It is not easy to tell about a person’s 50-year career as a writer on a single webpage, but we will attempt to give you a short biography, his most recent titles, a description of his most praised book that contains many concrete poems, and contact data and a backlist of many of his titles.
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A short biography from…
Rays of Truth for a Stellar Life—Short Prose Selections to Take the Mystery Out of Life
About the Author
John Schmidt has published more than two dozen works, through his publishing company, six other publishers, and ebook publishers. For more than two decades he has been the editor of Path Publishing, releasing the works of more than 20 authors. In addition, he has earned Master’s Degrees in English and in Drama; spent several years teaching college English as an adjunct professor and high school English; penned more than 5,000 poems; developed skills for writing in several genres, from nonfiction books to plays to poems to short stories; and has always encompassed a great love for creative expression and the human experience. He lives in Amarillo, Texas, and is the Membership Coordinator for the Hi-Plains Poetry Society and Inspirational Writers Alive!, Amarillo Chapter.
John Schmidt’s most recent nonfiction release…
Tips to Writers from a Book Publisher
Making Publishing a Fun Adventure
Here are two articles from the book…
I don’t believe a writer can measure success purely in dollars. I mean, we all started out writing because it was fun, or there was some inner spiritual or emotional drive that led us in that direction. Then the world came along and said that it is really advantageous to be a writer who is making “big bucks.” And I don’t deny the attraction to the satisfaction of making those dollars. But at what price?
Can a person completely trade out those inner satisfactions for external profit to a large degree? I don’t think so. And I never have, at least not very often.
I had a manuscript which, years ago, could have been sold to a major publishing house. All they wanted me to do was insert references and quotes from their other books into mine, and make mine, in places, conform to their other titles and their main philosophy.
I said no.
Why would a person, a young writer with ambition, decline such an offer? I will tell you.
My inner convictions told me that their philosophy lacked true spiritual direction and, most importantly at the time, their books that I was going to have to read and quote from were more than a hundred years old. Yes, those writers were “famous,” or at least respected in the genre, but I just couldn’t do it. Something told me, deep down inside, that the publication of that book would happen in its own right time and I did not have to compromise my spiritual values and gut feelings to get published.
That manuscript has been greatly enlarged, and parts of it have been the basis for several books. If I had gone with that publisher, I would have had to regain my rights to use those articles and poems in other works. It would have been a mess. Plus, I would have compromised my own values in the process.
So my advice to new writers is, go with your inclinations, don’t hurt other people by what you write, and be sincere in what you believe, making your actions parallel to your spiritual, core beliefs. I think you will be happier in the long run.
You know, I believe we will all meet our Maker someday and will have to look back on our actions, which include our publications, and we will see how our words, actions, manuscripts, and articles lined up with His truths. I greatly appreciate insights that have come to me over the years, revealing the essence of what I should do. By paying attention to spiritual guidance, sometimes materializing in miraculous visions, I stand a much greater chance of experiencing at the end of my life a personal evaluation that is a positive one. I will be happy with what I see.
Here is a poem that conveys part of this process…
Infinity said to me,
“I know a starry
light you would like to be.”
So I let him take me
up, where no earthly
sorrows could I see,
and there, by his side,
I let my soul slide
into total tranquility.
Create a Basic Marketing Plan
On paper or your computer, generate an overall game plan that you feel comfortable with. It doesn’t have to be complicated; it just needs to be done if at all possible. Here’s one simple plan that I created for one of my books…
One or two reviewers, favorites, one or two copies sent to each
General search on Internet
Young people open to new ideas
Going back a few years, this is taken from a contract I signed with an author. I have not deleted every duplication in other articles in this book because you need a comprehensive list that you can print out or put in a file and use as a checklist…
Basic activities by publisher:
Press release creation
Print flyers or extra covers
Promo and author bio placed on website, PathPublishing.com
Search for marketing outlets
Furnish marketing ideas to author
Marketing by author:
Contact friends and family.
Tell one new person about your book each day. If you feel shy, give a flyer or ask for an e-mail address and say you just had a book published.
Search for e-mail lists where author or publisher can send press release and a short letter to other contacts.
