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Scribd One Month Later : 57 Uploads – Problems Fixes and Expectations

16 Apr

Dirty Sixth Street, AustinScribd One Month Later : 57 Uploads – Problems Fixes and Expectations

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Dirty Sixth Street, Austin

Short light crime mystery, set in Austin Texas.

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Problems Fixes and Expectations

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First Impression of My First 15 (of 56) Titles on Scribd – Discoverability

Update: My First 56 Titles on Scribd – Four Previews : Austin Paris Nursing Gratitude

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Intro

About a month ago, my then total of 56 titles of fiction, poetry, and imagery, were all posted and fully available on Scribd via Smashwords.

I had been posting advance posts about my preparations and expectations, plus preparing blog posts and some light advertising, including a paid press release.

I was beginning seasonal full time temp work in a few weeks, and I pushed rapidly ahead to have everything in place to take advantage of the timing of the uploads with SXSW among other things.

High Expectations

Needless to say, my expectations and hopes were high.  Very high.

In my defense, and continuing belief though, realistically high.

Top of my list of expectations, was a radical increase in visibility and discover-ability (please see link above).

And initially, it was all so.

Unexpected Problems

Then a slew of unexpected problems appeared.

Effects of which I am just now beginning to fully fix.

Thanks fully to the aid and assistance of the support staff at Scribd.

The Story

What follows is the story of the past month.  Recovering from a (for me) significant derailment that could have gone much worse.

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Dirty Sixth Street, Austin

Dirty Sixth Street, Austin” has, in my mind, become the symbol of what went wrong, and what was made right again.

Some of the following problems should not occur again.  Or should be easily correctable.  I think.

But if you are an author, you may want to at least be aware of what happened, and be prepared.

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The Problem

While I was happily adding not only links to previous posts to choice selections of books now on Scribd, like Paris Shorts Vol 1 – Slumming in Paris Part One – Everyday Gratitude, and even placing strategically embedded previews of the books in those posts (courtesy of Scribd’s embedding links), the anti piracy mechanism being employed automatically removed a number of my titles.

The links in dozens of my posts to selected books were not only gone, but a notice that The Publisher had removed them was added.

The embedded links for removed books now said Deleted.

My press release now referred to books any searchers might be looking for as not available.

This included “Dirty Sixth Street, Austin.”  During SXSW.

Worsening the problem was a significant campaign on Twitter and Facebook coordinating the music event’s happening, to my Texas stories, including of course “Dirty Sixth Street, Austin.”

Further worsening the problem was that I had posted a special free post on Scribd, another of their perks I whole-heartedly recommend, Going to SXSW in Our 60s, which pointed to “Dirty Sixth Street, Austin,” and was gaining momentum.

Actually both the free post and the short story (via subscription) were, as per the currently available stats (said to be improved upon even more in the near future) gaining jumps in visibility, ie, views.

I added fuel to the fire, not knowing the links were about to break or were being broken by the removal of the selected subscription titles, by advertising via Stumbleupon’s ad services, which appeared to be doing their job really well.

Momentum.  Visibility.  Discoverability.

I felt a wave was lifting me into sight of shore.

I started my full-time temp work, happy with my concerted efforts: creative and marketing.

A few days later I checked, expecting to possibly see a plateauing of my efforts, and found that over a dozen titles were no longer available.

Removed by publisher.  Deleted.  Not searchable.

A long exhaustive after-work, before-work, at-lunch inquiry into what had happened began.

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The Cause

Basically, the automatic system had mis-identified many of my titles as being possible copies or infringing on my copyrighted work from Smashwords.

But it was my own work.

Digital Reader has an excellent article, detailing better than I can, what went wrong.  And evidently, it’s not a Scribd or Smashwords specific problem, even if it did specifically affect me ;-)

Adding to the problem, was when a book was removed, and subsequently replaced, the url to that book also changed.  I am, hopefully, in the final stages of replacing the last of the links and embedded links in my posts to my work on Scribd.

That problem, of a title not retaining its original url on re-instatement, has now been corrected by Scribd.  Any future titles I may have inadvertently removed then replaced, should retain links I’ve placed to them within my articles and posts.

This engineering solution was a speedy prompt response from the team at Scribd.

Urls, I believe, are now static to a title.

There is a Smashwords specific email when requesting support from Scribd.

First hand, I can say Scribd’s support has been indispensable.

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The Scribd Author Support System

I honestly do not believe I would have stayed with either Scribd or Smashwords without the dogged persistence and determination of the folk at Scribd I’ve been in almost daily communication with.

Because of the folk at Scribd, I remain in their subscription program, can recommend it fully (while cautioning a prospective author to be aware of these possibilities), and have regained my optimism that my decision to be part of their program is a good one.

Scribd’s future promise is significant.

Their expectations on their own press release, are my expectations.

So for all other authors out there, I wish you all the best.

Now, I need to get back to work, my creative work.

Thanks so much :-)

Sincerely,

Adan

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Update: My First 56 Titles on Scribd – Four Previews : Austin Paris Nursing Gratitude

10 Mar

Paris Shorts Vol 1Update: My First 56 Titles on Scribd -

Four Previews : Austin Paris Nursing Gratitude

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“Paris Shorts Vol 1″

Now available on Scribd, via Smashwords

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Intro

My Scribd titles : http://www.scribd.com/felipe4adan4lerma/documents/authored

My currently available 56 titles of short stories and novels, and poetry and photopoems are now all easily accessible via Scribd’s subscription plan.

Despite a few lingering glitches, I am very happy to provide four previews of my work.

With a subscription, you have limitless access to my work, counting as sales for me.

As Scribd says at the top right of each page :

Thanks for reading!

Enjoy reading this book knowing that your

subscription is helping support authors!

And as always, my work is also available on major participating outlets via traditional sales.

They are located on my Authors Pages, and listed on the right side of each blog post.

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Preview One

For all those out enjoying SXSW here in Austin, this is a good one. ;-)

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Preview Two

And for those who prefer Paris, this is just as nice!

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Preview Three

For all our nurses, caring for us daily -

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Preview Four

Everyday Gratitudes Vol 1 – to help remember, caring is every day.

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My Scribd Author’s Page is now available, online or in your app.

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Extra Austin Images Added, Free – on Scribd for Love’s Travels – Vermont Paris Austin

5 Mar

Love's Travels - Vermont, Paris, Austin; © felipe adan lermaExtra Austin Images Added, Free – on Scribd

for Love’s Travels – Vermont Paris Austin

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Love’s Travels – Vermont Paris Austin

900 Word Poem.

14 Original Images.

Vermont, Paris, Austin.

Scribd listing.

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Extra Austin Images, Free – on Scribd

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Man in Canoe © felipe adan lerma

Click here to see Free Article on Scribd

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SXSW

With SXSW cranking up here in Austin, I thought this might be a good time to add some more Austin images to complement the story and pictures in “Love’s Travels – Vermont Paris Austin.”

The nice thing about these Scribd documents I’ve starting posting, they’re available for anyone to see free.

Above is a sample of one of the new added photos.

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Scribd

And if you’re tempted to sample Scribd’s huge selection of books via their subscription plan, they have free trial periods available too.

Most of my own books (46 of 56) are already available through Scribd now.  As they continue processing the huge selection being distributed via Smashwords, my other titles should also then be accessible.

