Words of Alchemy – Kindle Version with Chromosome 18 Registry Information Page

October 27 2019:

Just emailed the proofed manuscript back to the book designer. A few grammar errors, along with a few apostrophes removed or added, with a dash or two removed or added. Now, circling back around to the back cover; which I think is in its final state so that the cover can be loaded to Amazon. I like to include a page at the end of our books with information about The Chromosome 18 Registry & Research Society. Nearly there!!

October 29 2019:

Back cover is finished! Just need to decide on which photo of me to use. Would you mind helping? I’ve not had professional photos taken since 2012, so will be using what I’ve got!

I’m attaching the back cover with the photo that Kate used as a place holder (yet, I like the one she chose) along with other photos to choose from .. Comment with “yes” or simply “like” the photo to let me know your choice. Thanks for your input! Deeply appreciate it! 💜💜💜

 

Word Art – Words of Alchemy

October 19 2019:

Word art image created using the content from the web page for ‘Words of Alchemy’ … Beautiful!

In Words of Alchemy, Camilla Downs invites you to walk with her to share her love of Nature and Life through a free-verse poetry memoir.

During her daily strolls she is mindfully present as she delves into life in the raw and experiences her heart’s observations.

Camilla embraces what happens when she opens her heart and invites the written words to flow. The Alchemy of Love and Healing is what happens.

Advance Praise for Words of Alchemy

“Words of Alchemy, Camilla Downs heartfelt new collection, lives up to its namesake in numerous ways. Downs spans the broad range of nature, healing, love, and parenting, while making sure we have a little fun along the way. And the bridge she creates from the mindfulness of how we see the world at large to the poetry of everyday life is certainly worth a stroll or two across its borders.” – Thomas Lloyd Qualls, Award-winning author of Painted Oxen

“This poetry collection offers contemplative words, soothing thoughts and peace to the reader.” – Sue Bentley, Bestselling author of Second Skin

“Camilla Downs shares truth, vulnerability and wisdom in her Words of Alchemy collection, inviting readers to be inspired, contemplate and dive into her world of self-awareness and growth.” – G. Brian Benson – Award-winning author, actor and spoken word artist

“These poems take you on a calm and loving walk through the verses of the author’s thoughts. Alchemy is a perfect word for the title as Camilla Downs understands nature; connecting with its magical, medicinal qualities and beauty which she conveys throughout her poetry.” – Ailsa Craig, Author of The Sand Between My Toes

“Words of Alchemy is a chronicle of hope. Camilla Downs poetry is an encouragement, especially when we are feeling at our lowest, to keep seeking the light that is our way forward, and focus on the real. This collection is a walk through the positive nature of life. Camilla Downs is to be commended.” – Frank Prem, Author of free-verse memoir Small Town Kid

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The poetry of nature, the poetry of healing, the poetry of appreciation, the poetry of love … in one beautiful book.

Pre-order a personalized signed book for $14.40 (10% off and includes tax and free shipping). Go here and enter the total of $14.40 (or more if you’d like to throw in a tip). Want more than one book? Add $14.40 for each book. FOR U.S. ORDERS ONLY.

Arriving on Amazon December 2019 (discount and personalized signed book not available from Amazon). Go here to learn more …

Words of Alchemy

Proofreading and Submitting the Kindle Version with a Toast – Words of Alchemy

October 10 2019:

About to begin round 7 of reading the entire book out loud – from the title page, copyright page, through to the about the author page (for proofreading purposes). Whew! Fingers and toes crossed that this is the last time so I can get it to the book designer tomorrow!

October 12 2019:

Done!! Just submitted ‘Words of Alchemy’ to the book designer! Should be able to order a proof book in about 2 weeks. In celebration I created a word art image with content from the book’s website page. Thanks for the support and interest in pre-ordering!

Thomas and I toasted to me submitting the manuscript to the book designer!! Pumpkin pie spiced ginger ale … (non-alcoholic).

Magical Animated Book Cover – Words of Alchemy

October 4 2019:

This is just magical. Truly love it! Animated book cover!

