Friday, August 11, 2017

One Hundred Twenty Five Poetic Intersections with Himalayan Poet Yuyutsu RD Sharma in the anthology Eternal Snow

I met Himalayan Poet Yuyutsu RD Sharma (check out his bio) at a reading on Huntington, Long Island, at George Wallace's Poetry Barn. It was sometime around 2008 and he gave a wonderful reading---and boy, he had a lot of books to sell.

Gladys Henderson, Yuyu and myself at The Poetry Barn, Huntington, Long Island

I was impressed very much with this traveling poet for the base of the Himalayas that I featured him at my Dire Series (Boy, he had a lot of books) in 2010 and in 2013 and he invited me to teach a workshop within the beauty of where he is from.

January 2013
We formed a wonderful friendship. Yuyu is a peaceful, intelligent man, and a wonderful speaker and poet. When he asked me to submit to Eternal Snow: A Worldwide Anthology of  One Hundred Twenty FivePoetic Intersections with Himalayan Poet Yuyutsu RD Sharma, edited by David B Austell and Kathleen D Gallagher,  I jumped. Maybe on day I'll see Nepal.

Now it is out and I'm happy to have two poems, "Prayer By a Stream" and "This, For the Bear" as part of this collection. It's a really great looking book. Here are the details

Eternal Snow: A Worldwide Anthology of  One Hundred Twenty FivePoetic Intersections with Himalayan Poet Yuyutsu RD Sharma
 Edited by David Austell & Kathleen D Gallagher
ISBN : 81-8250-0915 2017 Paperback pp 309 plus  24 Photo pages

John Clarke
Tracie Morell
Lori Ann Kusterbeck
David Ray
James Ragan
Ravi Shankar
Eileen O’Connor
Gorka Lasa
Elena Karina Byrne
Pascale Petit
Chuck Joy
Lorraine Conlin
Paul Nash &
Denise La Neve
Andrew Taylor
Amarendra Khatua
Meera Ekkanath Klein
Eskimo Pie
Christi Shannon Kline
Revigya Joshi
Kathleen D Gallagher
David Austell
Maria Heath Beckett
Renay Sanders
Shawn Aveningo
Juan Carlos Abril
Tim Kahl
Dom Kafley
Judy Ray
Tera Vale Regan
Diane Frank
Lady K (Kathy Smith)
Karen Corinne Herceg
Kate Lamberg
Penny Kline
Sharon Metzler-Dow
M. L. Williams
Robert Scotto
Nicole Barriere
Anne Fritz
Ruth Danon
Tim Tomlinson
Mary E. Weems
Roopa Ramamoorthi
Dan Szczesny
Nancy Aidé Gonzalez
Nancy R Lange
Michael Graves
Eugene Hyon
Marcus Bales
Peter V. Dugan
Aixia de Villanova
Leah Taylor
Cristina Querrer
Bari Falese
Agnes Marton
Patricia Carragon
Dd. Spungin
Verónica Aranda
Samantha Bear
Darlene Costello
Mindy Kronenberg
David Axlerod
Tony Barnstone
Russ Green
Alessandra Francesca
Nabina Das
Ronnie Norpel
Eddie Woods
Kim Nuzzo
Chiff Fyman
Barun Bajracharya
Shreejana Bhandari
Charles Peter Watson
Christopher Wheeling
Merik van der Torren
Art Good Times
Robin Mets
Erica Mapp
Bill Wolak
Roxanne Hoffman
Civa Bhusal
James Romano
D. B. Meltzer 
Cee Williams
Bidur Prasad Chaulagain
Vicki Iorio
Barbara Novack
Mary Ryan Garcia
Theresa Göttl Brightman
Steve Brightman
Jack Tar
Kymberly Avinasha Brown
Catherine Gigante-Brown
Marion Palm
Hélène Cardona
André Baum
Phillip Giambri
Devin Wayne Davis
Alex Symington
Rajesh Siddharth
Marisa Moks-Unger
Lorraine  Bouchard
Don Carroll
Anthony Murphy
Timothy Gager
John J. Trause
Jack Locke
Anuj Ghimire
Elaine Karas-Shadle
Irene O’ Garden
Allegra Jostad Silberstein
Gaurav Bhattarai
Su Polo
Ernie Burns
Roger McClain
Ken Ruan
Jen Pezzo
Marcus Calvert
Thomas Jenney
Judi Chabola
Bishwa  Sigdel
Carolyn Wells
Arun Budhathoki
Carol Hebald
Melissa Hobbs
Jan Garden Castro
Swati Sharma

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Writers need your help. Buy their books, but here's how you can help without even buying the book

Buying the book is self-explanatory, but even if you don't buy there are some things you can do whether you know the writer or not. All of these can actually be true. (It's 2017-I have to mention that)

1. Talk about the book.
Word of mouth is and always will be a huge part of book selling. Here's some scripts to use. 

"Hey, my friend, Blob-blob wrote a book." 
"Blob-blob just came out with a new one."
"What are you reading now? I plan to start Blob-blob's book."

If you read and loved it?
"I just read and loved Blobby title by Blob-blob"

2. Host an event.

-Have your friend Blob-blob featured at your book club. If they're local they can attend. You'd be surprised who would like to come to your bookclub! Do you hear that, Malcolm Mitchell?
-If you're not in a bookclub have a party where Blob-blob could read or socialize. If you host a series and are contacted by an author or PR department, be kind or at least respond back. 

3. Post a review.

You don't have to be a professional reviewer or an award winning writer to write a review on Amazon or Goodreads. If you enjoyed the book find the author's webpage and alert them to the review. Even just offering stars without words helps. Share reviews from others. Oh, lookey at that David Atkinson review of Grand Slams. 

Customer Review

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars funny, tense, and even tenderDecember 8, 2016
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
This review is from: Grand Slams: a coming of eggs story (Paperback)
I do have a soft spot for pancake house centered fiction, but I also have high standards. Gager puts together a beautiful one in this book though. It seems so realistic of that kind of place at the time that it's funny, tense, and even tender. I cared about these people and what would happen to them as if they were really people I knew well. Very well done.

4. Add a book to your Goodreads bookshelf as wanting to read or currently reading.

Hell--you don't even have to buy the thing, When you add a book, all of your Goodreads pals but the daily Goodreads e-mails and your add, including the book's picture is included.  

5. Do ANY of the above on Social Media. 

Writers blab about their books and reviews all the time. When it is from an outside source this is 400 times more effective. (For actual proof of this number, ask Donald Trump because he'll set you straight.)

Recommendations, status updates, tweets (for the record re-tweeting is better than liking), sharing of reviews by you or others, photos the book or of you holding a book are all social media, word of mouth, tools. 

So, thanks for all your help. We couldn't be more grateful.