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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Getting Published

A friend, knowing of my struggles since 2009 in trying to find a publisher for the book that motivates this website, gave me a copy of "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Getting Published."  I have read many sophisticated treatises on this subject, and logged many hours learning the dos and don'ts of finding a publisher, not to mention the helpful coaching of my Literary Agent (yes, I was lucky enough to have found and procured one).  However, not one to leave any stone unturned, I navigated my way through this Guide to see if it offered any insights I may have missed.

The sum and substance of the guidance in the "Idiot's Guide" on getting poetry published is this: "Poetry is getting harder and harder to define . . . .  Interest in poetry has risen recently due to the poetry slams that take place around the country, as well as the bequest of $100 million to Poetry magazine by Ruth Lilly."  Wow, what helpful guidance!  The authors plainly have no concept of what poetry is, much less how to get it published.

My book is virtually unpublishable for one reason and one reason alone.  It is about poetics.  Poetry and poetics are the neglected stepchildren of American literature, and any publisher that doesn't instinctively know that books on such subjects don't  readily find readers will quickly, upon doing research, find that to be the case.  That is the battle I have been waging, and I only qualify "unpublishable" by "virtually" because three years of dedicated work has left me with options still, quite aside from the ultimate option of publishing it myself and taking control of the book's distribution using this website among other avenues.  After all, as my first blog above has now found over 98,000 readers (updated), there may be something wrong with the coventional wisdom on this subject.


Vocation: Wall Street Trial Lawyer (Retired)
Avocation: Poetry and Poetics
Studied poetry with Jose Garcia Villa 1970-1997
Writer and Publisher of Poetry


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    Taiwan of China Thursday, 07 November 2013

    I believe you've accomplished a great work by your three years of dedication put into editing and recalling the lost scene of lecturing which Villa put all his heart and mind into. You've done your best and the rest is left with God who will bring it out soonest, I assume.

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