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Dirty Sixth Street, Austin

And if you are coming to Austin, for SXSW or any other fun reason, you might like reading my short story, “Dirty Sixth Street, Austin.”

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Availability of any of my titles on all major online outlets can be reached by my Author Pages.  They are listed to the right of each page on my site, and via the tab at the top of each posting.

Thank you so much, best wishes :-)

adan

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American Robins Arriving in Vermont, The First Swoop of Spring – A Photo Memoir

28 Feb

American Robins Arriving in Vermont medAmerican Robins Arriving in Vermont, The First Swoop of Spring – A Photo Memoir

35 original images.
1,506 story-word commentary.

Two Bonus Bird Material Sections:

12 additional images with light commentary.

An inspirational story in nature for people.

Available on all participating outlets.

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American Robins Arriving in Vermont,

The First Swoop of Spring -

A Photo Memoir

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American Robins Cropped Outtake © felipe adan lerma

I’m trying out something new, and have posted a short blog-like post free on Scribd.

It adds a little more to the book.

Basically, I took one image I liked, but wasn’t able to include in the narrative for the new American Robins book, and showed how I work up the image, plus created a small poem to go with it, showing how unused images can lead to other creative work.

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American Robins Arriving in Vermont

Intro

Unlike “Love’s Travels – Vermont Paris Austin” which also has an image story, the text portion in American Robins is not in prose verse but in simple narrative format.

Links are provided to some of the places referred to.

And two bonus sections, images and narrative commentary with links, compare similarities of birds in Austin and Galveston, to what my wife enjoyed seeing happen with the Robins when they showed up in our snowy backyard March 01, 2012.

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From the Forward

35 original images.

1,506 story-word commentary.

American Robins Arriving in Vermont.

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Two Bonus Bird Material Sections:

12 additional images with light commentary.

An inspirational story in nature for people.

February 14, 2014

The American Robins’ arrival onto the backyard of our old 1800s Victorian apartment house on March 01, 2012, in Burlington, Vermont, was an iconic lasting memory for both myself and my wife Sheila.

I had been lamenting the nearing of the end of my only full winter outside of Texas (and two in Florida when I was in the Air Force).

Though summer in Vermont was decidedly different from an impending summer in Central Texas ;-) we had experienced the second mildest winter in Vermont’s recorded history. That it had been more cold and more snow than I had seen and experienced my whole sixty plus years prior combined, was little comfort for me. For example, the sleigh ride I had so looked forward to on the snow at night along the shore of Lake Champlain, had been cancelled for the first time ever due to lack of snow.

So when my wife called to me to come quickly, I could tell by the sound of her voice it was for something she thought I’d really like. She was right.

Snow was falling and clearly visible through the tall window of the back bedroom.

That was pretty nice by itself. But she also was pointing out a lone bird, perched on the lip of the roof of the apartment house next door.

From there a story unfolded, and once we had raised both the storm and regular windows, with an unimpeded view to the outside, the pictures captured the tale.

I hope you’ll enjoy this. The mixture of seeing the robins in motion, and seeing winter’s end sealed for spring’s entrance, made a memory to take back to Texas.

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Final Word

Creatures share the earth and the sky and the waters with us.

This is a celebration of seeing a little of their world.

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23 Feb

American Robins Arriving in Vermont medQuestion Mark @ the Intersections of Pre-Orders and Scribd Oyster etc

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American Robins Arriving in Vermont :

The First Swoop of Spring – a Photo Memoir, Available on Scribd

35 original images.
1,506 story-word commentary.

Two Bonus Bird Material Sections:

12 additional images with light commentary.

An inspirational story in nature for people.

Available on all participating outlets.

My Author Page on Scribd

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Intro

Mark Coker recently posted a nice piece with information about the benefits of creating a pre-order status for one’s new work.

Included is an embedded slide show “about preorder strategy” presented on Slideshare.net :

(it may or may not show in my blog format, but the link is also below)

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My interest in this article is to :

1) share info that’s tempted me twice already this year, but was unable to do, as I had a title for Valentines Day needing immediate release.

Mark’s post, on the Smashwords blog, has some nice links (titled: Indie Authors Share Preorder Tips, Tricks and Insights) to posts writers are putting up giving info about their experiences with pre-orders.

Big kudos to him for sharing and making that kind of info available.

2) pre-dwell within my own mind, and for my future strategies, how pre-orders (which I still want to try) and the new subscription services I’m participating in, Scribd and Oyster, might fit together

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Preview sample from Scribd, “Rendezvous, Place Saint-Michel”

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Conjecture, ie Brain Storming What-Ifs

Why

Despite my intent to try Pre-orders on a future title – and recognizing that my favorite template (Netflix) for why I feel subscription services like Scribd and Oyster have more than just a chance announces coming availability of new titles -

I tend to feel the potential disruptive nature of the status quo of things ebook-digital is so strong, pre-order as we know them now, may not be the same anymore.

Porter Anderson, in a post at Writers Unboxed, in talking about Hugh Howey’s early finding regarding earnings in publishing today, mentions (esp in the comments) how disruptive the whole digital evolution / revolution has been so far.

In response to a comment I placed bringing up subscription services, he mentions how “subscription models..are mostly in their infancy as yet…”

Picking my own items of interest from the very free ranging comments and threads in that article, only makes me more curious, how (rather than if) Scribd’s and Oyster’s models will impact more traditional attempts to gain momentum and attention, like pre-orders.

My Guesses

My hunches, and they are only that, are that “ways” can be found to still gain benefits from pre-orders.  But possibly in a muted, if not mutated, way.

Pre-orders are a means of gaining steam via anticipation that creates enough orders (bottom line) to generate a buzz that will continue to propel the author and his or her work up the visibility trail.

Nothing wrong with that!

However…

in a subscription model, much as my wife and I do with Netflix, we aren’t rationing dollars for an item that then precludes our being able to enjoy other titles and authors (films).

Yes, we would like to watch / read the newest popular media offering.

But we don’t have to.

We can wait.

Enjoying a feast of other available work…until that newest greatest title is available.

Which shouldn’t be a problem in a digital subscription format with unlimited content-quantity available.

Unless the publisher or author have declined to be in the subscription model.

Then it’s a choice (at least there’s a choice) of paying to have something right away, or simply choosing from among the myriad of quality titles becoming available each day.

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…there are examples of artists like Beyonce simply going direct, with no pre-advance work, pre-orders or big hype, to her public.

Beyonce’s Surprise Album - Google search.

Naturally, for the vast majority of writers today, myself very much included, the name recognition to do something like Beyonce, with equal results, is slim.

Plus, as one of the links in the Google search above showed, Target refuses to sell Beyoncé’s surprise self-titled album, there may repercussions, for not distributing in a traditional manner (pre-orders, single copy sales) vs being in a subscription service.

I hope not.

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Conclusion

And analogies and alignments of music and books and movies like these aren’t perfect fits.  Maybe not even close.

But they are thought-provoking for me.  They make me wonder, think, and contemplate what the future is bringing round to us.

Mark Coker, in his blog post, 2014 Book Publishing Industry Predictions, in item # 10, may have said it best -

“Subscription ebook services will change the game – If the ebook subscription services – the most notable of which are Scribd and Oyster – can make their business models work, then they’ll drive a game changing shift in how readers value and consume books.”

I believe, any models that benefit both the authors and the readers, and create enough value to also make money as the vehicles for our mutual benefit, will thrive.

