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I've posted poems, novel and novella excerpts, and real-life vignettes on my blog. emoticon

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Clotheslines

I've been using a clothesline for many, many years,
Though I'm often ridiculed by neighbors and peers.
It brings warm memories from when I was a little girl.
To watch the wind make hankies dance, and sheets unfurl.
Just a comforting sight in this troubled, old world!
Clothes so sweet and clean , while it does our earth no harm,
Saves my coins & keeps the jiggles from beneath my arms!

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About 10 or 12 years ago another person and I wrote & published greeting cards and they had the heart and the HUGS insignia used on "Sparkpeople" as our logo which we had copyrighted for the period allowed.
The cards could not compete with the monstrous market of Hallmark even though they were witty,colorful, and less expensive. Hallmark even owns the racks that most grocery stores etc. display.
That (along with the huge expense of advertising and delivery) took care of that even though we had a marketing survey done that showed we did "all the right things" to be a small business success.
Consequently, I now have cards stored (that I was so proud of and enthusiastic about) which will never bring the courage and enjoyment to others that we envisioned they would.
Do a thorough investigation and then do it again before you put your coins down in this uneasy economic environment. emoticon

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I'm about ready to start marketing my book, and the rules for doing that are basically the same. I just wanted to let people know that there are publications besides The Writer's Market that people can use, or rather that people do use. Depending on how the bookstore you find it in is laid out, there are many other books that cater to different segments of the population for specific interests.

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CAMEY13: This is great information to help me and can't thank you enough. Great. I am going to put this information into a file for reference to when I get stumped on how to explain myself. You are very helpful and hope you have a great day. :)

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Yes, you can mail a set to yourself and date it with your name. Also, if you want keep a record on the computer, but you will be getting the envelope back you mailed to yourself, so just file it in a folder.
For writing the query letter just put in what the poem is all about and why you put that type of picture with it. You will have to do this to all the poems and cut it short as they only want one sheet for a query. I would say something like this: I have a collection of poems I would like to submit that talk about......then mention something short and go on to the next book. Or tell them what the poems in the book are suspose to represent or what they would mean to a person buying the book. Like are they love poems, emotional poems, etc.

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Thanks for the tips as I will try this and see where it goes. I am thinking, and please let me know if I am on the right track. That if i put my pictures and poetry on printing paper with my name at the bottom of all of them and date is this what you mean? I have heard of this as it's one way to make sure that your first batch is legally published through the mail? Correct me if i am wrong. If this is so I can do that no problem. Would it also be wise to have a file on the computer stating which papers were mailed to yourself so you don't mail a second set my mistake?

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Pat a query letter is like telling a story. You tell what the story is about in your own words and then you either email it if they suggest that or send in a self addressed envelope to yourself for they to reply otherwise they don't and sometimes after 8 weeks they may not even send back any answer to you.
So if you don't hear in 8 weeks send it to someone else. Look at your library for Writer's Market for children publishers. I am sure in the reference dept. you can ask about writing books they have for you to look at. I finished the children story I thought about last night. It came to 7 pages and l776 words. Also, I forgot you have to put the word count in your query. Good luck.

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Thanks for the feedback as Lulu is still new and still trying to figure it out. I guess you have explained an easier way to create a book. I think i have this on paper but now sure how to write a query letter to a children's publisher. Will google it for homework.

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Pat, my security will not let me open it for some reason. If you do not like it then get out of it.
As for the poem, to me, it sounded like a children story. What I do is put pictures in my pictures. Then I write the story and where a picture is suppose to be I leave a space and go to my pictures and copy it on to the page. I have done books this way and all you need then is to take the sheets that are printed and not bound them but write a query letter to children publishers about your story. Then when and if they ask for you to send it they like it no bounded and double spaced. You can make two copies and bound one if you like for yourself. But I do think this sounds like a good kid story not a poem. Go with it.

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Hey Camey13 thanks for the vote of confidence. As I do have other pictures that I put on my computer to add to this story. hmm....Now to get it all set up into a booklet form. I could do this as I have found an e-book program that i downloaded so will try it out. Not sure how it's going to look an all. I do have other poetry on another site called LuLu, have you heard of this? see it you can get to this link and let me know what you think as this site hasn't done anything and I am not happy about it. Still in the beginners stage and have no patience today..:(

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I think I sent them to someone else by mistake. A slip of the typing finger. LOL Glad you got the dog story. Everyone laugh at it as they thought it was so funny.

