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 another writer. It's never dull around here!
Technically no -- you have to go through Amazon. Just click on the picture of the book you want and in seven out of eight cases, you will be magically taken to its Amazon page. 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 was physically too small for them to print, so it was done by a more traditional printer. I hope to get that one listed on Amazon as well, but in the meantime, contact me below if you are interested in ordering it.
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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, short stories, and poems 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 Press. Many decades ago, literally 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.