Mutual benefit, versus mutual self-destruction, should be what will best drive everything we value.

In the arts, and in life.

All the best wishes everyone :-)

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Why I’m Uploading 50 Plus Titles to Scribd & Oyster

12 Feb

Love's Travels - Vermont, Paris, Austin; © felipe adan lermaWhy I’m Uploading 50 Plus Titles to Scribd & Oyster

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Intro

Hello!  Sunshine has returned to Central Texas today, and an 80 degree day is already on tap soon.

Also on tap, is the imminent availability of over 50 titles of my original fiction, poetry, and imagery work, on two subscription services – Scribe and Oyster Books.

The two links above detail some initial information, and links to sites that discuss various pros and cons of even being in or having an ebook subscription services

What I’ll do here in this post is, in three parts:

1) post a comment I made to an extremely important article on Joe Konrath’s blog about very important revelatory information about who (self-publishers) is making the most money with books -

2) do an imaginary question and answer about the hows and whys of choosing to post with Scribd and Oyster (based on actual conversations with people I know well and have known for a long time -

3) describe categories of my own original work, and how accessing them via an unlimited ebook subscription service, at least as proposed and being offered by both Oyster and Scribd, will be easier, more enjoyable, and probably less expensive.

Here we go ;-)

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Part One

My Comment on Joe Konrath’s blog article : Me, Hugh Howey, and Legacy John on AuthorEarnings.com

http://jakonrath.blogspot.com/2014/02/me-hugh-howey-and-legacy-john-on.html

My comment :

Fantastic revelatory info – thank you!

So many good points, and as an impending participant in two new subscription services, Scribd and Oyster (books sent, awaiting listing) – I find most of the info as promising for subscriptions also for me as a reader and an author.

“Most readers don’t know and don’t care how the books they read are published. They just know if they liked the story and how much they paid.”

The profit model for the author, as per the article, seems to be a key component.

And as the latter element, “readers…how much they paid” becomes somewhat fixed, I think this will intensify.

“…those who fear that these titles will crowd out other books are ignoring the vast quantities of books published traditionally—or the fact that billions of self-published blogs and websites don’t impede our ability to browse the internet, to find what we are looking for, or to share discovered gems with others.” -

I think this also addresses fears many have (and I’ve had) that subscription services would flood our digital reading piles.

And with browsing allowed to be economically possible for a reader, more discoverability, for what a reader would like to read, also becomes possible.

“If I had to guess what the future holds, I would say that the world of literature has its brightest days still ahead…There will be casualties in the publishing industry as the delivery mechanisms for stories undergo change…But there are opportunities as well. And right now, the benefits are moving to the reader and the writer.”

Couldn’t agree more. Though I don’t sell much, at least vs what I hear so many others make, I make more than when I couldn’t have anything out for people to find or try.

“Hollywood studios had to capitulate to their writers when a new digital stream emerged.”

And I think this will be the key for subscription services, and goes back to the initial possible / probable reason self-publishing is working.

Industry innovator, no, actually almost literally, creator – Amazon, and now others, pay us a decent fair amount to create new content. It’s much what Henry Ford about a hundred years ago – paid his workers enough to have the money to buy the things they made. An idea evidently still being fought against today.

What a great article. Will become a standard starting point for truth for self-publishing.

Which really, once I think about it, is small business enterprise at its best.

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Part Two

Imaginary Question & Answer

Based on conversations about Scribd & Oyster with people close to me.

Q: I don’t want to join until your books are on there.

A: I understand.  My understanding this is happening 1-2 weeks from now.  Hopefully on both platforms.

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Q: How are you going to make any money this way?

A: The terms are, as they stand, good for me.  There are provisions for me to get partial credit for partial reads.

Plus, the amount read counting toward a purchase type pmt to me is cumulative, ie, you can take your time reading, when you want to, as fast or slow as you want to, over time, and if you enjoy nibbling at my work long enough, I’ll get paid.

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Q: What if I want to hold on to another book, and being reading it sometimes too?

A: For me, that’s one of the more attractive features about a subscription service.  I have (in my trial subscription time) several books “open” and that I go to on impulse.  Plus several more in my “library” to start reading anytime I’m ready.

If after reading a chapter or two, I don’t want to read anymore of that book, I can hold it in my reading list, or let it go.  If I change my mind later and want to browse through it again, and give it another try, it’ll be in my history.

I don’t extra to do this.  It’s part of my flat rate.

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Q: And if I run out of books to read?  Or don’t like the way the whole thing works?

A: From what I understand, and expect for myself as a reader, I can cancel anytime.  There’s no contract.  That would be a bummer.

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Q: I just don’t know if I’d read enough to be worth signing up.

A: As much as I read, I had the same fear.  After all, I need time, lots of time, to do creative work, play with the grandkids, do fun stuff with my wife, visit with family, watch TV, and sometimes, not as often as I like, just hang around.

But I had the trial period, even before I decided to upload some of my work, then eventually, all of it, onto Scribd and Oyster, and I found the same thing Sheila and I have found so great about Netflix (members nearly ten years), we can sample titles we wouldn’t have taken a chance with if we’d had to purchase them, and watch more movies now than we ever did.  From all over the world.

I’m finding the same thing happening with my reading choices.  But even more quickly.  I’m able and willing to peek into chapters of histories and other non-fiction at topics of interest.  I can read beginnings of books of authors I never heard of in books I didn’t know existed, as much as I want, until I find something that sticks.

The ease of exploration, like our movie searches on Netflix, is a huge positive factor for me.

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Q: I know I won’t read enough to pay even the $9 – $10 a month.

A: For me, that’s ok.  My work is still available on every major online outlet that will carry it: Amazon, iTunes, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Smashwords, Google, and more.

And I think there may be some titles, that some folk might like, that are worth “having.”

Maybe small books of verses to reread, or images to enjoy reviewing now and again.

Maybe preferring the audio book version, and listening to the narrative performance.

Or having a hard copy to hold and have.

And some folk, even using the subscription services, may even discover titles of mine this way, that they then would like to have an audio or print copy or even ebook version of, or give to to someone who isn’t on a subscription service.

Variety of availability, more than exclusiveness, has worked best for me.

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Part Three

Categories of My Work to Browse Through

Once my 50 plus titles are available on either or both Scribd and Oyster, I will do a new post detailing this general information more fully.

This will give a person an idea of how much they would have to game, just exploring my work.  Assuming they want to of course ;-)

My job is to hopefully at least entice you. :-)

But whether a reader likes fiction, short or long, stand alone or series, whether they might prefer poetry, in topics or collections, and whether images (of Paris, Vermont, Texas) are more appealing, I have something of all those.

Original work.

Sometimes, even after two years, updated with more information, links, and commentary – and a perspective gained in that time.

For updates on new material, please signup for my blog posts.  I don’t send you anything else, and actually WordPress sends out an email that there’s a new posting.

New Work

Meanwhile, I continue with new work.  The fun part :-)

Below is the cover for my next work (if all goes well!) -

A photo story of an event in Vermont that’s kept itself imprinted on both mine and Sheila’s memory for two years as of March 1st -

The arrival of the American Robins signalling spring is coming :

American Robins Arriving in Vermont med

Now available, on Scribd.

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11 Feb

12 Stages of Loving - Infancy to Infinity, Prose PoemsValentine Titles from Felipe Adan Lerma

AudioBooks, Print, Gifts, & eBooks

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Happy Valentines Day Week!