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Pat, I think you have a wonderful story for a children picture book.

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3/7/09 3:23 P

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Jan531: Here's the poem

RAINBOWLAND PLAYTIME

The rainbow creatures are out today from a wonderful place beyond the golden pathway. They’re making their way across the mysterious woodlands. While walking on the pathway, these rainbow creatures could smell the sweetly scented air coming from someplace.
All of a sudden, “Geego”, the frog, wearing big-rimmed glasses, hears in the distance running water sounds. Do you think maybe this is the enchanted place we’re looking for that has a magic waterfall in it? Geego could see off in the horizon a beautiful rainbow falls. Just ahead, right where this fresh smelling spring fed waterfall was created, low and behold there were thousands of scattered wild flowers. These blossoming colored flowers were so magnificent that your mind could only imagine. Just think how quiet and peaceful this wonderland feels to you being surrounded by all gods’ natural beauty. Let’s lie back in these flowers and gaze out at the blue-crystallized lake that also appeared at the bottom of the waterfalls. So smooth this lake shimmered that you could skate across it at anytime. Would you like to listen to something wonderful? In Geegos magic rainbow jacket, which he took off and put it by the tree next to the glistening lake, was a tape. All the rainbow creatures decided to take a little snooze here under the magic rainbow tree, as the (Breaking the Mist) tape was playing relaxing music. Keep imagining that special place that you can go to for it will give you that love and warmth and feeling of happiness. That place where you can rejuvenate your body, mind and soul.
Come let us ride, just travel, to a far off land, on a rainbowland carpet! Drifting into another world, someone heard, “Who said that carpet comes into my special place?”

It was princess Nok-a-Nok, who spoke. She said that that ratty carpet needed some more colour to its threads. To everyone’s surprise, the princess sprinkled her gold dust in the air…Can you imagine what happened next? Maybe something would appear out of nowhere, or out pops an animal. Well to our surprise, the rainbow gold dust turned that ratty carpet into a shiny new rainbow rug! While all this synergy was glowing about, peeking around the rainbow tree was an itsy-bitsy worm. “What’s the matter little worm?” asked the princess. The sad looking worm had a surprised look on his face as to think that someone was actually talking to him. The princess asked the worm if his name was as colourful as all the other things in this place. “NO!” the worm replied. I have a name that everyone calls me at home and it’s “Sneaky”. I’m a tiny slithering creature who likes to wander in the tall green grass once in a while, ever so minding my own business like others do. Geego says that princess Nok-a-Nok will help you feel better all over and then you will be happy today, OK Sneaky? Sneaky liked this idea and slithered up the nearest tree, looking for a tasty juicy heart-icicle to eat. At that moment, a burst of “Yaa-Hooo!” was heard for miles around. Well I guess you know what happened then.
Let your creature mind flow and think of where you might travel next. I’ll leave you here at this moment in time and give you a tip to ponder upon. This day was so unbelievable and fantastic that I hope you and your friends will dream of lovely magical thoughts…(Maybe rainbow balloons are waiting for you on the next travel?) Anything that makes you happy and warm all over inside is something really precious to hold onto.

Don’t forget that Rainbow Children can be what you want in life. All you have to do is relax and think of that safe place to visit from time to time when life brings your down.
A place of beauty and solitude is in our minds.

Go Ahead and HUG someone today! It’s FREE .to BE! ME…

Let me know what you think. emoticon

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As for my poems they are short cause I try to write them down while my brain is thinking it at that time. I have created a story but it too needs polishing. I could put that here if you want to read it.

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I got an email about a dog story. not sure about the articles though.

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Pat did you get the articles and dog story I sent you via email?

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Pat that is really great. I love it. You should extend it more. It is beautiful. Keep up the good work.

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3/6/09 5:42 P

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CAMEY13: Here's the poem

Blue Waters
by patriciarose gooderham
Wednesday, March 04, 2009
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Blue waters whirling around,
Crystal looking,Ever profound
Energy within, endless sounds,
Our life is here.....Fearless grounds!

