Store is Open!

As River Dixon says, the Potter’s Grove Press store opened yesterday, and, as it happens, ‘Shorts – A Take On Poetry’ was published a year ago today – ever grateful to you, River – All the best from England – Eric.

The Stories In Between

The Potter’s Grove Press store is now open for business. Our titles are available to purchase directly from us in eBook and paperback. Buying from us instead of from Amazon or another of the big online dealers enables the author and us to retain a larger profit from sales. So, if you want to show more support to indie authors and publishers, buying direct is a great way to do it.

eBooks are available in three different formats: MOBI (Kindle), ePUB, and PDF. This enables people to read our books on a variety of devices and apps as opposed to being limited to Kindle, which previously was the only option. We have a page, here, giving some guidance on what to do with the eBook file once you have purchased and downloaded.

We’re still building up our paperback inventory but we have most titles in stock. Unfortunately, at this…

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The labyrinth

Pleased to see ‘The Darkest Fairytale’ posting again, her writing has been missed.

The Darkest Fairytale

I close my eyes & I begin to dream
Only to be awoken by echoing screams,
A maze of paths & endless patterns
“Holy fuck” how did this happen?

I drift around there’s no way out
Barely can see, I panic & shout
Menacing roars from far ahead
It knows I’m here & it needs to be fed.

I run around it’s a lot to apprehend
Paths lead to nowhere except dead ends,
The pattern is complex, I’m not going to lie
I’m scared I’m lost & I don’t want to die.

Instincts surge and logic appears
I’ll find the centre, everything is clear
I’ll obtain a key to open this door
With the courage to slay a Minotaur.

Starting to wish I listened to my teacher
How did Theseus kill this creature?
No time to think, the roars get closer
I stumble & fall, “shit”
Into the Minotaurs enclosure.

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Throwback Friday – They – Eric Daniel Clarke (EDC Writing)

Looking back through poems, found this one, can’t figure why it didn’t make its way into ‘Shorts -a take on poetry’ – I guess I had a reason, can’t think why, next book a possibility, it reads as me…

Go Dog Go Café

They talked easy
nothing and something
spilled secrets
showed off their minds

They walked mostly
eating cheap places
drank wine
held hands a while

They kissed briefly
station rushed goodbyes
waved smiling
till their last time

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A Declaration of Our Rippling Days by Eric Keegan

Damn – I’ve got a bad attack of cover envy! Another gem from Potter’s Grove Press for your consideration…

The Stories In Between

Potter’s Grove Press is happy to announce the upcoming release of – A Declaration of Our Rippling Days by Eric Keegan. eBook and paperback will be available through Amazon on February 9, 2021.

You can pre-order the eBook here

Our days roll onward like an oceanic tide, mirroring the ever-moving human element that defines precisely who we are. During the more trying moments, we feel as if we’re surging out to sea without a floatation device. When grandeur and enlightenment take a prominent position within our worlds, we drift back towards the shore and find relief in the wavering sands. A Declaration of Our Rippling Days is a poetry collection that will guide the reader through these ebbs and flows while taking them on a journey from furrowed emotional lows to breathtakingly inspired summits.

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Shorts by EDC On Sale

‘Shorts – a take on poetry’ is EDC’s first offering, 158 poems presented, one, two, three a page, and as a poem plus a line, you know the kind, drawn from EDC blog posts made 2014 to end of 2019 – the River Dixon (Potter’s Grove Press) re-blog gives a link to Amazon where you are – in the UK an ebook for less than a pound and a paperback for just over a fiver for a limited time. My best to all out there – ‘Shorts’ wouldn’t exist without you.

The Stories In Between

For a limited time, get the eBook for $.99 or the paperback for $6.99!

