Is There Any Money In Poetry?

I have been asked by a number of people (including my mum!) whether I make any money from my writing. Yesterday evening, whilst out for a drink with friends, I had the same question addressed to me and answered (so far as my memory serves), in the following manner:

“Very few writers make much money, and its particularly difficult for poets to derive an income from their poetry, as that particular art form is rather a niche market.

Whilst I self-publish on Amazon (which has no costs associated with it), I do pay an editor/proof reader to check for typographical and other errors. Also, whilst there is no obligation on me to purchase author copies, I always do buy paperbacks of my books (albeit at an author discount) to distribute to family, close friends, my local library etc.

I could more easily recoup the cost of the above where it not for the fact that I have been in the habit of giving away copies to strangers, in future I shall become a veritable Scrooge in such matters. Actually, I think that this is unlikely, (me becoming a Scrooge I mean!).

Whilst poets can cover their costs, and even turn a profit, it is extremely difficult for them to do so”.

In light of my conversation with friends yesterday evening, I did a little digging with the help of Mr Google and came across this article,, which does, in essence chime with what I told my 2 friends last night.

I would, as ever be interested in receiving comments from my readers.


6 thoughts on “Is There Any Money In Poetry?

  1. Victoria Zigler (@VictoriaZigler)

    There’s really not much money in writing in general. At least, not for most of us. Although, I have to say, speaking as someone in a position to compare, since I have children’s stories as well as poetry available, I have to say poetry does seem to be the hardest. At least, I know my children’s stories are more likely to sell copies than my poetry books, despite both forms of writing receiving positive reviews from many people who have read them. Hence my saying I think poetry is harder to make money from. Not that I make loads from either one. As I said, and you know all too well, there’s really not much money in writing in general for most of us.

    1. K Morris Poet Post author

      Thanks for your comments, Robbie. I am sorry to hear that your poetry book is the worst performer, and I wish you well as regards the sales of all of your books. Kind regards, Kevin


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