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List Price: $11.95

6″ x 9″ (15.24 x 22.86 cm)
Black & White on White paper
274 pages

ISBN-13: 978-1548323608

ISBN-10: 1548323608
BISAC: Juvenile Fiction / Fantasy & Magic

Would you risk everything just to be cool?

Young Duggan McDuggan really has no choice. Her habit of talking to trees has made her the most teased kid in her village. Duggan would love to stop the teasing but there’s no way she’s going to give up her tree friends. And so she’s worked out a daring plan to journey with her two best friends to Eshmagick, ancient realm of the Faeries. This will certainly stop the teasing. No one in five hundred years has made it there and back again.

For their dangerous journey, Duggan and her friends will need a Faerie guide. Unfortunately, legend says harming a Faerie will bring down a terrible curse and it’s hard to catch a Faerie without hurting it. But when you’re as desperate as Duggan, no curse is too scary to stop you.

 

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Thanks to all who participated in the Author TakeOver Event

Speaking Tips for Writers

  1. Make your introduction brief. Like less than 30 seconds. If someone introduces you, skip the introduction completely, because you were just introduced. There’s nothing that stalls a presentation or performance more than a two or three minute monologue before getting into the “meat” of things.
  2. Use the podium. If there is a podium or table, use it to hold your materials. Sometimes we shake when we read (even if we’re not nervous, though especially if we are), and we shake more if we become conscious of our own shaking.
  3. Use the microphone. If there’s a mic, use it. Sure your voice might carry without one, or you may have to fiddle with it a moment to adjust for your height, but people in the back can hear better when your voice is amplified. Trust me on this.
  4. Encourage audience interaction. When performing poetry, this means you can allow an audience to clap if they choose to clap. When giving a presentation, let the audience know whether it’s appropriate to ask questions as you present or if you’ll have a Q&A after the presentation is complete. Then, make sure there is a Q&A.
  5. Act confident. You might be terrified, but try not to let it show on the outside. To accomplish this, stand tall. Speak with conviction. Make eye contact. Most importantly, don’t apologize. While you may know when you’re making mistakes in front of an audience, many of them are probably unaware.
  6. Be organized. If you’re giving a presentation, have talking points ready to go before the presentation. If you’re reading poems (or from a fiction/nonfiction book), have your selections planned out before you hit the stage. The audience will be uncomfortable and frustrated if you spend time paging through your book to find the correct passage.Organization goes a long way in how the audience perceives you and how you perceive yourself.
  7. Slow down. This is an important tip, because many people automatically start talking fast, especially if they know they’re on the clock. I try to remember to breathe and pause in appropriate places. Nothing awkward, just long enough to allow my audience to digest what I just said. A pregnant pause may be useful but use sparingly.
  8. Make personal, add humor. Be careful with humor. Sometimes your jokes will not be personal. Sometimes your personal stories will not be humorous. Sometimes the stars will align and both will coincide, and that’s when you’ll engage your audience the most. While I advise humor and personal anecdotes, make sure they have context in your presentation.
  9. Stop before you’re asked to leave. There’s something to the thought of leaving the audience wanting more. Know your time. Wear a watch. And end a little early (like a minute or two). If the audience feels like the presentation or performance went by fast, they’ll attribute it to your great speaking skills. Don’t drone on…
  10. Provide next steps and/or a conclusion. Depending on why you’re speaking, you should have some kind of suggestion for your audience. Maybe it’s to buy your chapbook or applaud the hosts. Maybe it’s to put some of your advice into action immediately. If you’re presenting a topic, it’s a good idea to sum up all the main points before sending your audience back out into the world.

One bonus tip: Provide handouts. Whether you’re reading poetry or leading a workshop on business management, handouts are a great way to let your audience have something tangible to take away with them. Your handouts should be helpful and relevant. They should also include your name and contact information, including your website or blog url. (Yes, it’s a sneaky good marketing tool.)

Just remember, speaking is an activity. Most activities are hard to master unless you practice. So get out there and speak and realize that you’re going to make mistakes early on. That’s part of the learning process. Just dust yourself off and get out there again.

 

Introducing K. L. Kranes as our next Author Takeover Participant…

K.L. Kranes lives in the Washington, DC metro area with her husband, daughter and dog. When not writing fiction, K.L. is a freelance editor.

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Our next Author to be introduced for our Author TakeOver…Jenny Hawes

Jennifer L. Hawes lives with her family in Hannibal, Missouri, Mark Twain’s boyhood town located along the Mississippi River. When she’s not writing, she can be found running or photographing her world. Her teenage son, a free runner, was the inspiration behind this novel.

