Saturday, July 20, 2013

Poetry and Payment

It has been stated in almost every non-fiction book on poetry I have read that there is no money to be made in poetry.  There might be money in prizes but the likelihood of winning those is akin to winning a lottery and even then a lottery is random, whereas poetry contests are influenced by human biases.

I am very careful nowadays not to publish poetry on the blog, unless its been given a chance at paying markets or competitions.  After all no use losing your first publication rights hey?

But then I thought, the payment is likely to fall between $5-50, I make somewhere around $30 an hour, just sitting at my desk at work.  So really what is the payment other than token recognition, confirmation that I’m well regarded, that I have met an editors standards.  Don’t get me wrong, being published I think brings gives me a an extra warm feeling, it’s an achievement.

I am tempted however to participate fully in something like Poetry Zoo, to hone my craft, to cultivate a group of friends and readers and have their comments, their appreciation be my payment.

I am not making an argument for payment by exposure.  If anyone does make money off poetry it should be the Poet. I think I am arguing for exposing yourself/ your work and letting the adulation, the criticism be your payment.

Your thoughts?

Friday, July 19, 2013

Poetry Zoo

I came across the site Poetry Zoo a couple of days ago.  It has been created specifically for poets, a hub to store work, work on and display your poetry.  In this day and age of publisher scams I was wary.  I have already come across an Australian site that purports to give you exposure while at the same time, taking your work and publishing it in a digest every 6 months or so (not paying for the privilege mind you). 

So I now do due diligence on any of the wonderful digital aids that are presented for writers.

Poetry Zoo:

The design interface is pretty slick and its supposed to be accessible from tablets and smart phones too.  Were I not living in my rural paradise and being charged exorbitant data fees I’d give it a go.

So Poetry Zoo passes the test. Check it out here.

Check out their Terms and Conditions  section in regards to copyright.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Yes I am writing poetry …

but am really really busy.  In the meantime listen to Hollie McNish

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