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Attention San Diego Self-Published Authors

Its that time of year again. The City of San Diego wants to recognize San Diego authors who have self-published a book in 2014. Its a great event at a fantastic venue!

From the City:


San Diego Public Library

Dear San Diego County Author:

The San Diego Public Library’s 49th Annual Local Author Exhibit is nearing and the Library is calling our resident authors for submissions. If your book or eBook was originally published in 2014, we would like to display it in the exhibit, which will run the entire month of February 2015 in the beautiful San Diego Central Library @ Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common.


For information and to register for this event, please visit the San Diego Local Author webpage (also accessible from the San Diego Public Library’s web site, http://www.sandiegolibrary.org under the PROGRAMS & EVENTS tab). Please note that there are two registration forms – one for print books and one for ONLY eBooks. If your book is in both formats register/submit the print version only. Please mail your book to:

SAN DIEGO, CA 92101-7416

Authors submitting a hardcopy book will not receive official e-mail confirmation until both the registration and book is received and processed. Authors submitting an eBook must register first to receive an e-mail confirmation with information on how to submit an image of your book cover for display purposes. Please allow up to two weeks to receive confirmation.


All submissions to the Local Author Exhibit become gifts to the San Diego Public Library for possible inclusion in the collection. Qualified participants will be invited to an exclusive Local Author event to kick off the exhibit.

Be sure to add resguerra@sandiego.gov to your contacts so that further correspondence does not end up in your junk mail. If you have any questions or comments please call 619.236.5841 or simply reply to this e-mail.

Please share this message with your author friends and like the SDPL Central Library Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/pages/SDPL-Central-Library/134245953252231). The San Diego Central Library is celebrating its one year anniversary on Saturday, September 27 so come check out the wonderful new building when you get a chance!

Rachel Esguerra
Rachel Esguerra
Local Author Exhibit Assistant
Library Clerk – Literature Dept.
330 Park Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92101

The Left Hand of Light Launches

Today is a monumental day for me for today I become a novelist. An author of fiction. Today, I share my voice. The Left Hand of Light is now a reality. You can buy it on Amazon. It blows me away to be able to say that. Many of you have asked me how you can help and for that I thank you. There are three easy ways to help:

  1. Tell your friends. Tell your loved ones. Tell your enemies. Use e-mail, Facebook, Twitter, smoke signals. Write your congressman. Have a conversation. Please help me get the word out. Give them this link: https://chrisvera.com/lefthand.
  2. Buy a copy. Better yet, buy more than one. They make great and inexpensive gifts for the readers in your life. Winter, er…the holidays are coming.
  3. Tell the world how you feel about it. Whether you loved it or hated it, leaving a review of the book on Amazon, Goodreads, and other places where books are discussed really helps a LOT to draw attention to it. Review it!

A sincere thank you to everyone who made this book possible: To my editor, Larry Edwards. To Kathleen Robertson and my mom, Billie English, for their careful proof-reading and fantastic ideas on how to make the story even better. And to everyone else who offered me encouragement along the way.

There is so much more where this came from. Enjoy!

My writing is inspired by music

Every writer has different techniques that inspires them to write their stories. I have realized that I’m soundtrack-driven. That means that when I listen to a particularly interesting song I imagine a scene of a story playing out as the music plays, just like a soundtrack in a movie. Then I feel compelled to put that scene to paper and to work out what happened before to bring that scene about and what happened after.

I wrote “The Left Hand of Light” this way. It started with a single song, called “Sweet Lullaby (Ambient Mix)” by Deep Forest.

I listened to this song–literally–over and over again for hours as the climatic battle scene played out in my mind. I recall a trip I drove to Las Vegas and this was the only song I played the entire way home. Sweet Lullaby inspired not only the epic battle between the Light and the Darkness but also the song that the blind shaman Afunakwa sings to Michael through the silver string that connects Jaylina to her soul during his darkest hour. There’s just something about this song that makes me feel we are all connected, those of us here alive in the universe and those that have already crossed to the other side.

Another great song, Crayon Dreams, by Stian Stark, was the inspiration for the scene where Jaylina meets her never-born son for the first time in Otherworld. Its hard for me not to get emotional (damn it!) when I read that scene while this music plays. Crayon Dreams is a free download by the way, and I suggest everyone add it to their playlist.

Lastly, from the same soundtrack on the Crayon Physics Deluxe game, I found Lullaby, by _ghost. This is another free download that inspired the scenes where Jaylina explores the astral plane with Michael and Martin Clayhous Martin for the first time, and really almost every scene in the astral plane.

Good writers use whatever inspires them to create. Music works for me. I especially love ethereal music without words, or in languages I can’t understand. It keeps my mind open and the ideas moving. What works for you?

Here we go

I just fired off my very first query letter to an interesting agent in New York named Diana Fox. I’m a typical newbie full of high hopes and dreams, but I realize that it takes time to build such relationships.

More important is what the sending of this simple e-mail represents for me: a critical step in a long journey of becoming a published author and going into writing full time.

I’ve broken all the rules of good writing, of course. My book begins with a prologue for heaven sakes, and worse, it opens with poetry! But this is the time, this is the Now, for this story to finally be told. Now is not the time for cliched compromise.

If I’m very lucky, Diana will reply back to let me know all the terrible mistakes I made and help me correct them for future reference. I anticipate a very long road but it’s about the journey not the destination, yes?

Now is the time to fight and to never give up. Now is the time for dreams and reality to collide.