So, I have decided that I am going to compile a short chapbook to give away and possibly sell during poetry readings. I love making books, and this will be no exception. The last book I made, I used paper I created (complete with flowers) and sewed it together by hand.
My list of questions:
1. Which poems should I include?
2.Should I also include my photography?
3.What should I name it??
4. How many should I make??
5. What materials should I use?
I googled, “How to make a chapbook.” and found a good 8 sheet template (16 book pages).
I am using the following resources to help in this endeavor:
I will be posting updates including photos to document this exciting event. 🙂
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Since 4th grade I have viewed myself as a writer. Everything I see ends up on a napkin or notebook in some form of driblet or another. However, there never seemed to be the time to actually complete a piece and follow through with formal presentation. So, I decided to give myself the proverbial kick in the butt and start making time. I have not only set aside time to write, but also research the best publishing/marketing methods.
Thank you David Gaughran for your book, “Let’s Get Digital.” He described the best paths to self publishing and marketing through amazon and smashwords. I took his advise to heart– especially that of just keep writing. However, after taking the time to read through his book and conduct market research, I realized that I will probably need to publish via more traditional routes. I write poetry that lends itself to children’s picture books.
Amazon currently has 8,976 Kindle picture books… I wonder how anyone could find my book if I choose that route. It would be like a shell among the others on a beach. How could I make mine more appealing?
Another option would be to write short fiction/novels around my poetry. Some of my favorite authors include their poetry in their fiction: Madeline L’Engle and Tolkien for one.
Perhaps I am still getting ahead of myself. I need to finish something first!
But now this dream has become a “when” and not an “if” for me; It will happen.
Posted in Dreams, Picture Books, Poetry, Quotes
Tagged life, Madeline L'Engle, novels, picture books, poetry, publishing, short story, Tolkien, writing