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Poetry
« on: March 28, 2015, 04:56:38 PM »
Has anyone sold any poetry books? I know it maybe hard, but wondered how many poems you would need to make up a book or pages?

I used to read poetry at school and the books were always thin, but if  I have enough I may just publish them.

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Re: Poetry
« Reply #1 on: April 09, 2015, 02:25:55 AM »
Nowadays, poetry books are kind of popular. Look at Lang Leav's immediate success after she published two poetry books. As for me, I am not really interested in poetry, I am more into short stories. Poetry needs more creativity, and I think I still need to hone my writing skills a bit.

Well, poetry books don't have to be very thick. 25-30 poems would just be fine to create a poetry book. People somehow look for quality over quantity, anyway. Good luck with that!

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Re: Poetry
« Reply #2 on: April 09, 2015, 03:48:11 AM »
I think I will have to come up with another pen name, as the poems can be quite dark, however I could use a derivative of my pen name, so they are semi-related.

They aren't long poems, because I think people have a short attention span, but I think it will be harder to market. I actually submitted some to Granta and maybe submitting them to journals is better as they don't mind them being published in books generally as they expect them to be in a collection.

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Re: Poetry
« Reply #3 on: April 09, 2015, 12:04:23 PM »
Many years ago I had a few poems included in a couple of poetry anthologies. Basically, I had seen a competition advertised in a magazine, asking for poems on specific themes for different books. So I responded and a couple got in. If my memory is correct each of the anthologies had about 30 poems in them.


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Re: Poetry
« Reply #4 on: June 24, 2015, 07:24:09 AM »
I did try many years ago publishing my poems with Amazon, after two of my friends had their done. In the end, I didn't have enough money to go through the ordering, and know my two friends suffered financially with these investment; I called it quit. Their poetry books consisted of 30-40 poems since they are short.

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Re: Poetry
« Reply #5 on: June 24, 2015, 08:27:26 AM »
All it will cost is my time if I use createspace or smashwords. I do find it's harder to publish so I am not under any illusions and if it sells the odd copy then fine.

The reason why I have put it off as you can't submit them in some competitions even if they are self-published or even on a blog. Different magazines have various rules, so that's why I don't publish them online now either.

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Re: Poetry
« Reply #6 on: August 11, 2016, 07:35:37 PM »
I have published a book on Kindle which is a collection of poems and flash fictions. The book titled People's War in Nepal contains 4 narrative poems and 3 flash fictions.
I began writing by writing poems.In fact, my first publication was a self-published poetry book.  It was a print book containing 30 short poems.

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Re: Poetry
« Reply #7 on: August 12, 2016, 09:20:48 AM »
I'm glad I bumped into this topic. I too have been wondering how I could somehow publish a book of poems because I have a collection of old poems that I have created several years ago. I love making poems especially when I am full of emotions. I love expressing myself through poems and writing. My poems are mostly on the inspirational and romantic side. :)

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Re: Poetry
« Reply #8 on: July 22, 2017, 05:17:58 PM »
I have never published a book but I know there are many competitions you can take part in with your poems and publishing a book made out of them is often a prize. Other prizes are money and recognition so I think it's a good place to start for a beginner.

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