Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Have a lovely holiday...

All of us have been working non-stop the last few months. Late nights, weekends, aching backs and stiff necks. But we've kept all our deadlines and even some that popped up in the middle. 
Thank you so much for another amazing year of stunning writing. Just when we think we've seen the very best...another gem falls into our laps. 
We are going to be away so everyone can recuperate and recharge their batteries.   
We will return on January 6th, refreshed and ready to take on the world again.
Be safe and enjoy your celebrations!
And don't forget...a book makes a great gift!
 

2019 National Young Writers Contest Book

We are finally here!!
We are waiting for the book to be approved.
Hopefully, we'll get the thumbs up by tomorrow morning and we'll send out a mass email letting everyone know it's available online. If all of the planets align, any books you order through Amazon, should be to you prior to Christmas. The contributor copies will not be going out before Christmas due to the immense load on the postal services. 

Patricia Edmisten's book "A Quiet Beauty"


















What an amazing gift it is to be able to work with brilliant people who create such breath-taking works of art! 

Oh, Patricia, we were all so thrilled to help you with this true masterpiece. Filled with stunning photos and writing so rich it simply must be enjoyed with a glass of wine in a deep, comfortable chair. 


We are not worthy of individuals as elegant and loving as Patricia...but my goodness are we grateful she chose to work with us. Congratulations, dear friend.

Congratulations to Anne James!


















Massive congratulations go out to Anne James on the publication of her second "Zoo" book, Mystery at the Zoo, which winds up taking place at the Memphis Botanic Garden. It's such a delightful and beautiful book for any parent looking for a lovely story to share with their children. What a joy it was to work with Anne, again. 

We're so happy for you, Miss Anne!!

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

National Young Writers Contest "BLACK AND BLUE"



            Proper Publishing is proud to host the first national writing contest for Middle and High School students.
            Students have the opportunity to submit poetry (32 line max), flash fiction (500 word max), short story (3000 word max) or essay (1200 word max) but may only enter the contest once. NO MULTIPLE GENRE SUBMISSIONS!
            Submissions will be accepted via both email and post. Email submissions MUST be sent as attachment, containing the included necessary information as a separate page with all fields complete. Submissions written in the body of the email or missing contact information will be deleted. Handwritten submissions will not be accepted. Submissions by post must be printed on standard, white copy paper, black printer ink. Please ensure students name is not on the entry. All submissions sent via post must contain one cover letter for every student entered.
            Contest submission window is October 1-November 1. Submit your students best work, encourage experimentation and uniqueness. The theme is BLACK AND BLUE. Our Editor-in-Chief, Susan Lewis, wants to see raw talent, creativity with the theme and writing in its purest form.
            Students chosen by Mrs. Lewis will be published in an anthology available on Amazon Worldwide and Kindle Worldwide. They will also receive a free copy of the book.  We are planning to have the book published before Christmas.
            We hope you see this as a wonderful opportunity to encourage artistic growth and self-esteem in your students because that is our only goal.

Include with each entry.  PRINT VERY CLEARLY!

Student Name  _____________________________________________________
Address   __________________________________________________________
City   _________________________ State_______   Zip code   ______________
Parent/Guardian phone number   _____________________________________
Parent/Guardian Name(s)   ___________________________________________
Parent/Guardian E-mail   _____________________________________________
School   _____________________________________________________________
English/Language Arts Teacher’s Name________________________________
English/Language Arts Teacher’s Phone________________________________
English/Language Arts Teacher’s E-mail________________________________
Grade   ________
Poem Title and Form: ________________________________________________

Mail submissions to:

Proper Publishing
P.O. Box 634
Cantonment, FL 32533

Email submissions to:

theproperpublisher@yahoo.com


Monday, August 12, 2019

A Daughter Says Goodbye...

"Goodbye, Mama" is the 2014 book about a daughter's struggle with grief while taking care of her terminally ill mother. 
After hitting #1 on Amazon's Best Seller list, "Goodbye, Mama" was listed as a resource by the American Cancer Survivors Network: "Highly emotional, inspiring."

A tender story of two adults coming to terms with the knowledge that death will soon separate them, and a daughter's turmoil after the loss of her mother. Get your copy HERE.

