Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Silent but BEYOND busy!

 We realize that our site has been silent for several months and it might appear to an outside observer that our business might be struggling. However, nothing could be further from the truth. We have come to the startling realization that we must turn clients away due to a staggering workload. 

If COVID19 has proven anything, it is that an isolated artist is a busy artist, which means WE are now almost literally drowning in work. Which, in turn, has led to a critical shutdown of all things non-essential (especially ironic given our circumstances) one of which has been regular site posts. 

Please forgive the silence but we hope you understand that it has been done for our own emotional wellness. We must prioritize and our loyal clients come first. Once we get them taken care of, we will open our services up, once again, to new clients and will update the site.

If you have questions that need to be answered now, please reach out via email ( and we'll respond as soon as possible. 

Thank you, thank you, thank you for your patience and kind messages of concern. We adore you all and keep writing and reading! 

"Spinning Insights" by Brenda Coleman

Congratulations to Brenda on the release of her first book, Spinning Insights. It was a true honor to work with such a tender soul. 

If you are searching for words to soothe a scarred heart, or balm for a tattered spirit, this book is exactly what you need and can be purchased HERE! 

Monday, July 6, 2020

"Talking to the Night" by Ora Wills

The majority of our clients publish stories that leave you in awe, however there is one client in particular that continues to make us so proud to simply be associated with her name.
Ora Wills is that client.
Aptly named the 'patron saint of the arts' in Pensacola, she has left an indelible mark on hundreds, if not thousands of young writers during her decades teaching English at Tate High School and her volunteer projects throughout the city, including Arts Quest.
Her latest book is a poetic journey from a young girls perspective, HER perspective in the South during the Jim Crow years. Heartbreaking while being both bitter and bittersweet, she chronicles in the most beautifully tender way, a child's innocence shattered by the murder of a family member. This is a MUST HAVE for every household struggling to find a way to teach young adults about tolerance. Order your copy HERE.

Saturday, June 13, 2020

"A Little Florida Farm" by S. Lewis

Congratulations to S. Lewis on the release of the coffee table book "A Little Florida Farm: A Simple Life...Photos and Observations" which has already made Amazon's Top 100 Best Seller List at #84 for Lifestyle Photography. All photos by Tammy Parker and Susan Lewis.
This is the perfect gift for any man who enjoys the outdoors. Buy your copy HERE.

Monday, May 18, 2020

Poetry Contest Postponed

We are absolutely crushed to announce that we have had to postpone our poetry contest. 
Covid-19 threw a MASSIVE wrench in the contest. Our educators were caught off-guard and had to scramble to teach children via the internet and our students had to navigate a new way of learning.

Due to this, we have had to postpone any publication for the submissions received.

Our world is experiencing something quite unique. 
We are considering a publication specifically for this event. 
Please stay safe, be respectful of those who are compromised, and KEEP WRITING!!

Thursday, March 12, 2020

National Poetry Month Contest

April is National Poetry Month and Proper Publishing is proud to host the 2nd annual student poetry contest. There is no theme for April's contest. We want to see creativity, unique style, form exploration, and a true appreciation for the power of words. 
Unfortunately, we often see entire class packets submitted with the same topic, style, form, prompt, etc. Our goal is to encourage growth as well as individual artistic expression. Please allow your students to explore the art of words in their own way.  

-Submission Guidelines- 
Submissions will be accepted from April 1 to April 30, 2020. Notifications will go out within 4-weeks from the April 30th deadline. The publication date is tentatively set between June and July.  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. 
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. DO NOT PUT NAME ON SUBMISSION. Colored paper, special font, and drawings will not be accepted. With each entry, include one entry form with ALL information is correct and printed in a clean, legible script. Entry form information is included below submission guidelines.
Submissions will be accepted via email and post. If emailing submission, ensure submission and entry form are two separate documents (word doc or PDF only) in ONE email. If sending submission via post, ensure each entry form is stapled/paper clipped to its accompanying entry.

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:

Monday, February 17, 2020

Contributors copies

Contributors' copies of the 2019 National Young Writers Contest were mailed out last week.
Thank you to all of the talented students and their ELA teachers for making this book truly breathtaking. It was an honor putting this collection together. Get your copy HERE.