Sometimes I feel confused about my goals. I want to get a book published, or do I? Am I prepared to play the game of submitting to contests at $25 and $30 dollars a pop? Most presses use expensive contests now to publish books.

Maybe it would be best if I tried to get a second chapbook published, and self publish a poetry book. If you self publish you don’t get literary acclaim and you don’t get to experience the purifying process of working with an editor. You do, however, get control of your book and to release your work out into the world without waiting for a middle man that might never come through.

I guess the truth is I hate submitting my work. I don’t mind the rejection letters. I just hate the process of struggling to find a press that even seems like it jives with my work, and then writing a mind numbing letter and inane bio. I know I should do it, but when I get free time I want to write and revise, not search and submit.

Every field has its dues that must be paid, and poetry is no exception to that. But sometimes I wonder about alternative paths, like blogging or self publishing. It doesn’t hurt to try. Or do I need to buckle down and start submitting again?

3 thoughts on “Goals”

    1. I do love the readers of my poetry that I have from blogging. I don’t think I would want to stop blogging. But I really need something to encourage me to submit because I almost never submit. I used to be good about doing that and I had a few publication credits but I have kind of let it fall by the wayside. I know someone who has self-published poetry and sometimes I consider that route. But then I remember how nice it would be to go through a publisher and have a professionally designed book and I waver.

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      1. I suppose the major reward from submitting is the occasional publication and the even more occasional note from a reader or editor (even those rejecting your work) saying they truly enjoy your work, and then they’ll mention a piece published somewhere in the past, which means that yes, they’ve actually read you! I also believe that submitting helps hone your craft, and equally as important, successfully doing so proves that you have a readership, which is important to many book and chapbook publishers. After all, they have to sell your book.


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