This is something I have been asked many times in person, even if so far it has not yet come up on the blog itself.
“Why don’t you publish your work on your blog? Don’t you want people to read it?”
Of course I want people to read it. I want that very, very much. But there is the very sticky issue of “previously published work” to deal with.
Right now I am working to find a place for my poetry in literary journals, both online and in print. Later, I hope to work toward a chapbook or a full-length collection. Publishers of books often don’t mind terribly if some of the poems they are publishing in a book first appeared in journals. It’s a combination of having a resume of your work as well as knowing that the readers of those journals have already seen your name, which might help in marketing. But publishers of journals, in most cases, want to be the first to show off your work. Many journals pride themselves on providing content never-before-seen. If a reader could go online to a blog or read a social media post and get the same content, why would they read or subscribe to a literary journal?
So unfortunately you will not see my work published here. This blog is for my musings on the process of writing and the process of publication, as well as other things that catch my fancy, both literary-related and not.
If at any time you would like to see where you can find my work, the Publications page will always be kept updated. For print journals and anthologies it will link you to a location to purchase that particular edition. For online journals and anthologies, you will find a link directly to my work or to the home page for that issue.
I hope this clears up for anyone wondering why I never post poetry. With any luck, the Publications page on this blog will continue to grow and you can find me there!
Sometimes I debate whether I should post poetry or not, but ultimately I do because I still see myself as a “poet in progress.” 🙂 I hope you find a publisher for your work – wishing you luck!
I think it comes down to every poet and author’s personal decision. You also produce a LOT of work! If I write something I don’t have plans (or hopes) to publish otherwise, I wouldn’t mind so much sharing it on my blog. But for now… well, I’ll wait and hope for the best!
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