My latest book is Ireland, Place Out of Time (Weeping Willow Books, 2017). This collection of poetry and photographs grew out of our trip to Ireland in October 2015. We traveled from Dublin south to Waterford and Kinsale, then up the western coast, stopping to visit the Ring of Kerry, the Dingle Peninsula, the tiny burg of Doolin and the Aran Islands, as well as The Cliffs of Moher, The Burren, and beautiful windswept Connemara. Come along with us on this lovely journey as we discover Ireland, truly a place out of time.
Heart on a Fence, a book of my poetry and photography, was published by Weeping Willow Books in 2016. You can order this book here, or on Amazon. ($20 plus shipping and handling for softcover; $26 for hardcover.) I am thrilled to offer this book, which combines my love of photography with my poetry.
I am also at work on Face, A Memoir. This book looks at the impacts on my life of an early traumatic injury that disfigured my face. I was hit by a car when I was five and dragged a half-block down the street. I lost my entire left cheek and eyelid, and had to undergo twenty surgeries over the next fifteen years, the majority of them before I turned eleven. When I went off to college I pushed all those experiences down into a deep place and tried not to think about them again. But at midlife, my life was falling apart, and I was forced to look back and confront all the heartache that accompanied those early years of surgeries, trauma, and emotional pain. It was the beginning of my coming back to myself. It is my hope that Face will inspire and move others to confront painful experiences and, ultimately, find healing, understanding and contentment. I did.
My 2010 book, Navigating the Rough Waters of Today’s Publishing World, Critical Advice for Writers from Industry Insiders (Quill Driver Books), was named one of “10 Great Writing Books from 2010” by The Writer magazine. [press kit PDF.] I'm in the process of updating this book in 2016.
In its review, The Writer said: “This accessible, concise road map to the publishing industry offers an in-depth look at the impact of emerging technologies on publishing (in the future, Meier writes, “almost everything published will move to an online format”), as well as the important differences between fiction and nonfiction publishing. Additionally, the author covers how to work effectively with agents, maximize marketing and promotional opportunities, and get published in magazines, newspapers and online. Meier is an award-winning journalist, as well as the former owner and director of the prestigious Santa Barbara Writers Conference. Her book is an invaluable reference for anyone seeking to plot a course for publishing success.”
Here is what others said about Navigating:
“Reading this book actually gives you the feeling that you are sitting over coffee with writing coaches, agents, publishers, marketing professionals, and other experts. It’s a must-read for anyone who is contemplating publishing or who has already started the process.” - Patricia Fry, founder of SPAWN (Small Publishers, Artists and Writers Network) See the whole review here.
“Navigating the Rough Waters of Today’s Publishing World is a compendium of practical, ‘real-world’ advice, insight, commentary, and instruction for writers seeking publication in today’s increasingly volatile, rapidly evolving, and fiercely competitive publishing industry. (It) should be considered mandatory reading for anyone and all aspiring authors seeking to become successful professionals.” - Midwest Book Review
“A complete review of the modern publishing process, this resource is an ideal companion for aspiring authors who want to understand and break into this ever-changing industry.” - IndependentPublisher.com
“Confused by the ever-changing publishing landscape? Marcia Meier shows you the way. Tapping into her extensive industry contacts, she brings you the best thinking on where books and publishing are headed in the coming years. Navigating is an indispensable resource that should be on every writer’s bookshelf.” – Arianna Huffington, best-selling author and founder of The Huffington Post
“It’s a first-rate guide to the new world of publishing.” - Lou Cannon, former Washington Post columnist and author of President Reagan, The Role of a Lifetime, and many other books
“Marcia Meier is a skilled and graceful writer whose experience as a writers conference director puts her in the catbird seat with regard to the publishing world. The insights she’s gleaned from the industry’s top agents and editors will be invaluable for any writer wondering how to proceed today.” – Davida Wills Hurwin, author of A Time for Dancing (an American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults), The Farther You Run, Circle the Soul Softly, and Freaks and Revelations.
“I want to thank you for writing a very useful book. I recently finished a third draft of my novel and was looking for some informed, up-to-date guidance to the ever-morphing publishing industry. So, I went to Chaucer’s on State Street and found Navigating the Rough Waters of Today’s Publishing World, and it turned out to be just what I needed, at the right time. The sections on marketing and the role of authors in building platforms were especially helpful.” - Randal Jackson, NASA science writer.
My poem, “When the Snow Geese Fly,” is in this lovely poetry anthology, Knocking at the Door, Poems About Approaching the Other, edited by Lisa Sisler and Lea C. Deschenes and published by Birch Bench Press in 2011.
My first book, Santa Barbara, Paradise on the Pacific, was published by Longstreet Press in 1996. A coffee table book with extensive text, it features the exceptional photography of Santa Barbara’s James Chen plus extensive chapters on the history of Santa Barbara, the community, and highlights of the city and environs.