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hoot_owl_rn
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0 posted 02-25-2003 10:11 PM       View Profile for hoot_owl_rn   Email hoot_owl_rn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit hoot_owl_rn's Home Page   View IP for hoot_owl_rn

I don't profess to be a professional at this, but with nearly 60 poems in print now in numerous journals and anthologies, I do believe I can offer some help to anyone serious about starting out in the mad world of publishing. I do have a few simple do's and don'ts that I'll require of anyone asking for my help. They are as follows:

DO...
Purchase a good book of poetry publishers such as Poet's Market or Writer's Market

Expect to put a good deal of time and effort into getting your poems out there

Expect rejections...and lots of them

E-mail me or post questions here

Expect suggestions of publishers who are willing to take a chance on new poets

Expect some good suggestions and advice

Don't...
E-mail me your poems and expect me to rewrite them for you

Expect an immediate reply from me as I have a full time job and a life outside of here

Expect miracles, it takes time and effort to succeed in publishing

Expect to have a book accepted without first having some poems published in journals

Expect to get rich...most publishers pay in the way of contributer's copies (sorry   

Waste my time if you're not serious

~ Ruth

If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it.
  
  

Sunshine
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1 posted 02-25-2003 10:13 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine


Do...read this if you're serious...

Don't...take Ruth for a fool...

HUGS you, and congratulations on all you have achieved!
serenity blaze
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2 posted 02-25-2003 11:43 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

Okay!

I've been meaning to try this for sometime...grin.

and maybe it'll be less painful with you holding my hand...I'll e ya Ruth!



Nan
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3 posted 02-26-2003 07:01 AM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

Thank you, Ruth... Most of you don't know that we had a "Publishing Tips" forum at one time.  Ruth was our Senior Moderator for that forum, and has a great deal of information to share... If you're serious about getting published... Consult her with your questions...
Midnitesun
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4 posted 02-26-2003 07:09 AM       View Profile for Midnitesun   Email Midnitesun   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Midnitesun

What a wonderful offer! If I get any more serious (hard for me to do) I will definitely read and listen to those who have already walked that pathway. I don't need to learn everything from scratch. THANKS!
KristieSue
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5 posted 02-26-2003 08:31 AM       View Profile for KristieSue   Email KristieSue   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit KristieSue's Home Page   View IP for KristieSue

I've had a few poems published in different poetry books, but I've never taken that step in writing my own book.

I guess it takes courage...and I'll have to get it soon....I have about 150 to put in a book format...and half a book.

HUGGLES
hoot_owl_rn
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6 posted 02-26-2003 09:38 AM       View Profile for hoot_owl_rn   Email hoot_owl_rn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit hoot_owl_rn's Home Page   View IP for hoot_owl_rn

Serinity blaze...I'm a nurse, so I'm good at holding peoples hands. E-mail me with questions and I'll be happy to answer them
Mistletoe Angel
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7 posted 02-26-2003 12:34 PM       View Profile for Mistletoe Angel   Email Mistletoe Angel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Mistletoe Angel's Home Page   View IP for Mistletoe Angel



(smiles) Oh Ruth, getting published is a dream to me, and I know there's not many miracles and serendipity in it at all, but I would love to give it a try too! (hugs) Let me know more details and I would love to get back to you, yay!!!



Love,
Noah Eaton


"Underneath your clothes there's an endless story..."

Shakira

[This message has been edited by Mistletoe Angel (02-26-2003 12:34 PM).]

Local Parasite
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8 posted 02-26-2003 02:03 PM       View Profile for Local Parasite   Email Local Parasite   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Local Parasite's Home Page   View IP for Local Parasite

I don't know if I'm quite good enough to be published in journals of any sort... I'll have to buy a few and read, to get some idea what how high the quality bar is.  Then, I'd love to try and be published... that kind of recognition is what I've always dreamed of.  

Thanks for the tips, I'll keep them in mind... also, thanks for being here to help... I'll come to you with any questions I might have.

Parasite

"Faith" means the will to avoid knowing what is true.
~ Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

serenity blaze
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9 posted 02-26-2003 04:23 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

I've tried dumber things for no better reason than that I was bored at the time.

