Writing a poetry book? Good news, writers. Modern book publishing companies are giving incredible opportunities to writers to get their poems in front of their readers through online self-publishing platforms. This article will cover the essentials of publishing a poetry book, starting with writing the perfect poetry book.
How to Write a Poetry Book?
While writing a poem itself requires a greater deal of creativity, EQ, and stamina, publishing a poetry book requires a different level of patience, stamina, and focus.
A poetry book isn’t simply sandwiching all of your written poems into one book. The best poetry books have a unified theme, a story or conversation, structure, and order. Getting the manuscript ready for book publishing online is the hardest part. So, let’s get into it first.
Your Poetry Book Should be More than 50 Pages
Most self-publishing companies define (and publish) poetry books as a collection of poems with more than 48 pages, roughly from 16 to 30 poems. While there’s no thumb rule as to how many poems should be in the collection, nevertheless, the collection must feel “complete” or “whole.”
Assemble Your Poetry Collection to Create a Thematic Journey
Modern poetry books follow a theme, topic, or form, such as childhood, love, death, grief, happiness, the cycle of life, nature, politics, country, sonnet, etc. While it shouldn’t necessarily be about something particular, your poems should connect the dots of a thread.
For instance, if your collection is based on grief, end it with poems that are optimistic and hopeful.
Compose and Organize the Poems with Our 5 Keys
Since there is no way to organize a set of poems in a linear narrative structure, most modern-day poetry books abide by the 5 key obligations:
Language: The poems should play with words, use inventive and polished language, and must have some form and structure.
Relation: They should relate to each other in one way or another; you should be able to explain it to your audience.
Consistency: There should be consistency in your writing; the poems should be evenly written across all parts.
Revelation: You must change the subject matter and reveal new ideas, stories, situations, and emotions over time. Essentially, your poem should grow and mustn’t repeat itself in different ways.
Experience: You must offer a new experience to your readers through your writing – they should be evolved, improved, challenged, or inspired.
Format, Edit, and Design the Book Cover
Edit your poetry book to achieve clarity (no one likes sloppy writing). Read your poem aloud when editing to ensure rhymes are on point and effective.
Make your title meaningful to give readers a sense of direction.
Design your book cover that reflects your poems. Add an excellent description and the author’s bio.
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How to Publish a Poetry Book
You have two choices here – traditional book publishing companies or online self-publishing companies. Both have pros and cons. You can read their differences and benefits here.
However, since many traditional book publishing companies are unlikely to publish poetry books by unrecognized authors (and, unfortunately, writers of poetry books hardly have a payday), self-publishing is a better option for poetry books – it comes with a lot of financial and creative benefits for writers, including100% creative control, 80% royalty, free global distribution, and more.
With Writat – self-publishing in India, now you can print and sell your poems in any language, worldwide, across 40K distribution channels, for free.