A friend asked me recently whether I intend to publish a further collection of my poetry. The answer is yes, I aim to publish a further collection in early 2016.
Drawing together the book will entail reading through poems and determining what (and what not) to include. It also means deciding which poems to publish (as is) and which to amend. Finally the book will be proof read by a professional proof reader. As regards the latter, I always publish my poetry as written by me (poetry is a very personal thing as it expresses the poets inner soul and it is not, in my view the role of a proof reader and/or editor to suggest changes to the language and/or style employed by the poet. I use a proof reader to check for typographical errors and to correct punctuation by, for example replacing a comma with a semi colon where necessary).
As with my previous collections, I intend to include poems on a variety of topics, rather than producing a book replete with nature or humorous verse and nothing else,as this is what I personally look for in an anthology/collection of poetry. Variety is as someone once remarked, “the spice of life”.
For my previous poetry collections please visit http://www.amazon.com/Dalliance-collection-poetry-prose-Morris-ebook/dp/B00QQVJC7E and http://www.amazon.com/girl-wasnt-there-other-poems-ebook/dp/B0155KSKOC.
Wonderful, how exciting! I will make sure to check out your previous poetry collections. I’ve been thinking about publishing, but I just don’t even know where to start. 😅
Thanks Jennifer for your comment and checking out my previous collections. Good luck with publishing your poetry. You can publish free on Amazon in ebook format and in print using Amazon’s sister company, Createspace. I have heard good things about Smashwords also. Let me know if I can help in any way. Best wishes. Kevin
Thank you so much for the information Kevin. How do you organise the cover art? I would also love to add images to my poetry book; through an artist friend. X
You are welcome Jennifer. The book covers for “Dalliance” and “The Girl Who Wasn’t There And Other Poems” where designed by Chris Graham (http://thestoryreadingapeblog.com/tsra-doings/). As well as book cover design his site also has a lot of other useful information for authors. That is a good idea, getting your artist friend to illustrate your book. With my first book, “The First Time” I paid a company to self-publish it on my behalf. It cost about (from memory) Â£500. While what they produced was fine I could (and have subsequently) self-published without paying a company. I pay for proof reading and book cover design but not for publishing. If you do decide to pay someone to publish your book then it is well worth checking out what other authors say about them before taking the plunge. Kevin
That’s great advice, thank you. Very helpful. I follow Chris Graham. I will look into it further! Thanks again Kevin. I appreciate your help. How exciting 😄💕
If you want to do a guest post at any point about your writing just let me know.
That would be amazing! Thank you Kevin. I’d love to do a guest post. X
Great. You can find details of how to guest post here, http://newauthoronline.com/guest-post-submissions/. I look forward to publishing your guest article. Any queries please just ask. Kevin
Thank you Kevin! I will defiantly submit a post! X