Happy New Year to everyone joining my on this journey! I hope you took the time to reconnect with family in whatever way possible, and that you maintain the bonds of love and friendship not only this year but into the future, as well. I'm happy to announce that a new installment of the mini... Continue Reading →
I will cease to operate on My Poetic Side, as I no longer have time to manage that space. However, I do plan to stay on Medium for the foreseeable future. All other social media platforms remain in effect until further notice.
Now for the big announcement: my first poetry book will be available for purchase on Amazon starting Tuesday, December 21st! I will offer it in paperback format for $8.00 (USD). It does not contain any artwork at this time. The release just happens to coincide with the winter solstice, which was not originally my plan; but I’m glad it happened anyway! I think revealing a project full of positive light on the darkest, lowest point of the year is truly poetic.
I want to thank those of you who have remained with me throughout this phase of my journey. There’s still so much to come…
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I’m excited to announce I will be receiving the proof of my first poetry book in a few weeks. I have been hard at work making several necessary revisions and am so excited to have a bound copy of my work to hold in my hand. Stay tuned to hear my final decision!
A new literary/research project will be revealed this coming Tuesday on Superlative Deviation. Stay tuned! E.W.
As fellow writers will know, the submission process can be daunting and time consuming. I have been keeping track of the dates of my various submissions and am also in the process of investigating alternative publishing platforms – specifically for the poetry book. I’m not sure exactly how to release it yet. There’s still a lot to learn. For the cozy mystery, I definitely hope to have it published traditionally (which is ideally what I want for all my work, regardless of genre).
Invariably, people who don’t work in publishing or the literary field have an unrealistic idea of what it means to be a writer; and writers have an unrealistic idea of what it means to be an author. Recently, I dove deeper into research by reading David Comfort’sAn Insider’s Guide to Publishing. While I don’t approve of the language he often uses, I do highly recommend…
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First excerpt of revised poetry selected to appear in my new book has been posted to T.W.N. Check it out!
…The stone wall and the canon
Met them with a fearful ROAR!
They blew a kiss and whispered Love –
The canon was no more.
The stone wall raised its thorns
As they silently approached –
To them it was a gateway
And blossoming vines encroached…
Impostors are these archons?
I have no doubt they know
The purest generation,
That their hearts as white as snow.
Poetry Copyright © 2018 – 2023 by Ena Whiteraven All rights reserved.
Revised poem (excerpt). Complete version will appear in my new poetry book.
Update from T.W.N.!
The latest draft of my first poetry book is complete! I am slowly going through a list of possible agents and publishing options.
Over the next several weeks, I’ll be revising T.W.N. a little more. Older content will be removed and new excerpts will debut! For now, I’ll use the artwork that has been on this site before; but know that when the book is released, any images included will probably be different. As I’ve always stated, no copyright violation is intended with the artwork I do share. These are simply pieces I admire and feel compliment the mood and theme of each poem.
I have also created accounts on two new platforms where I’ll also share some excerpts and special posts unique to those platforms. The first is Medium, and the second is My Poetic Side (also powered by WordPress). You can find the links on my “About”…
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Revisions on poetry pieces are under way! I’ve chosen the basic arrangement and exactly which poems will be in this manuscript. I’m very happy with how it’s shaping up and might begin releasing a few excerpts sometime next month.
I have been working on furthering my education in the publishing field and will be sharing a couple of good resources I’ve found to this site. I have to divide up my time now because more priorities are demanding my attention, but I will still work to update T.W.N. on schedule.
New content has been posted to S.D. Feel free to check it out! A new update will be released to the blog soon with some interesting news.
I’m pleased to announce the submission process has begun! I’m awaiting replies from a couple of agents, while also searching for others to query. I’m taking my time and being very careful, asking as many probing questions as possible. It’s the best way to avoid scams that target new authors.
For anyone looking to find a professional with good credentials to submit your work to – regardless of genre – I highly recommend using the resources of the A.A.R. or another such organization that verifies legitimacy and ethics. It means nothing if an agent themselves is also a writer or has successfully placed a lot of other authors with good publishers. These days, there are a number of people in the industry who take advantage of first-time writers. Agents who are honest and serious about their profession take the time to gain and maintain membership in A.A.R. This…
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