You might contact your local newspaper and tell them what’s going on. They might take it as a human-interest story.
Contact other print avenues, like smaller newspapers and a magazine or two.
Perhaps call radio stations, especially the ones that have a talk show. They may give you a free PSA. That’ has happened to us here in Amarillo. The main thing is just to ask. All they can say is, “No thank you.”
Contact local television stations; they might be more receptive than you think. I have over the years been on all three major TV stations here in Amarillo.
Like the publisher, do at least a little Internet searching for sales outlets.
Internet searches for publicity—as to the writing of articles, doing Internet radio shows, and so forth.
Do an Internet search on sales pitches or sales pitches for books; you might find an informative article about sales.
On the Internet read free data from marketing experts like Brian Jud (premiumbookcompany.com) and other marketing experts.
Internet searches for other sites and individuals that can become links to your website or a friend’s website.
Internet social marketing perhaps—Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and maybe others. But don’t go overboard—this can be very time-consuming.
Hand out flyers to many people.
Ask stores if they would like to buy the book for resale (or place some on consignment). Or purchase in some kind of store promotion.
Look for organizations or churches that might buy large quantities of the book for a special event.
Perhaps do a library tour—give a talk or a seminar at two or more local libraries and sell books afterwards.
Ask authors at local writers’ groups and events for ideas. Contact writers or writers’ groups that you have been familiar with in the past and see how they can help you.
Join a local marketing association, perhaps.
Ask your friends for ideas.
Go to your public library and look at the magazine ads. What keywords they are using in order to get people’s attention.
Then look for what newspaper, radio, TV, magazine, or other media would be interested in your book, perhaps to be associated with a holiday coming up in the next few months. You can write an article or appear on their program as an expert in your field or someone who is associated with that holiday or event.
You might check out a book on marketing at the library, then share your findings with other people.
Search for markets not yet even thought of before.
In general, become more knowledgeable of marketing. Stress the advantages of your product, how the customer will benefit. Look at the transaction from their point of view.
About signings in bookstores and all your marketing labor: just enjoy yourself, enjoy sharing your latest work with others. Do the best you can. Feel no stress about it. No one is going to starve to death if you don’t sell all the copies you have. Make it play!
Paperback is $9.99 at Amazon.com/books, 143 pages.
ISBN-13: 978-1-891774-95-9 / ISBN-10: 1-891774-95-6
John Schmidt’s most recent poetry release…
Hope in a New Way
Poems for All Times
Poems of encouragement and life-purpose in order to help us get through our busy lives.
From the poet…
I created this book of special poems, hoping to help encourage people who are as busy as I am. The work is also a declaration of spiritual purpose, in that I allowed, in each poem, hope-filled guidance from my own Spirit, or the Holy Spirit.
God knows what our life plans are to be, if we will cooperate. Life can be a puzzle, but many mysteries can be revealed.
This is, above all, a book of love. Since I cannot meet all my readers in person, I can only allow my Spirit to communicate to their Spirits and minds and emotions in this way: a small book of words, which I hope will encourage each one to have hope rejuvenated, even hope beyond all which has been imagined before, hope in a new way.
Paperback is only $5.99 at Amazon.com/books, 86 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1-891774-77-5 / ISBN-10: 1-891774-77-8
Mercy caught my thought—
is life worth living?—brought me
hope in a bucket
(Poetic form: Haiku, Asian
poem about Nature)
As I Lay Down
I lay down by the side of my God.
He said, “Let me show you what I made recently.”
He touched my head and I could see from
His eyes and point of view.
An array of galaxies, in sparkling variety
of colors, moved as if they were leaves
on a pond blown by the wind, much faster
than I had ever seen them move before.
“See them as I do,” He said,
“as if children playing in a park.”
“What would it be like,” I thought,
“to be made up of stars, and have
galaxies as my best friends?”
“But you already are and do,”
He thought, answering me where
I could hear. “For as you go about your day, you
mix with human-galaxies, who are
formed by the unions of atoms,
who are but small stars.”
I smiled at the thought, that my family
and friends were also eternal creatures
He thought again: “Never again view
your life or your times as of
little consequence, for infinity and
all of life reside in your breath,
as they do in Mine.”
