The wait for early responses

Hi everyone,
David from 417 Magazine
So much about writing involves waiting. The wait for an idea. The wait for an editor’s response. The wait for a contract. For the artist to complete his/her work. For the book to finally be released. And then, the most painful wait of all — waiting for responses from readers.
RHYMES FOR THE TIMES, LITERACY STRATEGIES THROUGH SOCIAL STUDIES, came out last month. Educational books aren’t reviewed much. Mostly the feedback comes from individuals who have read the book and put it to use. I’ve had some lovely comments already and love to hear from those who like it.

Not as much yet from the NOW YOU SEE THEM, NOW YOU DON’T, which came out this month. A couple of nice comments on Amazon; nothing so far on B&N. Ratings and reviews on the electronic sites don’t constitute the whole sales story by any means, but they are the most accessible. I hope to see more activity in the coming weeks as word gets around on both books.61wO366ugqL__AA160_

In the meantime I have some nice news coming up. More tomorrow.


The waiting game

Hi everyone,

The other day I checked my book with Tim Rasinski, RHYMES FOR THE TIMES, LITERACY STRATEGIES THROUGH SOCIAL STUDIES, on Amazon to see if there was anything shaking yet. The title was issued about twenty days ago.
One reason I checked was because my name doesn’t appear in the “about the authors” paragraph. I notified our editor some time back that I would appreciate a little acknowledgement and I’m sure she’ll handle it, but so far, nada. My name’s on the book of course, just not in the write-up.
The upcoming trade book, NOW YOU SEE THEM, NOW YOU DON’T, doesn’t come out until February 16 so there is no rating yet and readers can’t review it until it is released. But the book is still ranked even though you can’t buy it. Here’s what it says.
6,354,606: overall ranking
4,099: zoology
10,723: poetry
53,538: science and how it works

Am I right in assuming that these numbers represent how many books Amazon makes available and how many they group in these categories? Good grief!

If I’m correct, I only need 10,723 people to order my book online and I’ll rank #1 in poetry. This is much easier than I thought!

Calling all poets for New Year’s Day

Hi everyone,
David reading with Noah Lawson

David reading with Noah Lawson

Just so you know, I’ve finished my New Year poem and will post it on January 1. I’d love to see other poems to help us usher in 2016 in style. Be ready to share yours on New Year’s Day.

I’m open for suggestions for the Word of the Month word for January. Any ideas?

In six more days I’ll have a new book out: RHYMES FOR THE TIMES. That’s my New Year’s present to me. Thanks, you. You’re welcome, me. Here’s a sample poem. 61text4ZD3L__AA160_
Ellis Island

By the hundreds they come,
dragging, toting possessions
like peddlers to market
in pockets, baskets,
cardboard boxes,
leather sacks,
on their heads and backs,
the most precious, in their hearts.

Frelingers from France,
who will settle in Kentucky
to be iron dealers and blacksmiths.
Joy Acey

Andersons from Norway,
to be ship fitters out of New York.

In endless snaking lines
they start-stop-start along,
hugging their children close
amid the nervous babble of languages
echoing around the vaulted hall.
Jeanne Poland
Canio DeLoca from Italy,
ice-cream maker.

Conrad Rasinski from Poland,
musician who will perform
in John Phillip Sousa’s band.
Tim Rasinski and Ginger
By the hundreds,
the thousands they come.
So close they can see it,
almost smell it,
feel it’s pulse beckoning

Oelrichs from Germany,
fun loving musical farmers
who will settle in Iowa
for 40 acres and a mule.

Joe and Maria Giuseppe from Italy,
will settle in Ohio
where Joe works a production line
for B.F. Goodrich.

Stanislaus Dombek from Poland,
who will mine for coal in Pennsylvania.

A few more questions,
forms, examinations . .
Jane Yolen
Yolens from Ukraine,
bottlers with money in their pockets
who will settle near New Haven,
produce tradesmen,
journalists, artisans.

By the hundreds,
the thousands,
the millions they come
through the great gate
that opens on their dreams,
their new life,
their America.

(c) Shell Education, 2016
By permission of the author