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How To Self-Publish A Poetry Book

Selected Poetry 2012-2014 is almost here, it will publish in May 2015. I thought you might be interested in a behind-the-scenes look at the process of putting together a poetry print book, ebook and audio book. For this project, I worked closely with literary strategist Yen Ooi on concept, design and formatting. [Orna] Content – Poetry Selection The first step was for me to decide which poems I wanted to include in the selection.  As I looked back over three years of writing poetry, I was struck by how many poems connected to what I’ve been writing about in my fiction and nonfiction at the same…

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According to Nobel laureate, Pearl Buck, the creative person is “abnormally sensitive”. “The truly creative mind in any field is no more than this: A human creature born abnormally, inhumanely sensitive. “To them & a touch is a blow, a sound is a noise, a misfortune is a tragedy, a joy is an ecstasy, a friend is a lover, a lover is a god, and failure is death. “Add to this cruelly delicate organism the overpowering necessity to create, create, create so that without the creating of music or poetry or books or buildings or something of meaning, their very…

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I was at a conference recently where a very eminent (and sporting) author agreed to write and perform a poem on a topic chosen by the audience — within 30 minutes. “Oh,” she wailed to me backstage, panicked by her daring. “If only I had a floor to mop.” Neuroscience confirms what creatives of all kinds have always known: the best ideas surface more often during off-time (Creative Rest) and down-time (Creative Play) than desk-time (Creative Work). Creative rest can be daydreaming, taking a nap, mulling … or mopping. Research shows that a good flow of quality ideas is also nurtured…

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