Monday, November 19, 2007

More SQWEE! More Pimp!

Some of you dear people have bought Weirdly: A Collection of Strange Tales ( Stories) -- wherein resides my first short story, Stone Child -- in e-format.

I am pleased to announce, with unbecoming immodesty, that the print version is available on Amazon: ( also listed at Amazon UK - and soon at ) and Barnes a& Noble :

For one brief and glorious moment the book ranked 28,453 -- probably due to the fact that my daughter ordered five copies immediately.

Soon I'll be able to fondle the leaves of a printed book and imagine them bright and golden.

For now, outside my window, all the leaves are down.

Rake refugees that scatter to and fro across the pavement, panicked by the wind.

A wind that carries familiar and foreign voices of a season that I understand.

And yet do not.

Bare branches rattle like bones in gray November dawns, and the air is crystal cold.

But, baby, it's warm inside.


Nothingman said...

Congrats on getting published :)

ain't got the dough, or would have bought it, hope it sells well :)



StarvingWriteNow said...

Hooray for you! I'll make that ranking one less!

StarvingWriteNow said...

Or is it one more? Anyhoo, I'm buying it!

Bernita said...

Thank you, Nothingman.
Good wishes are gold too, and much appreciated.

BTW, people, he has some wickedly good stuff up on his blog.

Thank you, Starving!I hope you will like it!

Ric said...

Yes, a print version for Christmas gift giving!

The poem is wonderful. Darting outside to start youngest's car as he overslept and wouldn't (in youthful exuberance) take the time to scrape the frost off, tis cold out there.

Winter comes to remind us that the warmth of love and life is periodically lost to bare branches and cold winds. But the sun and rebirth will come again.

Vesper said...

BRAVO, Bernita! Looking forward to buying it from
Paper feels more real to me...

Church Lady said...

That's much better for me!
Hope it makes it into the 27's!


Bernita said...

Thank you, Ric.
Below freezing here last night.
One learns to understand hibernation and appreciate migration.

"more real..."
Does to me too, Vesper.
Thank you.
Publisher says it should show up at ca. in a few days.

Bernita said...

Chris, that was a temporary blip.
Those ratings are very relative.

Jaye Wells said...

So excited for you!

SzélsőFa said...

who-hoo. Congratulations. It seems that no matter how well developed we are and accustomed to our virtuality, a book made with paper is still a book amde with paper.

And I LOVED the term 'rake-refugees'.!!

Bernita said...

Thank you, Jaye. and Szelsofa!

Now it can't disappear into some electronic abyss!
It has dimensions in this dimension.

Robyn said...

Congratulations, my friend.

Julie said...


many congratulations, and love the sharp imagery in the poem.

What format did the e-version take?
DVD; online to download?
(not quite as familiar with epublishing in this neck of the woods)

Bernita said...

Thank you, Robyn.
Sorry for blowing the horn again, but it is expected.

Julie, thank you. Glad you like it.
Hadn't thought of that as a poem, but two of you have called it so!

Was first released in PDF format, easily down-loaded, if your browser supports it.
Different e-publishers utilize different formats.

moonrat said...

yay! i knocked it down a point or two, too!!

Anonymous said...

Yay! I'm definitely ordering one. Beyond enjoying the read, I'm building a little friends library.

Gabriele C. said...

Congrats on the print. I know how it feels from my first published non fiction essay. Now let's hope that will pick it up.

Lovely poem. The leaves have fallen here, too, and we already had a whiff of snow, some gentle powder of winter.

Bernita said...

You're a Dear Girl, Moonmouse.
Thank you.

And thank you, Jason!

BTW, another SQUEE!
Raine won Jason's contest and Szelsofa won honourable mention in an absolutely stellar crowd of entries.

Bernita said...

Thank you, Gabriele.
I find reality arrives by increments.
We've evaded snow so far here, but it's fallen further north.

raine said...


I've been waiting for this to go to print!
An early Christmas present to myself. :-D
Congratulations, Bernita!!

Bare branches rattle like bones in gray November dawns...

Beautiful...and yes, they do.

(And thank you SO much, Bernita--and congratulations to Szelsofa!).

Angie said...

How wonderful, Bernita! Congrats! :D


Bernita said...

The lovely reviews from you and Charles and Ello and Natasha certainly didn't hurt, Raine.
Helped make it happen.
Thank you.

Thank you, Angie!

Lisa said...

I can't wait to read it and thanks to Amazon One-Click, I won't have long to wait :)

Precie said...


ORION said...

Congratulations!! I'm hitting Amazon next! those numbers will shoot up!
Ain't nothin' like holding a book with your words inside!
Way to go.

Bernita said...

~beams at Lisa~
I hope you will enjoy it!

Thank you, Precie.
Didn't you also score in Jason's contest?
I can't praise the quality of the entries enough.

Hee, Pat!
I imagine the numbers are languishing in the 100 thous by now.
But thank you very much.

Sam said...

Great news!!
I hope it sells like hotcakes (it's cold here, probably why I'm thinking of hotcakes!)

Demon Hunter said...

That is great, Bernita! Congratulations! :*)

Charles Gramlich said...

That's cool. There's just something about holding the actual book in your hands. the last few days, at least several times a day, I pick up the three Taleran books and fan them out like a hand of cards. Gives me a little thrill and chill.

Bernita said...

Thank you, Sam and my Demon.
I will be quite happy with very modest results, Sam.

Indeed, Charles, and as I begin my initiation into the mysteries of Amazon, I hope to be able to "fan" out your Taleran books.

Ello said...

Bernita, I have been waiting for you to announce it was in print! Awesome news, congratulations! I will definitely buy a hard copy also. And I will post my Weirdly review on The Book Book site!

Travis Erwin said...

Coo. After your comment on my blog I asked you about this very thing, then I pop on over her and find my answer. Congrats. i will order a copy.

Ello said...

Bernita, Weirdly is up as a review on The BookBook site.

Bernita said...

Ello! And you have already been so kind! That is wonderful!Thankyouthankyouthankyou!

I'm feeling overwhelmed. Thank you, Travis.

Jon M said...

Ye Hah! Congratulations Bernita. I loved the 'Rake Refugees' Autumn is the season that confuses me too. Why has it got an 'n' at the end?

Jeff said...

Wonderful news, Bernita! Congratulations! I'm going to order my copy. :)

Shauna Roberts said...

Great news, Bernita. I don't read ebooks, so I'm glad this is in print after hearing it praised.

Chumplet said...

Yesssssss! A print book to hold in your hands. Confreakin'gratulations!

Amazon rankings drive one crazy but they're still fun to watch.

My shopping list is growing.

spyscribbler said...

Oh! I was so busy fiddling with my blogroll today that I didn't see this post until now, or I would've mentioned it today!

HUGE congratulations!!!

December/Stacia said...

Yay, that's awesome! Congrats!

writtenwyrdd said...

Wish I'd known it was going to press, I'd have waited for that version!

Bernita said...

Thank you, Jon.
Probably because it's a Latin survival via Old French.


Thank you, Shauna. Lovely when readers have a choice.

Thank you, Sandra.
(The Maritime Mafia strikes again!)

Thank you, December.

Wouldn't have happened unless the sales justified print, Written. Wild Child is a small publisher.
Still, the e-version is cheaper!

And your review helped make it happen, Natasha. Thank you.

Thank you all so much for your good wishes and encouragement.

Kate S said...

Arriving late to the party, but congratulations! :)

Bernita said...

Thank you, Kate!

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