When I first began Storybites.com in 2002, it was a vehicle for commentaries on all the short stories I loved. Hawthorne, Faulkner, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Flannery O’Connor. And then, a disastrous but ultimately miraculous computer glitch happened; all those posts disappeared overnight. At first I was devastated. But then I realized I had another use for the site – one that would serve me better in the long run.
In 2017, I began self-publishing my own cozy mysteries under the Storybites Press imprint. I also helped my brother-in-law Scott Marshall publish a poetry chapbook, Rhymes to Reason. In 2019, I published my first book for children; in 2020, I illustrated my first book for someone else. It's never dull around here!
Right now, no, you can't. All Storybites books (except one) are available through Amazon and not through this site. Why? On my old site, you just clicked on the picture of the book you wanted and you were magically taken to its Amazon page. I'm trying to figure out how to make that happen here. But as of this moment, the best I can say is that this is a work in progress. Very soon, I will make seven of the eight Storybites books "clickable" in some way, I promise. (What about the eighth book? Well, most of the Storybites books were printed by Kindle Direct Publishing, a division of Amazon. Marilyn Coleman's Little Happys is physically too small for them to print, so it was done by a different printer. I am planning to try to get that one listed on Amazon as well, but in the meantime, contact me below if you are interested in ordering it.)
Would you like to order a copy of Little Happys? Or do you need help or advice on self-publishing? Would you like me to critique or edit your book? Or do you just want to say hello? Contact me by clicking in the grey box below!
My name is Karen Bernardo, and I’m a freelance writer and editor, and a former library director in Owego, NY. Prior to my stint at the library, I worked as an editor for Vestal Press and wrote countless articles for small magazines, newspapers, and websites. One story, “Warren Lee” appeared in an anthology called The Favorites, published by the Institute of Children’s Literature for use by its students. As a freelancer, I have edited hundreds of manuscripts and ghostwritten or co-written seven full-length books in addition to the books I’ve published through Storybites. Many decades ago, like when disco was hot, I graduated from Binghamton University (then the State University of New York at Binghamton) with a degree in Literature and Creative Writing. Today I live with my very patient husband Dave in a small sage-colored house in upstate New York. I am the mom of two grown children (one lives in Heaven now) and the grandma of four. Last but not least, we have two cats – a grumpy Maine Coon who will not groom himself and a tabby who sleeps on our heads.