2019 has been, well, it’s been, for me, full. This year I achieved a dream I first imagined when I was seven years old, and that was to become a published author. Technically, this happened in 2018 with my inclusion in Indie Blu(e)‘s We Will Not Be Silenced anthology. But I am more specifically referring to a full book, by me.
Many years ago I sent a book I wrote through the snail mail (this WAS is 1992 after all) to a publisher, who mailed me a letter back a few months later to say they would be happy to publish my book… but I ended up asking them to mail my book back to me. I still have it in my file box.
Fast forward, eh, 27 years and I published my first book Fallen Star Rising through Raw Earth Ink. I realized a dream. I still look at it with pride and happiness and there’s just nothing like signing a copy and mailing it off to a fan or reader or someone I’ve never heard of previously.
I’ve definitely got more in me.
But honestly, storytelling is my true heart. Whether I tell a piece of a story through poetry or through actual, you know, stories. (Which may explain why my book of poetry tells an overall story itself.) Add that to my passion for reading excellent work… well, the next dream for me was to publish a book of short stories by excellent writers. To allow them to see their own potential. To get their work into people’s hands.
Thus was Static Dreams: A Dark Anthology from Twisted Minds born. To see these authors published feels nearly as amazing as seeing my first book published. (I actually mean that.) I am so proud of these two books. Every story is unique and wonderful and twisted in its own way. I am so completely honored that these guys trusted me with their work and took this gamble with me. I couldn’t be more humbled or excited.
During this time Indie Blu(e) also published a few more of my poems in their book Smitten. I wasn’t sure editor Candice Daquin would approve any of my pieces as my writing tends to be a bit sensual (cough) but she approved a couple of them and I am immensely honored to be a part of that project.
So where to from here? I’ve got plans and books in the works. But I also am looking for more authors to publish under Raw Earth Ink. Because I am passionate about reading and excellent writing. Because I believe your art is worth the time and energy. Many authors find publishing initially with small house publishers gives their work credence and they have a better chance at being picked up by a large house later on. And some authors just prefer working with small house publishers because of the personal care and attention they receive. Either way, I’m hoping to find like-minded writers to partner with. Starting next year. 2020. Seems like a good time for new(ish) beginnings, right?
Love and light to you all, friends.
~tara caribou, Raw Earth Ink
Let me know in the comments some highlights of your year. What sort of plans do you have for this next year?