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January 23, 2012 at 2:09pm
January 23, 2012 at 2:09pm
#745406
http://www.amazon.com/Poetry-Books-Dont-Sell-ebook/dp/B0070RARL8/ref=sr_1_1?s=di...

My newest poetry book is now available on Amazon as an e-book.

Check it out! I'd appreciate your doing so.

Cheers!

Harry
January 22, 2012 at 9:06am
January 22, 2012 at 9:06am
#745297
I will be publishing a new (my fourth) collection of my poetry soon. It should be available on Kindle and Nook as an e-book first, followed by a print book through Lulu Press in a few weeks. I have chosen the title of "Poetry Books Don't Sell!" This is a truism in the publishing world. Most agents and publishing firms won't accept poetry as a submission. Poetry books tend to be mostly self-published, and, no matter how good the poetry contained is, no one much buys the books. This is a pity because most readers would enjoy reading poetry and would be surprisingly entertained if only they would give it a try. I'm sure most of the poets here know this to be true, especially those poets with published books to their credit. (Frustrating, isn't it?)

My new book, "Poetry Books Don't Sell!", contains storoems and poems addressing a variety of topics. It has ninety of my storoems and poems all together: 43 rhyming storoems (story-poems), 6 acrostic poems, 5 political poems, 29 free-verse poems, and 7 of my older poems (prize-winning and personal favorites).

Look for "Poetry Books Don't Sell!" to become available at Lulu Press, Amazon.com. Barnes & Noble, Kindle and Nook soon.
It will make an enjoyable read and a good gift for family & friends.

Cheers!

Harry
January 7, 2012 at 10:21am
January 7, 2012 at 10:21am
#743557
I read in today's Shreveport Times that giant Burmese pythons, which grow up to twenty feet in length and weigh up to 250 pounds and eat everything "from birds to mammals (muskrats, rabbits, cats, dogs, deer, etc.) to alligators", are spreading farther throughout Florida. A recent study revealed that even newly hatched pythons can survive an average of a month in full-strength seawater and older snakes can survive many months swimming across seawater. This means there is no physical barrier (seawater) to stop the spread of the pythons from the Everglades and Keys, where they are now thriving, farther up the coast line, maybe eventually to other Gulf Coast states, even to Louisiana and Texas. It had been hoped that being unable to survive swimming in the open seawater would prevent them from spreading. Not so! Bummer.

I first read about pythons being found in the Florida Everglades back in 2008. I wrote a poem about it then:

 Florida Has Pythons!  (13+)
A fanciful look at the establishment of Burmese pythons in Florida.
#1473636 by Harry



Cheers! ... and watch out for spreading pythons.

Harry
November 10, 2011 at 1:12pm
November 10, 2011 at 1:12pm
#739169
Today I entered the short story contest at Lulu Press. It really is flash fiction because the maximum number of words allowed is 600. My story is entitled "A 1930s Christmas to Remember". It is an appropriate story for the holidays upcoming, and it is a good read, I believe. You can download it for free here: http://www.lulu.com/product/ebook/a-1930s-christmas-to-remember/18646206 . I hope you will read it and let me know what you think of it.

Cheers!

Harry


--Published 2011: Aldric & Anneliese, an action/adventure/historical fiction short novel, 4RV Publishing. Now available!
--Published 2008: "Poetic Musings of an Old, Fat Man". A collection of my poetry.
November 4, 2011 at 4:53pm
November 4, 2011 at 4:53pm
#738643
Yesterday I had the most views of my portfolio items ever, ending up with 536 total views of 408 items. Now today I have the second most views ever: at 4:47 EDT I have had 448 views of 406 of my items. 536 views yesterday? 448 views and counting today? What is going on, folks? Does it have anything to do with the phase of the moon or somehow time to return to Standard Time by "falling back" an hour tonight? Something weird is happening for sure!

Cheers!

