Stop by at the Lowell Arts gallery in downtown Lowell on March 10 for my book signing of Shifting Sands Short Stories from 1 pm to 4 pm.
I will be sharing author’s insights from the publishing industry, and answering questions such as:
How many hours a week do you think I spend on marketing my new book and my writing business Emma Blogs, LLC?
What are the most effective channels of marketing?
Should you pay and how much for advertising of your book?
How do you stand out? What makes you unique?
How do you reach the right reader?
Feel free to shoot me an email with your questions at email@example.com.
Bring a copy of my new book for an autograph. You can buy it locally at Schuler Books in Grand Rapids, Lansing Okemos or on Amazon. I will have a few copies on hand.
As we approach Valentine’s Day and beyond, I would like to touch on the subject of love or the lack of it in Shifting Sands Short Stories as well as in my upcoming Book 2: Shifting Sands: Secrets (c) 2018 Emma Palova
Most of my characters struggle with love in different forms: Love solid or fluid between partners, parental love, love between siblings or friends, and the destructive transformation of love into hate. The stories may or may not have a happy ending.
For example in the “Death Song,” the love between Vadim and Maria wanes like the moon disc due to the monotony of years gone by. Neither Maria nor Vadim can refresh this dying flower called old love. Instead of bringing into the existing love new momentum, they both turn to destruction.
“Even now inside the cold cathedral, Vadim could still remember her smell that summer evening inside the little chapel in the fields. Maria had a light summer dress on, and everything was blooming.
Thou shalt not kill, he thought.
But, what if though has to? Vadim questioned himself as he looked at the shuffling pair of feet across the aisle in the cathedral. They belonged to a woman who did not care about his beloved lachrymatory lead tune of Mozart’s Requiem. Following a natural instinct, he looked at his side, below the padded church pew and he saw the mismatch in their pair of feet ;Maria’s right foot and his left foot were almost touching each other.
He was fascinated by the difference; as if one was longing for a different match.
Maria was wearing Paris style white high heels, while his restless feet were confined to the black Bostonian kitties tassel wingtips. Vadim had those shoes for years, refusing to change anything. He also wore a black suit and a black tie, although he hated black. It was the last favor he did for Maria. He hated white too- and he wore a white shirt.
Vadim was reliving the scene before they headed out for the concert in the large walk in closet. They fought over each detail until the very last minute.”
See page 55 or location 1001 in Kindle
The excerpt shows how love is Stifled by years of daily routine and knowing each other’s thoughts. Eventually what once was love turns into hate, and takes on the shape of an ugly monster.
The award-winning LowellArts, now transformed into new location on Main Street, is presenting the show Grand Valley Artists-In View through Feb. 10.
“Yes, it is a big deal for Lowell, “said executive director Lorain Smalligan. “There are not many communities the size of Lowell with an arts center like Lowell Arts.”
The impact of Lowell Arts on the community is apparent in more arts programs and services in downtown Lowell.
Don’t miss the Playwright Festival from Feb. 16 through Feb. 25.
Excerpts from memoir Greenwich Meridian: Where East meets West
As I continue to write the memoir in May, I will start with its festivities. when I lived in former Czechoslovakia under the socialist regime. The month of May was very poetic and romantic. With the entire country in blossom, the major holidays included Mayday and Freedom Day on May 9 when the Russians freed Prague from the Nazi occupation. in 1945. The new regime moved the national holiday to May 8, when the American army reached the famous beer town of Pilsner in Western Bohemia.
May also serves as athe stage for the biggest music event of the year, the Prague Spring International Music Festival, started by president Edward Benes in 1946. The festival is a tribute to the famouse Czech composer Bedrich Smetana. He is best known for his symphony Vltava inspired by the major…
Mom Ella celebrated 80 years last year in August. She is currently winterizing in Venice, Florida with my dad Vaclav Konecny.
We talked on Sunday, as we always do. Sunday conversations are not always easy. I don’t know what it depends on.
This last one endures in my mind.
I embarked on this journey through my memories called “Greenwich Meridian where East meets West” on December 12, 2012 after being asked by many colleagues, friends and acquaintances to write our story. I have attempted several times to pen our immigration saga now spanning three generations. I saved evidence of such attempts like the personal essay, “Fire on Water.” I used the same title for my novel based on the communist experience from former Czechoslovakia. Some trace elements of the story can be found in a newspaper article about my naturalization as a U.S. citizen in 1999, “Lowell woman gets naturalized.” It was syndicated by the Associated Press and well received by the audience. I got phone calls from all over Michigan. Finally, I decided to pursue my lifelong dream of writing for the pleasure of others. Until…
Many of you will know that I am considering self-publishing my novels. It’s not something that I’ve considered lightly as I know going it alone is not easy and there’s still a fair bit of stigma attached to self-publishing. However, I really do believe the benefits far outweigh the negatives.
