Contact me at ragnbookshop[at]gmail[dot]com for publicity and review materials (complimentary PDF copy for internet reviews, print copy for print reviews). Sample available here.
Official release on December 1! If you have an event and want to spruce things up with some entertainment, I’m looking for reading opportunities in the Midwest region and beyond.
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My debut book of poetry is due out in December from Salt Publishing. Having a book published can be a long process, but once the wheels start turning toward the release date it carries a certain amount of inherent excitement, even for one like me who doesn’t get outwardly excited about much of anything.
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Here is the initial cover proof (click to see in full resolution):
There are a few things that will likely change before publication: I’m having them take my middle initial out of the by-line, and I don’t like this particular “J” for the start of my first name (a little wimpy, to me, not clearly an upper-case “J,” almost a lower-case “g,” though I really like how this typescript renders the rest of my name).
Very interested in your comments! Overall, I could not be happier with this cover. It’s striking, rather dark without being oppressive, and I think it will catch the eye of potential buyers on the web and in any bookstores I can convince to carry it. It just fits. Kudos to my publisher, Chris Hamilton-Emery at Salt, for his excellent designwork!