Considering Self-Publishing – guest blog post by Kathy Lundy Derengowski

Trish Hopkinson

The time has come to think about publishing. You have at last, a “body of work”, which represents many hours of writing, revision, submissions, acceptances, critiques, rejections, more revisions, editing- blood sweat and tears. You’ve been published on sites esteemed or obscure, your church bulletin, or Paris Review. People have started to ask ”Have you written a book?” And you believe the time has come, and you must consider the route you will take toward that end.

Perhaps the foremost question is whether you will try the traditional path of submitting to established publishers who have a history of publishing poetry and a reputation for quality volumes and good sales. It should be acknowledged that poetry is not considered to have high profit margins or sales. Add to that the very fierce competition to be chosen for publication. Perhaps one of the biggest drawbacks in the traditional route is the…

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