Another Peek into My Mailbox
or, “Everybody’s Gotta Start Somewhere”
Signed, The Poet’s Mom
Here’s my advice for your daughter: Get immersed in the world of poetry publication. Subscribe to magazines like Poets & Writers. Buy the Poets Market. Get connected online with blogs, websites, forums and message boards for poets (there are hundreds). Read all the poetry books you can find. Write down who publishes them and check the acknowledgments page – you may find out the poet’s agent, if they have one.
Be proactive. Learn, learn, learn. And separate the “artist self” from the “business self.” Publishing poetry is a business and needs to be treated as such.
Hope that helps.
But – aren’t there Agents in my area that my daughter could contact and go talk to and show her poetry to them and get advice? Don’t agents take a new poet and provide advice ? Can’t she just put together a book of her poetry and have the Agent market it to publishers ?
The hard truth is, it takes a lot of work to learn the publishing industry and how to properly pursue getting published. It’s your daughter’s job to learn how to approach agents and publishers in a professional manner. I suggest you give her the advice I gave you, then step back. She’ll only be published if she wants it enough to do the work herself.
I wish you both the best!
P.S. This email conversation is real and posted with permission.
(c) 2010 Rachelle Gardner, Literary Agent