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A Guide to Self-Publishing a Poetry Book

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Some of the best and most famous poets had no formal training. Emily Dickenson. William Shakespeare. Maya Angelou. So if you don’t hold a master’s degree in fine arts, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t think about self-publishing a poetry book. Izzard Ink has helped many budding poets realize their dreams of seeing their book of poetry in print.

What Type of Poems Should You Put in Your Poetry Book?

Unless you’re self-publishing your life’s work of poems, your book of poetry should have a theme. You may have many poems already written that you have organized by subject matter, or you may be embarking on writing more. When writing poetry, you should always write from your heart and soul. But we’re not going to lie — poetry books with themes about romantic love usually sell better than anything others. But courage, perseverance and life changes are also popular themes.

Who Is Your Poetry Book For?

Many poetry books are targeted toward a particular audience. This audience might be women, moms, teens, children or another group. Despite the fact that so many poetry books are written by men, a search for poetry books for men yields eight results, while a search for poetry books for women yields 109,000. This suggests the market for poetry books for men might be smaller than you thought. While some poetry can definitely be difficult to read and perplexing, poetry books for kids are often delightful favorites. Think Shel Silverstein, Dr. Seuss, William Carlos Williams, Sharon Creech. Many poetry books for teens are angsty and full of coming-of-age scenarios. Some explore deep issues such as struggles with mental health, racism, sexism, abuse, disappointment and failure.

How to Self-Publish a Poetry Book

Once you get some ideas down on paper, your first step in self-publishing a poetry book should be to set up a free consultation with Izzard Ink. At this time, we can listen to your ideas and give you some valuable feedback. As you develop your idea for your poetry book, our editors work right alongside you, assisting you every step of the way. At Izzard Ink, printing and publishing are not one in the same. Our team of professionals works with you to help you create the best version of your book possible. With a poetry book, design is so important. Izzard in provides book cover design as well as illustrations for the book’s interior. Formatting and typesetting is more important for poetry than almost any other type of writing. Our designers can work with you to determine the best way to showcase your poetry.

Best Self-Publishing Company

Izzard Ink is here to walk you through self-publishing a book from start to finish. Whether it’s a poetry book, a novel, a coffee table book, a children’s book or another genre, we have the resources and the experience to help you make it a success. Want to become a published author? Contact us today to make an appointment.

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