Poetry has a rich history of inspiring millions of people, and that’s why DiggyPOD takes great pride in helping authors who are self-publishing poetry collections. Poetry can be fiery and invigorating; it can express emotions that are difficult to express. It can soothe and comfort, and it can motivate. The impact poetry can have knows no bounds.
Some of the most famous poets are Walt Whitman, Sylvia Plath, Emily Dickinson, and Robert Frost. Popular poets of today include Rupi Kaur, Gregory Pardlo, and Warsan Shire. Writers are drawn to poetry for all kinds of reasons. It can take many forms, from haikus to sonnets to limericks to prose poetry. The type of flexibility and creativity poetry allows for should indeed be celebrated. A good way to celebrate it is by self-publishing it.
Self-publishing poetry allows freedom of expression
Don’t get barred down by traditional publishing. Self-publishing a book of poems is a great way to allow your artwork to be fully-realized. If you wish to create your own poetry book, then you should be allowed to make it into whatever you want it to be. POD publishers, otherwise known as Print on Demand publishers, like DiggyPod, are the best route to go in order to produce a book that is entirely free of outside influence.
Self-publishing has long been dedicated to the author, rather than the publishing house. The author comes first, always. This is the best option for poets, therefore. Poetry is so subjective that getting a collection published can be difficult. Ultimately, the publishing house is worried about publishing poems for money, but in self-publishing, that’s not the case. The printer publishes what the author wants published, devoid of monetary influence.
The author decides how the collection of poems will look
Another big draw of self-publishing is the ability to choose how it will look. Design is a big component with poetry, whether it’s paper type or images to accompany certain selected poems. Self-publishing allows for this. Whether the author wants the collection spiral bound, perfect bound, hardcover, or paperback, there is incredible flexibility when choosing a POD publisher.
The author will also have the ability to decide just how many poems are in a book of poetry. Whether the author decides to only add just a few by self-publishing a poetry chapbook (chapbooks are shorter), or if they want to include as many of their poems as possible.
Ultimately, self-publishing poetry allows just that: for poetry to be published. It can be incredibly difficult to get fiction published traditionally, and fiction is more widely read by the general public. Poetry is more refined, and it can be difficult to market.This isn’t to say that poetry books can’t be successful. It just means that there are limited number of publishers who choose to take on poetry books. Poets should go a different route; they should choose to self-publish their work.
A particularly popular self-published poetry collection is Amanda Lovelace’s the princess saves herself in this one, which won a Goodread’s Choice Award in 2016. Take this as an example of how successful self-published poetry can be, so long as the author takes care to self-publish it at the right company.