So how can you get a copy of one (or both) of my chapbooks? It’s easy; follow the links below. Notice that the publisher is listed first, and SPD Books is listed second, and Amazon is listed last. I would prefer you order from the publisher, if possible, but if you can’t, then ordering from SPD Books is second best. The final alternative is Amazon or some other large outlet.
Why? When you order from the publisher or from SPD Books, the small, independent publishers benefit the most. Now, by all means, if you can ONLY order via Amazon, meaning if you’re outside of the U.S. and outside of SPD Books’ delivery range, please feel free to order off of Amazon. But be warned: my publishers don’t make much at all off of sales from Amazon. Guess who makes most of the money? You guessed it: Amazon. The small, independent literary publishers benefit most when you order directly from them or when you order through SPD Books.
It’s important to note here that with my books of poems, I don’t make any money from your purchase of my book if you order from the places above. Unfair? Perhaps, but that’s how it often is when you publish with small presses. I did receive a small monetary prize and payment in copies of my chapbook for The Cards We’ve Drawn after it won the Bright Hill Press Chapbook Competition in 2013; for my most recent chapbook, Bugs Us All, payment was all in copies from Entasis Press. This is the nature of publishing with a small, independent press. The only way I ever make any money is if you buy books from me; however, I don’t sell them online, since I, too, have limited copies.
So if you happen to come across me at a public reading, a literary festival, or at a school, then you can purchase directly from me, provided that I, too, have copies to sell. For a limited time, you can also secure a copy on the SAS (Puxi) campus in the school store. Otherwise, I hope you’ll choose to support the small, independent publishers by ordering directly from them or from SPD Books. If you MUST order from Amazon, well, then, so be it.
Bugs Us All
What independent reviewers say:
“These short poems, most of them limericks, often turn on perfect groaner puns while the illustrations offer sly additional commentary. While some of the themes are adult-ish (if you’re a very protective parent, preread it) this is a book in which the bright child very well may get the joke before the adult, so sharing it would be lots of fun.” — Barbara Egel in her Book Reviews for the Summer/Fall 2016 Issue of Light Poetry Magazine.
“The poems are meant for us big readers, with irony and sometimes black humor. Nobody has anything against ladybugs but here’s a poem: “Did some wanderlust lead you to your quest? / All alone, you’re our lucky houseguest, / but if we spot others/ (say a few hundred brothers), /we’ll annihilate you and your nest.” You get the idea. These are menacing tough-love sonnets; and sometimes a list of one-liners like a poem on head lice called “At The School,” starting with “…head lice are browsy…” ending…” one kid sits/in the health room. Are his parents lousy?” It’s silliness with a punch. The drawings are fabulous, adding a dimension to the slight poems which range from 5 to 14 lines, max, so you see the winning strategy is to write a piece and have it demonstrated a different way, visually — together making a smart little book.” Grace Cavalieri’s “October Poetry Exemplars” in The Washington Independent Review of Books
Entasis Press (unfortunately, you can’t order directly from them at this time)
Ordering Link for SPD Books (Bugs Us All will be listed on SPD Books soon)
Ordering Link for Amazon (you can order now from Amazon!)
The Cards We’ve Drawn
What independent reviewers say:
“These are some of the best sonnets you’ll ever read. Honestly.” — Grace Cavalieri in her column Poetry Exemplars in The Washington Independent Review of Books, December 2014
“These are poems that can really tug on your heartstrings, even more so for the tarot enthusiast who can truly appreciate the depth of Slaby’s lines. […] The Cards We’ve Drawn won Bright Hill Press’s poetry chapbook competition and I’m not surprised. Tarot enthusiasts are going to really appreciate this collection of poems.” — Benebell Wen, independent metaphysician and author of Holistic Tarot and the Tao of Tarot published by North Atlantic Books, on her blog, found here.