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  • Writer's pictureAli Akbar (Hafiz Team)

From Submission to Publication: A Poet's Journey

The journey from submitting your poetry to publication can be a long and winding road, but with persistence and determination, it's possible to see your work in print. Here is an overview of the journey from submission to publication for poets:

  1. Writing and revising: The first step in the journey is to write and revise your poetry. This process can take months or even years, as you work to hone your craft and create a polished manuscript.

  2. Researching publishers: Once you have a polished manuscript, the next step is to research potential publishers. Look for publishers that align with your aesthetic and goals, and make sure to read their submission guidelines carefully.

  3. Preparing your submissions: Once you have identified potential publishers, the next step is to prepare your submissions. This typically includes formatting your poetry according to the publisher's guidelines, writing a cover letter, and including a brief bio.

  4. Submitting your work: With your submissions prepared, the next step is to send your work out to publishers. This process can be time-consuming and can involve a lot of waiting.

  5. Waiting for responses: After you have submitted your work, the next step is to wait for responses from publishers. This can take anywhere from a few weeks to several months.

  6. Dealing with rejections: Unfortunately, the majority of submissions will be rejected. It's important to remember that rejection is a normal part of the publishing process, and to not take it personally.

  7. Acceptances: If your work is accepted by a publisher, you will typically be offered a contract to sign. This will outline the terms of the publication, including royalties and rights.

  8. Editing and design: Once you have signed a contract, the next step is to work with the publisher on editing and design. This may involve working with an editor to revise your work and with a designer to create the layout and cover design for your book.

  9. Printing and distribution: With the editing and design complete, the next step is to print and distribute your book. This can involve working with a printer and a distributor to get your book into bookstores and online retailers.

  10. Promotion and marketing: With your book published, the next step is to promote and market your work. This can involve giving readings and interviews, and using social media to reach a wider audience.

In summary, the journey from submission to publication for poets involves writing and revising, researching publishers, preparing submissions, submitting work, waiting for responses, dealing with rejections, acceptances, editing and design, printing and distribution and promotion and marketing. It's a long process that requires persistence, patience and determination but with hard work and perseverance, it's possible to see your poetry in print.

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