(PRWEB) May 19, 2005
Last July Richard Lobes sat down one day and wrote a poem after a difficult time in his life. The next day he wrote another poem. And the next day he wrote another. Some days he wrote two or three.
After three months he decided to send his collection of poems to a publisher. This month his book of poems, "Simple Rhymes for Difficult Times," is being released at Barnes and Noble in Wheaton.
"I love to write simple rhymes," said Lobes, who works in the computer industry and until July had only written technical articles.
While at his former in-laws' home in Door County last July, Lobes began to write:
"Upon tranquil meadows and fields of hay
Is a place where everyday troubles go away
Peace and quiet without worry
Far away from our big-city hurry
It's a place to rest your mind
No importance is placed on time"
Lobes nonchalantly explained how he researched publishers and chose PublishAmerica based on their slogan, " We treat our authors the old-fashioned way, we pay them." PublishAmerica was the only publisher to which he sent his work. That was in September 2004.
"They sent back a publishing contract with a minuscule advance and clearly spelled out percentages based on sales," said Lobes.
The publishing company sent him a dollar bill and agreed to give him two author-copies of his book when it was printed and a small percentage of the sales.
But Lobes did not write for the money, he wrote to share his story.
When Lobes was 17 years old he enlisted into the army, leaving behind a pregnant girlfriend. Eventually the couple did marry but not until their son, Joshua, was already a teenager. For almost 10 years, life was good for Lobes with his wife, son and daughter, Megan, until one night when Joshua went out with a group of estranged friends and overdosed on heroin.
Lobes captured on paper his feelings from that tragedy.
"It can be very sad knowing he is not here
Days grow long without someone dear
I miss his big hugs and cheer
My truly only wish is that he is near"
"Once I started writing, it was like a flood of emotions that I could not stop," said Lobes.
"People have told me that I am brave to be so vulnerable with my emotions by putting them in print," said Lobes, who also wrote about divorce, depression, dating and parenting in his book. "My only hope is that people will read the poems and find some comfort from their own difficult times."
Lobes received and approved the proofs for his book in March, got the art work back from the cover design department in April and was informed that the official release date would be May 30.
"They said it might be out sooner," Lobes said. "I noticed it is online at Borders, Barnes and Nobles and Amazon.com. It must be selling because it has moved up in rank."
One review from the Amazon Web site reads, "Lobes is an incredibly talented writer who can grasp the essence of his emotions and then mold it into a playful romp or a sobering slice of life. I admire his courage in allowing a very private part of himself to be published."
"So far it feels pretty good," said Lobes about being a published author.
Lobes continues to write simple rhymes just as he did last summer by following his heart and not necessarily the structured guidelines of the haiku, free verse, limerick or other types of poems.
"When I get another 100 or so together, I'll probably send them off to the publisher again," Lobes said.
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"Simple Rhymes for Difficult Times"
Author: Richard Lobes
Paperback: 108 pages
Publisher: PublishAmerica (April, 2005)
Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.3 inches
Shipping Weight: 5.1 ounces
Available at Borders Books, PublishAmerica, Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble and Anderson Books.
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