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The Mistake I Made

The mistake I made
Was not daring to cry
If you looked in my eyes
They’d shimmer and shine

The mistake I made
Was not daring to scream
I’d lock it away
And throw away the key

Now I cry
Even if I don’t know why
Now I scream
Just to let off steam

My heart, now lighter
My smile, now broader
My mistakes, hope fewer
As I grow older and wiser

 © -Vivian Zems

A Publishing Experiment : The Results

So, ‘Verses of April’ is finally done and dusted, published and marketed…and I’m pretty exhausted. In the first part of this post, I’d mentioned correcting mistakes with the publication of this book. Well, I take that back…I did fix one or two things…then made a few, new mistakes.

Mistake No. 1-  My book cover was done on the tightest budget ever. Seeing as we judge books by their covers, this probably wasn’t such a clever idea

Mistake No. 2 – I found ONE typo- actually a spacing problem in one of the poems. I shan’t be saying where it is…you’ll have to find out for yourself!

Mistake No. 3- rushing my marketing plan. Luckily it all came together in the nick of time. I’d decided (at the last minute) to join KU (kindle unlimited), as it seemed the best way to run a free price promotion. Going forward, (and dependent on sales)  I might look to place  this book with other retailers such as  Apple, Barnes and Noble and Kobo.

Now for the achievements:

Achievement No. 1- I’d tied this poetry book into the theme of National Poetry Month- so ended up with a large number of eyeballs on the book by my target market (both readers and writers).

Achievement No.2- As a result of its timing, ‘Verses of April’ shot to  No.1  Amazon Bestseller in (Free) Poetry Anthologies –  with my other book ‘Lift Off!’ in  second place. So, several (screaming) screen shots later, social media blasts and author bragging rights (lol) earned… I’m a little more enlightened.

I’ve come to realise that in this process, I don’t know what I don’t know and it’s my mistakes -more than anything else- that help shape my learning. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Now, back to marketing………………..

A Publishing Experiment : the story so far……

For National Poetry Month,  I began an exercise-or an experiment- to see how challenging it would be to write, format, edit  and publish a poetry book comprising 30 poems- all in one month! Make no mistake, every step I’m taking is a correction of an earlier error made in my previous publishing efforts. I’ve taken full advantage of the Easter break to get as much done, falling asleep at 5am this morning, completing the final 8 poems.

I’m leaving updates on my FB author page and have had great feedback and encouragement. The one thing I did differently this time was to add a tagline- which will be “Verses of April- where poems Spring to life“. (The tag line was supplied by Donna Wilson….thanks Donna!).

My biggest challenge is book marketing …but I’m working on a plan. I’d like it to be free for as long as I can afford it – before it reverts to ‘paid’. Marketing costs money, so  timing is key. Check FB for updates…and watch this space!

Check here for the results 

At Bedtime

My mistakes

tucking them in at night

pulling the covers up to their chins

this is the truce we’ve made for perfect peace to reign

our agreement so I can get my beauty sleep

when morning comes they bound up to me

like ghost children they are

my mistakes

©Vivian Zems


MLMM Saturday Mix-Lucky Dip

Trois-par-Huit (Three-by-Eight or Octa-Tri for short), a poem containing three stanzas of 3, 3 and 2 lines OR 3, 2 and 3 lines: 8 lines total with a syllable count of 3, 6, 9, 12, 12, 9, 6, 3. The rhyming pattern is AAB BBC CC where the last line is the title of the poem and summarizes the meaning of the poem.

Je Ne Regrette Rien

Stumbling through life with two left feet

my mistakes only serve to sharpen me
they hew my spirit with agonising pain

regrets- there are none
only more lessons to learn
for an older, wiser me

©Vivian Zems


My words are exemplified in the following song I wrote last year.

Tonight at dVerse, Amaya tasks us to write about a time we made a change in our lives for the better~ finding inspiration in the pentimento  (repentance- Italian).

!Song Release: Older and Wiser

Hello guys! I’m pleased to announce the release of my song Older and Wiser! I wrote the lyrics to this earlier last year and collaborated with the very talented Zoolon. The genre I chose was alternative rock  (à la Richard Ashcroft)- stuff I listen to.
Click below for the video or listen on soundcloud.
I hope you enjoy it as much we did making it.
Thanks Zoolon!


Destiny calling
A butterfly emerges
Horizons stretched

©Vivian Zems

Carpe Diem Haiku Kai #1326

Inspired by Paulo Coelho -‘Brida’

[…] “She had met people who had lost the glow of being alive because they could no longer fight against loneliness and had ended up becoming addicted to it. They were, for most part, people who believed the world to be an undignified, inglorious place, and who spent their evenings and nights talking on and on about the mistakes others had made. They were people whom solitude had made into judges of the world, whose verdicts were scattered to the four winds for whoever cared to listen.” […] (Source: Brida by Paulo Coelho)

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