New Releases from Selcouth Station. Support Small Press Publishers.

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The brilliant Selcouth Station have released three new titles. As well as publishing chapbooks, they publish content on their blog, and have a resource for writers to find other publishers. You can find that here

Their website address is https://www.selcouthstation.com/


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The @GhostCityPress Summer Micro – Chapbook series.

Hi all. I have loved the Ghost City press summer Micro – Chapbook series since it begun. Completely free, with the option to donate some coin to the writers, 75 micro-chaps will be sent to your email inbox every day (except weekends) if you sign up at this link here. Starts May 27th and ends September 6th. It’s a great way to be introduced to new writers, and exciting writing.


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Book Review. Book Love by Debbie Tung.

 

 

 

  • Book Love

  • Debbie Tung

  • Andrews McMeel Publishing

  • 1449494285 / 978- 1449494285

  • Kindle / Hardback available Amazon 


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The perfect book for book lovers, covering our relationships with our nearest bookstore, to that we have with the characters inside of the books. Immediately relatable. The comics are great, some of the details in the illustrations brilliant. Book Love also advocates why books are the best gifts, the benefits of reading, an illustrated list of some amazing books, and a book lover’s consternation at why book covers with the movie poster is NOT the same book. Book Love has it all. The perfect coffee table book. If anyone asks you that age old question why do you read direct them to Book Love by Debbie Tung. If they still don’t it get after reading that all hope is lost for them.


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Links Love

More links love, a little bit earlier this week. Because I have quite a lot to share!

The Ink Pantry, six poems by Linda M. Crate

but it’s exhausting always being
on the look out
it’s tiring always having to think
of the worst case scenario—
they insist that there’s
no such thing as rape culture,
but if that were true
i wouldn’t be holding onto my keys
like a weapon
every time i leave my house;
don’t give me your ignorance or your perspective
give me a change so i can believe that
“not all men” are truly accepting
of our culture as is,
and all it’s many flaws

Cabildo Quarterly two poems by Sam Rose

Pussy Magic Heals poems by Rebecca Kokitus

my father used to warn me
about swallowing the pits of fruit
told me a cherry tree would grow in my belly
cherry falls out of me in the shower
hits the tub with a smack
and disappears down the drain

Cheap Pop Lit by Kristin Garth 14 & Kneeling

Guilty by Courtney LeBlanc at Broadkill Review

Tiny Flames Press three poems by Christopher Iacono

Internet Void Small Town Blues and other poems by Kara Goughnour

Three Visual poems at Rose Quartz Journal by Catherine Garbinsky

My Mouth, Mother of Ghosts by Kailey Tedesco at Goats Milk mag

The Awkward Mermaid prose piece Strangled Sun by Wanda Deglane

New Mag Mag poem Bystander by M. Stone

Collective Unrest Melting Wax & Watch the World Burn by Tianna Grosch

A very powerful piece at E’phemere Review by Caroline Grand-Clement

SOMETIMES I’M ALONE AT NIGHT & I AM HIT BY THE IMMENSITY OF THE WORLD & EVERY BEAUTIFUL THING THAT I WILL BE TOO BUSY TO WITNESS & ONE DAY I WILL DRIVE OUT INTO A FIELD & SCREAM & TEAR MY HEART OUT TO THE NIGHT BECAUSE THIS IS WHAT MAKES ME BLEED.

Vessel Press

Writers, whose writing I have fallen in love with. L. N. Holmes

Savannah Slone Ailey O Toole Elisabeth Horan

A Guest Post by Francesca Seopa at The Bipolar Writer Mental Health Blog When Things Don’t Sparkle Like They Used To. Never have I related so much to a piece of writing.

Selcouth Station editor Haley Jenkins In the Spotlight at Fly on the Wall Poetry

You, Me and Depression – A view from the Side – Lines by Esther Harrison at Riggwelter Press

Strix is open for submissions of fiction and poetry during September

Entropy have updated their list of Where to Submit for September, October, November


Did you enjoy any of these links? Have you any links of your own you enjoyed this week? Share in the comments!


Here comes the Sun 🌞 Book Birthday

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I wasn’t going to celebrate this, but then I usually try to avoid such things, like celebrating my own birthday, and publishing your own book is an achievement, so my poetry chapbook Here comes the Sun is one today! I spent a large part of June in 2017 working on this chapbook, before uploading the file onto Createspace. The poems were written whilst I was travelling in 2016. I left home, my boyfriend and I were travelling, living in hotels, and having a good time. The book has gotten some great reviews from readers. I value reviews so much. The feedback helps me to be a better writer, and on days I am not motivated can really raise spirit.

I also want to thank Jennifer Patino for her review of my other book La La Love.

La La Love hands out small poetic doses with each turn of the page. Katie Lewington’s voice and style are enough to cause an addiction. This collection is personal, but doesn’t give away all of the poet’s secrets. Instead the reader is presented with beautiful skimmings of surfaces until the closing lines of each poem, where Lewington successfully brings our minds to a much deeper climax. Excellent poetry.

I am now going to talk about my writing routine.

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I have usually written my poems, ad hoc in most cases, and when I see a theme emerging I work on compiling those poems. With Here comes the Sun that theme was travel. I had the poems all handwritten, and I started to edit the the poems, and to try to put them in an order that made them sit comfortably into the context of the book. I didn’t want to put, for example, two poems about the beach together that would have not moved the reader in the same way if they had read them two, three poems apart.
There was one poem, which I liked, that I cut from Here comes the Sun. I didn’t feel it had enough substance to it. These decisions have to be done, but they are not easy. Editing is a difficult part of the process. As I get older I see the value in doing so, and orchestrating the book in a way it will get the right emotional responses from its reader.
I then get the completed book read by my boyfriend. He’s so smart, and knows about everything, so I feel my poetry is in safe hands. I wait for a yay or nay (his feedback is literally that succinct) With his support I feel more confident about my new book.
I think any writer feels a bit fragile after writing their book. Best to have a short nap afterwards.
That is pretty much it, compiling, editing, and feedback. Of course, the time between steps can be weeks, months, or years. I tend to procrasinate around the editing part. That’s where a lot of the living happens and I have to make the time inbetween that to work on my writing: fixing errors, changing titles, making sense of my scribbles etc.
It can be lonely as well. For all of social medias faults it has made it easier for writers to confab with each other about their craft, which I think is pretty awesome.


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