My first thought when anyone says that is: So what. You've just described half of the poets in North America.
With that said, it's time for me to join the other half of the poetry population and actually put together pieces for my first book.
Ten years ago, I graduated from NYU with a degree in one hand, and hopes of a becoming U.S. Poet Laureate in the other. Since that time, I've had a successful career as a writer and editor in marketing, started a family, and published a few poems here and there.
Now, I feel like I'm ready to send out again, and ready to create a book length-manuscript. So I’m curious to see what works, or doesn't work, for you.
1. How many pages (40? 48? 56? 60?) do you feel comfortable calling a manuscript?
2. Do you enter contests to publish manuscripts vs. open calls for manuscripts?
3. What are your general impressions of the submission/publication process for individual poems and/or book length-manuscripts?
Still haven't given up on hopes for Poet Laureate (watch out Ted Kooser!)
*Poem for Poetry Thursday is coming!*