Saturn as seen from Titan, painting by Chesley Bonestell

Saturn as seen from Titan, painting by Chesley Bonestell
Favorite astronomical painting

Friday, August 11, 2017

Vanishing Shed without a home.

My Novel The Vanishing Shed no sooner than hit the streets is now without a home.  The publisher is closing its doors and soon my novel will be taken down.  The publisher recommended another publisher and I submitted to them but was rejected.  The editor was nice about it and it was rejected not for the writing but because it didn't fit their genre.  They concentrate on westerns and young adult.  I don't know if I'll pursue any farther for it being published elsewhere.  I paid for the art work and the editor who worked with me didn't require any compensation.
I've been terribly remiss about posting.  I really need to be more active at my site but no one comments anymore.  My fault I guess.
I've heard nothing from the third agent on my query for my new novel A Reason for Rescue.  The first two agents answered immediately.  This one has said nothing in over three months.  I believe I don't need to wait any longer.  When you're 79 you don't need to wait.
I am working on expanding my short story Motorcycle Woman making the rash assumption that I will get my rights back on it.  My lawyer has been helping me out.  I wrote a check for $100 and the publisher cashed it but gave no word that I officially have the rights back on the story.  I've met the requirements of the contract by paying the hundred dollars. The lawyer asked to be notified as the check was cashed in mid May and he gave the publisher until the last of June to respond.  No word has come.  Let me see if I can insert the cover for it.
It is a good cover despite the woman model not being dressed like Tess McBride.  Her expression shows she is not to be messed with.  The motorcycle in the background appears to be a Harley Sportster just like she rides in the story.  It received good reviews years ago when it first came out.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Acceptance of The Vanishing Shed

I am happy to announce the acceptance of my novel The Vanishing Shed by Publishing by Rebecca J. Vickery.  This novel has been around for over ten years and suffered many battle scars and rejections.  I found this beautiful redhead on istockphoto.com for Nina, the love of Buddy's life.  Buddy is the only person who can see this shed but when he walks toward it the shed vanishes.  The older he gets the closer he can approach the shed before it winks out.  This structure haunts him all his life, drawing from his emotions even when he's miles away from it.  He must get on with his life, suffering many loses, graduating from high school, college, falling in love and marrying Nina.  When she dies he has not the will to go on.  Finally, he is able to stand before the shed and enters.  Only then does he find out what the significance of the shed is.
I don't know the price yet but it numbers 75,000 words.  It should "hit the streets" before long.  It is in editing stage and firming up of the back cover and inside before it will be ready.

Monday, February 6, 2017

The Vanishing Shed Drawing

I've included a drawing of my new novel The Vanishing Shed.  Of course the publisher who has just accepted my story will come up with an appropriate cover.  I'm so happy to report this.  Victory Tales Press whom I have The Silver Dart with has accepted my Shed novel.  I signed the contract today.  I'm told there will be light editing done on it.  I worked very hard to eliminate passive voice and got rid of such words as "was", "had", "and", "but", "so" and "that".  This novel numbers 75,000 words.
Buddy Wilson is the only one who can see this shed and when he goes to investigate it the shed vanishes.  The older he gets the closer he can approach the shed.  Will he be at the point of death when he finally stands before it?  Starting in the 1940s this novel is actually a historical, romance story, clean.


Sunday, January 29, 2017

Mom's Poetry Book Finished

I finally got Mom's poetry book finished via Create Space.  I paid a local copying company to put the covers in proper format.  Their cost was quite reasonable.  I have included the front cover image here.  It is available via Create Space and Amazon.  The title is The Poems of Stella Hammersley.  I could not download the actual front and back cover, the front having the title because blogger won't allow a PDF format.  Just type my name into Amazon if interested.  It will bring up all my books.  Right now this one comes up at the top.  I have not jumped through the hoops to make it available via Kindle.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Self Publishing Mom's Poems

I am venturing into the world of Create Space for the third time.  I have collected Mom's poems and have typed up a document for publication via Create Space.  It would have been nice had I done this while she was living.  I have jumped all the hoops except the cover and that requires a conversion of JPEG into PDF.  That is a real pain. I am using two different photos of Mom, one front and one back.  The front cover is her with a banjo when she was fifteen.  By the way, I found her braids which she had cut and saved them all these years.  I'm happy to have found them.  The back cover when she was 33 with Pepper.  I wanted to share those photos and invite anyone's comments.  I may not find both photos.

Sorry the one of Mom and Pepper is small and I've not enlarged it yet.  The large one was taken in 1928 and the small one on November 1946.  I don't anticipate a market for this short book but I wanted to get them in published form.  The six by nine format contains 57 pages.  Some of my poems to Mom are also included.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Motorcycle Woman saga

I am attempting to gain back my rights to my short story Motorcycle Woman as it cannot be found on the Red Rose Publishing site.  I have had my lawyer write a letter to the publisher and hope I can regain rights to my story.  It was published several years ago, one of my first accepted stories.  It has two reviews from professional review sites and I would like a chance to make it available to other avenues.  Miss Mae gave me four stars in a private review as well.
Other writing woes include rejection of my Vanishing Shed novel by Avon Impulse.  The notification came long after their predicted response time.  Also, my A Reason for Rescue has been out for a long time to another publisher, also well beyond their predicted response time.
On a brighter note I have received another five star review from Regina Andrews on my Bible character The Shunammite Woman.  I hope someone reads my sporadic blog posts.  More later, hopefully not much later.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Winners for Champ/Chump contest

I am happy to announce the winners for the previous post about identifying the photo of a champ and the photo of the chump, both of me of course.  See the champ photo here.  I had a third photo where obviously I wasn't going to make it over the bar but I'll spare you that one.  Showing for this ID contest were four people: Linore, Gail, Laurie and Linda Moffitt.  I decided to mail all four wonderful ladies a copy of my In Remembrance of Me book, a religious nonfiction book.
I have recently jumped into the Facebook world and am a novice certainly.