The most frustrating and demoralizing thing that a poet can experience is that of being rejected by a poetry publisher. No matter what the scale of that publisher. It can be a world renowned literary magazine, your church newsletter, or your favorite poetry blog.
Being the fragile-minded character that I am, I decided to take the easy route: I don’t even try.
I’m content with that, too. Why should I beg someone to publish my work? I like my poetry. Some of my fellow poets like my poems. Many of you like my poems!
Maybe it’s just the fear of rejection and not being willing to grow from criticism. But then again you rarely, if ever, receive a “here’s how your poem could be improved” response to your rejected poem.
So, anyway, back to the topic of this post.
If I’m saying not to worry about even trying to publish your poetry, then why am I posting about how to do it?
Because I believe that we poets and writers need to take the simple route. Go back to the basics in its modern form. Take the easier route of self-publishing.
Do you remember the days of chapbooks? They’re still popular in some circles. Chapbooks are the precursor to modern day self-publishing. People printed out poems on paper, bound them with staples or glue, and sold them and handed them out to friends.
We need to translate that to the modern age of blogs, Kindles and Nooks, and tablet computers.
Start a blog to showcase your poetry. Share it with your friends and on your social media sites like Facebook and Twitter.
Give it away.
I hate to break the news to you, but you will not become rich off of selling your poetry. However, if you build up your blog, and gain a following people will buy copies of your works if you offer it to them. They trust you and want to support you. Take your best pieces from your site, put them together into an eBook, link to it in your blog’s sidebar, and announce it to the world (I’ll get into the specifics on how to do this in a later post).
The point is that the way you get your poetry published is to publish it yourself. Don’t spend all your time and creative energy tracking down publishers and literary agents. We need you to write. We need to read your works now.
Get writing. Get publishing. We’re waiting.