So...e mail is on its way Ruth!

Thanks again.
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10 posted 02-26-2003 11:19 PM       View Profile for Mysteria   Email Mysteria   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mysteria

Ruth, you know me I will just be happy to get even one into this little book of ours   but you - well you deserve to be on the shelves, all over the place and not have to work that hard at getting there either.  I will NEVER forget you looking out into the ocean that day on the way to Martha's Vineyard and what came out of that look was the most incredible poem of yours I think I had heard before, but then it was the only time I heard them too. I'm just kidding, you are a wonderful, caring, and loving, but a no-nonsense person, and I know you would go to any length to help the poets here.

[This message has been edited by Mysteria (02-26-2003 11:22 PM).]

Balladeer
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11 posted 02-26-2003 11:29 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Dogonnit! That's where I went wrong...I've been expecting miracles!!
hoot_owl_rn
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12 posted 02-27-2003 10:58 AM       View Profile for hoot_owl_rn   Email hoot_owl_rn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit hoot_owl_rn's Home Page   View IP for hoot_owl_rn

Local Parasite...as a big fan of your work, I have no doubt at all that if you seriously put some effort into getting your stuff out to the publishers, it will get published

Noah...you can do it too!
Kellie_Cantrell
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13 posted 02-27-2003 07:24 PM       View Profile for Kellie_Cantrell   Email Kellie_Cantrell   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Kellie_Cantrell

I have been looking to publish some of my work. I just have no idea where to even begin. I don't know where to even begin or when.

(`.) (`.)
  .(`.).
     *`..*
    Love Always
       Kellie

Auguste
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14 posted 02-28-2003 12:31 AM       View Profile for Auguste   Email Auguste   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Auguste's Home Page   View IP for Auguste

I'm already published many times over, but find your advice good common sense.  Congratulations on your success.  
WinterWren
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15 posted 02-28-2003 12:40 AM       View Profile for WinterWren   Email WinterWren   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit WinterWren's Home Page   View IP for WinterWren

Thank you ever so much!

WinterWren
"Even a fool knows that we cannot touch the stars, but that doesn't keep the wise from trying."

ThisDiamond
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16 posted 03-18-2003 07:45 PM       View Profile for ThisDiamond   Email ThisDiamond   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit ThisDiamond's Home Page   View IP for ThisDiamond

Congratulations to you on your success.

I would love to write as a career.

I realize that it takes patience, perseverance and effort.

I often ask myself why it is important...
My answer is always the same-
To do what you love, love what you do and share what you can with the world...

If you have some time to read me...
I would appreciate your comments. I have been published in several collectives...no journals yet.  That is my next goal.

Thank you.
ThisDiamond
hoot_owl_rn
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17 posted 03-18-2003 07:53 PM       View Profile for hoot_owl_rn   Email hoot_owl_rn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit hoot_owl_rn's Home Page   View IP for hoot_owl_rn

This Diamond...sure, e-mail me a few when you get a chance and I'll look over them, just be patient with my reply. Perhaps I can give you a few suggestions on some journals who are willing to accept new poets.
Paul Wilson
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18 posted 03-18-2003 09:46 PM       View Profile for Paul Wilson   Email Paul Wilson   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Paul Wilson

Ruth~ Thanks for this info. I may e mail you soon for some additional info. if you don't mind...Paul

"To share my poems with you is to share my heart with you"

Bill Charles
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19 posted 03-18-2003 10:21 PM       View Profile for Bill Charles   Email Bill Charles   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Bill Charles

Ruth - I'm interested. What do I do next?

BC
hoot_owl_rn
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Paul...please do

Bill...first, get yourself one of the publishing books...Poet's Market (my favorite), Writer's Market, ect
I can point out some of the nicer publishers to work with and the ones willing to give new poets a chance
Bill Charles
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21 posted 03-19-2003 11:58 PM       View Profile for Bill Charles   Email Bill Charles   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Bill Charles

hoot_owl_rn - Thanks for the reply, I'll pick one up as soon as I can. Being I'm out in the mountains, I'll have to wait until I get to town though...

BC
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