To Publish – A List Poem

Today over at dVerse Poets Pub Meeting at the Bar, Tony Maude challenges us to write a list poem. As I read his article and poetry examples, I decided to write a list about the things I still need to do to self-publish my poetry book. I accomplished a lot this summer towards my goal of publishing by year end, but loose ends remain. I think a to do list on paper, instead of just in my head, will be helpful.

To Publish

Talk to reviewers
“How’s it going? When do you think you’ll be done?”

Consider suggested edits, proofread and edit

Decide on Bible verses to include and where
And divisions, do where do I include divisions?

Promote the book on Facebook, blog, Twitter

Final formatting, styles, font, so many decisions

Edit the preface and acknowledgements
Finish the front matter

Tell everyone I know I’m publishing a book of poetry

Encourage Benton to finish the cover art
Love the concept sketch; can’t want to see his final draft

Create a final PDF
Proof one more time to make sure it’s right

Upload PDF to CreateSpace
and upload cover art to design cover


Pray (wait, this probably should be first on the list)

Start on the next manuscript

I am a Jesus Freak, and I don't care who knows it. I am a wife, mother, sister, aunt, daughter, and friend. My blood family is only part of the larger family of Christ that I belong to. I love to write, especially about my dear Savior.


33 Responses

  1. Yes, that is what it is like to publish. Glad to hear that you are making good headway on the process! And I too like the last line. Whenever you publish one book there is another ready on the sidelines.

    • Myrna, If it was all I had to do it would be a piece of cake, but I work full time and have a family, and other responsibilities. But with prayer first, it will all get done. Peace, Linda

  2. Great response to this prompt Linda, so many lists to consider in publishing. Hope it is a success, and I do like the final statement, begin the next one. Well done.

    • Kenneth, This is the year God showed me that I need not fear anything. Courage is a gift from God; fear is a lie of the devil. 🙂 So my motto: No Fear! Peace, Linda

    • Brian, I’m already working on that, which is why publicizing on Facebook, etc. and telling everyone I know aren’t at the very end of the list. 🙂 Peace, Linda

    • Thanks. I am actually a publications director in my day job, so at least I know a little about the process, but we don’t publish poetry. 🙂 I’m just thankful for CreateSpace that makes publishing a book of poetry much more possible. Peace, Linda

      • that’s really fascinating – I’ve been thinking about self publishing an e-book of my haiku and haibun but I haven’t really investigated programs that might help me. I must check out CreateSpace

      • CreateSpace is for publishing a paperback book. To do an ebook you would use Amazon Kindle Direct. We’ve done that with some of our books at work and I think it’s more complicated. Besides, I want to see my book in print. 🙂

    • Thanks. I’ve actually already started on manuscript no. 2, while I was impatiently waiting for my reviewers to get back to me. 🙂 But I’m pretty sure one book isn’t going to be enough. Peace, Linda

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