I’ve been ruminating on publishing options for my poetry for a while now. Because I’m posting them online here each day, the option to submit them to various literary magazines/journals is virtually destroyed since any reputable publication refuses to accept “previously published material.”
My thought is to self-publish them, whether in physical or e-book form. It has always been a personal goal of mine to release a collection, even if only to give it a home on my own shelf and watch it collect dust (but it wouldn’t because I read my own work religiously.)
I’m also not one to hawk anything to anybody. I have a pretty great day job which provides for all of my needs so you’ll never hear me spinning a sob story to sell a book, as I’ve *ahem* so often seen my colleagues doing. If you want it, you want it. If you don’t, I don’t care. I’d rather one person buy it because they want it and will read it than ten people buy it because they generally like me as a person and want to throw me a bone of support.
With that being said, I’d like to hear the thoughts of the masses regarding this subject. Don’t worry about hurting my feelings, either; more than likely (actually more like a 99% chance) I’ll self-publish whatever I want to, just for myself. If the whole world all at once shouted “Go eff yourself, we don’t want it,” I’d still publish it for my bookshelf and be pleased as punch ’til my dying day.
If you’d be so kind as to participate in the following poll, or leave your expanded thoughts in the comments below, I would be grateful 🙂