Suggested companies for publishing poetry

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Suggested companies for publishing poetry

Post by RedBaron » Fri Dec 27, 2019 12:31 pm

Hi folks :) I know some of you focus in poetry... My FIL has some poems he wants to get published and has been doing some research into companies that do Christian books. He found this site, https://covenantbooks.com/ and I'm not familiar with it. Anybody have experience with them?

If you've published a book of poems, how did you do it? How would you recommend him doing it. I told him that poems don't tend to sell well, and he knows to avoid pay-to-publish vanity presses.
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Post by Shann » Sun Dec 29, 2019 12:54 pm

I think it is legitimate but fairly expensive. Here's a good article about vanity presses in general. I think it is quite similar to another publishing company we both know. You might be able to get a decent deal from GIH. Teehee.

https://blog.reedsy.com/scams-and-publi ... -to-avoid/

The BBB only has one complaint from Covenant House in the last 3 years.
https://www.bbb.org/us/sc/murrells-inle ... complaints

I did my kid's book through CreateSpace (I think it's Kindle Publishing now) for free in 2013. It sold about 300 copies. Amy did the formatting for me, which would be the hardest part for me.
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Re: Suggested companies for publishing poetry

Post by RedBaron » Mon Dec 30, 2019 3:28 pm

I had thought about telling him about that one :D , but honestly, not sure it's a good fit for him.
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Re: Suggested companies for publishing poetry

Post by Jackalyn » Sun Feb 02, 2020 8:05 am

I will be forever grateful to the person who edited Firedance for me so I could publish on Lulu.com There is no need to use the poetry book option. I have used them ever since. My Mum also published her poetry that way. Unless you want a publisher who pays you then I cannot see why anyone needs to pay. That is, to have the book published. Distribution is a different matter. Formatting is easier if you download a template and stick to the rules of no more than three and preferably two styles. Getting a few repeat proofs until you are happy is cheaper than giving a file that cannot be changed to a publishing company that charges you.

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