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#1 Adam Tarawneh

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Posted 22 August 2017 - 07:30 PM

Long story short, I have been writing poetry for as long as I can remember as it always has been my dream to make a book out of all the effort that I have placed into it. I shared it with a lot of my friends and strangers that I meet up with in person. Many encouraged me to publish my work and ever since, I have been looking for a way to publish.

The first thing that came to mind was to go to a university, and see how they publish their works. I then stepped upon an incident which was unfortunate for the lad involved, but fortunate for me, as I was planning to actually go to the same person who was included in the incident. Anyhow, the lad was furiously attacking the person that I was seeking for stealing the credit of his work by publishing his work under his name instead of the lad's name or something like that. That was my warning and first slap for publishing.

That was the only place in my region that actually publishes books. That out the choice pushed me to search for alternatives, some of which encouraged me to go to India and get it published there, however I do not know anyone in India or know where to begin, so my lack of knowledge about India marked itself out as a choice. Then VALLA!!! I found an online publishing office, which looked so good to be true, however it wasn't. It was your typical "Give me your money" kind of scam. I traced the IP address of the person contacting me, who claimed to be in California, which he was actually in Singapore, and then I googled the website, to find several warnings of it being a giant scam train for writers of all sorts.

I figured I would find a local community of writers and one of them would have a lead... I found a magnificent group of poets and they were beyond excellent, however, all of them were in the same shoes as I was. They were all looking for a way to publish.

What to do, where to go, how to do it...

 

After given up for a long time to publish, I came to read about this site.

 

That is why I am here, I hope that someone can give me a lead, or show me which star to follow.

 

 



#2 Faltho

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Posted 23 August 2017 - 01:35 PM

Perhaps I should leave this to someone who's more of an expert in the area of publishing poetry. However, this has gone quite a few days with no answer.

 

From my understanding poetry is very hard to get into when it comes to publishing. In fact, if you were to run through many of the agents on the literary database associated with this forum you'd see almost all of them say they don't represent poetry, screenplays, or short stories. That being said, I do recall (quite a while ago), someone mentioning the best way to get into poetry is by entering into chapbook contests, and trying to get poetry published in literary magazines. Once you've built up enough of a name for yourself you can approach some of the literary agents which focus on poetry.



#3 kirri

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Posted 12 September 2017 - 02:55 PM

Hello! I also don't know much about publishing poetry, or publishing at all. However, I do know of a poet that recently published his work after posting his poems on Instagram. His work was spread throughout Instagram and he became very popular. His book is "Love Her Wild". He goes by the pen name Atticus. His poetry Instagram name is atticuspoetry. I don't know if this will be of much help, but you might be able to use social media as a platform. 






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