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by Edwin Ocasio
Grace: I’m planning to send some books to Small Press Distribution this November, which will allow the book to be seen by many fellow poets. Although it is available through my website, Amazon, and on BlazeVOX, I have mainly promoted the book through my readings. Selling poetry books is really not a lucrative business. It’s most important to make connections with other poets: to go to other poets’ readings, to invest the time in attending meetings and/or conferences sponsored by organizations like the Association of Writers and Writing Programs, the North Carolina Writers’ Network, the Poetry Society of North Carolina, and the Charlotte Writers’ Club.
Grace: Persist, persist, persist. You are your own greatest promoter. You will receive a ton of rejections and a handful of acceptances. It is simply the nature of the poetry profession. Don’t take it personal. Don’t give up. Your ultimate acceptance is just around the corner. Hang on.