Catching Snowflakes

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Self-Publishing your own Book

Inspiration flakes

Fall softly into your hand

Write before they melt

With a little time and effort you can publish your own books.  I have been publishing since 2014 when I started writing my memoirs to pass on to family and friends. When I got into writing poetry, I began collecting my poems on a word.doc, loading them in sequence as I write them. When I get enough I edit, add the introductory pages, choose a cover, and print.

I decided to call this one Catching Snowflakes because inspiration is just like that. If I get a bit of information and don’t act on it,  it was just like a melting snowflake. It disappears! Writing poetry is like making snowballs, packing those little bits of inspiration into something that collectively can make an impact.

I change the word.doc file to a pdf.file so that it cannot be changed when printed.  I use at least a 16 font since they shrink down when made in half size.  A flash stick is a good way to take it to get printed.  The cover is done on a separate file.  Office Max/Office Depot does a great job printing the books for me. With their Max perks and 20% off coupon, I was able to print them for under ten dollars each. I found it is almost as cheap to print twenty as it is to do ten. More pages give you bigger discounts. I get the wire spiral binding with the plastic cover sheets also. They turn out very nice. This is my fifth self-published book. It is a little over a hundred pages.

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15 thoughts on “Catching Snowflakes

  1. so true. I try to always have a pen and a piece of paper (to catch the snowflakes) but sometimes they still melt before I get a chance to jot down a note or idea. Crazy how fast that happens. Just as fast as you think of a brilliant concept… you go to find a pen and it’s like “what the @#$% was I thinking about before…” haha. great post.

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  2. A beautiful title/haiku for this collection. Thank you for sharing how you bring your work together…besides the inspiration of the project I especially liked that tip about using pdf.

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