Category: Writing

Of Frost and Fury — My Second Poetry Collection!

Posted 22 December, 2017 by Lianne in Writing / 0 Comments

So during my hiatus from the blog I had been dealing with work and catching up with school. But what also happened during my hiatus was that my second poetry collection was finalised and released into the world! I present to you Of Frost and Fury: Poems Written in the Land of Volcanoes and Giants 🙂

I’ve been teasing a bit about this since I got back from Iceland and Denmark (especially from Iceland). The idea came to me as I was organising my journals after I had returned from my trip; I had a notebook filled with writings that I had done whilst travelling, mostly poetry, and was thinking about how I was going to incorporate it into my next general collection. I then realised that I actually had enough material to compile a standalone collection.

The idea to present it as a mixed media, incorporating photos I took during the trip, came as I was sifting through my photos from said trip. I’ve long used Blurb in the past and have enjoyed the quality of their publication. I thought it would be cool to include the photos of the scenery I’ve seen, sharing it alongside the lines I wrote. And so this project came to be.

There were setbacks, of course–school kept me from sitting down and editing it thoroughly in one go, then there was details with Blurb (apparently to sell it on Amazon et al I needed to have made the book using Bookwright, a program I do not like, not BookSmart, which I had been using for years). So that was me around November , but after a few takes and back and forth with proofing, I finally finished it earlier this month. I’m still waiting for it to be completely listed as available online–it is listed on and Barnes and Noble, but I noticed has it listed at some ridiculous price and it’s not showing up on AbeBooks and the Book Depository. I’m also not sure how to go about posting it on the Blurb Bookstore directly; it’s weird that there’s no option for there to be both (both on the Blurb Bookstore and on other sites; it made me choose one or the other). Anyway, something to think about in the new year.

Anyway, on to the preview (from what I posted so far on my poetry account, @shallibeapoetinstead):

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Shall I Be a Poet Instead — Giveaway!

Posted 7 November, 2017 by Lianne in Writing / 10 Comments

Yup, it’s live now, my giveaway contest for my debut poetry book, Shall I Be a Poet Instead? As I’ve been posting time and again here for about the last few months, I finally took the plunge and self-published my poetry; you can read all about my journey doing that over at this post. Since then it’s gone live to other retail outlets (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, The Book Depository to name a few) and I’ve also hosted my first GoodReads giveaway last month. Exciting stuff to say the least 😀

So I’m hosting another giveaway contest here on my blog for a chance to win a signed copy of my book. This time the contest is open internationally and will run from 07 November to 21 November 2017 @ 11:59PM EST. Please use a valid email address when you enter in the Rafflecopter below. Winners will be contacted the following day and they will have 24 hours to claim their prize or else I will raffle another winner.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Please let me know if you have any questons about the raffle and whatnot. Otherwise, good luck!

Shall I Be a Poet Instead? – Goodreads Giveaway

Posted 26 September, 2017 by Lianne in Writing / 2 Comments

Just a heads up that I am currently hosting a giveaway over at Goodreads for a chance to win a signed copy of my debut poetry collection, Shall I Be a Poet Instead? (see my first post about this) 🙂 This is my first time hosting a giveaway via Goodreads so I’m starting out a bit small, just to see how it goes. The giveaway is currently open to Canadian and US residents–sorry, international readers! But not to fret; I plan on hosting a giveaway here sometime in the near future so keep your eyes peeled here on my blog 😉

Giveaway runs from 26 September to 06 October 2017. Best of luck!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Shall I Be a Poet Instead? by Lianne M. Bernardo

Shall I Be a Poet Instead?

by Lianne M. Bernardo

Giveaway ends October 06, 2017.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

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Shall I Be a Poet Instead? – Available Now!

Posted 14 August, 2017 by Lianne in Writing / 0 Comments

Just a bit of an update from my last post about how my debut poetry collection, Shall I Be a Poet Instead?, came to be: aside from Lulu, it’s now available for purchase on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, The Book Depository…anywhere that Ingram distributes to, basically (I don’t exactly who else, I tried looking up a list and came up short). I even found my book on AbeBooks, lol. I found out about it late last week and some of you probably saw my stories on Instagram pointing out where it’s available now, lol.

So yeah, this is just a shameless pluggage post that my book is now available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, The Book Depository, and of course Lulu Press 🙂

In the meantime I’m working on my next project 😉

My Debut Poetry Collection, Available Now (-ish)!

Posted 12 July, 2017 by Lianne in Writing / 16 Comments

I feel like this post is a long time coming, lol. Anyway, I’ve been talking about it for months over at my Bookish and Not-So-Bookish posts that I’ve been working to self-publish some of my poetry. Well, it’s finally here.

Shall I Be a Poet Instead? is my debut poetry collection. I think I mentioned it here that I started writing poetry again last year, this time on a more regular basis, and this is the culmination of that. Back in January I started sorting through my poetry (actually sorting into two chapbooks; I meant to release the second one later this year but that got pushed back as I need to reshuffle/add/remove poems into the current line-up) and went through a few rounds of editing and moving around, trying to get a feel of the book. Not to mention endlessly reading up on copyright rules regarding font (ended up using a font that’s generally available on all word processors to avoid any kefuffle, as well as my own handwriting for the titles 😛 ) and other fine print.

By the time I left for my trip I had a good feeling about the line-up but didn’t get down to the nitty-gritty of the details to upload to Lulu until I got back. Then, as I mentioned in a post before, there was the details about getting an ISBN with the Canadian government before I finally uploaded my baby to Lulu for proofing. The proofing came back and I was pretty happy with it (a bit bigger than I had expected, dimensions-wise, but I can live with that, lol). Just the fact that it’s in my hands was quite something, really. Took me a bit more time between the time that I got the proof to posting about it because of some details about the approval; I’ve sent it to be included in the search over at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, etc., but it won’t be showing up over there for up to 6-8 weeks (boo).

But! In the meantime you can purchase it directly from Shall I Be a Poet Instead? 🙂 My understanding is that it does ship worldwide but do let me know if it doesn’t. I admit, I’m not quite so organised just yet, I haven’t ordered a crate of copies myself to distribute or whatnot but I hope to do so shortly. But expect a little more activity on my end in the coming days and weeks as I get up to speed on that end and get the word out! I just wanted to share with you all in the meantime what I’ve been up to all this time :3

I’ll be posting more of my poetry over at my Instagram as well but there’s a bit of a preview of what’s inside 😉

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