The market for poetry books is small and
they are rarely profitable. Selling
all of a modest print run of 300-500 books is considered
a good result.
Because of this, we have to be very selective
about accepting poetry for publication.
Before sending us your poems, a useful
test is to ask friends and personal contacts to act
as tough critics and give you bluntly honest feedback
on their quality. Would they be prepared to buy a book
of your poems for $20? Don’t just rely on the praise
of your mother, spouse or lover.
Spend time revising and fine-tuning your
poems. They do not have to rhyme, but they should scan,
i.e. read smoothly.
Aim to use as few words as possible to
express each idea. Avoid cliches – whether of phrase or
concept – like the plague. Thoroughly check the spelling
in your poems before sending them to us.
Read other contemporary poets. Check the
quality of poetry books currently selling in bookstores. This will
help you to gauge the standard of writing necessary
to be a successful poet.
Can your book be illustrated? Do you have
innovative ideas for marketing it?
An alternative we can offer poets whose
work we consider worthwhile, but which we aren't able
to publish commercially, is to assist you to self-publish
your book. For an agreed fee we will edit your poems,
typeset your book and arrange for it to be printed.
You meet all costs but retain all profits from sales.
This can be a very effective way to get published, develop
a following, and have books to sell at poetry readings
and to friends, acquaintances and lovers of poetry.