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I first wrote my memoir, 'No One Comes Close', twenty years ago, in A4 notebooks in longhand. I gave it a different title back then - 'In Your Wildest Dreams.' Not knowing what to do with it, I put it away in a drawer until ten years later when I attended a creative writing course. This opened up new doors for me. I transcribed the memoir onto WORD and began playing around with the format and the title. I joined a writers group where members who intended to get their work published,critiqued other members' work. I found this invaluable.  Another ten years passed during which I worked on the manuscript until I was happy with the content. Then I approached various literary agents asking if they would take me on. All the answers were the same: No, unless you are a celebrity or have been in the public eye, you are considered a 'bad risk'. Of course, I could have used a vanity publisher where they do all the work for you. But they charge astronomical fees. So my best option was CreateSpace. I had been plucking up the courage to open an account and go through the publishing process until  August 2017 when I finally bit the bullet. I was surprised by the amount of help there was for people like me - a complete novice at self-publishing. On September 12th  2017 I finally released my memoir out to the world.' No One Comes Close' is now available on amazon.com and kindle.

'When a pebble of hope, in the form of a fortieth birthday card, lands on the other side of the world, it causes far-reaching circles of consequence.'

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Hello

Posted by Laughing_Buddha Sep 13, 2017

I am a new author/poet on this site.  I have written two poetry books being published on CreateSpace and Amazon Books.

I am a retired/disabled Vietnam vet and have only been writing for about a year.  Some of my poetry has been accepted for publication on both print and online journals.

 

First book is No Zen Vietnam Poetry and Maybe Charles Bukowski.

 

The second book is Poetry From a Faulty Spigot.

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I just wanted to take a moment to say thanks to create space for all their great help in publishing my books. After 50 in 5 years,I am taking a break. Of course, the books will always be there and I have to thank readers, whose great imaginations add so much to the stories. Where would authors be without the amazing readers whose imaginations take books to a new level. The great feedback, whether in person or in reviews, is what keeps writings struggling to put those words to paper. I am amazed by each person who reads one of my stories and thankful to all for the great support in the last five years. My health is bad,with a degenerating spine and arthritis, I have decided my writing long hand is over. So, maybe some day I will try using anohter dragon for the books. The last one I had got a little crazy and I slayed the thing. Mostly this post is a thank you to create space, readers and supporters. You made my dreams come true. A feat I never thought possible when I began. If you are a writer, good luck! If you are a reader, bless you and thanks. P.S. Winn

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Hello,

 

My name is Taliba and I am new to publishing on Createspace. I decided to posted the description of my book, LIFELINE as my introduction to the community. 


"On a cold winter January day, in 1995, suddenly a powerful force of misty white, cloudy-looking substance swiftly swirled around Taliba like a whirlwind and lifted her upward, higher and higher into the sky until she found herself standing inside of God Himself. He was more real than anything she ever known. For the first time in her life she felt totally loved, whole and free with unspeakable joy, and like she was finally at home where she belongs; it was the most powerful experience she ever had in her life.  It was as if God reached down and pulled the blinders from her eyes and extracted the hardness from her heart. But as powerful as that experience was it did not stop Taliba from committing the one sin she said she would never commit; and when Taliba postponed, delayed listening to God's tender warnings she plunged deeper into sin, and as a result, suffered mental torment and terrifying consequences. Nevertheless, because of the deep Love of a Mighty and Compassionate God––He threw out the Lifeline and drew her in from sin and danger back to peaceful shores."

 

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HI I`m new here :)

Posted by misopiso Aug 30, 2017

If anyone is willing to explain me how to use this Would be thankfull !

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Unexpectedly, an Illustrator

Posted by DebbieBarry Aug 26, 2017

When I lost most of my sight in 2014, the last thing I expected to do with my suddenly copious free time was to start creating illustrated books for children!  I had made two while I could see, and had published them on CreateSpace: Colors and Numbers and Around the Color Wheel.  I thought my days of drawing were over, since I could not see the text on a printed page.

