Is it really possible to make a living from poetry? Or is it simply impossible to profit from the rhythm of your heart and soul?
Poetry is one of the most popular genres in creative writing. A writer is usually a poet, as the natural ability to express feelings and thoughts in poetic notes flows within every single soul that communicates and believes in writing. Though popular and widely used by all kinds of untrained and professional writers, poetry is still by far the most unprofitable tool in earning income through commercial publications, as many would assume. Many claimed that poetry has very low commercial value and appeal yet thousands of wonderful and passionately written poems are manipulated by internet scammers and plagiarists as they are often placed in public yet non-commercial blogs and writing communities. The authors were not credited for their creative works, made unknown to the public and of course, most of the time unpaid. The reality is, poets and their writings could not only be protected but should also profit from their creativity just like any other artist. There are ways and channels to securely publish a poet’s works with rightful credits and acknowledgement, furthermore earning profits.
Below is a list providing tips to help with making a living from poetry:
1) Be consistent in writing. If you want your writings to feed you, they need to be sufficient not only in quality but also in quantity.
2) Improve your skills. Read a lot, be in the know of the current issues and trends, learn the art from the professionals and be a real poet!
3) Join online and offline poet communities. Share your work with the same minds, get critiques and get better! Some of them will also know the channels to profit from writing poems or even publish them collectively.
4) Be registered with a poet group or association. It usually publishes works of members in the form of anthologies.
5) Submit your poems to magazines, newspapers, both online and offline. They might be selective but they pay good money with honorary credits. If your first poem does well, the second would be accepted easily but if it didn’t the first time, try and try again!
6) Watch out for contests and participate but stay away from tempting contest scams.
7) Do some research for publishers who publish poetry in numerous ways like greeting cards and bookmarks. Poems need not to only be placed in books or magazines; they make fine accessories to souvenirs too.
8) If you have sufficient savings to publish your own poems, why not invest in an anthology? Engage yourself with the poet communities/associations first, make your work known to others, get help and recognition from their publishers and start publishing your masterpiece. Some might even voluntarily write you a preface or introduction to add some spice in it.
9) Venture into other writing genres. Learn copywriting for a start. Develop new skills and widen your avenues.
10) The least you can do is earn some money and recognition by submitting your poems to sites like Helium and Associated Content.
Some poets feel bad about selling their art but it’s only fair enough to be credited and awarded for your own hard work especially if you meant to send the message of love, kindness and peace to the world. There’s no point of putting beautiful, meaningful words on paper without giving other minds the chance to have a thought and benefit from them. And the best thing about publishing your work through professional publication that pays is you will also learn popular trends in the genre and how things are done. Sharing and marketing are some of the means which will sharpen your views and skills in life. You will not only then be able to write good poems but you might also learn how to make your own anthology with your own touch in the content and cover making.
Take pride in your writings. Write well and make a living from it!