Host & Guest
Anne Marie Wells
Kathleen Kaiser &
About This Episode
On Submitting and Setting Up a Book Tour
The ins and outs of book tours and the art of submitting work to publications in this captivating episode of Talking Book Publishing. Join host Adanna as she engages in an enlightening solo conversation with the multi-award-winning poet, playwright, and memoirist Anne Marie Wells.
Drawing from her extensive experience, Anne Marie sheds light on the intricate world of submitting work, having successfully placed over 50 pieces, including two manuscripts. Delving deep into her writing journey, she addresses the challenges of rejection. Plus how setbacks have propelled her growth as a writer.
Anne Marie lets us in on her innovative approach to organizing an unconventional book tour spanning multiple states and cities. With her commitment to treating writing as a business, she embodies the principles of Talking Book Publishing.
Join us for a crucial conversation that offers valuable insights into an author’s journey and process. Whether you’re an aspiring writer, a seasoned author, or simply curious about the inner workings of the literary world, this episode is an essential listen.
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Anne Marie’s Tour Dates
Jun 29 | 6:00p MT
Teton County Library Jackson Hole, WY
Jul 8 | 2:00p PT
East Bend Library Bend, OR
Jul 18 | 11:00a PT
North Olympic Library Systems Zoom
Jul 20 | 6:30p PT
North Idaho Writers League Coeur D’Alene, ID
Jul 31 | 7:00p MT
Boise Spoken Word Collective Boise, ID
Rediscovered Books Boise, ID
Idaho Falls Public Library Idaho Falls, ID
Natrona County Library Casper, WY
The Poetry Lab Zoom
Elk River Writers Workshop Chico Hot Springs, MT
MeCo Cafe Longmont, CO
About our guest
Anne Marie Wells
Anne Marie Wells is the author of Survived By: A Memoir in Verse + Other Poems (Curious Corvid Publishing, 2023), the inaugural winner of the Wanderlust Travel Book Award for her memoir, Happy Iceland, through Wild Dog Press, and the 2023 winner of the Cinnamon Press Chapbook Contest for her collection, Mother Comma Verb. She won the 2023 Maryland Writers Association Poetry Contest, the 2023 Jackson Hole Poetry Box Contest, 2023 DC Public Library Haiku Contest, was long-listed for the International Erbacce Prize in Poetry, and was short-listed for the inaugural Emma Howell Rising Poet Award. She was the winner of the 2021 Crow House Press Poetry Competition, earned the 2021 Peter K. Hixson Memorial award in poetry presented by Writer’s Relief, and was a 2021 Wyoming Woman of Influence nominee in the arts category for amplifying the voices of the LGBTQ and disabled communities through her writing. She received the 2020 Milestone Award presented by Wyoming Writers, Inc., and the 2020 Rising Star Award presented by the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce. She is the lead faculty for the DC Chapter of the Community Literature Initiative poetry publishing program through the Sims Library of Poetry and strategic partnership fellow for The Poetry Lab.
SURVIVED BY, began after Anne Marie learned of her father’s terminal cancer diagnosis. On December 13, 2019, after her father collapsed, too weak to even hold an ice chip in his mouth, she found herself writing poetry after having never written poetry before. When she felt the most lost and the most desperate, her instinct urged her to borrow a pen from the nurse’s station and write poems on the back of receipts she found in her purse.
Poems in this collection vary in form, creating a visually interesting collection that will make readers curious to turn to the next page. Her book explicitly invites readers to rip pages out, draw on them, and even write their own words on them.
SURVIVED BY, will appeal to individuals working through a grief journey and individuals who have experienced and are working through emotional hardships. This memoir in verse and selected other poems were born from the pain induced by watching her father slowly lose his life. Writing these poems kept her from drowning in her grief, and she hopes that others can find a similarly buoyant companion in this collection and use her words in whatever ways they need in order to stay afloat too.
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