Poetry writers are always interested in finding the right publishers for their poetry. As hopeless as it sometimes seems, there are small presses, magazines and book publishers who publish and promote poetry. It takes research on the part of you the writer, to search out the markets and discover the right publishers for your poetry.
As hopeless as it seems to get your poetry into print, poetry is thriving. Small presses are continually looking for new talent. Some even offer a respectable amount of money, from a few dollars a line to 30 dollars a poem. Small presses are in the business of discovery. Remember every poet was once unpublished. Every famous author was once unknown and many still have their first appearance to make. Who knows? You may be one of them.
As an author, you have to do the research and find your own publisher. Find out who publishes the kind of poetry you write. The poet has to search out his own market. The trick for a dedicated poetry writer is to find a venue that will pay for your work. Only a few poetry writers can solely make a living at writing poetry. Many writers are happy just to get their work published without monetary consideration. If pay is not of primary interest to you, go ahead and send your poetry to nonpaying small presses and magazines that you like.
Read poetry you like. Read poetry you don’t like. See what works and what doesn’t. See how the language is used. You should be a reader long before you are a writer of poetry. Read the magazines you are submitting to. That may sound like good common sense but many people don’t. Are they publishing work similar to yours? You have to be on the same wave length as the magazines you are submitting to.
Look closely at your poems and ask the same questions of your work that you ask of others poems. Ask, what works? What doesn’t? Then ask, Does my poem say what I wanted it to say? Is it understandable? Finely ask, What kind of people will enjoy my poem? Go to the library and read the poetry publications. Then make a list of book publishers that publish poems similar to yours. Now you know the markets to send your poetry for consideration.
New poets often think of their poetry as private. Don’t. If you plan to publish, pass your work around to be read by all and sundry. They are your public. You need to have their feed back. If you are published many people will read it so set your poetry free early on. Listen to your critics and edit until you make your poetry as perfect as you can get it. Walk away from it for awhile then edit it again.
Contact your intended markets and ask for guidelines. Most publishers will not even look at your work if you don’t follow their guidelines. Submit the number of poems requested in the guidelines. In a collection of poems, make sure the poems connect in some way. They need to have a relationship with one another to be a collection. Make sure they are readable, if you give overworked editors an excuse not to read your poems they will take it.
Poetry editors receive thousands of poems every month. They are very busy people. Make sure your poem is the best it can be before sending it in. Otherwise it may never be read.
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