In Words of Alchemy, Camilla Downs invites you to walk with her to share her love of Nature through a heartfelt free-verse poetry memoir.

During her daily strolls she is mindfully present as she delves into life in the raw and experiences her heart’s observations.

Camilla embraces what happens when she opens her heart and invites the written words to flow. The Alchemy of Love and Healing is what happens.

“These poems take you on a calm and loving walk through the verses of the author’s thoughts. Alchemy is a perfect word for the title as Camilla Downs understands nature; connecting with its magical, medicinal qualities and beauty which she conveys throughout her poetry.” – Ailsa Craig, Author of The Sand Between My Toes

Words of Alchemy Animated Book Cover October 2019

 

Words of Alchemy – Cover Reveal by Katrina Marie Along with the LCCN

October 1 2019:

Thank you to book blogger friend, Katrina, for helping to spread the word on Saturday about the cover reveal.

“Cover Reveal of Words of Alchemy Poems by Camilla Downs

Today we are revealing the book cover for, Words of Alchemy, a heartfelt free-verse poetry collection from Camilla Downs. You can pre-order a signed copy of Words of Alchemy using this link … WordsofAlchemy.com. The book debuts near the end of October, at which time it will be available on Amazon, and the signed pre-ordered books will ship as well ….. ”

Cover Reveal of Words of Alchemy Poems by Camilla Downs

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Received the Library of Congress Control Number! Nearing the final stretch. And, yes, you can pre-order now!

Also, I really really like having a proofreader/editor under the same roof. Thomas is an ace at it! Plus, it counts toward his schooling.

A Cute Dandelion Flourish with First Edits and a Trip to The Netherlands

September 24 2019:

Submitted for the LCCN today (Library of Congress Number) and received the cute dandelion flourish that will grace the interior of the book. Thanks Kate!

September 25 2019:

Yesterday I received the lovely flourish that will be used throughout the book (Gratitude Page, Table of Contents and Chapter Title Pages).

I also received the minor edits for the non-poetry content (Forward, Closing, About the Author) from my proofreader/editor. It’s pretty cool having a proofreader living under the same roof, plus it counts towards his schooling!

September 26 2019:

I have a friend in The Netherlands that would like a signed copy of Words of Alchemy. Anyone else in that area or Europe that wants a signed book and would like to share in the shipping from here (USA) to The Netherlands? She will mail yours to you from there.

Back of Book Blurb Finished – Words of Alchemy

September 7 2019:

Back of Book Blurb finished! Thank YOU to the many author friends who helped with fine tuning my wordiness and repetition! Cover reveal coming as soon as we get past Lillian’s weeklong birthday celebration (this coming week).

In Words of Alchemy, Camilla Downs invites you to walk with her to share her love of Nature through a heartfelt free-verse poetry memoir.

During her daily strolls she is mindfully present as she delves into life in the raw and experiences her heart’s observations.

Camilla embraces what happens when she opens her heart and invites the written words to flow. The Alchemy of Love and Healing is what happens.

Review blurbs/statements are coming in now too. Can’t wait to share those! Thank you again to author friends for taking the time to review a sample of The Alchemy Collection and offer a blurb!

Thank you to the awesome Kate for her talent and skills once again with the cover design. Kate designed Lillian’s book cover also.

Words of Alchemy is available for pre-order now! Go here to learn more … http://www.WordsofAlchemy.com

September 8 2019:

The photo I made last April while on a walk … I had no idea it would eventually become part of the book cover .. “Words of Alchemy” 🙏💜💜💜🙏

“This poetry collection offers contemplative words, soothing thoughts and peace to the reader.” – Sue Bentley, Best Selling Author of Second Skin

Life Adventures: An Update from Camilla Downs

August 3 2019:

Written mostly to update blog subscribers. However, thought I’d share here too …

It’s been over a month since I’ve written or published anything on my blog, with my postings being much less frequent on facebook and instagram. I felt moved to share an update.

I have been busy with finishing tasks to get my upcoming book released by the end of Summer. Here’s a peek at the cover. Almost there with the cover!

I was wrapped in details of …..

Life Adventures – An Update from Camilla