Both my wife and our youngest grandchild have birthdays this week.

And it’s not that the love titles below aren’t enjoyable anytime.  They just seem more so this time of year, of course!

Though all my titles are offered to all the outlets listed on my Authors Pages, there’s usually some titles in flux, so please check the listings at your favored sites for availability.

And may you have loads of healthy dark chocolate – bright love – and wonderful memories. :-)

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Love’s Travels – Vermont Paris Austin

a story in pictures and poem

Love's Travels - Vermont, Paris, Austin; © felipe adan lerma

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12 Stages of Loving

prose poetry

12 Stages of Loving - Infancy to Infinity, Prose Poems

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Poems for Lovers, Loving, and Being Loved – Audiobook & eBook

love poetry from 1993 – 2011

Love Poems Audible Cover

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Rendezvous, Place Saint-Michel

short story in Paris

Rendezvous, Place Saint-Michel med

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Cotton Swabs, in Paris Pink

short story in Paris

Cotton Swabs, in Paris Pink

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Slumming in Paris, Arthur & Gricinda – Audiobook, Print, & eBook

novella set in Paris

Slumming in Paris Part One, Arthur & Gricinda

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Gifts

Also see our Gift page for other Valentine ideas.

http://felipeadanlerma.com/gift-writings/

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Love Posts & Categories on my Site

http://felipeadanlerma.com/category/areas/arts-area/arts/poetry/love-poetry/

Love’s Travels – Vermont Paris Austin : For Valentines

Gifts from Paris – Original Signed Photos, Matted Mounted 8 x 10s

The Day I Wed My Kids’ Step-Mom … Original Poetry by Felipe Adan Lerma

I Heard You Sing – Poetry for Lovers

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Poems for Lovers, Loving, and Being Loved – eBook & Audio Choices

29 Jan

Love Poems Audible CoverPoems for Lovers, Loving, and Being Loved – eBook & Audio Choices

Audio Page outlets info :

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Over six dozen Original Love Poems

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The Day I Wed My Kids’ Step-Mom … Original Poetry by Felipe Adan Lerma

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New Work?

I begin my new emphasis (series of posts) of newly available work, with an old selection.

Redone to new though. ;-)  And very pleasantly charmingly so.

Poems for Lovers, Loving, & Being Loved has just this past week been released in AudioBook form, available from iTunes, Audible, and Amazon.

Narrated by Tiffany Bacon, my wife and I’s originating enthusiasm of what we felt when we wrote these poems, dating from the early 90s, just got a re-awakening.

Refreshed and even slightly re-interpreted (to our delight), Tiffany has infused our words and internally known feelings, into words worth hearing aloud.

From sensitive renditions, to touching moments, to outright humor, she delivers what I can only honestly call, a truly heart-felt performance.

Above, in the links of Related Articles, are some of the poems in the book, such as “Grandma.”  And below, one of the few, but very smile-to-my-face humorous selections, “Cow ‘Bout It.”

Grandma” has always been a favorite among folk who have read it, and Tiffany’s interpretation takes it to the heart.

“Cow “Bout It” (below) has always been one of my secret favorites.  Partly because of its rare humor, and partly because I wondered how funny it really was.  I don’t wonder anymore.  At least when I hear it read by Tiffany. ;-)

I hope you’ll go and listen to a sample, thank you much!

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Cow ‘Bout it

 Mr. Moo, taken aback by

the large batting eyes

of the future

Mrs. Moo,

squirmed on his stool

like a black and white fool.

Til, with just a touch of

a stomp of her tiny

clean hoof, the

delectable

Minnie Moo

whispered to the

still stunned Mr. Moo,

“Well.  Cow ‘bout it?”

© 1994-2011 adam light creations / adan & sheila lerma

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Contact Info for Tiffany Bacon

Web page :

http://www.tiffanybacononline.com

Resume :

http://www.tiffanybacononline.com/#!biography/c13dn

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Love Poems Audible Cover

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Sample Audio Available At :

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eBook at :

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Kobo

Smashwords

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NEW – eBook Subscription Distributors

Scribd

http://www.scribd.com/adan1950_228525061

Preview of “Poems for Lovers Loving and Being Loved”

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Oyster

https://www.oysterbooks.com

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Update: First Impression re Scribd & Oyster – I Like It!  And Why…

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15 Jan

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Intro

Why I Liked Them :

In my first post regarding the upcoming wider-debut of at least two Netflix-like ebook-subscription services, Oyster and Scribd, I expressed a solid liking of the possibilities, for both readers and authors.

And I am of both type. :-)

The terms and potential suit me at this time, and I am going forward giving them a whirl via Smashwords, who distributes to both options.

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What’s Come Up :

Since that first article, only about a week ago, I’ve come across more and more blog posts, by little guys like me, and on big sites, like Forbes and others.

I’ve also perused around Barnes & Noble forums, Reddit (for Oyster and Scribd), Kindleboards (Kboards), and others – and two legitimate concerns continue to appear and re-appear.

And their resolution may only be settled over time

But there has been information from Smashwords, about terms and provisions, that I think address some of those concerns -

Att least in an anticipatory fashion, that obviously may need tinkering as things go forward.  But for now, I’m happy with how these are being addressed.

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Concerns & Answers : Terms & Piracy

There seem to be two dominant concerns : the terms of the deals, piracy.

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Piracy

I’ll address piracy first.

Joe Konrath, last I had read, believes piracy is a non-issue and worth the PR.

Not all of us are in Joe’s particular situation, and he often advises we have to make our own individual decisions about, well, everything : what and how to publish, etc.  But there’s no denying his sincerity and helpfulness for indie writers like me.  And he may be right.

Still, piracy, as per a lot of blogs, is a legitimate concern.

Below is Mark Coker’s comment on the Smashwords blog regarding his first hand contact information with Scribd regarding this issue :

“…authors who distribute to Scribd via Smashwords will benefit from Scribd’s digital fingerprinting in which they’ll use your Smashwords edition as the authorized version, and it’ll help them flag or automatically remove unauthorized versions. This fingerprinting approach is a great first step on Scribd’s part to deal with unauthorized uploads.”

http://blog.smashwords.com/2013/12/smashwords-signs-distribution-agreement.html

Also look down into the Comments, esp those by Mark.

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Terms

In the same article, details about the terms are also laid out.

An excerpt is :

“The first 10% of the book is a free sample, similar to a retailer.  Excluding the sample, once the reader reads an additional 20% of the book, a full sale is triggered”

and

“Scribd has sweetened the pot by added a secondary sales trigger for the author by providing credit for partial reads.  If the subscriber reads 5% more than the first free 10% but less than the additional 20% necessary to generate a full sale, this triggers a credit for partial read.  For every ten partial reads, which Scribd calls a “browse,” the author earns credit for a full sale.”

For Oyster, see : https://www.smashwords.com/about/beta and scroll to the dates October 25 – 29th.

An excerpt :

“…an Oyster reader can sample the book from any point of the book, much as a reader of a print book can open it to any page.  For the 70% or more of you who write fiction or narrative non-fiction, your readers are still most likely to engage with your book starting at page one and then read forward, sequentially because that’s how we read fiction.  For those of you who write nonfiction that can be consumed non-sequentially, this abilility for Oyster subscribers to dive into your book at any point has a positive benefit for you.”

