SURPRISE! I Made a Book!

Hello, dears!

I’m SUPER excited for this post, eep! I’ve been working on a secret project for the past little while, and today I’m going to reveal it! Ahem… GUYS, I WROTE A POEM BOOK.

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AHHH I CAN’T BELIEVE IT! THIS IS SUCH A STRANGE FEELING, HELP. Introducing… unfurling: a little book of poems*grins widely*

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LOOK, THE COVER! AND THE BACK COVER! AND THE BARCODE, YAYYY! XD OKAY, OKAY. Let me settle down and I’ll explain a little more about it. *deep breath*

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Ahem. Many months ago, my grandmother told me if I wanted to get her a gift sometime, she would love a book of my poems. I thought that was a great idea, since I’ve been wanting to print my poems anyway, but I kept the idea safely tucked away in the back of my mind until it was closer to her birthday.

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Unfortunately, I started working on it a little TOO close to her birthday, so it came late, heh heh, but I did finish it, with the help of my amazing beta readers, Aria, Clara, and Amanda!

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It contains 54 of my poems, old and new, and 35+ original illustrations. I think about 3/4 of the poems are new, as in you’ve never seen them on my blog, and all of the old ones are edited + sometimes significantly altered. You can see all the titles down below!

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It really is “a little book of poems” at 75 pages, but it still turned out thicker than I expected. It’s hard to write enough poems to fill a book. O.o

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Even though it’s small, it still looks like A REAL BOOK, AHHH. A title page and everything! EXCITING. 😛

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I think writing the poems was the easiest part. XD The illustrations were surprisingly hard. It was difficult to decide on a style, but I ended up making loose, simple watercolor + pen illustrations that would compliment the poems instead of take away from them. I really like how they turned out!

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After much deliberation, I decided on the title “unfurling.” I think it fits really well, because I try to write my poems in layers: an engaging, beautiful outer layer that you can see at first glance, but also a layer or two of deeper meaning and nuances you have to think about for a minute to understand to discover.

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“A poem is a flower bud – such a small package, yet it holds so much in every petal, every word. When the outer layer unfurls, the old, familiar scales fall from your eyes, and everything is transformed. Perhaps that is what beauty is: a transformation.” [from the author’s note]

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The hardest part was probably the formatting. That wasn’t too pleasant. I’m mostly happy with it, but for some reason the formatting of two poems got a little off when I ordered them, even though they looked fine in the document. *sigh* OH well.

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And… yeah! I guess that about covers it! You can purchase a copy for $7.99 + shipping by clicking here, or by visiting the poem book page in my blog menu.  I don’t have a grand blog tour or anything planned, BUT, my friends Aria and Clara have kindly offered to make review-ish posts (with aesthetic book pictures and page sneak peeks!) on their respective blogs!

Look out for a book post on November 16th at Aria’s blog, and November 21st on Clara’s blog. If you haven’t already, I’d recommend following them because their blogs are two of my very favorites! ❤

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Welp, I suppose that’s that! I do NOT know how to write a book launch post, since I don’t even really consider myself a writer. XD But hopefully this worked well enough!

Are you excited? Do you want to read it? What do you think of my cover and illustrations? Any tips for writing, illustrating, or formatting a book? (I’d love to know so next time it will be even better!)

Thank you SO much for reading, dears, and please have a lovely day!

***Allison***

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137 thoughts on “SURPRISE! I Made a Book!

  1. Just ordered a copy for myself for Christmas! So glad I stopped in to take a peek and find this surprise. I absolutely love your writing style and perspective–especially the “layering” you take time to create in your poems. Looking forward to curling up with this when it arrives….. 🙂 Congratulations!!

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  2. YOU ARE HONESTLY SO INSPIRATIONAL! I’m just going through the nominations on Megan’s blog and stumbled across you and wowowowow.

    – I see your blog and like it’s so inspirational and you capture everything so beautifully. I’m honestly so thrilled to see you have created a poetry book and published it. The illustrations, the cover, the title, everything about it is drop dead gorgeous. I’ve added your book to one I want to get my hands on and I will for sure let you know via email how blown away I am

    – I’ve always wanted to experience the farmlife/get a deeper insight into it because my mother grew up on one in her childhood, and it’s just so refreshing to read about it and see it all unfold through your photographs

    – Your photography is amazing! I love love love it

    – I really would love to publish my own book of poetry one day, and seeing you explain how you went about it, and made your grandma’s and your dream a reality, is just even more inspiring for me to also do the same

    – Oh and it also made me smile how you managed to stumble across one of your followers. Eeek must have been a great experience.

    Thank you for such a wonderful post! Look forward to exploring the rest of your blog x

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    1. OH MY GOODNESS THANK YOU FOR THE AMAZING COMMENT, that made my day! ❤ ❤ You are so sweet! I'm so very happy I could inspire you. Best wishes for publishing your poem book! Thanks for dropping by, dear. ❤

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