February 29, 2012

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: The Poet's Haven Author Series

One space has opened up in this year's chapbook publishing schedule, and it is also time to start filling 2013's release schedule. The Poet's Haven hereby announces an OPEN CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS!

The e-mail address to submit manuscripts to is listed below. Way below. You gotta read the guidelines first. Yes. READ THE GUIDELINES. When we had the open call last year, 75% of the manuscripts submitted did NOT fit the guidelines. READ THE GUIDELINES OR YOUR SUBMISSION WILL BE REJECTED!

A manuscript submission should be in either Word (DOC or DOCX) or plain TXT format. It should be presented in a normal, size 12 font, such as Arial or Times New Roman. It should be 30 to 36 pages in length. I repeat, submitted manuscripts should be 30 to 36 pages. ALTERNATE FORMATS: Have an idea for a different type of publication? The manuscript length can be changed if the publication format changes. For example, a CD with a 20 page chapbook or a 20-24 page chapbook containing full-color artwork throughout.

Content: WE PUBLISH MORE THAN JUST POETRY! We're interested in publishing artwork, photography, novellas, music, and more!

Who we're looking for: The Poet's Haven takes pride in being open to both newcomers and seasoned pros. For legal reasons, chapbook authors must be at least 18 years of age or have a parent or guardian involved in the process from submission to publication. Outside of that, we're open to everyone.

Payment: Authors receive 20% of all printed copies. That breaks down like this: If the first print run is 100 copies, 20 of them go to the author. If the first print run sells out and a second print run of 50 copies is produced, the author will receive 10 of them. If the author wants/needs to acquire additional copies, he or she can do so at a 40% discount.

Print window: Books are kept in print for 12 months. After the print window has ended, it will be made available as an e-book. Details for e-book editions are being reworked. (Hey, as impersonal as I may find tablet e-book devices to be, they're proving to be a very strong marketplace for small press publications.)

Okay, you got all that?

Send your manuscript to:

DEADLINE: Get your manuscript in before midnight on Saturday, March 17. Really. The submission address will automatically be deactivated at that time. PROCRASTINATION IS NOT YOUR FRIEND! GET YOUR MANUSCRIPT IN TODAY!

February 25, 2012

Become a Poet's Haven Affiliate!

As I mentioned in my last post here, The Poet's Haven has a new, full-fledged online store up and running, and we want YOU to help us sell books! The Poet's Haven Boutique offers an affiliate program, where you can earn a 5% commission for sending sales our way. This program is open to just about anyone. Commission payments will be sent via PayPal when your balance is over $5.00. You can link to any product offered in the store, and we have an assortment of banners available in different sizes.

Also, we want more product to sell! :-) If you have self-published your own book or CD and would like us to carry it in our online store, contact me. We are accepting product on a 60/40 consignment basis. When one of your items is sold, you will receive 60% of the sale price and The Poet's Haven keeps the other 40%. You will set the sale price of your product. If your book has a printed cover price on it (which it should) you may not go over that price.

Check out the new store at:


February 23, 2012

The Poet's Haven Boutique - Now Open!

At long last, Poet's Haven has an online store that works just like I want! :-)

We're offering not only Poet's Haven chapbooks, but titles from other presses and independent publications as well. (Items I've obtained to resell.) At some point in the not-too-distant future, I will begin taking in items to sell on consignment. (I'm still working out a plan for inventory storage right now.)

Oh, and this new poetry boutique also offers... (wait for it...) an AFFILIATE PROGRAM! I want your help to sell more books, and you can earn a 5% commission for doing so! You can join the program now and begin posting links on your sites, blogs, and/or social media. The next item I'm working on is adding some banner images that you can use when posting links, those should be ready in a matter of days. :-)

February 12, 2012

dollar dollar bill y'all...

The real world's been biting me in the ass for a while now. As much as I prefer to focus entirely on promoting the arts, right now I've gotta focus on the bottom line, my bank balance. I've been good about breaking even on the poetry side of things (sell X number of books to cover the entire print-run, etc.), but have neglected to include personal expenses in what needs covered. I've never worried about car repairs, gasoline and travel costs, hotels when staying out of town for poetry events, etc. etc. etc. Now, those costs have piled up to the point that they're preventing me from doing things I want to do. So my focus for now has to be on SELLING more books and SELLING some advertising. Time to finally get a full-fledged online store up and running. Time to start operating like a BUSINESS rather than a starving artist.