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Published on Oct 3, 2012
Poetry publishers are always on the lookout for exciting new writers. Really! Even though some poets believe that "You have to be published to get published," the fact is that we at Writer's Relief (http://www.WritersRelief.com) see many, many of our clients make successful connections with a poetry publishers every day. But you don't have to take our word for it!
Paul Watsky, poetry writer, has been a client of Writer's Relief for a long time. He's firmly entrenched in the poetry business, which he calls the "PoBiz." In his homemade video, Paul talks about how the Writer's Relief expert proofreading staff has helped him prepare his poems for submission to literary journals; we also target his work to the editors who are the closest match for his unique style, concerns, and voice.
Although we believe that the majority of poetry publishers are ethical and reputable, there are some publishers of poems out there who are not especially well-received in the writing community. Some poetry publishers are "factories" that churn out anthologies one after another (and writers are required to buy the books in which their work appears, of course!). Some poetry journals have more strongly established reputations than other journals.
At Writer's Relief, we pair our authors with the best, most reputable poetry publishers. Our database of literary markets is extensive. After we've proofread and formatted a client's poems, we research and identify the literary journals and poetry publishers that are a best match for each client's work. Being in the "poetry business" isn't easy—the road to publication can be long and grueling. But Writer's Relief eases the many burdens of the submission process, allowing our clients to focus on what they love most: writing poetry!
Along with poetry, Writer's Relief also works with novels (as well as memoirs and other nonfiction books) and short prose (stories and creative nonfiction essays). If you're not able to become a client, we hope you'll take advantage of the many free writers resources on our website, including lists of poetry publishers who have announced calls for submissions. Find the best poetry publisher for your work!
If you would like to learn more about becoming a client so that Writer's Relief can help you with formatting, proofreading, targeting, and researching poetry publishers, please see our website.