Harry

NOTE Added: My total views for the day ended up as 475 views of 408 items. (My portfolio includes 409 items.)
November 3, 2011 at 3:11pm
November 3, 2011 at 3:11pm
#738537
If one goes to 'My Summary Stats' under My Account, one can see how many of one's items have been viewed on that date and the total number of views their portfolio items received, along with any ratings given to those items.

I normally run a goodly number of daily views, fairly frequently receiving more than 100 views a day. Today at 3:05 EDT, I have had 408 items viewed for a total of 506 viewings. Wow! What happened today? Perhaps someone stumbled across my portfolio and viewed every item in it. I've never had over 500 viewings in a single day before! I hope whoever read/viewed all my items enjoyed them. *Smile*

Cheers!

Harry

Note added: I ended the day with 536 total views of 408 items, with one rating given (a 5-star) in the 536 viewings.
October 12, 2011 at 11:43pm
October 12, 2011 at 11:43pm
#736768
Today my wife Linda & I visited Uncle Travis at his White Lightning Road residence near Ruston, LA. He is Linda's old country uncle who raises purple hull peas and shoots deer every year. Travis is the one who taught me about how persimmon seeds each fall predict the severity of the coming winter. I wrote a poem about it a few years ago:
 Persimmon Seed Forecast  (E)
A poem about how La countryfolk use persimmon seeds to foretell the winter's harshness.
#1487417 by Harry


We cracked open a persimmon seed while there today. There was a spoon inside as clear as day. According to Travis, this predicts the coming winter will be a mild one. We'll have to see if it is.
September 8, 2011 at 1:49pm
September 8, 2011 at 1:49pm
#733589
I have reduced the Kindle price of three of my books to only 99 cents! That's a real bargain any way you look at it. All that great reading for only 99 cents each. Please check it out, and buy yourself some cheap but good reading:

http://www.amazon.com/Bob-the-Dragon-Slayer-ebook/dp/B003WEA17I/ref=tmm_kin_titl...
Bob the Dragon Slayer, a witty fantasy novella.

http://www.amazon.com/White-Lightning-Road-ebook/dp/B003WEA18C/ref=tmm_kin_title...
White Lightning Road, a contemporary romance novel.

http://www.amazon.com/Gilleland-Poetry-Storoems-Poems-ebook/dp/B003WEA1AK/ref=tm...
Gilleland Poetry: Storoems and Poems, a collection of my fabulous poetry.

Cheers!

Harry



--Published 2011: Aldric & Anneliese, an action/adventure/historical fiction short novel, 4RV Publishing. Now available!
--Published 2008: "Poetic Musings of an Old, Fat Man". A collection of my poetry.
August 23, 2011 at 10:38am
August 23, 2011 at 10:38am
#732282
--Published 2011: Aldric & Anneliese, an action/adventure/historical fiction short novel, at 4RV Publishing. Also, available on Amazon, etc
--Published 2008: "Poetic Musings of an Old, Fat Man". A collection of my poetry. Available on Amazon, B&N, etc.

My book trailer for my latest novel "Aldric and Anneliese", a historical fiction action-adventure love story, has recently received its 1,004-th 'hit'. I never expected that many views. However, despite the large number of viewing for the book's trailer, there has been a paucity of sales for Aldric and Anneliese. Any ideas why that might be? I can tell you the lack of sales is rather disheartening.


http://youtu.be/GlpzZKtsv9s


July 18, 2011 at 9:15pm
July 18, 2011 at 9:15pm
#729001
I don't know how many "hits" the average book trailer gets or even whether hits lead to book sales. Nonetheless, I am pleased that the trailer designed and produced by Aidana WillowRaven for Aldric and Anneliese now has received over 718 hits/views. Hopefully, that indicates interest in the book.

What do you think? Does the number of hits for a book trailer indicates anything about future book sales?

If you haven't done so yet, please check out the trailer for Aldric and Anneliese.

http://youtu.be/GlpzZKtsv9s



--Published 2011: Aldric & Anneliese, an action/adventure/historical fiction short novel, 4RV Publishing. Now available!
--Published 2008: "Poetic Musings of an Old, Fat Man". A collection of my poetry.

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