The Lit Pub has published a review of my book, Chronicles of a Bee Whisperer, which is (in my opinion) extremely awesome. What makes the fact even more awesome, though, is the fact that this is the first review that my book has received.
Might I recommend a hearty ‘Hurrah!’ for that?
Written by David S. Atkinson, author of Bones Buried in the Dirt, the review examines a few of my poems and is, really, exactly the kind of review that an author should want. I’m grateful that someone has taken the time to not only read my book, but also to write about it. It’s a great honor.
From the review:
“I found the writing to be very approachable. That may not be a big deal for some of you, but I’m not exactly a poetry scholar. I like reading poetry, but I haven’t devoted the same kind of rigor to its study that I have to fiction.
All together, these poems span an impressive range. Whatever you are looking for, it’s probably here. And, more importantly, along the way you will likely find things you should have been looking for without knowing that you should have.”
This is probably the single greatest thing that the reviewer could have said about my work. When I write poetry, I try to write it so that it can be understood by people who may not have the strongest poetic background. I try to write so that anyone could pick up the poetry and understand it and (hopefully) enjoy it. Poetry is for everyone, not just for people who have had the opportunity to take a course on it or devote a lot of time to its study.
The fact that this has actually come through in the final product makes me proud; nothing could please me more.
You can find the rest of the review here.
As always, feel free to share your thoughts! What has your experience with reviews been? What has your experience with poetry been like?
I would like to offer a moment of silence for all of those people injured and killed in the explosions at the Boston Marathon on Monday, April 15th. This was a truly heinous attack, and I hope that justice is served quickly and carefully.
Lest we forget, the names of the three victims that are confirmed killed in the blast are:
-Krystle Campbell of Arlington, Mass (age 29)
-Martin Richard of Dorchester, Mass (age 8)
-and an unnamed Chinese National who attended Boston University
We are all going to experience fear and anger in the days and weeks after this attack, and that is perfectly understandable and natural. I do want to offer a word of caution, though, about how we let these feelings impact the way we view the world and people around us.
Be angry at the people who carried out the bombing. Hope that they receive justice for what they did. But do not allow the actions of one or two or a handful of individuals impact the way that you view the people around you. We do not yet know who is responsible for the bombing; we do not yet know their motives. There has been a lot of speculation as to whether this was al-Qaeda or some kind of domestic terrorism, but there is no proof wither way. Do not jump to conclusions until the facts are in.
And remember, when we do know who is responsible for the attack, direct your anger at them. Not at all Muslims, or all libertarians, or all Republicans or Democrats or Christians or Jews. Save your anger for the people responsible, not for others who share some kind of connection to them, whether it is religion or nationality or political ideology.
River Otter Press’s beautiful logo
River Otter Press is now open for general submissions of poetry and fiction. Here is the official link to River Otter’s page on Poets &Writers!
My book, Chronicles of a Bee Whisperer, is the first book to have been published by this fantastic press, and I’ll be the first to tell you that the editor, Diane Smith, is an amazing woman. Diane guided me through the publishing process step by step and worked with me the entire time to ensure that the book lived up to both her, and my, expectations.
An offshoot of Grey Sparrow Press, which publishes a literary journal, River Otter Press exists to publish literature that encapsulates the human experience. Since publishing my book in October of last year, the press has gone on to publish two other books: Bones Buried in the Dirt by David S. Atkinson, and The Northwoods Hymnal by Luke Hawley. Both are astonishing works by amazingly talented writers.
I want to point out that River Otter Press is run by a dedicated group of volunteer editors, who do not benefit financially from the publishing process. They are involved solely to promote the development of fantastic literature. If you are lucky enough to find yourself working with this amazing press, you will become a member of a very tight-knit community — a second family, really — who wants nothing more than to see you and your book succeed.
Below, please find some submissions details that can also be found at the Press’s Poets & Writers Page.
River Otter Press
Genres Published: Poetry, Fiction
Representative Authors: Seasoned and emerging voices welcome.
Book Types: Chapbook, Novella, Short story collections, Novel, Poetry collections
Formats: Paperback, Hardcover
Reading Period: Jan 1 to Dec 31
Reporting Time: 3 to 6 months
Accepts Electronic Submissions: Yes
Accepts Simultaneous Submissions: Yes
Accepts Unsolicited Submissions: Yes
We publish flash fiction, poetry, and prose regarding global themes that haunt us all.
Tips From the Editor
Ah Tips: Please, literary writing only. Three chapters, a synopsis, and street address with electronic submissions only to: RiverOtterPress@gmail.com. No themes of romance, pornography, horror, or gratuitous drug use.