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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Join me this afternoon at@LowellArts gallery from 1 to 3 pm. I will be signing copies of my book “Shifting Sands Short Stories” during the Captured photo exhibit. Come and chat about your writing projects. We are experiencing renaissance in literature. It’s a great time to be a part of this movement.
While touring with my book around West Michigan, we have discovered the “Creative Endeavor”project at the Michigan News Agency (MNA)in Kalamazoo. In order to keep authors writing, MNA does not keep any profit from the local author book sales.
I will be writing more about this initiative. My son discovered this while looking for the Grand Rapids Magazine.
“To encourage our Creative Endeavor Project Writers, we will sell your books as a pass through and return all of the money to you, the authors. The News hopes this will encourage our writing communities to strive to do your…
A long journey starts with the first step, leaving footprints in Ludington
By Emma Palova
EW Emma’s Writings
Lowell, MI – I attended the Ludington Writers’ Rendezvous on the shores of Lake Michigan last Saturday. It was my first encounter with the Ludington Writers group, and my second author’s conference experience after Calvin College in the spring.
It was a great gathering of 28 authors with a total of 80 titles and the tension of 10 million volts.
As the raindrops drummed on the roof of the Arts Center lodged inside the former Methodist Church in beautiful downtown Ludington, I absorbed the energy output of the organizers and fellow authors.
I loved author Carol L. Ochadleus’ poster designed by her son.
“We got the wrong cover on the last one,” Ochadleus laughed. “This time we got it right.”
The rush before the authors’ events is always nerve wrecking. An author…
Join me for my upcoming author events: Writer’s Rendezvous, Ludington, July 21 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Ludington Center for the Arts.
WGVU Morning Show with Shelley Irwin, LowellArts and KDL Library.
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…