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My First Royalty Check

…And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. ~ Colossians 3:15b-17, ESV


Yesterday I received my first royalty check, and it is for Perfect Peace—my book of haiku poetry. What a true blessing it is to know that more than a couple of people has purchased my first published book.  Without doubt, it is God’s wonderful blessing and favor that have made it possible for me to sell a poetry book—at a time when there does not seem to be a deep love for poetry or a big demand for poetry books.

Of course there are the thousands of books by American high-profile poets that are selling rather well, BUT that is quite a rare exception in the poetry world—an exception reserved for only a few elite poets who have built a reputation for themselves over MANY years (for example, poets like Maya Angelou, Allen Ginsberg and Nikki Giovanni, as well as U.S. Poet Laureates like Rita Dove, Donald Hall, Billy Collins and Natasha Trethewey).

As a poet, I am more of an idealist and dreamer—just like so many American poets were who published books in the 1950s, 60s and early 70s (when I was a budding poet). That my poems also tend to be principled and pensive are why I am very honored that some people purchased Perfect Peace, at a time when most readers are more interested in horror, mystery, herbal remedies, pointless fantasies, and/or self-help books.

The above facts are why I say, God certainly has been good to me! Thank You God!!!!!!!!

My sincerest ‘thank you’ also goes to everyone who bought my first published book—Perfect Peace. In case you might want to know about my next book, it looks like my second book to be published—Keeping It Real: Daily Renewing the Mind, which is my first one-year devotional—might be published in time for holiday shopping!


To God be the Glory . . . . .