Black Authors : Has anyone ever made money from their poetry?

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  1. cursed heart

    cursed heart Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    I'm curious, the market for poetry is not good.
    I don't want to continue to write and it never reaches anyone.
    I like alot of other writers would love to just write and not work a 9 to 5.
    I have sent out query letters too about 15 places.
    It has not been that long but I'm just wondering if it will happen at all!
    I'm lost!
     
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    Aaliyahmonet Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Hey

    I havent made any money off any of my poetry yet, but i have received an email from this publishing company and they were willing to publish me. I havent made my decision yet as to whether or not i want to go along with them, until i find out more about the company. The website is www.xlibris.com, if u wanna check it out.


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    cursed heart Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Thank you! I appreciate it.
    I love your avatar!
    I know that most companies don't take too kindly of poetry.
    alot of them ask for money upfront and a publishing company should never ask for any money.
    They shouldn't get paid until you get paid.
    What pisses me off is this one poetry publisher local here in chicago , the ceo and me were suppose to meet several times before her company blew up!
    She kept standing me up .Now I can see if she saw my work and didn't like it but she hasn't! Now that the company is doing well all of sudden she's informal and has another poet that I use to support at their powetry spot as the co editor or whatever. She sent me this informal email like she don't even know who she's addressing.
    I use to blow they spot up when I went!Which was just about every week!
    Chicago I love you but there is no support here well here there is:kiss1: but up close and personal brother or sister get a little recognition and their nose goes up in the air.
    That's one of reasons I stopped performing,paying my money to give entertainment that's free.Now don't get me wrong I'll spit for free anytime and support but don't play me! Trust if I ever make it I'll remind you of it!
    Thanks again girl and good luck:kiss1: :kiss1:
     
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    $$RICH$$ Lyon King Admin. STAFF

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    There are a few here who have publish their work and making ends meet
    i am in the works to do it also with AuthorHouse or maybe someone else
    i too have been contacted from a few ......it would be best to self publish
    anyway to get better returns , there is a few of us here working on a project
    of collabs of poetry to publish together .

    That's true once they get the feel of you then here they come
    poetry is a never ending spin yet so many turn from poet's
    without ever seeing our work .......
     
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    cursed heart Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    That's great Rich!
    A collab would be off the chain!
    I will not give up, just have to keep researching!
    Thanks for the info:kiss1:
     
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    Aaliyahmonet Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    No problem, i'ma do some research on some of these companies. That's messed up what that woman did tho. I hope someone discovers us, ya know. I'll keep ya posted.

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    all good AM......
    surely we all will rise poeticly
     
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    feel the same way to all that replied. i'm with you rich the market needs something fresh. self publishing is the way to go. if you want to see your profits or dream to go your way. i think its a good idea for some poets to come together and do some work to be published together. a collab book you don't see too many unless i havent been looking. i like zane not because she's erotic. she's not afraid to speak on what is pushed under the rug. we all love some of us are not upfront as her. but she a sucessful author that did it her way. she's divorced sorry for that but in this business your love have to understand the demands. she has her own publishing company and doing movies as well. i won't so much to be on her level like that. i feel as fellow family we should keep putting it out here. have anyone checked out the bet guidelines for submitting to them.:kiss1:
     
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    kentemojo has a book that he's selling. So it is definitely possible.

    I haven't done too much creative writing, but when I get the time and actually complete a work I would go the self-publishing route also. It takes a bit more work than regular publishing, because you're responsible for the marketing and all. But if you do it right, you can still get the same type of success as you would the regular way.
     
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    cursed heart Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Yeah looks like self publishing is the way to.
    I guess I always thought I would one day see my book at borders in the poetry section.I see alot of poets at the poetry sets selling their books and cd's and I always support! It seems rough and you might not get back the money you put into it to make it.I'm also working on a music project because I sing as well.
    I like zane as well!
    The collab sounds good!
    Thanks for the info!:kiss1:
     
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