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Shaindel Beers

Why Do Authors Cross Out Name When Signing Book?

When I attended my first book signing (for the Market Book series), a fellow editor advised me to cross out my name when signing copies. It’s a practice I’ve kept up since, and I’ve seen other authors do it as well, but I still wonder, “Why do authors cross out name when signing book?”...

Megan Volpert

20 Best Tips for Poets

Over the years, I’ve been collecting the best tips for poets from other poets. Everyone has some truth they cling to, and there’s a good chance you’ll find inspiration from the following 20 poets! 20-16 Best Tips for Poets “Always be writing the next poem.” – Amorak Huey, author of Ha Ha Ha Thump...

James Von Hendy

Breaking the Mold: How to Revise Poems for Publication

Here’s a guest post from James Von Hendy (written earlier this year) about whether material is published on blogs and a sound strategy for handling both poem sharing and revision, including how to revise poems for publication. If you have an idea for a guest post too, just send an e-mail to robert.brewer@fwcommunity.com with...

Robert Lee Brewer

What is the Best Type of Poetry?

I’m picking up on the Friday poet’s inbox series, only today’s question is not inspired by e-mail question. Rather, it’s inspired by claims and attitudes I’ve seen online and in person about what type of poetry is the best. I’ve seen this attitude expressed in many different ways. The most common is for Poet...

Robert Lee Brewer

I Don’t Consider Myself a Poet

Wow! Busy week equals late-night post. By the way, don’t forget to swing by the Writer’s Digest Shop for all the great 40% off deals between now and Sunday (June 7, 2015). Click to continue. Here’s this week’s Poet Inbox e-mail: “I just wanted to personally thank you for hosting the PAD Challenge and...

Robert Lee Brewer

What to Do From Here

Last week, I kicked off a new series of posts that address questions I receive in my inbox. The first post dealt with poets getting agents–or rather, why that doesn’t work for the most part (click here to read that post). Here’s this week’s query from someone who contacted me about writing their first...

Robert Lee Brewer

I Need an Agent for My Poetry

As some of you may have guessed, I get a lot of e-mail both at my professional and personal inboxes. I try to respond to as much as I can, but it’s occasionally an electronic tsunami that completely overwhelms me. So I was recently spring cleaning my inbox when I got an idea to...

glenda_council_beall

Interviewing Poets: Why and How

Please welcome Glenda Council Beall to the blog. She was inspired to write a guest post after reading Jeannine Hall Gailey’s post on poetry book reviews last month. I really enjoy the guest posts on this blog, but they can only happen with your participation. If you have an idea, send it my way...

Solving the World's Problems

Solving the World’s Problems: Year One

My debut full-length poetry collection, Solving the World’s Problems, was released by Press 53 last September. I thought it might be interesting to take a look at what has happened since then and share any lessons I’ve learned during my first year as the author of poetry collection. (Click here to check out my...

Jeannine Hall Gailey

Reviewing Poetry Books: Why Does It Matter?

Please welcome the incredible Jeannine Hall Gailey to the blog! She’s going to cover a topic that I don’t feel gets enough coverage: poetry book reviews. I’m enjoying the guest posts on this blog, but they can only continue with your participation. If you have an idea, send it my way at robert.brewer@fwmedia.com, and...

Robert Lee Brewer

5 Tips for Organizing Poetry Chapbook Manuscripts

With another November PAD Chapbook Challenge about to start, I thought I’d share some tips I’ve picked up over the years on assembling poetry collections, especially chapbook-sized manuscripts. These tips aren’t for formatting or promoting–just some food for thought on organizing the poems. Here are five tips for organizing a poetry chapbook: Best poems....

Solving the World's Problems

Moving Past the Poetry Collection

Here we are–the last part of the publishing process for my poetry collection, Solving the World’s Problems–and I have a confession to make: It’s not really about the collection. Rather, this post is about what happens next. The first few years as an editor on the Market Book series, I found that I kept...

Robert Lee Brewer

Releasing the Poetry Collection

While it feels like the book has been out for a while, yesterday (September 1) was the “official” release date. Initially, I thought I’d have some kind of long celebration post about releasing the book (yay! hooray! woot! etc.), but I just feel a little wiped out–in a good way (you know, that “wiped...

Solving the World's Problems

Pre-selling the Poetry Collection

A few weeks ago, I talked about gearing up to promote the poetry collection. Most of those efforts are meant to happen after the book is released. However, Press 53 also hosts “pre-order” events in which readers can get pre-order a copy of the book and have it signed by the author. So it...

Solving the World's Problems

Tying Up Loose Ends on a Poetry Collection

After writing the poems, organizing the poems, submitting the poems, getting an acceptance, blowing the collection up, promoting the collection, and securing blurbs for the collection, the poet’s job surely must be done…right? Not so fast. In my own case, I could start to see daylight in the publishing process, but there were so...

Solving the World's Problems

Securing Blurbs for a Poetry Collection

This is part 4 of an 8-part series on what I’ve gone through to get my debut full-length poetry collection, Solving the World’s Problems, published by Press 53 (click here to learn more). Here are links to the previous posts: Part 1: Assembling and Submitting a Poetry Collection. In the beginning, there are poems...

Solving the World's Problems

Promoting a Poetry Collection

This is part 3 of an 8-part series on what I’ve gone through to get my debut full-length collection of poetry, Solving the World’s Problems, published by Press 53 (click here to learn more). The first week covered assembling and submitting the collection; last week, I discussed the revision process after it was accepted;...

Solving the World's Problems

Pushing a Poetry Manuscript to a New Level

This is part 2 of an 8-part series on the process I went through to get my debut full-length collection of poetry, Solving the World’s Problems, published by Press 53. Click here to start at the beginning, or feel free to continue reading this post. ****** On January 4, I received the incredible news...

Solving the World's Problems

Assembling and Submitting a Poetry Collection

As some of you may know, my debut full-length collection of poetry, Solving the World’s Problems, will be published by Press 53 on September 1 (click here to learn more). The entire process of getting a poetry collection traditionally published was still foreign to me a year ago. So I’m going to re-live the...

5 Ways How to Write a Poem

Okay, so there are probably about a million ways how to write a poem, but the five methods below help me when I’ve been stuck in a rut. If you have other ways to get those poems started, then feel encouraged to share in the comments below. Here are 5 ways how to write poetry:...

Simile vs. Metaphor: Smackdown!

The title to this post makes it sound like I’m going to have similes breaking chairs across metaphors’ backs. Maybe metaphors will pin similes. As if. Similes and metaphors both have their uses in poetry. I don’t want to say that one is always better than the other, because they are both devices of...

How to Write Poems About Specific People or Events

Today’s Tuesday, so I’ve been tweeting poetic on Twitter at the #poettues hashtag. If you have a Twitter account, please jump in and join in or follow along. Many poets share links to poems they like, ask questions about how to write or publish poetry, and/or just share what they’ve been doing the past...

Taking Risks in Poetry

Over this past weekend, Tammy and I read at the Decatur Book Festival. You can read about it on my personal blog (click to continue). I was invited at the last minute by JC Reilly, and it was a great experience. ***** Anyway, I’m not a person who usually does poetry readings, because it’s...