The Open Box
Going through my closet, looking
for old tax records, I found a box.
After sixty years of life, I paused.
What I have most to show for my time on
earth are these poems, some on yellowed paper,
photos of my two sons in different states,
a wedding ring, and a religious tract.
Is that enough?
Where are the things that rose before me
each day like giants, demanding attention
more than any of these?
The giants are no more, at least not
to the degree that they were.
Like the giants the Israelites slaughtered
before they took over the Promised Land,
God wanted them dead.
Mine were friendly giants, and they were
I suppose all part of my life plan—
yet still I wish I had lived more for
remembrances in my box.
If we do not live to create memories,
we lose them to non-eternal sensations.
This concerns Volume 2 in the Successful Living Series...
Rays of Truth for a Stellar Life
Short Prose Selections to Take the Mystery Out of Life
Rays of Truth for a Stellar Life is an informative book on a variety of practical and spiritual topics that leads a person from the confusion of modern life into serenity, or at least a greater ability to cope with the vicissitudes of life. Learn techniques for overcoming life problems while enjoying personal discovery, new ideas, the revisiting of old ideas for pleasure’s sake, and occasionally a revelation thought that might change your life.
From the Introduction:
The purpose of this book is to excite the imagination. We simply don’t know all of the possible solutions to life issues until we have prayed, allowed spiritual forces to give us ideas, and acted on one or two of those ideas. Life is an infinity of solutions, not just problems. Every black night is followed by a new dawn, in physical life and also in our spiritual and mental lives. We should never despair about life problems. In peeling every onion, the onion eventually runs out of tear-producing substances. Wise cooks have techniques for reducing the number of tears. Thus, if we learn a few simple techniques we might have fewer tears throughout life.
$8.99 at Amazon.com, 130 pages, 6x9
ISBN-13: 978-1-891774-84-3; ISBN-10: 1-891774-84-0
A few of the many short prose selections and articles…
“A Short Overview of Life Planning” encourages us to face life head on, not wait for years before finding out why we were born—and not be distracted by delays, side trips, and frustrations that life might present.
“Greatest Threats”—a short history of the greatest threats to world stability in the last hundred years and how America’s greatest threat currently is internal, caused by the rejection of morality and common-sense spiritual principles.
“Something Fishy on the Home Front” is one of 12 humorous pieces. Find out what the wife said when her husband pointed out that there was a green bean in his tuna.
In “The Big Lies and Truth” I tell how most of what society has told me about life had to be discarded in order to live a happier and peaceful life.
“German Freedom”—how my grandfather’s decision to leave Germany circa 1910 greatly improved generations to come after him; I’m so thankful for having lived in the U.S.
“Using Creativity Creatively”—how we can use creativity more in our everyday lives for greater happiness.
“Relax, We’re Only Talking about Relaxation Techniques”—practical exercises, relaxation techniques, and meditations that could aid anyone. This article alone is worth the price of the book.
“Future Politics”—this and related sections of the book describe a beautiful, wonderful future directly ahead, perhaps only ten years away, if we react positively and do not despair about the current world.
“The Chain of ‘Happies’” encourages us to look at the thought processes we use to arrive at happiness. The question is posed: Is happiness only a product of accomplishment and sensation or more of a relationship with our Creator?
“Learning to Go by Sound and Not Sight”—how when presented with an issue, we should not be absorbed in what we see, but use sound to change our circumstances, be it for better health, deliverance from negative thoughts, increased prosperity, or whatever is God’s will for our lives.
“Life on the Fourth Floor” categorizes human consciousness levels, embracing the idea that people can indeed live mostly in an environment of intuition and infinity where few worries press into their existence because they can see so closely a very real God and a good solution to any problem.
Here’s the book’s description on Amazon right now…
Rays of Truth for a Stellar Life, Volume 2 in the Successful Living Series, is an informative book on a variety of practical and spiritual topics that leads a person from the confusion of modern life into serenity, or at least a greater ability to cope with the vicissitudes of life. Learn techniques for overcoming life problems while enjoying personal discovery, new ideas, the revisiting of old ideas for pleasure’s sake, and occasionally a revelation thought that might change your life.