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Final Word

There’s lots more in the Smashwords article noted above.

Does this guarantee or preclude something going wrong, or even not being to my liking?

No, of course not.

But these are large corporations who have spent a lot of time and money analyzing why this subscription model for books should work, and the terms are good for (non-exclusive, good percentages), so I default to giving this a strong try.

But my main reason for holding firm is the same as I mentioned in the first article.

Like my wife and mine’s nearly decade long stay with Netflix, we order and view movies not on what they originally cost (too little, too much) as an indicator whether we’d like them or not, and not if we’re convinced beyond any doubt whether we might like the film or not, but -

we order with a willingness to try things, because it’s a set price, for however and whichever works we want to see.

That tells me I have a chance with my relatively unknown body of work : fiction, poetry, images, and mash-ups of verse and story and image, like the book I’m featuring today :

“Love’s Travels – Vermont Paris Austin”

It’s worth it for me to try. :-)

I hope you’ll sample some of my work on either of these subscription services, or simply purchase one at any of the major online outlets with my work.  After all, without Amazon’s initiative, where would the majority of us be right now? :-)

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More Info Noted in Previous Article

Scribd

http://blog.scribd.com/2014/01/06/trip-adler-co-founder-and-ceo-of-scribd-named-in-forbes-30-under-30/#comment-5176

http://www.forbes.com/video/2965861610001

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Oyster

https://www.oysterbooks.com

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Update, more new articles

Is There Really A Netflix for Books?

http://www.babble.com/tech/is-there-really-a-netflix-for-books-oyster-vs-scribd/

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Oyster and Scribd release different, but significant app updates

http://www.teleread.com/scribd/oyster-and-scribd-release-different-but-significant-app-updates/

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10 Jan

Love's Travels - Vermont, Paris, Austin; © felipe adan lermaLove’s Travels – Vermont Paris Austin

New Release!

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900 Word Poem.

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Vermont, Paris, Austin.

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First New Work for 2014

“Love’s Travels – Vermont Paris Austin”

900 word poem.
14 original images.
Vermont, Paris, Austin.

Short, yet relatively dense with both imagery from three locations my wife Sheila and I have enjoyed being in the last few years, and a story like narrative set inside prose poetry.

Released in time for Valentine’s Day, yet hopefully always available for someone dear to your heart’s beating, and even nearer your own love’s breathings. :-)

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Excerpt

© Felipe Adan Lerma

Vermont

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Leddy Park, Autumn © felipe adan lerma

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Red leaves.

Brown, brittle, and crinkly

had wound down

to winter.

Snow

sat quietly amid the silence.

It let my heart rest.

It let me best

see

where your eyes gazed.

Searching

among the scattered logs -

fallen forgotten footsteps in the woods

struggling for some light.

It’s in the clearing

we see

as we spot

a

a light, a space of blue.

The water of Lake Champlain is

heavy.

Mist rising smoothing the surface water

frozen over -

fish beneath scurrying in their dreamy

hibernation.

Your gaze

I catch in a glint of light

promises to keep me warm.

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Lake Champlain, Early Winter © felipe adan lerma

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Oyster

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Yes :-)

My 1st of 2014, available all kinds of ways, soon and now. :-)

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Love's Travels - Vermont, Paris, Austin; © felipe adan lerma

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Image titles in “Love’s Travels – Vermont Paris Austin”

Vermont
Leddy Park, Autumn
Lake Champlain, Early Winter
Little River, First Snow, Stowe

Paris
Notre Dame, Facing the Left Bank
Notre Dame, Late Fall
Saint-Etienne, Approach from Rue de la Montagne Sainte-Geneviève
Cathedral Interior
Eiffel Tower Seen from the Pantheon
Rue Saint-André des Arts
View Down the Seine to Pont Saint-Michel

Austin
Walkers Lane, South First Bridge, Downtown Austin
Buford Tower, Viewed Against the Austin Skyline
Bat Watch on Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge
Canoeing Down Barton Creek Toward Lady Bird Lake

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Netflix for Books?

Yes.  I hope. :-)

You see, among all the reasons, as a reader and a writer, pros and cons about the whole idea of a subscription service for books, is this -

I like Netflix.  Actually my wife and I both do.

And one giant over-riding reason we have stayed with Netflix since 2005, is choice without worry of cost.

In terms of time and money.

Yes, we do pay a monthly fee.  And we do have to at least sample what we receive (if we’re not already familiar with the movie).  So there is a time-cost consideration.  But we don’t have to calculate or ponder on it.  We just try the product.

We like it, we watch it.  We don’t, we return it.  And get another.

We don’t know or care if the dvd or streamed film we choose to see is over or under a particular price.

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Promising

That promises me something similar might could happen with my reading and books I like or would like to “try out.”

That also promises me the chance to have someone else experiment or enjoy one of my own works.

Considering I have fiction, poetry, images, and photopoems – set in Texas, Vermont, and Paris – that’s incredibly promising.

With that in mind, I especially enjoyed creating my first new work for 2014, “Love’s Travels – Vermont Paris Austin.”

Combining original images I discovered in all three locations, with a romantic story line set to prose poetry, I hope to offer a short easy to read and view piece on love – that folks can enjoy for and beyond the coming Valentines Day.

When one has a significant other whose birthday is also on that red letter heart shaped day, Valentines is always coming soon. :-)

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Final Thoughts

Most creative people want or need to get paid for doing creative work.  Dancing, singing, painting, and yes, writing.

I’m not exempt from that.  And if I didn’t need to get paid for my efforts, I think I’d still want to.

It provides funds in a world where we either need things (medical care, education, etc) or need to help provide for others (family, natural disasters).

Amazon, iTunes, Smashwords.  I need ‘em all.

Subscriptions services, I believe, are another step into the unknown world of tomorrow of art and fiction and reading and viewing, happening today.

It’d be foolish not to wish the best for us all. :-)

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More Info

Scribd

http://blog.scribd.com/2014/01/06/trip-adler-co-founder-and-ceo-of-scribd-named-in-forbes-30-under-30/#comment-5176

http://www.forbes.com/video/2965861610001

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Oyster

https://www.oysterbooks.com

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Other Articles About Scribd and/or Oyster

THE NETFLIX OF BOOKS

http://thepoeticsproject.com/tag/scribd/

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Subscription Ebook Services Scribd, Oyster and Entitle Duke It Out For Early Dominance

http://www.forbes.com/sites/jeremygreenfield/2013/12/19/subscription-ebook-services-scribd-oyster-and-entitle-duke-it-out-for-early-dominance/

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Smashwords Website Revamp And Scribd Deal

http://www.forbes.com/sites/suwcharmananderson/2013/12/20/smashwords-website-revamp-and-scribd-deal/

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Why Netflix Or Spotify For Ebooks Will Work

http://www.forbes.com/sites/jeremygreenfield/2013/10/29/why-netflix-or-spotify-for-ebooks-will-work/

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Gift for Seniors – Original Inspirational Poetry, Matted Mounted 8 x 10s

15 Dec

Aging Gracefully Gift Writing On AmazonGifts for Seniors -

Original Inspirational Poetry, Matted Mounted 8 x 10s.

Pictured Left : “Aging Gracefully“.

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Inspirations from Life - Thirty Three Years of Poems and Images

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Is an inspirational gift poem available through Amazon, and is eligible for various promotional shipping offers.

