Getting published has long been a challenge for many emerging writers, a sad situation made worse by the recent economy. Even before 2008, the re-trenchment in the world of publishing houses has been prompted by the surge in electronic book production and the supposed decline in printed book sales.
And so Lynn Schiffhorst, my wife, has struggled to get her stories and poems published--until this week, when she was able to launch her collection of 50 poems "for children 8-12" on Kindle.
She calls these poems "quiet rhymes for quiet times." They are whimsical and old-fashioned and will appeal to readers of any age who have a taste for English villages and whimsy.
As her chief publicist, I take pleasure in recommending them to my readers. The book is The Green Road to the Stars, available at $2.99 on Amazon as a download. Those without Kindle can still peek inside the book by visiting Amazon.com and typing in the title of the book.
In this world where speed seems to rule, it is refreshing to find writing like Lynn's that takes us back to simpler, quieter times. She sees this new Kindle book as the first in a series of her work, which has been going nowhere for some years in terms of reaching readers. Amazon makes publishing easy. So I welcome the new technology even though I wish the book were available in print as well.