Tracking An Author: Like athena from zeus’s head and my new book

Athens: Kallimarmaro Stadium/Photo by wallyg



Welcome back to Tracking an Author or TAA. It has been quite a while since I’ve done this kind of blog post but if you are curious about the writing journey and would like to read the tips and tidbits I am learning along the way, feel free to click on “Tracking An Author” tag in the cloud. Meanwhile, I am coming to a head with my second full length book and have nothing left to worry over except the cover. In fact there’s a nice, stunning photo I can use for the front that my husband designed.

New things I’ve learned:

If you have never self published in print before, here’s something to know- CreateSpace so far is better for me as far as affordability goes and ease of use. Secondly, the custom size(6×9) seems to be the standard trim fit they use for 24-250 page books. Industry sizes include 7×10 and 8×11 but for the book to be a good “novel size” and accepted into most online and physical bookstores, 6×9 seems to be the acceptable format.

CreateSpace also accepts document uploads in .doc, .docx, and pdf formats.

A little about my new book 

In 2010, I completed “The Prayer Monologues: These Brass Hands”. With much encouragement from friends and the strength to dig up poems that were little snapshots of my life history and part observation, the publication process became a joyous one. A genuine first.

However, in between that time I focused more on my fiction and began to feel torn. Ever have that feeling that too many stories and ideas are pouring into your head? Well, right now I have two fiction novels in my mind as I go on to finish the book cover to this one. And a free short novella that thankfully made it out of my head like Athena from her father Zeus’s head.

This book of poems is a tad bit different from the first. The muse had little to do with this one except for maybe the fillers; the foundation was built from watching the news, reading the newspaper, and thinking back on where I come from. My hope is that the book will make people tick, think, reflect or whatever poetry is meant to do. Here’s a snippet of the contents from my new book:

Book 1: Rebirth in a New Country


Book 2: Heroes in My Head, the Blood in My Dreams


Book 3:  Because I’m Caught Between the Body and a Spirit’s Space


About the Author


As I mentioned, I just have to worry over a cover now. The hardest part after that is sure to come, but I’ll keep you posted.

Have you written anything lately? Where can we find your work?


For a limited time only…The Prayer Monologues is available as a free download!

E.J. Smith | CreateSpace

As mentioned on me and my hubby’s website Brass Hands Books, we are going to deliver more of our books for free, more often. We can identify with everyone else these days that purchasing books at any amount of cost can be a risk(but that is why we have sampling so people don’t waste their time and money on books they’d rather pass over).

My  book The Prayer Monologues will be available for free download to your Sony, Kobo, ePub readers, B&N, and Kindles.

Why not print books?

Well, I do have the book available in print for those trying to keep the classic book in hands-I totally get it! However, giving away ebooks seem quicker and easier to distribute rather than order more print books for a giveaway(which I will do next year anyway, stay tuned).

Head over to, to download your FREE copy of my book The Prayer Monologues.

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