All poetry is original by Felipe Adan Lerma, first written in the early 90s.

Poetry in Images, Samples – PhotoPoems Book One

Himalayan Institute : “Aging Gracefully” : An Article for All Ages – Review

Aging Gracefully into 62, Part 3 – Breathing, the Nano Stretch with Mucho Effect

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Inspirations from Life - Thirty Three Years of Poems and Images

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Aging Gracefully
Gift Writing On Amazon
© Felipe Adan Lerma

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Gift Writings of original sports poetry.

sample – Volleyball Digger

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Gift Images of my original photography, mostly from Paris and Austin, but hopefully other places too.

sample – Paris! at night :-)

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Audio Books

My Audio page lists links to the three locations where my audiobook titles are available – Amazon, Audible, and iTunes.

A recent post details the five family, sports, poetry, and fiction titles currently available.

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15 Dec

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Original Family Poetry, Matted Mounted 8 x 10s.

Pictured Left : “My Sister My Friend“.

One of two family gift poem gifts.

Included in the collection, “Family Poems” -

Available in Audiobook, eBook, and paperback.

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Is a family gift poem available through Amazon, and is eligible for various promotional shipping offers.

Except for a few poems, all poetry is original by Felipe Adan Lerma, first written in the early 90s.

This is one of those exceptions.

Written by my wife Sheila, it’s a touching portrait of affection and connection.

Love is Blind(ing) … Original Love & Family Poetry by Felipe Adan Lerma

The Day I Wed My Kids’ Step-Mom … Original Poetry by Felipe Adan Lerma

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My Sister My Friend © Sheila Mae Lerma

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Other Family Titles Currently Offered

Please check availability.

“Step-Mom”

Step-Mom Gift Writing On Amazon

Step-Mom Gift Writing
On Amazon
© Felipe Adan Lerma

Mat color is approximate (light beige)

Original gift writing written by my wife Sheila :-)

More available soon!

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Gift Writings of original sports poetry.

sample – Volleyball Digger

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Gift Images of my original photography, mostly from Paris and Austin, but hopefully other places too.

sample – Paris! at night :-)

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My Audio page lists links to the three locations where my audiobook titles are available – Amazon, Audible, and iTunes.

A recent post details the five family, sports, poetry, and fiction titles currently available.

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14 Dec
Step-Mom Gift Writing On Amazon

Step-Mom Gift Writing
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Volleyball Gifts – Original Sports Poetry, Matted Mounted 8 x 10s

14 Dec

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Volleyball

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Inspirations from Life – Thirty Three Years of Poems and Images

2 Dec
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Inspirations from Life – Thirty Three Years of Poems and Images -

A new collection of poetry and images, from 1981 – 2014

Imagery from Vermont, Texas, and Paris.

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84 Original poems, 31 original images.

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Contents Summary

  • Eighty-four (84) Original Poems
  • Thirty-one (31) Original Images
  • Three “Poetry in Fiction” Samples
  • Extensive links and light commentary

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Sheila at Perkins Pier, Burlington Vermont © Felipe Adan Lerma

Sheila at Perkins Pier, Burlington Vermont
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About This New Book

(from my Goodreads page)

My most rounded new collection of poetry, encompassing poetry and images through three decades.

Light commentary for each poem, and links from most of them to other information about the topic in the poem, add breadth.

Over one third of the poems have an image attached to enhance the meaning.

Inspiration is such a personal, yet universal, experience.

That creates incredible opportunity to share, at the same time the tremendous challenge of linking from and to our individual nuances is most acute.

And how does one separate a swell of inspiration from that of love?

I don’t think by any clear separation. :-)

From the moment of our first breath, our first screech of sound, and the comfort from a gentle soul waiting for us here on this earth, we experience the need and satisfaction of inspiration.

Best wishes to all,

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Table of Contents of Poems in New Book

Inspirations from Life – Thirty Three Years of Poems & Images

A Grandchild Sometimes Is… 1997
A Daughter’s Mother (by Sheila) 1997
A Month of Mornings, Vol Four, Day Thirty 2012
A Sameness of the Heart 2008
A Wedding Blessing 1995
A Yoga Teacher (a beginner’s view) 2011
Accelerating Into the Curve 2012
Across the Lake 2011
Aging Gracefully 2011
Aging Gracefully into Mother’s Day 2013
Aging Without a Clone 1997
Angel Baby 1994
Angel Light 1994
Angel Lover 1994
Angel Wings 1994
Art and Yoga 2011
Baseball 1994
Bicycling is Fun 2011
Cross Country 1994
Determination 1994
Dispatcher 1995
Diving 2012
Drill Team 1994
Enchanted Rock (Texas Hill Country) 1994
Endurance 1994
Eternal Student 2011
Evolution of a Pose 2011
First Snow 11-25-2011
First Thing I’m Gonna Do When I Win the Lottery 1994
Fun in the Fun House 2012
Galveston in the 21st Century, in Three Parts 2011
Galveston Island Nights 1996
God is a Good God 1994
Grandma 1994
Happy Baby Pose – Ananda Balasana 2011
Heart Beats 1994
I Spoke My Mind, Kinda 2012
I Heard You Sing 2011
Inspiration 2014
Inspired By… 2011
Joy 1994
Leaves of Gold 2011
Little Dancer 1994
Live in the Moment Before I Sleep 2012
Loss 1997
Love is Blind(ing) 2013
Marathon 1994
Middle School Teacher 1994
Missed Goals 1994
Music 1995
My Dancer’s Pose 2011
My Hope 1994
Nature’s Cathedral 2012
New Beginnings – Bookmarks in a Larger Book 01-01-2012
Nursing 1994
Osmosis, Infusion, and Just Plain Sharing 2012
Paris is Personal 2013
Playfulness in an Ageless Christmas 12-25-2011
Promises 2014
Racing in Exile on Father’s Day 2012
Special Education 1996
Spring Time Along the Lake 2013
Step-Mom 1994
Stowed Away at Stowe 2012
The Cottonball and the Rock (fable of woman and man) 1994
The Creative Person – One Poem – Two Versions 1994 – Original, 2011 – Revised
The Day I Wed My Kids’ Step-Mom 2013
The Message 1996
The Middle Older Years (the Reunions) 2008
The Moment’s Eye 2012
The Shape of Gratitude 2012
The Thoughtful Gift 2008
Undercurrents 2012
Venus in Transit Across the Sun 2012
Walking in Paris 2012
Weather Neighbors 2012
When I Left the Past in Another Life 2012
When It Ended 1981
Wild Music 2011
Winning 1997
Winter Leaves 2011
Words in the Woods 2011
Your Riches Within 1994
Zoos 2014

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My Note : Other than the first link (my own post) these are suggestions from WordPress I’ve checked out.  There’s an amazing amount of both variety, and inspiration in these works.  Some are shorter, some longer, and one is a video spoken poem.  All worth taking a peek at. :-)  Thanks everyone.

Processing My Fiction – Promoting My Promotions, Listing Future Sales

16 Nov

Slumming in Paris Part EightCurrent Article:

Processing My Fiction – Promoting My Promotions, Listing Future Sales

Would letting people know my upcoming promotions for the holidays hurt or help me?  I decided it depended on my goals and long term strategy.

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Titles in “With the Children” sub-series.

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Would letting people know my upcoming promotions for the holidays hurt or help me?

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Why Show My Future Sale Promotions?

