It’s been a part of my New Year’s routine for several years to check my horoscope for the upcoming year. I don’t always pay attention to it, but in 2012, it got to me. It read something along the lines of “focus on your love of art, specifically writing, in the first half of the year.” At that point, I had been writing poetry for 14 years. I had toyed with the idea of publishing before, but the cost of marketing and printing was too much for me then. As it turned out, it still was in 2012.
I began researching self-publishing only minutes later and found a site I was happy with. I set to work on finding several of my poems to put in my first book. I already had the title in mind and knew that it was going to be the first one in the book. The problem was finding about 55 more to complete a book. Fourteen years of poetry leaves a lot of choices. After I had settled on 53 poems, I set to work on my manuscript, opting to hand-write it to refamiliarize myself with works that were upwards of eight years old.
Once it was complete, I got on my chosen self-publishing site only to find that printing was a bit more costly than I had anticipated. I put the project on hold to find another site. After a few personal hangups in my life (moving and not having internet access), I got it going again when I got the web back and found a new site. Printing was more than reasonable. There was one small problem still; The website I chose did not provide ISBNs, meaning bookstores would not be a ble to pick up the books. Marketing and sales would be through myself personally, or through the website I published through. The latter didn’t leave much room for profit, so I ordered five books when I got the money to cover shipping.
In no time, all five books were sold. I ordered five more, selling two e-books in the meantime, and those sold quickly as well. After moving one more time, getting a new job, and making new friends, I had more sales piling up. I began working on a second book while sales were still good. A friend bought a copy and sent it to a friend of his in Greece, while orders in the states came from Kansas, Florida, and the Dakotas. I now have three published poetry books, all published through Blurb.com and information on them can be found on my Facebook page about them.