I am ecstatic, thrilled, satisfied……because I gave away my stuff. My stuff, in this case, is my book.  I didn’t know much about Goodreads but somehow I heard about the giveaway program.  It was the simplest thing to put up five signed copies of my book, delivered to the home address of the winners as a prize. I must complement Goodreads on the ease of the whole process.  More important, there was a wonderful thrill in thinking that my book could go out all over the world.

It amazed me that 632  people wanted this book…well, they wanted a free copy of it.  The cynical side of me said that probably some people had an automatic alert set up for free book, that novels would be requested by thousands, not hundreds, that…..oh, shit, why rain on your own parade!

The very day I got the names and addresses of the “lucky winners” I rushed to get special padded envelopes and to mail out the copies.  I enclosed a little note begging them to write a riview on Amazon.  One lives in hopes,  after all.  Four of the five live in the United States and one, a young man of 22 lives in a small city ( 200,000 pop.) in India.  So somebody there, somebody in Alabama and Ohio, will read poems about Montreal and love and water and whatever else, good or bad is in there.

So this is an unexpected surprise that has come out of this adventure.  Thank you everyone who entered.  Thank you whoever reads this.  Readers are the air that fills the lungs of writers.


Giveaway on Goodreads



The continuing saga of marketing!  Book publishing and promoting has a steep learning curve, but it can be fun!  I don’t dabble in Goodreads too much.  I have lists and lists of books I want to read but, I must say, Goodreads is an interesting website if I want to see what’s new in the reading world and what my friends are recommending.  One very interesting feature is the publisher or author giveaway.  As soon as I understood the principle, I jumped on this opportunity to get my book out into the world. So, for the next seven days, my signed book will be eligible for a free delivery to five lucky people that Goodreads chooses in a sort of lottery at the end of the week.  So, bloggers, blog readers, poetry lovers, get your name in there and I hope I’ll soon be wrapping and sending a brand new signed copy of my book to you.  Even if you are one of my already devoted fans ( just kidding) and you already have a copy of my book, enter the lottery and win it as an unusual gift for family or friends…enemies?? Check out Goodreads, the giveaway section and off you go!  Of course, if you can’t leave anything to chance, just get on the AMAZON site and put in your order.

Happy Christmas to all celebrating with the Julian calender.  Happy name day to John, Joanna, Fotini, Clare and ……..happy name day to everyone.  Your name is special and blessed every day.