There’s all kinds of reasons, on my part, and hopefully, for the readers / followers of my blog, none of those will much matter, and ya’ll will check back and get any or all the specials you like :-)

But, to make this post slightly bigger than a stamp collector’s dream size commemorative stamp (yeah, I collected them when I was young), here goes :

  • Same me a ton of time posting each sale as they come up!
  • Related to the above, provide me more time to do creative work
  • Minimize, if not eliminate, chance of forgetting about the sale on my part :-)
  • Encourage potential readers of my work to plan on sampling more of my work
  • And, for those who get quite a few of these, provide a solid grounding, for little cost, in the story line involving my multi-generational cast of characters

If I think of more stuff, I’ll try and add them later.

Best wishes everyone, happy holidays, enjoy and be safe!

Adan

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Processing My Fiction : Referencing Other Stories Within Your Story, An Example

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Poetry in Fiction, Samples – Slumming in Paris Part Three, Boys & Girls in Paris

30 Oct

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Boys & Girls in Paris

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Linked to dVersePoets OpenLinkNight # 120, hosted by Joseph Hesch

Joe discusses his own search and methods of capturing inspired creativity :

“Lately I’ve been wondering about making a verbal note into the recorder of my iPhone. It’s bad enough, though, that I look back at these breathless bits of creative clay I scratched into a notebook when I finally get around to drafting the silly verse, but to actually hear the breathless intonations and ‘Hold on, Mollie’s’ would be a little too much to take.”

Mollie is his walking companion pet.  But you’ll need to read the whole prompt, very worthwhile. ;-)

Sincerely,

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Poetry in Fiction, Beginning a New Series of Posts

In my previous posts in this series, I found a mixture of easy to find and hard to produced samples of poetry in my fiction.

My challenge here was choose from which selection in this book.  Part Three of the Slumming in Paris series has a lot going on.  This selection is one of the quieter moments. ;-)

The poetry conversion itself was minimal, mostly choosing what feeling I wanted, which then dictated the line breaks.  A few words were left out, but not many.

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Fiction & Poetry, Pros & Cons

It’s kinda ironic that, the strength I see most in each, is in its context.

The fiction excerpt has much more power in its context within thousands of other words to give it associated meaning.

And the poetry rendition of that excerpt, gains its power, from its opening to whatever it is the reader brings to the lines. Isolated from everything, except the reader.

I like both. :-)

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Chapter : Balcony Views

Fiction

In the beauty of the rare sunny Parisian winter afternoon, and having rested, the whole family browsed windows along Blvd St Germain. They wore and adjusted their new scarves. And with every impulse of their movements, in each shimmer in the passing windows, the sun and clouds sparkled tosses of their scarf tails across the glass, flicking their cares to the soon setting sun.

Simone and Tabitha stretched brief pauses before the mirror-glass.

Dancing. Giggling.

Holding their arms askew, mingling their reflections with the bare trees’ limbs. Seeing the light breeze flick their hair in wisps like the last leaves on the trees behind them. Blending, merging, with the stoic mannequins staring from inside the displays. For an instant, in the sun’s last soft glitters, the girls felt a fleeing warmth wedge an understanding deep within their hearts, connecting outside and inside, the twin worlds of a patient Paris.

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In the beauty of the rare sunny Parisian winter afternoon

having rested

the whole family browsed

windows along Blvd St Germain.

They wore and adjusted their new scarves.

And with every impulse of their movements

in each shimmer in the passing windows

the sun and clouds sparkled tosses

their scarf tails across the glass

flicking cares

to the soon setting sun.

Simone and Tabitha

stretched

brief pauses

before the mirror-glass.

Dancing. Giggling.

Holding their arms askew

mingling their reflections with the bare trees’ limbs.

Seeing the light breeze flick their hair in wisps

- last leaves

on the trees behind them.

Blending, merging, with the stoic

mannequins

staring.

For an instant

in the sun’s last soft glitters

the girls felt a fleeing warmth

wedge an understanding

deep within their hearts

connecting outside and inside

the twin worlds of a patient Paris.

© felipe adan lerma

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Processing My Fiction : Referencing Other Stories Within Your Story, An Example

Slumming in Paris, With the Children – Parts 2 – 8 : Chapter Titles

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Poetry in Fiction, Samples – Slumming in Paris Part Two, To Notre Dame

16 Oct
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Welcome to Paris : Chapter – To Notre Dame

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Linked to dVersePoets OpenLinkNight # 118, hosted by Bjorn

Bjorn provides a nice change of season prompt :

The colors of the season are also warm and the beauty of a nature going to rest is tangeable in the poetry I expect to read tonight. And from the southern hemisphere I expect to see some beautiful spring poetry. And if your poem has a story to tell, or make a statement – controversial or not – I look forward to that too.

Here in Central Texas, we’ve been in  a belated Summer ;-) but today, the seasons changed to Fall the only way they could here, a sudden lowly high of 58, the coolest (our local weather man says) in six months!

But I’m not complaining.  I prefer this severe reset from the heat.  And tomorrow, and for a week or so, we’ll have highs in the 70s.  It’s about the only way to switch off the heat around here. :-)

My selected poem from a prose piece of mine, is taken from a time and place where they would have welcomed our lingering heat.  My time frame for the poem below is only a few weeks from now (a year ago), in Paris.

There’s a line in the fiction work, after the characters in my book visit Notre Dame, that says :

“Exiting Notre Dame, the low flash of daylight, on the flat stones before them, was like passing onto a sheet of white ice.  The ’850 Year Celebration’ sign, posted above the raised bleachers, created the sense of an arena.”

Experiences of extremes, or even simply strong variances, make an impact on us.

That’s part of the story in the story for the excerpt below.

It’s, I’ve come to assume, part of life.

My challenge, which I enjoy, has been to embed and convey that experience convincingly, on various levels, in this fiction work (“Slumming in Paris Part Two“) and in the poetic reformulation below.  I hope you’ll enjoy them.

Sincerely,

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Poetry in Fiction, Beginning a New Series of Posts

My previous, and first two posts in this new series, taking prose from my fiction work, and seeing the poetry in that excerpt, were pretty clear cut, relatively easy for me. The lines from the two different chapters in “The Old American Artist” (here and here) almost screamed poetic. At least potentially so. ;-)

In this case more pure narrative and dialog is interspersed with what I’d typically create as my own poetry.

So the challenge, and fun, was seeing how much I could keep and adjust and split, to create a poem of the prose.

I wanted the result to be of and within the original story, yet a stand alone piece.

It’s been an interesting exercise. :-)

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It’s kinda ironic that, the strength I see most in each, is in its context.

The fiction excerpt has much more power in its context within thousands of other words to give it associated meaning.

And the poetry rendition of that excerpt, gains its power, from its opening to whatever it is the reader brings to the lines. Isolated from everything, except the reader.

I like both. :-)

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Slumming in Paris, Part Two, With the Children – Welcome to Paris

Chapter : To Notre Dame

Fiction

Green Man calls coming from both Buzz and Zilker, they crossed the suddenly busy morning traffic, onto La Petit Pont, an immense Plaza to their right made visible as they crossed the Seine. Scaffolding and signs proclaimed the grand church’s 850th anniversary. And Notre Dame, which had been visible in peeks from as far as before reaching the Blvd St Germain, spread freely before them, filling them with the impacts of ages of souls enduring, centuries of sections of buildings joined into one church.

