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Blog Posted:5/13/2011 7:14:00 PM
Hi everyone, I require your help; I need your opinions on what poems I should include, (even if you have read any of my work or not), in my first ever poetry anthology thus titled (at the moment):  Eternal Light.  You can be critical about them if you wish because I want to produce a book that will appeal to a wide range of people.  

This anthology will only be 32 pages due to the company I will be using to self publish it.  It shall include a front cover designed by myself (done art all the way to the highest level available in school), an Author's page, a dedication then the poetry.  I hope I produce a successful first published work, which will, with a lot of luck, help place me on the path of getting a better publisher such as Bloomsberry and make my family proud.

I thank you for any advice or, indeed, critism you may give.
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  1. Date: 5/14/2011 1:19:00 PM
    One of the benefits of self publishing is being able to design your own cover. My first suggestion would be to have someone else (or several people) proofread the poems. We often don't notice our own mistakes. Add some mix of poetry forms and include both serious and humorous poetry to get a broader appeal. A variety of subjects may help as well. I know of a publisher that would not charge to publish your work, although they will do little to promote it. They will sell copies to you and you can sell them to others. Let me know if you're interested. This publisher also does NOT proofread or edit your work. If you just want to get your work in print, this is an option. Send me a Soup mail if you want more details. Wishing you success in your new poetry collection. You chose a great title! Best wishes, Carolyn

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  1. Date: 5/13/2011 11:17:00 PM
    i need this to remind me to finish my materials, leigh.. i signed a contract with a publishing company that wanted my book done, and it;s been 1 1/2 years! dear me.. i am including only contemporary pieces with an addendum for short forms as the last chapter.. that way, my book will have a solid theme... hope this helps anmd good luck! :) huggs!

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  1. Date: 5/13/2011 11:06:00 PM
    Leighann, my suggestion is that you choose the poems that get the best response from the readers here. I have been able to see very easily from interaction with poets here, which they seem to prefer of mine. I will read a few more of your poems whenever I am not busy. Unfortunately, many of us here are always rushing just to do what we come here to do. I have already read a few of your poems too and I can revisit those and tell you what I think. Do as Linda said, however, and choose a variety that will appeal to all types of readers. LUv, Andrea

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  1. Date: 5/13/2011 8:24:00 PM
    Leighann I did much the same thing when my first book swas published.. choosing poems to include is a difficult task.. they should be of different varieties to attract attention of many readers.. would be glad to read your poetry and give u an opinion at a later date.. your publisher shoudl be able to guide u on these choices luv.. good luck on your first publication..

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