A gift opens the way and ushers the giver into the presence of the great.
— Proverbs 18:16
The generous will themselves be blessed, for they share their food with the poor.
— Proverbs 22:9
A generous person will prosper;
whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.
— Proverbs 11:25
Honor the Lord with your wealth,
with the first fruits of all your crops.
— Proverbs 3:9
Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act.
— Proverbs 3:27
Speak up and judge fairly;
defend the rights of the poor and needy.
— Proverbs 31:9
Why do you want to publish here at The PUBLISHER © TM? Very simple, you receive personalized attention, publisher listens to your input, and end results are high-
I started Poetry Page 90 in 1985, it was originally a newsletter I typed out using a typewriter. I handcrafted in my living room with a single staple binding in the upper left-
Everything is in the name. I thought by changing the publication’s name may help improve recognition and sells. New name, new format, and the publication was now being saddle-
Sometime around 1987, I renamed publication to On the Cutting Edge. The name seemed current, youthful, and daring. It did attract new talents but more mature ones. This wasn’t a problem as many of them knew what they wanted from their writings and they weren’t seeking fame or fortune overnight if at all. The new writers were a blessing, but it did cost more to continue my endeavor than before. I had perfected the art of bookmaking without the need for expensive printing presses. The tradeoff was it required more of my limited time.
At this point, I had never printed in any real quantity books for a single author. A professor at a major university was under review for tenure. Being published was high on the list for securing tenure. It was extremely important for the professor to have the finished manuscript published. I read the writing and it was very interesting. The problem was I couldn’t take on the full cost at that time. Therefore, I contacted the professor and discussed shared cost production. I had run the numbers and padded it twenty percent with full disclosure to the professor. I even agreed to produce a proof book before either of us proceeded. After the professor examined the proof she was most impressed, and we moved forward. Using just a computer, inkjet printer and my Canon portable copier. I produced one hundred copies of the book. All pages were hand cut and hot glue, then trimmed by hand for a finished look. It was (patting myself on the back) a fine piece of work.
The professor notified me a reviewer from the tenured department may contact to ask a question. And a tenure represented did follow up. I answered all her questions not holding back anything. When asked if this was a traditionally published book I replied, “No.” I explained it was a shared effort because I was basically a startup and taking on a project of this magnitude wouldn’t have been financially feasible. But, had it been I would have had no issue in publishing the book. She had booked in hand bragging on how well the book looked and its solid feel. That’s when I informed the tenure reviewer that each copy was hand cut and assembled. She was amazed saying, “Really?” and I replied, “Seriously. Each one is custom handcrafted. The professor received tenure and that was my first author publishing project. Something I had not even fathomed to attempted given the limited means and equipment at the time.
Then in the 1990s, I changed the name again for more familiarity to The Drury Gazette™. It is no longer a publication typed using a typewriter and no longer stapled. The Gazette sports a full-
In 2000 I purchased my domain name and it just sat there empty for several months. Visitors were greeted with an UNDER-
I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I sent emails to a plethora of individuals that were known to participate and buy books of collective works. Being honest with myself about how much fun and work running a press would be. If only I had someone at the time mentoring me would have been a great asset. Hands on experience and going with the flow it not only educated me but helped to ground my novice expectations with some cold hard facts. Publishing is a high stakes gamble.
I’ve learned publishing poetry is a thankless job. What began as a labor of love soured rather quickly. Despite technological advances, in hardware and software, print-
After the devastation of September 11, 2001, I believed everything would collapse. I was now invested in independent, shared, and traditional publishing. A few authors had book projects in the works very near completion. The events of 911 scared them rightfully so but they ghosted me leaving me to absorb the loss. The situation seemed evermore direr following the financial crises of 2005. Writers hid and refused to correspond back with any explanation. Ghosting at its all-
I’ve done a plethora of things knowing I was losing money because I believe in the writer and their work, it’s important to promote the books I publish. It’s imperative to educate people regarding independent-
If you don’t take away anything else today. Know the cold hard fact -
Drury Publishing™ best-
If that’s a best seller what’s considered a flop? 300 sales after thirteen years (this number doesn’t reflect what the author sold on her own, which was maybe 400 or so). Each press determines what’s a success by their goals. I believe if you sell a single copy you are a best-
Unfortunately, this is the reality of poetry publishing. There are presses that unquestionably sell more poetry books. But small, independent presses, frequently ran by one or even a few people, seldom see those kinds of significant sales. Publishing houses with a stable of established names with bookstore chains, solid distribution, and strong reputations. Can offset their losses and subsidized their charity poetry titles
Welcome to the cold harsh truth about poetry publishing, but not one most unpublished poets know. Drury Publishing™ has published 30 poetry books out of a total of 35 published books since 2005. Some have sold reasonably well, others not so much. That doesn’t necessarily define them as successful. Each one I publish was because there was something genuine about the manuscript I wanted to share with readers. I have enjoyed working on all the books Drury Publishing™ has published and each has been a uniquely satisfying experience. I don’t want to extinguish the dream or discourage anyone. Rather, I hope it prospers an ongoing conversation about poetry publishing. And provides new innovative ways poetry publishers can take chances today and improve book sales by accessing more poetry readers.
Publishing poetry anthologies, The Drury Gazette™ quarterly, and single-
Dream big but be realistic.