Here is a universal link for people outside of the US – Shorts: a take on poetry

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Throwback Friday – Old Ground – EDC Writing

As we approach the clock change, let time fall back an hour, a throwback post today at the Go Dog Go Cafe where I contribute now and then…

Go Dog Go Café

False dawn before the clock change
within darkness comes his fall
holes dug laid out before him
loose words piled high ignored
heavy hands of time push back
let him swallow on his lies
her tears wet over
raked old ground subsides

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Eric Daniel Clarke (aka EDC Writing) is an Englishman, raised and schooled in Devon close to its Somerset and Dorset borders, and the World Heritage Jurassic Coast. He has spent his adult life near the River Thames, in Buckinghamshire and Berkshire, working as a scientist at the boundaries of the physical and life sciences. Now in his later years he finds himself writing poetry and prose, using words in place of molecules to explore life’s boundaries; observed, imagined, of his mind and yours.

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Modern Life Is Rubbish. Escape To Old College For Only 99p!

Second editions, new covers, new deal – author Lucy Brazier – PorterGirl – Deputy Head Porter – for real!

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A Deadly virus. Lockdown. Fake news. The worst world leaders in living memory. None of these exist in Old College – although there are murders, secret societies, spurious shenanigans and rather a lot of tea. The entire PorterGirl collection is available for only 99p a pop from 12th – 18th October. Now – that really is something to smile about.

FIRST LADY OF THE KEYS

THE VANISHING LORD

SINISTER DEXTER

FOOTSTEPS OF THE TEMPLAR

OLD COLLEGE DIARIES

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5 Things to Do Once Your Book is on Amazon – by Belinda Griffin…

You’ve got a book on Amazon – what next? This post I came across via the ever useful ‘Chris The Story Reading Ape’s Blog’ could be the missing link that helps you (and me) get your book noticed… it’s got me thinking and doing something about it…

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

on Smart Authors Lab:

Your book is finally live on Amazon, congratulations! But now what? In this post I’m going to reveal the five things you must do once your book is live on Amazon. These will make sure it gets discovered and bought. Plus I have a bonus tip that you’re not going to want to miss.

Being on Amazon is not enough

You probably know by now that it’s not enough to simply have your book listed on Amazon. For readers to find it, you need to position it in such a way that it can readers can actually discover it. And when people do find your book, you need what we in marketing would call a ‘conversion focused’ listing. That means when people land on your book page, they’re more likely to click the buy button.

Two things that are really important for a book to do well…

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Guest Blog Post – Featuring Eric Clarke

For a second week, Esther Chilton has kindly had me as a guest on her blog – this poem (quite long for me) sums up where my short poems come from…

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I hope you’ve had a good week. It’s now time for my guest post. If you’d like to feature as a guest on my blog, please get in touch. I’m looking for stories and non-fiction pieces of up to 1500 words and poems of up to 40 lines. If you can also send me a photo and a little bit about yourself too, that would be great. Please send them to estherchilton@gmail.com

Last week, my guest writer was Eric Clarke, with his poem England – Isolated Views. To read it, click here. And here’s another one from him for you to enjoy:

A Take On Poetry

By

Eric Clarke

Beaconsfield to Marylebone

Maidenhead to Paddington

Windsor to Waterloo

lines in, and out again

Exeter from all begun

Devon left, half century on

River Thames meandering

fields beside, counties bridged

Buckinghamshire, Berkshire views

English ways, getting there

London, underground…

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Guest Blog Post – Featuring Eric Clarke

My thanks to my good friend, writer, tutor, editor, Esther Chilton for featuring me as a guest on her blog today. My poem ‘England – Isolated Views’ is a compilation of individual short poems posted March through to July – it’s a strange feeling looking back at words written of the moment in times we’re living through.

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It’s Friday and time for my guest post. If you’d like to feature as a guest on my blog, please get in touch. I’m looking for stories and non-fiction pieces of up to 1500 words and poems of up to 40 lines. If you can also send me a photo and a little bit about yourself too, that would be great. Please send them to estherchilton@gmail.com

This week’s guest writer is Eric Clarke. I first met Eric at the London Book Fair a few years ago. We’ve become good friends since then and I’ve watched with interest as his work has deservedly become recognised. Recently, Eric had his first collection of poems, Shorts, published by Potter’s Grove Press. Here’s a little bit more about him:

Eric Daniel Clarke (aka EDC Writing) is an Englishman, raised and schooled in Devon close to its Somerset and Dorset borders…

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