My Ode to My Wife

I wrote a poem for my wife. Not just any poem, but lyrics for a song. It has been over 15 years since I have written any kind of poetry, but I felt moved to do so. At the urging of my fellow 5Artz Creative Affiliations members, I have decided to post the first draft of what I wrote to this blog. If any musicians decide to pick it up and use it, all I ask is that you give me the credit for the lyrics.


My Quest


R.M. Almeida

You are my quest,

You are my dream,

My eternal crusade,

Even when we fought, you always stayed.

You are my quest,

I am your art,

Your strokes sometimes hurt,

But I’ll follow your heart.

~ Refrain ~

You are my quest,

You show the path when there’s none,

You make challenges simple,

The impossible…done.

You are my quest,

We’ve laughed and cried,

Lived through tough times,

To find each other each night.

~ Refrain ~

You are my quest,

You see past my flaws,

You forgive my mistakes,

And you break down my walls.

You are my quest,

My blue sky above,

You are my partner,

My eternal love.

~ Refrain ~

We’ve come a long way,

From those chats and retreats,

Such a long way,

From our texts and retweets.

When I look back,

From those cold days alone,

I think of your smile,

And your voice on the phone.

How an Image Can Sell Your Book

I just received an email from Martin Cavannagh from Reedsy about book covers. It was a simple, concise letter that reminded me how important a book cover is when selling a book.

As a bookseller with over 30 years of experience, I know too well, how books are sold. I cannot count the number of self-published authors who felt that they knew what they were doing when it came to book sales. Many of these are authors who have written many books. These authors consider themselves pioneers or self-made publishers. Yet, their sales numbers speak volumes to me as a bookseller.

The industry has changed in some ways. Old and new authors often feel overwhelmed at the prospect of marketing or continuing to market what they have written. Reedsy brought up an important tool that can be critical to selling or promoting your book: Your book cover. Here is an example provided by Chuck Regan:

chuck regan reedsy example

Make your own comparison. Which book cover would you feature to sell your book, the cover on the left or the cover on the right?

There is a reason why bestselling authors use a professional artist to sell their book.

One reason why we started 5Artz was to bring artists of like minds together. If you are a writer who is serious about selling your book, find a professional artist or designer to help you. If you are an artist or designer who feels that you are the right fit in developing book covers for authors, let the writing community know that you exist.

We started 5Artz to bring artists of different disciplines together. You can join our community or even join our Meetup community.