Gracing the world with endlessness set in a moment of stone.

Standing side by side by each other, at the base, where the bridge crossed the southern, left bank of the Seine, they stood quietly.

Each person, lightly in touch with the persons beside them.

“I didn’t realize,” Arthur said softly, breaking their silence, “the church stretched so far back, from the front. There’s like layers and layers of those arches, and -” he pointed to a wide light colored bridge further east, past a smaller narrow bridge nearer by.

“I read,” he said, “that the view, from there, of the back of the church, is incredible! It’s what we saw when we crossed on the bus to the Bastille. But with time to look.”

He waited for someone, maybe Buzz, to say, they should go there now, but no one spoke.

They were listening to him, and they were attached, visually, viscerally, to the symmetry and nuance of the structure before them. It’s stillness, that moved them.

Buzz slowly raised an arm, and pointed toward the spiky spiral rising from the mid-point of the ridge on the roof.

“There’s statues of people going up, then coming down from the other side!”

Simone, suddenly clasping herself with a chill, said, “Can we go in?”

“Yes, yes! The flyer said free to the public,” said Gricinda.

And the group, grateful to be moving, breaking from their dream, like from ice, a film forming around water, and walked up the gravel path along the anniversary bleachers, scaffolds, rising to their left. Past the daunting statue of Charlemagne on horseback on their right, arm raised with a towering staff, and moved as one, to a tall door on the near right side front of the cathedral. There they joined a short line to enter, noticing carvings above the doorways, above them on the levels rising to the towers, and joined a steady stream of visitors, passing a one word sign in English hanging in the archway. “Silence.”

Tabitha turned to Buzz, smiles growing in her eyes, raised a slim finger to her lips, and whispered – “Shhhhh.”

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They crossed the suddenly busy morning traffic

onto La Petit Pont

an immense Plaza to their right

made visible as they crossed the Seine.

Scaffolding – signs

proclaimed the grand church’s 850th anniversary.

Notre Dame

visible in peeks

from far

spread freely before them

filling them with the impacts of ages

souls enduring

centuries

of sections of buildings

joined into one church.

Gracing the world with endlessness

set in a moment of stone.

Standing side by side by each other

at the base

where the bridge crossed the southern, left bank

of the Seine, they stood quietly.

Each person, lightly in touch with the persons beside them.

Layers and layers of arches

a wide light colored bridge further east

past a smaller narrow bridge

nearer by.

Waited

for someone to say

they should go -

but no one spoke.

Listening.

It’s stillness

moved them.

Slowly

an arm pointed toward the spiky spiral

rising

from the mid-point of the ridge on the roof.

Statues of people going up

then coming down

the other side -

Clasping with a chill.

The group

grateful to be moving

breaking from their dream

like ice

film

forming round water

up the gravel path

along the anniversary bleachers

scaffolds rising on their left.

Past the statue of Charlemagne

arm raised

with a towering staff.

Above the doorways

above them on the levels rising to the towers

a one word sign hanging in the archway.

“Silence.”

Smiles growing in her eyes.

Slim finger to her lips.

Whispering.

“Shhhhh.”

© felipe adan lerma

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Poetry in Fiction, Samples – The Old American Artist, Part 3 Chapter 2

9 Oct

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Fiction, 36,000 + words.

Also in process to become an Audio book before Christmas ;-)

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Tonight, someone will choose to share a poem for the first time, unsure what people will think. Tonight someone will put their heart on paper because they think it is about to stop beating. Tonight, someone will risk and love. Tonight, someone will open a door and another will close it. Tonight, someone will spill their drink when they stand up to carry the computer to their spouse so they can read the poem that just rocked their world.

In comparing my fiction piece to the poetry depiction, there are pieces left out, breaks added, meaning both clarified, and mutated.

They’re almost the same words.

But behave distinctly.

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Mr or Ms Lizard (my wife and I both think it’s a “she”) is still around, though the two inch baby is off somewhere growing up (hopefully).  It’s nice to know our potted plant is a multi-use project. :-)

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My first installment in this series has an excerpt from this same novel.

I’d intended to do another poetry from fiction sample from a different work, but have had these lines minimized in a text file for weeks, and knew that weren’t going away til I released them. ;-)

Considering that my narrator is nearing completion for final review of the audio version of this work, it’s probably a good thing to do this excerpt anyway.  When the audio book is available on Amazon, iTunes, and Audible, he and I hope to do a co-interview with each other, finding out what the process was like for both author and narrator.  It should be an interesting fun interview. ;-)

Below, is an intro to this series, that I included in the first installment of posts in this series.

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Intro to Series

Several times, I’ve written about how poetry can lead to better, or, for the writer, a more interesting writing experience.

In this new series, I hope to show examples, from my own work, I feel are poetic.   And, if not in a work of fiction, could stand alone as a work of poetry.

My only criteria will be: would I have posted this as a poem if I hadn’t written it into one of my fiction works?

Some will be short, some long, some very long or short.

I’ll post the fictional out take, including title it’s from, and any chapter information, if applicable.

Then, I’ll break it down, into stanzas, like a poem.  With minimal editing.  Respecting each medium.

Which, I’m assuming, will be very much like what it would also sound like, if read as a poem.

I’m anticipating this will be fun. :-)

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Fiction & Poetry, Pros & Cons

It’s kinda ironic that, the strength I see most in each, is in its context.

The fiction excerpt has much more power in its context within thousands of other words to give it associated meaning.

And the poetry rendition of that excerpt, gains its power, from its opening to whatever it is the reader brings to the lines.  Isolated from everything, except the reader.

I like both. :-)

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Part 3 Chapter 2, The Old American Artist

Fiction

What persisted in not working was Arturo’s art.  He liked what he saw in the land around him, but didn’t know how to start making sense of such new variety into his style of abstracts.  Countrysides of meadows and hillsides and riverbanks didn’t lie flat as in his part of Texas.  The land rumpled and rolled.  Not in one large movement, but in turns and tucks, glades and ridges that tilted and swerved, as if the land was not earth but tossed water set still with coverings of grasses and tall trees green as the intensest blue-green viridian Arturo had ever found in paint.
“It’s a new visual language for me,” he told Rosetta at a local artists’ show of hills rolling in multiple directions, flood plains larger than football fields laid side by side around rivers, and ice dripped landscapes painted in dozens of whites.

Even the few painted abstracts he saw mirrored ice crystals and snow flakes frozen in sunlights in an air he couldn’t quite grasp.

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Poetry

Countrysides

meadows and hillsides and riverbanks

didn’t lie flat as in his part of Texas.

The land rumpled

and rolled.

Not in one large movement

but

in turns and tucks, glades and

ridges

that tilted and swerved

as if

the land was not earth

but

tossed water

set still

with coverings of grasses

tall trees

green as the intensest

blue-green viridian

Arturo had ever found in paint.

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hills

rolling in multiple

directions, flood

plains

larger than football fields laid side by side

around rivers and ice dripped

landscapes

painted in dozens of whites.

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Even the few painted abstracts

he saw

mirrored ice crystals

snow flakes

frozen in sunlights

in an air

he couldn’t quite grasp.

© felipe adan lerma

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Poetry in Fiction, Samples – The Old American Artist, Part 3 Chapter 19

Presenting New Creative Work – Through 2013 : Audio Books, Gift Items

The Indie Spotlight : “The Old American Artist, a Love Story”

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