When Words Collide

When Amy was preparing Charybda for publication 2 years ago, I did not realize just how much work that entailed. For Charybda, Amy did all of the work herself: writing and most of the editing, of course, but also everything to do with formatting. She designed her own cover – both the front cover and the full paperback cover, formatted the book for print and ebook, and wrote the description for the back cover (and Amazon description). All of that sounds pretty straightforward in describing it. None of it is nearly that simple.

So imagine how much I struggled over the last few months working to get Amy’s next book, When Words Collide, ready for publication. I didn’t know the first thing about formatting; fortunately, I could still use the same resources Amy used to teach myself. I had no idea how to turn the cover Amy designed into a full paperback cover; Kindle Direct Publishing had some resources to explain. I was absolutely clueless as to how to write a good description of the book; I’m still, not sure that what I wrote is good enough!

All of that is a long way of saying that When Words Collide: A Crash Course in Writing Poetry is now available for preorder – at least the ebook versions! You can find it on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords currently. If you would like to purchase a paperback copy, bookmark the Amazon site and check back at the beginning of July. The ebook will be delivered on July 3; the paperback should go live around the same time.

This is just the first posthumous book I’m publishing for Amy; next up is a book of poetry in December.


Do you love poetry but not know the first thing about writing it? Is the idea of writing poetry so overwhelming you just want to curl up in a corner? Are you a competent poet who wants to become extraordinary? When Words Collide will have you writing your own poems by the last page.

In this unique little book, A. L. S. Vossler explains all of the confusing parts of poetry writing in an easy-to-understand manner. You will learn all about structure, rhythm, meter, word choice, and a lot of the most common poetic devices. Finally, A. L. S. Vossler walks through her five-step process for writing poetry, using her own poem as an example.

If you want to learn more about poetry, then open up this little book and find out what can happen When Words Collide!

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