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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Call for Submissions

 

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Submission Guidelines*

The Path

The Path to Publication Group publishes the literary publication – The Path. You are invited to submit short stories, essays, book reviews and poems for inclusion in the semi-annual issues.

The theme for Volume 7 No. 2 is ‘Behind Closed Doors’. For more information, please visit the websites: www.pathtopublication.net and www.thepathmagazine.com . Past contributors will receive a call for submissions by e-mail, automatically.

  • Short stories and essays – over 2,500 words
  • Poetry – 1 page

    Please polish your manuscripts to the best of your ability and, of course, have someone else edit your work before sending to Path to Publication.  Do not format your work: no page numbers, no headers or footers, no footnotes, no paragraph indentations (skip a line for paragraph spacing).  Manuscripts must be submitted in Microsoft Word or RTF form.  Font: Times New Roman – size 12.All submissions must be submitted electronically, as e-mail attachments, to: mjnickum@thepathmagazine.com .

Deadline for Issue #11 is October 31, 2017

All rights are retained by the author, and there will be no compensation for accepted work at this time*.
*Because we are staffed by volunteers, we can only compensate our writers in exposure to our audience.  Our columnists enjoy great publicity for their own blogs, books, websites, and projects.  Many find great reward in doing something good for the world of literature and literacy. You may also purchase add space to further promote your work.

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Our Next author who will be on Author TakeOver

 

As young Petros maneuvers the hallways of the Hellenic American School for the Arts, it’s the ice cream man, who stops by at recess, from whom he learns the most. Just one year shy of making it into high school, Petros challenges the strict rules of his school while also trying to follow the strict rules of his traditional Greek home in a tough neighborhood in the New York City borough of Queens.

When he finally gets the chance to go to the specialized high school his brother now attends, his hopes and efforts are challenged by all the authority figures around him, except for his newfound friend, Mulvaney.

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Labels: Author Take Over, boys, family, George Giokas, Greek, new authors, Nickel Ice, novel, Saguaro Books, writing

Saturday, July 29, 2017

New Title

 

Something is making twelve-year-old Violet psychic. Is it the secret diary she found in her orphanage or the mysterious mountains of Vermont? She’ll soon discover supernatural power she didn’t know she had and learn secrets that adults don’t know—especially about children, America and the pyramid on the dollar bill.

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Labels: book, boys, fantasy, fiction, girls, MG, middle grade, mystery, novel, Saguaro Books, writing

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Meet Judy Fischer

Judy Fischer is our fourth author in our series. She is the author of

“He Fell from the Sky”.
I am an author, a teacher, a nana and a mother
With a thousand different stories to offer
Years of experiences under my belt
Love, sadness, loss and success.

The daughter of a man who married late in life
Who took a much younger woman, my mother as his wife
She married him for security and financial strength
I became the product of their bond, instead of wealth

A victim of civil war, I was robbed of my home
A daughter of a revolution, I lost my comfort zone
A refugee, an immigrant at a tender age
I sailed across the ocean, during a storm’s rage

I adopted a new country, swearing to its flag
With the clothes on our backs and only a single bag
A foreign language, a new city, displaced, ragged and poor
Thankful to Canada for opening her door.

A latch-key kid, I went to school, embracing my new life
My parents worked, they struggled, they toiled to provide
I had their love but their time I craved
Not really understanding the future they had paved

Education, example, love, devotion and travel
My parents had given it to me all
I am grateful for their guidance and sacrifice
Their efforts, patience and love did suffice

As a teenager, I travelled to all different lands
Finding the wonders of nature small and grand
And in every port, I left a piece of me
Giving my heart to young men willingly

As time went by, true love I found
And luckily, I was homeward bound
Destiny however soon upstaged my life
I did not become his partner in life

The teacher emerged, a new role to embrace
To educate, mould, to guide human race
Each young mind, my canvas and sponge to fill
My vocation, my obligation I was ready to fulfil

I met a man, someone I did not know well
He filled my emptiness and into his web I fell
To replace a love I missed so much, I relented, I committed
I promised to love him and so we wed

Two beautiful children blessed my world
However, for true love, my heart still yearned
After years of disappointment, heartache and grief
My marriage disintegrated, I turned another leaf

Life goes on and so did mine, with another man
Someone who gives me the freedom and is my biggest fan
I can now write the stories I have saved well
Those which developed and are ripe and ready to tell.

I write about love, I write about tolerance and peace
I believe in harmony, balance, equality and bliss
I see the beauty on this earth, the beauty in man’s soul
My stories blend and capture the essence of all of this.

My only fear I have today
Is that I cannot have enough time to say
All the thoughts about life I weave
Those words are the ones I want to leave.