 

Then I remembered the days when I made some pretty cool chatroom avatars, back in the 90s, using MSPaint.  I could zoom in, and we had, after the first six months or so of my blindness, acquired adaptive computer equipment that let me see what I was doing, as long as I was patient with my own limitations.  After a few false starts, I created Five Green Speckled Frogs, using MSPaint to create all of my original illustrations, and using transparent pastring to place my images on a set background, which I had also drawn.  It reminded me of making pictures with those vinyl cling images and background boards we played with in my childhood.  I used the slightly altered version of the song preferred by my little cousin, who was then four.  Soon after, I rewrote Three Little Kittens, and used MSPaint to create the illustrations for that, as well.  I published both using CreateSpace.

 

At the beginning of this month, I was stuck inb the hospital for several days.  My husband brought me a small drawing book, some black Sharpie markers, and a couple of ten-count boxes of the wide-tipped Crayola classic markers that were on the back to school sales.  While the medications ran through my IV, I sat in bed and drew pictures.  I drew all of the illustrations for Debbie Draws the Alphabet, for How Many Bugs, and for Shapes We Eat, to each of which I later added text, using the computer, and published through CreateSpace.  At home (sparing the nurses the mess!), I cut shapes from colored construction paper, and added googly eyes, to create the animals, and a background page, which came together to become Farmyard Friends.  Yes, I published that on CreateSpace, as well!

 

Suddenly, as long as the lines are bold enough, I can draw pictures suitable for chuldren!

 

I've stocked up on more paper and markers, and added some colorful highlighters for variety.  I have several more children's books in my head, and I've already started drawing the illustrations for the next one!  Watch for updates as I see what a legally blind author and illustrator can do!

 

(I haven't stopped work on book 2 of the What Mother Goose Meant series: More What Mother Goose Meant!  I have the series outlined out to book 12, so I'll be writing on that as much as I can, and drawing in the evenings.  I've just finished the chapter for "I Had a Little Husband," nd I'm working on "I Love Litle *****.")

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New to this

Posted by VIrtuousqueen Aug 24, 2017

Hey Everybody! Myname is Sasha and I am the owner of Virtuous Queens Publishig. I have been writing on and off for years, and havefinally completed my first book! I will be publishing the book in late Septemeber. I am on here to network with other like minded authors to build relationships, and lasting friendships. It is in my plan to start publishing books for other female authors but I am not sure about the legalities and how the authors are to be paid. It is my dream to pblish my own books and help other women shre their stories as well. So if anyone knows what steps i need to take to publish other authors please contact me! I am really excited about that. Anyway, I just wanted to say hi!

You guys havea blessed day!

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Hi, I am Tasha Dear!

Posted by TashaDear Aug 21, 2017

I am a veteran teacher and brand new author.  I love helping people express themselves through writing.  I just finished my first book.  It is about the struggles that I have dealt with in life.  Mostly how I was exposed to abuse and violence as a child and what that did to my spirit.  I share stories about how I was healed from anxiety, depression, and cancer.  Throughout my journey, I used my diary to express my feelings.  My diary became my best friend and safe place even as a grown woman.  My past is full of dark places, but today, I live a full life.  I have an amazing husband of 23 years and 3 beautiful and smart children.

 

My favorite thing to do is give my friends and family advice on how to make their lives amazing.  I call myself Tasha Dear because I encourage people to write me letters and questions similar to the classic newspaper columnist "Dear Abby." I have a wealth of knowledge in the areas of marriage, parenting, and creating good boundaries in relationships.  I also have experience in building businesses and managing finances.  Feel free to ask me questions about anything.  I am happy to help.

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Hello My name is Sharise Johnson-Moore, 46 years old and I am a first time writer.  My book is about my life, the good bad and the ugly.  I worte this book because I want other men and women out in this world to not feel that they are alone with there issues whatever they may be.  In my book I discuss the things that occured in my life from being molested at an early age, verbel abuse, physical abuse and drug addiction throughout my life.  I discuss the many times I tried to change my life for the better and finally getting it right.  How I decided to give my life over to God and where he is taking me since that change of giving God charge over my life.  I want other men and women to know that there is a higher power over your life and when ou give God control over all your doubts and fears, how he can change your life for the better.