Reader reviews:

"Susan, I started to read your book today. It is hard for me to put it down. I can relate to it so much because my father has lung cancer and is in stage four. You are a blessed angel. Thank you." 
Janet, NY

"I read 'Goodbye, Mama' over the holidays and I want you to know I thought it a remarkable story of courage, love and heartbreak. The way you folded in the varied poetry with the occasional vignettes of growing up is masterful. Truthfully, it took me a while to pick it up and start reading but after the first few pages, I could hardly put it down. Nice job all the way."
Rear Admiral Pete Booth
Retired Navy

"Thank you for sharing your Mama's story and how you dealt with everything. Thank you for inviting readers to feel that they knew your Mama. The book brought many tears and smiles. I enjoyed it thoroughly. I just loved reading about you and your Mama. All the great things you both did together and the special bond you shared. It was an amazing book and one that let me reflect deeply on the loss of my Mom and again, I thank you."
Frankie, CA



Tuesday, June 4, 2019

2018 Tri-county Young Writers Contest, now available on Kindle!

Now that the 2019 National Young Writers Poetry contest is over and all of the books have been mailed out, we've had enough time to breathe and upload the Kindle version of the 2018 Tri-county Young Writers contest book. It is available for purchase HERE and at only $3 it's a bargain! However, if you purchased the paperback version, the Kindle version is available to you for less than $1.00! 
All proceeds from any young writers book help fund ALL of the young writers contests which are held through cooperation with school districts and administrators across the country. We strive to keep arts active in school and establish publication as a form of encouragement to participate. So, please, if you haven't purchased a copy of the 2018 paperback, please do. If you haven't read the 2019 National contest winners, please buy your copy HERE. We are so grateful for all of the support these kids have received from our followers and clients.
Keep watching...much more to come from talented kids all over the country and around the world! Plus, our clients are still cranking out some incredible work, as usual.




Thursday, May 23, 2019

National Young Writers Poetry Contest book now available!

Here you go!
Released to the public today and available for purchase HERE, our first book of national young writers contest winners! Contributors copies will be in the mail as soon as we get our first shipment from the printer. 
A HUGE congratulations goes out to all of the contributors, ranging in grade levels from 6th to 12th and the list of names follows. PLEASE GIVE THEM A BIG PAT ON THE BACK IF YOU KNOW THEM!! What an accomplishment!


Luis Morales                                                     
Jennifer Rios                                                   
Dillon Garner                                                 
Marley Patnode                                              
Natalia Yanetsko                                            
Kaylee Prieto                                                   
Olivia Moes                                                    
Haley Santos                                                  
Flynn Martin                                                 
Sara Pope                                                       
Jada Bard                                                       
Brianna Gavenda                                           
Cynthia Kelveena Short                                  
Kendall Moreland                                          
Lena Cai                                                         
Riley Kate Moss                                              
Alejandra De La Cruz                                     
Vivian Valle                                                   
Delaiah Harris                                                
Kristen Harriott                                              
Elise Fredericks                                                 
Alana Miska                                                  
Shandy Ndjigue                                              
Brooklynne Mitchell-Arno                             
Caitlyn MacKay                                            
Raiven Quirk                                                  
Kayla Holland                                               
Maia Lewis                                                     
Rebecca King                                                  
Brandon R. Soto                                             
Hadassah Flagg                                              
Joshua Pless                                                     
Rederria Moye                                                
Sriyah Bostick                                                 
Luna Walker                                                  
Kaylie Crawford                                             
Adriana Zefutie                                               
Martha Otwell                                               
Jade Lewis                                                       
Xavier Scott                                                    
Isabella Cortez                                                 
Isabel Connor                                                  
Paige Davenport                                             
Kyra Sullivan                                                 
Evelyn Cohoon                                                
Julia Adams                                                    
Autumn Tomao                                              
Noel Wiggins                                                  
Sai Neha Nakirikanti                                     
Abigail Moore                                                 
Joseph Zylak                                                    
Anne Marie Willis                                         
Kaitlyn Kincaid                                             
Alison Janetis                                                  
Cedrik Dunlap                                                
Abigail Coyle                                                   
Jaden Carlisle     

































Thank you to Jessica Reiser for the use of her photo for the cover image.
Please check out her amazing work @artbyrainereiser                                        


Monday, May 13, 2019

National Young Writers Poetry Contest Book

We have gotten the thumbs up from the printer and will be going through proof copies this week. If all goes well, we are hoping to send out the contributor copies mid-June.


Friday, March 22, 2019

Notifications going out today!

