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  • I have a book of poetry here on lulu.  Geez I never realized it may be hard to sell

    All books are hard to sell, what are you doing to sell it?

  • Ron MillerRon Miller Professor
    edited December 2018

    I have a book of poetry here on lulu.  Geez I never realized it may be hard to sell

    All books are hard to sell, what are you doing to sell it?

    That’s the $64 question! All books need to be promoted and poetry books probably need even more effort than usual.

    Doing readings would be a very good way to get the word out. Not only do people get a chance to experience your work, but to meet and interact with you. For years my poet friend did scores of readings everywhere and every chance she could, from universities and libraries to coffee houses before she even had her first collection published. But doing these things helped establish her name and reputation. After that, most of her readings were either from her latest book or included work from it. Now her books sell out.

    Contact libraries and local colleges and universities. Many coffee houses and small restaurants and cafes, especially if they are near a college or university, will host readings. Some have open mike nights, where anyone can come in and read or perform. Some have regular poetry slams, which are a kind of competition and a lot of fun. Check bulletin boards and free papers for things like this. See if there is a local radio station that might let you read something on the air if you have a public reading coming up somewhere locally.

    Here is my friend reading at an event like those I have described https://youtu.be/KduvsljJ1yM
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  • Ron MillerRon Miller Professor
    edited December 2018
    This just arrived in my email this morning and I thought it might be of some interest:

    https://www.spdbooks.org/pages/bestsellers/poetry/default.aspx

    My friend has been on the list a few times (I know she made #1 in July 2014).

    The SPD itself is a pretty interesting concept that has been around for about half a century. I don't think they handle books by individual authors, however, just small presses. But the success of the SPD does go to show that there is a market out there for poetry, even if perhaps not a large one.
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  • LarikaLarika Bibliophile
    edited December 2018
    I think readings are a great idea Ron. In a nearby city, about 20 minutes from where I live we have regular readings in a local restaurant. Many of us have lunch first and then we go upstairs to the readings. We have readings in our local libraries and the local college. I just go to listen but anyone can read their poems. Those who have poetry books to sell, can sell them at these gatherings. Another way to sell your poetry book is to join a writing group and share poems. In our group 9 of us bought a poetry book, written by a member of our group, costing £20. He really pushes his books and regularly does readings at many places around our county.
  • Perfect!
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  • vikingboervikingboer strand. Reader
    Hi everyone. I just changed my prize, its free. 
  • I love free prizes.

    BTW, I did not know one could have an ISBN on a PDF.

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