NEWSFLASH – Story Reading Ape Publishes Book…

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“But…but…but…THAT”S not YOUR name as the Author!” I hear you declare indignantly…

That’s TRUE – I’M not the AUTHOR, my Mother is, but unfortunately she is not alive to publish it herself, (she died in 2000), so I’ve published it in her name.

Today would have been Mum’s 90th birthday if she’d still been alive, so my sister and I felt that this book would be a nice way to celebrate Mum’s life and memory.

What’s it about?

As stated in the book description:

We all have dreams, loves and hopes; but what if you are a girl growing up in 20th century Northern Ireland before, during and after the ‘Troubles’?
From the poetic thoughts of our Mother, we get a sense of what it was like, ranging from humour, sadness, wistful thinking and sometimes just downright nonsensical, these are the words of one such girl.

Each poem tells a story.

My sister Lorna had kept and compiled all Mum’s poems she could find and always dreamed of having them published so others could enjoy them as well.

Enter Big Brother from stage left – NO, not the Orwellian one, or the Governmental one – I mean ME…

Since I’ve been blogging, dealing and rubbing virtual shoulders with over 500 talented giants of self-published literature for the past 3 years, my sister requested me (read threatened to tickle me until I gave in or fell out of my tree, whichever came first) to have Mum’s poems checked by a Professional Editor, make a cover for the resulting book and publish it.

WELL – EVERY Editor I knew qualified with Honours!

However, without hesitation, I immediately contacted Author Jo Robinson who recently started up her Indie Authors Support Services business as an Editor / Illustrator / Book Cover Maker / Book Formatter.

I have absolutely no regrets in selecting Jo – she has been professional (and patient) at all times, making all necessary editorial comments, offering advice, explaining things in a way even I could understand (no mean feat!) at every stage of the book editing, preparation, formatting, etc, then guiding me through the (well out of my comfort zone) joys of uploading to Amazon, making the Author’s Pages and doing the same for CreateSpace.

Now I’ve experienced the trauma of publishing a book, I’ve gained profound empathy and sympathy for every self-published author who has ever gone through this process – especially those who are non-USA citizens.

SO without further ado, I present Mum’s book to you as follows:

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231 thoughts on “NEWSFLASH – Story Reading Ape Publishes Book…

  1. Congratulations, Chris! to both you and Lorna. You’ve made your mum proud ~ again, no doubt. I’m sure she’s absolutely delighted. Just went to Amazon and bought the book. Also shared it. And welcome to the frustrating, frazzling, and fantastic world of indie publishing 🙂

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    • THANK YOU TINA – I’m just glad Lorna persuaded me to read the poems and encouraged me to publish them 😀
      We’re not out to get lots of money – we’re both pragmatists and know that will never happen. We just wanted to share our Mum’s thoughts 😀

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  2. Folks, I am absolutely blown away with the volume of lovely and kind comment you have all been leaving, about our Mother’s poetry – I just wanted to say a heartfelt ‘Thank you’.

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  3. HI CHRIS, SINCE YOU ALLOWED ME ONE OF MY FIRST INTERVIEWS RE MY BOOKS ON DAVID JANSSEN, I AM PLEASED TO HAVE A CHANCE TO PURCHASE AND READ YOUR MOTHER’S BOOK OF POETRY! ORDERED TODAY, CAN’T WAIT TO READ IT!!!! BEST OF SUCCESS TO YOU AND LORNA, AND I AM SURE YOUR MOTHER IS LOOKING DOWN ON BOTH OF YOU WITH IMMEASURABLE PRIDE.

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  4. DARN! three days with almost no wifi access means I’m late to the party. Congrats to you and esp. to your sister, the spectacularly-successful nag! I’ve just downloaded your new book and can’t wait to read more of this lovely tribute to your mother.

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  5. Love the book cover, Chris, and the book blurb hooked me! Heading over to Amazon now to purchase. I enjoy poetry and based on your description about your Mum’s writings, I’m sure I’ll love this collection. OK, off to Amazon with me!

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  6. Reblogged this on Books: Publishing, Reading, Writing and commented:
    Congratulations to Chris Graham, aka The Story Reading Ape, who has just published his first book – a book of his mother’s poetry, actually, as a tribute to her! Chris has always been so supportive of the rest of us that it feels great to be able to turn the tables and give him, and his late mother, Agnes Mae Graham, some much-deserved promotion for a change!

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  7. I’m sorry for your loss (and your sister’s), Chris, but this is a beautiful, thoughtful tribute to your mum. Congratulations to you both! And I wish you every success in sharing your mom’s personality and thoughts with the world, through her writing.

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  8. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    Hear Ye.. Hear Ye.. all of you who have benefited from the magnificent promotional dexterity of Chris the Story Reading Ape… He has published his first book.. aided and abetted by Jo Robinson as his guru.. A book of his mother’s poetry and it would be great if you would head over and reblog and share until your fingers cramp…Fantastic Chris…

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