Going it alone

Subsequent to my ‘mind muddled’ post on Friday, I had a moment of clarity yesterday – regular readers may have noticed my absence from WordPress.

This clarity was prompted by

  1. the discovery that I had not been successful in two poetry competitions where the prizes were publishing contracts, and
  2. reading this – ‘How to make a living as an author without a publisher

Now while I have no delusions that I could ever make a living from becoming a published poet, I was interested to read the perspective of a self-published author.

Prior to reading this I had a view that in order to be a “real published poet” I would need to do this via a publishing house and that anyone can self-publish. However, this article swayed my opinion and I came to the realisation that the quickest way to achieve my dream of having at least one book of my own work published was to do it myself.

With the inclusion of my work in ‘Further Within Darkness & Light’ I have the opinion that I’m already successful in being published as I have something concrete to put in my author bio. So yesterday I started a Create Space account and spent many hours selecting poems, editing them and formatting the document. It will take a few weeks to get to the point that I’m ready to press the big red publishing button but this is my plan… I may be creative and scatty but I’m also driven and that might just be the right combination.

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8 comments on “Going it alone”
  1. kertsen says:

    Karen don’t underestimate yourself I’m sure you can tailor and I’m pretty sure you can adapt . Remember once your bank account is soaring you can afford a few exotic failures that display talent rather than popularity. There are always those who like the third program and read The Guardian. It is interesting to see how Classic fm has taken over the field of popular classical music .

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    1. Karen says:

      Thank you for your faith in me, very much appreciated.
      When it comes down to it, if I don’t try I’ll never know!

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  2. kertsen says:

    I read the article carefully and one thing stood out above all else ‘ I tailored my work to fit the market ‘ . I make no judgement of any sort but it is the easiest way to fame in today’s world . Give the reader what they want , every newspaper does it , every TV program does it , and the best selling novel of all time ( 50 shades of grey) perfected the techniques.
    Just one more mention , poetry is not popular , it’s a bit of a specialist niche. There are big bucks to be raked in — good luck.

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    1. Karen says:

      I know poetry isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but at the moment it’s what I know I can do. Self-publishing with Create Space is free so there’s no financial risk. I’m not sure I can tailor to the market, even if I wanted to, as I am no expert on what the market wants.

      [And on the subject of 50 shades – I haven’t read them and have no desire to read them. I did read a sample page or two, enough to know that in my opinion the writing style was pretty poor, but I guess people were reading it for the explicit content rather than as a great literary work!] And as an aside I also failed to see the attraction of Booker Prize winning Wolf Hall, I found it interminably dull, it’s not often I fail to finish a book but Wolf Hall remains unfinished – again just my opinion!

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  3. You’re flippin’ marvellous! Just go for it … you’ll succeed. Katie x

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    1. Karen says:

      Aw thanks Katie xx 🙂

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