Literary Magazines and Journals Database| Poets & Writers:
Poets and writers, place your work in a literary magazine, journal, or e-zine before you even think about self-publishing.
Having editors accept your work will develop your confidence. And, if they decline it, well, that's informative too, especially if you put your poem or manuscript in context with those published in that particular publication.
Once you have built some publishing credits, consider gathering poems for a chapbook, based on a single theme. If none exists, you might wait until you have enough poems for a book of, say, 45 to 75 pages.
Either way, be sure to acknowledge the title, periodical, and date of publication on an Acknowledgment Page. Then study, study the guidelines most publishers provide on their websites to see where your work best fits.
A little revision, a little research of potential markets can go a long way in helping you reach your publishing goals.
Mary Harwell Sayler, (c) 2017
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