Join Carey Taylor as she celebrates the launch of her debut collection, The Lure of Impermanence, next Friday, August 17, 2018, 7:00pm, at Tsuga Fine Art and Framing in Bothell.

This is a guest post by Carey Taylor.

You write poems. You workshop poems. You submit poems to literary journals and some get accepted. Finally, you have a collection for a book and a small press publishes it. Then, just before it is scheduled for release you realize you have no promotion plan and you start to panic.

Don’t. Just order Jeannine Hall Gailey’s book, PR for Poets – A Guidebook to Publicity and Marketing (Two Sylvias Press, 2018) and start reading. You will find you can breathe again, and you will have hope that if you follow her advice someone might actually read your poems.

PR for Poets is a book stuffed with ideas and practical strategies to begin either a dive into the deep end or a wade into the kiddie pool of promoting your work, with assurances from Gailey that starting at either place, or anywhere in between, is just fine.

After years as a successful author, Gailey shares from her own experience tips and detailed examples of how to get your poems out into the world. While there are too many tips to share here, I have included four suggestions from PR for Poets I myself have found helpful.

  1. Set up a website. I did this when I first started writing poems. I am glad I did as I would be overwhelmed doing this with a new book release. It also allows you to slowly build a community of followers.
  2. Order business cards. This seems basic, but it is a great way to promote your book/work and have all your contact/social media information easily available when people ask for it.
  3. Set up a Facebook “page” separate from your personal account. This allows you to build a poetry-only community, to both share your work and to support other poets.
  4. Plan a launch party. As Gailey says: many people aren’t excited about poetry readings, but no one hates a party! Frankly, writing a book is a lot of work, and if you have done that, you deserve some cake and bubbly.

Reading PR for Poets is like having coffee with a best friend who shares all their hard earned secrets with you because they want you to be successful too. I highly recommend this book for all poets serious about promoting their work.

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Carey Taylor is a poet from Portland, Oregon. Her poetry has appeared in Cirque, Clover: A Literary Rag, Off the Coast, Snapdragon, Dodging the Rain (Ireland) and others. She is the author of The Lure of Impermanence (Cirque Press, 2018) and when not worrying about earthquakes she enjoys hiking, traveling and a good scotch whisky. You can find her at careyleetaylor.com or on Facebook @Cascadia.Poet. You can also hear Carey Taylor read from The Lure of Impermanence on Friday, August 17, 2018, 7:00pm, Tsuga Gallery, Bothell, WA, and Tuesday, August 28, 7:00pm, at the Mount Baker Theatre, Bellingham, WA.

Cirque in Seattle

August 5, 2015

Cirque reads with friends

On Wednesday, August 12, 2015, Seattle welcomes the artistry of CIRQUE Journal at a reading with art and music to be held at Wikstrom Brothers Gallery. Hear a selection of poetry and prose from CIRQUE Volume 6, Number 2, including works by Beth Baker, Robert Bharda, Lyn Coffin, Michael Daley, Patrick Dixon, Merridawn Duckler, Mary Kancewick, Sandra Kleven, John Morgan, Craig Smith, Carey Taylor and Richard Widerkehr. More information on Facebook.

this afternoon in Seattle!

February 22, 2015

Cirque at Wikstrom

It’s a gorgeous day…for poetry in Seattle. Come by the Wikstrom Gallery, 5411 Meridian Avenue North, at 2:00pm today, Sunday, February 22, 2015, to hear voices from the latest edition of Cirque Journal, including Joannie Stangeland, Craig Smith, Carey Taylor, Merridawn Duckler, Claudia Ferriz Green, Ali Stewart-Ito, Lyn Coffin and Sandra Kleven.