how many books I need to order.

So now when the next person asks me, what do I do, I could answer, with a huge smile, that I am a published poet.  
Even though I won’t have changed, I am still a full time housewife and mother,  I do have to admit to owning a sense of accomplishment.


12 comments:

  1. CONGRATULATIONS my friend!!!This is a huge accomplishment!! Writing a book is an enormous task (I'm still plugging away at mine)I can't wait to read it. I know from your posts and poems on your other blog that it will be brilliant!! Hugs to you, C. (HHL)

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    1. Thank you, my lovely friend and for the email .. you keep going I know it will be amazing, look what you have achieved with your blog xxx

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  2. Oh, I'm SO excited for you! Congratulations! If I had any cash to spare I'd order the book right now; alas I have none. But once we get things in order around here you can bet I will be ordering one and asking you to sign it! x

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    1. Gigi thank you, yes it is exiting .. and please I do not expect everyone to buy it .. It may not even be your "cup of tea"... I just want to give those that do an opportunity to get it a little cheaper. These are tough times for all .. another reason that I was gutted at the price, but its out there something that I wanted to do in life is now crossed off the list :) xxx

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    2. Ps there is an ebook coming out too.. much cheaper xx

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  3. Oh Hun that's amazing!!! I'm so happy for you. You will be on this morning book club soon. If I have any spare cash next month I will get it. I would love a copy pre ordered and signed but I have to buy school uniforms :((

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    1. Lou I know your situation please do not worry about buying my book, to get the price that low I have to buy a few anyhow so if you really wanted one email me I will keep one for you. I hope you are well and still being good xx

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  4. It's Lou by the way. Forgot I had this account lol

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    1. Lou there will also be an ebook at sometime, much more affordable xx

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  5. hi my dear-much congratulations to you, a fabulous achievement and your family must be so proud xx

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