Publishing poetry and the beginnings of thought

Every so often a little voice inside my head suggest that I should publish my poetry. Then, I remind my little voice, “I don’t have that much poetry to publish”. Then my voice says, “Oh…yeah…nevermind”.

Anyway, I’ve decided that the only way to silence that voice is to first build up a body of work, so that I can at least give myself the option of publishing or not. And, as I am building up my works, I can submit single poems to various magazines, newspapers, articles, and podcasts to find out what kind of reception and feedback my poems get along the way.

In my entire life I have submitted poetry to three or four projects. Two of those were podcasts.

The Washington Post ran an article about some great publishing alternatives for us amateur writers. has gotten rave reviews for their on-demand publishing method. I have heard many unsung writers singing its praises. just debuted as a direct competitor as of yesterday. Both worth checking out.

So, as a result, I’m going to work hard at becoming a better, more frequent author. I’m putting together a discussion podcast on creativity and overcoming writer’s block with Thom Ingram of the Poet Guru Podcast and Harry Lafnear of the EveryDay Muse podcast to find out their techniques for their poem-a-day writing projects. We’re shooting for recording this Saturday. Stay tuned!

Will Brown

Will Brown is a poet, blogger, and a scanner of all things new. He also currently blogs at Help Desk Helps where he discusses tips and issues affecting the help desk professional.

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