Well word is back from the publishers about a poetry collection I submitted a month or so ago. As with any aspirational tale, there is good news and there is bad news. The bad news is that my collection won’t make it into print this time, the good news is that the publishers have told me that they think my poetry ‘is indeed very good’ and that they ‘especially enjoyed the concept’ and all that remains, they say, is for me to build on the foundations and polish it some more.
And that is where you come in my friends. I am looking for a small number of poetry fans and/or poets to take a look at a my manuscript and offer some constructive feedback. Would any of you be willing? The collection is very very important to me but not because of achieving high book sales or boosting my writers ego (I have one of course!). No, this is a personal and sentimental collection and is about me finding my voice and having it heard and validated. It is close to my heart, and that is why I need to let it live in your heart for a little while so that I can step outside of it and see what it does for you. I also want to brush up my technique and I know there are some master technicians amongst you who would be able to offer some invaluable tips on form and style.
Now I know that this is a big ask, and I know that it can be difficult to give honest feedback sometimes, but I want to be sensible and rational about it, I want to grow, I want to improve and so I need to hear the good and the bad so I am sincerely asking for your help.
Should the redraft make it into print, I promise I will give those who participate a free copy! Not much reward I know but my words are all I have to give at the moment. Hopefully regular followers of this blog and my Twitter feed will know that I am often one to spread good karma and advocate and enable others… now I am asking for a little karma to make its way back to me. I thank you.