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Poetry publishing and Kindle eBooks
It is a niche market, and one in which design and layout really do matter. Specialist publishers might publish you if you have a track record in magazines, journals or with pamphlets. Is your work good enough to publish? If you are confident and have the support and acknowledgement of other writers, well, you have to start somewhere! It is a lot of hassle and work to turn your poems into a well-presented volume, and it can seem expensive. We can share that cost by sharing the returns, and by working together increase your readership.
A new option for you is Kindle and eBook editions. As with any book, you can increase your returns on the cost of conversion, but in the case of poetry, working with the ‘flexible page’ presents particular challenges for the publisher as well as the reader. But it is a growing medium that you should consider.
I write poetry too, and am a member of the Poetry Society. I hope I understand your feelings about your work and how it should be presented.
Here is an example of mine that won the Shoreham Wordfest prize in 2011:
Sun in a garden. Small –
And the slow cadenza of a hand mower
These afternoons aren’t in a history;
We were soaking up life slowly, richly,
Who remembers deckchairs at home,
And now we’re reaching our history,
© Andie Davidson 2011
Poetry for Kindle?
Any eBook presents certain difficulties with poetry, not least because lines will wrap where you don’t want them to, and that can ruin the impact or nuance you intended. Even the top publishers can’t avoid this. By using a smaller type size, or by rotating the display to landscape, the reader can make the best of even long lines, but specific indentations and spacing do become more unpredictable. Some poetry is therefore much more amenable and straightforward than others.
Why not send some over examples to assess? It’s time more poetry was circulated on eReaders, and with PC emulators, anyone can read or even print it too.