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Edgar Allan Poe (January 19, 1809-October 7, 1849)

Today is Edgar Allan Poe’s birthday.

Here are some Edgar Allan Poe quotes.

“Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary.”

“Words have no power to impress the mind without the exquisite horror of their reality.”

“If you wish to forget anything on the spot, make a note that this thing is to be remembered.”

“Science has not yet taught us if madness is or is not the sublimity of the intelligence.”

 

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Library Week, Children’s Book Day & Other Fun Holidays in April

There are all kinds of things going on during the month of April that an author can piggyback on to promote your books!

April is National Poetry Month, National Humor Month, Lawn & Garden Month, Sexual Assualt Awareness Month and others.

The first week in April if Library Week and the second week is Garden Week.  Visit Holiday Insights to see what the other weeks are.

 

April 1 – April Fool’s Day

April 2 – Children’s Book Day

April 3 – World Party Day

April 4 – Tell a Lie Day

April 5 – Go for Broke Day

April 6 – Sorry Charlie Day – sounds like a broken romance is in there somewhere

April 7 – National Beer Day

April 8 – Zoo Lover’s Day

April 9 – Winston Churchill Day

April 10 – National Sibling’s Day

April 11 – National Submarine Day – is that sandwich or the boat?

April 12 – Walk on Your Wildside Day

April 13 – National Peach Cobbler Day

April 14 – Ex-Spouse Day

April 15 – That Suck’s Day

April16 – Save the Elephant Day

April 17 – National Cheeseball Day

April 18 – Newspaper Columnists Day

April 19 – National Garlic Day

April 20 – Look Alike Day

April 21 – Kindergarten Day

April 22 – Earth Day (U.S.A.)

April 23 – World Laboratory Day

April 24 – Pig in a Blanket Day

April 25 – East Meets West Day

April 26 – Richter Scale Day  – is your book about an earthquake or does one happen in your book?

April 27 – Tell a Story Day

April 28 – Great Poetry Reading Day

April 29 – National Shrimp Scampi Day

April 30 – National Honesty Day

 

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Literature Fellowship – Non-matching $25,000 Grant

The National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowships deadline is March 6, 2019.

If you write fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction, apply for a non-matching $25,000 grant.

https://www.arts.gov/grants/apply-grant/grants-individuals

 

 

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Looking for Authors to Interview

I hope those who read this blog post today will share with all your author friends.

I am looking for authors to interview in order to help them promote their books.

If you are interested, please contact me at cyannris at gmail dot com.

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Time Flies Right Past Me!

I opened this blog and realized that the last post was nearly three weeks ago.  Where has time gone?

I have been busy with my 40-hour week job, my home chores, and being a Heritage Consultant for the Koester House Museum.  The museum applied for and got a grant from the Kansas Humanities Council (KHC).  As part of the grant, the museum needed a Heritage Consultant.  Apparently, there are not many in my area, so when small museums apply for grants and they ask where can I find a Heritage Consultant, KHC points them in my direction.

No, this is not part of my 40-hour work week job.  It is something I do on the side.  Now, if I could make a living at being a Heritage Consultant, I would do it because I enjoy going to different museums and seeing what they have and what they need help with.  Unfortunately, when I work with grant recipients, the pay is on the very low end of the scale.

The Koester House Museum is located in Marysville, Kansas.  The house started out as a two-room home and over the years more space was added on.  Today it is a two-story house.  It is surrounded by a brick wall that was created to keep the flood waters out.

 

Sarah Koester Morrison, great-granddaughter.  Photo courtesy of the Marysville Advocate.

Sarah is standing in front of the home.

 

Sarah wrote a book titled Memoirs of the Charles F. Koester House, An Intimate Portrait and it is told from the perspective of the house.  This book is on my “to read” list.

Anyway, the project I  have been consulting on is one of cleaning and cataloging 1,200 books. The museum has a few volunteers that have cleaned the books and they are now in the process of putting the books into LibraryThing so they can be found in the Library of Congress online catalog.  As part of my job as Heritage Consultant, I taught them how to clean the books using “best practices” and I taught them how to use LibraryThing.

Once the project is complete, the museum will begin to use the books in displays/exhibits and during tours of the house.  It is the hope of the museum that the Kansas Poet Laureate will read from some of the poetry books in the library when he does a presentation in the near future.

For this Heritage Consultant, I find joy in watching people’s eyes light up when they find something of interest or learn something new.  It is truly rewarding.

 

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Holiday Book Gift Guide

A while back I put out a call to authors to be included in a Holiday Book Gift Guide that I was creating.

WOW! What a turn out.

I really did not expect too many to participate, but am so happy they did.

You can view the Holiday Book Gift Guide here:

Be sure to take some time to visit all the authors who participated.  Some have special sales going on until December 31.  Others are offering free chapter samples and others, if you sign up for their newsletter, will give a free copy of one of their books.

I ask everyone who is reading this post to please share on your social media sites.

Note-authors were NOT charged a fee to participate in the gift guide.  This was FREE for all who participated.  And if everyone promotes this guide, the cross-promotion has a huge wide potential.

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Holiday Book Magazine

Hop on over to my Page “Holiday Magazine” and see the information I need if you wish to have your book(s) listed in the 2017 Holiday Gift Magazine I will be sending to all my newsletter subscribers.

If you participate by having your book(s) in the magazine, I will give you a pdf file of the magazine to share with your newsletter subscribers.

This is a great way to promote your book(s) FREE of charge…well, you will need to spend a little bit of time getting me the information for the magazine then sending it out to your readers.

The more that participate the more circulation your books will have!

And, I will feature a book a day on this blog throughout the Holiday Season!

 

 

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Old Empty Houses

Old Empty Houses
By Cynthia Harris

I would love to tell my story
But I don’t know how,
My owners left me forlorn
And some burn me down.
Yet I have lots of stories to tell.
My original owners were proud,
The day the first foundation stone was laid.
They looked forward to having
A new roof over their head,
And to the family they had.
But now they’re gone
And other family members
Have abandoned me
And I’m just
Waiting for my death.

© 2009 by Cynthia Harris

Photography copyrighted to Joe Harris, 2009

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Spring Forward Book Attack

Do you like to read? Do you like free books? Of course, you do! This is Goodreads!
Support for Indie Authors is proud to announce our first Free & Bargain Book event of 2017!

Load up your Kindle with more than 125 free and 99¢ book deals in a wide variety of genres!

Details: For three days beginning Friday, March 31st and running through Sunday, April 2nd, visit our event website to nab a whack load of free and 99¢ Kindle ebooks by our indie author members.

That’s it! No RSVP, no obligation, and best of all, no need to put on pants!* Some books will be offered all three days, but there are many one day only freebies, so make sure to check the site each day!

*Pants are only optional if you are browsing our event from the comfort of your home. SIAFBB is not responsible for pantsless readers wandering aimlessly in public spaces.

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Featuring Children, Tweens & YA Authors

Are you a Children’s Author?

Do you write for tweens?

What about Young Adults?

I am paying it forward in 2017 by featuring authors on my blog.

Sign up for me to feature you on the Feature Calendar page!feature-md

Occasionally, there will be bonus material, giveaways, reviews and more!

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