I've been researching publishing options
because I've made a commitment to myself
to put my words into the world
in a more impactful way.
In the process, I've learned a few things.
1. I need to concentrate on creative non-fiction
or genre fiction if I want to be paid
for my work. Poets don't get paid
for published pieces as a general rule.
2. If you put a poem on your blog,
it's considered "previously published"
and poetry journals and zines
won't be interested in publishing it
again (with very few exceptions).
3. Because of #2, I won't be sharing
some of my newest and best works here,
at least until they've been published elsewhere
and the rights revert to me.
4. That doesn't include poems
in haiku form because there are so few
publications that will accept haiku works
that putting them online is the only way
to make sure that anyone reads them.
Besides, I love Haiku My Heart
Fridays with Rebecca.
5. I'm open to suggestions on how
best to keep my commitment to myself.
I'd really love to combine
words and photo images.
Anybody out there have some wisdom to share?