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Labels: Author Take Over, book, Canada, Event, First Nations, girls, publishing, Saguaro Books, writing, YA, Young adult

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Coming soon…

Ezra’s Story; Saving Canis lupus

Raymond Greiner
List Price: $11.95

5″ x 8″ (12.7 x 20.32 cm)
Black & White on White paper
130 pages

ISBN-13: 978-1548658595 (CreateSpace-Assigned)
ISBN-10: 1548658596
BISAC: Fiction / Action & Adventure

The historical development of the human species has impacted our world with numerous changes, which have altered natural ecological formats beyond what could have been perceived during ancient human history. Humanity has inundated the Earth with such vastness it has caused disarray and loss of natural balance among what are viewed as lesser beings. The terrestrial non-human life forms have been challenged to adapt to the ubiquity of human imposed negative influences. Wolves have been an earthly presence for nearly a million years functioning the same as they do currently. Wolf and human character traits are amazingly similar. Ancient human hunter-gatherer civil design formed and operated exactly like we observe present day wolves. Tribes were small in number, socially connected, and completely reliant on unity and harmonious function installed as a means of survival. The wolf pack is a perfected uniform social order and these wolves are among the most adaptable planetary organisms. They function and survive in the harshest climates and remain a presence especially in high latitudes. I was inspired to create a story displaying the importance and necessity of predators like wolves to be allowed opportunity to continue as a viable species. Ecological balance is dependent on predatory animals as a means to gain longevity. Natural science has only recently truly understood the importance of wolves in the arctic and other remote regions of the world. It’s a hope as the human species confronts its future wolves will be included.

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Labels: Alaska, book, books, Canada, conservation, environment, fiction, nature, novella, publishing, watching wildlife, wolves, writing

Monday, July 3, 2017

Upcoming Facebook Author Takeover Event

This is a series introducing all authors who have agreed to participate in the Facebook Author Takeover Event on September 30, 2017:

  1. Megan Cassidy – is an author and English professor from Lockport, NY currently teaching at Schenectady County Community College. Her first book, Always, Jessie, a young adult novel inspired by Megan’s own ten-year struggle with eating disorders and exercise addiction and the treatment she received, will be published by Saguaro Books this spring. Megan’s short work has been featured in Pilcrow & Dagger, Wordhaus, and Gilded Serpent Magazine.  When not reading, writing, or teaching, Megan can be found painting, kayaking, hiking, belly dancing, and exploring New York’s Capital Region.

Jessie is an ambitious but lonely high school junior struggling with EDNOS (Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified), a disorder which takes on various features of anorexia, bulimia, and exercise addiction. Burdened with pressures from school, peers, and the responsibility of caring for two younger sisters, Jessie tries to control the chaos through her disorder, but finds herself becoming even more isolated and depressed. After a life-threatening incident sends her to the hospital, Jessie’s family confronts her; she admits she has a problem and agrees to enter a residential treatment facility.

Keywords:

Eating disorder, health, self-image, diary ,treatment

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Call for Submissions

Submission Guidelines*

The Path

The Path to Publication Group publishes the literary publication – The Path. You are invited to submit short stories, essays, book reviews and poems for inclusion in the Winter issue.

The theme for Volume 7 No. 2 is ‘Behind Closed Doors’. For more information, please visit the websites: www.pathtopublication.net and www.thepathmagazine.com . Past contributors will receive a call for submissions by e-mail, automatically.

1)          Short stories and essays – over 2,500 words

2)              Poetry – 1 page (No theme required)

Please polish your manuscripts to the best of your ability and, of course, have someone else edit your work before sending to Path to Publication.  Do not format your work: no page numbers, no headers or footers, no footnotes, no paragraph indentations (skip a line for paragraph spacing).  Manuscripts must be submitted in Microsoft Word or RTF form.  Font: Times New Roman – size 12. All submissions must be submitted electronically, as e-mail attachments, to: mjnickum@thepathmagazine.com .

Deadline for Issue #14 is October 31, 2017

All rights are retained by the author, and there will be no compensation for accepted work at this time*.
*Because we are staffed by volunteers, we can only compensate our writers in exposure to our audience.  Our columnists enjoy great publicity for their own blogs, books, websites, and projects.  Many find great reward in doing something good for the world of literature and literacy. You may also purchase add space to further promote your work.

New Author to be Featured on Our Author Take Over Event

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As young Petros maneuvers the hallways of the Hellenic American School for the Arts, it’s the ice cream man, who stops by at recess, from whom he learns the most. Just one year shy of making it into high school, Petros challenges the strict rules of his school while also trying to follow the strict rules of his traditional Greek home in a tough neighborhood in the New York City borough of Queens.

When he finally gets the chance to go to the specialized high school his brother now attends, his hopes and efforts are challenged by all the authority figures around him, except for his newfound friend, Mulvaney.

 

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