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Self publishing is an increasingly popular route for poets and writers, and a route that is gaining success. Nostrovia! Poetry offers some help for those trying to found their way among the snares of the self publishing process.
As hard as this is, try to not get emotionally involved with your authors and content creators. Especially poets. The really great ones can really turn your guts inside out with a simple line break.
Keeping some emotional distance will help you look at what you’re doing objectively. Though, I’ll admit, sometimes this is difficult to do. I’ve fallen into this time and time again, being swayed by one poet or another.
What’s something you wish you knew when you started your publishing press? If you’re a self-publisher, what do you wish you knew when you first began?
Posted by Jeremiah Walton on March 26, 2013
Do you need help locally promoting your poetry? Here’s an idea I’ve been using that’s been working well; pocket-sized poetry collections. It takes twenty minutes to set up the Microsoft Word file to format them, and only a minute to fold one. I’ve folded hundreds and distributed them free, and seen a surge in the amount of traffic my website and blogs experience regularly.
Modus Operandi is a collection of poems I released as a pocket-sized poetry collection. I initially distributing the collection at an open mic, but as the short collection gained some popularity, I released it as a non-profit ebook available through Nostrovia! Poetry. You can hand such collections out free, including your name and web address in the little booklet, and reap the benefits.
How To Format A Pocket-Sized Poetry Collection and How To Fold A Pocket-Sized Poetry Collection are two articles that explain how to create a collection similar to Modus Operandi. Make note of this though, the collection is made of one sheet of paper, and is therefor short. But that’s what makes it so useful. It’s not a full chapbook, so it doesn’t take too long to produce, especially if you’re hand pressing your work, and it’s easy to carry around and give away. I’ve been setting up outside small book stores and local supportive businesses to with a table that has two crates full of them. One crate contains a large quantity of Modus Operandi, and the other a collection simply titled “A Three Poem Collection“, that is only available locally. Get creative in how you distribute them. Ask local bookstores if you can leave a box of them by the exit for people to take on their way out, or place them in ideal locations along the streets for people to pick up.
This is only one creative way to distribute your work though. What are some techniques you’ve employed to creatively get your name and writing around? Cheers!
Posted by Jeremiah Walton on December 20, 2012
Learning How To Commission Illustration, an article featured at Exit Within: the Gallegos Blog. This is worth checking out for writers who want to incorporate art into their work.
Posted by Jeremiah Walton on November 1, 2012