The excitement is real, I can’t believe that it is really happening and I’m finally going to publish a book.  It was early in the morning, a day in September 2018, while sitting at my desk, I took up Consciously 21; a book written by Saun-Jaye Brown and was reading one of her poems. I remembered when she came to my office about a year earlier and shared with me her journey to becoming a published author.

I have always thought about publishing my work, but never made the attempt in any serious way. I had previously looked at self-publishing but that did not work out.  So, on this particular morning when reading the poem, the thought came to me to search for Tamarind Hill Press - the publishers of Saun-Jaye’s book.  I did an online search and found their website and submitted my manuscript and forgot about it.

On October 9, 2018, I received an email from Tamarind Hill Press saying that they are reviewing my work and the truth is I did a little dance in the office, this of course after locking the door. The rest is history they say. The Illusions of Life will be published on November 14, 2018.

What started out as a hobby and in many ways it still is, has given birth to the accomplishment of a small dream. I started writing this anthology of forty one poems in December 2017 and it culminates in this beautiful book. I love writing poems, it is not difficult for me and in many ways poetry saved me. These poems are an escape from realities and in some cases an expression of them. I have discovered that there is a priceless therapy in the writing and reading of poetry.

I hope that you will get the chance to read this book and that you will find some amount of entertainment, inspiration and motivation in the words. Go get your copy as soon as it becomes available.

17 Responses

  1. Shanna-Kay says:

    Your poems on IG thus far have burst upon my intellect, leading me to a more intricate desire to understand your work, so I’m patiently awaiting your book release☺🤗👏🏽

  2. Kemone says:

    It is so exciting to read this. I’m proud of this accomplishment and grateful that I’m not just witnessing but with you on this journey. Can’t wait to walk into a store and see your book on a shelf. Well done @ajepoetry

  3. Chavoun says:

    Beautiful quotes, words of wisdom, looking forward for the book

  4. ajepoetry says:

    Thank you for your kind words,

  5. Travis says:

    Love your craft… looking forward for your book

    • ajepoetry says:

      Hey Travis, thanks for the kind words and appreciation. I will let you know as soon as the book is available for you.

  6. Shonnoy says:

    A friend of mine and yours always speak highly about your poems so am grateful to be able to hear them, looking forward for your book

  7. Proud Jamaican says:

    Ordered my copy, looking forward to reading it.

    Well done

  8. Danielle says:

    Lovey work very inspiring, your poems are amazing looking forward for more Mr. Antonio.

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  10. Dwight Thompson says:

    and congrats

  11. Tamara says:

    U shld write more books. Read the ellusions in less than a day

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