Zachary Burres Really excited that this was so helpful for you, and loving the questions you sent my way. To answer your question, I have touched on this subject a couple of times before in different ways, as well as the mechanics of poetry (the art and craft). I have several pieces coming together as well, some leaning toward the “How-to” part of poetry and a few things in the works relating to the marketing and business side of it.
A condensed answer for the comments: Start with the poetry, focus first on growing as a poet, developing the art and craft of the poetry, and gather a collection of poems that have went through several drafts. Quality is the magnet to success. Then begin to work on the marketing and building your credibility and authority as a poet, which also begins the process of building the business side of poetry and writing.
The best advice I can give, and probably the hardest to receive is this: Don’t rush the process. Work with it, choose progress, and grow, grow, grow.
Also, dig deep, find the why behind your writing. What’s really driving you to write poetry? Once you figure that out, tap into it, lean on it, trust it, and build on it like a foundation.
Be sure to check back in soon, I’ll have some new articles coming out that will cover all of these topics in greater depth and detail (including the marketing and business side of things).
Some articles to read over in the mean time:
- How You Can Write Poetry That Is Creative and Original With Confidence
- Simple Tips That Writers, Poets and Creatives Can Follow for Easy Marketing
- How to Write Powerful Poetry: Focus on Progress
- The Future of Poetry May Depend on Your Digital Marketing
- Radio Show Hosts Can Teach Poets How to Market Better
Thanks for all your support and again, happy I could be of help!