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    Preparing Poetry for Publication

    Hello all,

    Iím sorry if Iíve posted this in the wrong place, but I was wondering if anyone had any advice on preparing and submitting poetry for publication?

    In the past, Iíve had poems published in online journals and a few poetry magazines, but Iím wondering what the next step is and how you go about making it happen.

    From what Iíve read elsewhere the next step would be chapbooks/ pamphlets and I would say that itís only in the last few months I would say that I feel I have a started to collate decent collection that fits together rather than feeling like a group of unconnected poems. Or is there another step between these two stages I should be looking at?

    In terms of preparing these pieces for publication, I know of a few published poets who offer a paid advise service but Iíve never gone beyond enquiry with this, has anyone done this? Was it useful?

    Finally for anyone out there who has succeeded in having a collection or pamphlet published is there a rough word count or number of poems I should be looking at? And is there any publishers you would recommend me pursuing?

    Thank you in advance for any advice you can provide.

    Syd

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2020Syd2020 View Post
    Hello all,

    Iím sorry if Iíve posted this in the wrong place, but I was wondering if anyone had any advice on preparing and submitting poetry for publication?

    In the past, Iíve had poems published in online journals and a few poetry magazines, but Iím wondering what the next step is and how you go about making it happen.

    From what Iíve read elsewhere the next step would be chapbooks/ pamphlets and I would say that itís only in the last few months I would say that I feel I have a started to collate decent collection that fits together rather than feeling like a group of unconnected poems. Or is there another step between these two stages I should be looking at?

    In terms of preparing these pieces for publication, I know of a few published poets who offer a paid advise service but Iíve never gone beyond enquiry with this, has anyone done this? Was it useful?

    Finally for anyone out there who has succeeded in having a collection or pamphlet published is there a rough word count or number of poems I should be looking at? And is there any publishers you would recommend me pursuing?

    Thank you in advance for any advice you can provide.

    Syd
    Hello,

    This might not help , but in recent weeks I managed to get replies from poet J. Raymond and JH soul, also Mark Anthony replied.
    But just with knowledge to better my skills.
    It could be worth a shot, talking with them on Instagram if you wish.
    Hope this helps if any.

    J.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2020Syd2020 View Post
    Hello all,

    Iím sorry if Iíve posted this in the wrong place, but I was wondering if anyone had any advice on preparing and submitting poetry for publication?

    In the past, Iíve had poems published in online journals and a few poetry magazines, but Iím wondering what the next step is and how you go about making it happen.

    From what Iíve read elsewhere the next step would be chapbooks/ pamphlets and I would say that itís only in the last few months I would say that I feel I have a started to collate decent collection that fits together rather than feeling like a group of unconnected poems. Or is there another step between these two stages I should be looking at?

    In terms of preparing these pieces for publication, I know of a few published poets who offer a paid advise service but Iíve never gone beyond enquiry with this, has anyone done this? Was it useful?

    Finally for anyone out there who has succeeded in having a collection or pamphlet published is there a rough word count or number of poems I should be looking at? And is there any publishers you would recommend me pursuing?

    Thank you in advance for any advice you can provide.

    Syd
    Syd, finding a publisher for poetry is very difficult. There are a few magazines out there that also publish poetry chapbooks, like Better than Starbucks, but you can't submit manuscripts there at the moment.
    And Rattle's Chapbook Prize
    A chapbook is roughly 50 pages, but that can vary from 20 to 70 pages. Depends.

    Unfortunately I don't know other publishers at the moment. It's still the best way to get published in magazines, and win competitions. It gives you a better chance to find a publisher later on. Also, many poets only publish in magazines. Often magazines ask for 3 to 5 poems, it's not a bad thing at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Darren White View Post


    Syd, finding a publisher for poetry is very difficult. There are a few magazines out there that also publish poetry chapbooks, like Better than Starbucks, but you can't submit manuscripts there at the moment.
    And Rattle's Chapbook Prize
    A chapbook is roughly 50 pages, but that can vary from 20 to 70 pages. Depends.

    Unfortunately I don't know other publishers at the moment. It's still the best way to get published in magazines, and win competitions. It gives you a better chance to find a publisher later on. Also, many poets only publish in magazines. Often magazines ask for 3 to 5 poems, it's not a bad thing at all.
    Hello,

    thank you. Like I say I’ve had a few pieces published in magazines and journals in the past, but I’ve never really sat down and worked on putting together a collection or ever considered entering anything into a competition. That is before now, there are one or two live at the minute that I might consider entering.

    It’s hard to know where to start with it all, especially if you don’t come from a collegiate background. Where I’d imagine if you look in the right places and willing to put the work in you can get the support.

    Thank you again

    Syd

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    I would suggest first step is to get your manuscript together and then here are a couple of interesting resources from googling: "How do you publish a chapbook of poetry?"

    https://www.pw.org/content/publishing_book
    https://writersrelief.com/2009/05/26/how-to-publish-a-poetry-book-chapbook-or-collection-of-poems/

    https://trishhopkinson.com/2017/03/30/14-no-fee-chapbook-publishers-and-other-chapbook-listings/






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    You could consider self-publishing. You'd have to market for yourself and invest a bit more financially, but it is always a choice.

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