Free eBooks This Weekend!

If you love a great short story–and who doesn’t?–you can’t get much better than the ones over at Cold Moon Slivers. And the best part…they’re FREE from now until Tuesday evening for your Kindle!

There is something for everyone…one thriller, one scifi, and one fantasy. Stop by and download a few!

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Books As Works of Art

For quite some time, I’ve been of the opinion that books are not only labors of love but also works of art. The writing is, of course, the heart of the book…without a doubt. But there is something to be said for a beautiful cover, for an appeasing layout, for the details—be they flourishes around the page numbers or scrolls at section breaks—that show someone thought the book was worth the time and energy to make it special visually.

The same can be said for other documents, too. If you’ve been reading our Facebook posts, you’ll find that we’ve been working with a craftswoman at Threadlock Press to produce copies of our catalogue. She does beautiful printing the old fashioned way. I was gifted a book of poems she printed, and I when I decided that I wanted something beautiful to give away, I knew she’d be the person to work with.

What I’ve really been enjoying is her updates. She’s been sending me email messages with the status of the project, and these emails include pictures. I’m getting to see the process, which has been exciting!

After I sent her the content for the catalogue, we discussed the cover page. I sent her my logo, and she carved a linocut of it for the cover.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

She also set the press name and our slogan. Check out the candle she used for the “I” in the first word.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are using really beautiful paper, which she ordered. It hasn’t all arrived, but it’s starting to come in. She has begun cutting what is here so far.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With the paper here, some of the printing has started.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m so excited about this project. It’s great that we have a catalogue coming together. And even more exciting is that this will be a beautiful booklet that I will be proud to hand out.

April is National Poetry Month!

Since 1996, people, libraries, and schools everywhere have been celebrating National Poetry Month.

It’s wonderful that we have a designated month to celebrate, but I know I couldn’t wait until once a year to read or write a poem. It’s just way to long. So grab a book to read (some favorites of mine are listed below) or find a pen and celebrate poetry now!

The Hell with Love: Poems to Mend a Broken Heart:  A reminder that poetry can be fun!

Love Poems from God: Twelve Sacred Voices from the East and West: Beautiful, passionate poems.

100 Selected Poems: Just because I like e.e. cummings.

What We Carry: Real poems from a real (amazing) poet.

River of Stars: A wonderful collection of poems by our very own Vonnie Winslow Crist.

Free ebooks for Valentine’s Week!

Happy Valentine’s Day from Cold Moon Press. We love our readers…and we’re giving away free ebooks to show it! Throughout this week, you can get a short story for your Kindle from our new line, Cold Moon Slivers. Find out how by clicking here: http://coldmoonpress.com/coldmoonslivers.html

Have $10 Million Burning a Hole in Your Pocket?

Swan Song for Your Wallet!

Next time you’ve got an abundance of cash you just can’t seem to get rid of, hit the auction and pick up a couple copies of The Birds of America. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll own a book that costs as much as your own private island.

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/jacketcopy/2012/01/got-10-million-the-worlds-most-expensive-book-could-be-yours.html

Saving the Shop Around the Corner

How lovely it is to see folks pulling together to save an indy book shop!

The efforts to save St. Mark’s Bookshop, by the numbers

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Walk a Mile in Her Shoes…Literally

If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to spend a day in JK Rowlings shoes…well, now you can. http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/09/14/another-day-another-odd-literary-collectible-for-sale-j-k-rowlings-boots/

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Collaborative Writing

If you’re thinking about a collaborative writing project, here are a few tips to save your writing, your friendship, and your sanity!

Writing Tips – On Collaboration

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Who Are Your Favorite Poets?

Just when you think spring can’t get any better, you look on your calendar (well…at least on my calendar!) to discover April marks the beginning of National Poetry Month, a time dedicated to celebrating and recognizing poems and poets. Since poetry has a special place near and dear to my heart, I thought I might share links to a few books that I think are great! What are your favorite books, and who are your favorite poets? Why? Leave a comment!

The Hell with Love: Poems to Mend a Broken Heart:  A reminder that poetry can be fun!

Love Poems from God: Twelve Sacred Voices from the East and West: Beautiful, passionate poems.

100 Selected Poems: Just because I like e.e. cummings.

What We Carry: Real poems from a real (amazing) poet.

River of Stars: A wonderful collection of poems by our very own Vonnie Winslow Crist!

E.B. White & Planning a Sunday Afternoon

I get up every morning determined both to change the world and to have one hell of a good time. This makes planning the day difficult. ~E.B. White

I started writing this blog with the good intentions of making it a technical piece, a nuts-and-bolts guide to something dealing with the business of writing. When I saw this quote, I knew that today was not the day to write such a thing.

As a (new) publisher, I like the idea that every morning is a new beginning, my “do-over” from the challenges of the day before. There is a whole new day ahead of me where I can make better choices and be creative and do something for someone else—even in my very own, tiny way. Maybe those things sorts of things don’t change the entire world, but it’s awfully nice to see the look on a writer’s face the first time they see their book in print!

There are also a lot of other good times that come with this new endeavor. I’ve met some amazing people I might never have met, attended events I might never have attended, and taken risks I might never have otherwise taken. Last Sunday alone, I spent a day with writers, musicians, artisans, and dozens of Fair Folk.

All this does make it tough to plan a day. I have a four-page to-do list on any given day and a calendar full of nearly illegible scribbles. Lucky for me, while I love having some routine in my life, I also thrive when no two days ever look exactly the same.

My plan for today? Spend some time with a few of my favorite little people, cross a couple things off of the ever-growing Cold Moon/Book Mark It to-do list, and let the dogs walk me before it rains. And maybe I’ll grab my tattered copy of Charlotte’s Web before I change the world.

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