The National Young Writers Poetry contest has been a bigger success than we expected, with entries from teachers and students across the country. 
Almost 300 submissions is staggering for a first-time national contest, so thank you-thank you-thank you to the principals and superintendents that forwarded the emails to ELA department leads. 
Notification emails are going out today with postal notifications to those without computer access to follow. 
If you submitted an entry...watch your email (spam and junk folders, too) and check your mail carefully! 
And remember, if you weren't selected this time, please continue to keep a close eye on us. Mrs. Lewis is slowly switching things around to incorporate more contests and writing opportunities for children and young adults. 

Monday, February 18, 2019

Ora Wills first book event

Anyone who has had the privilege of speaking with Ora walks away with a deep reverence for that moment. She is a petite, soft-spoken woman who houses a tsunami of knowledge. Working with her on this project was an unbelievable honor, and left each one of us with a deeper appreciation for the immense struggles of those who fought oppression of every form seeking freedom, in all forms.
If you have the opportunity to meet this woman, please do. You'll never forget the encounter. And her book will change you.
 

Thursday, February 14, 2019

National Poetry Contest in full swing!

The entries are starting to come in and we couldn't be more thrilled! 

Just look at the excitement on
our faces! We can barely contain ourselves!

Keep those submissions coming and if you need to brush up on submission guidelines, they are right HERE!

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

National Young Writers Poetry Contest timeline

February 1st through March 15th, Proper Publishing will be accepting submissions for our first National Young Writers Poetry Contest. 

This contest is open to all students, GRADES 6-12. 

Contest deadline is March 15th and acceptance notifications will go out via post no later than April 15th. 

We are so excited to see the caliber of student writing from every large and small town of our diverse nation. 

Questions or concerns should be directed to:
theproperpublisher@yahoo.com 


Thursday, January 3, 2019

National Young Writers Poetry Contest


          Proper Publishing is proud to host the first National Poetry Contest for Middle and High School students, Grades 6-12. This contest is the brain-child of our owner and Executive Editor, Susan Lewis. After serving 8 years as Director of Student Poetry and Director of the Escambia County Student Poetry Contest for the West Florida Literary Federation, Mrs. Lewis decided she needed to offer an incentive for young writers to explore poetry, which will then help educators prepare for the writing portion of any state-mandated tests. 
            Students have the opportunity to submit poetry (32 line max), and all forms are accepted (including but not limited to the following: haiku, sonnet, limerick, narrative, couplet, free verse, cinquain, diamante, pantoum, tanka, villanelle, etc.) but may only enter the contest once. Handwritten submissions will not be accepted. Submissions must be printed on standard, white copy paper, black printer ink. Please ensure students name is not on the entry, only on the cover page. 
            Submissions will be accepted both via email and post. If submitting via email, submission MUST be sent as an email attachment, containing a cover letter with the information below, all fields must be completed. Submissions written in the body of the email or missing contact information will be deleted. All submissions sent via post must contain one cover letter for every student entered.
            Contest submission window is February 1 to March 15. Submit your students best work, encourage experimentation and uniqueness. There is no prompt or theme for the first contest. Mrs. Lewis wants to see raw talent in its purest form.
            Students chosen by Mrs. Lewis will be published in an anthology available on Amazon Worldwide and Kindle Worldwide. Students chosen will be notified by email and post, so please ensure all information is accurate. Teachers will be notified via email. Also, students chosen will receive one free copy of said anthology.
            We hope you see this as a wonderful opportunity to encourage artistic growth and self-esteem in your students because that is our only goal. We look forward to reading remarkable work, as Mrs. Lewis has told us of the enormous impact educators make on children every day.


Include with each entry.  PRINT VERY CLEARLY!

Student Name  _____________________________________________________
Address   __________________________________________________________
City   _________________________ State_______   Zip code   ______________
Parent/Guardian phone number   _____________________________________
Parent/Guardian Name(s)   ___________________________________________
Parent/Guardian E-mail   _____________________________________________
School   _____________________________________________________________
English/Language Arts Teacher’s Name________________________________
English/Language Arts Teacher’s Phone________________________________
English/Language Arts Teacher’s E-mail________________________________
Grade   ________
Poem Title and Form: ________________________________________________

Mail submissions to:

Proper Publishing
P.O. Box 634
Cantonment, FL 32533

Email submissions to:

theproperpublisher@yahoo.com