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CAMEY13: How come I can click on the link and get to the page? what's up? is your computer blocking the site?

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I still can't get it Pat.

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Ok as soon as I have time I will check it out. I have to go and watch my grandaughter in a talent show as she is singing and a contestant with 8 others. I hope she wins. Did you go to poems by Jan Richards and click on The good lord giveth to get to some children stories?

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Try this link and see what happens:

Pat's Den www.authorsden.com/visit/author.asp?
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let me know if you get it okay.

I will check out the writers for weight loss what you suggested and see what happens. thanks

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Pat goe into message boards: writers for weight loss, The writer in me, writers workshop and writers support group and check them out. They may help you too.

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Pat I can't get into authorsden.com with the info you gave me. I says no site available or something like that.

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I will check it out when I get a chance. Try Moondance.com as it is a site for women to put there writing on free too. Did you get to check out my authorsden the way I told you. I am not on it now so this is the only way I can get into it.

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Thanks for the update as it would cost me more to put my poems in a booklet and have a publisher publish it for me. I will have to think on this one for now. What also can be done is poetry can be put into an e-book, sorry for the confusion as I've been under the weather right now with a head and sinus cold...:(

As for the Authorsden.com, i checked it out and thanks! it's great at least I can put up my poetry and leave it there without any stress right now as I am on a fixed income and it's tight right now as my part-time job is very slow.

I have put up some poetry and pictures that I drew too. Do let me know what you think about my stuff.
Still trying to get motivated to write more poems but when I'm sick my head just wants to rest. Hope this helps clarify things here.

Here's my link; take a look! http://www.authorsden.com/patgooderham
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Pat, I am confused as to what you mean by which way to put them in a book. Do you mean go self publishing or regular publishing? As for putting them in a book, a regular publisher wants 8 x l0 pages with numbers on them, not bound. And it should be double spaced because they make corrections, and will probably ask you to change some wording, if they decide to publish the book for you. Usually, they do not take pictures, so you have to ask because some have artist that do illustrations for them. As for self publishing, I never went that route so you would have to find one you can trust and then ask them how they want you to send them in.
As for children stories. If you go to poems by Jan Richards, you will see The Good Lord Givith, click on that and it will bring you into authorsden.com where I am listed. Then go to the left and click on what you want, bio, books, stories, etc. Then go to the right and click on it and you might have to stroll down to read any of them.

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oh okay, i was confused....thank you for straightening this out for me. I am going to get the rest of my poetry and also i have artwork too and maybe put them in a book but i have been discouraged with which way to get them put into a book. Do you have any advice? That would be very helpful and make me a very happy person. It doesn't take very much to make me happy as I accept even the smallest of miracles....and I have a miracle ....you in my time of need to help me keep going and be persistant you have given me some hope to keep going and try to create more poetry. Thank you for being you and being here too.:) I will check out the link you sent and see where that takes me. God bless you for your little bit of help and I hope you get everything you desire that's successful in your life.

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Are you going to put them in a book? Pat, I am also Jan, my pen name. When I came on as Jan I had to get a high speed server and I forgot my password so I had to come on as Camey. So didn't want to confuse you. I think those are good. You can list them on Authorsden.com as it is free. Then people can go and read them.

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Pat I love it.

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Here's one I found.....

HANGING IN GOD'S HUGS

When you are sad and blue,
God's love will hold you through,
Just rest your mind within His hands,
Relaxing in any way,
Praying every day,
While hanging in God's Hugs.


Created by Patricia Gooderham 2008

Let me know what you think? I like the feedback and learn more from others ideas and comments.



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Thanks Jan: I have a few more but they are directed towards children more so.
I have pictures that I collected to go with these poems but haven't had a chance to upload them yet.


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PatriciaRose 7 drop in and write more poems. Love hearing from ya.

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I have written many poems and have a webpage link you could go and see what I have done so far. Here's the link:

Pat's Poetry busybeeclub.ca/WanderingFlowers/inde
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Let me know what you think.

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Get people to write there poems. Maybe others can join in and give advice.

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