I worked very hard on this book for more than seven months. Rays of Truth for a Stellar Life is a bargain at $8.99.
$8.99 at Amazon.com, 130 pages, 6x9
ISBN-13: 978-1-891774-84-3; ISBN-10: 1-891774-84-0
See the review of Making Life Work for You on the front page of this website—and it is from Reader Views, a very respected reviewing source.
Making Life Work for You
A Training Manual for a Fulfilling Life
Volume 1 in the Successful Living Series
Making Life Work for You contains entertaining and informative essays to help you unlock the keys to a successful and fulfilling life.
From the introduction…
“Life is not just for the accumulation of goods and services, but for a sincere and persistent investigation into the meaning of life…. We can take the opportunity to examine our lives closely while we still have life, not wait and see what happens after death….
“So I ask you, dear reader, to seriously consider the questions and answers in this book. Don’t just accept what society has told you is the correct path. Take a long look at life purpose and cause-and-effect reactions while you still have life. Don’t wait for the approach of death to force you into a situation of desperate pondering with few clear options as to how to handle the next reality.”
Short book description:
Making Life Work for You is a collection of essays on a variety of topics which will both entertain and instruct the reader in order to obtain a fuller appreciation of life, from the very practical to the invisible spiritual realms.
Only $7.99 at Amazon.com, 134 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1-891774-25-6; ISBN-10: 1-891774-25-5
1. Peaceful Life Purpose
2. God’s Kind of Love, Including Forgiveness
3. Keeping the Peace, in and Around Us
4. How to Stay Healthy in a Sick World
5. Choices, Chess, and Adolescence
6. Grandfather’s Blessings
7. Faith, in God, People, or Both?
8. Being a Child Again
9. Tithing, Our Friend
10. Who Is the Holy Spirit?
11. Angels Everywhere
12. Helping Suicide Prevention Helpers
13. The Smaller Words Will Have Their Day, Just Not Today—
14. How the Life Cycle Works for Most People
15. Finding Life Goals and the Life Mission
16. Making Life Goals
17. Expanding Time
18. Faith, Again
19. Peace Provision
20. Boring Names—More Wordy Humor
21. The Price of Fame
22. Our Next Great Civilization
23. Perfect Patience
24. Time to Seriously Think about Time
Suicide Prevention Poem and Devotional
Suicide Is a Dead-end
Finding Suicide Prevention Help Lines Outside the U.S.
About the Author and the Publisher
Two books of poems for your enjoyment...
Enjoy these poems praising God and revealing our love!
Poems for God
For Joy and Enlightenment
By John Schmidt
Poems for God is a book of poems that are entertaining and also enlightening, as to our relationship with God and how He is blessed when we bless Him.
From the introduction…
Years of serious thought on a variety of spiritual topics, including praise, have led me to compose this book of poems. I hope these words will not only enlarge the lives of readers everywhere, but also be a joyful expression to my Heavenly Father, thereby increasing my joy in Him.
Praise is a way of not only thanking Him for what He has given us, but a way of letting us show our love for Him.
In this new collection, I give to you, dear reader, a chance to share in my praise so that together we might praise the Maker of the universe in our creative endeavors and all aspects of our lives.
Only $5.99 at Amazon.com
ISBN-13: 978-1-891774-90-4 / ISBN-10: 1-891774-90-5
Here are sample poems from the book…
I Remember That Too
I remember when they said it couldn’t be done:
air flight across the oceans uniting continents
weather forecasting weeks in advance
machines linked together to enable one of us
to send mail to Alaska in five seconds
the Second Coming of Jesus Christ in the sky.
It seems life is often so unkind
until I look at thoughts that are mine
and perceive what I did not design—
long links between these pains
and hurt people sorely intertwined
with desires as my aim.
An Amazing Afterlife
Thinking birth the beginning of
his existence, he was
surprised to see spiritual love
flowing back for eons, above
a sea of patience.
When I let God
do the telling,
I have far fewer needs
to do the asking.
John Schmidt has created one of his most fun books, gathering poems written in the last 15 years!
