Update on my Poetry Collection Nocturne


Official Author’s Photo from March, 2015

The last few days I have been working almost continuously on collecting the poems I wrote from 1985 to 1996 into a volume I call Nocturne.  I am almost finished with the first draft.

I first collected them together about two years ago and submitted them to a publisher, who I thought would be ideal for them.  I knew from the beginning that their usual wait time for a decision was about six months, but I was willing to wait, because I thought they would be excellent for it.  You can probably guess the rest.

I was not in a hurry, so I waited.  I would check back every few months and they would say that a decision would be soon; they were still working through their backlog.  Eventually, they turned it down.

Not being high on the priority list of my life, I took my time in finding other potential publishers.  I looked for ones (primarily in the Poets and Writers website) that would respond in less than three months.  I submitted it simultaneously to a couple of publishers about a month ago.  I am awaiting their responses.

However, now I am preparing to publish Nocturne myself on Kindle.  At the same time, I am developing a print version.

Both potential publishers should respond in January.  Unless one offers a terrific deal, I will publish Nocturne on February 1.  My Kindle version will feature lots of (public domain stock) photos that I have selected to heighten the poignancy, which the version I submitted to the publishers does not.

In the meantime I will be refining the Kindle version and studying the best strategies for pre-release publicity and marketing.

Wish me luck.





“The Scent and Other Stories: the Dark Side of Love” Will Be Free on Christmas, 2017.

Cover of the Kindle edition

This is my Christmas gift to my readers.

In this collection of short stories, I explore the dark, sometimes violent, sometimes twisted, sometimes touching side of love, the side kept not only from public view, but sometimes from our mates. Set in the modern era, these stories range from regretting losing a lover to forbidden interracial love in the hills of 1970’s Kentucky to a mother’s deathbed confession in present-day New Mexico to debating pursuing a hateful man’s wife to the callous manipulation of a lover in Texas.

To order yours and to view my other works as well, visit my Amazon author’s page at: www.amazon.com/author/philslattery.

Praise for Stories Contained in “The Scent and Other Stories”:

The Scent

“This story has a lovely dreamy quality whilst being unsettling too. It lingers on half processed emotional experiences and leaves the reader asking ‘what if’ and ‘if only’ – feelings that are familiar for so many people.”

“You wrote about something we can all relate to – how, out of the blue, the scent of something evokes a memory of something long past; and the emotions we felt at the time! A clever story …”

“This descriptive piece about remembrance, the thought of what might have been, is a common sad thread that will resonate with those have experienced the pain of that one love lost. Slattery’s use of scent was exquisite as we feel Quinn’s pain and hope that he finds his peace, at last.”


“Fantastic writing – I held my breath for most of the story. The descriptions of the countryside and the people were beautiful and the tension compelling. This could possibly be the start of a novel or a suite of stories. Thank you very much and good luck with your writing in the future”

“Suspenseful and engaging. The dialogue and descriptions kept pace with the action. Well done.”

A Good Man

“Lots of detail examining an old question of how do you judge a person’s life. It left me wondering.”

“Great job capturing the social climate of the sixties. Good choice for how to present the story – deathbed “confession” by the mother. I enjoyed it.”

The Slightest of Indiscretions

“Excellent writing brings this poignant story to life and makes the reader work to understand more of what might be. Very many thanks for a satisfying, emotionally intelligent read…”