National Poetry Month—It’s YOUR Time to SHINE!

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National Poetry Month doesn’t have to be a time to celebrate other authors’ successes—you can celebrate yours too!

And once you’ve published your volume of poetry, you’ll necessarily need to market it effectively.

So, how does one make that happen? Here are eight simple tips to get you started:

  1. Know your audience. Understand who your readers are and where they are. Then find ways to connect with your target readers.
  2. Read it. As in . . . at a poetry reading. It’s likely there’s already an active poetry group running open mics near you, even if you live outside of a big city. Run a quick search for local hot spots for culture and the spoken word, and then . . . show up! It can be tough to find other local poets but stepping out of your comfort zone can be oh-so-worth-it, even if you simply listen the first couple of times you go. But remember: the goal is to get YOUR words out there too!
  3. Create a website. Create your own professional website for your work. Include samples of your poetry and your biography. Creating a blog helps to move you up in the search engine rankings.
  4. Enter poetry contests. Submit your work to various competitions locally, regionally, and even nationally. Winning or even simply entering contests draws attention to you and your work. If possible, include your biography and your website.
  5. Promote on social media outlets. The best way to spread the news about your poetry and you as a writer is social media. Join poetry and writing groups through Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
  6. Mix your media. Some of the most liked and reshared images on Instagram and Pinterest, two very visual social media platforms mostly known for their artsy users, are graphical depictions of poems, quotes, and pithy sayings. There’s no better way to break into a new market than to take the time to learn how to make these graphics (hint: there’s an app or twenty, for that) and share them with people who love bite-sized pieces of beauty!
  7. Engage in poetry forums. Join a poetry forum or poetry-related website to share your work with other poets and writers. Be sure to engage others and invite them to participate in your poetry. Any time you post, be sure to include your website address.
  8. Podcast it! This one might seem a bit of a stretch, but really, the audio format of podcasts makes them the perfect forum for sharing your poetry in a new context. Consider reading one poem per podcast or inviting your fellow poets to collaborate in sharing and discussing your work. Podcasts are performances without the pressure of a live audience!

There are dozens of ways to promote and market your book, and these are only a few of the effective ones you might choose. We hope you’ll dig into the opportunities provided during National Poetry Month in April to start (or restart) marketing your poetry book. For more information on the book marketing services available through Outskirts Press, log into your Publishing Center below or visit our website here.

Amazon Featured Book-of-the-Week

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The Fading American Dream

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It’s National Poetry Month! Celebrate by Using a Poetry Publishing Kit to Publish Your Own Book

Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
It’s National Poetry Month —
What’s a self-publishing poet to do?

Celebrate, that’s what! Founded by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month is held every April. Together, schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers and poets all across the country celebrate poetry and its vital place in American arts culture through a variety of events, from poetry readings to full-fledged festivals. It’s only fitting to choose this month as the time to contribute your own verses to the art of poetry — and it’s much easier than you might think!

With help from Outskirts Press, you have the power to quickly and easily publish a fully-formatted, professionally-designed volume of your works with our affordable and convenient Poetry Publishing Kit. Formatting elements like justification, centering, page spreads, margins, page numbering, graphical elements, and title drops — elements that can take a writer a great deal of time to set up — are done for you, allowing you to simply cut and paste your work into a pre-formatted document.

Each Poetry Formatting Kit comes with two Microsoft 2003 document files:

Use the “Easy” file …

  • as building blocks to add more pages
  • move poems around
  • add or replace included graphics
  • further customize your book however you want

Or use the “Easier” file …

  • to simply cut and paste up to 30 poems directly into the file.
  • add each respective title above each of your poems
  • accommodate a wide variety of poetry lengths

When you’re ready to publish your book of poetry, you will have a beautiful, professionally-formatted and print-ready manuscript (in 6×9 trim) to submit as-is for high-quality black/white printing.

The best part, perhaps, is that you can preview the kit before committing so you can be sure the kit will work for you! Check it out for yourself …

                                                      

 

Top 10 Self-Published Poetry Books for National Poetry Month

In honor of National Poetry Month in April, we’re featuring our Top 10 Self-Published Poetry Books. From children’s poetry to spiritual verse and everything in between, our self-published authors offer a little of everything for poetry lovers. Enjoy!











