Archive for March, 2019

Happy

March 30, 2019

To be the cover artist of Rhthym and Bones Dark Marrow for issue #2. Launched today 🎉👩‍🎤

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When a Dog Loves a Cat Part 2

March 25, 2019

https://katzenworld.co.uk/2019/03/25/a-dog-loved-a-cat-part-2-by-rachael-ikins/

How a Book Becomes a Book

March 16, 2019

Thoughts on how Eating the Sun came together.

A few years ago my aunt gave me the book Good Grief by Ellen Stimson. It is a memoir of her family life in a small Vermont town. Not normally a huge reader of memoir, this book pulled me in. I forgot I wasn’t reading fiction. I think one of the burdens on memoir is to be successful in writing, the author needs to show not tell. Because we tell our favorite or horror family stories as we meet new friends or reminisce at gatherings, we are already telling. So making the gear change to showing can be a challenge.

Ellen uses the homely object, a table, as the vehicle to carry us through her story. Whether it is the nicked antique dining room table, a bedside table stuffed with books or a new kitchen slate counter top the table is the symbol of family because we do gather around it in all its forms. I’ve never forgotten this.

Fast forward to last summer when the idea for doing a mixed genre memoir about my marriage and my husband came to be. At first I put alternating text, poems, and recipes in chronological order. This meant some of the poems were written by a very young poet and then spanned 30 years as I grew into and honed my voice.

Luckily for me, my manuscript was accepted and then the editor assigned to work with me was Laura Williams French. She was able to rearrange my chronology into seasons, creating the metaphor for a love story between a much older man and a young woman. The manuscript became dynamic and the flow smooth and readable. Poems and recipes were included with whatever season they involved and not necessarily in age related order. I was amazed when I read the first proof. She had converted what I had submitted into a living breathing book.

I asked several authors and colleagues to write back cover blurbs. Yesterday I received the first one by Linda Lowen who writes for Publishers Weekly and whose specialty is memoir though her yearning is fiction. When I read what she wrote, I was again amazed in a good way, by how clearly she interpreted the book and understood the story.

My point, hearkening back the Ellen Stimson’s Good Grief, is that unwittingly and with the help of my excellent editor, I have created a book that uses the garden in the way that Ellen used tables.

That makes me very happy. Reading is one of the most important ways to learn to write. Memoir is way out of my comfort zone as a poet. And yet, those who’ve seen parts or proofs of Eating the Sun are enthusiastic and excited by it.

When a Dog Loved a Cat Part 1

March 11, 2019

https://katzenworld.co.uk/2019/03/11/a-dog-loved-a-cat-part-1-by-rachael-ikins/

Tips for Poets

March 7, 2019

Hey, just a reminder tip for all enthusiastic poets out in cyberworld. I’m seeing quite a bit of original poetry directly posted recently. If you post a poem on social media typed as the post, that is considered “published.”

Which means if a potential editor/publisher asks for “previously unpublished work” and you submit it, and they check your social media platforms and find it 👎. nowadays the number of followers you have and your platforms do come under scrutiny. It is the world we write in.

Don’t put new work on social media.

SO, how to get examples of your work out there? Well, when the journal comes out OR when your copies of your new chap or other book arrive in your mailbox, open to a page and take a pic of the page, then post that w a blurb abt the book. Its easy to copy the post and share to 4 or 5 social media platorms in less than 5 minutes. Doing this allows you to post on more ie Instagram takes photos.

This will accomplish two things. First, the world gets to read your excellent work, and second its a great way to market your book. You can add a front cover shot and link to buy in the post as well.