Category Archives: Poetry

How to Market a Poetry Book

Very few poets ever live off the proceeds from their work. Most poets, even the most widely published, hold other jobs to pay the bills.  If you want money, don’t expect to make it from poetry. Having said this, it is still a good idea to market your poetry book.   Marketing your poetry can help give your poetry recognition and appreciation from the wider public.  In addition, for most poets, any money earned from the sales of books is appreciated even if it doesn’t pay Read More +

Self-Published Poets Hall of Fame

In honor of National Poetry Month, I thought I would publish this list of great poets who self published their books.   This is but a very small list, as thousands of famous poets have self-published. American poet Walt Whitman self-published many editions of his collected poems, Leaves of Grass (first edition published on July 4, 1855). Leaves of Grass continues to sell thousands of copies each year — almost 120 years after his death! T.S. Eliot, author of The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock Read More +

How to Format Your Book for Self Publication

Here are the basics steps on formatting your manuscript in Microsoft Word for self publication.   These steps include including setting up the correct trim size, setting up the correct margins, formatting the text, and numbering the pages. Be sure your book is in ONE electronic file. Set up your page size. The Directions below are for MS Word 7 and 10 The most common and most economical trim sizes is 5.25 inches wide x 8.25 inches tall. To format to our other sizes, please change Read More +

Editing Your Self Published Book

WHY EDITURZ ARR KNEADED By Rick Helley, Guest Blogger and Senior Editor at Bookstand Publishing I came across this rather amusing item on page 12 of the May 7, 2010, issue of The Week magazine: An Australian publisher has destroyed 7,000 copies of a cookbook after a recipe called for “salt and freshly ground black people.” The recipe, for spelt tagliatelle with sardines and prosciutto, was meant to call for black pepper, but a typo led a computer spell-checker program to insert the erroneous word. During Read More +

Guidelines on Using Photos in Your Self Published Book

Photographs and images in your book can help you tell your story and add interest, clarity and excitement to your book. A powerful image on the cover of your book, can do a lot to help sell your book. However, the laws and regulations for when you can and can’t use a photograph in your book can be confusing and, if you aren’t careful, can get you in trouble.   Here are some simple guidelines to help end the confusion and keep you out of trouble. Read More +