All of these books (and other Outskirts Press titles) are available from all major online retailers like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Powells, Books A Million, and others, plus conveniently from the Outskirts Press Direct bookstore at http://outskirtspress.com/bookstore for discounts ranging from 10% – 55%.

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Celebrate National Poetry Month With a Free Poetry Publishing Kit

Join Outskirts Press in celebrating National Poetry Month this April and you could be one of 4 Facebook fans winning our new Poetry Publishing Kit (valued at $99).

Since 1996, publishers, readers, booksellers, libraries, organizations, and poets around the U.S. have come together to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture. Thousands of businesses and non-profit organizations participate through readings, festivals, book displays, workshops, and other events.

If you are a published poet, April is a good month to pursue active marketing tactics to take advantage. And if you’re not yet a published poet, our April giveaway is a good reason to “Like” Outskirts Press on Facebook!

Every Wednesday afternoon, a “Fan of the Week” is randomly selected from among all of our active Facebook friends at http://facebook.com/OutskirtsPress and publicly recognized on our wall and on a specific “Fan of the Week” page, accessible through our Apps menu at the top of the new Facebook Timeline format (more on that at a later date!).

Each Fan of the Week is randomly selected based upon participation on our page, (those who post comments, posts, or likes).   Since a computer is making the random selection, statistically speaking you have a greater chance becoming a Fan of the Week if you participate more frequently on the Outskirts Press Facebook page.

And throughout April, every Fan of the Week that is chosen on Wednesday will receive a FREE Poetry Publishing Kit, which is available only through Outskirts Press.  See all the details of this super convenient, super easy, super affordable way to create a custom interior for your poetry by clicking here.

And if you don’t win, or don’t plan on participating on Facebook in order to be in the running for “Fan of the Week” you can still get your hands on this incredible Poetry Publishing Kit by clicking the big green button.

This brand new, exclusive offering from Outskirts Press is now available for just $99.  Just imagine… 100 MB of instant publishing help for poets seeking a fast, easy way to publish beautiful volumes of black/white poetry.

It’s just one of the ways we’re celebrating National Poetry Month, readers of poetry, and poets worldwide. Keep on rhyming, er… writing.

Easter and National Poetry Month Greeting Cards for Self-Publishing Authors

Easter is April 24th, 2011 and April is National Poetry Month.  Want to send out an Easter or National Poetry Month mailing to promote your book? Outskirts Press now offers personal and customized Easter and National Poetry Month Greeting Cards, featuring your published book! 

Greeting cards are 4.25”x 6” on Premium 14 pt. gloss cover stock. These cards are full color, front and back, and scored for easy folding. The front of the card recognizes the occasion. The inside-left of the card highlights your single book, along with the title, the author name, the cover image, and the webpage address. The inside-right of the card is blank so that you can personalize each card with a handwritten message before folding and mailing them in the included white envelopes.

Greeting cards come in quantities of 250. Outskirts Press authors can also order Custom US First Class Postal Stamps to send out these promotional mailings. Both of these optional marketing products can easily and conveniently be added from the Marketing Options screen of their Publishing Center.

*Please note: greeting card production may take 3-4 weeks. ORDER NOW to get your cards in time for the holiday.

** The interior image in the example features “Sell Your Book on Amazon.” Details and cover image will be replaced by the details and cover image for your book.

 

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Easter & National Poetry Month Greeting Cards for Self-Publishing Authors

Easter is April 4th, 2010 and April is National Poetry Month.  Want to send out an Easter or National Poetry Month mailing to promote your book? Outskirts Press now offers personal and customized Easter and National Poetry Month Greeting Cards, featuring your published book!

Greeting cards are 4.25”x 6” on Premium 14 pt. gloss cover stock. These cards are full color, front and back, and scored for easy folding. The front of the card recognizes the occasion. The inside-left of the card highlights your single book, along with the title, the author name, the cover image, and the webpage address. The inside-right of the card is blank so that you can personalize each card with a handwritten message before folding and mailing them in the included white envelopes.

Greeting cards come in quantities of 250. Outskirts Press authors can also order Custom US First Class Postal Stamps to send out these promotional mailings. Both of these optional marketing products can easily and conveniently be added from the Marketing Options screen of their author’s center.

*Production, printing and shipping can take up to 3-4 weeks. Order now to allow plenty of time to receive your cards for a timely holiday promotional mailing.

** The interior image in the example features “Sell Your Book on Amazon.” Details and cover image will be replaced by the details and cover image for your book.

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