The next few paragraphs may give the impression that I'm not really excited. This is untrue - I'm so excited that I've passed beyond it into a state of mildly disbelieving calm as though I've gone and done this behind my own back which, in a way, I kind of have done. I had to.
https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00CWOU890 (http://www.amazon.com/Spring-ebook/dp/B00CWOU890/ for those of you in the US)
Yes - I've put together a "pamphlet" (i.e. it's 4 pages short of a "book") of my poetry. I've self-published it in a limited run of 100 copies, some of which - why not?! - will get sent to places that review such things, and hopefully most of which - why not?! - will get sold (at least enough to make me my money back).
Yes - I've self-published. The reasons for this are many. Some of them are these:
- This way it actually happened. Coz, you know...
- I'm pretty sure that many (certainly the more recent) of my poems aren't eligible to enter into pamphlet competitions anyway because they've already been published in some form (t'internet, anthologies, vocal recordings).
- It's about time.
- With the Saboteur Awards ceremony coming up, I felt that I needed more than a few home-printed 4-page booklets of haiku and senryū to punt at people. When will I get a better opportunity in the next few months to have a stall in a room full of people who like indie poetry pamphlets...?!
- What's the point of owning a small press if I can't inflict my own stuff on people...?!
It's been sent off to the printers and will likely turn up just in time for the ceremony. (I hope, what with me probably competing with all the people getting their thesis printed...) It's also been added to Kindle (yes - Amazon are evil; no - I couldn't think of a better way to do it; anyway - I've not put DRM on it so feel free to lend it around...).
It's really real, I've really done it, and you can really get a copy if you want. Review copies available on request.
Anyone who wants to discuss the merits and demerits of self-publishing can go at it - I'm all fired-up! :D
(Anyone who wants to ask about Allographic publishing their pamphlet should contact email@example.com.)