I compiled the list below mainly as a way to convince myself that self-publishing is a wonderful idea. While most authors (like me) secretly want to be published by one of the big, well-known publishing houses, there are so many reasons why it’s a good idea to self-publish – nine to be exact (but that’s only because I was restricted by the cats.)
1. Social media is freaking awesome
Social media can be a gold mine for authors, especially those who are planning to self-publish. There are plenty of opportunities to reach out and develop friendships with other writers…
The book is a collection of 13 stories divided into three circles: Immigration, journalism and retail.
Inspired by Earnest Hemingway and his Paris memoir, I like to call the stories “a moveable feast” because of their cinematic qualities. According to agents, my stories and writing are very visual.
I will also be working on creating the audio version of the book.
Here is an excerpt from “Orange Nights.”
The most interesting thing in the store were the changing seasons and the colors reflecting them. The summer colors were still vibrant, and hanging in the air or it could have been the nostalgia after a summer passing by.
“Why did you stay in the store all these years, Irma?”asked Rachel doubtful and wondering about her own future.
“You come in young like most, because you don’t know what to do with yourself,” said Big Irma. “And after a while you just get used to it, and you’re afraid of change. Just look around you. What do you see?”
However, it was all in what you didn’t see. Those were the underlying currents of being stuck in any situation in life, and not being able to move forward. It had different names, that all came under one label. That label was fear.
And fear had many faces. It was hiding under different coats of comfort and security, assurances or the lack of them.
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I cannot begin to express how glad I am that this winter is over; both in my mind and in my next book.
I finally crawled out of my hibernation this morning to see the ice on Murray Lake had melted. I know many fine ice fishermen were disappointed by this, as well as the constructors of the ice rinks in the area including “Bill Gates of Honey Creek.”
I also understand that the “snow toys ” are very expensive as they go unused. But, when I heard that swan flap her wings and land on water, and the first birds singing,I knew we had survived another winter.
I registered for Calvin College Conference on Faith & Writing this morning to connect with the publishing industry in my own hometown of Grand Rapids. Conferences out of town can be expensive.
Come to my next book signing of Shifting Sands Short…
Write about a woman who has inspired you. You can also nominate one before International Women’s Day on March 8 for the Inspiring Women series on http://emmapalova.com.
My first story about an inspiring woman was about my paternal grandmother Anezka Konecna, born in Brest near Kromeriz in former Czechoslovakia.
The next woman who inspired my writings is my sister in law Jarmila Karmaskova of Stipa. She inspired my novel “Fire on Water.”
Currently, I am readying “Fire on Water” for publication.
And finally my mother Ella Konecna is the protagonist in “Greenwich Meridian:Where East meets West” (c)2018 Emma Palova.
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This feature series is dedicated to all women who are making a difference in their communities. They work to improve other people’s lives, as well as their own. They give Profusely of themselves. In putting together this feature series, I was inspired by several moments in my life that in particular stand out.
No.1 A dedication of a Relax, mind, body & soul book by Barbara Heller from my son Jake: “I dedicate this to my inspiring and motivational mother.” Kuba
No. 2 While on a story prior to Mother’s Day, I dropped in at Ace Bernard Hardware to talk about the prizes with owner Charlie Bernard. We talked also about the Lowell Area Chamber and its director Liz Baker.
“You know what I like about Liz, she keeps re-inventing herself,” Bernard said.
Come to my book signing of Shifting Sands Short Stories this Saturday @LowellArts from 1 to 4 p.m. Bring a copy of my new book that you can purchase locally at Schuler Books in GR, Lansing or on Amazon. I will have a few copies on hand to autograph.
I will be offering writing tips on the following themes:
1- How to start and finish your book in 2018.
2- How to write about love with or without a happy ending.
You can also e-mail me a question at firstname.lastname@example.org in regards to what are you struggling with in writing?
You will also enjoy the Grand Valley Aritsts-In View show at this award-winning gallery.
The LowellArts completed its move from Hudson Street by King Milling to the new location on Main Street one year ago. LowellArts is now providing more arts programs and services that positively impact downtown businesses.
“Yes, it’s a big deal for Lowell,” said Lorain Smalligan, executive director of Lowell Arts. “There are not many communities the size of Lowell with arts center like Lowell Arts.”
As a new author and a screenwriter, I have been enjoying the LowellArts diversification also to literature and play writing.
Although I missed last year’s deadline for submitting plays for the upcoming Playwright Festival, I will definitely submit this year. I am planning on attending the competition of one-act plays on the theme of “Risky Business” from Feb. 16 through Feb. 25
Come and get your book autographed and let’s chat about your writing interests.