Rock Solid Concrete Poems—Art Poems for the Heart
For lovers of art, life, or poetry!
By John Schmidt
From the introduction:
Almost all of John's art poems are in Rock Solid Concrete Poems—Art Poems for the Heart. This collection of concrete poems offers free expression to the imagination, entertaining readers of all ages. These art poems are truly for the heart, creating a satisfying emotional response while titillating the mind and expanding the soul.
You can purchase the paperback at Amazon.com for $7.99. Here are short comments from a reviewer and three readers… “Poetry flows into shapes that pop off the page!” “Texas poet John Schmidt is a master at writing shaped verse/concrete poetry.” “Well-crafted, humorous, and pleasurable—a sheer joy to ponder and to read aloud.” “The poems are beautiful, not only in words but in design.”
Only $7.99 at Amazon.com, 62 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1500915926 / ISBN-10: 1500915920
Here are contact data and backlist from Rays of Truth for a Stellar Life—Short Prose Selections to Take the Mystery Out of Life…
Connect with John Schmidt:
By e-mail: Path@PathPublishing.com
Amazon.com Author Page: https://amazon.com/author/schmidtjohn
Facebook John Schmidt: https://www.facebook.com/john.schmidt.716195
Facebook Path Publishing:
Books and Ebooks by John Schmidt
The cost of a paperback copy of Rays of Truth for a Stellar Life—Short Prose Selections to Take the Mystery Out of Life is $8.99. Purchase from Amazon.com or by mail. send $8.99 plus $3.50 shipping for a total of $12.49 (Texans add 8.25 percent sales tax for a total of $13.52) to Path Publishing, 4302 SW 51st #121, Amarillo, Texas 79109-6159. For inquiries, e-mail Path@PathPublishing.com . Thank you!
Paperbacks for adults by John Schmidt:
Discover more about yourself within the lives of others, while enjoying a variety of poetic forms, by reading A Life to Share—Two Hundred Poems for Living Life to the Fullest. Only $6.99 at Amazon.com.
About 90 of John’s poems are in Winner’s Wisdom—Eight-Week Devotional Using Poetry and Journaling to Express the Real You. Available at Amazon.com for $8.99, 144 pages.
If you are looking for a novel, please consider Timeless Sisters—A Novella About Love in All of Its Dimensions, where two very different, motherless sisters seek the loves of their lives while dealing with a turbulent time in their country’s history when their father, the king, dies suddenly. Paperback is $5.99 at Amazon.com and the ebook is available from Smashwords.com for only $2.99.
Forty Tips for Church Growth—A how-to guide for practical expansion, $4.99. Also an ebook for the same price at Smashwords.com.
Friends Forever, You and God—A Coloring Book for Adults and Children, $5.50.
Smashwords.com ebooks by John Schmidt:
Timeless Sisters, $2.99.
Forty Tips for Church Growth―A how-to guide for practical expansion,$4.99.
Backlist—the following works by John Schmidt can be ordered by mail only (for information, e-mail Path@PathPublishing.com…
Giving to Yourself and Letting Happiness Happen, $6.99. A great little book for anyone who is seeking a way out of depression.
Our Dream Language, $5.95. A handbook for the dream interpreter, who will discover that the language of dreams is as understandable as any foreign language, with persistence and a reliance on intuitive understanding.
Silly Willy Will, a two-cassette collection of hundreds of John’s poems, read by the author with professional piano music improvised in the background. Also available on a single CD for the same price, $6.00.
Fiction paperbacks for youths:
The Lion Princess—Journey to an Awakening, $12.95.
Heroes, Angels and Miracles—Eleven Uplifting Stories from Around the World for Youths, $20.00, 360 pages. “Timeless Sisters” is one of the stories in this book.
Purchase all three for only $10.00.
Mr. Turtle’s Award, $6.00.
You and God Together, Friends Forever, $6.00.
Two Stories for Children—Betty Blooper Is Super! and Hands Holding Heaven, bilingual, English and Spanish, $6.00.
All the days of the afflicted [are] evil: but he that is of a merry heart [hath] a continual feast. Proverbs 15:15