Big Poetry Giveaway 2018

Welcome to the Big Poetry Giveaway! To participate in the giveaway and to find other blogs that are doing giveaways, check out this post.

There are two ways to participate in the 2018 giveaway! 1. Just post a comment with your name and email address included. Please also let me know your first choice, if you win.  2. Host a giveaway on your own blog! See this link for how to host your own giveaway and have your site included, and also an excellent FAQ on the project.

Book One 

Fanny Says, poems by Nickole Brown. I am fortunate enough to have picked up two copies of this fantastic collection, and I want to share one! Of Fanny Says, poet Patricia Smith says “Nickole Brown’s unleashed love song to her grandmother is raucous and heart-rending, reflective and slap-yo-damn-knee hilarious, a heady meld of lyrical line and life lesson.”


Book Two

Red Sky, Poetry on the Global Epidemic of Violence Against Women, an anthology of work featuring poems by Naomi Shihab Nye, Tony Hoagland, Thylias Moss, Fady Joudah, Jaki Shelton Green, Hélène Cardona, Zeina Hashem Beck, and the work of 100+ poets in response to globally oppressive physical, psychological, emotional, and systemic violence against women. Red Sky  is a collection of work by established and widely published poets as well as new and emergent voices around the world and is a collection of what is dark, yes, within, but also what is light.



The giveaway ends on April 30th at midnight, at which point I will use a random number generator to select the winners. Find others who are giving away poetry listed here.

Good luck, and Happy National Poetry Month!


On Writing and Self-Publishing Your Book

If you think writing the book was hard, wait til you take on publishing.  Here are points to consider carefully whether you are writing fiction or nonfiction, poetry or prose:

1.  Editing.  In my opinion, hiring an editor is absolutely required before publication.  Even if you are publishing yourself, you should hire an editor to go through your manuscript with you and make suggestions.  It will be worth it.

Choose your editor wisely.  There are different kinds of editors out there, from basic checking of spelling and grammar to  editing for flow, or for direction and impact of your writing.  As diverse as they are in skill and depth, they are in price as well.  Preset your budget and determine what you need in advance or you will be slogging through this decision.  Ask area writers for their recommendations, too.

2.  Book cover.   Remember what your mother said about first impressions?  She also said that books shouldn’t be judged by their cover.  But a book cover is such a creative opportunity for you to express a piece or theme of your book in a visual way to create a response.  Take your time and make this meaningful.  Or fun.  Or whatever fits for your book to reach your audience.  You’ll need a cover whether you are publishing hardcopies of your book or if your book is solely digital.

3.  Marketing:  The fact of the matter is there is no quick way to build your social media presence.  It takes time, meaningful content, and honest engagement with your audience.  Different platforms appeal to different users and for the best results, choose how and why you post and where.  Marketing your book via social media and in person will be featured in several upcoming blog posts, so stay tuned.