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Hello,

 

I have authored approx 140 titles, and am curious if there are any producers, or directors, out there.

At Full Sail University for me was for producer/director both, and would have strengthened me as a author

 

Take care

 

Johannan

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I grew up in the Ohio Valley that sits between the Appalachian foothills and the Ohio River. A small town called Portsmouth. A town that once was a thriving city. The main industry was steel. The steel mill provided economic stability. It made men strong and sometimes rowdy. My granddaddies and daddy worked there and thought I would too. Most young boys future began and ended at the mill. Education was not viewed as a necessity. I, however, loved learning. A true bookworm. Being a nerd in the middle of a bunch of rough and rowdy rednecks can be detrimental to your health. Most of my life I was bullied and eventually started fighting back. This led to drug and alcohol abuse and resulted in me dropping out of school.

 

Years of abusing my body, mind, and spirit took its toll on me. However, I managed to get sober and start the recovery process. A process that will last the remainder of my life. I am back to my first real love; books. Went back and received my education, have served as a pastor for several years, and began writing. Hence, I am here sharing this brief introduction with you.

 

Bud

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Hello

Posted by glchickie Jul 30, 2017

I am a new author releasing my first book in August.  Take a sneak preview at https://www.createspace.com/preview/1227238.

The book name is Arms Wide Open.  Thank you for taking the time to preview it.

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Hello

Posted by Whistlepig Jul 17, 2017

Hi Everyone!


I'm knew and would like to say hello and to let you know if your browsing around and come across an author named Riley Michaels, it's me.

 

I'm also a wood burning artist and we do festivals all over the US.

 

I live in the country and we love it... so if you run across my books, read them and let me know what you think.

 

Thanks for adding me,

Read on Everyone!!!

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Hi,


I have been using CreateSpace since I first thought about creating a book in 2012.  What a wonderful opportunity they provide.  Not only do they offer us guidance about creating a cover, they offer us the opportunity to print and make a reasonable quality book at a very, very, minimal cost.  Then they connect us to the mammoth sales opportunities offered by Amazon.com and offer us a community to discuss with.  What could be better?  A publisher liked one of my ideas (Have You Seen My Daddy's 18 Wheeler?) but only wanted to offer me a self-publishing contract.  It made me feel vindicated, but I had to tell him "Thanks, but No Thanks ".


But, to describe me, I retired from full-time civil engineering in April, 2014.  I designed highways and by-ways, as well as other infrastructure improvements, I inspected their construction, I raised two wonderful daughters, and was an active Rotarian for more than 20 years.  Now my wife and I travel, I take lots of photographs, I constantly read and am beginning to cook, I provide some part-time civil engineering to a very select group of clients, and I write, write, write.  I love it .

 

Now I an spending time taking pictures of 18 Wheelers, contacting the owners to gain their approval, arranging them into a series of children's travel books, and trying to market them.  I titled them "Have You Seen My Daddy's 18 Wheeler?" (one book with 176 pictures and a story about what Daddy experiences) and "Have You Seen My 18 Wheeler?" (12 books with 19 pictures and area for recording information about the sighting).

 

I also make presentations to high school and college students who are considering civil engineering as their field of study - it is amazing how many of them really have no concrete idea about what we, as civil engineers, do for infrastructure construction.  I titled two different books "Russell Builds a Bridge" and "Russell Widens a Road".  And then, after my younger brother passed away, I created a biographical history about our mother for her grandchildren.  I titled it "What Did He Tell Her?" because the married life she lead as the wife of a share-cropping Iowa farmer did not fit with the New York City childhood she had before that marriage.  I thought it was a pretty unique story.

 

So, if you would preview, make comments about, and/or offer condolences about the books and my ideas, I would appreciate it.  If you want my input about your projects, please let me know what you are working on and how to find it and I will return the favor.

 

Civil Engineer


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buy from CREATESPACE. and sell to tourists visiting  town from Monday through Friday..

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