Introducing My First Chapbook: A Skeleton in the Attic – Art by Rob Goldstein

Today I’m sharing a post from Rob Goldstein. Rob is a prolific blogger and a very talented artist and writer – what a gift!  Rob has finally published his first short story ‘Chap’ book. If you don’t know what a Chap book is, please enjoy Rob’s post and do visit the link to his newest creation.


Illustration for a Skeleton in the Attic


Introducing My First Chapbook: A Skeleton in the Attic


A Skeleton in the Attic


I realized my goal of publishing a book of poems was unreasonable for a man with no experience in online publishing, so I took a break.

I started the break by evaluating different programs for self-publishing and discovered Ourboox.

Ourboox is a free platform and seems ideal for writers who are new to online publishing.

I researched the company and the founder, Mel Rosenberg, is exactly who he
says he is:

Mel Rosenberg is a microbiologist best known for his research into treatment of bad breath; he went to a children’s book fair in Bologna and came home with the idea of a free web based platform for publishing children’s books.

The template is limited but flexible.

If you’ve used WordPress Classic, Ourboox is easy.

The e-books I saw on the Ourboox site reminded me of chapbooks.

What is a Chapbook?

chapbook is “a small book or pamphlet containing poems, ballads, stories, or religious tracts” (dictionary) The term is still used today to refer to short, inexpensive booklets. Chapbooks were the zines of early modern Europe and played an important role in the history of publishing and literacy. In the 17th and 18th Centuries, chapbooks were the most popular way to disseminate poetry and children’s books: they were easy to make and cheap. . .  please continue reading at Rob’s blog – and do have a look at this most beautiful story by Rob – A Skeleton in the Attic


Link to Rob’s Chap book


Source: Introducing My First Chapbook: A Skeleton in the Attic – Art by Rob Goldstein

22 thoughts on “Introducing My First Chapbook: A Skeleton in the Attic – Art by Rob Goldstein

  1. Interesting–had seen the term “chapbook” often enough, without a clue as to precisely its meaning, other than a suspicion the intended audience must be children. Not inclined to either read or write to that genre, I never researched it.


  2. Hi Debby – I’d come across chap books some years ago and had noted the concept … so this makes really interesting reading … I shall be back to pursue Rob’s suggestions sometime soon. Great that you’ve given him a voice here … thanks and cheers to you both – Hilary


  3. I have seen the word “chapbook” floating around cyberspace recently and wondered exactly what it meant. Thanks for the definition and real-life illustration here. Somehow I think “Chatbook” may describe the new “zine” well because of its varied content. Perhaps the buzz word “chapbook” is shorthand for “chapter.” Hmmmm

    Who knew that they dated back to the 17th century. Thanks, Debby!


  4. Thanks for sharing Rob’s story and discovery, Debby. I’d heard about chapbooks (like some other commenters), but didn’t quite know what it was. I’ll have to browse Rob’s website a bit more in depth one of these weeks. It’s been on my “to-do” list for a while… 🙂


  5. Hi Debby – just been over to read … fascinating – and I’ll look at OurBoox in a couple of weeks … thanks for telling us about Rob, Chapbooks and the wonderful Skeleton! Cheers Hilary


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